COVID-19 Moderna vaccine rollout commences across Nigeria

COVID-19 Moderna vaccine rollout commences across Nigeria

The Federal Government has commenced the rollout of its second batch of COVID-19 vaccine, the 4,000,080 Moderna vaccine doses donated by the United States of America.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said at the launch on Monday, August 16, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, that the donation was to step up efforts to battle COVID-19 infection in the country.

1st News reports that the donation was part of President Joe Biden’s promise to give 500 million vaccines to the world by the end of 2022.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has granted emergency use authorisation for three COVID-19 vaccines – Moderna, AstraZeneca (from Korea) and Sputnik V.

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The AstraZeneca approved is from Korea due to the stall in the procurement of AstraZeneca vaccine also known as Covishield, manufactured under license by Serum Institute of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The NAFDAC had previously approved AstraZeneca (India), Pfizer bioNTech and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, in February and May 2021, respectively.

According to the Director-General of the NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC has been preparing for this for about a year now.

“So you can ask yourself, why should I take the vaccine, because NAFDAC satisfy it, why should I take the vaccine because NAFDAC worked around the clock to ensure that the health of Nigerians is premium in whatever we do,

“Why should I take the vaccines because NAFDAC is the only agency in the world that is using track and trace to monitor where the vaccines goes.

“When the Moderna vaccines came from the U.S. we knew that the bar coding was not complete. So we had to have an emergency meeting to ensure we put the bar code in place.

“But it’s not just that, anything that comes into Nigeria, we have to test it. That is why you should go and take your vaccines, because we spend so much time on it.

“When you take your vaccine you may have a little bit of fever or rash but not to worry, we have the med safety app you can download it from Google.

“So if you have iPhone or android, you can download it, you can self-report the part of side effects.

“Why is that so important? This is important because as regulators, we have to recall what side effects are being reported across the world, so that we can save the health of people going forward,” Adeyeye explained.

 

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