NAFDAC reveals Nigeria close to vaccine production to fight disease outbreaks

NAFDAC reveals Nigeria close to vaccine production to fight disease outbreaks

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has revealed that Nigeria was close to beginning the manufacturing of vaccines to fight against disease outbreaks.

This was disclosed by the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye during a press briefing on Monday, November 22.

She further explained the global benchmark needed to achieve this mandate.

According to Adeyeye: “Nigeria is closer now to manufacturing its own vaccine and it will no longer be because it has no regulatory agency.

“Attaining the global benchmark will not have been possible without some in-country measures by the agency.

“The global bench has some eight functions. They are laboratory testing, market authorisation, market control, regulatory inspection, and vigilance among others.

“We were asked to expand our laboratory. We have expanded the drug lab in Yaba and the vaccine lab is being built.

“The list the WHO gave us that we have 868 recommendations. This number came up through self-audit and that was in January 2018,” she explained.

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The NAFDAC DG said through self-audit, the Agency found out that the template that the WHO gave to the country had 868 conditions to meet by Oct. 15.

“We have met those recommendations. However, WHO has to come physically to work through our facilities and to pronounce that we have reached a maturity level and that will be not too far from now.

“In terms of new standard regarding vaccine production, Yes science is not static, it is dynamic, medical science is not static, we produced yellow fever vaccine before in Nigeria.

“The rules have changed and the rule is that anybody that wants to produce malaria vaccine; must have a strong regulatory body. That is why we had so many recommendations that we have been working on to meet,” she added.

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