The Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, announced that Nigerians will benefit early from COVID-19 vaccines when the product is made available for commercial use.
The Minister disclosed this week in Abuja at a two-day multi-sectorial conference on the COVID-19.
He added that Nigeria’s Health Ministry has prepared arrangements to ensure Nigerians are vaccinated early when a vaccine is released for global usage.
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Nairametrics reported earlier this week that Pfizer Inc. disclosed its experimental vaccine, which it is jointly developing with BioNTech, was more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on initial data from a large study, in the ongoing phase 3 trials.
The Health Minister revealed that any vaccine that is deemed fit for commercial use in treating coronavirus will be made available early to Nigerians.
“President Buhari has welcomed the arrival of first effective coronavirus vaccine after a successful human trial phase. . . Reacting to the news that the vaccines have recorded 90% effectiveness against the disease, the President described the development as a major milestone in medicine but warned that the world must unite in facilitating the equitable access and distribution of the vaccines to protect people in all countries,” the Presidency disclosed in a statement.