The Federal Government says that vaccines procured by Nigeria under emergency condition would be placed under heavy scrutiny before it is approved for use.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnibe Mamora, in Abuja on Thursday during an inspection tour of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).
“Vaccines are being used under emergency conditions and they will be subjected to scrutiny in Nigeria; NAFDAC will have to examine them thoroughly before usage,” he said.
“All over the world, management of disease conditions and ill health revolves around new technologies and good medicines.
“Nigeria has since recognised the important role of research and development in the push to promote good health, wellbeing and economic development,” he added.
The Minister also stated that Nigeria has developed institutions to promote research like the NIPRD, and urged on development partners to collaborate more with NIPRD in its bid to make Nigeria self-sufficient in medicine production.
What you should know
- Nairametrics reported this week that the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning said that the N10 billion it released for vaccine development is not only for the production of Covid-19 vaccines.
- The National Assembly asked the Federal Ministry of Health to suspend further action on plans to spend the sum of N10 billion released by the Federal Ministry of Finance to fund the production of Covdi-19 vaccines, following the dissatisfaction of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Health with the explanation of the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on how to utilize the N10 billion.