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BREAKING: NAFDAC okays AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has approved the use of AstraZeneca Vaccine for use in Nigeria.

NAFDAC’s DG, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja
on Thursday.

Adeyeye said NAFDAC got the dossier of the vaccine last week, while its safety committee went to work immediately to evaluate its safety and efficacy for Nigerians.

She said the evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the United Kingdom variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria.

The DG stressed that the South African variant has not been reported in Nigeria.

She said, currently that are three additional vaccines undergoing evaluation by the agency, while the agency has over 30 herbal medicines undergoing review for listing.

She also said the vaccine could be stored in two to eight degrees Centigrade.

A vial containing the Covid-19 vaccine by AstraZeneca at the Robert Bosch hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, on Friday.
Thomas Kienzle / AFP – Getty Images

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