Samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine were on Friday, September 4, 2020, received by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
According to a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, the samples were delivered to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, by Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, during a courtesy visit to the ministry in Abuja.
Others present at the event were the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; top management of the Health Ministry and other Nigerian Scientists.
Ehanire assured of speedy referral of the vaccine to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, amongst other agencies, for review and possible validation.
Earlier, Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, disclosed that his country had approved a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the ravaging coronavirus following which the World Health Organisation said it would review the potency of the vaccine.
With the increasing figures associated with the pandemic globally and with over 50,000 COVID-19 infections recorded in Nigeria as reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the need for a vaccine has become even more urgent.