Following the vaccination of citizens with the AstraZeneca Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine, the Ministry of Health has informed all tertiary health institutions in Nigeria that there is a circulation of fake COVID-19 vaccine in Africa and that there is need to be watchful.
The Ministry also dispelled any possibility of COVID-19 vaccines being available for sale or being administered by any unauthorised institution in the country.
This was revealed in a circular issued by the ministry’s Director, Department of Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adeblyi, on behalf of the minister, Osagie Ehanire.
The circular dated March 26, 2021, a copy of which Punch’s correspondent sighted on Saturday was addressed to Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of federal tertiary health institutions.
The circular titled “Report of fake COVID-19 vaccine destined for Africa arrested in China, with the reference number C.1693/P&P/T/22″ read that:
“The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 regarding the arrest of about 3,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines which were Africa-bound from China”
The statement revealed that, “The report further indicates that the fake COVID-19 vaccines are already in circulation in Africa. To prevent the importation of fake vaccines, kindly note that the Nigeria Customs Service has designated Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as the only Point of Entry for imported COVID-19 vaccines”.