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Covid-19: NAFDAC Advise Nigerians To Watchout For Original AstraZeneca Label

Following the arrival of the AstraZeneca Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, and the vaccination of Nigerian citizens, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to make sure the vaccine being administered on them has the original AstraZeneca label.

This was made known in a statement on Sunday by the Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, warning that people should not risk being vaccinated with the fake Astrazeneca vaccine.

According to Adeyeye, “AZOU gave the license of its vaccine to Serum Institute of India PVT Ltd, (SIIPL), to manufacture this vaccine at a commercial scale. SIIPL is the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and the company got the license by signing the manufacturing agreement”.

 She added that “SIIPL gave the vaccine the trade name COVISHIELD, it is the result of a cooperation and a technology transfer from AstraZeneca – University of Oxford to SIIPL. SIIPL is now the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold globally”.

Adeyeye asserted that, “More than 1.5 billion doses, which include Polio vaccine, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, BCG, r-Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella”.

According to reports, the DG said that the vaccines manufactured by SIIPL were endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and were being used in about 170 countries across the globe in their national immunisation programme.

She revealed that both COVISHIELD manufactured by SIIPL and COVID-19 vaccine Astrazeneca, manufactured by Astrazeneca/Oxford University vaccine are the same vaccine.

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