Covid-19: Nigeria Not Careless To Take Expired Vaccines – NAFDAC

Following efforts to combat the Covid-19 virus through vaccines, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC has reportedly stated that Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has said the agency is working with international partners to ensure Nigeria gets vaccines with long expiration dates.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, while commenting on the one million doses of vaccines that expired in November and were destroyed by NAFDAC and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the Abuja Environmental Protection Agency.

According to earlier reports, about, 1,066,214 doses of expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were destroyed at the Gosa Dumping site in Abuja.

Adeyeye however stated that, “When developed countries started using the vaccine for many months, we didn’t have access to them until we started receiving donations, not just through COVAX alone but from some countries also.”

She disclosed that, “The expiration date was shorter than what it was supposed to be and between the time we tested and start using it, there was not enough time and that was the only reason not because we were careless.”

She maintained that, “But going forward, we are working with international partners to ensure the expiration date of any vaccine we will be receiving are up to five or six months.”

Meanwhile, while commenting on the Omicron variant of Coronavirus, the DG stated that, “A lot is still not known about Omicron because studies are still going on globally about the variant.”

She advised that, “The only way to keep safe is to continue with the usage of masks, maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly and avoid crowded areas to stay safe.”

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