According to him, “We are told that by the end of this month, which is about 10 days from now, we shall get the vaccines. We do not produce the vaccines. They are manufactured abroad in about four or five countries”.
Stressing this further, he said that, “South Africa has a licence to make the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, while Russia only recently gave India the licence to produce AstraZeneca”.
According to reports, the Minister explained that the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Russia and China that has succeeded in producing the vaccines have now started giving licences to other countries to reproduce them.
Meanwhile, the minister has also revealed that Nigeria has put all facilities in place to receive the vaccines, following the World Health Organization (WHO) submission that Nigeria could not get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine due to poor power supply, as the vaccine should be stored at 70°C .