Oyogist.com has learnt that the federal government has called on the joint effort of two of its agencies: the Nigeria Customs Service (NIS) and the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to seize any unauthorised Covid-19 spotted in the country.
This was disclosed by the Nigerian Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Control of COVID-19.
XAs the much expected first batch of COVID vaccines from the COVAX facility arrives from Mumbai to Nigeria tomorrow, all plans and arrangements have been finalised to ensure a hitch free rollout of vaccination, including training of health workers, secured logistics and cold chain equipment to receive vaccines in all wards of the federation.
“The vaccines will be received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and delivered to the National Strategic Cold Store (NSCS), Abuja, where inspection and quality tests will be conducted by NAFDAC and due documentation and certification done.
“We shall begin the roll out with the vaccination of frontline health workers who are our first line of defence. “Our goal is to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine in a phased and equitable manner, ultimately vaccinating all eligible Nigerians within the next two years to ensure herd immunity. World Health Organization recommendation is not to vaccinate persons under 18 years of age, until more scientific data is available on any effects on growing children.” The minister said further.