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General News of Thursday, 25 March 2021


Coronavirus: Locally produced vaccine will soon undergo clinical trial - PTF

Boss Mustapha is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Boss Mustapha is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on coronavirus and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has said that the vaccines produced locally will soon undergo clinical trials before they are approved by the regulatory agencies.

"​The disclosure that Nigerian scientists have produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification is significant," Mustapha says.

"This is a welcome development that will open a new vista in scientific breakthrough and will boost the morale and image of the medical industry in the country.

"I call on all relevant agencies to provide the required support and enabling environment for smooth conduct of the remaining protocols for the certification of these vaccines with a view to encouraging and motivating other researchers," he adds.

Nigeria recently took delivery of 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by telecoms firm MTN.

Million more doses of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are expected to be shipped to Nigeria in the next couple of months.

The federal government says it aims to vaccinate approximately 109 million Nigerians against COVID-19 over the next two years.

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