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COVID19: BUHARI, OSINBAJO TO BE VACCINATED PUBLICLY ON SATURDAY AS ROLL-OUT BEGINS TODAY

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday receive the Covid-19 vaccine publicly.

The decision to have the President and Vice President receive the vaccination in the open was to correct the misgivings in some quarters over the efficacy of the vaccine.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said this at  the second edition of State House weekly briefing held at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

The second edition was focused on Nigeria’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the last one year and especially the National Vaccination Response.

Shuaib said the President and the Vice President will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday after some frontline health workers have been vaccinated on Friday.

He also said the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha,  will receive his first dose of the vaccine on the same day.

The Director-General, of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Iheakwazu, said as much as vaccines provide some very important light, the response of – testing, surveillance, protecting health workers, investing in national health security, driving risk communications, among others has to continue.

The Director General of the National Agency for Food Drugs and Administration Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said since the arrival of the vaccine in the country on Tuesday, the agency has been carrying out series of checks on its efficacy.

She said both NAFDAC and the NPHCDA have been working closely to ensure a smooth roll out of the vaccination on Friday. She also cautioned over the availability of fake Covid-19 vaccines in the global market and said that is why her agency is focusing on track and trace to prevent the infiltration of such substandard vaccines in the country.

“Traceability is very important; we can trace the vaccines from airport to the patient”, she said.

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