Nigeria on alert over shipment of fake COVID-19 vaccines to Africa

Following news of bogus COVID-19 vaccines being sent to Africa, the Nigerian government has placed its agencies on high alert.

The authorities also assuaged concerns that dangerous vaccines were being distributed or sold in the country by any unlicensed entity.

The Director of the Federal Ministry of Health’s Department of Hospital Service, Adebimpe Adebiyi, released a statement on the matter.

Following a letter from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the circular was issued in response to the discovery of thousands of doses of bogus vaccines bound for Africa from China.

“The Nigeria Customs Service has approved the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as the only Point of Entry (PoE) for imported COVID-19 vaccines,” Adebiyi said, in order to avoid the importation of fake vaccines.

The government brought the issue to the attention of medical directors at federal tertiary health institutions.

Early in March, Nigeria obtained 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX facility.

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