COVID-19: Don’t take any vaccine without NAFDAC approval, Agency warns

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Nigerians have been warned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) not to take any COVID-19 vaccine, unless approved by the agency.

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The agency Director General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, who sounded this warning at a briefing on Friday, noted that it is not enough for people to follow the approval of the World Health Organisation without certification by the local approving authority, pursuant to the peculiar circumstance of the country.

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“The WHO will say that unless the regulatory agency of a country approves a vaccine, it should not be used. As you can see, WHO is not a regulatory agency that will approve and say go ahead; they are essentially there to guide and give regulatory agencies more confidence.

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“If a product is already on WHO emergency use listing, the regulatory agency will still look at the application. That doesn’t mean we just pass it like that, we will have to read it within the context of our environment. No vaccine or commodity can be used unless it passes through NAFDAC in Nigeria,” she said, adding “vaccines should not just be ordered by any company or corporation., as genuine manufacturers already know they have to submit their application to NAFDAC.

“No government establishment or agencies should order COVID-19 vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.”

The warning might not be unconnected with Nigerians’ desperation to find medical solution to the Corona virus pandemic, prompting the desire to use any prescription available.

It is also coming on the heels of a recent tragedy that occurred in Israel where a man died two hours after receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The man received the vaccine at 8:30 in the morning, and waited for the customary time at the health clinic before he was released.

Sometime later, however, he lost consciousness and was later confirmed dead from heart failure./SHARE THIS

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