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Why Nigeria cannot manufacture covid-19 vaccines – FG

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The Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has explained why Nigeria cannot produce its own covid-19 vaccines.

While speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, Mr. Shuaib said the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated.

“There are questions around why Nigeria is not producing COVID-19 vaccines. I want to put on record that the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated. It requires a massive investment that has not been done for many decades,” he said.

Speaking further, he noted that Nigeria used to produce vaccines in the 1960s, but failed due to the decision to adopt more advanced technologies.

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“In the 1960s, we use to make yellow fever vaccines in this country. In the 90s, we decided to change analog ways of making yellow fever vaccines to more recent technologies.

“However, that transfer of technology never happened and that is why we did not continue to make vaccines,” Mr. Shuaib said.

He, however, expressed optimism that Nigeria will start producing its own vaccine as there are “genuine ongoing efforts by the federal government to restart the process of vaccine production.”

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.

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