The Russian Federation Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey L. Shebarshin has presented the Russian-made Vaccine against COVID-19 to Nigeria for further for further researches.
Russia is the first country to approve a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.
However experts have questioned the effectiveness of the vaccine as it has been tested in only a few people.
Scientists around the world denounced the certification as premature and inappropriate immediately as the Gamaleya vaccine has yet to complete a trial that convincingly shows it is safe and effective in a large group of people. Even some within Russia challenged the move.
Presenting the vaccine to the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire ,the ambassador said he was in the Ministry of Health to formally hand over the Russian-made Vaccine against COVID-19 to Nigeria with an aide memoir which explains the details for Nigerian teams to study and get ready for further researches, patronage and application.
He explained further that countries such as U.A.E, S/Arabia, Mexico etc have expressed interest in the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine and requested that Nigeria puts together a team to interface with his Embassy to drive the process of human trials not just for the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine but to explore further disease and health areas where the Russian Federation has expertise to manage with vaccines.
While receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine the Nigeria Health Minister noted that Nigeria had been participating in series of knowledge exchange and contacts with different research bodies and countries to find solutions to the COVID-19 challenge and has contacted the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nigeria for right of access immediately the Russian COVID-19 Vaccine was announced.
The consensus of decision reached was to quickly refer the vaccine to the necessary professional institutes and agencies of the Federal Ministry of Health beginning with NAFDAC, NIPRD, and for a team of Scientists and advisors to the Ministry to get to work on possible patronage of the Russian Vaccine to alleviate the plight of Nigerians under the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Ministerial Team is also expected to be raised to continue further engagement with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nigeria on the vaccine as well as other areas of interests highlighted at the meeting.
At the courtesy call event were Health care experts/Directors of the Federal Ministry of Health like Dr Omobolanle Olowu, the Head of Public Private Partnership (PPP), Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, of the Hospital Services, Department; Mrs. Ajayi of the Food and Drugs Department; Dr. Faisal Shuaib of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPCHDA) supported by other Ministry’s advisors like Professor Oyewale Tomori who is the Chair of the Board of Bio-Vaccine as well as the Ministerial Advisory Committee; Professor Nasidi Abdusalami who represented the Russian-trained Nigerian Scientists; Professor Salako, Dr Obi Adigwe, Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) and some others.