No fake COVID-19 vaccine in circulation – Ehanire

It was based on reports that about 3,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines destined for Africa from China
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Dr Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria's Minister of Health

Summary

  • The possibility of unlicensed institutions in the country administering or selling counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines was ruled out by the FG.
  • It was based on reports that about 3,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines destined for Africa from China
  • To prevent the importation of fake vaccines, kindly note that the Nigeria Customs Service has designated the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

The Federal Government has ruled out the possibility of unlicensed institutions in the country administering or selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccines.

This was contained in a circular signed on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Sunday, March 28 by Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, Director, Department of Hospital Service, Federal Ministry of Health, in Abuja.

The circular came after the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 issued a letter about the seizure of approximately 3,000 doses of bogus COVID-19 vaccines bound for Africa from China.

The minister, who acknowledged receipt of the PTF letter, however, stated that

“I am, therefore, to bring this to your notice and dispel any possibility of COVID-19 vaccines being available for sale or being administered by any unauthorised institution.

“To prevent the importation of fake vaccines, kindly note that the Nigeria Customs Service has designated the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as the only Point of Entry (PoE) for imported COVID-19 vaccines.”

He then brought the bogus COVID-19 vaccines bound for Africa to the attention of chief medical directors and medical directors of federal tertiary health institutions, noticing that they had been arrested in China.