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Nigeria may get COVID-19 vaccines in 10 days – Health Minister

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said that Nigeria may get COVID-19 vaccines in the following 10 days.

The health minister made this known while tending to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday, NAN reports.

According to him, the federal government has been guaranteed that before the current month’s end, which is around 10 days from now, the nation will get the vaccines.

“We do not produce the vaccines. They are manufactured abroad in about four or five countries,’’ he told newsmen at the end of an inspection tour of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Idi-Araba.

“South Africa has a licence to make the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, while Russia only recently gave India the licence to produce AstraZeneca,’’ the minister said.

“However, countries that produced these vaccines had serious challenges with COVID-19 and decided to attend to their needs first, a situation that the WHO described as vaccine nationalism,” he said.

Ehanire noted that about 75 per cent of vaccines already produced were being used in 10 countries adding that Nigeria had put all facilities in place to receive the vaccines.

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