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Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Yet To Arrive Nigeria- Minister Of State For Health




Nigerians have been corrected on the impression that the Russian COVID-19 vaccine is in the country.

Recall that there had been reports in the media last Friday that the vaccine had been presented to Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire.

The vaccine was reportedly presented to Ehanire by Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, a statement by the Ministry of Health’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi said.

However, reacting to the news, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Minister of State for Health, said contrary to earlier reports, the Russian COVID-19 vaccine is yet to arrive in Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen, Mamora said what happened yesterday was that the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria and the Deputy Head of Mission, Alexey Shebarshin, only visited the Minister of Health, Dr Ehanire, to give an update on the Russian vaccine.

“We have not yet received the vaccine and, to the best of my knowledge, it is not yet ready. The Russian Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission only visited us to give us an update.

“Many other stakeholders joined the meeting virtually. When the vaccine is ready and we have received it, it will be subjected to the usual test by NAFDAC and other relevant authorities,” Mamora said.


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