Breaking: Nigeria receives Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, today delivered samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, during a visit to the ministry in Abuja.

Present at the event were the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; top management of the Health Ministry and other Nigerian Scientists.

This was contained in a statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi.

The statement was titled, ‘Russian Federation Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin on courtesy visit to Nigeria’s Health Ministers, Russian-made COVID-19 Vaccine finally here.’

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Russia had earlier announced that the country approved a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the lethal coronavirus.

Ehanire on Friday also said the vaccine would be “quickly referred” to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, amongst other agencies, for review and possible validation.

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