The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), on Friday alerted circulation of fake COVID-19 vaccines in Nigeria.
As the agency even disclosed that it has not approved any vaccines or receive any application from vaccine manufacturers yet, thereby cautioned against the use of any vaccines without agency’s approval.
This was, however, disclosed by the Director-General of the Agency, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye during a virtual press conference, saying:
“Covid-19 vaccines are new, and the side effects or adverse events must be well monitored, therefore, if NAFDAC does not approve, the public should not use.”
“There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria. NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware. No Covid Vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC. Fake vaccines can cause Covid-like illnesses or other serious diseases that could kill.”
“Vaccines should not be ordered by any company or corporation. The companies that manufacture the vaccines if they are genuine companies know they have to submit their application to NAFDAC.”
She, therefore, maintained that no government establishment or agencies should order vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.