Following speculations of fake COVID-19 vaccines reportedly dispatched to Africa, the Nigerian government has placed its agencies on alert
The government also allayed fears that harmful jabs were being administered or sold by any unauthorized institution in the country.
The Director, Department of Hospital Service, Federal Ministry of Health, Adebimpe Adebiyi, issued a statement on the matter.
The circular followed a letter from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 regarding the discovery of thousands of doses of fake vaccines destined for Africa from China.
According to Adebiyi, to prevent the importation of fake vaccines, “the Nigeria Customs Service has designated the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as the only Point of Entry (PoE) for imported COVID-19 vaccines.”
The government called the attention of medical directors of federal tertiary health institutions to the development.
Recall that Nigeria received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, through the COVAX facility, early this March.