The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in the treatment and prevention of coronavirus in Nigeria.

While briefing journalists on the use of AstraZeneca Vaccine in Nigeria, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Mojisola Adeyeye made who made the announcement during a live briefing today, Thursday 18, 2021, said that the vaccine can be stored at 2 to 8-degree centigrade.

According to NAFDAC DG, there are three (3) additional vaccines undergoing evaluation, but the evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the UK variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria. She also disclosed that the South African variant has not been reported in Nigeria, adding that the agency has over 30 herbal medicine undergoing review for listing.

NAFDAC says it got the dossier of the vaccine a week ago after the vaccine was recently approved by the W.H.O for emergency use and the NAFDAC safety committee went to work immediately to evaluate its safety and efficacy for Nigerians. gathered that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, also known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, or AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine. Scientists used an adenovirus, originally derived from chimpanzees, and modified it with the aim of training the immune system to mount a strong response against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).



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