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DON'T EXPECT COVID-19 VACCINE UNTIL 2021 - PTF WARNS

Drug has to be subjected to the normal regulatory process

Nnenna Okon

Nigerians need to focus more energy on staying safe, than on expecting vaccination for COVID-19 anytime soon. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, says vaccines are not to be expected until 2021.

“From the little literature, I’ve read about COVID-19 is that we are not expecting any vaccine on the shelves until towards the end of 2021,” Mustapha said at Tuesday’s briefing of the PTF.

“I was listening to the CEO of Johnson and Johnson, who was saying that by the end of 2021, they should be able to provide the world with about a billion in terms of quantity of vaccine.

“This is 2020 and this is the time that covid19 is ravaging the entire world but they are not in a hurry to release those drugs.”

The PTF Boss, also pleaded with Nigerian researchers to follow the protocols of validation so that their drugs will receive the appropriate certification if tested fit for consumption.

“So my appeal to our home grown researchers is, let them be patient, let them follow through the protocols of validation. So that, at the end of it, if their drugs or syrups or whatever they produce is found fit for human consumption, they will receive their appropriate certification."

According to the Chairman of the committee, only industries that have perfected the "art of this vaccine" would have it on the shelves by 2021.

Mustapha also pleaded with Nigerian researchers to follow the protocols of validation so that their drugs will receive the appropriate certification if tested fit for consumption.

"Let them follow through the protocols of validation so that at the end of it, if their drugs or syrups or whatever they produce is found fit for human consumption, they will receive their appropriate certification."

Meanwhile, PTF has revealed that,the proposed Madagascar Cure will not be tested on Nigerians, without it going through regulatory process.

PTF's National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known Tuesday’s briefing.

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 According to Dr Aliyu, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that any medication coming into the country will undergo the normal regulatory process.

Hear him: "as directed by Mr President, I want to state again that any medication coming in to the country whether it’s a herbal cure or concoction or a proper drug, has to be subjected to the normal regulatory process.

"This drug (Madagascar Cure) will go through the normal expertise process which will be quite stringent before it can be administered to anybody within the country."

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