The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it had received reports of the importation of fake COVID-19 vaccine into Nigeria.
Speaking on Friday, January 14, NAFDAC Director General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said, “NAFDAC agency has not received any application from COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers yet and therefore no vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC.
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 (them).
There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria. NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware. No COVID-19 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.
No government establishment or agencies should order COVID-19 vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.”