Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Mojisola Adeyeye hs stated that Nigeria is closer to starting the production of vaccines having met the recommendations listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Maturity Level Three status for the production of COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
Adeyeye said Nigeria has met the conditions given to it by WHO, adding that Maturity Level Three is a compulsory status for any country that wants to venture into vaccine production and other activities around that.
Adeyeye, who noted that WHO made 868 recommendations to Nigeria, which have all been met, said: “The journey for the feat started in January 2018, and by October 2021, Nigeria through the efforts of NAFDAC, with support from Federal Ministry of Health, has met the recommendations.”
The NAFDAC boss stated that relevant infrastructure and procurements have been provided to support the desired objective. “We have expanded our drugs laboratory in Yaba, and our vaccine laboratory is also being built in Oshodi, both in Lagos, and it will be completed soon.”
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