On Friday, the Federal Government collected samples of the Vaccine COVID-19 from Russia. During a visit to the ministry in Abuja, Russia’s ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, delivered the samples to health minister Osagie Ehanire.
Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; top management of the Ministry of Health, and other Nigerian scientists were also present at the gathering.
This was included in a statement signed by Olujimi Oyetomi, the ministry ‘s director of information, media , and public relations.
The statement was titled, ‘Russian Federation Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin on courtesy visit to Nigeria’s Health Ministers, Russian-made COVID-19 Vaccine finally here.’
Ehanire on Friday also said the vaccine would be “quickly referred” to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, amongst other agencies, for review and possible validation.
Oyetomi, in the statement, said the Russian envoy said he was at the Health Ministry “to formally hand over the Russian-made Vaccine against COVID-19 to Nigeria with an aide memoir which explains the details for Nigerian teams to study and get ready for further researches, patronage and application.”
“A Ministerial Team is also expected to be raised to continue further engagement with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nigeria on the vaccine as well as other areas of interests highlighted at the meeting.”