Nigeria on Friday received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, delivered the samples to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, during a visit to the ministry in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement 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,’ and signed by the ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, had recently revealed that his country approved a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus.
The World Health Organisation had however said it would review the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Ehanire on Friday also said the vaccine would be “quickly referred” to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, amongst other agencies, for review and possible validation.
Nigeria has recorded over 50,000 COVID-19 infections and over 1,000 associated fatalities, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.