The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said it has not approved any drug or vaccine for the treatment of coronavirus.
In a statement on Saturday, the Director General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said NAFDAC had not granted approval for any vaccine for the treatment and cure of the virus.
“To put the record straight, no drugs or vaccines have been given approval in the country for cure of COVID-19.
“While the medical researchers globally, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Health Organisation (WHO), are working tirelessly on the discovery of vaccines and drugs to cure COVID-19, the agency urges the public to desist from making unsubstantial claims.
“NAFDAC is the only authority in the country to grant approval to such drugs and vaccines,” Adeyeye said.
She stated that NAFDAC would continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to safeguard the health of Nigerians and in the event of any approved drug or vaccine for the cure of coronavirus, the agency would not hesitate to inform the public.
Adeyeye, however, advised Nigerians to comply strictly with NCDC’s guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, adding that these include the use of face masks, social distancing, washing of hands and use of alcohol based sanitisers.