Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has guaranteed Nigerians of the safety and potency of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Ihekweazu made the assertion on Tuesday in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital, while handing over the newly-constructed molecular laboratory to the management of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital.
Countries like Spain, Germany, France, among others, have halted the use of the vaccine following concerns relating to blood clotting.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to deliver its discoveries on the vaccine this Thursday.
In reference to NAN, NCDC DG pronounced that in spite of reports of some European nations suspending the administration of the vaccine, he is very confident that the doses administered in Nigeria are safe.
“We are very confident of the vaccine we introduced in the country, and that it will become a game changer in the fight against COVID-19. I and other frontline staff have been vaccinated and I am still standing,” he was quoted to have said
“We should tell Nigerians that though faith is important in what we believe, the issue of vaccination is about science.
“When we believe that doctors, nurses, and other health personnel can provide us with healthcare based on understanding of science, we should then believe in the vaccine’s efficacy.”
Nigeria received a total of 3.9million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on March 2.