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Why Nigeria is yet to Commence Vaccine Production – Pate

The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Muhammad Pate, has explained some of the reasons for the delay in Nigeria’s efforts to locally manufacture vaccines.

Mr. Pate, who spoke on Wednesday morning while appearing on a Channels Television show, said the country needed to secure more resources to achieve the target.

According to him, the local production of vaccines is imperative to strengthening the health sector, noting that Nigeria cannot immediately commence local production without pooling adequate resources from all fronts.

Mr. Pate said since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Nigerian government began making efforts to boost local production of medical equipment necessary to address disease outbreaks.

He said the government responded to the disease by making considerable investments in the public health system and sought to boost local production.

He said: “The effort we are making right now to improve primary health care and strengthen the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) testing capacities, human resources, and others started during COVID-19.

“But we need to go beyond that. We also need to produce some of the equipment we need during such outbreaks, and huge resources are needed.”