By Williams ABAH
The director general, National Agency for Food and drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has said the agency is working with international partners to ensure Nigeria gets vaccines with long expiration dates. Adeyeye disclosed this in Abuja, while briefing journalists on the effort made by the government to courtail the new omicron virus of Covid-19
The NAFDAC boss disclosed that the 1,066,214 doses of expired AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were destroyed at the Gosa Dumping site in Abuja, last year November
Adeyeye noted that the expired vaccines had very short expiration dates which made it impossible to be administered in time due to logistics reasons.
In her words, “When developed countries started using the vaccine for many months, we didn’t have access to them until we started receiving donations, not just through COVAX alone but from some countries also.
“The expiration date was shorter than what it was supposed to be and between the time we tested and start using it, there was not enough time and that was the only reason not because we were careless”.
She further stated that the agency is working with international partners to ensure the expiration date of any vaccine will last up to five or six months the new Omnicron variant of COVID-19, the DG said that studies on the variant were still ongoing globally.
She advised Nigerians to continue to adhere to the safety measures given by the various health authorities to further curb the spread of the virus.
“A lot is still not known about Omicron because studies are still going on globally about the variant.
“The only way to keep safe is to continue with the usage of mask, maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly and avoid crowded areas to stay safe,” she said.