The Federal Ministry of Health has informed Chief Medical Directors and Medical Directors of federal tertiary health institutions across the country to be on the watch out for fake COVID-19 vaccines already in circulation in Africa.
In a memo, “Report of fake COVID-19 Vaccines destined for Africa arrested in China” dated March 26, 2021 by the Director, Hospital Services in the ministry, Dr Adebimpe Adebiyi, the ministry said it is in receipt of a letter from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-l9, regarding the arrest of about 3,000 doses of fake COVlD-19 vaccines, which were Africa-bound from China.
Adebiyi, who disclosed that the report further indicates that the fake COVID-19 vaccines are already in circulation in Africa, informed the heads of federal health institutions that to prevent the importation of fake vaccines, the Nigeria Customs Service has designated Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as the only Point of Entry (POE) for imported COVID-19 vaccines.
She said: “I am, therefore, to bring this to your notice and dispel any possibility of COVID-19 vaccines being available for sale or administered by any unauthorised institution. Please accept the assurances of my best regards”.