Buhari, Osinbajo to take COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi are to receive their COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.

Executive Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, made this known at second edition of weekly briefing.

briefing focused on arrival of COVID-19 vaccine and Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, in the last year.

According to NPHCDA boss, Buhari and will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after some frontline health workers are vaccinated on Friday.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 () and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha will also receive his first dose of the vaccine on the same day.

At the , the Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, warned Nigerians on the existence of fake COVID-19 vaccines in the global market.

She said: “That’s why NAFDAC is focusing on track-and-trace, to ensure no infiltration of substandard vaccines in supply chain. Traceability is very important; we can trace the vaccines from airport to the patient.”

On his part, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, described the arrival of the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine as a game changer.

He, however, stated that “we must not stretch our luck. We must continue with our non-pharmaceutical measures.

“We must look at vaccine as a game changer, but make no mistake that it’s a replacement for everything else.

”It is an additional . Vaccines are an addition to the existing response, not a replacement.” (NAN)