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Breaking: Hope rises as Nigeria receives Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

As Nigeria continues records new daily cases of Coronavirus infection, the Federal Government said on Friday that it has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed that the government had received the vaccine from Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Alexey Shebarshin.


The Russian envoy made the delivery during a visit to the ministry in Abuja, according to a statement by the ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Mr Olujimi Oyetomi.

Persecondnews recalls that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had said it would review the effectiveness of the vaccine when Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, announced approval for a vaccine that will offer “sustainable immunity”.

Meanwhile, the minister has sent the vaccine to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and others for a review.

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