The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the Russian vaccine for COVID-19 is not yet in Nigeria.
According to reports, Mamora said the Russian Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission, Alexey Shebarshin, merely visited the ministry and gave an update on the vaccine.
Olorunnimbe said when the vaccine arrives, it would be tested by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, which is lawfully empowered to do so.
Speaking to newsmen, the minister said;
“We have not yet received the vaccine and, to the best of my knowledge, it is not yet ready.
“The Russian Ambassador and the Deputy Head of Mission only visited us to give us an update. Many other stakeholders joined the meeting virtually.
“When the vaccine is ready and we have received it, it will be subjected to the usual test by NAFDAC and other relevant authorities.”
An earlier report on Friday September 4, stated that the vaccine was formally handed over to Nigeria on Friday which the minister an debunked.