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NAFDAC rejects fake COVID-19 vaccine in circulation, says we’re yet to approve any


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Friday raised alarm over a fake COVID-19 vaccine circulating in the country, stated that it has not approved any vaccine.

Addressing a virtual media briefing, the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, urged the public not to purchase such drugs as they could cause COVID-19-like illnesses.

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She said: “The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has not received any application from Covid Vaccine manufacturers yet and therefore no vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC.

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“Covid-19 vaccines are new, and the side effects or adverse events must be well monitored, therefore, if NAFDAC does not approve, the public should not use.

“There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria. NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware.

“No Covid Vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC. Fake vaccines can cause Covid-like illnesses or other serious diseases that could kill.

“Vaccines should not be ordered by any company or corporation. The companies that manufacture the vaccines if they are genuine companies know they have to submit their application to NAFDAC.

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“No government establishment or agencies should order Covid vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.”

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