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Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by lalasticlala(m): 9:22pm On Jan 11
The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has explained why Nigeria cannot produce COVID-19 vaccines or other vaccines.

Mr Shuaib, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the process of producing a vaccine requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades.

“There are questions around why Nigeria is not producing COVID-19 vaccines. I want to put on record that the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated. It requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades,” he said.

Mr Faisal noted that Nigeria used to produce vaccines in its first few decades after independence in 1960, a process which, he said, suffered a setback due to the decision to adopt more advanced technologies.

“In the 1960s, we use to make yellow fever vaccines in this country. In the 90s, we decided to change analogue ways of making yellow fever vaccines to more recent technologies.

“However, that transfer of technology never happened and that is why we did not continue to make vaccines,”
Mr Shuaib said.

With the recent spike in coronavirus cases across the world and new COVID variants, many countries are already on the queue to access effective vaccines for citizens.

Some of the vaccines already approved to be effective against the virus include Pfizer and bioNtech vaccine as well as Moderna and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

The approved vaccines require two doses to provide the best possible protection, with the second dose given up to 12 weeks after the first.

Nigeria is expected to receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and bioNtech vaccine by the end of January, according to Mr Shuaib.

Failed process
A 2017 report published by PREMIUM TIMES revealed how the Yaba Vaccine Production Laboratory was not functional.

The vaccine production centre was active for about six decades, between 1940 and 1991, producing large quantities of vaccines against smallpox, rabies, yellow fever for not only Nigeria, but neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Central Africa and a few other countries in Africa.

It was closed in 1991 by the federal government who said it wanted to reactivate and upgrade the facility. But that upgrade has not been done.

The former minister of health, Isaac Adewole, in 2017 said the government had decided to set up a joint venture company with May and Baker, a pharmaceutical company in Nigeria, to commence local production of vaccines at the Yaba facility.

Mr Adewole said the country was set to restart producing local vaccines in collaboration with the pharmaceutical giant.

He noted that May and Baker was to assist in the production of local vaccines to improve immunisation routines and reduce dependency on international donors.

Hope
Meanwhile, Mr Shuaib said there is still hope for Africa’s most populous country to start producing its own vaccines.

He said there are “genuine ongoing efforts by the federal government to restart the process of vaccines production.”

He, however, said this will involve a long and complicated process.

“It takes about 10-15 years to start producing vaccines but the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” Mr Shuaib said.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/436189-why-nigeria-cannot-produce-covid-19-vaccines-official.html

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by JidennaJason: 9:22pm On Jan 11
We have not produce a good president since khaki change to agbada, not to talk of COVID-19 vaccine..


Mtchewww..

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Hongkog: 9:25pm On Jan 11
A country that can't produce TOOTHPICK can't produce COVID VACCINES neither.

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Xcellente10(m): 9:26pm On Jan 11
Ordinary pencil, you no fit produce

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by tillaman(m): 9:28pm On Jan 11
grin
No one is expecting a vaccine from us na, if we successfully produce one then no one would take it
Even Nigerians won’t take the shot because no one trusts the system
So we are at the mercy of the colonizers

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Riverville(m): 9:31pm On Jan 11
This is serious. I wish we can be better. #selah

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Molahnelson(m): 9:33pm On Jan 11
Because greediness is the order of the day

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by lagusboyyy(m): 9:33pm On Jan 11
Education in Nigeria is practically a waste.

Upon all the strenuous and rigorous books we read, with countless of professors that abound here, we are not advanced in any sphere of development.

We are only good in theory, with zero in practical reality.


A friend of mine, once joked with me that one day, that upon all the electrical professors that fulled his department, not one of them can construct an electric bulb successfully, they are only good in frustrating students and proving outdated calculations. Lol..

Its a sorry case here, even when a road project is awarded, na oyinbo man go still be the boss, whats now the excess of spending years in the university, studying civil engineering, when you will be a worker under a BRICKLAYER in his home country oyinbo man.

We still have a long way to go.

All these professors of science in Nigeria should hide their face in shame, they contributed nothing to this fight against covid-19.

Na to dey embezzle money and speak dumb scientific terminologies, dem sabi.

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by NwaAmaikpe: 9:34pm On Jan 11
shocked



No one expected Nigeria to be able to produce the vaccine in the first place?

Ordinary herbal penis enlargement agbo, Nigeria can not make; let alone COVID19 vaccine.

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Gospelpreacher1: 9:34pm On Jan 11
Here is the Vaccine you need

The Blood of JESUS

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by BlessedNuel(m): 9:34pm On Jan 11
Na corrupt leaders 9ja dey produce since she got her independence

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by 9jayes: 9:34pm On Jan 11
And someone said I should not leave Nigeria for Canada

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Bfarm: 9:34pm On Jan 11
As a leader in a Nigerian gov. Office,
Shame and shame on u all cos the only thing you know is to steal and produce thieves.

Carry ashawo and so on , then come on media to shame your selves ..

How can u even dream of making a vaccine.

Pls the simplest of vaccine, naija no get clue on how to make am cos of useless lecturers, leaders and thieves.

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Bickyo: 9:34pm On Jan 11
Hmmm

Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by phransix2: 9:35pm On Jan 11
Try Dr. Iguedo's GOKO Cleanser

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Awelupo: 9:35pm On Jan 11
Nigeria? I laugh
Let's produce toothpaste first

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by fdigital(m): 9:35pm On Jan 11
but we can produce a lot of thieves in govt
Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Commonguy: 9:35pm On Jan 11
just excuses
truth be told Nigeria government are just playing games with us

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by KennedyKennedy2(m): 9:35pm On Jan 11
Omo, Nigeria don spoil. grin grin

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by BigDawsNet: 9:35pm On Jan 11
We don't have the resources

Its expensive

Its will take time

We don't have enough of medical scientist expertise...

Unfortunately 80℅ of them have migrated to canada/uk/us/australia


Let us accommodate pfizer for now

Till we are able to generate something

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by teamsynergy: 9:35pm On Jan 11
Honest response

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Bsaka99: 9:36pm On Jan 11
Because this is not a country but a corntree

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Fasindo: 9:37pm On Jan 11
shocked






They say we only produce babies

We don't need any explanation on why we can't produce vaccine cos we already know.

Nigerian government officials will always give reasons for being ineffective
No one is even expecting them to produce the vaccine
Let's keep producing babies we are good at

Nigeria that cannot produce common president wants to produce vaccine

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Smeagol89: 9:37pm On Jan 11
NIGERIA... Lamentations!
Nigeria cannot work so long as we continue to support and promote these old, experienced crooks to lead the nation.
Let the Old brigade retire. Young Nigerians are running multi-national companies and posting home fantastic results, even under this change climate. We do have the brains and the hearts to grow this country and make it the joy of all her citizens. But we want to keep recycling crooked elders who have spent all their adult life manipulating the apparatus of government for personal gains.
Don't get me wrong; old age itself is not the issue. It is the freight of ineptitude that many of our older leaders have acquired that is the matter.
But we will not vote for credible young people, because, we the people seem to be under a spell.
People, when will the spell break?

Meanwhile some youth are still trying to bring in Tinubu

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Bupmo0: 9:38pm On Jan 11
We can't produce toothpicks, na vaccine we go produce. Awon weyrey

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by Harrynight(m): 9:39pm On Jan 11
shocked



And we have glorified Pharmaceutical scientists home and abroad

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by brexit: 9:39pm On Jan 11
Yes, because all these professors and scientists in Nigeria are either fake or half bake due to constant ASUU strikes




Please let the Federal government do its best to see that our educational system is very strong



University lecturers should take their research seriously to enable us move forward technological and scientifically

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Re: Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib by zubimete(f): 9:40pm On Jan 11
I no gather time read dis folish talk! Na only headline i read. Somebomy in one sentence wetin him de yawn?

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