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    Wednesday, August 25, 2021

    NAFDAC Approves Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine for Use

    The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the use of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV COVID-19 vaccine in the country.

    Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) made the announcement  on Tuesday at the national vaccines briefing in Abuja.

    He said it was developed by Sinopharm’s Beijing Institute of Biological Products “sometimes written as Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products,” resulting in the two different acronyms BBIBP and BIBP, for the same vaccine.

    “It completed phase 3 trials in Argentina, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru and United Arab Emirate (UAE), with over 60,000 participants. BBIBP-CorV shares, similar technology with CoronaVac and Covaxin, other inactivated virus vaccines for COVID-19.

    “Its product name is SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine ‘Vero Cell’ not to be confused with the similar product name of CoronaVac,” said Shauib.

    He added that the approval was recently granted by NAFDAC and the vaccine had also received the World Health Organisation (WHO) certification.

    The NPHCDA boss said, “NAFDAC has approved Sinopharm vaccine, the approval was done three days ago; and yes, Sinopharm vaccine has also received WHO certification.

    “So, it is a potential vaccine that we could use.

    “There are so many vaccines out there, but one thing that we are very clear about is that we are not going to use all the available vaccines in Nigeria.

    “At some point, we are going to draw a line in terms of the number of vaccines we would use, so that we can keep a close watch on the number of vaccines we are utilising in Nigeria,” he said.

    The Moderna vaccines donated by the United State of America, to step-up efforts to battle a third wave of infections in the country had been deployed to 29 States.

    The 29 states, out of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, were said to be prepared to receive the vaccines.

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