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Nigeria readies two Covid-19 vaccine candidates

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has disclosed that researchers in the country have produced at least two COVID-19 candidate vaccines.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Technology and Innovation Expo in Abuja on Saturday, Ehanire said that the candidate vaccines are currently at the stage of clinical trials.

“The Ministry of Health is honoured to be able to work with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We have been able to work on vaccines.

“We have at least two candidate vaccines which we are looking for resources to take them to the level of clinical trial and after the clinical trials to entrepreneurs who will now boost the production of the vaccines,” he said.

Ehanire revealed that the government is equally looking to place one primary health centre in every political ward in the country.

“At the Ministry of Health, we are looking to place one primary health centre in every political ward. I will like to say that we have over 4000 at the moment with about 6000 to go.

“Many of them will be in the rural areas and we will have to work with the building research agency to find the lowest costing of building using domestic technology and resources to be able to construct a large number of primary health care centres at a cost that will be affordable to us. We want to achieve as many of them during the period of the administration of Mr. President,” he said.

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