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(200414) -- BEIJING, April 14, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A staff member displays samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at Sinovac Biotech Ltd., in Beijing, capital of China, March 16, 2020. China has approved two COVID-19 inactivated vaccine candidates for clinical trials, according to the State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against the coronavirus Tuesday. The two vaccine candidates are developed by Wuhan Institute of Biological Products under the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and Sinovac Research and Development Co., Ltd, a company based in Beijing. Clinical trials of the two vaccines have started. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

Fake Covid-19 Vaccines_ NAFDAC Alerts

The Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has warned Nigerians not to take any vaccine except the ones approved by the agency.

Adeyeye, at a briefing on Friday, said the World Health Organisation’s approval was not enough for the use of the vaccine, except the regulatory agency certifies the vaccine safe for use.

There are fake vaccines ,therefore “No government establishment or agencies should order COVID-19 vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.” She said the agency was discussing with manufactures of candidate COVID-19 vaccines concerning potential Emergency Use Authorisation, registration or licensing of their product as the case may be.” The agency assures applicants that if phase three clinical data are very convincing and robust with regards to safety and efficacy and the vaccine has been submitted for WHO for Emergency Use Listing, NAFDAC will welcome the application for Emergency Use Authorisation in Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.