The Federal Government has received the samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin delivered the samples of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire during a visit to the Ministry in Abuja on Friday.
The Russian Ambassador also gave the Minister an aide-memoire which gives details about the vaccine to help the Nigerian Government conduct further research on it.
“We are exploring all knowledge in terms of therapeutics and vaccines,” the Ministry quoted Ehanire as saying.
“We are expressing our interest in the COVID-19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately.”
He explained that the country has been taking part in a series of knowledge exchange and contact with several research bodies and nations in a bid to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ehanire noted that the Ministry has been in contact with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nigeria for the right of access, immediately the Russian COVID-19 vaccine was announced.
The Director of Hospital Services Department in the Ministry, Dr Adepimpe Adebiyi who was also present at the event said it is an opportunity to expand Nigeria’s vaccine production.
“The technical officers will interphase with the #Russian team in order to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Russia,” he said.
Russia had on August 11th, 2020, announced that it had developed the vaccine which has now shown some signs of success in early trials.