The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID-19 Pandemic has warned Nigerians not to procure unverified vaccines from the black market.
The Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who gave the warning during a media briefing in Abuja, on Monday, assured that Nigeria will soon receive the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.
He said: “The issue of vaccines continues to dominate discussions and major policy and financial decisions by various countries of the world. As you are aware, NAFDAC in the course of the week granted emergency use authorisation for the use of AstraZeneca vaccines in Nigeria. This decision was reached after due process by the regulatory body.
“Despite this milestone approval, which will obviously be a game-changer, the PTF wishes to underscore the need to continue to take responsibility by observing all the non-pharmaceutical measures.
“Vaccines remain critical in the battle but we must remain well informed because of the intense transmission which is putting enormous pressure on the hospitals, intensive care units and health workers in our different communities.
“Let me state that decisions made by leaders and citizens will determine the level of our success in tackling the acute phase.
“The PTF has been assured that Nigeria shall receive the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines very soon and Nigerians will be adequately informed on developments.
“The multisectoral machinery will be deployed to enhance the logistics to the “last-mile administration” processes that have been put in place. This will involve community mobilisation, training, transportation, storage, operations, etc.
“The real work involves every sub-national entities, the Communities, the citizens, and the Civil Societies. We crave your cooperation and support to achieve this.
“The PTF wishes to reassure Nigerians that no stone will be left unturned in the effort to access safe and efficacious vaccines. We, therefore, plead for patience and vigilance. We also plead with Nigerians not to procure uncertified vaccines from the black market.”
Mustapha informed that there have been preliminary results from the COVID-19 Seroprevalence Household Survey, which is on-going.
He explained that it is to measure the seroprevalence of antibodies to COVID-19 in the population of selected states (Lagos, Enugu, Gombe and Nasarawa) by sex and age group based on the fraction of asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic or subclinical infections.
He said the survey was carried out by WHO protocol on SARS-COV-2 seroepidemiology and the outcome is quite encouraging.
Speaking on the global trend of the pandemic, he observed that in terms of numbers, statistics show that global cases and deaths have continued to decline.
He further said: “Most countries have registered significant declines in cases but amongst the top 5, the decline in Brazil is still minimal. The African Region has shown a high decline and South Africa continues to record a sustained daily decline in cases.”
Mustapha also gave the situation report of the pandemic in Nigerian, noting that as of February 21, 2021, Nigerian statistics show the following: cases: 152,074; fatalities:1,839; recoveries:128,668; active cases:21,567 and number of tests:1,489,103.
On the emerging issues on international travels involving the Emirates and the KLM airlines, asserted that discussions are still ongoing through the Foreign Affairs and Aviation Ministries.
“Once again, we wish to assure Nigerians that our conclusions shall be in the interest of Nigerians,” the PTF boss declared.
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