Coronavirus: Nigeria Welcomes The World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine From Russia
The vaccine will be evaluated by specialist organizations and departments of the Federal Ministry of Health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Sputnik V must undergo a comprehensive safety review process before it can be mass-produced and used.
The Russian delegation provided the Federal Government of Nigeria with samples of Sputnik V, the world’s first recorded vaccine against COVID-19.
Last month, Russia became the first country to authorize a virus vaccine that has infected more than 26 million people and killed nearly 900,000 people worldwide.
Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, delivered the vaccine to Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Friday 4 September 2020.
Shebarshin handed over the vaccine with the helper’s memoir, describing the specifics for the Nigerian teams to review as a reference for further testing, sponsorship and implementation.
The Ambassador demanded that Nigeria set up a team to communicate with its embassy in order to perform clinical trials.
He said this in relation not only to vaccines for COVID-19 but also to other fields where the Russian Federation has the expertise to administer vaccines.
L-R: Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, receives a message on Sputnik V from Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, on Friday 4 September 2020.
Ehanire, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health, said that Nigeria engaged in a series of exchanges of information and contacts with various research bodies and countries to find solutions to the COVID-19 problem.
He said Nigeria asked Russia for the right of access to its vaccine as soon as the European giant declared its breakthrough.
“The agreement reached was to quickly refer the vaccine to the appropriate specialist institutions and agencies of the Federal Ministry of Health, beginning with NAFDAC, NIPRD, and for a team of scientists and advisors to the Ministry to work on the possible sponsorship of the Russian vaccine to alleviate the plight of Nigerians in the sense of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Ministry of Health said in 1.
According to Russian authorities, Sputnik V is based on an adenoviral vector that usually causes acute respiratory viral infections.
“The adenovirus gene that causes the infection is removed while a protein-coded gene from another virus spike is added.
“This inserted element is safe for the body but still helps the immune system to react and produce antibodies, which protect us from the infection,” a website created for the vaccine says.
Sputnik V passed early trial tests with patients involved developing antibodies with no serious adverse effects, according to a research article published in the UK journal, The Lancet, on Friday.
Experts in the West have warned against the mass use of the vaccine until all internationally approved testing and regulatory steps have been taken.