FG set to commence local production of vaccines

While receiving the Nigerian Immunization Financing Task Force Team in his office in Abuja yesterday, The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed that The federal government is set to commence local production of vaccines as a deliberate effort to save the lives of more than seven million new born babies in the country, and the Ministry was determined to lead the way in the local production of vaccines, saying there was no justification for the nation to continue to spend on importation of what it could do.
He said: “We used to produce and export vaccines in the past, Today, we are struggling to be self-sufficient, and we need to go back to those things that helped us in the past. ‘’We don’t want to continually remain a poor nation, and rather being recipient of grants, we should be able to give grants to other countries, adding that  “The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology will lead the way in making sure that vaccines are produced in the country to satisfy local needs and eventually for export to other African countries.” Onu, who commended the team for being selfless in its efforts, urged it to work more in the common interest of the nation.

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