Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has received samples of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey L. Shebarshin in Abuja on Friday.
Ehanire expressed Nigeria’s interest for the Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, saying:
We are exploring all knowledge in terms of therapeutics and vaccines.
We are expressing our interest for the COVID-19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, in his remark stated that this opportunity would help to strengthen the collaboration between Russian and Nigeria.
On his part also, Dr Adepimpe Adebiyi, the Director, Hospital Services Department stated that this development provides Nigeria an opportunity to expand her vaccine production.
The technical officers will inter-phase with the Russian team in order to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Russia.
This is coming at a time when Nigeria is experiencing a significant increase in the death toll from the virus despite recording its lowest coronavirus infections in nearly five months.
According to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night, while 125 cases were discovered in the last 24 hours, the lowest since mid-April, about 19 more deaths were also recorded.
The latest daily figure, which brings the total number of infections in the country to 54,588, implies that for more than a week, cases have fallen below 300 daily.
The data also suggested that Africa’s most populous nation may be flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve, although concerns are still rife over the slight uptick in fatalities as well as the rise in community transmissions.
However, the decline in the number of reported cases comes as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says sample collection for COVID-19 in the country declined in August.
The 19 deaths recorded on Thursday takes the total to 1, 048. 10 deaths were reported on Wednesday.