COVID 19: NAFDAC to begin local production of vaccine soon-DG


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says the agency will soon start manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of NAFDAC , Mojisola Adeyeye during a stakeholder interactive session organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations in Abuja on Wednesday.

Speaking at the event, Adeyeye also revealed that the World Health Organization is carrying out an audit of NAFDAC, which will enable the country to start production of vaccines

The DG, who was represented by the Director Planning Research and Statistics, NAFDAC, Fori Tatama, said the agency was upping the ante on health, safety and environment.

Tatama said, “the Agency’s DG is currently discussing with the WHO because the WHO is carrying out an audit of NAFDAC, which will enable the country to start manufacturing vaccines. The programme started on Monday and will last till Friday.”

Also at the session, the Ministry of Labour and Employment called for the quick passage of the Operational Safety and Health Bill to ensure proper regulation of safety in workplaces across the country.

Director, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Lauretta Adogu, said “The Bill will seek to make comprehensive provision for operational health and safety in work and other matters. It will also seek to establish a national council for occupational safety and health.

It addresses several important issues and widens the scope of legislation as the new act will apply to all workplaces because we enforce operational safety and health in Nigeria,” she said.

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