A Nigerian Professor of Medicine and Neurosciences, Philip Njemanze, has called on the federal government to abort plans of administering the Pfitzer/BioNTech vaccines on Nigerians.
Njemanze made the call on Friday at a virtual press conference themed “Information for Healthcare Professionals and the Media on Pfitzer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the health expert, the cost of COVID-19 vaccine is ten times Nigeria’s health budget and therefore makes no medical and economic sense, adding that the government would be making a mistake by leaving the country’s defense on vaccines.
Njemanze added that it is a misnomer to call the Pfitzer injections as a vaccine, noting that they are genetic devices not vaccines. He added that adding that experts are yet to determine the level of allergies that will come from the drug.
While noting that the peculiarities in Africa are different from Europe, the expert advised that Nigeria proceeds with caution by conducting clinical trials involving doctors, the National Agency for Food Drug and Administration Control (NAFDAC) and other medical experts.
In terms of solution, Njemanze said what can work is for the government to continue the distribution of Ivermectin to all Nigerians as a means of helping stimulating immune system to fight the disease.
Ivermectin has been widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa since the 1990s to treat river blindness.
Recently, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with some professors and scientists investigating how Ivermectin can be repurposed to treat COVID-19. A report on the usefulness of the drug has now been submitted to the World Health Organisation (WHO).