The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against taking fake vaccines that are being circulated in the country.
NAFDAC Boss, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, gave this warning while speaking during a virtual media briefing on Friday.
She stated that the agency has not approved any COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
She advised the public not to take any COVID vaccine as they can cause COVID-19-like illnesses and can lead to death.
Adeyeye also warned government establishments, agencies, and big corporations against ordering COVID vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.
She said: “The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has not received any application from Covid Vaccine manufacturers yet and therefore no vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC.
“Covid-19 vaccines are new, and the side effects or adverse events must be well monitored, therefore, if NAFDAC does not approve, the public should not use.
“There are reports of fake vaccines in Nigeria. NAFDAC is pleading with the public to beware.
“No Covid Vaccines have been approved by NAFDAC. Fake vaccines can cause Covid-like illnesses or other serious diseases that could kill.
“Vaccines should not be ordered by any company or corporation. The companies that manufacture the vaccines if they are genuine companies know they have to submit their application to NAFDAC.
“No government establishment or agencies should order Covid vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved.”