NATIONAL Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC,) has said that it would not relent in rolling out vital information relating to the AstraZeneca vaccine recently approved for the treatment of COVID-19.
Director general of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, while reacting to questions making rounds on whether the vaccine, when made available, could be given to pregnant and lactating women, the aged and those below 18 years.
Nigerians also wanted to know if people with health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, among others, could take the vaccine.
While approving the vaccine on Feb. 18, Adeyeye said the vaccine had been scrutinised for holistic approach for effective immunisation by the NAFDAC Vaccine Committee.
He further added that the vaccine was only approved for “Emergency Use Authorisation”, meaning that the product was still under development.
She said that information on whether breastfeeding or pregnant women could also take the vaccine had not yet been confirmed.
“We base our judgment on the findings of the NAFDAC Vaccine Committee; the vaccine specified 18 years and above.
“People with underlying health conditions can also take it but must be under watch.
“Even the Indian Government that first got the vaccine says the product can be given to people with past history of COVID-19.
He maintained that the agency would continue to get more data about the vaccine, review it and notify the public.
COVID-19: We’re still studying AstraZeneca vaccine, despite approval for use – NAFDAC
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, says it will continue to roll-out vital information relating to the AstraZeneca vaccine recently approved for the treatment of COVID-19.
Recall that NAFDAC recently approved the vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, to tackle the coronavirus disease ravaging many parts of the world.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, had said that the vaccine would be made available to Nigeria before the end of February.