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No approved drug, vaccine for COVID-19 yet —NAFDAC

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The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, said Saturday the agency had not granted approval for any drug or vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19.

Adeyeye said in a statement that NAFDAC would continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to safeguard the health of Nigerians and that in the event of any approved drug or vaccine for the cure of COVID-19, the agency would not hesitate to inform the public.

She, however, advised Nigerians to comply strictly with measures issued by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The NAFDAC chief said: “To put the record straight, no drugs or vaccines have been given approval in the country for cure of COVID-19.

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“While the medical researchers globally, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the World Health Organisation (WHO), are working tirelessly on the discovery of vaccines and drugs to cure COVID-19, the agency urges the public to desist from making unsubstantial claims.

NAFDAC is the only authority in the country to grant approval to such drugs and vaccines.”

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