Nigeria: Presidency plans to bring home Nigerian scientists abroad for COVID-19 Vaccine production

The Federal Government is critically exploring all the possibilities of bringing home Nigerian scientists outside the country who have contributed in producing the COVID-19 Vaccines globally to replicate the same feat in their home country.

Nigeria: Presidency plans to bring home Nigerian scientists abroad for COVID-19 Vaccine production

The Federal Government is critically exploring all the possibilities of bringing home Nigerian scientists outside the country who have contributed in producing the COVID-19 Vaccines globally to replicate the same feat in their home country.

President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan revealed this after a joint meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives noting that the meeting with the President  was primarily centered on how to improve security situation in the country as well as how to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to Nigerians.

The Senate President further noted it is only right for the country to allocate more resources to Research and Development in order to allow Nigerian scientists collaborate with other scientists internationally to produce a Nigerian made COVID 19 vaccine.

Dr Lawan also said “The US is not allowing vaccines to go out of US. EU is not allowing, AstraZeneca vaccine produced in UK to be sent out of EU. India is not allowing AstraZeneca vaccine they produce to be exported out. So where do we go from here? We will have to fall back on our own capacities and abilities. And we have great scientists in this country. We have many Nigerians outside Nigeria, who are also helping to develop the vaccines in other countries. So why don’t you bring them home? Why don’t you put some resources so they will also produce ours locally here and take care of our population, and later other African countries especially our neighbours. “

He further dispelled rumours that the National Assembly will give  $100 million for indigenous vaccine trial stating that things don’t work that way, “it has to be scientifically proven, there will be proper and serious engagement because vaccines developed in Nigeria will need to be applied or may be subjected to international assessments. So it’s not going to be a vaccine for Nigeria alone. It’s supposed to be a vaccine for the entire world but of course, originated from Nigeria" “

The lawmaker insisted that the Legislature will never consider such a request because  "we want a very solid and strong platform on which our scientists will have all the opportunities and then the government provides the necessary resources"' he finalized.

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