Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has stated that Nigeria now can produce COVID-19 vaccines of international standard.
Adeyeye spoke on Saturday during the oversight visit of the House of Representatives Committee on COVID-19 to the NAFDAC facilities and COVID-19 laboratory projects in Lagos.
Sayo Akintola, NAFDAC Media Consultant, in a statement on Sunday, stated that Adeyeye the private-public partnership in the sector has strengthened the country’s capacity to produce international standard vaccines for Covid-19.
“For Vaccines, we are hoping that the vaccine facilities from the public-private partnership will soon happen but if the regulatory agency is not strong, we can make vaccines that will destroy our people.
“Nigeria can now make its vaccines and we can assure the populace that there is quality in whatever is being manufactured because of NAFDAC’s strength,” she said.
Adeyeye advocated for the strengthening of the health sector and NAFDAC so the industry can grow and take advantage of the opportunities in the environment.
“We have the African Free trade Agreement already here with us now for the nation’s pharmaceutical industry to take advantage of with quality products.
“There will be a lot of competition and if NAFDAC’s laboratory is not strengthened, we will not be able to compete,” she said.
Adeyeye commended the COVID-19 healthcare committees of the National Assembly for committing to ensuring that NAFDAC is known internationally.