The Federal Government of Nigeria raises compliant over counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines imported from China.
Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi – Director of Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health announced the issue in a letter dated on the 26th of March, 2021 to the Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Health Institutions.
The letter in part reads;
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“The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 regarding the arrest of about 3,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines which were Africa-bound from China.
The report further indicates that the fake COVID-19 vaccines are already in circulation in Africa.
To prevent the importation of fake vaccines, kindly note that the Nigeria Customs Service has designated Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport as the only Point of Entry (PoE) for imported COVID-19 vaccines.
I am therefore to bring this to your notice and dispel any possibility of COVID-19 vaccines being available for sale or being administered by any unauthorized institution. Please accept the assurances of my best regards.”
At the time of this post, The Nation reporters have tried to reach Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi through phones calls in order to varify the letter in quetion but to no avail.
Interestingly though, a top source from the Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed to The Nation reporters that the letter is authentic and emanated from the Ministry to the CMDs and MDs of Federal Tertiary Health Institutions across the country.