The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerians to check that the COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine they are receiving has the original label.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC’s Director-General, said in a statement that the advice was necessary to ensure that people were not vaccinated with the fake AstraZeneca vaccine.
She stated that the original Oxford Astrazeneca University vaccine had been contracted to India’s Serum Institute of India (SIIPL), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, to produce in large quantities.
“AZOU gave Serum Institute of India PVT Limited the license to manufacture this vaccine on a commercial scale,” Adeyeye said. SIIPL is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, and it received the license by signing a manufacturing agreement.
“The vaccine was given the trade name COVISHIELD by SIIPL, and it is the result of collaboration and technology transfer between AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
“By number of doses produced and sold globally, the SIIPL is now the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer; more than 1.5 billion doses, including Polio vaccine, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, BCG, r-Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.”
According to her, the vaccines produced by SIIPL were approved by the World Health Organization and were being used in national immunisation programs in more than 170 countries around the world.