COVID-19 vaccines would be a major breakthough in the global fight –NCDC



The Nigeria Center for Disease Control Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has informed Nigerians that as soon as a proven cure is revealed for Coronavirus, they will make vaccines available.

This statement by the  NCDC DG were made during a live press briefing on Monday, at PTF media briefing.

The vaccines would be a major break though in the global fight against Covid-19, saying “No single measure will have an impact on the world’s ability to control #COVID19 as vaccines” Ihekweazu opined.

He added that through Africa Center for Disease Control, CEPI vaccines and GAVI, they are working to ensure equitable access to a safe vaccine for Nigerians, when available.

Meanwhile, the Head, Ministry of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire while speaking at the PTF media briefing on Monday, stated that “our objective is to reduce case fatalities from 2% to less than 1%”.

“We are working on innovative interventions, with prospects to improve survival rate for the elderly & those with co-morbidities”, he continued.

Ehanire said all members of the PTF are aligned in the key role of non-pharmaceutical interventions in controlling new infections, because the measures are “easy, cheap and have been proven to be effective especially, the use of facemasks and social distancing”.

“I wish to assure our health workers that, we have no anxiety about-face personal protective equipment.

We are reasonably well stocked with materials & commodities, which have been supplied to all states across the country”, Ehanire said.

The Minister reiterated that the Ministry will work with state governments to prepare the necessary space and human resources required at general hospitals and primary health care centres.

we were able to respond to the request of a neighbouring country, Sao Tome with the supply of #COVID19 response commodities”, Ehanire revealed.

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