Nigeria Says COVID-19 Vaccines Will Not Be Available Until 2021

Dr Osagie Ehanire OnoBello

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire on Thursday said vaccine for the Coronavirus would be available until 2021.

During a Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, Ehanire said, “Vaccines will not be available until next year at best. No reliable therapeutics has been confirmed but our country must restart businesses, including travel to allow citizens to earn their livelihood.”

“Compliance with all the recommended measures like wearing your masks, social distancing, avoiding gatherings etc will go a long way to help,” he told reporters.

The health minister also used opportunity to sensitize the public about the ravaging virus, advising them on ways to protect themselves. He futher said, “I also use this opportunity to renew my calls to members of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) to put the plight, safety and well-being of their patients into consideration and to call off the ongoing strike while the differences are being addressed by negotiations.

“It is important to remind ourselves that COVID-19 is real and spreading gradually in some parts of the world as we speak.”

“It is risky to believe that it is going away even though it looks as if the figures are reducing here. Some countries are experiencing the so-called second waves with all the complications that go along with this easily spreading disease.”

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