‘Only COVID-19 vaccines adaptable to Nigerians should be imported’

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ADELANI  ADEPEGBA

The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria has offered to partner with the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the processing of COVID-19 vaccines.

The medical workers also noted that the government should import only vaccines that were adaptable to the local weather.

The association insisted that the imported vaccines must also be subjected to in-country validation procedures to ascertain their safety and effectiveness in line with international best practices.

This was contained in a communique  issued at the end of the emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria held in Abuja, on Saturday.

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The President of AMLSN, Prof James Damen, who read the communique to journalists, assured that the medical laboratory scientists were skilled in vaccines production and were ready to start the development and production of vaccines against coronavirus and other infectious diseases in collaboration with other stakeholders.

He added that all that was needed was adequate funding and necessary laboratory infrastructure.

The communique read, “NEC commends the efforts of the Federal Government for its initiative in sourcing and strengthening local vaccines production.

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“We are satisfied with the members of the consortium and our association offers to partner with them being critical stakeholders in vaccines processing against COVID-19 from foreign countries but insists that imported vaccines must be such that will be easily adaptable to our clime in view of our peculiar weather.”

“The said vaccines must also be subjected to in-country validation procedures to ascertain their safety and effectiveness in line with international best practices,” the association added.

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The medical laboratory scientists commended the FG for scaling up lab infrastructure in the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the government should take a step further by reactivating human vaccines production labs in the country.

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