FG to inaugurate vaccine task force


The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said the government would be inaugurating a task force on vaccine.

He said, “Now that vaccines are known to be close at hand, the Ministry of Health is taking measures towards vaccine security, for which an 18-man National COVID-19 Vaccine Task Team with seven terms of reference will be inaugurated this week.

“The terms of reference will include generating strategies for acquisition, deployment and options for licensed production by Biovaccine Nigeria Limited.

“Our options with WHO/GAVI-led Covax facility remain our first line of engagement.”

The minister also gave an update on the outbreak of Yellow Fever in some states, saying “The reported ‘strange deaths’ in Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi Benue Bauchi and Kogi State have turned out to be Yellow Fever outbreak as confirmed by the NCDC that is responding professionally with rapid response teams to the outbreak.

“Of 586 suspected cases, 40 were confirmed in laboratory tests, with 10 deaths as of last week.”
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