The Nigerian government on Friday received samples of the COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.
Russia’s ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, delivered the samples to Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, during a visit Abuja, according to a tweet from the official handle of the Federal Ministry of Health.
“We are expressing our interest in the #COVID19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately,” the tweet read.
Mr Ehanire said the vaccine would be quickly referred to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, amongst other agencies, for review and possible validation.
“We are exploring all knowledge in terms of therapeutics and vaccines,” Ehanire said, according to the tweet. “We are expressing our interest in the COVID19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately.”
Last month, Russia registered the first COVID-19 vaccine becoming the first nation in the world to lay claim to such a feat.