COVID-19: Non-passage of Pharmacy Bill may hinder vaccines production, says PSN


President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm Sam Ohuabunwa has called for caution in the production of vaccines for Covid 19, saying the non-passage of Pharmacy Bill into law remains a challenge.
conference that availability of resources and funds are not enough to qualify the country for production of the vaccines.

Ohuabunwa announced this during a press conference on the rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines held in Lagos and called for caution in the use and administration of Ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.

According to Ohuabunwa, Nigeria cannot do much about vaccine protocol until the pharmacy bill is signed into law, saying the Bill will enable NAFDAC to do the due diligence as most drugs manufactured in the country cannot be exported due to the absence of pharmacy law.

Ohuabunwa, who dismissed various conspiracy theories against the vaccines, urged Nigerians to accept the vaccines when they become available.

Represented by the National Publicity Secretary, Pharm. Ijeoma Okey-Ewurum, he acknowledged that vaccines are safe for Nigerians and affirmed that this had been supported by scientific evidence available at the disposal of PSN and professional competences in the science and technology of vaccines formulation protocol of the drug.

“With our avowed responsibility to diligently nest medication safety of Nigerians, we make bold to say that the vaccines are safe and should be accepted when they become available to us.
“Vaccination has remained a veritable tool for disease prevention, control and possible elimination. For example, Nigeria, in August 2020 eradicated polio through effective vaccination. We should be proud that some Nigerians are involved in the development of the vaccines to save humanity from this dreaded disease,” he added.

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