The Honourable Federal Minister of Health, Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire has signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Nigeria Government and Biovaccines Nigeria Limited, for the production of safe & affordable vaccines for Nigeria.
The Memorandum which is a joint venture between the Nigeria Government and May & Baker Nig. Plc was signed at an event held today, 5th of November, 2020 at Abuja.
The Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Ehanire stated at the event that the COVID-19 pandemic brought the attention of the country to the need for domestic production capabilities of vaccines among other commodities for self sufficiency in other endeavors.
Therefore, “This Memorandum of Understanding will serve as an implementation framework for guaranteeing market access, which is conditional for transfer of technology to indigenous vaccine manufacturers” he said.
Dr. Ehanire stated that, “The biovaccines is charged with the mandate to attract technology, build & develop capacity for research, development & local manufacturing of vaccines”.
He also revealed that, “Biovaccines Nigeria Limited has been working with the Nigeria Government through Federal Ministry of Health and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to ensure that the Federal Vaccine Manufacturing Lab in Lagos is resuscitated for the production of safe & affordable vaccines for Nigeria and prospectively Africa”.