Nigerian Medical Association sceptical about Covid-19 vaccine

Nigerian Medical Association sceptical about Covid-19 vaccine
Nigerian Medical Association sceptical about Covid-19 vaccine

Despite mounting challenge over the 2d wave of Covid-19, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has warned it is now not cosy with the administration of any vaccine in the u . s . a . besides nearby medical trials.

While the Pfizer vaccine was once located to be ninety five per cent wonderful in scientific trials and is presently being administered in the US, the medical doctors insist these trials are germane due to the fact the biology, surroundings and genetics of Nigerians is distinctive from that of human beings who have been tested.

“The vaccine have to be subjected to some other scientific trial on Nigerians so that we can accurately report its efficacy and security on Nigerians. It doesn’t count number if it is a hundred per cent efficacious in the US and Europe,” NMA president, Prof Innocent Ujah, stated yesterday.

NMA has made public its role at a time when the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 (PTF) decised to reactivate Covid-19 Protocols Enforcement Task Team to end its violation.

The National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, stated the assembly used to be necessitated with the aid of the spike in Covid-19 instances and the want for aggressive enforcement of fitness recommendations that would come with clear penalties.

He insisted that mass gatherings ought to be restrained to no longer greater than 50 persons, ideally outdoors, and there ought to be carrying of facemasks.

He stated PTF solely advocated that eating places need to be allowed to function outdoors, however lamented that all eating places have opened indoors.

“This has to be enforced; they can grant takeaways, otherwise, they ought to shut for the Christmas duration due to the fact it is a length that attracts humans for mass gathering. Our intention is to end the terrific spider match over the subsequent six weeks.’’

Agreeing on proper manage measures, together with the use of vaccines, Prof Ujah stated he was once greater involved that many Nigerians had no longer been complying with the Covid-19 security protocols.

He appealed to Nigerians to take advisories significantly in order to stem the virus transmission.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has mentioned that new infections have introduced the country’s whole to 73,374 proven instances and 1,197 deaths.

It stated it registered 201 new infections as at December 14, 2020 and that the u . s . a . had performed about 848,194 assessments given that the first verified case in March.

It issued a warning over feasible neighborhood transmission of the virus with the anticipated mass return of Nigerians from the diaspora in advance of the festive season.

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