Would you receive the Covid-19 vaccine if offered to you without clinical trial? The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration, NAFDAC, has said the planned roll-out of coronavirus vaccines in Nigeria, expected to begin in January will not be subjected to Fresh Clinical Trials Before They Are Administered To Citizens.
The spokesman of the agency, Sayo Akintola, who made this known during an interview with Newsmen said local trials for the vaccine were unnecessary since the vaccine was already certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“The truth is that once a vaccine is approved by the WHO, it is assumed that it has passed through some preliminary stages of the trial.
“It is a known fact that for the WHO to sanction a vaccine, it must have gone through a series of trials here and there,” he said.
He, however, explained that a sample of the vaccine will be taken to the lab for its “safety and efficacy” to be ascertained before inoculation.
Recall that the Nigeria Medical Association had asked the federal government to do its evaluation of the COVID-19 vaccine before administering it on Nigerians.
But with NAFDAC’s position, Nigeria’s health authorities may very well proceed with vaccinations, trusting WHO’s expertise.
However, if the vaccine eventually arrives in the country, about 40 million Nigerians may receive it for free.
This is as earlier disclosed by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, following President Buhari’s directive to proceed with procurement arrangements. But the issue here is; would you receive the Covid-19 vaccine if offered to you without clinical trial?
Can you remember what happened in the year 1996 in Kano State as a result of a vaccine without a clinical trial? Report has it that at least 11 children died and dozens were left disabled after Pfizer (the same company that manufactured Covid-19 vaccine) gave them the experimental anti-meningitis drug known as Trovan.
Though Pfizer paid $175,000 (£108,000) each to four families in the first of a series of payments it is expected to make. The payouts are part of an out-of-court settlement reached in the year 2009.
But would the huge amount of money paid replace the loss of their loved ones? NO WAY!!!
Well, the WHO has given emergency authorization for the use of the Pfizer/Biotech vaccine meaning this would be available for use in developing countries who don’t have their own internal mechanism for such decisions, with Nigeria inclusive.
Also, the Astrazeneca vaccine has being approved in some countries such as the UK and recently ,India.
It may well be on course for WHO to approve it , this would be a vaccine for use in developing nations as it’s easier to store and transport unlike the Pfizer/Biotech that needs temperature of less than -70degrees.
And there are many more vaccines still in various states of trials, 49 of them are already named.
The federal government is planning to spend 400billion Naira on vaccine , but it is very important to see what opinions are , if people are willing to receive the jab or not.
Some Nigerians have been rejecting this particular move and studies conducted by the FDA in the USA shows that African-Americans are less likely to receive the jab with as low as 4 in 10 people saying they would receive the jab.
So, would you be happy to receive the Covid-19 vaccine if offered to you without clinical trial as a Nigerian?
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