The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has disclosed that soon, Nigeria will start manufacturing vaccines by itself.
Adeyeye explained that in June 2019, Nigeria attained the world’s most accepted Quality Management System (QMS) ISO 9001 standard which keeps the country in a good position to strive to get to the maturity level three which enables manufacturing of its own vaccines.
She said that the agency is leveraging technology to trace vaccines, especially when the COVID-19 vaccines arrive in the country.
‘This will enable the agency to be able to track and trace vaccines received by patients to be sure that they are safe and also observed for adverse reactions in patients,’ she said’ while speaking during the NAFDAC’s Staff Award Ceremony.
“With regards to the establishment of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global benchmarking and adoption of international best practices, we want to get to the maturity level three so that Nigeria can manufacture her own vaccines and we are all working on this every day,” she said.
In addition, Adeyeye said that the agency’s laboratories were being upgraded to international standards using equipment that were compliant with ISO 17025.
“Our laboratories are changing very rapidly with improvements in new equipment and supplies.
“Our four laboratories that were accredited before I came have received re-accreditation. We have also gotten a new lab – the Yaba Biologies and Vaccines Lab accredited for the first time. Also, our two other labs will be accredited very soon,” she added.
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