Buhari orders minister to submit progress report on vaccine production

Written by on April 21, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, directed the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, to submit a progress report by the end of May 2022 on the indigenous production of vaccines in the country.

He gave the directive while receiving at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the leadership of the Nigeria Integrated Biopharmaceuticals Industries Consortium, NIBI, led by Mr Vilarugel Cuyas, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Fredlab.

The President commended the NIBI consortium made up of European biotechnology companies Merck, Unizima, Rommelag, and Fredlab, who are collaborating with the Nigerian start-up PIA BioPharma to establish a world-class Bio-Pharma Industrial Complex for the manufacture of vaccines and essential therapeutics in Nigeria.

Stressing that his administration considered food and medicine sufficiency as national security issues, the President asked the health minister and his team to work closely with the consortium on the Federal Government’s support required for the actualization of the NIBI project within the next few months.

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