The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against procuring a purported Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine produced in Kano State.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, gave the warning while speaking at a press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday.
According to the minister, no vaccine or drug has been certified by the global and national health authorities as either a prevention antidote or a cure for the virus.
“In the absence of vaccine or drugs, Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention NPI remains the most effective way to contain the spread of the disease and protect Nigerians.
“By the way, you must have heard of the vaccine being hawked in Kano which is called ‘COVID-19 Vaccine’. It is yellow in colour. It is not certified by anybody. Please, do not patronize the hawkers,” he said.
Mohammed also said the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has established guidelines for all radio and television stations to follow during the pandemic, warning that they must not violate the broadcasting code by airing unsubstantiated claims about cure for COVID-19.
He said: “In the meantime, the National Broadcasting Commission NBC has taken steps to prevent misinformation via the broadcast stations by warning them to adhere strictly to the professional ethics of balance and fairness in reporting COVID-19.
“In particular, the Commission has warned the stations against bringing on their programmes ‘panellists’ with agenda to make reckless statements and insinuations.”