The Federal Government has raised the alarm over three thousand doses of fake COVID19 vaccines sent to Africa from China.
According to The Nation, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, Director of Hospital Services at the Federal Ministry of Health, revealed this in a letter dated March 26, 2021, to the Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Health Institutions.
“The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 regarding the arrest of about 3,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines which were Africa-bound from China.
“The report further indicates that the fake COVID-19 vaccines are already in circulation in Africa.
“To prevent the importation of fake vaccines, kindly note that the Nigeria Customs Service has designated Nnamdi Azikiwe international Airport as the only Point of Entry (PoE) for imported COVID-19 vaccines.
“I am therefore to bring this to your notice and dispel any possibility of COVID-19 vaccines being available for sale or being administered by any unauthorized institution. Please accept the assurances of my best regards.”
The newspaper noted that efforts to reach Adebiyi to authenticate the letter proved abortive.
However, it said a source in the federal ministry of health confirmed that the letter is authentic and emanated from the ministry to the CMDs and MDs of federal tertiary health institutions across the country.