The Federal Government has taken steps to revive the production of vaccine in the country with the approval by the Federal Executive Council of the establishment of a Company to be jointly owned by Government and pharmaceutical company, May and Baker.
This formed part of the decisions reached at this week’s Federal Cabinet meeting.
When the vaccine laboratory was shut down by Government for upgrades from 1940 to 1991, Nigeria had produced vaccines for local use and for exportation to nearby countries, and still the upgrade were never done.
Its 26 years after, this present Government has approved the setting up of a company Bio-Vaccines Ltd that would kick off by producing between 2017 and 2021, basic vaccines solely needed by the country’s teeming population.
The Federal Ministry of Health also gave an update on the body that had been flown into the country without requisite authorization from the Democratic Republic Of Congo, by Kenya Airways.
It assured Nigerians that the body had tested negative to any deadly virus and had since been released to its family.