Health ministry backpedals, says Covid-19 vaccine still in Russia’s custody

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Contrary to an earlier statement by the Federal Ministry of Health that the Russian ambassador, Alexey Shebarshin and his team delivered some samples of Covid-19 vaccines to the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire earlier in the day, the ministry’s director or Media and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi said the said vaccines are still in the custody of the Russian Embassy.

In a follow-up clarification on its official Facebook page, the ministry said: “Following an earlier press release made today, Friday, 4th September 2020 on the courtesy visit by the Russian Federation’s Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin to Nigeria’s Health Ministers to hand over an aide memoir on the recently announced Russian-made COVID-19, the Ministry’s Media and Public Relations Unit wishes to correct the impression that the Russian-made COVID-19 Vaccine has been handed over to the Health authorities in Nigeria.

“What was handed over was an aide memoir to enable the Nigerian team study and get ready for further researches, patronage and application.

“The Russian-made COVID-19 being still in the custody of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Nigeria, we have been corrected, to see it as still being with the Russians and not with the Nigerian health authorities”.

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