THE Federal Government has sought a collaboration with the Indian Government on the production of vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
On Friday in Abuja, at the presentation of medicines donated by the Indian Government to Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said that the partnership would address the need of the entire ECOWAS sub-region.
He explained that Nigeria was a vaccine production aspiring country and was “in a joint venture with a private company on exploring vaccine production to meet the need of the country.”
The minister said that Nigeria would like to tap into the “advance science in India to address the vaccine needs in Nigeria and in the ECOWAS sub region.”
“Nigeria will be interested if there is a way to connect our scientists to join your scientists to produce a vaccine against COVID-19.
He thanked the India government for the donation and for finding the resources and attention to be able to remember Nigeria to make in spite of its own afflictions with COVID-19.
Ehanire hailed the long interaction with India on almost all areas, and noted that “the most cognate of the connection between our countries is pharmaceutical.
“India is the hub of pharmaceutical productivity and all aspiring will look toward India in that respect. We look forward to collaborate with you in that area.”
The High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur, said the donation was part of India’s ongoing collaboration with African countries to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “The consignment has been sent to Nigeria in line with commitment made in the conversation between the Indian Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Foreign of Affairs of Nigeria.
“India remains committed to build capacity and contribute toward the health and welfare of the people of Nigeria, including in combating and overcoming COVID-19 challenges.’’
India donated 7-tonnes of essentials medicines, including hydroxycholoroquine and antibiotics.