The director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has opened up on the side effects of using the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
DAILY GIST reports that Nigeria kicked off of the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccination last week Friday. President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, Some top government officials including the Presidential task force (PTF) and some Nigerian governors have reportedly received the COVID-19 vaccines.
Speaking on Thursday, The NAFDAC DG said the Astrazeneca vaccine used in treating COVID-19 has no side effect. She added that the agency thoroughly went through the application dossier of the vaccine before it was approved to be administered on Nigerians.
In her statement, she said “When we got the dossier or the application package of the vaccine, we went through it line by line, but before we got the application itself, we went through other assessments.
“I am talking about their assessment report so that we are prepared and guided when we start our own and that was exactly what happened.
“We conclude based on quality, safety and efficacy because we have to depend on the report, this particular AstraZeneca vaccine, over 20, 000 people were involved in phase three of the report.”
While insisting that the effectiveness of the vaccine outweigh the risk, she added that there was no medicine without its side effect.
Adeyeye noted that from all indications of quality and efficacy, the benefit of AstraZeneca vaccine outweighs the risk and the side effect.