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Coronavirus: We have not approved any vaccines for clinical trial — NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control,NAFDAC, said yesterday it has not approved any vaccines for clinical trial for coronavirus disease in the country.

NAFDAC said approval for vaccines for clinical trial might not happen before one year to 18 months, after clinical trials must have been conducted in different countries.
According to the agency, this will be followed by rigorous in-country assessment, in line with laid down protocols to further ensure safety and efficacy.



But the agency in a statement by its Director General, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, said it had given what it called conditional emergency use approval of medical devices (COVID-19) antibody and antigen test kits, PPEs, etc. to companies.

The approved antigen test kids, the agency explained, could detect the COVID-19 antigen in patients with or without symptoms.

It also explained that the antibody test kits (IgG/IgM) could be used in COVID-19 confirmed individuals, who could then be tested at the designated centres using the antibody kits, to confirm that they had antibodies and as such might not be infected again.

The statement read: “National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control grants conditional emergency use approval of medical devices (COVID-19 Antibody and Antigen Test Kits, PPEs, etc.) Vanguardngr

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