Ministry, Cuba to partner on vaccine production

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has said Nigeria is working very hard to produce a locally made vaccine to enable its professionals and scientists be involved in the production process.

The Minister said this when the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency Clara Paulido-Escandell paid a courtesy visit in his office on Monday, in Abuja.

Onu further said that the essence of production of the vaccine locally will help the country create job and equally reduce poverty levels.

He further stated that Nigeria is intensifying its effort in research towards the production of Covid-19 vaccine so that other countries can benefit.

The FMST boss reiterated that Nigeria will leverage on the existing bilateral relationship between the two countries to work together in other areas for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Earlier, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency Clara Paulido-Escandel acknowledged that her last visit to the Ministry availed her with the opportunity of working with some Agencies such as National Bio-technology and Development Agency (Nabada) and Shetsco development Institute to further achieve the local vaccine production. She also warned against the rising cases of New COVID-19 variant.

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