Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin has given the samples of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.
The Russian Ambassador also handed an aide memoir which gives details about the vaccine to help the Nigerian Government conduct further research on it.
While receiving the ambassador in the Ministry of health in Abuja on Friday, the Minister was quoted to have said “We are exploring all knowledge in terms of therapeutics and vaccines.”
“We are expressing our interest in the COVID-19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately.”
He explained that the country has been taking part in a series of knowledge exchange and contact with several research bodies and nations in a bid to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ehanire noted that the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Nigeria for the right of access, immediately the Russian COVID-19 vaccine was announced.
The Director of Hospital Services Department in the Ministry, Dr Adepimpe Adebiyi who was also present at the event said it is an opportunity to expand Nigeria’s vaccine production.
“The technical officers will inter phase with the #Russian team in order to strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and Russia,” he said.