Nigeria to produce vaccines locally with Serum Institute of India

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health Osagie Ehanire attends an emergency National Council on Health meeting on the control of Lassa Fever in Abuja, Nigeria January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

LAGOS, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Nigeria will partner with Serum Institute of India to start local manufacturing of vaccines used in the country’s immunisation programmes, health minister Osagie Ehanire said on Wednesday.

Africa’s most populous country imports all of its vaccines, including those used to prevent polio, measles and tuberculosis, but has been seeking foreign partners to produce them at home.

“We hope to start manufacturing some of the vaccines (that) Serum Institute India manufactures and transfer the technology and skills to our people,” Ehanire said after Nigeria’s cabinet approved the deal with Serum Institute, the world’s largest producer of vaccines.

“We are talking first of all the routine vaccines, the ones (for) the standard programme on immunisation, not COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ehanire said the venture between Bio Vaccine Nigeria and Serum Institute would start by producing 15% of vaccines used in local immunisation. The government owns a 49% stake in Bio Vaccine and private investors control the rest.

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Reporting by Felix Onuah, Editing by MacDonald Dzirutwe and Bill Berkrot

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

As Washington ramps up efforts to bring India on board with sanctions against Russia, U.S. treasury official on visit to Mumbai and Delhi

U.S. Assistant Secretary to discuss Russian oil purchases by India, rupee-rouble trade…

सड़क, रेल, 5G… अरुणाचल बॉर्डर से सटे तिब्‍बत में क्‍या-क्‍या गुल खिला रहा चीन, सेना ने सब बताया

Edited by दीपक वर्मा | भाषा | Updated: May 17, 2022, 1:08…

Eid-ul-Fitr moon sighting highlights: Saudi Arabia, India may mark Eid same day

Eid-ul-Fitr 2022 moon sighting highlights: There is a wafer-thin chance that Muslims…

India Shelves ₹35,000 Cr Plan To Upgrade Su-30 Fighter Fleet Amid Russia-ukraine War | Mint

NEW DELHI : Several factors have shelved the Indian Air Force’s plan…