The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government will support the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), to meet international standards in research into the development of a vaccine for the new coronavirus.
Ehanire said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 joint briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the government would support NAFDAC to reach international maturity level and encourage researchers to work towards the development of vaccines for the virus.
Ehanire said Nigeria participated in a World Health Organisation (WHO), African Regional Conference, held virtually and chaired by the Minister of Health of the Congo.
He said the conference was centred on COVID-19, adding that conversations were on vaccines and implementing the African Region sickle cell strategy.
NAFDAC is also trying to reach the maturity level to assure that the product and processes that come out of research work in Nigeria towards the development of vaccine candidates are realisable and that they meet the required standard
The minister, however, urged Nigerians not to relax in observing the COVID-19 preventive measures, saying that the virus would still remain for the foreseeable future, till there was a vaccine available for it.