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Nigeria will work with the Serum Institute of India to start local production of vaccines

Nigeria will work with the Serum Institute of India to start local production of vaccines used in national immunization programmes, Health Minister Osagie Ehanire said on Wednesday. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, imports all of its vaccines, including those used to prevent polio, measles and tuberculosis, but is looking for foreign partners to produce them at home.

“We hope to start manufacturing some of the vaccines (that) Serum Institute India makes 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 vaccine maker. “We’re primarily talking about routine vaccines, (for) the standard immunization schedule, not the COVID-19 vaccine.” Ehanire said the venture between Bio Vaccine Nigeria and Serum Institute will start with the production of 15% of the vaccines used in local immunization. The government owns 49% of Bio Vaccine and private investors control the rest.

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