I didn’t run away from Covid-19 vaccination, says health minister

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The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunimbe Mamora, has debunked the speculation that he ran away from receiving vaccination when other members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 were being administered the vaccines two days ago.

Mamora, who admitted he was absent at the venue of the vaccination,  said other members of the PTF were aware of his itinerary.

He noted that he was absent because of his official engagement in Lagos and the development should not be misinterpreted as a deliberate attempt to avoid being vaccinated.

Addressing newsmen during the unveiling of the Next Generation Sequencing at Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, yesterday, the minister explained that he was unable to participate at the weekly briefing because of the engagement.

“Let nobody speculate that Mamora is running away from vaccination. I am not afraid because I am not one of the peddlers of conspiracy theories. I am a strong advocate of vaccines,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, the  Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said although vaccines were now available around the world, the continuous mutation of the virus forming new strains and variants of concern had made the development of new vaccines inevitable.

 

 

“The importance of the next-generation sequencing machine in this era of COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overemphasised. The world has grappled with one of the highest mortalities and morbidity incidences in the history of mankind.

“Furthermore, the ability of the SARS-COV-2 virus to mutate by changing its dynamics and possibly evade available vaccines and therapeutics have put the world under pressure to conduct massive parallel sequencing of the virus is making vital public health decision,” he said.

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