The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described fellow residents who’re preaching in opposition to the COVID-19 vaccines as “extremely futile in imaginations.”
The minister urged Nigerians to disregard false claims relating to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States.
Mohammed, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, acknowledged on Wednesday that there needs to be little doubt on the propriety of utilizing the 4 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Mohammed mentioned the Moderna vaccine was secure, authorized by the World Health Organisation, and administered globally.
He added that the suspicion that Nigeria was used as a testing floor and Nigerians being guinea pigs for testing the vaccine was a “baseless, unscientific and deliberate attempt to dissuade people’’ from taking the vaccine.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying, “Nigerians are extremely futile in imagination. They will make statements that are baseless and not proved by science.
“Those who are saying this, is Nigeria the only country where Moderna vaccine is being administered? The answer is no. They should stop this nonsense because this kind of fake news is capable of discouraging people from taking the vaccine.”
Mohammed additional urged Nigerians to not be dissuaded by the rumours, disinformation, and faux information on COVID-19 and the vaccines, noting that the vaccine was not dangerous however meant to save lots of lives, and Nigerians ought to come out to take it when the second batch is rolled out on August 16.
“COVID 19 is real, and the Delta variant is in Nigeria because we have been witnessing an increase in cases due to the variant that we have identified in many states,” the minister defined.
“The variant is very virulent, highly transmissible, and it kills easily and faster. The only two ways for Nigerians to protect themselves is by taking the vaccine and observing the non-pharmaceutical protocols.”
He added that these travelling to and from restricted or non-restricted international locations ought to guarantee they comply with the required protocols and appealed to the media, spiritual and conventional rulers to hitch the PSC in sensitising the general public that every one the vaccines are WHO-approved and secure to be used.