The use of AstraZeneca Vaccine has been approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for use in Nigeria.

The Director-General of the agency Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this on Thursday.

In the midst of the ongoing battle against the infection of Coronavirus pandemic among the global community Nigeria stands in a better position at the moment.

Recently the Astrazeneca vaccine was approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Adeyeye at a press conference in Abuja said NAFDAC got the dossier of the vaccine a week ago, while its safety committee went to work immediately to evaluate its safety and efficacy for Nigerians.

She explained that there were three additional vaccines undergoing evaluation, while affirming that the vaccine could be stored in two to eight degrees Centigrade.

She also confirmed that the evaluation on Astrazeneca shows that the vaccine is effective against the United Kingdom variant of the virus which has been reported in Nigeria.

The NAFDAC DG stressed that the South African variant has not been reported in Nigeria, while the agency has over 30 herbal medicines undergoing review for listing.