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PDP Gov Admits AstraZeneca Vaccine Has Side Effects, Delays Rollout



Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, confirmed that Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine adopted by Nigeria government to prevent Covid-19 from spreading has side effects.

Makinde said that was why his administration delayed the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the state due to negative reports about the jab.

BlazeNewz gathered that some European countries had suspended the use of the vaccine due to reports of blood clots experienced by some people being vaccinated.

However, the Nigerian Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) assured of the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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Speaking on Wednesday during the flag-off of the vaccination exercise in Ibadan, the state capital, Makinde said the government had to buy drugs to treat the side effects reportedly associated with the vaccine.

Makinde said, “I wanted to validate that the vaccine that we’ll give to the people of Oyo State have been correctly handled.

“We tapped our labs here and they all came with the same result that the vaccine is good and proper for the consumption of the people of Oyo State.

“It didn’t take me 24 hours after that to accept and to agree to come for this exercise.”

The governor, however, promised that the state will immediately begin the vaccination exercise and meet up with its counterparts who have already started.

After the event, Makinde received his first dose of the vaccine and promised to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

He said, “When I was reading the newspaper this morning, I saw that they said Oyo State has not given a single shot of the vaccine. So, they recorded zero for Oyo State. Now, at least we have one.

“And for the states that have taken in their thousands, we always say that no be the man wey first call police na him dey win case (pidgin).

“They can be ahead, but we’ll surely overtake them very soon.”

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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