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Nigeria, Indian Manufacturer to Produce Vaccines

FILE - An unidentified health official administers a polio vaccine to a child in Kawo Kano, Nigeria, Sunday, April. 13, 2014.

Nigeria will collaborate with the Serum Institute of India to begin local production of vaccines used in the nation's immunization programs, 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 has been seeking foreign partners to produce them at home.

"We hope to start manufacturing some of the vaccines (that) Serum Institute India manufactures 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 producer of vaccines.

"We are talking first of all the routine vaccines, the ones (for) the standard program on immunization, not COVID-19 vaccine."

Ehanire said the venture between Bio Vaccine Nigeria and Serum Institute would start by producing 15% of vaccines used in local immunization.

The government owns a 49% stake in Bio Vaccine and private investors control the rest.