By Blessing Agoola

The Federal Government has received samples of Russia ’ s COVID – 19 vaccine.

Russia ’ s Ambassador to Nigeria , Alexey Shebarshin , delivered the samples to the Minister of Health , Osagie Ehanire , during a visit to the ministry in Abuja .

Also present at the event were the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora ; top management of the Health Ministry and other Nigerian Scientists .

This was contained in a statement signed by the ministry ’ s Director of Information , Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi .

The statement was titled , ‘ Russian Federation Ambassador to Nigeria , H. E. Alexey L. Shebarshin on courtesy visit to Nigeria ’ s Health Ministers , Russian-made COVID – 19 Vaccine finally here. ’

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Russia ’ s President , Vladimir Putin , said his country approved a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity ” against the lethal coronavirus .

The World Health Organisation had subsequently said it would review the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Ehanire on Friday also said the vaccine would be “ quickly referred ” to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development , amongst other agencies , for review and possible validation