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MWUN expresses confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, calls on members to avail themselves 

A researcher at Protein Sciences moves a vial in a lab, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Meriden, Conn. The biotech company is currently researching a vaccine for COVID-19. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


Segun Oladipupo

The leadership of the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has expressed confidence in COVID-19 vaccination for use.

The Union therefore urges members to make themselves available for vaccination,saying it is sure way to stem the spread of the dreaded pandemic.

This is contained in a release by the union signed by the President General, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju in Lagos on Wednesday.

“To affirm our trust in the efficacy of the vaccine, the entire leadership of the Union have been vaccinated and have not experienced any negative effect as a result of taking the vaccine.

“We are therefore persuaded that the vaccines are safe for use, and in this wise, we urge that every worker make himself and or herself available for vaccination as this is the sure way to stem the spread of the pandemic.

Giving statistics, the union explained how the pandemic has ravaged the world and claimed many lives.

“Since the outbreak of the Covid – 19 pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020, the disease has claimed over 3 million lives globally, with over 114 million cases being confirmed by laboratory tests (March 2021).

“This number translates into hundred of thousands of people in the Nigeria context as the pandemic has impacted almost every facet of life, causing global economies to stall, changing the way we work and affecting our relationship with people and family and stretching health care systems to the limit.

“In spite of the seeming grimness of the situation, scientific research fortunately gave rise to the production of vaccines which are 94–95% effective, and these figures have proven true in clinical and trial studies of those at high risk and the elderly.

“Covid – 19 vaccination offers a way to transit  out of the pandemic and restore society to normalcy. Unfortunately, a lot of people question the efficacy of the vaccines which has resulted in a negative public opinion on the efficiency of administering it – the vaccines.

“Nothing is more far from the truth as scientific based reports from world class and reliable sources indicate that the vaccine is safe for use.”

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