FALSE: China Sends COVID-19 Vaccines To Nigeria
These images show delivery of China’s medical supplies in Ghana.
Multiple posts shared with pictures of an aircraft delivering supplies claim to show the delivery of coronavirus vaccines from China to a Nigerian airport. This is false; the images were taken in Accra, Ghana, and show Chinese aid deliveries of medical supplies to 18 African countries — including Nigeria.
One of such posts, archived here and shared hundreds of times, claims “the vaccine has just arrived Nigeria airport few hours ago from China (sic). Please stay away from it. The vaccine that arrived from China is coronavirus”. The Facebook user also alleges that “China want [sic] to give the coronavirus to our people,” asking that Nigerians not to accept the supplies.
The pictures were taken in Ghana — not Nigeria
We ran a reverse image search to find the source of the pictures. The results show that they were taken by Xu Zheng for Chinese news agency Xinhua. According to the caption, the pictures were taken at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and not in Nigeria.
“A staff member unloads Chinese medical supplies from an airplane at the Kotota International Airport in Accra, capital of Ghana, April 6, 2020,” the caption reads in part. It adds this is part of Chinese medical supplies being delivered to 18 African countries, with the rest scheduled to be delivered to the other 17 countries — including Nigeria — within a few days.
“The beneficiary African countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Benin, Cape Verde, as well as Sao Tome and Principe.”
There are no vaccines for COVID-19 yet
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in early April “there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019” at this stage.
A global group of scientists, physicians, funders and manufacturers coordinated by WHO have come together as part of an international collaboration to develop a vaccine. As of April 13, 2020, the process was still in progress.
Nigerian Health Minister Osagie Ehanire has acknowledged China’s support in the battle against the novel coronavirus in the form of medical supplies and personnel — not vaccines.
Chris Isokponwu, special adviser to the minister, told AFP that items received from the Chinese government from in early April were “personal protective equipment and ICT materials to strengthen port health services”.
The country has also received 100,000 face masks, 1,000 protective gowns and 20,000 test kits from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, as AFP reported here.