Benue - Following the ban of HIV/AIDS vaccine discovered by Dr Jeremiah Abalaka, 16 years ago, Federal High Court in Makurdi, Benue State, has declared the ban illegal, null and void, Punch reports.
In a 32-page judgment, Justice Binta Nyako of Federal High Court held that given the dreaded nature of HIV/AIDS, it is incumbent on government to encourage health experts with scientific claims to the discovery of vaccines or cure, as opposed to discouraging them.
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Abalaka alongside his hospital, Medicrest Specialist Hospital Limited, Gwagwalada had dragged the Federal Government to court seeking a declaration that the July 20 2000 ban or suspension of the use of HIV vaccine he discovered was illegal, null and void because it violates his Patent No. RP13567 dated July 22 1999.
The court observed that the National Agency for Food and Drug Control Administration (NAFDAC) as the 3rd defendant though is vested with the responsibility of registering drugs and vaccines and has the powers to ban such, but lacked the facility to test Abalaka’s HIV vaccine, and as such failed to provide a convincing order to warrant the ban of the said vaccine.
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