A team of Nigerian scientists claimed to have discovered a unique vaccine that may help prevent the novel coronavirus infection. The discovery of the vaccine was announced on Friday by Nigerian Universities’ Scientists, under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group, even as researchers all over the world race against time to find a cure for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has so far killed at least 465,300 people globally.
A team of Nigeria scientists has claimed that they have discovered the vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The news about the discovery of the vaccine was announced on Friday by the Scientist from Nigerian Universities under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group.
Addressing a news conference on Friday at Adeleke University, Ede, in Osun, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, Leader of the team, said the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans, souces said.
Kolawole, a Specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Bioinformatics, at Adeleke University, Ede, however, said the vaccine would also work for other continents when unveiled.
Kolawole was quoted as saying by the newspaper that after trying out some selected processes of vaccine development, the researchers had been able to choose the best potential vaccine candidates for the SARS-CoV-2 and had made the possible latent vaccine constructs.
As per media report, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, a specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Bioinformatics, at Adeleke University, Ede in Osun, and leader of the research team, said that the vaccine was being locally developed in Africa for Africans.
As per Dr Oldipo, the vaccine will take a minimum of 18 months to become available to the public. Many trials and approvals are required by the medial authorities before the vaccine becomes available.
“We are glad that a vaccine that will provide a solution to a global problem like coronavirus pandemic is coming from the garden. It is our passion to be a solution provider to such a global pandemic, and we are ready to throw our weights behind the team and make the vaccine a reality,” said Prof Solomon Adebola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.
“The vaccine is real. We have validated it several times. It is targeted at Africans, but will also work for other races. It will work. It cannot be faked. This is a result of the determination. It took a lot of scientific efforts. The population of those that need vaccines is more than those that need drugs. That is why the research focussed on a vaccine,” shared Prof Julius Oloke, the Head, Coordinating Unit of the Research Group and Vice-Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan.
At present, around 13 experimental COVID 19 vaccines are being tested in more than 120 human candidates.
As per the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 13 experimental COVID-19 vaccines are currently being tested in humans and more than 120 candidates are in earlier stages of development.