Nigerian Universities’ Scientists, under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group, on Friday introduced the discovery of a vaccine for the prevention of Coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing a news conference on Friday at Adeleke University, Ede, in Osun, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, Leader of the crew, said the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans.
Kolawole, a Specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Bioinformatics, at Adeleke University, Ede, however, stated the vaccine would also work for other continents when unveiled.
He said the study, which led to the invention of the vaccine, had enjoyed initial funding with the aid of the Trinity Immunodeficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomosho, to the tune of about N7.8 million.
Kolwole also stated the group were working extensively with the aid of exploring the SARS-CoV-2 genome from African nations to choose the quality viable capacity vaccine candidates.
He stated after trying out a few selected processes of vaccine development, the researchers had been able to choose the best capacity vaccine applicants for the SARS-CoV-2 and had made the viable latent vaccine constructs.
On how quickly the unnamed vaccine might be unveiled to the public, Kolawole said that it might take at the least 18 months.
According to him, this is because plenty of analysis and studies, as well as approvals through medical authorities, were still required.
Also, Prof. Solomon Adebola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the college, stated the university was poised to assist within the funding of the studies with a view of bringing the vaccine to the limelight.
“We are happy 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 this sort of global pandemic, and we are ready to throw our weights behind the team and make the vaccine a reality,” Adebola said.
Commenting, Prof. Julius Oloke, the Head, Coordinating Unit of the Research Group and Vice-Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, stated the vaccine was real.
He said, “It’s a pleasure that we’ve come collectively to produce a vaccine at a time that the sector is in want of a solution to a ravaging pandemic.
“It’s evidence that we are working and not folding our hands or looking away from the problem. “The vaccine is real. We have proven it severally. It is targeted at Africans, but will also work for other races.
“It will work. It can not be faked. This is an end result of the determination. It took a whole lot of scientific efforts. “The population of those that need vaccines is greater than those that need drugs. That is why the research focussed on a covid-19 vaccine.”
Source – guardian news