COVID-19: Made-In-Nigeria Vaccines Awaiting Clinical Trials — FG

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, hinted on Monday that Nigerian scientists had produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines.

He said the vaccines were currently awaiting clinical trials and certifica­tion before it would become useful in the fight against COVID-19.

According to the PTF chairman, it was a signif­icant milestone and the research was a welcome development that would open a new vista in scien­tific breakthroughs and boost the morale and image of the medical industry in the country.

He, therefore, called on all relevant agencies to pro­vide the required support and enabling environment for the smooth conduct of the remaining protocols for the certification of these vaccines with a view to en­couraging and motivating other researchers

Speaking further, he said a year ago, which is exactly March 21, 2020, a total lock­down was declared by the government in some parts of the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and noted that the socio-eco­nomic impact on the coun­try could not be underesti­mated.

“Many people lost their livelihood and many people lost loved ones. May their souls find rest with their maker.

“Yesterday, again, Ni­geria recorded the lowest number of cases so far this year.

“We have also seen a de­cline in cases in high bur­den countries around the African region.

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