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.