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COVID-19 vaccine: Nigerian scientists claim antiviral drug for Coronavirus is ready

By Junaid Bhat -
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  • 21st June 2020,
  • 10:15 AM

COVID-19 vaccine: Nigerian scientists reveal that the release of vaccines for widespread use would take at least 18 months.

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COVID-19 vaccine is ready, claims Nigerian scientists

COVID-19 vaccine: A team of Nigerian researchers has claimed that a preventive vaccine against the Covid-19 pandemic has been discovered by them. According to reports, it was recently announced that a preventive vaccine against the novel coronavirus has been developed by a team of Nigerian scientists, as reported by local media on Saturday. “It is our passion to be a solution provider to such a global pandemic, and we are ready to throw out weights behind the team and make the vaccine a reality,” said Dr Oladipo Kolawole, leader of the COVID-19 Research group.

When asked by reporters Kolawole at Adeleke University in Nigeria’s Eda state on Friday said, “The vaccine is real and 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,” said Kolawole. He further added that the population of those that need the vaccines is more than those that need drugs. That’s why the research focused on developing a vaccine.

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As per reports, The vaccine was based on a study that was initially funded by the Trinity Immunodeficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomosho, with nearly 7.8 million Nigerian nairas ($20,000). Kalowale added that he and his team had worked immensely on the virus’s genome across Africa to select candidates of best potential. A latent vaccine construct was made by the research team, Kalowale revealed without naming the vaccine.

Kalowale further added, due to a large amount of research, analysis, and approvals required by the medical authorities, the vaccine for the widespread use would take minimum 18 months to be released. The Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has left the entire globe in troubled waters claiming 460,000 lives all across the world.

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The COVID-19 virus originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year with 8.6 million confirmed cases. However, the recovery rate has surpassed 4.2 million according to figures compiled by John Hopkins University in the US. As per worldometer data, the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Itlay are the countries that are worst hit and have had more number of deaths due to COVID-19 outbreak.

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