Nigerian university scientists disclosed yesterday the discovery of a vaccine for the prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic being developed locally in Africa for Africans to be made public in about 18 months – the minimum.
The researchers say minimum of 18 months is required due to a lot of analysis and studies, as well as approvals by medical authorities required.
Prof. Solomon Adebola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State affirmed that the university is more than ready to fund the research to bringing the vaccine to the life as soon as possible.
Mr. Adebola said they are elated that a vaccine that will provide a solution to a global problem like Coronavirus pandemic is coming from them and that is their passion to be a solution provider to such a global pandemic.
Furthermore, he said: “… and we are ready to throw our weights behind the team and make the vaccine a reality”.
Under the canopy of COVID-19 Research Group and while addressing a news conference at Adeleke University, Ede, in Osun, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, Leader of the team, said the vaccine would also work for other continents when unveiled.
Kolawole, a Specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Bioinformatics, at Adeleke University revealed further that the study, which led to the discovery of the vaccine, had enjoyed initial funding by the Trinity Immunodeficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomosho, to the tune of about N7.8 million.
The medical virology said the group had been working hard by exploring the SARS-CoV-2 genome from African countries to select the best possible potential vaccine candidates.
He said 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.
Additionally, Prof. Julius Oloke, the Head, Coordinating Unit of the Research Group and Vice-Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan it is pleasurable that they have come together to produce a vaccine at a time that the world is in need of solution to a ravaging pandemic, which is a proof that they have been working and not folding theirr hands or looking away from the problem.
He hinted further that:“The vaccine is real. We have validated it severally. 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.
Oloke said they opted for the vaccine because the population of those that need vaccines is more than those that need drugs.