Scientists in Nigeria discovered a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus, which has infected more than 20,000 people, killing 518 others in that country with 6,878 recoveries.
Scientists at Nigerian universities and led by Oladipo Kolawole, a specialist in medical virology, immunology and bioinformatics, postulated that the vaccine was developed in Africa for its inhabitants.
The group had been working expansively exploring the SARS-CoV-2 genome from African countries to select the best possible vaccine candidates possible, The Guardian reported.
The vaccine is expected to be released to the public in 18 months, Kolawole said, according to the report. By then, the group would have completed the necessary analysis and studies, as well as guaranteed WHO approvals.
“We are glad that a vaccine that provides a solution to a global problem like the coronavirus pandemic comes from the garden.
“It is our passion to be a solution provider for such a global pandemic, and we are ready to put our weight behind the team and make the vaccine a reality,” said Professor Solomon Adebola, acting vice chancellor of Adeleke University in Nigeria. . he said of the discovery.
Professor Julius Oloke, Head, Coordinating Unit of the Research Group and Vice Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, added: “It is a pleasure that we have come together to produce a vaccine at a time when the world needs a solution to a devastating pandemic “
“It is proof that we are working and we are not folding our hands or moving away from the problem. The vaccine is real. We have validated it several times. It is aimed at Africans, but will also work for other races.
“It will work. It cannot be falsified. This is the result of the determination. It took a lot of scientific effort. The population of those who need vaccines is greater than that of those who need medications. That is why the research focused on a vaccine.”
Nigeria joins Madagascar in an attempt by African countries to find a solution to the deadly coronavirus.
Madagascar launched a herbal cure for the contagion, which the WHO urged to consume with caution as the world continues to grapple with the devastation caused by the new coronavirus and the growing race to find a vaccine.
The herbal remedy called COVID-Organics and developed by the Malagasy Institute for Applied Research (IMRA), contains Artemisia, a plant used to treat malaria.
It is said to give results in seven days and was launched after being tested on 20 people over a three week period.