Nigerian Scientists Develop Two Vaccines For CoronaVirus Prevention

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*solicit financial assistance from govt, stakeholders

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.

Worried by the spread of CoronaVirus, a group of Nigerian scientists on Monday disclosed that they have developed two potential vaccines  that could prevent the deadly COVID-19  pandemic.


The Nigerian scientists while declaring this in a statement jointly signed by them and made available to journalists  in Ibadan, solicited for financial assistance from government and relevant stakeholders to see the efforts through, the scientists  expressed  happiness on the extent they have reached.
In the statement, the Nigerian scientists stressed that the research work has reached an advanced stage of animal trial experiment which would help to establish the veracity and efficacy of the vaccines for the prevention of the dreaded disease. 
According to the Scientists , their action was as a result of they were spurred into action by the need to rise to the challenges posed by the CoronaVirus pandemic, the Nigerian scientists noted that the animal trial experiment of the vaccine is to commence any moment from now,  
“We have worked extensively by exploring the SARS-CoV-2 genome from African countries to select the best possible potential vaccine candidates. After trying out some selected processes of vaccine development, we have been able to choose the best potential vaccine candidates for the SARS-CoV -2 and they have made the possible latent vaccine constructs” the scientists revealed”, it said 

The team added, “in summary, the team has been able to construct two potential vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 which should work in a much pretty way to protect the general populace against the novel COVID-19 if it becomes successful in the animal trial experiments. The animal experiment will help us to validate the constructed vaccine, evaluate its effectiveness and safety. Therefore, we hereby call for support in various ways from non-governmental and governmental institutions to assist in the next steps of these novel vaccines development”.
Stressing  that though the research was a collaborative efforts of a number of scientists from different institutions/disciplines in the country, the scientists maintained that the research  was however carried out at Genomics Research Hub of Helix Biogen Consult in Ogbomoso   and jointly funded by Trinity Immunoefficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult owned by Dr Kolawole Oladipo.
Tasking other researchers in Africa “to rise up to the challenge offered by the period by coming up with more solutions,, the Nigerian scientists stated that  “the understanding of genetic diversity/variability of the SARS-CoV-2 in Africa, is a very urgent assignment.”
” There is a need for African scientists to wake up and provide more solutions to the pandemic specific for Africans. Therefore, this study was initiated to make significant scientific contributions to the development of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. The findings from this research have shown the importance of multidisciplinary research efforts in healthcare. We are on the verge of something truly transformational in Nigeria and Africa and by extension, the world at large”
The statement was jointly signed by Professor  Oloke, the Vice Chancellor, Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan and leaders of the team, Dr Oladipo  Kolawole, a Microbiologist who specializes in Medical Virology (Immunology and Bioinformatics) from Adeleke University, Ede and Dr. Ajayi Folorunsho, a Medical Physiologist with specialization in Pathophysiology from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, they asserted that they were  spurred into action by the need to rise to the challenges posed by the C0oronavirus pandemic.
Other key members of the team include Dr Onile Olugbenga who specializes in Molecular Epidemiology and Immunology from Elizade University, Ondo State, Dr Ariyo Olumuyiwa Elijah who specializes in Infectious and Tropical Diseases from Federal Medical Center, Ido, Ekiti State and  Dr. Folusho Ajayi, who specialises in Microbial and Molecular Biotechnology from the Massasoit Community College, Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, US,among others.

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