Two Made in Nigeria COVID-19 Vaccines Discovered, Awaiting Clinical Trial- Minister - EDU-BIZNEWS


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Two Made in Nigeria COVID-19 Vaccines Discovered, Awaiting Clinical Trial- Minister

The fight against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country received a major boost, with the discovery of two Made in Nigeria vaccines

Edu-Biznews recalled that the country recently took delivery of its own share of the World Health Organization endorsed Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine currently being administered on selected Nigerians, as part of preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 virus 

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who made the discovery known during closing ceremony of the Technology and Innovation Expo in Abuja, says the two vaccines produced by scientists in the country are ready for clinical trials.

Federal Government according to Ehanire, is presently looking for resources to enable it to take the vaccines to clinical trials, after which it will be ready for entrepreneurs who can reproduce them and make such vaccines available in one primary health centre in  every ward in the country

His words, “The Ministry of Health is honored to be able to work with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We have been able to work on vaccines; we have at least two candidate vaccines which we are looking for resources to take them to the level of clinical trial and after the clinical trials to entrepreneurs who will now boost the production of the vaccines".

“At the Ministry of Health, we are looking to place one primary health centre in every political ward. I will like to say that we have over 4000 at the moment with about 6000 to go; many of them will be in the rural areas and we will have to work with the building research agency to find the lowest costing of building using domestic technology and resources to be able to construct a large number of primary health care centres at a cost that will be affordable to us. We want to achieve as many of them during the period of the administration of Mr. President,”he added 

Also the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu speaking at the expo, says the output of the past four editions of the expo have led to the creation of many micro and small scale businesses in the country.

He urged organized private sector to take advantage of the results of  research already conducted and prototypes showcased at the expo, by investing in them to generate jobs and create more wealth for the people and reduce poverty in the country

" I invite the Organised Private Sector (OPS), to take advantage of the research results and prototypes showcased at the expo to create jobs for the people, reduce poverty and crime in the country as well as create wealth for both themselves and the nation,”the minister stated 

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