A breakthrough has been.announced by Nigerian Universities Scientists of a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The don explained that a lot of analysis and studies as well as approvals by medical authorities were still required.
Also, Prof. Solomon Adebola, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, said the university was poised to assist in the funding of the research for the vaccine.
“We are glad that a vaccine that will provide a solution to a global problem like Coronavirus pandemic is coming from the garden.
“It is our passion to be a solution provider to such a global pandemic, and we are ready to throw our weights behind the team and make the vaccine a reality,” Adebola said.
Commenting, Prof. Julius Oloke, the Head, Coordinating Unit of the Research Group and Vice-Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, said the vaccine was real.
“It is a pleasure that we have come together to produce a vaccine at a time that the world is in need of solution to a ravaging pandemic.
“It’s a proof that we are working and not folding our hands or looking away from the problem.
“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.
“The population of those that need vaccines is more than those that need drugs. That is why the research focussed on a vaccine,” he also told the news conference.