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COVID-19 Vaccine Production: Nigeria Ranks 61 of 185 Global Contenders

COVID-19 vaccine production, Nigeria occupies number sixty-one position among about one-hundred and eighty-five contending nations globally putting out experimental concepts to combat the virus.

The Oyo State Ministry of Health approved research on an animal trial level for a start, which the World Health Organisation, WHO recognises and eventually rated their performance.

To achieve this progress, six academic institutions contributed their quotas. Several microbiologists improved on the research methodologies in a bid to attain the country’s vision for a homegrown vaccine response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Universities Conducting COVID-19 Vaccine Production Research

Schools involved in the entire process include the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State; Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State; University of Ilorin, Kwara State; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, OyoState, and the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

It was learnt that the Scientist who put in the hours to reach this feat was led by Julius Oloke, a Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology who is the vice-chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, a private university in Ibadan, while the lead researcher is Kolawole Oladipo.

Although the group had no prior experience with vaccine development, some of its members had produced an immune-boosting drug, Trino IB. At the same time, others had also participated in other research activities during their study years.

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