COVID-19 vaccines: Nigeria to join WHO solidarity trial

COVID-19 vaccines: Nigeria to join WHO solidarity trial

- More than 100 countries have joined the global solidarity trial of the vaccines being developed to combat COVID-19

- WHO says Nigeria has also expressed interest to be part of this solidarity trials

- The organisation said it was working with health actors and partners around the globe to develop effective vaccines to combat the COVID-19 infection as soon as possible

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Nigeria has indicated interest to be part of the global solidarity trial of the vaccines being developed to combat COVID-19, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Speaking at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, officer in charge, WHO Nigeria, Dr. Fiona Braka, said efforts are underway to start the process in the country, The Cable reports.

According to her, over a hundred countries have joined the solidarity clinical trial, launched by WHO and some partners, to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19.

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She said: "More than 100 countries have joined the solidarity trial. Till date, over 1,200 patients have been randomised from the first five countries to evaluate the safety and efficacy of drug combinations.

“Nigeria has also expressed interest to be part of this solidarity trial and efforts are underway to start the process in Nigeria too."

Braka noted that a total of 89 vaccines are being developed globally, including seven in clinical evaluation and several therapeutics in clinical trials.

"WHO is committed to ensuring that as medicines and vaccines are developed, they are shared equitably with all countries and people," she added.

According to The Nation report, Braka disclosed that the process for the certification of vaccines is a very rigorous and thorough process because they have to ensure that products that are approved for use meet the safety requirements.

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It usually takes years to produce a vaccine but the emergency process currently ongoing is really aiming to get a vaccine out as soon as possible for the protection of people," she added.

WHO had earlier announced that 102 potential COVID-19 vaccines are currently being developed around the world.

Legit.ng reported that documents posted on the organisation’s website on Thursday, April 30, indicated that eight of the potential vaccines have been approved for clinical trial.

There is no cure or vaccine yet to treat COVID-19 which is causing much havoc around the world. WHO has also there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19, warning against the widespread use of untested remedies.

As of Friday, May 1, Nigeria has 2,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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