COVID-19 vaccine: NAFDAC to collaborate with Nigerian scientists, says DG

COVID-19 vaccine: NAFDAC to collaborate with Nigerian scientists, says DG

- NAFDAC's DG, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, says the agency will collaborate with Nigerian scientists working on Covid-19 vaccine

- Adeyeye notes that it will be a great thing if Nigeria develops Covid-19 vaccine

- The NAFDAC DG, however, stressed that all necessary steps which may span from 18 months up to several years have to be taken

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Nigeria is not resting in its efforts to find lasting solutions to the coronavirus pandemic as the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said it will collaborate with indigenous scientists working on Covid-19 vaccine or drugs.

The director-general of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency’s interventions would allow for documentation of such initiatives for global recording as potential vaccines or drugs that are in process or safety testing.

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Adeyeye made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, June 23, in Abuja.

She said that the agency would open its doors to the team of Nigerian scientists who declared they are working on a vaccine for the infectious disease.

COVID-19 vaccine: NAFDAC to collaborate with Nigerian scientists on, says DG

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“It will be a great thing if Nigeria develops her vaccine, but all the steps stated above will have to be followed,” she said.

According to her, it takes time to develop a vaccine and NAFDAC will be the first to be informed of any such developments in the country.

“That testing will involve use of the virus and then animals. If all goes well, the researchers will then plan for clinical trial which will take a long time from 18 months to years," she said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian universities’ scientists under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group are working on COVID-19 vaccine.

The scientists said the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans but would also work for other continents when unveiled.

The leader of the team, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, said it would take a minimum of 18 months for the vaccine to be unveiled to the public.

He said this is because a lot of analysis and studies, as well as approvals by medical authorities, were still required.

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