- A COVID-19 vaccine may be available within the next six to 12 months, Chikwe Ihekweazu the director-general of the NCDC has said
- Ihekweazu made the disclosure during a virtual weekly briefing of the African Centre for Disease Control
- The NCDC boss said there are a lot of ongoing programmes globally on COVID-19 vaccine research
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said there is a likelihood that a COVID-19 vaccine may be available within the next six to 12 months.
The NCDC boss made the disclosure on Thursday, July 30, during the virtual weekly briefing of the African Centre for Disease Control.
According to Daily Trust, Ihekweazu said there are many ongoing programmes globally on the COVID-19 vaccine research.
He disclosed that on a daily basis Nigeria records between 500 and 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Ihekweazu revealed that 250,000 Nigerians have been tested for COVID-19 so far.
He urged people to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines, noting that prevention was key in Nigeria’s response to the disease.
The NCDC via its official Twitter account revealed that the new cases were spread across 15 states.
The data from the health agency indicated that there are now 42,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.
While 19,270 have been discharged, 878 people have died due to the virus.
In another news report, the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has condemned coronavirus tests, saying that most of the tests are a 'complete waste' as they take too long for the results to get back.
In an interview, he said that people really need to get their results faster so that they can alter their behaviour and not infect other people, CNN reported.
"The simplest thing, which has to do with such insanity, is you should not reimburse somebody for getting a test that it takes more than 48 hours to get the result back," he said.
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