- The NUC says 32 Nigerian universities are currently conducting different stages of research aimed at producing a COVID-19 vaccine
- The disclosure was made by Suleiman Yusuf, the deputy executive secretary of academics at the NUC
- Yusuf said the research would also provide lessons for tackling future national epidemics and global pandemics
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Thirty-two Nigerian universities are currently conducting different stages of research aimed at producing a vaccine for COVID-19.
Suleiman Yusuf, the deputy executive secretary of academics for the National Universities Commission (NUC) made the disclosure on Tuesday, August 4, at a news conference in Abuja, The Nation reported.
"As at June 22, not less than 32 universities are involved in different stages of research aimed at galvanising research toward the development of vaccines and non-vaccines," he said.
The official stated that the research by the institutions would provide lessons for tackling future national epidemics and global pandemics. He noted that the research would build up over the coming months.
He said the fact that African Centres of Excellence (ACE) in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Universities of Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt and Jos, served as national testing and screening centres, proved that world-class research and development was possible in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has assured Nigerians that it will ensure that citizens have access to COVID-19 vaccines when available.
Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC on Monday, August 3, told the press at a briefing in Abuja that the health agency is working closely with the global community to ensure the vaccines are available when ready, NAN reported.
The director-general said a COVID-19 vaccine could be available by the fourth quarter of 2020, going by what's happening in the global scientific community.
He pointed out that it is important for people to have access to a vaccine when it is developed.
In another report, an Abuja-based lawyer, Damilare Ojo, has shared his coronavirus experience and how he got infected. He said following the rise in Covid-19 cases, he became more conscious of his environment.
However, when lockdown was extended by another two weeks, the lawyer added that he lost belief in the numbers put out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), The Nation reported.
Damilare said that his lack of belief in the virus was partly caused by the fact that he did not know anyone who had been affected.
With that disbelief, he began easing his movement restrictions and going out more without putting on a face mask. That, he said, was the big mistake he made.
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