- A COVID-19 vaccine which is in its phase 3 trial has been found to be 90% effective, according to the manufacturer
- The vaccine which is being developed by Pfizer/BioNTech has also shown no serious side-effects
- If granted speedy licensing by the regulators, the vaccine may be available by the end of the year 2020
The coronavirus pandemic may soon become a thing of the past as a vaccine being developed by Pfizer/BioNTech against the novel virus is in sight, according to a report by The Guardian UK.
The news media reported that the manufacturers' announcement of the first interim results in large-scale trials shows the vaccine, which is in its phase 3 trial, is 90% effective.
Legit.ng gathers that an analysis of the vaccine shows a much better performance than most experts had hoped for. The company also said findings have shown that the vaccine does not have serious side-effects.
Relevant regulators have said they would approve a vaccine that is just 50% effective.
The phase 3 trials have involved more than 43,000 people.
According to the company, the gathering of the required safety data will take until the third week of November after which the dossier will be submitted to the regulators for approval.
If the vaccine is considered for speedy licensing, the first doses may be available and given to healthcare workers by the end of the year 2020.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Nigeria may experience a second wave of COVID-19.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC director-general disclosed this at the media briefing with reporters organised by the National Youth Service Corps on Monday, November 9.
The DG said the country must abide by the protocols and guidelines developed to avoid a second wave of the virus. He warned that the virus was still around and more dangerous despite the drop in recorded cases.
In another report, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has put a smile on the faces of the students of Abia State University (ABSU) after cancelling the N15,000 pandemic prevention fee imposed by the institution's management.
Legit.ng gathered that the Abia state governor gave the order on Wednesday, November 4, during a town hall meeting with students and management of the school following a public outcry by Nigerians.
Ikpeazu who made this known in a series of tweets shared on his Twitter page also posted photos from the town hall meeting.
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