- Nigeria's President Buhari has reacted to the first effective coronavirus vaccine
- Hailed the development, Buhari described it as a major milestone
- The vaccine which is being developed by Pfizer/BioNTech has recorded 90% effectiveness against the disease
Following the announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine, President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the arrival of the first effective serum after a successful human trial phase.
This was disclosed in a tweet on the official Twitter account of the president on Tuesday, November, 10.
While describing it as a major milestone, Buhari went on to call for equal distribution and access to the vaccine.
The tweet reads:
I welcome the news that a Coronavirus vaccine has recorded 90% effectiveness in clinical trials. This is a major milestone. The world must now make great effort to facilitate equitable access and distribution of these vaccines, to protect people in ALL countries."
Recall that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Pfizer/BioNTech against the global virus is insight.
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.
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.
Back in July, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said there was a likelihood that a COVID-19 vaccine might be available.
The NCDC boss made the disclosure on Thursday, July 30, during the virtual weekly briefing of the African Centre for Disease Control.
Ihekweazu said there are many ongoing programmes globally on the COVID-19 vaccine research.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC said Nigeria may experience a second wave of COVID-19.
The NCDC director-general disclosed this at a 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.
Ihekweazu warned that the virus was still around and more dangerous despite the drop in recorded cases.
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