A team of Nigerian scientists recently announced the discovery of a coronavirus vaccine that may help prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection even as the global race to find a safe COVID-19 cure intensifies.
A team of Nigerian scientists claimed to have discovered a unique vaccine that may help prevent the novel coronavirus infection, according to local media. The discovery of the vaccine was announced on Friday by Nigerian Universities’ Scientists, under the Umbrella of COVID-19 Research Group, even as researchers all over the world race against time to find a cure for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has so far killed at least 465,300 people globally.
Dr Oladipo Kolawole, a specialist in Medical Virology, Immunology and Bioinformatics, at Adeleke University, Ede in Osun, and leader of the research team, said during a news conference that the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans, reported The Guardian Nigeria. According to Kolawole, the unnamed vaccine, when finally unveiled, would be suitable for other races.
He, however, said that it would take a minimum of 18 months before the vaccine would become available to the public for widespread use since a lot of analysis and trials as well as approvals by medical authorities were required.
Kolawole said the research initially received funding of 20,000 from the Trinity Immunodeficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomosho. He further added that the team had been working extensively by exploring the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from samples across Africa to select the best potential vaccine candidates.
This virus is transmitted primarily via droplets and aerosols in the air that we breathe. Studies have shown that viruses can remain in the air for up to 20 minutes in closed spaces, as recently reported.