Nigerian Universities are in the vanguard of developing vaccine for the cure of coronavirus, an expert has said.
Dr. Suleiman Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary Education, at the National Universities Commission, NUC, gave the indication at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
Dr Yusuf told Signaturetv.org that 32 Nigerian universities have been involved in the process of getting vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic.
While launching a compendium of ongoing contributions of Nigerian Universities to National response to COVID-19, the Deputy Education Secretary, NUC, added that adequate funding is still required from government, individuals and international bodies to encourage the lecturers and students involved in research processes aimed at developing vaccine for the pandemic.
According to Dr Yusuf, some Nigerian universities are collaborating with Cambridge University in England in the search of vaccine for the virus.
He said while still relying on the WHO guidelines and protocols to help curb the spread, Nigeria is yet to come up with exclusive guidelines.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, had said through the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday that it is working hard to ensure that Nigerians have access to the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines when available.
“To do this, we have to build capacity, gather sufficient data and include African institutions in these efforts.
“We have to start preparing the Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.
“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed does not necessarily translate to being available to those that need it the most.
“So, through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with GAVI to ensure that vaccines are available to countries regardless of their ability to pay.”
He also noted that in preparation for resumption templates have been sent to Nigerian Universities give account of COVID-19 protocols put in place considering their peculiarities and until feedback is collated response on school resumption cannot be given.