AS 42 COUNTRIES ROLL OUT CORONAVIRUS VACCINES, NIGERIAN SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS MISSING

As Nigeria awaits its first batch of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines, the World Health Organisation says no fewer than 42 countries already rolled out the various COVID-19 vaccines which have been cleared for use. It said 36 out of the 42 are in high income nations.

The WHO’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, made this known during COVID-19 news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Nigerians have however been wondering what happened to the various initiatives to ensure that the country come up with a vaccine for the deadly disease.

Abujareporters gathered that not much progress has been made to ensure that Nigeria comes up with a vaccine that will meet international standards despite the billions that was voted towards the project when the disease broke out.

A Presidential aide, Babafemi Ojudu disclosed the frustrations of a Nigerian doctor and researcher who had a breakthrough in his work on Coronavirus. According to the Senator, who had a near death experience with the disease, Nigerian bureaucracy made it impossible for the breakthrough drugs to be tested until the doctors packed their bags and returned to their foreign base.

Nigerians have continued to wonder what became of the various local prescriptions that claimed to have had solution to the disease some of which submitted samples of their products to NAFDAC.

In his submission after surviving Coronavirus, the Chairman of THISDAY Board, Segun Adeniyi, affirmed claims by other celebrities that Nigeria has herb combinations that could help in subduing the disease.

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