TET-Fund Funded Covid-19 Vaccine to be Ready for First Clinical Trial in November this Year

News - by RadioNow / Aug. 25th, 2022

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund’s (TETFund) efforts to develop vaccines have begun to show results, as the COVID-19 vaccine project will be ready for its first clinical trial in November, this year. 

TETFund last year awarded a total of One Billion, Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira, distributed to four clusters of researchers. One of the clusters, which is the Vaccine Production Cluster, got a total grant of N450 Million (Four Hundred and Fifty Million) Naira. 

The project which is a massive research grant intervention with the working title “Accelerated Development of COVID-19 Vaccines Using Innovative Technological Approach” involves cluster researchers from five different institutions in a cooperative effort to strengthen problem-solving research and foster innovation in Nigeria. 

The Vaccine Production Cluster is made up of researchers from the National Veterinary Research Institute (VOM), Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Jos, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Lagos, and National Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria. 

Vice Chancellor of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Professor Lawal Suleiman Bilbis, who led the team of researchers to brief TETFund on the progress so far, recalled how the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed untold hardship on humanity globally, noting that Nigeria was only saved by divine intervention since the nation was not prepared for such eventuality. 

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