UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN SET TO MAKE COVID-19 VACCINE RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH.
The University of Ilorin set to make vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic posing a threat to human lives. This was made known in the bulletin released from the institution on Monday, the research team led by professor of Medical virology in person of Mathew Kolawole who happens to be the director of the Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology (IMSB) at the university.
The research team which comprises of scientists and medical experts had developed three outstanding proposals for the researches on various aspects of the coronavirus to enable them develop a vaccine for the virus. These proposals include the development of a vaccine, molecular epidemiology surveillance for the novel virus and prototype for the detection of COVID-19. However, funding remains a limping foot to support the research; this was made known by the team leader of the research in the bulletin released by the university on May 4, 2020.
The research was initiated in other to proffer solution to the deadly coronavirus wreaking havoc on human lives.
The team leader hopefully assured the readiness of the prototype by next week for pre-test after which funds would be seek from the government to move ahead.
Myself and my team have used our personal fund in development of the prototype, this remain one of the factors hindering the growth of research in Nigeria. ‘Ideas are useless without funds’ Embarking on this project shows the level of my passion and commitment for research. Said, Kolawole.
This professor of medical virology appealed for fund from the federal government to allow the success of the research, this was made known in the bulletin released by the university.
He said further, being the first researcher to report the Coronavirus strain OC229E/NL63 in Nigeria three years ago, if serious attention has been paid to my research, Nigeria would have been in a better position to combat COVID-19 which happens to be the current ravaging strain.
A research funded from a research grants by National Science Foundation in collaboration with international partners in United State enabled me to carry out a local research on coronavirus in Nigeria in the year 2017 and made me the first researcher on the virus in the country.
If Nigerian government had not taken the matter lightly then, there would have been enough preparedness against COVID-19.