Since the COVID-19 pandemic made a major landfall in the country early this year, the Nigerian science community has paved some fitful but significantly innovative paths in the bid to join a global community of peers wrestling with answers to the conundrum posed by perhaps the most transmissible virus in the recent history of the world.
From five corners of the country’s learning centres, virologists and molecular biologists have dived from different directions into the expansive world of COVID-19’s imponderable puzzle. At the Redeemer’s University Ede; University of Ibadan; Federal University of Technology, Jigawa; the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, and two laboratories affiliated to the Ladoke Akintola University and Adeleke University in Ede, scientists have built local collaborative teams to engage the hydra-headed world of the new COVID-19 ecosystem.
In a PREMIUM TIMES’ exploration of the meaning and dimension of these scientific explorations, Kolawole Oladipo, who leads a team of researchers at the Adeleke University, Ede, where words had gone out on a presumed vaccine discovery, cackled in a prolonged laugh on the phone, trying to tame the media narrative that suggested his research team had found a cure to COVID-19 by way of a vaccine.
On June 19, The Guardian reported that “Nigerian Universities’ Scientists Discover Vaccine for COVID-19,“ setting off a mild debate in the country’s health journalism ecosystem and unvoiced doubts in the virology community.
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