Prof. Maurice Iwu: COVID-19 Vaccine to be ready soon
The drug for the treatment of the dreaded Covid-19 will be ready as soon as the testing of the vaccine is completed in the United States, Prof. Maurice Iwu, the Chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on Covid-19, has said.
Iwu gave the assurance in Owerri, where he presented a plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19 which is presently being tested in the United States to Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology.
The professor of Pharmacognosy from the University of Nigeria Nsukka’s (UNN), the presentation had followed on the heels of Seplat Petroleum and Waltersmith Oil Limited’s donation of Covid-19 preventive material to the state government. Prof. Iwu said that there is a positive sign that it would soon be ready.
“The work on the drug we are developing is still going on. We are encouraged by the result we are getting. We are getting very positive signs.”
He said “luckily the drug is a safe one. It is a drug already in use. We are repurposing it for this particular purpose. So when we finished studying and testing we are doing, I think the drug will come up in line very soon. ”
Iwu also said “if the pandemic escalates, the NAFDAC will know what to do, as they did in the USA to fast track the use of chloroquine.
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