The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says Nigeria cannot continue to depend on other nations for vaccines during the outbreak of pandemics.
Fashola, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) Foundation, said this when he spoke virtually during a news conference organized by the foundation in Lagos. The former Lagos state governor opined that there is need to develop human capacity in medical research to proffer solution to existing diseases of public health concern and other eventual pandemics like COVID-19.
“We cannot continue as a nation to depend on other nations of the world for vaccine during outbreak of pandemic.
NIMR was founded in 1977 with the vision to lead medical research, while her contemporary in the U.S, Uk, India and other parts of the world are undertaking groundbreaking, farsighted development via research work in biosciences and biotechnology.
NIMR has been limited due to funds, but it might surprise you that NIMR has demonstrated clearly to come up with research works despite this challenge in the areas of diagnostic kits for COVID-19, sickle cell, therapies and remedies that are life changing.”he said.