The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says "We can’t continue to depend on other countries for vaccine"

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says Nigeria cannot continue to depend on other nations for vaccines during the outbreak of pandemics.

Babatunde 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 a need to develop human capacity in medical research to proffer solutions 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 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

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says “We can’t continue to depend on other countries for vaccine”

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