The World Health Organisation, WHO and Federal Ministry of Health have selected a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Adeleke University for further testing and trial.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Solomon Adebola, said the vaccine has been developed by the institution in alliance with five other institutions.
Adebola stated that the lecturer in charge of the project; Dr. Kolawole Oladipo worked in collaboration with researchers form Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Ilorin and Elizade University, Ilaramokin, Ondo State.
The vaccine developed by the university is said to be one of two vaccine candidates to be selected from Africa with the other from Egypt.
“Recently, a vaccine candidate developed by a member of our staff, Dr Kolawole Oladipo of Microbiology Department, was recognised by the WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health as one of two vaccine candidates coming from Africa and the only one from Nigeria came from Adeleke University. The other candidate is from Egypt.” Adebola said.
The deputy coordinator of the project, Prof. Olubukola Oyawoye explained further that the study used the reserve vaccinology approach to design vaccinology procedures used for the development of the next-generation vaccines with high effectiveness stating that the research has reached the preclinical trial stage and that ethical approval has been granted by the Oyo State Ministry of Health for the conduct of the preclinical trial.
Adebayo further stated that the institution would continue to move forward and explore further in the field of academics.