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Buhari Will Support NAFDAC On COVID-19 Vaccine Research – Osagie Ehanire

Mr. Osagie Ehanire

Mr. Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has come out to say that FG will back the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) to meet international standards in researches to end coronavirus.

Dr. Osagie Ehanire recently revealed this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 joint briefing on Thursday.

According to him, Nigeria will sustain her interest in developments around COVID-19 while seeking opportunities to exchange ideas with countries and organizations investing in new knowledge.

He added that the matter does not lie on just the Ministry of Health alone, as it is also a shared responsibility with the populace.

His words, β€œWe shall sustain our interest in developments around COVID-19 and seek opportunities to exchange ideas with countries and organisations investing in new knowledge.”

“The onus lies not only with the Ministry of Health, but is a shared responsibility with the populace.

β€œOur safest, easiest and cheapest option of achieving a balance between saving livelihood and saving lives remains adherence to non-pharmaceutical measures, as we have preached so many times. With these measures, we can balance and uphold our indices, even as we reopen our economy.”

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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.

Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.


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