Anopheles stephensi, a novel malaria vector, was found in northern Nigeria, according to Prof. Babatunde Salako, director general of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, who made the announcement on Monday.
It was the most recent scientific discovery, according to Salako, who talked with reporters in Lagos during a birthday celebration hosted by his team.
He claimed it was a tough vector that was very challenging to eradicate and had never been detected anyplace close to West Africa.
The NIMR boss stated that this was a discovery by NIMR researchers and that had implications for malaria control in Nigeria.
According to Salako, NIMR was currently looking at vaccines.
“We have done a lot of studies on vaccines, and we are looking at vaccine development.
“We are working with five groups in a consortium to develop world local vaccines in Nigeria which was different from production,” he said.
Salako said that the idea was to ensure that Nigerian researchers could take it from the beginning to the end in developing vaccines.
He said, “If tomorrow, we had a new epidemic or disease, known or unknown, it would be possible for Nigeria to develop its own vaccine”.
He said that NIMR was also looking at the human body’s effectiveness, side effects, and responsiveness to COVID-19 vaccines.
He said that the institute looked at three COVID vaccines, and 2,000 people in Nigeria would be tested to know whether the vaccines evoked response among Nigerians.
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