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The German government says a vaccine for coronavirus would not be available globally before the middle of 2021.

Research Minister Anja Karliczek said this in Berlin on Tuesday.

He stated that it was important to ensure that a vaccine is effective and safe.

“We will not deviate from this line in Germany and Europe,” Dpa quoted the official as saying.

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Health Minister Jens Spahn affirmed that all vaccine trials would be conducted up to phase 3.

The treatment would be voluntarily tested on thousands of volunteers.

Germany has launched a €750 million fund to support vaccine developers.

In 9 months, coronavirus has infected 29.5 million people and killed more than 930,000

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FG inaugurates committee on COVID-19 herbal cure

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The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated a Ministerial Committee on COVID – 19 Herbal Remedies and Natural Compounds as it strives to find an indigenous cure for the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Science and Technology , Ogbonnaya Onu , who inaugurated the committee at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology , said there was an urgent need to develop a home -grown remedy and vaccine to tackle the virus.
He said COVID -19 remained a threat to the health and wellbeing of Nigerians and the national economy, as he noted that members of the committee include scientists and fellows of the Nigerian Academy of Science .
The minister said the team would authenticate claims of cure and herbal remedy for COVID -19 being made by researchers , scientists , and traditional medical practitioners.
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Onu urged members of the committee to vigorously scrutinise and evaluate all claims brought before it .
He charged the committee to identify the remedies with the brightest prospects for providing protection and healing to affected persons or those at the risk of contracting the dreaded disease .
He said , “ I have no doubt that the discovery of a cure for COVID -19 in Nigeria would enhance the standing of our dear nation in the comity of nations.
“ It will also accord Nigerian scientists the deserved recognition and help regenerate foreign exchange earnings for the nation as well as enable a knowledge economy that will facilitate economic growth and sustainable national development .”

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Russia delivers coronavirus vaccine to Nigeria

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The Nigerian government on Friday received samples of the COVID-19 vaccine from Russia.

Russia’s ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, delivered the samples to Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, during a visit Abuja, according to a tweet from the official handle of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“We are expressing our interest in the #COVID19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately,” the tweet read.

Mr Ehanire said the vaccine would be quickly referred to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as well as the Nigeria Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, amongst other agencies, for review and possible validation.

“We are exploring all knowledge in terms of therapeutics and vaccines,” Ehanire said, according to the tweet. “We are expressing our interest in the COVID19 vaccine so that we will have the opportunity to work elaborately.”

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Last month, Russia registered the first COVID-19 vaccine becoming the first nation in the world to lay claim to such a feat.

The first peer-reviewed results of Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, which is named Sputnik-V, have been published in the medical journal The Lancet on Friday, according to CNN.

Russia faced criticism last month when it announced the world’s first approved coronavirus vaccine for public use, even before Phase 3 trials are completed.

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A vaccine must complete three phases of trials – involving randomized controlled trials on large patient groups – before it could be considered for approval, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Russian-made vaccine is still undergoing phase 3 of clinical trials.

Russia also faced skepticism over how quickly the vaccine was registered and the initial lack of scientific data around the clinical trials.

Health experts in South Africa, the first African country to receive samples of the cure are calling for caution in placing much hope on the new vaccine. They said little is known about the efficacy of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Russian government have announced that it will begin mass vaccinations of its citizens against coronavirus from October.

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