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JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY THE USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY SOKOTO, NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL RESEARCH, YABA AND NATIONAL VETERINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, VOM

COVID-19 pandemic has, no doubt, brought to fore the global inadequacies of health care infrastructure and human capacity to deal with health challenges globally. The third world and/or developing countries, including Nigeria, are worst hit with these inadequacies.

The global rush for COVID-19 vaccine has led to competition with dire consequences to countries like Nigeria. Nigeria used to be a hub for vaccine production against infectious diseases for humans and animals in the West African sub-region three decades away. However, this capacity is under serious threat due to economic downturn and unstable policies in the country.

In order to reverse this trend, the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria and National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, Jos, Nigeria have decided to collaborate in areas of vaccine research and development for infectious diseases.

To this end, a joint one day national symposium is being organized by the three institutions. The symposium is scheduled to take place virtually via the link https://zoom.us/j/97190019889?pwd=T2J1VENGTzBHa1VrZ3Qrc2pkK2dGQT09. (Meeting ID: 971 9001 9889; Passcode: 473989) on the 1st of February, 2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00pm.

The theme of the symposium is “Resuscitating Vaccine Research and Development in Nigeria”. The symposium will be chaired by the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. S.E. Bogoro. The Keynote Speaker is Prof.

Oyewale Tomori, Professor of Virology and Former President of the Nigerian Academy of Science. Sub-theme speakers are as follows:

S/No. Name of Speaker Title of Presentation
1. Prof. M.C. Adeyeye
(Professor of Pharmacy and Director- General, NAFDAC)
“The Role of Regulatory Agencies in Vaccine Research and Development”
2 Prof B.L. Salako
(The Director General/CEO NIMR)
“Challenges of Vaccine Research and Development in Nigeria”
3 (Mrs) Maryam Mohammed (The Director/CEO, NVRI) “Local Content on Vaccine Research and Development”.
4.

Prof Christian Happi
(Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics and Director, African Centre of Excellence for Genomics and Infectious Diseases, Redeemers
University)

“Next generation technologies in Vaccine Research and Development”
5.

Prof S.O. Bello
(Professor of Pharmacology and Provost of College of Health Sciences, UDUS)

“Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccines Clinical Trials.”
6 Prof Habib Abdulrazaq
(Professor of Infectious Diseases, Bayero University, Kano)
“Zoonoses and Emerging Infectious Diseases”

Join us in our effort to revolutionize and localize vaccine research and development in Nigeria.

Thank you.

Signed

Prof. Lawal Suleman Bilbis

(Vice Chancellor, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto)

Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako

(Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos)

Dr (Mrs) Maryam Muhammad

(Director/ Chief Executive Officer, National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Jos)