Research and development efforts into finding a vaccine for COVID-19 has continued to accelerate on the Plateau. This was confirmed by the commissioner of Information and Communication, Hon. Dan Manjang, who was speaking on the ViewPointNigeria webinar discussion on Thursday 8th October 2020, on the topic “2015 to date: The key achievements of the Rescue Administration”.
Speaking, the commissioner confirmed that the clinical research work previously reported being headed by Prof. Noel Wonnang (chairman of the State Research Committee on COVID-19), a Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Jos, Plateau state. had already progressed into the clinical trial phase. And that early results of the trials should be out in the not-too-distant-future.
In his words “if Madagascar can claim to produce a cure for the dreaded virus, we know that there are more herbs here on the Plateau and our researchers can work to find this cure”.
It would be recalled that in late June 2020, Prof. Noel Wonnang had posited that his team had explored 13 plant materials –out of which 10 showed positive results. And as such the 10 were broken down into three key combinations for testing. The Committee on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases has formulated three cocktails namely, Cov-Pla 1, Cov-Pla 2 and Cov-Pla 3 against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome the commissioner added.
At the time of filing this report, it was already reported that pre-clinical trials of the combinations had been finalised and that the final drug treatment trials were underway.
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