The Federal Government has today, inaugurated a Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Herbal Remedies and Natural Compounds in a bid to find a cure for the Coronavirus pandemic.
During its inauguration, held at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said there was a need for the country to look inward to develop a home-grown remedy.
He said the assembled team would be responsible for verifying claims of cures and herbal remedies for COVID-19 being developed by scientists, researchers and traditional medical practitioners.
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.”
He said Nigeria with 172 other countries had been making frantic efforts for enhanced access to COVID-19 vaccines by participating in COVAX, a global initiative to provide worldwide access to safe and effective vaccines.
The minister stated that COVAX currently has the world’s largest and most diverse COVID-19 vaccine portfolio, including nine candidate vaccines, seven of which were currently in clinical trials.