The Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that vaccine trials for coronavirus which originated in Wuhan areas of China have commenced in five countries in Africa.
The trials will help provide a vaccine for the treatment of the deadly virus that has crippled nations. Fifty-two countries have currently reported having positive cases of the virus – with more than 37,000 patients being treated.
In a joint briefing online with doctors at Shanghai hospital, the Africa CDC said that in comparison to the rest of the world there were very few treatments happening on the continent.
Dr Taji Rajudeen outlined the trials so far: In Egypt, there are about 13 trials going on looking specifically at therapeutics. Scientists, there are also conducting around two trials on vaccines. They are also looking at the place of nutritional support, especially with honey and some immunotherapy trials are going on in Egypt.
In Zambia, they have one ongoing trial with hydroxychloroquine. South Africa is part of the WHO solidarity trial, and they are looking at Chloroquine, Interferon, Remdesivir.
In Nigeria, they have one trial in progress – still on therapeutical agents. Tunisia has two trials going on.
The Africa CDC try to mobilise the different research consortiums on the continent to see how to change this narrative so that Africa becomes more engaged in that regard.
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