Nigerian researcher helped Pfizer develop COVID-19 vaccine

2020-11-23 20:39:52
Nigerian researcher helped Pfizer develop COVID-19 vaccine

A Nigerian researcher in the United States has helped American drug-maker Pfizer and German partner BioNTech to develop the coronavirus vaccine.

The US Embassy in Nigeria has posted a picture of Dr. Onyema Ogbuagbo on Twitter, claiming that he led the development of the first effective COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

Onyema is an associate professor of medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He also runs Pfizer's COVID vaccine trial at the prestigious American university.

Onyema received his undergraduate degree from the University of Calabar in 2003.

Earlier this week, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their vaccine was found to be 95% effective against infection from the highly contagious coronavirus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that it would meet on December 10 to discuss whether to authorise the vaccine.

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