Africa Ought to Develop its Own COVID-19 Vaccine

BY: Damaris Matoke-Muhia —

An effective vaccine against Covid-19 is among the best strategies to a return to normalcy.

Research into a vaccine for the coronavirus commenced immediately the first case was reported in Wuhan, China, late last year. Nearly two dozen are in clinical trials and 140 others in early stages of development. But South Africa is the only African country conducting clinical trials.

A few other African countries have institutes working on earlier stages of a vaccine. The Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) is, fortunately, one of them.