US-based Nigerian scientist, Dr. Onyeama Ogbuagu has been celebrated following his contributions in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine at America's pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. The pharmaceutical firm revealed that it had developed a COVID-19 vaccine with 94.5 percent effectiveness, indicating a breakthrough in finding a vaccine for the global pandemic.
Dr. Ogbuagu, an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University who migrated to the US after he graduated from University of Calabar, Cross River State in 2003 was part of the team that helped Pfizer develop the vaccine.
The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie disclosed that she taught Ogbuagu and his twin brother, Chibuzor in primary school, noting that they were among the brilliant students.
The United States Mission in Nigeria has commended his efforts in a statement, saying "Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a Covid-19 vaccine."
Dr. Ogbuagu in an interview with ABC News said the vaccine could be "the beginning of the end of the pandemic."
"The vaccine would help us achieve immunity,
"This could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Preparations are made both on the government end and the distribution network, including Pfizer who are working to have the vaccine stored at low temperature," he added.