US govt praises African doctor who worked in team that produced COVID-19 vaccine

US govt praises African doctor who worked in team that produced COVID-19 vaccine

- The US government through its embassy in Nigeria has honoured Onyema Ogbuagbu, a Nigerian physician, who contributed to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

- The embassy posted a short profile of the doctor on its Twitter page which it titled Recognition of Excellence

- Many Nigerians took to the comment section to congratulate Onyema on his big breakthrough that will positively affect the world

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The government of the United States of America has recognised the efforts of Onyema Ogbuagbu, a Nigerian doctor in Yale School of Medicine who helped to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

It should be noted that the Nigerian is also an associate professor of medicine at the same school where he has been a principal investigator on numerous vaccine trials.

The US Embassy in Nigeria on Monday, November 23, in a tweet said they "doff" their "hats" to the Nigerian.

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Below is the mission's tweet:

The post has gone viral on the bird app gathering thousands of comments from Nigerians on the platform.

US govt praised the Nigerian doctor, Onyema, saying they doff their hats.
The US government also said Nigerians make great contributions all around the world. Photo Credit: Tasos Katopodis, @USinNigeria
Source: Getty Images compiled some of the reactions to the post:

@okeyjeez sai:

"That's why US would need to do anything necessary to checkmate our politicians' excess. Including but not limited to visa denial to undemocratic element among them.. The world is a global village injury to one is injury to all."

@AfamDeluxo said:

"Dr. Onyema Eberechukwu Ogbuagu is an Igbo man. There is nothing Nigerian about him."

@B_Ebomuche said:

"It's even more surprising people are arguing about his tribe, how is that relevant to the subject matter. He helped with Covid 19 vaccine development and he is Nigerian, that's it. It only shows what Nigerians are capable of if given the right opportunity (good education and co."

@StanleyAleakwe said:

"When you leave Naija, your destiny would just be bright."

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@IAyegbusi said:

"Proud of you Prof. Keep making us proud."

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said Nigeria does not have enough capacity for the production of Covid-19 vaccines.

It was gathered that Ihekweazu made this known on Monday, September 28, during a television programme in Abuja.

The NCDC boss expressed optimism that the country will not lack access to vaccines when they are available.

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