American embassy celebrates Nigeria’s Onyema Ogbuagu who helped develop COVID-19 vaccine

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The US embassy in Nigeria on Monday celebrated Nigerian-born researcher, Onyema Ogbuagbu for his role in the development a .

Ogbuagbu is part a team researchers for Pfizer which jointly announced with BioNTech that a vaccine against COVID-19 had been developed.

The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 people in six countries with no safety concerns raised.

Tweeting on Monday, the US embassy commended Ogbuagbu for helping “the drug Pfizer develop the first effective in the United States.”

contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats to Dr. Onyema Ogbuagbu at Yale helped develop a ,” the embassy said.

Ogbuagu is one the twin sons a vice-chancellor State Chibuzo Ogbuagu and a of sociology Stella Ogbuagu was of the 1974 class at the of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). His twin brother is an engineer.

He studied medicine at the of , Cross River in 2003. After graduation, he interned at the State Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, before proceeding to the US.