Thursday, October 1, 2020

COVID-19 Vaccines Will Not Be Available Until Next Year – FG

The Federal Government has cautioned Nigerians to be careful during this COVID-19 pandemic era, adding that vaccines will not be available until 2021. Speaking during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, asked the citizens to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions. “Vaccines will not...

WHO Expresses Concern Over Current Surge In COVID-19 Cases

The World Health Organisation, WHO, on Thursday expressed worries over the current surge in cases of COVID-19 in Europe. WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge expressed concern that the weekly cases now exceeded those reported during the March peak of the pandemic that should serve as a “wake-up call”. Speaking during a press briefing, Kluge...

Nine COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Pledge To Uphold Scientific Integrity

The CEOs of nine companies developing vaccines against Covid-19 on Tuesday pledged to “uphold the integrity of the scientific process” amid concern Donald Trump will pressure regulators to approve a vaccine ahead of the presidential election in November. “We, the undersigned biopharmaceutical companies, want to make clear our ongoing commitment to developing and testing potential...

China Shows Off COVID-19 Vaccines For First Time

China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic. High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week — vaccine candidates produced by Chinese companies Sinovac...

No widespread coronavirus vaccination before mid-2021: WHO

The World Health Organization said Friday it did not expect widespread immunization against the novel coronavirus until mid-2021, despite growing expectations in the US and beyond that a vaccine could be released within weeks. Across the world, governments are hoping to announce a vaccine as soon as possible and roll out treatments for Covid-19, which...

BREAKING: FG receives Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

The Federal Government on Friday said it has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine. Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire received the samples from the Russia Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin, during a visit to the ministry in Abuja. This was disclosed in a statement by Director, Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi in the ministry...

Resident Doctors to Begin Indefinite Strike Monday

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given notice of the commencement of an indefinite strike with effective Monday. The doctors are demanding the payment of medical residency training for all its members as approved in the revised 2020 budget. They are also seeking the provision of genuine group life insurance and death in service...

NAFDAC Warns Nigerians Against Purchasing Apple, Blackcurrant From Australia

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has cautioned Nigerians to stop the consumption of organic apple and black currant originating from Australia. NAM reports that NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, who disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday said the products had been certified harmful for human consumption. “The Centre for Food...

Africa To Be Declared Polio-Free

The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to certify on Tuesday that the African continent is free from wild polio, four years after the last cases appeared in northeastern Nigeria. “Thanks to the relentless efforts by governments, donors, frontline health workers and communities, up to 1.8 million children have been saved from the crippling life-long...

WHO Warns People Under 50 Driving COVID-19 Spread In Asia-Pacific

Coronavirus cases in Asia-Pacific countries are now being driven by people under the age of 50 who may not know they are infected, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning of a “new phase” in the pandemic. Many have mild or no COVID-19 symptoms and risk infecting the elderly and other vulnerable populations, the WHO’s...

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