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Lagos In Talks With COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers – Sanwo-Olu
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Lagos In Talks With COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo -Olu , says his administration has started making contacts with Covid vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer, Oxford– AstraZeneca , Moderna, amongst others . He said the government planned to vaccinate up to 50 per cent of the population of Lagos to develop ‘ herd immunity’ to the virus . The governor spoke on Channels Television ’s Sunday Politics programme monitored by The PUNCH. Sanwo- Olu said the organised private sector have expressed interest to support the funding of the purchase of the vaccines asides from the ones planned by the Federal Government . He said, “ We actually want the Federal Government to take the lead and rightful so . As a sovereign, they have all of the contacts and protocols to make that happen . And we are gi...
You Lack Effrontery To Advise Nigerians On COVID-19 Vaccine – Wada To Bello
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You Lack Effrontery To Advise Nigerians On COVID-19 Vaccine – Wada To Bello

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kogi 2019 gubernatorial election, Engr Musa Wada on Tuesday, has asked the incumbent governor Yahaya Bello to stop using COVID-19 as part of his Presidential ambition campaign, describing his last outburst against the use of yet-to-arrive vaccine, as careless and unnecessary misleading. Considering the fact that COVID-19 pandemic is strictly scientific-based issue, which ought not to be merely political, the engineer raises alarm against the approach of governor Bello towards the pandemic. Engr Wada, in a statement signed by his campaign spokesperson in Abuja, Usman Okai Austin, asked the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government to take a very definite stand on the pandemic, as the party is blowing hot and cold the same ti...
They Want To Use COVID-19 Vaccine To Kill Us – Yahaya Bello
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They Want To Use COVID-19 Vaccine To Kill Us – Yahaya Bello

While global authorities are shuffling plans to land the COVID-19 vaccine to save their populations from the rapidly spreading coronavirus, a Nigerian governor is discouraging people from taking the vaccines. The Nigerian government said it is expecting at least 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of January through the COVAX co-financing public-private facility. But several global health experts and bodies told PREMIUM TIMES it is “almost impossible” for Nigeria to start receiving vaccines this January. Aso Rock officials said both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will take the COVID-19 vaccines live on TV to allay the growing vaccine hesitancy among Nigerians. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who addres...
COVID-19: FG To Spend $8 Each On Vaccine For 144 Million People
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COVID-19: FG To Spend $8 Each On Vaccine For 144 Million People

Nigeria may spend around $576 million to procure COVID-19 vaccine , it was gathered at the weekend. The government plans to immunise 70 per cent of Nigerians who are at risk of the virus, Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib said. According to him, free vaccine to immunise 20 per cent of those to be vaccinated, will be made available to the country and 91 other countries by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI). The first batch of 100,000 Pfizer vaccine doses from the COVAX facility will arrive in the country at the end of this month or early next month. It will be used in two jabs each on 50,000 Nigerians. To meet up with vaccination of 50 per cent of Nigerians, the government will need to pay $8 for two dos...
COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula For Nigeria
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COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Formula For Nigeria

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has released the details of how the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be distributed across states. This was disclosed during a webinar organised by NHPCDA tagged “Sensitisation Meeting with Media Gatekeepers on COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction”. Faisal Shuaib, executive director of the NPHCDA, had said the country will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the end of January. Bassey Okposen, programme manager, national emergency routine immunisation coordination centre, NPHCDA, during his presentation at the webinar on Friday, said the vaccines would be administered around the last week of January or early February. According to Okposen, states with higher percentage of confirmed cases wou...
COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari
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COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari

Nigerians have excoriated the Buhari administration for advancing moves to inoculate millions of citizens with the controversial Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from China. Foreign minister Geoffery Onyeama said Tuesday that Nigeria was in talks with Beijing to procure coronavirus vaccines to immunise millions of Nigerians against the viral infection, which had recorded 1342 fatalities as of Friday, January 8. The Nigerian government had notified citizens of an expected shipment of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, due to arrive in the country late January. A Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed that the awaited inoculation was facilitated by the global COVAX programme of the World Health Organisation, which provides vaccines to indigent countries. Coordinator of the...
Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani
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Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani says President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha do not need to receive COVID-19 vaccine on live telecast. Tweeting on Friday, Sani said Nigeria’s leaders should only ensure they are vaccinated with the same brand as would be given to ordinary citizens. “No need to Vaccinate d VIPs on live TV. Just do the right thing, when you vaccinate the leaders with Pfizer, make sure the people are also vaccinated with Pfizer,” the former Kaduna lawmaker wrote. “When you vaccinate the People with Russian or Chinese vaccine, make sure the leaders are also vaccinated with same brand.” Nigeria is expecting the US-manufactured Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the end of January. The governm...
Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television

Faisal Shuaib, executive director and chief executive officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says provisions would be made for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live television. Around 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are expected in the country at the end of January. Speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, held in Abuja on Thursday, Shuaib said administering the vaccine on live TV is part of efforts to promote awareness. He added that frontline health workers would also be given priority on receiving the vaccine when the doses arrive Nigeria. “We will like to see a situation where Mr. president, the vice-president, the SGF, critical ...
Atiku Abubakar Receives Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Dubai (Photos)
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Atiku Abubakar Receives Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In Dubai (Photos)

Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar reportedly took the Pfizer’s vaccine in the United Arab Emirates. The people’s Democratic Party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections took the dose in Dubai to prevent symptomatic cases of Covid-19. The Pfizer’s vaccine, when administered in its full two-dose regimen, was found to be 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases of Covid-19. The effectiveness rate of the vaccine was hailed as a very welcome news amid soaring coronavirus caseloads.
We Are In Talks With China On COVID-19 Vaccine – Geoffery Onyeama
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We Are In Talks With China On COVID-19 Vaccine – Geoffery Onyeama

The Federal Government says it has opened talks with the People’s Republic of China to have access to COVID-19 vaccines for Nigeria. Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday while briefing newsmen after a bilateral meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, who was in Nigeria on a working visit. Onyeama recalled that China was of immense assistance to Nigeria at the advent of the pandemic, noting that the donation of protective equipment greatly affected the nation in the fight against COVID-19. The minister said that at this point when countries were discovering vaccines and China being one of them, Nigeria was engaging the country in the area of access to the vaccine. “We’ve received a lot of support from China in...
Former US presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pledge to receive COVID-19 vaccine on TV to show its safety
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Former US presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton pledge to receive COVID-19 vaccine on TV to show its safety

Former US presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton have pledged to receive coronavirus vaccine on camera to help promote the safety of the vaccine.   The effort comes as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to meet next week to decide whether to authorize a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.   In an interview with SiriusXM host Joe Madison, Obama said that he would trust Anthony Fauci if the infectious disease expert declares a coronavirus vaccine to be safe.   “People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, I trust completely,” Obama said. “So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting Covid, absolutely, I’m going to take it.”   Obam...
UK Approves Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use, First In The World
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UK Approves Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use, First In The World

The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use and said that it will be rolled out from next week. “The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use,” the government said. “The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the programme would begin early next week. “It is very good news,” Hancock said.
Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo
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Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has emphasised that one of Nigeria’s most pressing priorities is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens. He stated this yesterday at the opening session of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which featured presentations by some Heads of State & Governments alongside international organisations, on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo also said the government is preoccupied with improving healthcare and the economy post-COVID-19. “The priorities of Nigeria in the post-COVID-19 era include improved healthcare and the economy. First, we need to keep the vi...
FG Receives Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine
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FG Receives Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has received samples of Russia’s COVID-19 from Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin. In a statement by the Ministry’s Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi, the Russian envoy made the delivery during a visit to the ministry in Abuja. Recall that the World Health Organisation, WHO, had said it would review the effectiveness of the vaccine when Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, said they had approved a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity”. Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Health’s statement entitled ‘Russian Federation Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Alexey L. Shebarshin on courtesy visit to Nigeria’s Health Ministers, Russian-made COVID-19 Vaccine finally here’, Ehanire “quickly referred” t...
Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine, Putin’s Daughter Vaccinated
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Russia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine, Putin’s Daughter Vaccinated

Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday morning that Russia has registered the world's first vaccine against coronavirus. He says the vaccine is effective in forming immunity against the deadly pathogen which has spread globally. “As far as I know, a vaccine against the coronavirus infection has been registered this morning (in Russia) for the first time in the world,” the President told members of the government. “I thank everyone who worked on the vaccine - it’s a very important moment for the whole world. Putin insisted that vaccination in Russia should only be carried out on a voluntary basis, with nobody forced to accept immunization. He also revealed that one of his daughters has already been vaccinated. With over 700,000 deaths attributed to the pandemic and over 20 millio...
Russia become the first country to have completed clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine
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Russia become the first country to have completed clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine

Russia has become the first country to have completed clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine, after Sechenov University said that it had concluded its study. The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe & effective. Russia had 20 people volunteered for the injection. After given the shot, the volunteers were asked to quarantine in the hospital for 28 days. The vaccine tests performed on volunteers showed that they were developing immunity to the coronavirus. BRICS Countries should be the first to get the #coronavaccine. The Vaccine still has to go for another phase of trials & we trust President Putin will speed the process to save lives. After this the World should unite to build an Open Economy.
Thailand Enters Global Race For COVID-19 Vaccine With Trials On Monkeys
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Thailand Enters Global Race For COVID-19 Vaccine With Trials On Monkeys

Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday. More than 100 candidate vaccines are currently in various stages of development around the world, at least eight of which are in clinical trials with humans, according to the World Health Organization. Oxford University researchers are considered the frontrunners in the race, starting clinical trials last month on a version based on a different virus that causes infections in chimpanzees. Dr. Suchinda Malaivitjitnond, director of the National Primate Research Center of Thailand who oversaw Saturday’s vaccine injections to an initial group of 13 monkeys, said she hoped a “Made in Thailand” vaccine would b...
US Says China Is Trying To Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Research
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US Says China Is Trying To Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Research

US authorities warned Wednesday that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus data on treatments and vaccines, adding fuel to Washington ’ s war with Beijing over the pandemic. The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said organizations researching COVID- 19 were at risk of “ targeting and network compromise by the People ’s Republic of China . ” They warned that Chinese government - affiliated cyber actors and others were attempting to obtain “ valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with COVID- 19-related research. ” “ China’ s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’ s response to COVID -19 ,” they said . The tw...
China Will Extort The World If They Develop A COVID-19 Vaccine First, U.S National Security Officials Expresses Concern
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China Will Extort The World If They Develop A COVID-19 Vaccine First, U.S National Security Officials Expresses Concern

National Security officials of the United States are concerned China could hasten it’s development of a Coronavirus vaccine first, and use it to extort the world. The United States and China are locked in a race to develop a coronavirus vaccine as US security officials fear that the Asia country would use a successful vaccine as economic and diplomatic leverage. Coronavirus has sickened more than 3.3 million people worldwide, and experts believe ”whoever finds a workable vaccine right now basically rules the world. ” ‘They know that whoever finds a workable vaccine right now basically rules the world,’ a national security official told US media outlet Politico on condition of anonymity. Politico have published a report about the so-called vaccine war, describing fear among ...
COVID-19 Vaccine: Americans Call For Bill Gates’ Arrest
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COVID-19 Vaccine: Americans Call For Bill Gates’ Arrest

A huge crowd in America has trooped out to call for the arrest of billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, while many others are fighting the battle online. Rumours and reports have had it since the coronavirus became a pandemic that the business has a hidden agenda behind the virus. Now that the businessman has come up with a vaccine for the virus, speculations are that the man truly has a mission. Bill Gates had revealed a new RNA vaccine, together with a list of things that must be done to enable life return to normal again. He noted that he is particularly excited about pursuing the RNA vaccine, with a code needed to produce viral fragments on its own. This, however, did not go down well with Americans as they query the rights and patent with which he operated to reveal...
You People Are Unbelievably Stupid – Osi Suave Blasts Those Rejecting The Proposed COVID-19 Vaccine Bill
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You People Are Unbelievably Stupid – Osi Suave Blasts Those Rejecting The Proposed COVID-19 Vaccine Bill

OAP, Osi Suave has launched a scathing attack on those saying that the Covid-19 vaccine bill not be passed by the house of assembly. The issue has generated a lot of buzz online after it was reported that the Speaker of the house of representatives will sponsor the CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES BILL 2020 and which has already passed it second reading. Some are of the believe that if this bill is to be passed, it will result to forced vaccinations by inserting chip in people. On Air Personality, Osi Suave is however, not having any of this, as he believes these are just conspiracy theories. He wrote:
Coronavirus: UK Injects First Patients In Vaccine Trial
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Coronavirus: UK Injects First Patients In Vaccine Trial

The first human trial in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford. Two volunteers were injected, the first of more than 800 people recruited for the study. Half will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and half a control vaccine which protects against meningitis but not coronavirus. The design of the trial means volunteers will not know which vaccine they are getting, though doctors will. Elisa Granato, one of the two who received the jab, told the BBC: "I'm a scientist, so I wanted to try to support the scientific process wherever I can." The vaccine was developed in under three months by a team at Oxford University. Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the Jenner Institute, led the pre-clinical research. "Personally I have a high degree of confidence ...
Germany Approves Trials Of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
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Germany Approves Trials Of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Germany gave the green light for human trials of potential coronavirus vaccines developed by German biotech company BioNTech, which is racing teams in Germany, the U.S. and China to develop an agent that will stop the pandemic. The trial, only the fourth worldwide of a vaccine targeting the virus, will be initially conducted on 200 healthy people, with more subjects, including some at higher risk from the disease, to be included in a second stage, German vaccines regulator the Paul Ehrlich Institut said on Wednesday. BioNTech said it was developing four vaccine candidates under a programme named BNT162 with its partner, pharma giant Pfizer. Tests of the vaccine were also planned in the United States, once regulatory approval for testing on humans had been secured there. Bio...
Jude Okoye Warns Artistes, Says There Might Not Be Any Show Or Concert Till A COVID-19 Vaccine Come Out
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Jude Okoye Warns Artistes, Says There Might Not Be Any Show Or Concert Till A COVID-19 Vaccine Come Out

Music executive, Jude Okoye has warned artistes to brace up for a long holiday because things won’t return to normal until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine. In a series of tweets, Jude Okoye who is the elder brother of the twins in the defunct music duo Psquare, stated that no show or concert will be held till a vaccine arrives. According to him, this will have an adverse effect on artistes who depend on shows for their daily living. He tweeted: “As an artiste, if your income is based mostly on shows, brace up for a long hols. The way things are, there may not be any shows/concert till there’s a vaccine for COVID-19”.