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Bill Gates advises FG against purchasing COVID19 vaccines, says fixing health sector is more important
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Bill Gates advises FG against purchasing COVID19 vaccines, says fixing health sector is more important

American Philanthropist, Bill Gates, has advised the Federal government against expending its limited resources on the purchase of pricey COVID19 vaccines when it can wait for those from GAVI.   Gates gave the advice during a virtual press conference ahead of the launch of the 2021 Bill and Melinda Gates Annual Letters on Tuesday night, January 26.   He said waiting for the GAVI vaccines would be the best thing for Nigeria and that investing proposed vaccine funds into other health-related areas would assist to deepen vaccine coverage and save lives.   “The key is that Nigeria is still eligible (for GAVI Vaccinee), and so, for a lot of those vaccines, they will come through the GAVI facility that we’ve raised money for. I’m an advocate for the government t...
Arnold Schwarzenegger gets Covid19 vaccine, slammed conspiracy theories
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Arnold Schwarzenegger gets Covid19 vaccine, slammed conspiracy theories

Hollywood actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger received his jab of the Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, and urged his followers to not only do the same but also disregard misinformation about the vaccine. “The Terminator” posted a video of himself getting the shot in his right bicep. In a video shared on Facebook, he said: “I just got my vaccine and will recommend it to anyone and everyone. “Come with me if you want to live,” he added, quoting a line from the movie. Thousands of his supporters were inspired by the video and flooded the comments to share they will also be vaccinated. Cautioning his supporters against fake news, Schwarzenegger said people must look for Covid-19 information provided by trusted experts and relevant sources. “I always say you...
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...
Governor Fayemi Says State Governors will take COVID19 Vaccine on Live Television
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Governor Fayemi Says State Governors will take COVID19 Vaccine on Live Television

Ekiti state governor and the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, has said that state governors will be taking the COVID19 vaccines on live television to demonstrate to their residents that the vaccine works. Governor Fayemi disclosed this to state house correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari where security, the economy, and vaccine management were discussed. When asked if governors will also take the vaccine on live television, Governor Fayemi said “Absolutely. We too will like to demonstrate to our citizens that we believe that vaccines would work. Don’t forget, we have a lot of experience on this. Governors Forum managed the polio vaccines administration in the country and we have garnered a lot of experience'' He also noted ...
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 Coronavirus Vaccine
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Atiku Abubakar Receives Coronavirus Vaccine

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Pfizer vaccine which is the first Coronavirus vaccine to be granted emergency use authorisation by the WHO, is said to be 90 percent effective. In a statement released by the spokesperson of the former PDP Presidential candidate Paul Ibe, Atiku expressed hope of Nigerians, especially medical professionals in the frontline and the most vulnerable will be vaccinated in the country. It read;   “The importance of the #COVID19 vaccine in mitigating the effect of the coronavirus cannot be overstated, particularly in Africa and Nigeria. Yesterday (Wednesday), as part of the mass vaccination programme, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar received the Pfizer-BioNTech...
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.
Pharmacist Accused of Intentionally Spoiling Covid-19 Vaccine is Arrested
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Pharmacist Accused of Intentionally Spoiling Covid-19 Vaccine is Arrested

A Wisconsin pharmacist has been fired after he was suspected of intentionally spoiling more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Steven R. Brandenburg, 46, was released from custody Monday, Jan 4, while prosecutors determine if the charges being considered against him are legitimate. He confessed to police that he deliberately tried to ruin the vaccines because he was concerned they could alter people’s DNA, WISN reported. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 uses messenger RNA to "deliver instructions for human cells to make a piece of protein like that found on COVID-19, and the body then begins building immunities against that and the coronavirus." The technology does not alter human DNA. Jeff Bahr, president of Aurora H...
Portuguese Health Worker Dies two Days after Getting the Pfizer Covid Vaccine as her Father Demands Answers
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Portuguese Health Worker Dies two Days after Getting the Pfizer Covid Vaccine as her Father Demands Answers

A Portuguese health worker has died two days after getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. 41-year-old Sonia Acevedo, who worked in paediatrics at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, suffered a 'sudden death' at home on New Year's Day 48 hours after receiving the jab. The mother-of-two is not said to have suffered any adverse side-effects after being vaccinated, Mail Online reported. Ms. Acevedo's father Abilio Acevedo told Portuguese daily Correio da Manha that he got the call to say her daughter had been found dead around 11am last Friday morning hours after they ate together on New Years Eve, adding: 'My daughter left home and I never saw her alive again.' 'She was okay. She hadn't had any health problems. She had the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn't have any s...
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...
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 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.
No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that no state in the country is COVID-19 free. Ihekweazu said this today June 22 while speaking at the daily briefing of the presidential task force in Abuja. He said a state can only talk about being COVID-19 free when it is testing and have the effective tool to fight the disease. In his words “No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free. That is why we have to keep doing this work we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it. Even if some of us are lucky and get away with having asymptomatic infections, we have to test more. We can only talk about a state being disease-free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That ...
Israeli Lab Claims Successful COVID-19 Vaccine Trial on Rodents
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Israeli Lab Claims Successful COVID-19 Vaccine Trial on Rodents

The Israel Institute of Biological Research claimed it has completed successful COVID-19 vaccine trials on rodents, which has paved the way for additional trials in human beings. The Israeli Defense Ministry-run laboratory based in Ness Ziona, said it hopes to have a finished vaccine in a year, or possibly even earlier. According to The Times of Israel, the lab made the claim in a paper published Friday on the website of bioRxiv, an online repository for papers that haven’t yet been peer-reviewed, In the abstract of the report, the researchers said their vaccine, which they tested on hamsters, “results in rapid and potent induction of neutralising antibodies against SARS-CoV-2,” the virus that causes COVID-19. During the trials, two groups of rodents were infected with the ...
I See Ajimobi on Danger List, Pray for him – Primate Ayodele
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I See Ajimobi on Danger List, Pray for him – Primate Ayodele

The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele, has revealed what he described as God’s revelation to him concerning the former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi. Reacting to the death rumours surrounding Ajimobi, Primate Ayodele said he still sees the former Governor “on danger list and he needs serious prayers to come back alive from what has befallen him.” “I see Ajimobi on danger list, he needs intense prayers to return alive,” he said. He also maintained his earlier stand that the vaccine for Coronavirus will be found be in July and will be produced by China. “Some countries claim to have found COVID-19 vaccine, the real vaccine will be out in July which will be produced by China,” Ayodele said in a series of pr...
I Haven’t Seen any Pastor go to the Isolation Centre to Heal – Wizkid
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I Haven’t Seen any Pastor go to the Isolation Centre to Heal – Wizkid

Nigerian singer, Wizkid, who has been more than active recently on social media, as taken a light jab at Nigerian pastors. The coronavirus in Nigeria has infected 14,554 people as at last night, with 387 people dying due to the virus. Currently there is no confirmed treatment for the virus, and a vaccine is yet to be developed. Taking to his Twitter page, Wizkid has now wondered why no Nigerian pastor has made any move to heal COVID-19 patients. He wrote; “I never see any naija pastor go isolation heal anybody from covid lol” https://twitter.com/wizkidayo/status/1271179766276788224 As expected, there have been lots of funny reactions to his post, as some stated that the virus is way above the pastors jurisdiction of miracle. See some funny replies below; ...
Protesters Are The “Vaccine” To The “Virus” Of Racism-  World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua Hits Out
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Protesters Are The “Vaccine” To The “Virus” Of Racism- World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua Hits Out

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua told a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday that protesters were the “vaccine” to the “virus” of racism. “The virus I am referring to is called racism,” he said, comparing its effects to the damage done by COVID-19. Meanwhile the British boxer asked: “How long are we going to allow racism to spread through our communities?” Worldwide protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter took place Saturday in response to the death of George Floyd, a black American man who died in Minneapolis last month while being arrested by police officers. “You are the vaccine, I am the vaccine,” the 30-year-old Joshua told a rally in his home town of Watford. “Killing a person outright is unforgivable, but stripping them of their human rights, oppressing th...
Why A Vaccine By End Of Year Is ‘Aspirational’ – Fauci Explains
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Why A Vaccine By End Of Year Is ‘Aspirational’ – Fauci Explains

A top infectious disease expert said Friday that an aggressive investment into the development and production of a vaccine against the coronavirus might make it possible to distribute millions of doses as the year comes to a close. In an interview with The Hill, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), urged caution and said the rapid development of a safe and effective vaccine was not guaranteed. But he said the government was taking the unprecedented step of beginning production on promising vaccine candidates even before they are proven, a financial risk that would shave months off a typical development schedule. “In the standard way you develop a vaccine, you do not make major investments in the next step until you ...
Trump hopes for COVID-19 vaccine by end of year, ‘maybe before’
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Trump hopes for COVID-19 vaccine by end of year, ‘maybe before’

United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday said he hoped a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and announced he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to spearhead the effort. “We are looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before,” Trump said, as he delivered an update on the race for a vaccine. “We think we are going to have some very good results coming out very quickly,” he told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House. The timeline projected by Trump is more optimistic than what Europe foresees. The European Medicines Agency said Thursday a vaccine could be ready in a year’s time under an “optimistic scenario.” Trump announced he would appoint Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GSK Vaccines, and four star a...
Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President
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Bill Gates Says he Urged Trump to Get the Nation Ready for a Pandemic Weeks Before he Became US President

Billionaire Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has revealed that he informed Donald Trump to prepare for pandemic weeks before Trump became the U.S. president. Gates, who is funding different companies in the production of a vaccine, has been vocal about the Coronavirus pandemic since it broke out in February in the US, and has granted numerous interviews recently to talk about the disease that has now killed over 80,000 people in the US. Gates met with then-President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in December 2016 and has now revealed that he made his pitch of a soon coming pandemic to Trump as well as his opponent in the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Gates speaking to the Wall Street Journal, lamented that he did not do more to alert the world of ...
Israel Claims They’ve Created A Vaccine For COVID-19
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Israel Claims They’ve Created A Vaccine For COVID-19

They predicted they would do it. Now Israel’s Defense Minister is claiming that the country’s biological research institute has created a vaccine to the coronavirus, or more specifically to COVID-19: Isreal Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday said he witnessed a “significant breakthrough” by Israel’s defense biological research institute in developing an antibody to COVID-19, as the researchers wrapped up the development phase and moved to patent and mass produce the coronavirus vaccine. Bennett visited the labs of the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), a secretive unit that works under the Prime Minister’s Office, in Ness Ziona and was shown the “antibody which attacks the virus in a monoclonal way and can neutralize it within the bodies of those ill,” accor...
3.5million confirmed Coronavirus Cases have now been Recorded Around the World
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3.5million confirmed Coronavirus Cases have now been Recorded Around the World

The new Coronavirus has now infected more than 3.5million people worldwide. At least 3,506,729 people have been infected by the virus since it emerged in China, and 247,381 people have died from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. The United States has the world's highest figures with 1,176,548 known infections and 68,066 deaths, followed by Spain, the worst hit in Europe with 248,301 cases, and 25,428 deaths, while Italy has 210,717 cases with 28,884 deaths. US president, Donald Trump  recently disclosed that the Coronavirus vaccine will be ready by the end of the year, but experts say it could take far longer.
COVID-19: WHO To Commence Vaccine Trials In Nigeria
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COVID-19: WHO To Commence Vaccine Trials In Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Nigeria has expressed interest to be part of the global solidarity trial of the vaccines being developed to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and efforts are underway to start the process in the country. The Officer in charge, WHO Nigeria and member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Fiona Braka, said this on Friday in Abuja, at the 24th joint national briefing of the committee. She also said that 89 vaccines are being developed globally, including seven in clinical evaluation and several therapeutics in clinical trials to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “Nigeria has also expressed interest to be part of this solidarity trial and efforts are underway to start the process in Nigeria too.” According to her, on the sub...
Brits to be Advised to Fear face Mask at Work, in Shops or on Transport With Coronavirus Lockdown Set to Last into 2021
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Brits to be Advised to Fear face Mask at Work, in Shops or on Transport With Coronavirus Lockdown Set to Last into 2021

The British Government will advise its citizens to wear face masks at work, in shops, or on public transport with Coronavirus lockdown set to last into 2021. According to The Sun, Government’s top scientists met on Tuesday to decide on the face-covering move to help stop the coronavirus spread, amid fears that social distancing will roll into 2021, as chances of a vaccine within a year are slim. This comes after a Britain’s top doctor issued a warning that the nation may have to live with tough social distancing measures for “the next calendar year”. Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also stressed that the chances of a vaccine in the next year were “incredibly small”. He said: “In the long run, the exit from this is going to be one of two things, ideally. “A vaccine, an...
Coronavirus: Oxford Vaccine Works On Monkeys
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Coronavirus: Oxford Vaccine Works On Monkeys

A POTENTIAL coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University has kept monkeys immune from the deadly virus for a month. The promising results comes after top Government experts warned a vaccine might be the only way out of the crisis. Last month six rhesus macaque monkeys at a testing facility in the US were injected with a single dose of the vaccine developed at Oxford University, according to The New York Times. All of the monkeys were then exposed to COVID-19, which had made other monkeys without the vaccine sick. Four weeks later, all six monkeys who had been injected with the vaccine showed no signs of coronavirus. Lead researcher Dr Vincent Munster said: "The rhesus macaque is pretty much the closest thing we have to humans." Around 100 potential COVID-19 vaccine projec...
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 ...
COVID-19: Ignore The ‘Vaccine’ Being Hawked In Kano, FG Warns Residents
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COVID-19: Ignore The ‘Vaccine’ Being Hawked In Kano, FG Warns Residents

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has warned Nigerians against patronising hawkers of products described as COVID-19 vaccines. At the presidential task force briefing on Tuesday, the minister said the vaccines, yellow in colour, being hawked in Kano, have not been certified. “The federal ministry of information and culture and its agencies have put up a public enlightenment and advocacy campaign to continue to reach Nigerians with information on how they can protect themselves and avoid contracting the disease,” he said. “This is necessary because in the absence of any vaccine or drug, non-pharmaceutical intervention remains the most effective way to contain the spread of the disease and protect Nigerians. “By the way, you must ignore the vaccine being hawked in Kano which...
German City Cancels Famous Beer Festival Over COVID-19
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German City Cancels Famous Beer Festival Over COVID-19

The event, which takes place annually from late September to October, was expected to draw six million visitors, but it would be too dangerous “as long as there is no vaccine”, Bavaria state premier Markus Soeder said. Even with masks and social distancing, the threat of contagion was too high. “Living with the coronavirus means living carefully,” he said. This year marks the first time that Germany will have to do without the festival since the last world war. But Oktoberfest has previously fallen victim to other epidemics — cholera kept the beer tents empty in 1854 and 1873. National identity From hops growers to breweries, the German beer industry had already been staring at a morose season. But the Oktoberfest cancellation was a further devastating blow with an impact ...
More than 30 French studies under way into COVID-19 treatment
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More than 30 French studies under way into COVID-19 treatment

More than 30 studies are under way in France — of a world total of 860 — in search of drugs to treat the COVID-19 disease sweeping the world, infectologist Florence Ader said Sunday. The research is “extremely active” in France involving some 1,600 patients, Ader told a news conference. Ader heads up a study dubbed Discovery in collaboration with several other European countries, with researchers conducting clinical trials of four potential treatments including the controversial hydroxychloroquine. Of some 3,200 patients in Europe, at least 800 are in France. All are in hospital and severely ill with COVID-19. Around the world some 150 projects seek to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. France’s prestigious Institut Pasteur will carry out trials on humans by this ...
Covid-19: We May Have To Endure Social Distancing Until 2022 If No Vaccine Is Quickly Found, Scientists Predict
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Covid-19: We May Have To Endure Social Distancing Until 2022 If No Vaccine Is Quickly Found, Scientists Predict

According to a new projection from researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the United States may have to continue stay-at-home orders, stadium and event center closures and school closures until 2022, unless, a Coronavirus vaccine becomes quickly available. The projections published in the journal Science on Tuesday directly contradicts the White House’s projections of a Coronavirus end by summer. The team at the Harvard School of Public Health used facts about Covid-19 and other Coronaviruses to create possible scenarios of the current pandemic ravaging the US and the entire world. “Intermittent distancing may be required into 2022 unless critical care capacity is increased substantially or a treatment or vaccine becomes available,” The Harvard School ...
Covid-19: To Lift Restrictions Without Vaccine Disastrous: Shehu Sani
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Covid-19: To Lift Restrictions Without Vaccine Disastrous: Shehu Sani

Former Kano central senator, Shehu Sanni has thrown his back behind the continuous lockdown of the country over the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to the former lawmaker, continuous shutting down until there is a vaccine is the road to life while lifting the ban without a vaccine can lead to disaster. He made this known in a statement on his official Twitter handle on Sunday, 12th April. “To lockdown until there’s a Vaccine is the Road to life, to lift restrictions without a vaccine is the crescent to disaster.#COVIDー19 #coronavirus: To lockdown until there’s a Vaccine is the Road to life,to lift restrictions without a vaccine is the crescent to disaster.#COVIDー19 #coronavirus — Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) April 12, 2020
COVID-19: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine ―WHO slams French scientists
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COVID-19: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine ―WHO slams French scientists

The WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has condemned the comments by two French scientists suggesting the vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) should be first examined in-vivo in African patients of the virus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) boss described such comments as racist and a hangover from the “colonial mentality” according to African News report. Tedro, while disputing the argument also siad ““we will follow all the rules to test any vaccine or therapeutics all over the world suing exactly the same rule … whether it is in Europe, Africa or wherever.” “To be honest I was so appaled and it was a time when I said we needed solidarity. These kind of racist remarks will not help. It goes against the solidarity… “The hangover from colonial mentality has to...
Coronavirus: Bill Gates reveals only way normalcy can return
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Coronavirus: Bill Gates reveals only way normalcy can return

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has said that life can only fully return to normal once a ‘vaccine’ to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available globally. Gates said this in an interview with the U.S broadcaster, Fox News on Sunday. According to him, work needed to be done quickly on the development of a new vaccine to enable a “billions of doses capacity” as soon as possible. “Things will not get back to truly normal until we have a vaccine that has gotten out to the entire world,” Gates told Fox News. “Developed nations, like the U.S., will be able to combat the virus sooner or later, but the virus needed to be defeated globally,” he added. On Thursday, Gates called on the U.S. government to start constructing factories for the most promising vacc...
“Africa Is Not A Testing Lab, You Pieces Of Shit” – John Boyega
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“Africa Is Not A Testing Lab, You Pieces Of Shit” – John Boyega

African-British star, John Boyega has reacted wildly to the suggestions being made by the french doctors to test the new Coronavirus vaccine on Africans. Black celebrities around the world have heavily crticised the two French doctors, Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht for publicly suggesting that Africans be used to test the effectiveness of the drug as it was done with HIV/AIDS vaccines in Africa. The doctors have come out to apologize for their suggestions but Nigerian-British born actor, John Adedayo B. Adegboyega, known professionally as John Boyega, the “Star Wars” actor has taken to social media to tell them them apart with a savage tweet that Africa is not a testing lab. check out his tweet  
Yemi Alade Condemns Congo’s Acceptance Of Coronavirus Vaccine Testing
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Yemi Alade Condemns Congo’s Acceptance Of Coronavirus Vaccine Testing

Nigerian Singer and song writer, Yemi Alade has condemned DR Congo’s Acceptance of Coronavirus vaccine testing in the country. In series of tweet via the singer’s verified Twitter Account, she called out African leaders for collecting bribes and accepting diseases and derogatory terms for Africans. According to Yemi, its a normal thing for individual to volunteer for testing but for the entire country to be used for testing shows that someone( the government) has been paid stressing that UK is offering individuals who volunteers for testing 3000 pounds per individual. Yemi further stressed that Africa remains the only continent majorly hit by Yellow fever and malaria hence these two should be tackled first before adding coronavirus to the list Excerts from her tweets; ...
Covid-19: Please Beware Of 666, Biochips – Funke Akindele’s Husband Raises Alarm
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Covid-19: Please Beware Of 666, Biochips – Funke Akindele’s Husband Raises Alarm

After the DG of Consumer Protection Commission blew hot as French doctors say Covid-19 should be first tested in Africa, Funke Akindele’s husband, JJC Skillz is also raising alarm. According to the singer turned movie director, Africans should be warned as there may be hidden agendas following the pressure to come test Coronavirus vaccine in Africa. He shared the image above and captioned it, “Charity Begins at home. Let the vaccine be widely tested and used by the worst effected countries first. Africa should be last to receive the vaccine ? People remember Bill Gates has been looking for a way to do population control. Be warned o. Please let us all wake up o #666 #biochip #newworldorder”
Coronavirus: It’s getting tough for me, I can’t deal – Actress Yvonne Jegede says
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Coronavirus: It’s getting tough for me, I can’t deal – Actress Yvonne Jegede says

The coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria is now becoming source of great fear for many individuals all over the world. The virus has sent many lives to the grave and some are still recovering from the virus. Also, those who do not yet have the virus are praying and hoping the vaccine will be out soon. Nollywood actress, Yvonne Jegede, took to her social media pages to lament on how the pandemic and self-isolation has really gotten to her.
Germany says Trump Offered German Company $1billion for Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine
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Germany says Trump Offered German Company $1billion for Exclusive Rights to Coronavirus Vaccine

The German government has said that US president Donald Trump recently offered $1billion to exclusively buy rights to a coronavirus vaccine. Trump reportedly offered to buy exclusive rights to German biotech firm Curevac's research into a vaccine against coronavirus. Trump's actions were revealed by German magazine Welt am Sonntag who captioned the paper headline ‘Trump vs Berlin’. Welt am Sonntag, citing an anonymous German government official, reported Sunday that the Trump administration offered CureVac $1 billion to hand the U.S. exclusive rights to a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Trump wants the vaccine "only for the USA," the German official said. The New York Times confirmed late Sunday that the Trump administration attempted to persuade CureVac to move its research to...
Coronavirus: Bill Gates Says Vaccine Could Be Ready For Large-scale Trial By June
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Coronavirus: Bill Gates Says Vaccine Could Be Ready For Large-scale Trial By June

Bill Gates, global health advocate and world’s richest man for 18 years, says novel coronavirus vaccine could be ready for large-scale trials by June 2020. Gates, who is the co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, also added that this virus has started to behave like a once-in-a-century pathogen. In a paper written for the New England Journal of Medicine, Gates said leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again. “The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent case in point. The world needs to save lives now while also improving the way we respond to outbreaks in general. The first point is more pressing, but the second has crucial long-term consequences,” Gates wrote. “The long-term challenge—improving our ab...
Discover Conoravirus Vaccine, Get N36 Million – FG To Nigerian Scientists
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Discover Conoravirus Vaccine, Get N36 Million – FG To Nigerian Scientists

The Federal Government has promised to give N36 million to any Nigerian scientist that could come up with vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus disease. The Minister of Science and Technology , Dr Ogbonnaya Onu made the promise in Abuja on Thursday at a Sent-off Ceremony for one of the ministry’s Directors, Engr A Oyefeso who was retiring from civil service. Onu said Nigeria needed to think ahead of others in order to keep the disease at bay. He said the government would be giving more financial support to Nigerian scientists to help them come up with cure and solutions to some of the diseases and problems ravaging the country. “We are promising any Nigerian scientist who can discover vaccine to prevent Coronavirus N36million. “We have a lot of herbs in the country, and who...
Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire
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Lassa fever now in 27 states – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday February 6 announced that the Lassa Fever epidemic has been confirmed in 27 states of the federation. Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day seminar for 36 State Health Commissioners’ organised by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in Abuja, the Minister disclosed that the Lassa Fever epidemic has also claimed the lives of two doctors. Ehanire also revealed that the Nigerian government is working with a German research firm to develop a vaccine for the virus, as pointed out that government cannot curb the spread of the disease alone. He said; ”I thank you all at this point for commendation the federal ministry of health has received in its efforts to contain the outbreak of Lassa fever which has moved to about 27 state...
30 Hours Old Baby Becomes Youngest Victim of Coronavirus
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30 Hours Old Baby Becomes Youngest Victim of Coronavirus

A 30 hours old baby has become the youngest coronavirus case since the outbreak of the flu-like virus which has killed over 565 people. The medical test which confirmed that the baby who was born on February 2 in Wuhan is infected with the virus, has led to speculation that the lethal illness could potentially be passed from a mother to a fetus as the baby's mother tested positive to the virus before giving birth. The baby weighed 3.25kg at birth (7lbs 2oz) and is now in a stable condition and under observation. Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston who also developed a vaccine for Sars (another coronavirus which spread in China in 2003), said there is more to know about the virus. He said; “We’re still ...
Coronavirus Vaccine Likely To Be tested On Animals By Next Week After Breakthrough
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Coronavirus Vaccine Likely To Be tested On Animals By Next Week After Breakthrough

A potential vaccine against the killer coronavirus could be tested on animals as soon as next week in a breakthrough in the global fight against the outbreak. Hundreds of experts are set to meet in Geneva next week to set research and development priorities for coronavirus drugs, diagnostics and vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. The scientist leading the UK's research into a jab has meanwhile announced a significant breakthrough as experts race against time to develop a vaccine. Professor Robin Shattock, head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, has told Sky News his team could be ready to test the vaccine on animals next week. If enough funding is secured, the vaccine could be tested on humans by summer, he added.
Coronavirus: Cure in Sight as Australian Scientists Recreate Virus
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Coronavirus: Cure in Sight as Australian Scientists Recreate Virus

A cure seems to be in sight for the deadly coronavirus after a team of Australian scientists announced that they have recreated the virus. The breakthrough annoucement made by researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne on Wednesday January 29, is expected to quicken the creation of a vaccine. Doherty Institute Deputy Director, Mike Catton told reporters that they will share the sample which was grown from an infected patient with the World Health Organization and laboratories around the world. He said; “We’ve planned for an incident like this for many, many years and that’s really why we were able to get an answer so quickly. This is a step, it’s a piece of the puzzle that we have contributed." The recent coronavirus outbreak has k...
Bauchi State Records Three Lassa Fever Cases
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Bauchi State Records Three Lassa Fever Cases

Bauchi State has recorded three new cases in the recent outbreak of Lassa fever across the country. The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed who confirmed this on Friday January 24, said the state has been on high surveillance after the disease claimed some lives in Kano State including some health workers. He however admitted that some health workers in the state are frightened due to recent outbreak. Mohammed said; “This year, we have 15 suspected cases of Lassa fever – three confirmed cases out of the suspected … One thing that is giving us concern is no vaccine for it, we have only treatment of the contact and prophylaxis for the contact and then treatment of cases. “So, doctors are afraid, and the nurses are also afr...