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Coronavirus Vaccine: Military To Support Rollout Logistics
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Coronavirus Vaccine: Military To Support Rollout Logistics

The military will help the government with the delivery of Coronavirus vaccines to the public set to begin next month, the defence ministry said Thursday. According to the ministry’s policy plan for the new year, the government will set up a 41-member Coronavirus vaccine logistics support team, comprised mostly of service members and headed by the Army’s Vice Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Park Ju-Kyeong. President Moon Jae-in said earlier that the government will provide free of charge COVID-19 vaccines to all South Koreans starting in February. “The actual delivery will be done using private infrastructure as much as possible. Which company will be in charge is yet to be decided,’’ an official told reporters. The military’s main tasks will include escorting the vaccines from the airpo...
No Approved COVID-19 Vaccines Yet – NAFDAC
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No Approved COVID-19 Vaccines Yet – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday stated that it has not approved any COVID-19 vaccine. It warned fake vaccines have started circulating in the country, urging the public not to purchase such drugs as they can cause COVID-19-like illnesses and can lead to death. It also urged government establishments, agencies and big corporations not to order COVID vaccines without confirming from NAFDAC if the vaccine has been approved. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, made these known in Abuja during a virtual media briefing. She said: “The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has not received any application from Covid Vaccine manufacturers yet and therefore no vaccines have been ap...
Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA DG
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Why Nigeria Cannot Produce COVID-19 Vaccines – Faisal Shuaib, NPHCDA DG

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, has explained why Nigeria cannot produce COVID-19 vaccines or other vaccines. Mr Shuaib, while speaking at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, said the process of producing a vaccine requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades. “There are questions around why Nigeria is not producing COVID-19 vaccines. I want to put on record that the process of producing a vaccine is very complex and complicated. It requires massive investment that has not been done for many decades,” he said. Mr Faisal noted that Nigeria used to produce vaccines in its first few decades after independence in 1960, a process which, he said, suffered a set...
COVID 19: Ignore WHO, go for local cures, Reps tell FG
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COVID 19: Ignore WHO, go for local cures, Reps tell FG

The House of Representatives yesterday called on the Federal Government to ignore the World Health Organization, WHO, in efforts to find cure for COVID-19 and approve use of alternative remedies to cure the disease. It also called on governors of the 19 states of the North to reverse the ban on the Almajiri System until millions of Islamic school children loitering the streets of the region without care are provided for by the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC. The Green Chamber also urged the Federal Government to intervene and immediately halt repatriation of  Almajirai children to their states of origin. The House, in a motion by Ossy Prestige (PDP, Abia), rejected warnings by the World Health Organization on the use of local cures for the disease. Sponsor of the mo...
The Infectious Disease Control Bill: What You Should Know
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The Infectious Disease Control Bill: What You Should Know

Many people have been commenting on this controversial bill but most people are not aware of the content: So this is what the bill says: POWERS FOR ARBITRARY ARREST AND ‘WHATEVER THAT IS NECESSARY’ On at least 15 occasions, the 47-page bill empowers the police, health officers or anyone so directed by the NCDC DG to arrest any suspect for alleged breach of any of its 80 provisions, mostly without the need for a warrant issued to that effect. Also, in a number of cases, there seem to be no need for reasonable evidence that an individual has committed a crime under the bill to warrant an arrest. For instance, section 57 empowers a police or health officer to, on the orders of the NCDC DG, arrest an individual “who he has reason to believe has committed any offence under this Ac...
China Approves Two Coronavirus Vaccines For Human Trials
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China Approves Two Coronavirus Vaccines For Human Trials

China has approved early-stage human tests for two experimental coronavirus vaccines as it battles to contain imported cases and prevent a second wave of COVID-19. The experimental vaccines are being developed by a Beijing-based unit of Sinovac Biotech and by the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products , an affiliate of state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday. Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke, reporting from Hong Kong, said China's National Health Commission also confirmed the trials will go ahead. In March, Beijing gave the green light to another clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by the military-backed Academy of Military Medical Sciences and biotech firm CanSino Bio, shortly after US drug developer Moderna ...
Eto’o, Drogba React As French Doctors Say ‘Test Coronavirus Vaccines In Africa”
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Eto’o, Drogba React As French Doctors Say ‘Test Coronavirus Vaccines In Africa”

The comments came during a debate on the French TV channel LCI, the BBC reported. Camille Locht, head of research at the Inserm health research group, had mentioned conducting a trial of the BCG vaccine in Europe and Australia. “If I can be provocative,” responded Jean-Paul Mira, head of intensive care at Cochin Hospital in Paris, “shouldn’t we be doing this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatments, no resuscitation?” “A bit like as it is done elsewhere for some studies on AIDS,” the doctor added, according to the report. “In prostitutes, we try things because we know that they are highly exposed and that they do not protect themselves.” Mira had earlier suggested that the study might not work as planned on health care workers in Europe and Australia, because th...
LG To Immunise 50,000 Children Against Measles In Sokoto
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LG To Immunise 50,000 Children Against Measles In Sokoto

No fewer than 50,000 children are expected to be immunised against measles in Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State. The Director, Primary Healthcare of the council, Ibrahim Isa Jabo, stated this Thursday at the launch of the campaign against measles at the palace of the District Head of the council area. Jabo, who said the aim of the campaign was to eradicate the disease in the area, noted that the council was targeting children between the age of nine and 59 months during the vaccination exercise. He disclosed that the council received over 60,000 doses of vaccines from the state government to ensure adequate coverage of the area. The Director further said vaccination centres would be located in health facilities and schools against the house-to-house immunisation bei...
Meningitis Outbreak: Bisi Alimi Tells Nigerians Not To Rely On Holy Water
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Meningitis Outbreak: Bisi Alimi Tells Nigerians Not To Rely On Holy Water

Following the outbreak of meningitis in some Nigerian states, Nigerian gay right activist, Bisi Alimi, has taken to Instagram, to admonish Nigerians from relying on anointing oil and holy water this time. According to him, vaccines is the only way to be cured and protected. Here's what he wrote; "Please this public announcement is for Nigerians and the outbreak of meningitis. Please anointing oil and holy water will not cure or prevent you from the disease. Vaccines is the only way to be cure and be protected. Please get everyone in your household vaccinated as soon as possible. Thank you" However the post didn't go down well with some Nigerians, as they're taking turns to call him out for it, while others are on his side.