NIGERIA’S FIRST SET TO CORONAVIRUS VACCINES MAY BE WASTED IF……… EXPERTS WARN

Friday Olokor, Dayo Ojerinde and Wale Oyewale Virologists and other medical experts have warned that 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine the country is expecting may become useless, if proper arrangements are not made for their transportation and storage. The experts, including the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, Dr Patrick Dakum; a medical virologist, Dr Oladipo Kolawole,  and a professor of Virology at the University of Ibadan, David Olaleye,   in separate interviews with The PUNCH, advised government to ensure proper storage and transportation of the vaccine…

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STATES MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BUY THEIR OWN CORONAVIRUS VACCINES

file photo ‌ Our Reporters The Nigerian Medical Association, the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and a coalition of labour and civil society organisations, the Alliance for the Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, have advised the Federal Government to ensure transparency in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The NMA, the NANNM and the ASCAB, in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Wednesday, said priority should be given to frontline health workers and the aged during the vaccination of Nigerians against  deadly coronavirus. The group said this as  Ogun, Oyo and…

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HOW FG SHUT DOWN VACCINE PRODUCTION CENTRE IN 1991 AFTER 60 YEARS SUCCESS STORY, AND WHY WE CANNOT PRODUCE CORONAVIRUS JAB NOW BY NPCHDA

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…

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NAFDAC SAYS NO CLINICAL TRIALS FOR COVID-19 DRUGS IN NIGERIA, EXPERTS DISAGREE, SAY TRIALS WILL CURB MORTALITY

Our Reporters The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has ruled out the possibility of conducting a local clinical trial on the proposed N400bn vaccines before administering them on Nigerians. The agency said since the World Health Organisation had approved the vaccines there might not be need to conduct another clinical trial on the vaccines. It, however, said it would subject vaccines, which the Federal Government may likely spend N400bn to procure, to proper revalidation before administering them on Nigerians. Speaking with Sunday PUNCH on Friday, NAFDAC’s Media Consultant,…

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CORONAVIRUS: HOW 20 DOCTORS DIED IN ONE WEEK-NMA

Friday Olokor, Abuja No fewer than 20 Nigerian doctors have died from complications arising from COVID-19 in the last one week, the Nigeria Medical Association, said on Friday. The chairman of NMA (FCT chapter), Enema Amodu, who said this during a press conference in Abuja, noted that the victims included Consultants, Professors and some Resident Doctors, adding that the figures had kept increasing daily. ”For those of us in the health sector, we have lost quite a number of colleagues. Across the country, we have lost not less than 20…

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AKWA IBOM CANCELS 2020 EDITION OF ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Akwa Ibom Government has cancelled the hosting of this year’s annual Christmas Carol festival to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state. The cancellation was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Orman Esin, in Uyo on Thursday. Esin said this was due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he noted had hindered preparations for the festival, which usually takes about six months ahead. He said that in obedience to the WHO, NCDC, and the State Government protocols on…

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UK APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR CORONAVIRUS, TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK FOR ITS CITIZENS

Vaccine to be made available across UK from next week, says government. 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…

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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON GOES INTO SELF ISOLATION AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 POSITIVE PATIENT

Boris Johnson British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was self-isolating late Sunday, after coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus. “I have no symptoms, but am following the rules and will be working from No10 as I continue to lead the government’s pandemic response,” Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care in April after developing Covid-19, wrote on Twitter.   The 56-year-old prime minister had on Thursday spent 35 minutes with Conservative lawmaker Lee Anderson, who tested positive for the virus on Saturday, the…

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181 STUDENTS, STAFF TEST POSITIVE WITH CORONAVIRUS IN LAGOS BOARDING SCHOOL

One hundred and eighty one students and staff of a private boarding school in Lekki, Lagos have tested positive for coronavirus. Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the cases were discovered during surveillance and case investigation in the school. There are 441 students and staff in the school. Giving details of the investigation, Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school. He added the student subsequently tested positive on October 6 in…

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CRISTIANO RONALDO TESTS POSITIVE TO CORONAVIRUS

  Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: AFP ‌ Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday. Ronaldo “is asymptomatic” and “will not play against Sweden” in Wednesday’s Nations League match, the federation said on its website. Ronaldo, 35, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times, played in Portugal’s goalless Nations League draw against France in Paris on Sunday. The federation added that the rest of the Portugal squad were “all negative” after tests on Tuesday morning, as was the France squad,…

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