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NAFDAC Approves Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria
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NAFDAC Approves Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Friday approved the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria. This is coming few months after it gave authorisation for the use of the Oxford-Astrazeneca jabs in the country. Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye explained that the pfizer-Bio Tech vaccine was for emergency use only. She added that the vaccine can now be stored between -15 to-25 equivalent to freezer temperature.
Oyedepo Disapproves COVID-19 Vaccine, Says He Isn’t Guinea Pig
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Oyedepo Disapproves COVID-19 Vaccine, Says He Isn’t Guinea Pig

The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (a.k.a Winners’ Chapel) David Oyedepo yesterday said he would not take COVID-19 vaccine jab, saying he is not a guinea pig. The cleric expressed his disapproval for the vaccine during the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer programme held at Faith Tabernacle – Canaanland, Sango Otta, Ogun State. Over 160,000 Covid infections and more than 2,000 associated deaths have been recorded in the country in the last one year, according to statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Nigeria commenced nationwide vaccination on March 5 after receiving 3.9 million doses courtesy of COVAX, the global alliance against COVID-19. As of April 16, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said 1,081,548 doses ...
Man who experienced blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19, is now partially paralyzed and unable to talk
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Man who experienced blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19, is now partially paralyzed and unable to talk

A Mississippi man who experienced a blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, has been left paralyzed on one side and unable to talk, his family said. Brad Malagarie, 43, of St. Martin, suffered a stroke after he received the one-dose shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine last week, news station WLOX reported. This father of seven had spent the morning at his D'Iberville office before heading to get a Johnson and Johnson vaccine. When he returned back to work, within three hours, his co-workers noticed he was unresponsive at his desk. "They called me and said he had that vaccine, and something is wrong. We think it's a stroke. You know, we don't know,” said Celeste Foster O’Keefe, Brad’s aunt. Brad was reportedly rushed to the Ochsner's...
Why I Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine – Apostle Suleman
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Why I Won’t Take COVID-19 Vaccine – Apostle Suleman

General Overseer Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) International Apostle Johnson Suleman has revealed he has no plans of taking the COVID-19 vaccine. In the now viral video obtained by The Nation, he said he is not talking about any conspiracy theory, mark of the beast or mark of the antichrist but a “medical fault”. Suleman said he has been praying over it for days because it’s a delicate issue but God showed something is medically abnormal with the vaccine. He also advised Nigerians not to be deceived by President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors, who are taking the vaccines, wondering: “do you think it is the vaccines they are giving them they would give you?” He added: “There is a vaccine that’s going on that people are taking now, after you take the vaccine you are still to we...
Kogi Agrees To Accept COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
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Kogi Agrees To Accept COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Three weeks after Nigeria began inoculating eligible Nigerians with the COVID-19 vaccine, Kogi state is finally set to start administering the vaccine to residents. Saka Haruna, the state commissioner for health, said the state will receive doses of the vaccine today and begin rollout thereafter. Haruna said the state was set to start the vaccination rollout. “We have done the microplanning and everything has been completed with the NPHCDA.” He said anyone willing to receive the vaccine would receive it and that nobody will be forced to be vaccinated. Haruna said further plans would be announced about the vaccination rollout when the vaccine doses are supplied Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state government had repeatedly denied the existence of COVID-19 in Kogi, saying the vaccinat...
Buhari Is Internet Savvy, He Can Work From Anywhere – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Is Internet Savvy, He Can Work From Anywhere – Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari can work from anywhere and attend to documents, as he is internet savvy. Shehu also berated critics over insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on an emergency medical trip to the UK, noting that there was no emergency and that it was routine medical checks. Speaking on ChannelsTV, ‘Politics Today’ on Tuesday, Garba said: “It is a medical trip, and there is absolutely no urgency or emergency. “The President is not in any sick condition. It’s a routine medical checkup. The President has done this with a set of doctors that he has known over many years even before he came into office in 2015 and has continued to do that without any disru...
See Femi Fani-Kayode Tweets Before And After Taking COVID-19 Vaccine
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See Femi Fani-Kayode Tweets Before And After Taking COVID-19 Vaccine

Despite my initially strong reservations I bowed to sound logic and superior reasoning and took my Covid 19 vaccine today. This is thanks to my sister tje distinguished Senator Grace Bent who convinced me to take it and who emphasised that we must set an example to others. I also give thanks to my sister Hon. Patricia Etteh, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who is the Chairman of the National Hospital & who not only let me eat all HER lunch in her office before the exercise took place but who also gave us a warm reception. & guided us through the whole exercise. Her whole team and staff at the hospital were simply wonderful & very efficient & supportive & consequently the whole exercise was very pleasant. This is aclear case of "never say n...
Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses
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Johnson & Johnson To Boost Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout With 400m Doses

AFRICA’S COVID-19 vaccination programme got a boost as pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, J&J, announced it will supply up to 400 million doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union. The supplies will help Africa reach its target of vaccinating at least 60 percent of the population, to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The African Vaccine Acquisition Trust Team, AVATT, has already signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for the delivery of the vaccine doses. The agreement entails that 55 member states of the AU will take delivery, from the beginning of the third quarter of 2021, up to 200 million doses of the vaccine. Additional 180 million doses will be made available in 2022, making it a combined total of up to 400 million doses of ...
Governor Makinde Looks Calm While Taking His COVID-19 Vaccine Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout
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Governor Makinde Looks Calm While Taking His COVID-19 Vaccine Jab As Oyo Begins Rollout

Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo state, on Wednesday, took his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Oyo got 127,740 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 11. The state government, however, said it conducted sterility test on its doses “to determine if the vaccines do not actually have other secondary form of infective substance”, hence the delay in administration. Speaking after getting his shot, Makinde said it does not matter that the state started late. He added that the number of doses administered in Oyo would soon surpass that of states which began earlier. The governor assured the people that the vaccine is safe while encouraging them to take the shots. “When I was reading the newspaper this morning, I saw Oyo state, and they said we...
Steps To Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine In Lagos, Phase 1 & List Of Those Eligible
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Steps To Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine In Lagos, Phase 1 & List Of Those Eligible

Lagos State Ministry Of Health tweets: ONLY Health workers, Personnel of the Security Agencies, the Judiciary, Teachers, Press & other frontline workers are eligible to take part in the first phase of the ongoing #COVID19 vaccination campaign in Lagos. Here��is how eligible persons can access the vaccine. STEPS TO GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN THE ONGOING PHASE 1 VACCINATION CAMPAIGN IN LAGOS STATE ELIGIBILITY • Healthcare workers, • Military, Police, other security • COVID-19 response team (RRT), agencies, • Ports of entry staff (air, • Petrol station workers, land, and seaports), •Teachers, • Laboratory network, • The Press and other frontline • Judiciary, workers. To Access The Vaccine: 1. You must fit into the Phase 1 eligibility list. 2. Proceed to register or e...
COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza
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COVID-19: Our Vaccine Experience, By Sanwo-Olu, Hamza

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat said they felt no side effects whatsoever three days after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. This came as Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, his wife Chioma, deputy governor Prof. Placid Njoku and Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong on Monday took their own shots. Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat and Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi took the vaccine on March 12. Sanwo-Olu, who addressed reporters at his office on Monday, said he felt no side effects contrary to widespread speculation that the vaccine comes with side effects. He said: “It has been three days since I got the AstraZeneca vaccine. I can confirm to you that I felt no after-effects....
Picture Of Jigawa Governor Looking Scared As He Receives COVID-19 Vaccine
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Picture Of Jigawa Governor Looking Scared As He Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor of Jigawa State Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has received his AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at Government House in Dutse. The governor’s personal physician administered the vaccine on him at the government house clinic. DAILY POST reports that the Jigawa State Government received 68,520 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, to be administered on 35,000 people in the state. Speaking after the vaccination, Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar said the COVID vaccine is free and safe. He explained that the vaccine will be distributed across the 287 primary Health care centres across the state. “We are going to distribute the vaccine to all the primary Health cares centres in 287 ward that was already been provided with steady power supply” Badaru said the COVID-19 vaccine will ...
Prince Charles Responds To Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Interview
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Prince Charles Responds To Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Interview

Prince Charles stepped out on Tuesday to visit a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in London, just two days after his son and daughter-in-law, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made headlines for their tell-all interview about the royal family. The son of Queen Elizabeth was asked for his reaction to the bombshell conversation by reporters but remained silent. "He chuckled and carried on walking," tweeted The Daily Express' Richard Palmer. No formal comment has been made yet by anyone in the royal family addressing what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said about the lack of support they felt, mental health issues, and the vicious attacks by the U.K. tabloids. Charles, 72, did reveal he already received the coronavirus vaccine because "I may be a little bit older," according to Sky News....
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo Takes COVID-19 Vaccine
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Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo Takes COVID-19 Vaccine

The founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre , Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has received shot of COVID - 19 vaccine. Ashimolowo, whose church has branches in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, shared photos of his vaccination on social media on Sunday. I have taken the vaccination today . Very simple and quick . I encourage all BAME ( Black , Asian and ethnic minority community ) to take the vaccination. Save lives. Stay Safe . Protect yourselves . We need to do this. Let's go. The UK - based Nigerian pastor captioned some photos of his vaccination in a Facebook post.
Ibrahim Gambari, Garba Shehu, Others Take COVID-19 Vaccination
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Ibrahim Gambari, Garba Shehu, Others Take COVID-19 Vaccination

In continuation of the national vaccination exercise, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu have taken their first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Also Permanent Secretary State House, Tijjani Umar and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd). They were vaccinated by the Chief Nursing Officer, Dr Esther Ibrahim at the Special Care Centre of State House Clinic, Abuja. The Chief of Staff after taking his jab described the process as painless. He says he is simply following the President’s footsteps as a responsible Nigerian. He urged all eligible Nigerians to present themselves for th...
₦10.6 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics Cost Claim Is False – FG
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₦10.6 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Logistics Cost Claim Is False – FG

The Federal Government has debunked media report claiming that not less than N10.6 billion had been earmarked for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines across the country. A national daily had on Saturday, in its report, claimed to have cited a document put together by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and presented to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), which set the budget for the logistics distribution of vaccines to the states and council areas at N10.6 billion. However, reacting to the said report on Saturday, the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, described the quoted figure as incredulous, explaining that the responsibility of distribution of vaccines across the country had been taken over by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (C...
COVID-19 Vaccine Has No Side Effects On President Buhari – Garba Shehu
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COVID-19 Vaccine Has No Side Effects On President Buhari – Garba Shehu

In response to press enquiries, I like to assure all citizens, and to dispel fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine administered on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN earlier this morning. After he got his jab, the President felt normal and went about doing his job. If there are side effects that follow, we will be open about that but so far there is nothing of a side effect, serious or mild on the President. He is carrying on as normal. We hope this will help to send a strong message among the people, especially those grappling with hesitancy about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. Garba Shehu
COVID-19 Vaccination Painfree, Says Osinbajo
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COVID-19 Vaccination Painfree, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the COVID-19 vaccination jab was pain free. Following the vaccination of President Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday, the Vice-President also appreciated the frontline workers, physicians, researchers and scientists who worked tirelessly to ensure the production of the Coronavirus vaccine. Both President Buhari and VP Osinbajo got the jab on live TV, barely 24 hours after the vaccine COVID-19 vaccine programme started with the vaccination of the healthcare and frontline workers at the National Hospital, Abuja. According to the spokesperson to the Vice-President, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Prof. Osinbajo had revealed that “the thing was not painful at all. I didn’t even feel the pinch” after...
VP Osinbajo Takes COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV
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VP Osinbajo Takes COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV

Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has received his own jab of the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes immediately after the President was given his own shot also on live TV. This development comes after some frontline health workers were vaccinated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. In one of the videos obtained, Buhari can be seen peeping from behind the doctor as his Vice is given the vaccine. https://youtu.be/qEfedwTyS_k
President Buhari Takes COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV
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President Buhari Takes COVID-19 Vaccine On Live TV

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday morning is seen on live video as he is set to receive his COVID-19 Vaccine, His Vice, Yemi Osinbajo is also expected to receive his own COVID-19 vaccine after the President. Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, at the second edition of the State House weekly briefing, had announced that the duo will be taking their vaccines today. The briefing focused on the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine and Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, in the last one year. According to the NPHCDA boss, Buhari and Osinbajo will receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after some frontline health workers are vaccinated on Friday. https://youtu.be/EQRePg_1jVI  
FG Budgets N10.6bn For Transportation Of COVID-19 Vaccine Across Nigeria
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FG Budgets N10.6bn For Transportation Of COVID-19 Vaccine Across Nigeria

The Federal Government has budgeted N10.6 billion for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory. According to a document seen by PUNCH, a total of N12.7 billion was budgeted as cost of transportation for the vaccine, procurement of PPE and AEFI kits. In the document containing the budget details, Kano state has the highest budgetary allocation with N685.4million, while Lagos state, the epicenter of the pandemic, earmarked N558.6million for the transportation of the vaccine. Bayelsa state has the lowest budgetary allocation for transportation with N121 million. The budget was presented to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) alongside representatives of the federal ministry of health, on Thursday, in a meeting...
COVID-19: I’ll Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence – Obaseki
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COVID-19: I’ll Take Vaccine First To Boost Confidence – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has said that he will be the first person to be vaccinated in the state to boost the citizens’ confidence in taking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Obaseki disclosed this on Friday in Benin while addressing journalists on the need for residents not to be scared of the vaccines. The governor said “I will take mine and if I take mine and am okay, that will give confidence to Edo people. “The preventive protocol will still be in place, don’t forget that it will still take a while to vaccinate almost 80 per cent of the population that is expected to be vaccinated. “The fact that you have taken the vaccine does not mean you should be careless, you should not wear a mask, you should not protect yourself because many more people may have not received t...
I Don’t Need The Vaccine… COVID-19 Not Our Business In Kogi – Yahaya Bello
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I Don’t Need The Vaccine… COVID-19 Not Our Business In Kogi – Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, says COVID-19 is not the business of people in his state, adding that they have “more pertinent” issues to tackle. Bello stated this on Friday, when he featured on ‘Politics Today’, a Channels Television programme. The governor, who has repeatedly denied the existence of the virus, said COVID-19 is the “minute aspect” of what the state is currently addressing, adding that Kogi is tackling diseases like Yellow Fever and Lassa Fever, without much noise about its efforts. “COVID-19 is not our business in Kogi state. We have more prominent issues, more pertinent issues, more serious matters that we are attending to in Kogi state,” he said. “Insecurity that we met, we’ve tackled it and several others. Disunity, we met it on ground and we have unit...
AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Certified Safe by NAFDAC
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AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Certified Safe by NAFDAC

Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been certified safe for use in Nigeria by the  National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie said the certification came some minutes past midnight on Friday March 5, ahead of the vaccine’s launch in Abuja. Ehanire who disclosed that the launch would have been cancelled if the agency did not give the final go-ahead, said the vaccine underwent a 48 hour test after arriving the country on Tuesday March 2. He said; “The long-awaited day is here in which Nigerians can now join the global community to be vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus."
COVID-19: Governors, Deputies To Be Vaccinated On March 9th
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COVID-19: Governors, Deputies To Be Vaccinated On March 9th

Governors of the 36 States of the Federation on the platform of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have resolved to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, publicly next week Tuesday, March 9. This was one of the decisions taken at their emergency meeting to discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country. In the meeting were the the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Director-General , Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib as well as medical experts who play advisory roles for the NGF on the pandemic. The chair...
2.3 Million Nigerians Register For Coronavirus Vaccination In 24 Hours – NPHCDA
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2.3 Million Nigerians Register For Coronavirus Vaccination In 24 Hours – NPHCDA

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on Wednesday dispelled fears that people might not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, noting that up to 2.3m Nigerians have indicated interest in taking the jabs. Although, there are fears over the safety of the vaccines, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, said there was enthusiasm in Nigeria over Monday’s arrival of 4 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 jabs.. He said :“I can tell you that there is a lot of excitement about the vaccine arrival. I know some people have their concerns and we are trying but I want to give you an example of the enthusiasm that Nigerians are showing around wanting to take these vaccines. “Around midday on Monday when we launched the e-registration platform, in less t...
Buhari, Osinbajo To Get COVID-19 Vaccine On Saturday
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Get COVID-19 Vaccine On Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday, be among the key national figures to receive the first jabs of Oxford Astra-Zeneca COVID- 19 vaccine scheduled to arrive Abuja Tuesday. The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib revealed this Monday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing to unveil the National vaccine roll-out plan. It was gathered that the vaccine will only be administered on the President after a few vials of it are handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFCAC), for analysis over a period of two days- Wednesday and Thursday- after the ceremonies to mark the arrival of the vaccines . Shuaib said that after the vaccination ...
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Work Well If You Are Obese
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Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Work Well If You Are Obese

Scientists in Italy claims their research shows that obese people - anyone with a BMI over 30 - may need bigger doses, or another top-up jab, to protect them against Covid-19 Scientists have warned that the coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Pfizer may be less effective in people who are obese. Researchers in Italy have said obese people may need bigger doses, or another top-up jab, to protect them against the virus. They claim this is because compared to healthy people severely overweight healthcare workers generated only half the antibodies to fend off Covid-19 after receiving two doses of the Pfizer jab. Antibodies are virus-fighting proteins that can stop the coronavirus infection. They are a major part of the immune system but there are other parts too. This is a d...
Take COVID-19 Vaccine, Don’t Join Conspiracy Theorists – Matthew Ashimolowo
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Take COVID-19 Vaccine, Don’t Join Conspiracy Theorists – Matthew Ashimolowo

Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, KICC, has advised Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccine when it is time, urging that conspiracy theorists should be ignored. Speaking at a national combined service at the KICC Maryland Prayer Dome, Pastor Ashimolowo pointed out that the church believes in faith and doing the right thing. He expressed that in his 49 years of being a Christian, he had received injection once or twice and would receive a third because he will be vaccinated. “I am not mocking anyone… since I have been a Christian, for about 49 years now and I will be 69 next month (March) I have never slept in a hospital bed. I have recieved injection maybe once or twice. “But there will be a third one because I will be vaccinated against COVID-19 soon.” ...
CACOVID Disowns BUA’s Contribution Of 1 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine
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CACOVID Disowns BUA’s Contribution Of 1 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

The private sector-led coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has disowned the statement by the BUA group, stating that the company plans to purchase one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria. In a statement issued earlier on Monday, the BUA group had announced that it would purchase one million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, through the AfreximBank vaccine programme in partnership with Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID). However, in a statement, CACOVID denied BUA’s contribution to securing the doses, stating that purchase of the vaccine cannot be done by individuals or companies, but only through the federal government.
APC Slams Peter Obi, Calls Him Ignorant Man Over His Comment On Vaccine Procurement
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APC Slams Peter Obi, Calls Him Ignorant Man Over His Comment On Vaccine Procurement

The attention of APC Mandate Defenders has been drawn to the uninformed remarks made by the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi concerning the Federal Government's plan to procure vaccines for distribution across the country. The group asserted that Mr. Obi has formed the habit of making himself a cheap hero through peddling of falsehoods, outright misinformation and blame game even when he is alleged to have some skeletons in his cupboards. In a statement released to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday by the group's national publicity secretary, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka, the group said that Mr. Obi is not the right person to advise the Federal Governemnt over what to do concerning vaccine procurements and distribution because as Governor for eight years, he contributed to the ...
Nigeria Has Secured 41m Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine – Ehanire
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Nigeria Has Secured 41m Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine – Ehanire

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says Nigeria has secured an additional 41 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He disclosed this on Thursday, when he featured on a Channels Television programme. MCI had reported that Nigeria had secured 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility, which is co-led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and GAVI Alliance. Although the previously scheduled period for delivery of the 100,000 doses was January 2021, the health minister said the date has now been moved to February, because of the “challenges of getting the supplies”. Ehanire noted that the additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines is through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), a vaccine strategy organised by the African Union, which is...
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...

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