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Covid-19: Former NBA star Lazar Hayward arrested for faking vaccination documents
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Covid-19: Former NBA star Lazar Hayward arrested for faking vaccination documents

Hawaii authorities have arrested former NBA star, Lazar Hayward, after he tried going into the US island with fake covid-19 vaccination documents in order to gain entry. Hawaii officials have made it a rule that any guests who are unvaccinated are required to show documents proving that within the last 72 hours, they have tested negative for COVID. If they don't have that test, then they must first quarantine for 10 days on the island before patronizing anywhere. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hayward, 34, was with Raven Randle, 33, when he arrived at the Lihue Airport on the island of Kauai. They traveled to Hawaii from Los Angeles, and upon arrival, they attempted to upload fake vaccination papers into the airport's Safe Travels portal. Hayward and Randle's pa...
COVID-19: I will take vaccine when necessary, go for it if you are afraid – Adeboye
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COVID-19: I will take vaccine when necessary, go for it if you are afraid – Adeboye

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has disclosed when he will take the COVID-19 vaccine. The Cleric preaching in the early hours of Saturday at the monthly Holy Ghost Night on October 2, 2021, said he has nothing against the vaccine and will take it only when it’s necessary for evangelism. Adeboye advised members of his church willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine to go ahead. He said: “I never said to you don’t get vaccinated, you have never heard that from me. Rather than living in fear or doubt, get vaccinated. If you believe that getting vaccinated would put your mind at rest, then go ahead. “Daddy are you saying that you too could be vaccinated? If there are nations in the world that say I can’t visit to preach the gos...
It is imperative for rich countries to retrace their steps – Lai Mohammed laments inequity in global vaccine distribution system
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It is imperative for rich countries to retrace their steps – Lai Mohammed laments inequity in global vaccine distribution system

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has said the financial capacity of some countries makes it easy for them to access Covid-19 vaccines to the detriment of poor countries. He disclosed this during his speech to mark the World Tourism Day held in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, on Monday, September 27. He lamented what he called "vaccine rationalism" which has caused inequity in the global vaccine distribution system. He said: "Today, rich countries are able to procure vaccines for their own citizens through direct agreements with pharmaceutical companies; while low and middle-income countries are lagging, unable to act as speedily as rich countries in securing the quantity of vaccines they need or unable to afford to pay for any at all. Whereas s...
COVID-19: 1.6 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated – FG
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COVID-19: 1.6 million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated – FG

The federal government has revealed that over a million Nigerians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Executive-Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib made the announcement during the national briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), on Monday September 13. Shuaib said that while 1,692,315 persons have received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines as approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), as at Monday evening September 13, 4,052,756 eligible Nigerians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. He said;   “This is made up of 2,645,020 persons with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,407,736 persons with first dose of Moderna vaccine. A total of 1,692,315 e...
Actor Jeff Bridges says his Cancer is in Remission and he also has COVID-19
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Actor Jeff Bridges says his Cancer is in Remission and he also has COVID-19

Hollywood actor, Jeff Bridges has revealed that his cancer is in remission even though he is now battling COVID-19. The actor in handwritten note shared on Monday September 13, said the 9 inches by 12 inches mass which came along with his lymphoma in 2018, has shrunk down to the size of a "marble." Revealing that COVID "kicked his ass", Bridges also disclosed that he is now feeling better after getting his double vaccination. He went on to thank his medical team for helping with his amazing recovery. According to him, he was able to walk his daughter Hayley, down the aisle at her recent wedding, something he wasn't sure he could do because he's been on oxygen. Bridges was also able to dance with her without oxygen. Bridges revealed last October that he was diagn...
Nigerian govt to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants
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Nigerian govt to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for civil servants

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said the federal government will soon make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for civil servants. Mustapha disclosed this during a meeting of the Health Commissioners Forum on Thursday in Abuja. He explained that the government wants civil servants to be vaccinated, as they represent Nigeria abroad sometimes. The SGF, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), further noted that some countries have banned unvaccinated persons is one of the reasons civil servants should embrace vaccination. “You should, in the course of this meeting, deliberate on the challenges caused by vaccine hesitancy all over the country. It is expected that you will come with policy al...
Edo state Government Threatens Lockdown as 13 die from Delta Variant of COVID19
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Edo state Government Threatens Lockdown as 13 die from Delta Variant of COVID19

The Edo state government has threatened to enforce another lockdown in the state as 13 persons have been killed from the Delta variant of COVID19 in the state. Incident Manager of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after its daily virtual meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday, September 1. Obi, who said that all 13 deaths recorded in the third wave of the virus were of unvaccinated persons, restated the need for all residents to get inoculated with the vaccines to remain safe and healthy. Reacting to the development, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement he signed, stressed that the state government might be forced to implement a lockdown due to rising infections and deaths from the Delta variant of the pandemic...
NCDC records 63 deaths in one week from Suspected cholera cases as death toll rises to over 2,000
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NCDC records 63 deaths in one week from Suspected cholera cases as death toll rises to over 2,000

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said Cholera claimed 63 lives in the past week in 10 states across Nigeria. The agency made this revelation in its epidemiological report for week 33 accounting for infections recorded from August 16 to 22, which was released on Monday, August 30. Katsina recorded the highest number of deaths for the reporting week with 19 deaths, followed by Bauchi with 16, while Niger recorded 7. Other states that recorded fatalities are Zamfara (6), Jigawa (4), Sokoto (4), Borno (4), Yobe (1), Kano (1) and Adamawa (1). The agency added that 11 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) reported 3,098 additional suspected cases of cholera infections for the reporting week. According to the report, 58,698 suspected cases have also been reco...
FG postpones Rollout of Second batch of COVID-19 vaccines
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FG postpones Rollout of Second batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Rollout of the second batch of vaccines has been postponed by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19. PSC's spokesperson, Willie Bassey said the vaccination exercise which was scheduled for Tuesday August 10, was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Bassey also failed to give a new date for the rollout of the vaccines. The statement read;  “This is to announce the postponement of the national flag-off exercise of phase 11 vaccination programme earlier scheduled for Tuesday this week due to unforeseen circumstances. “A new date will be communicated.”
Man Utd to hold further Covid-19 vaccination talks with players ahead of new season
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Man Utd to hold further Covid-19 vaccination talks with players ahead of new season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained that some of his team are double vaccinated while others are a bit wary about getting the injection Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the Manchester United staff will hold further talks with the players about getting the Covid-19 vaccination. The Norwegian also spoke about the strict measures his side must abide by in order to protect them from losing groups of players through the campaign due to isolation. The United manager also confirmed that some of his team are double vaccinated, but he admitted some of them have doubts over getting the jab.  
Germany becomes first country to officially recommend mixing different Covid-19 vaccines for best immunity against the disease
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Germany becomes first country to officially recommend mixing different Covid-19 vaccines for best immunity against the disease

The German government has recommended the use of two covid-19 vaccine shots saying it greatly increases the immunity of people against the disease The statement by the German government appears to be the strongest recommendation given by any country or body over the mixing of Covid-19 vaccines on efficacy grounds. The German Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) said that people who receive a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine "should get an mRNA vaccine as their second dose, regardless of their age." Germany is now officially the first country to strongly recommend that people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca receive either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine as their second dose. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel helped pave the way for mixed vacc...
Yobe: Religious leaders urge people to take COVID-19 vaccine jab
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Yobe: Religious leaders urge people to take COVID-19 vaccine jab

Religious leaders in Yobe State have called on people to avail themselves for COVID-19 vaccination. They made the call at a one-day sensitization workshop organized by the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, (IDFP), for religious and community leaders in the state, held on Thursday, in Damaturu. They also unanimously agreed in principle that the vaccine is safe and harmless as the federal government has certified its genuineness. The Chief Imam of Yobe Islamic Centre, Sheikh Hudu Yusuf, who is a participant at the workshop said the workshop is commendable as it would assist in enlightening the public on the importance of the vaccine. “I am encouraging people to come and get vaccinated, because it is the right step to be taken. “I am sure the government will not cheat its pe...
New York City to Offer $2500 Cash Prize each to 10 Citizens for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
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New York City to Offer $2500 Cash Prize each to 10 Citizens for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

The city of New York has announced it will be giving out $2500 cash to 10 lucky New Yorkers who get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to New York Mayor, De Blasio’s office, the effort is to encourage more people to get vaccinated. The Mayor's office announced that winners will be picked through a lottery to receive the cash after getting a COVID shot and the cash payments will come in the form of debit cards. According to de Blasio's office the $2500 can “make a massive difference in people’s lives." More than 8.7 million New Yorkers had gotten vaccinated as of Tuesday morning, June 15, to the mayor’s office and New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo has already lifted up major restrictions in the state that was the hotspot for COVID-19 in the US during the pandemic. Mayor...
FG Reveals When Nigeria Will Get Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine
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FG Reveals When Nigeria Will Get Second Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Federal Government has disclosed that the country is expecting the second batch of the Oxford/AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine between the end of July and early in August. Naija News reports that this was made known on Tuesday by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, during a joint press briefing on vaccination updates, with the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. According to Shuaib, the vaccines which will be gotten through the COVAX facility will be from non-Indian sources like South Korea, due to the pandemic situation in India. He stated that the administration of the second dose of the covid-19 vaccine will end by June 25, 2021, while it resumes the administration of the first dose of the vaccine in t...
Fans to Learn Impact of Latest Covid-19 Restrictions
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Fans to Learn Impact of Latest Covid-19 Restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's expected announcement delaying the final stage of easing coronavirus restrictions is likely to have a significant knock-on effect for sports fans. On Monday, the Prime Minister is likely to put on hold for four weeks plans for the lifting of controls - slated for June 21 - amid a surge in cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 first identified in India. That will directly impact Wembley's hosting of the Euro 2020 semi-final and final, Wimbledon and other major events like Formula 1's British Grand Prix and golf's Open Championship. Image:The announcement could directly impact the remainder of the Euro 2020 matches at Wembley Gareth Southgate's side opened up their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Croatia, watched by 22,500 supporters who g...
Spain’s players to be vaccinated ahead of Euro 2020 opener after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente’s positive Covid tests
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Spain’s players to be vaccinated ahead of Euro 2020 opener after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente’s positive Covid tests

Spain's squad will be vaccinated by the army ahead of their Euro 2020 opener with Sweden after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19. Luis Enrique's side were forced to go into isolation after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for COVID-19. Spain were forced to field an U21 side in their friendly against Lithuania, which they won 4-0. But the country's Ministry of Health has now approved proposals to give the first-team stars vaccinations. According to ESPN, the decision came after pressure from the Spanish football federation. They had reportedly been asking for players to be vaccinated for the last two months with the country's Olympic athletes having already received it. The squad have remained in quarantine with players trai...
Israel lifts Covid-19 restrictions
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Israel lifts Covid-19 restrictions

The government of Israel has lifted restrictions imposed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. This comes as new coronavirus infections and severe illnesses dropped sharply recently. The country’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday, announced that regulations under the so-called Green Passport will expire the same day. This means that in future public institutions will be open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The presentation of a vaccination certificate as a prerequisite for admission would no longer be required. In connection with this measure, all attendance and visitor limits for events, shops and restaurants, for example, would be abolished. However, the obligation to wear a mask indoors would remain in place for the time being. Certain obligations also cont...
President Buhari Receives Second Dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine at the State House
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President Buhari Receives Second Dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine at the State House

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The president’s personal physician, Dr.Suhayb Rafidadi, administered the vaccine on the president at his official residence, State House, Abuja on Saturday, May 25. Buhari had received the first jab of the vaccination on March 6 where he was presented with his COVID-19 vaccination card by officials of the Federal Ministry of Health, who supervised the exercise. Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), had said the second jab will ensure full protection against COVID-19. “We are advising all Nigerians who have received their first dose to check their vaccination cards for the date of their second dose, and ensur...
Covid-19 Pandemic to be ‘Far more Deadly’ this Year, WHO Chief Sends out Strong Warning
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Covid-19 Pandemic to be ‘Far more Deadly’ this Year, WHO Chief Sends out Strong Warning

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a strong warning that the second year of Covid-19 is set to be "far more deadly." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, (WHO) Director-General issued the warning on Friday, May 14. He stated that “we’re on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first.” The DG added that trickle-down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus as COVID-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives. “Vaccine supply remains a key challenge, but this week I’ve been pleased to see leaders & manufacturers working to: share doses with COVAX, make new deals involving tech-transfer and sharing of know-how and call for lifting trade barriers as soon as possible.” Tedros said. Accordin...
Bishop Oyedepo warns his members against taking COVID19 vaccine, advices them to take anointing oil instead
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Bishop Oyedepo warns his members against taking COVID19 vaccine, advices them to take anointing oil instead

Bishop David Oyedepo, the senior pastor of the Living Faith Church International (Winners Chapel), has advised his members not to take the COVID19 vaccine. The clergyman who has always expressed doubts about the COVID19 pandemic, said this during the 40th-anniversary thanksgiving service of the church in the Ota Cathedral in Ogun State on Sunday, May 9. Speaking to his members, Oyedepo said “Let me warn you against this deadly thing circulated round the country, because it has not been duly tested. An elder of this church, who works with the World Health Organisation, confirmed this, thanking me for always speaking the truth about the authenticity of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said. He said vaccinators went to churches to get people vaccinated, adding that it is an “insult,” and...
FG proposes to spend N396bn on COVID19 vaccination – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed
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FG proposes to spend N396bn on COVID19 vaccination – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed

The Federal Government says it is proposing to spend the sum of N396 billion for the COVID19 vaccination exercise across the country between the years of 2021 and 2022. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed disclosed this after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, March 31. Ahmed explained that the figure may significantly reduce as the Federal Government receives more donations of the vaccines from the private sector. She added that the Ministry of Health is working on details of the gap that the Federal Government will be required to fill in the vaccination exercise. She also explains that the size of the proposed supplementary budget agreed by the executive and legislative ar...
Vladimir Putin Gets Coronavirus Vaccine behind Closed Doors
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Vladimir Putin Gets Coronavirus Vaccine behind Closed Doors

Russia President, Vladimir Putin received his Covid-19 vaccination  behind close doors on Tuesday according a statement released by the Kremlin. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media late Tuesday night, March 23: "Putin was vaccinated against the coronavirus. (He) feels good. Tomorrow he has a full working day." No video or images of the vaccination process have been made available. Earlier in the day the Kremlin said Putin's vaccination would not be a public event. Peskov said that the reason the vaccination was not being recorded was because Putin "doesn't like" being vaccinated on camera, before adding, "you will have to take our word for it." An unusual move for a leader who sometimes poses topless and shares photos of himself fishing or hiking. When aske...
National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated
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National Sports Festival: Obaseki, Dare, insist athletes in Edo must be vaccinated

The festival had suffered several setbacks from March 2020 because of COVID-19 and is now scheduled to hold from April 2 to 14, 2021. Receiving the Sports Minister at the Government House, Benin City on Friday, Obaseki hailed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to support the state in hosting the National Sports Festival. The governor also led the minister on a tour of facilities for the Sports Festival, adding that “It is clear that the facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium are world-class.” According to Obaseki the state is ready to host the sports tournament, the postponement is very challenging for the state following the preparation and resources committed to hosting the games. “Hosting the games is the right thing to do despite the challenges from CO...
8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine
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8,000 Nigerians have been Vaccinated with no adverse effect – FG allays fears over AstraZeneca vaccine

The federal government of Nigeria said 8,000 Nigerians have been given the Covid-19 vaccine so far, including President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and none has reported any adverse effect since the vaccination began last week. A number of countries have suspended the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to concerns over reported negative effects. However, the federal government yesterday, March 15, assured Nigerians of its safety. It said no case of side effects of the vaccine such as blood clotting has so far been reported in the country. The number of countries that have suspended AstraZeneca vaccine increased yesterday with France, Germany, Spain and Italy joining the long list. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) advised countries using ...
Ogun Ready To Begin COVID-19 Vaccination, Launch Amotekun In Yewaland – Governor Abiodun
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Ogun Ready To Begin COVID-19 Vaccination, Launch Amotekun In Yewaland – Governor Abiodun

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that the state was ready to receive Covid-19 vaccines and begin the vaccination process, adding that the entire whole chain required for the vaccination has been identified. Governor Abiodun, who made this known at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said his administration had gone a step further by ensuring that all of its refrigerators were in good condition to store the vaccines. The governor added that his administration had received guidelines from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency on those to be prioritised. He said: “We actually have more refrigerators than the number of wards that we have; so, we have those that are there right now and we have the back up as well, s...
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...
”I feel good”- Nigerian doctor who was the first to receive COVID19 vaccine shares his experience
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”I feel good”- Nigerian doctor who was the first to receive COVID19 vaccine shares his experience

Dr. Cyprian Ngong of the National Hospital, Abuja, was the first Nigerian to receive a jab of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID19 vaccine in Nigeria. He took the jab at the launch of the COVID19 vaccination ceremony which held at the Trauma center, National Hospital Abuja today March 5. The vaccine was administered to Dr Ngong by the Executive Director of the NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib, at the National Hospital in the nation’s capital. Speaking to newsmen after taking the jab, Dr Ngong said “You can see, I just took the vaccine now and I feel good. I have dreamt of taking the vaccine and I have taken the vaccine today. We’ve been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight here in National Hospital at the Isolation Centre under the able leadership of the National Hospital,” said the medi...
Nigeria Begins COVID19 Vaccination as Health Workers take their First Shots in Abuja
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Nigeria Begins COVID19 Vaccination as Health Workers take their First Shots in Abuja

The Federal government on Friday March 5 launched the COVID19 vaccination in Nigeria. The launch ceremony took place at the Trauma Center, National Hospital Abuja today. Dr Cyprian Ngong, pictured above, became the first Nigerian in Nigeria to receive a dose of the COVID19 vaccine. Recall that on Tuesday, March 2, the Federal government received 3.92 million doses of the vaccines from India. Health workers were scheduled as the first to receive the vaccines. President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, have been slated to take the vaccines on Saturday, March 6.
Huge Vaccine Centre Set Up In Atletico Madrid Stadium
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Huge Vaccine Centre Set Up In Atletico Madrid Stadium

Atletico Madrid's Wanda stadium on the eastern side of the Spanish capital was transformed into a huge vaccination centre Thursday where firemen, police and civil protection officers got their first jabs against the coronavirus. Around 1,000 people were invited on Thursday to be immunised with the AstraZeneca vaccine at the 68,000-seat venue. "I will continue to be careful and keep my distance, always wear a mask, but at least I will be more relaxed," 53-year-old police officer Maria Teresa Teriza-Hernandez told AFP. The makeshift centre in the home ground of the current leaders of the Spanish league will have the capacity to vaccinate between 350 and 400 people an hour once it is fully up and running. "The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible. This is a mass vacci...
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...
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...
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 ...
Governors ask National Assembly to Halt Infectious Diseases Bill
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Governors ask National Assembly to Halt Infectious Diseases Bill

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has asked the national assembly to suspend the infectious disease bill which has triggered mixed reactions in the last few days. The Bill which is sponsored by the speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, seeks to repeal the  Quarantine Act, ensure compulsory vaccination of citizens against infectious diseases and also make possession of health card mandatory for international travellers leaving or arriving in Nigeria  just like yellow fever card. In a statement issued by Chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi after a virtual meeting with other Governors, the national assembly was asked to step down on the bill pending an appropriate public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns. A three-member committee was al...
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...
Compulsory Vaccination, Others Inside House Of Reps Diseases Control Bill
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Compulsory Vaccination, Others Inside House Of Reps Diseases Control Bill

When the house of representatives resumed plenary sessions on Tuesday, the lawmakers debated on a number of issues including the infectious diseases control bill which seeks to repeal the quarantine act of 1926 and provide for new regulations that would enable Nigeria adequately manage situations like the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which passed for second reading on that day, has been a subject of controversy owing to some provisions which some Nigerians have argued infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens. Sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, alongside two other lawmakers including Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu, the piece of legislation seeks to “make provisions relating to quarantine and make regulations for preventing the introduction into and spread in Nigeri...
Canada Demonstrates Commitment To The Fight Against Polio In Nigeria (Photos)
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Canada Demonstrates Commitment To The Fight Against Polio In Nigeria (Photos)

To further demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to the fight against polio virus and strengthening routine immunization (RI), Mr Tarik Khan, the Director General West and Central African Bureau, Global Affairs Canada, today joined the Niger State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (SPHCDA) and WHO staff during a polio house-to-house vaccination exercise. The delegation made a first stop at the home of Mrs Miriam Shuaibu, whose one-year-old son received a follow-up dose of Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). Expressing her joy, she said, “I’m happy you came to my house to vaccinate my son Mohammed”. Reaching every child with lifesaving vaccines, as well as strengthening surveillance and routine immunization across Nigeria and the African region, will be essential to sustain ...
Tuberculosis: A global public health threat
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Tuberculosis: A global public health threat

Tuberculosis is a serious bacterial infection that is fast becoming a public health disaster. Currently, tuberculosis is responsible for an alarming 4,500 deaths globally every single day, making it the world’s deadliest infectious killer. What’s worse is that it’s showing no signs of slowing down! Each year, on March 24, we commemorate World Tuberculosis Day, an initiative aimed at increasing public awareness about the disease and to increase efforts as a nation to end this global epidemic. This year, the theme is “Its Time to End TB!” In Nigeria, the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program reports that tuberculosis kills about 18 Nigerians every hour. With such a staggering number, it is really time to end tuberculosis totally. How hard could that be? Tuberculosis is a ba...
Bayelsa Suspends All Health Activities In Schools Over Monkeypox Vaccination Rumour
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Bayelsa Suspends All Health Activities In Schools Over Monkeypox Vaccination Rumour

The Bayelsa State Government on Friday announced the suspension of all forms of medical outreach program in public and private schools throughout the state. The decision, according to the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, at a joint press briefing with his Health Commissioner, Ebitimitula Etebu, was sequel to the scare of a purported injection given to students against the viral ‘monkeypox’ disease, He said the government will monitor the situation and ensure strict compliance while urging the management of schools to verify the identity of those who come around there premises for one thing or the other. Mr. Iworiso-Markson described as deliberate misinformation the development which has led to the panic and withdrawal of students by parents fro...
No Ongoing Monkeypox Vaccination In South-East – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No Ongoing Monkeypox Vaccination In South-East – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, says there is no ongoing vaccination against monkeypox in the south-east or any other part of the country. Dr. Ihekweazu said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Senate committee hearing on the reported monkeypox outbreak in parts of the country. The NCDC boss explained that there is no relationship between his organisation and what is going on in the south-east. He, therefore, cautioned Nigerians against participating in any immunization against the disease. Earlier in the week, some parents in Delta and Anambra states reportedly began to withdraw their children from schools, following reports that the army was administering immunization drugs suspected to be harmful. The army h...
Trump Taps Vaccine Sceptic For Review
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Trump Taps Vaccine Sceptic For Review

Vaccination sceptic Robert F Kennedy Jr said he will oversee a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at the request of US president-elect Donald Trump in a move likely to reignite debate despite now-debunked research that tied childhood immunisations to autism. "President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policy, and he has questions about it," said Kennedy, who has raised questions about the safety of vaccines. "He asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. I said I would. "Everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have - he's very pro-vaccine, as am I - but they're as safe as they possibly can be," added Kennedy, a son of the late senator Robert F Kennedy.    

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