The World Health Organisation says there are 19 potential COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials. WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, disclosed this on its official Twitter account @WHOAFRO, adding that there are nearly 150 COVID-19 vaccines received but the few were selected. “South Africa is the first country on the continent to start a clinical trial with the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg testing a vaccine developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute in the United Kingdom. “The South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA-Trial is expected to involve 2000 volunteers aged 18 to 65 years and include some people living with HIV. “The vaccine is already undergoing trials in the United Kingdom and Brazil with thousands of participants. “
The Borno Coordinator of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mr Nasiru Mato, has urged manufacturers to embrace use of Automated Product Administration and Monitoring Systems (NAPAMS) for registration of their products. Mato made the call on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Mato said that the e-registration and data Capture System provides an on-line electronic medium for product(s) registration, data capture and renewal of Marketing Authorisation as well as licences. He said that the aim was in line with the Global Best Practices and Quality Management Systems of the Agency’s current management under its Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye. Mato said that the system eliminates registration bottle
THE Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN,Thursday, protested to the Minister of Health,Osagie Ehanire,over the appointment of Pharmacist Ahmed Mora as Chairman of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria,PCN. During the protest,led by PSN National Secretary, Emeka Duru,the group called on the federal government to take a second look at its action by removing Mora as a matter of urgency. Duru,speaking to newsmen,said the call became imperative to protect the heritage of Pharmacy practice and healthcare in Nigeria. He said Mora was not its member given that the organisation had since not only placed him on suspension but also stripped him of its Fellowship of the PSN status. “Some weeks ago, against all rational logic and the tenets of good Pharmacy practice in Nigeria, the Dr. Osagie E
Fear and anxiety have enveloped the Federal Ministry of Health headquarters in Abuja, as many senior officials have tested positive for COVID-19, and had even begun spreading it among themselves, knowingly or unknowingly. There are strong indications that the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Health, located at Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja, may be shut down, temporarily, to contain the spread of COVID-l9 among senior officials. The ministry shares a block with several other Federal Government agencies and parastatals, with an unrestricted thoroughfare, which has increased the fears of further spread of the virus to other offices within the Federal Secretariat. A senior official of the health ministry who spoke to Daily Sun on the condition of anonymity, said the Minist...
The World Health Organisation in Africa joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in the continent to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus. “It is clear that as the international community comes together to develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19, equity must be a central focus of these efforts,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. “Too often, African countries end up at the back of the queue for new technologies, including vaccines. These life-saving products must be available to everyone, not only those who can afford to pay.” WHO and partners launched the Access to COVID-19
The World Health Organisation has launched an independent panel to review its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health agency which faced fierce United States criticism over its handling of the coronavirus crisis launched the panel on Thursday. According to Associated Press the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response will be headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark and former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “Through you, the world will understand the truth of what happened and also the solutions to build our future better as one humanity,” World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the UN agency’s headquarters in Geneva. At their annual assembly in May, WHO member states agreed to an indep