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Day: 11 August 2020

WHO to Review Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

WHO to Review Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Coronavirus, NEWS
The World Health Organization said any WHO stamp of approval on a COVID-19 vaccine candidate would require a rigorous safety data review, after Russia announced Tuesday it had approved a vaccine. President Vladimir Putin said Russia had become the first country to approve a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the new coronavirus. “We are in close contact with the Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO pre-qualification of the vaccine,” the United Nations health agency’s spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva at an online press briefing. “Pre-qualification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all the required safety and efficacy data.” Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has been developed
Russia Has Developed COVID-19 Vaccine – Putin

Russia Has Developed COVID-19 Vaccine – Putin

Coronavirus, NEWS
Russia has developed the first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday. “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered” in Russia, he said during a televised video conference call with government ministers. “One of my daughters had this vaccine. I think in this sense she took part in the experiment,” Putin said. Russia has been pushing hard to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and said earlier this month it hoped to launch mass production within weeks and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year. The World Health Organization last week urged Russia to follow established guidelines and go “through all the stages” necessary to develop
60% of Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases in 5 States –Mustapha

60% of Nigeria’s COVID-19 Cases in 5 States –Mustapha

Coronavirus, NEWS
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, says five states of the 36 states including the FCT still account for 60 per cent of coronavirus cases in Nigeria. Mustapha disclosed this on Monday during the PTF briefing in Abuja. He said Nigeria has recorded 46,577 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 945 deaths as it remains the fourth highest numbers on the Africa continent. According to him, Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic and has not overcome the virus. “The numbers are surging and community spread has taken roots and expanded beyond urban areas. Now we have infections in the rural and localised areas. “The watchword is vigilance and taking extra care. “Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of
COVID-19 Infection Now in 549 LGAs in Nigeria –Ehanire

COVID-19 Infection Now in 549 LGAs in Nigeria –Ehanire

Coronavirus, NEWS
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire says Nigerians need to do more to halt the spread of COVID-19, noting that the viral infection has now spread to 549 local government areas across Nigeria. He disclosed this on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. Ehanire, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to the guidelines put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, adding that available statistics have shown that Nigeria is gradually approaching a symbolic 1,000 number of fatalities. ‘Many more Nigerians today personally knew a person who succumbed to COVID-19, and so I ask that we remind ourselves today that COVID-19 is still with us and will be for a long time. ‘Until there is a vaccine, the only measures we have to protect
WHO Sees Hope Despite Looming 750,000 COVID-19 Death Toll

WHO Sees Hope Despite Looming 750,000 COVID-19 Death Toll

Coronavirus, NEWS
The World Health Organisation insisted on Monday that there was still hope of conquering the coronavirus pandemic despite the looming landmarks of 750,000 deaths and 20 million cases. With both figures expected to be reached within days, the WHO stressed it was never too late to take action to suppress the COVID-19 crisis that has gripped the planet. “This week we’ll reach 20 million registered cases of COVID-19 and 750,000 deaths,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference. “Behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering. Every life lost matters. I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult moment for the world. “But I want to be clear: there are green shoots of hope and… it’s never too late to turn the outbre