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Month: February 2021

Fauci Says He Sees U.S. CDC Relaxing Some COVID-19 Guidelines Soon

Fauci Says He Sees U.S. CDC Relaxing Some COVID-19 Guidelines Soon

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  Top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci on Tuesday told CNN that he expects the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to soon relax some COVID-19 recommendations aimed at curbing its spread for people who have been vaccinated. “I believe you’re going to be hearing more of the recommendations of how you can relax the stringency of some of the things, particularly when you’re dealing with something like your own personal family, when people have been vaccinated,” Fauci said, adding he expected the new guidance “pretty soon.”   CNN  
Pfizer to Ship 13 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Per Week to U.S. by Mid-March, Says Executive

Pfizer to Ship 13 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Per Week to U.S. by Mid-March, Says Executive

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  Pfizer Inc expects to deliver more than 13 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine per week to the United States by the middle of March, more than doubling its shipments from early February, a top Pfizer executive said in prepared testimony ahead of a Tuesday congressional hearing. Pfizer is on track to deliver 120 million doses of its two-dose regimen by the end of March, said John Young, Pfizer’s chief business officer. Pfizer is also prepared to provide a total of 300 million shots to the United States by the end of July and has raised global production expectations for 2021 to at least 2 billion doses, he said. In his own prepared remarks, Moderna Inc President Stephen Hoge said the drugmaker plans to deliver 100 million doses of its two-dose shot by the end of Mar
1.8bn People May Have Untreated Vision Loss by 2050 –Report

1.8bn People May Have Untreated Vision Loss by 2050 –Report

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  Without additional investment in global eye health, an estimated 1.8 billion people may be living with untreated vision impairment by 2050, a new report has warned. The report, published in The Lancet Global Health on February 16, stated that the majority of those to be affected by vision impairment (90 per cent) would come from low-and-middle-income countries, adding that the greatest majority would be from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. While noting that eye health is key for the global development of a healthier, more equitable world, the report noted that vision loss could be treated in one billion people worldwide. The Global Eye Health Commission, report was authored by 73 leading experts from 25 countries. The commission is co-chaired by Professor Matthew B
NCDC Confirms 542 New Infections, 23 Deaths

NCDC Confirms 542 New Infections, 23 Deaths

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  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 542 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 152,616. The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Monday. Nigeria also recorded 23 COVID-19 deaths, raising the total fatality in the country to 1,862. “On the 22nd of February 2021, 542 new confirmed cases and 23 deaths were recorded in Nigeria. “Till date, 152616 cases have been confirmed, 129300 cases have been discharged and 1862 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. “The 542 new cases are reported from 21 states- Lagos (99), Kwara (91), Ebonyi (48), Ogun (44), Kaduna (42), Oyo (33), Ondo (25), FCT (24), Kebbi (23), Osun (20), Ekiti (17), Nasarawa (12), Imo (11),
Don’t Buy Uncertified COVID-19 Vaccines in Black M arket, PTF Warns

Don’t Buy Uncertified COVID-19 Vaccines in Black M arket, PTF Warns

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians not to procure uncertified COVID-19 vaccines from the black market. The PTF Chairman, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made the appeal during the task force COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Monday. According to Mustapha, ​the PTF has been assured that Nigeria will receive the initial four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines very soon. He said, “​The PTF wishes to reassure Nigerians that no stone will be left unturned in the effort to access safe and efficacious vaccines. “We, therefore, plead for patience and vigilance. We also plead with Nigerians not to procure uncertified vaccines from the black market. ​”The issue of vaccines continues to dominate discussio
New COVID-19 Variant B125 Discovered in Nigeria, 15 Other Countries

New COVID-19 Variant B125 Discovered in Nigeria, 15 Other Countries

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  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says that a new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries. The new strain, B.1.2.5, which is different from the highly infectious B.1.1.7 has, however, not been described as a variant of concern yet. Disclosing this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja, NCDC Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that researchers and scientists were still working hard to understand if the variant had any effect on the virus’ transmissibility, immunity, as well as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. “As we shared, a total of 54 cases with the B.1.1.7 variant strain, which is a variant of concern first described in the UK, have been detected in Nigeria. “There is a new va
NAFDAC Threatens to Sanction Packaged Water Producers Violating Guidelines

NAFDAC Threatens to Sanction Packaged Water Producers Violating Guidelines

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  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC has threatened to shut the factory of any packaged water producers that violates its regulatory requirements. The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated that the over 16,000 registered packaged water producers in the country must comply with its Good Manufacturing Practice guidelines or risk serious sanction. Prof. Adeyeye, according to a statement issued by the agency, gave the warning while speaking at a virtual stakeholder meeting with packaged water producers in Nigeria.  In attendance at the virtual meeting were 412 members of both the Association of Table Water Producers and the Water Producers Association of Nigeria. Speaking at the meeting, Adeyeye appealed to the w
First Case of Avian Flu Detected in Humans

First Case of Avian Flu Detected in Humans

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  Russia said on Saturday that its scientists had detected the world’s first case of transmission of the H5N8 strain of avian flu from birds to humans and had alerted the World Health Organisation. In televised remarks, the head of Russia’s health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, said scientists at the Vektor laboratory had isolated the strain’s genetic material from seven workers at a poultry farm in southern Russia, where an outbreak was recorded among the birds in December. The workers did not suffer any serious health consequences, she added. They are believed to have caught the virus from poultry on the farm. “Information about the world’s first case of transmission of the avian flu (H5N8) to humans has already been sent to the World Health Organisation,” Po
Nigeria May Get COVID-19 Vaccines in 10 Days –Minister

Nigeria May Get COVID-19 Vaccines in 10 Days –Minister

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  Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said in Lagos on Saturday that Nigeria might get COVID-19 vaccines in the next 10 days. “We are told that by the end of this month, which is about 10 days from now, we shall get the vaccines,’’ the minister said. “We do not produce the vaccines. They are manufactured abroad in about four or five countries,’’ he told newsmen at the end of an inspection tour of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Ehanire explained that the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Russia and China that had succeeded in producing the vaccines were now giving licences to other countries to reproduce them. “South Africa has a licence to make the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, while Russia only recently gave India the li
Recall of Instanyl 100mcg Nasal Spray Solution, Batch Number 447055 by Takeda UK Limited

Recall of Instanyl 100mcg Nasal Spray Solution, Batch Number 447055 by Takeda UK Limited

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  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has received information from the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) that Takeda UK Limited is recalling Instanyl 100mcg nasal spray solution batch Number 447055. The recall is due to the observation of cracked vials during inspection of the bulk vials and release testing of the finished products. So far, the company has not received any reports of damage for the marketed products. However, the batch is being recalled as a precautionary measure due to the low potential for breaking or cracking of the glass vial, which is contained within the plastic actuator casing and a potential risk of microbial contamination. Instanyl is indicated for the management of breakthrough p...
Apotex Corp Recalls Enoxaparin Sodium Injection USP due to Mislabelling of Syringe Barrel Measurement Markings

Apotex Corp Recalls Enoxaparin Sodium Injection USP due to Mislabelling of Syringe Barrel Measurement Markings

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  The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has received information from the US FDA that Apotex Corp is voluntarily recalling two (2) batches of Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, USP due to a packaging error resulting in some syringes barrels containing 150 mg/mL markings (corresponding to 120 mg/0.8mL strength) instead of 100 mg/mL markings (corresponding to 100 mg/mL strength) on the syringe barrel and vice versa. Enoxaparin Sodium injection is indicated for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), Treatment of Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis, prophylaxis of ischemic complications of unstable angina and non-Q-wave myocardial infarction, when concurrently administered with aspirin and Treatment of Acute...
WHO Urges COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers to Uphold Pledges

WHO Urges COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers to Uphold Pledges

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The World Health Organisation on Thursday urged COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to make good on their commitments as the planet’s poorest countries await their first doses. WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the Covax facility – the global COVID-19 vaccine procurement and distribution effort ensuring poorer countries can access doses – was now ready to begin vaccine distribution. Around 336 million AstraZeneca-Oxford doses and 1.2 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses – the only two vaccines with WHO approval – are set to start being shipped out later this month through Covax. “At the beginning of the year, I issued a call to action to ensure that vaccination of health workers was underway in all countries within the first 100 days of the year,” Tedros told a news co
Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine ‘Neutralises’ S. African COVID-19 Strain

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine ‘Neutralises’ S. African COVID-19 Strain

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  The COVID-19 vaccine developed by German firm, BioNTech, in partnership with Pfizer, has been found to neutralise the South African variant of coronavirus, but with considerably fewer antibodies. An in vitro study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the neutralisation rate for the more infectious strain was weaker by approximately two thirds. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch said it was unclear what effect that would have on the efficacy of the vaccine, since other factors were also key to the body’s immune response, such as the production of so-called T-cells. “There is no clinical evidence to date that the South African variant virus escapes vaccine-elicited protection from COVID-19 in vaccinated people,” Pfizer and BioN
NAFDAC Approves Covid19 Vaccine

NAFDAC Approves Covid19 Vaccine

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NATIONAL AGENCY FOR FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL (NAFDAC) NAFDAC VACCINE COMMITTEE REVIEW OF ASTRAZENECA/OXFORD COVID-19 (COVISHIELD) VACCINE (SERUM INSTITUTE OF INDIA) RECOMMENDATION FOR EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION PRESS BRIEFING FEBRUARY 18, 2021 1 INTRODUCTION The use of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, a recombinant ChAdOx1 adenoviral vector encoding the structural surface glycoprotein (Spike protein) antigen of the SARS-CoV-2  was given an approval for Emergency Use Listing by WHO on Monday, February 15, 2021.  WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply. It also allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and
Air Pollution Caused 160,000 Deaths Last Year –Group

Air Pollution Caused 160,000 Deaths Last Year –Group

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  Serious pollution caused around 160,000 premature deaths in the world’s five most populous cities last year, even as air quality improved in some places due to coronavirus lockdowns, an environmental group said on Thursday. The worst-affected was New Delhi, the most polluted capital on Earth, where around 54,000 deaths are estimated to have occurred due to hazardous PM2.5 airborne particles, according to a report from Greenpeace Southeast Asia. In Tokyo, the figure was 40,000 with the rest spread across Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Mexico City, according to the report, which looked at the impact of microscopic PM2.5 matter produced by burning fossil fuels. “When governments choose coal, oil and gas over clean energy, it’s our health that pays the price,” said Avinash Chan