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Day: 2 February 2021

Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine has 92% Efficacy in Trial

Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine has 92% Efficacy in Trial

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Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine gives around 92% protection against Covid-19, late stage trial results published in The Lancet reveal. It has also been deemed to be safe - and offer complete protection against hospitalisation and death.   The vaccine was initially met with some controversy after being rolled out before the final trial data had been released. But scientists said its benefit has now been demonstrated. It joins the ranks of proven vaccines alongside Pfizer, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen.   The Sputnik vaccine works in a similar way to the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab developed in the UK, and the Janssen vaccine developed in Belgium. It uses a cold-type virus, engineered to be harmless, as a carrier to deliver a small fragment o...
UK Variant has Mutated Again, Scientists Say

UK Variant has Mutated Again, Scientists Say

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  The Kent variant of coronavirus that has been spreading in the UK appears to be undergoing some 'worrying' new genetic changes, say scientists. Tests on some samples show a mutation, called E484K, already seen in the South Africa and Brazil variants that are of concern. Although this change may reduce vaccine effectiveness, the current ones in use should still work, say experts. The UK has already stepped up measures to control the spread of new variants. Urgent testing for the South Africa variant is starting in parts of England and travel restrictions have been introduced to stop more cases entering from abroad. Experts working with Public Health England have only found a handful of cases of the UK variant with the E484K mutation - it was seen in 11 out of 214,159
Consecutive Drop in New Global COVID-19 Cases Encouraging, Says WHO

Consecutive Drop in New Global COVID-19 Cases Encouraging, Says WHO

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  The number of new COVID-19 cases globally has fallen for the third week in a row, the World Health Organisation reported on Monday. The global health agency, however, urged countries not to let up efforts to defeat the disease. “There are still many countries with increasing numbers of cases, but at the global level, this is encouraging news”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during the agency’s bi-weekly briefing from Geneva. As reported by the UN News, the WHO DG added, “It shows this virus can be controlled, even with the new variants in circulation. “And it shows that if we keep going with the same proven public health measures, we can prevent infections and save lives”. While welcoming the development, Tedros recalled “we have been here
75 health workers contract COVID-19

75 health workers contract COVID-19

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  The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said 75 health workers contracted the coronavirus last week, while the nation recorded 27 deaths from the disease in a single day. Ihekweazu consequently urged health workers to maintain “a high index of suspicion at all times.” Ihekweazu stated, “Last week, we recorded 27 deaths in a single day. Every death recorded is a tragic occurrence and our health workers are working extremely hard to prevent this. “In the last one week, 75 health care workers were infected, but we can reduce this risk. “For healthcare workers, please maintain a high index of suspicion at all times. We need you alive and well,” the DG noted. Ihekweazu revealed that the United Kingdom variant of the virus has
FG Vows To Jail Defaulters Of COVID-19 Protocols

FG Vows To Jail Defaulters Of COVID-19 Protocols

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Apparently worried by the noncha­lance being exhibited by majority of Nigerians regarding COVID-19 safety protocols, the Federal Government has vowed to jail defaulters or impose fines where necessary to serve as deterrent to those flouting the law, especially the use of face mask. Secretary to the Govern­ment of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the vow on Monday, while briefing Nige­rians on the control measures being taken so far. According to him, one year down the line the world has seen over 100 million infec­tions and over two million deaths, prompting the World Health Organisation on Jan­uary 30, 2020 to declare that the new coronavirus outbreak constituted a public health emergency of international concern, thus t