The WHO mission to China to uncover the origins of the coronavirus has failed to identify the animal source, scientists said on Tuesday. Experts believe the disease – which has gone on to kill more than 2.3 million people worldwide – originated in bats and could have been transmitted to humans via another mammal. While transmission from animals was the likely route, so far “the reservoir hosts remain to be identified”, Liang Wannian, head of the China team, told reporters. He added that studies showed the virus “can be carried long-distance on cold chain products,” appearing to nudge towards the possible importation of the virus — a theory that has abounded in China in recent months. He also said there was “no indication” the sickness was in circulation in Wuhan
A team of international experts investigating the origins of Covid-19 have all but dismissed a theory that the virus came from a laboratory. Peter Ben Embarek, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) mission, said it was "extremely unlikely" that the virus leaked from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. He said more work was needed to identify the source of the virus. The comments came at the conclusion of a joint WHO-China mission. Wuhan, in China's western Hubei province, is the first place in the world that the virus was detected. Since then, more than 106 million cases and 2.3 million deaths have been reported worldwide. Dr Embarek told a press conference that the investigation had uncovered new ...
Fossil fuel pollution caused more than eight million premature deaths in 2018, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of adult mortality worldwide, researchers reported on Tuesday. Half of that grim tally was split across China and India, with another million deaths equally distributed among Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan and the United States, they reported in the journal Environmental Research. The toxic cocktail of tiny particles cast off by burning oil, gas and especially coal was responsible for a quarter or more of the mortality in half a dozen nations, all in Asia. “We often discuss the dangers of fossil fuel combustion in the context of CO2 and climate change and overlook the potential health impacts,” co-author Joel Schwartz, a professor of environmental epidemiol
Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Dr. Gambo Aliyu, says between September 2019 and September 2020, 279,000 persons living with HIV were identified throughout the country. Aliyu described the incidence as “the highest in the history of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.” He noted that, so far, 1.2m people living with the virus had been identified and put on antiretroviral therapy across the country, stressing that the Federal Government was working assiduously and hopeful to end HIV/AIDS transmission in the country by 2024. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aliyu spoke while declaring open a five-day capacity strengthening of key and vulnerable populations in access to HIV services efficiency on Monday in Sokoto. He said, “Nigeria is working
Nigeria will soon receive over 42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that will cover an estimated 45 per cent of the country’s population, the Federal Government said on Monday. The government said Nigeria subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms; the first being the COVAX facility that will supply members, including Nigeria, vaccines free to cover 20 per cent of the population. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said these in Abuja during the weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He said, “We subscribed to two multilateral vaccine access platforms; the first being the COVAX facility that will supply members, including Nigeria, vaccines free of charge, to cover 20 per cent of our population. “There has since been
The COVID-19 candidate vaccine developed by Nigerian researchers has been listed on the World Health Organisation draft landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines. The team lead of the vaccine candidate research, Dr. Oladipo Kolawole, who is also a lecturer at the Adeleke University, Ede, on Monday, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent. Kolawole said the research was carried out at the Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomoso, Oyo state. The WHO draft landscape is the list of all COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the world, showing different stages and it is usually found on WHO’s site. The project coordinators are the vice-chancellor, Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Prof. Julius Oloke, Dean, Faculty of Science, Adeleke University, Ede, Prof. Olubukola