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Day: 16 February 2021

Another New Coronavirus Variant Seen in The UK

Another New Coronavirus Variant Seen in The UK

Coronavirus, NEWS
  Scientists have identified another new variant of coronavirus in the UK with some potentially troubling mutations. B.1.525 appears similar to the South African variant which prompted door-to-door tests in areas where it has been found. Researchers from Edinburgh University have found 33 cases so far in samples dating back to December. It has been seen in other countries too, including Denmark, Nigeria and the US. UK experts are studying it to understand what risk it poses. It is too soon to say if it should be added to the UK's list of "variants of concern" and whether mass testing for it should happen. Prof Ravi Gupta, from the University of Cambridge, is one of the scientists advising the government
NAFDAC Receives Dossiers of Four COVID-19 Vaccines for Evaluation –Minister

NAFDAC Receives Dossiers of Four COVID-19 Vaccines for Evaluation –Minister

NEWS
  The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Monday disclosed that the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has received the dossiers of four different COVID-19 vaccines for evaluation ahead of their usage in Nigeria. Ehanire disclosed this at the weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. He said the results of some of the evaluations were almost ready. He said since all COVID-19 vaccines were carrying a certain amount of risk, any vaccine not approved by the Ministry of Health through its agencies would be used in Nigeria. The minister said, “The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has received dossiers for Sputnik V vaccine of Russia, Covishield or Astra Zeneca manufactured under
Nigeria Records 29 Cases of UK COVID-19 Variant, Says NCDC

Nigeria Records 29 Cases of UK COVID-19 Variant, Says NCDC

NEWS
  The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says it has confirmed 29 cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 UK variant in the country. Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja, noting that the new variant had spread across six states in Nigeria. “We have now confirmed a total of 29 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, and this has been confirmed in Edo, Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Oyo and FCT,” Ihekweazu said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant was first detected in the UK and have since spread to other parts of the world. The B.1.1.7 variant, which health experts described as highly infectious, had spread to more than 80 countries, according to the World Health Organisat