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Day: 23 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

NEWS
  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