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Day: 3 March 2021

Researchers Stop Trials of Plasma Transfusions For COVID-19 Patients

Researchers Stop Trials of Plasma Transfusions For COVID-19 Patients

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  United States health researchers said on Tuesday they are halting clinical trials of convalescent blood plasma in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms after preliminary results showed no benefit from the treatment. The trial that began in August involved just over 500 people who went to emergency rooms but did not need to be hospitalised. The people chosen for the study also had risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes or heart trouble. Some of them received the treatment – blood plasma from people who had COVID and overcame it – and others got a placebo. Doctors looked at how many needed additional care or outright hospitalisation, or who died, in the 15 days after undergoing the treatment. An independent group of experts determi
COVID: Brazil Variant ‘May Spread More Easily’

COVID: Brazil Variant ‘May Spread More Easily’

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  The Brazil coronavirus variant now found in the UK appears more contagious and may evade immunity provided by past infection, scientists say. Experiences from Manaus - the Amazonian city hit hard by the P.1 variant - suggest it could be up to twice as transmissible as earlier Covid there, the first detailed study suggests. The preliminary work  puts the chance of reinfection at between 25% and 60%. But experts say this should not be used to predict what may happen in the UK. Indeed, one of the lead researchers said it was unlikely P.1 would quickly take off in Britain when only six cases had been identified and these were being closely monitored. Infectious diseases expert Prof Ester Sabino, from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, said: "You need many intro
Nigeria, Two Others Top List of Free COVAX Vaccine Beneficiaries

Nigeria, Two Others Top List of Free COVAX Vaccine Beneficiaries

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  Nigeria, Pakistan and Indonesia will be among the biggest recipients of free COVID-19 vaccines before June — more than 10 million doses each — the COVAX scheme announced Tuesday. Some 238.2 million doses will be distributed around the world by the end of May through the programme aimed at boosting access to coronavirus vaccines in poorer nations. Though vaccination campaigns have gathered pace globally, the majority of injections have been administered in wealthier countries while many nations have yet to receive a single dose. The COVAX scheme, aimed ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, on Tuesday outlined plans to deliver to 142 countries and territories by May 31, in its first wave of distribution. The five biggest confirmed recipients are Pakistan (
WHO Congratulates Nigeria on Arrival of COVAX Vaccines

WHO Congratulates Nigeria on Arrival of COVAX Vaccines

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The World Health Organisation has congratulated Nigeria for taking delivery of its 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. The vaccines arrived at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Tuesday. Nigeria is now the third country in West Africa behind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to receive the COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. In a series of tweets posted on the official Twitter handle of the global health agency on Tuesday, WHO representative in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo encouraged all stakeholders to roll out the vaccines based on priority, starting with health workers. “What a day in history! 3.92 million #COVID19 vaccine doses from #COVAX have just arrived in Abuja, Nigeria. Privileged to witness the arrival of