Nigeria misses out on COVID-19 vaccine trials

4 min read • Only South Africa, Egypt participating in project • Experts fear phobia may scuttle efforts Experts are worried that Nigeria is not participating in the ongoing clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccines, unlike South Africa and Egypt. The concern is anchored on the fear that the country might not be able to benefit sufficiently it fails to be actively involved in the…

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WHO warns there may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’

2 min read The World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic, which has upended normal…

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Three Government Ministers Test Positive For COVID-19

< 1 min read Three ministers in Gambia’s government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation’s president went into self-isolation. President Adama Barrow said last week he would self-isolate for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray tested positive. Finance Minister Mambureh Njie, Petroleum and Energy Minister Fafa Sanyang and Agriculture Minister Amie Fabureh “have tested positive” for the virus, the presidency said in a tweet on Sunday. Health authorities…

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COVID-19: Ekiti Govt Shuts Down Hotel For Hosting Wedding Party

2 min read Operatives of the Ekiti State Task Force on COVID-19 have shut down a popular hotel in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital Delight Hotel and Suites for operating against government’s regulations to contain the spread of the virus. As parts of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti, the state government directed that social gatherings like weddings, burials and other…

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Young children carry higher levels of coronavirus: study

2 min read Children under the age of five have between 10 to 100 times greater levels of genetic material of the coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and adults, a study in JAMA Pediatrics said Thursday. Its authors wrote this meant that young children might be important drivers of COVID-19 transmission within communities — a suggestion at odds with the…

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China is rewriting the facts about Covid-19 to suit its own narrative

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Our Panorama programme shows how Xi Jinping’s government has tried to hide the truth about the spread of coronavirus

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Fayemi is positive for COVID-19, wife, aides undergo tests

3 min read • PDP wishes governor quick recovery • NMA alleges govt’s neglect of health facilities Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19. The governor, who disclosed this on Tuesday through his verified twitter account, said that he remained asymptomatic and was already in self-isolation at home. He said that his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, would perform…

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US to buy 100 million doses of potential virus vaccine

2 min read The US government has agreed to pay almost $2 billion for 100 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine, German firm BioNTech said on Wednesday. BioNTech, which is developing the drug with US pharma giant Pfizer, said in a statement that American people would receive the future vaccine “for free” in line with the Trump administration’s “commitment for free access…

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Oxford coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response, trial shows

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Early results also indicate vaccine is safe, raising hopes it could help end pandemic

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Stranded on ships, 200,000 seafarers struggle in virus limbo

3 min read Indian ship worker Tejasvi Duseja is desperate to go home after months stranded offshore by coronavirus border closures and lockdowns that have left more than 200,000 seafarers in limbo. From engineers on cargo ships to waiters on luxury cruise liners, ocean-based workers around the world have been caught up in what the United Nations warns is a growing humanitarian crisis…

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