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AN UPDATES ON COVID-19 VACCINE: Sooner or Later?

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Nandini Prabhakar beside the machine being used in the ongoing process of developing the vaccine photo source StraitsTimes

Scientist in ongoing-Process of developing process in the United States

In a bid to ensure the cure for coronavirus (COVID-19) happens faster than we think, a team of medical researchers is developing a vaccine for coronavirus from a strain virus, Sars-Cov-2, that causes it.

This might come as good news when considering the number of weeks it requires to be done.

Quoting from Legit.ng, A dedicated team of local researchers is working on a Covid-19 vaccine with a modification process that can be completed within three weeks to combat the Sars-Cov-2 virus and go through a human trial in six months.

Nandini Prabhakar beside the machine being used in the ongoing process of developing the vaccine photo source StraitsTimes

Nandini Prabhakar beside the machine being used in the ongoing process of developing the vaccine photo source StraitsTimes

The name of this dedicated team is called Home-Grown Exco Aster working earnestly with the United States biotechnology company called Vivaldi Biosciences as they combine proteins from different viruses to find a cure.

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It should be noted that Sars-Cov-2 is a kind of virus strain that causes the deadly coronavirus and it is a respiratory illness.

The vaccine they are working on is tagged Esco-Aster DeltaCov and was made by putting together antigens from the Sars-Cov-2 virus with “backbone” protein from a flu virus.

“Viruses actually want to lie low and not be recognized – they want to evade the immune system and not cause any response.

“By having this backbone… we can awaken the immune system to realize there’s a novel virus and create the antibodies needed to kill it,” Esco Aster’s chief executive, Lin Xiangliang, said.

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Dr. Nandini Prabhakar, a senior scientist, has said that the use of the “backbone” will speed up the process of finding a vaccine.

Another thing worthy of note is that when the vaccine is ready, it can be administered into a patient’s body through a nasal spray, the same way the virus gets into the human body.

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NAFDAC Waives Registration Fee for MSME Operators in 2020

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NAFDAC Waives Registration Fee for MSME Operators in 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, no less than 200 operators of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME, in Nigeria were granted 100 percent zero registration fee from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in 2020.

Disclosing this in a statement, NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye said after the first 200 applicants, others were given 80 percent zero registration fee, even as late renewal fees were waived for those whose NAFDAC registration licenses expired during the same period.

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She debunked the insinuations in certain quarters that NAFDAC was frustrating registration efforts of MSMEs, even as she explained that consistent efforts are on towards ensuring timelines are met, amongst which are the deployment of a robust e-registration platform called NAFDAC Product Administration and Monitoring System which has the capacity for monitoring and assessment of timelines

Adeyeye further said the Agency would continue to render unflinching support to MSMEs to enable them to continue to act as a catalyst to Nigeria’s economic rejuvenation.

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W.H.O Donates 1.5 Million Doses of Cholera Vaccine to Bauchi, as State Kicks Off Vaccination Exercise

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The World Health Organisation, W.H.O, has donated 1.5 million doses of Cholera vaccines to Bauchi State.

This was confirmed by Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), at the kick-off of the vaccination exercise in Bauchi.

Mohammed explained that W.H.O donated the vaccine doses to support the response to the cholera outbreak in the state while noting that Bauchi is among the 18 states with a high risk of cholera outbreak, hence the donation was administered to those at the prone areas.

According to him, the vaccine doses would be divided into two phases in the LGAs. He further thanked the WHO for its continued support to the agency in addressing health challenges.

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While speaking,the W. H. O representative, Goni Ngala, explained that the outbreak was affecting people of different age groups including children under the age of five.

He said, In its continued efforts to support the cholera response and in particular, the management of cases, the World Health Organisation Country Office donated the vaccine to support prevention.”

He further emphasised the importance of implementing measures to solve the water, sanitation and hygiene challenges in the affected areas.

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FCTA Intensifies Sensitization as Death Toll Reaches 60

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FCTA Intensifies Sensitization as Death Toll Reaches 60

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has intensified community sensitization on cholera and severe diarrhea diseases outbreak, as death toll rises from 54 to 60.

The FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu, made the disclosure at the continuation of sensitization on cholera and other acute diarrhea diseases in Pyakasa and Gwagwa communities on Thursday in Abuja.

Represented by Iwot Ndaeyo, the acting Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, Aliyu indicated that suspected cases of cholera in the territory rose from 604 to 698 within 72 hours.

The Minister described the ugly trend as unacceptable in the FCT, adding that the administration would not fold its hands and watch residents die helplessly over preventable diseases.

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She also urged FCT residents and critical stakeholders to publicize the message of cholera prevention, proper sanitation with the practice of hand hygiene in their respective communities.

Earlier, the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Alhaji Abdullahi Candido, said the Primary Health Care Department of the council had embarked on sensitization to the four chiefdoms in AMAC to enlighten the traditional rulers and their councils about the cholera outbreak and preventive measures.

“Following the recommendations from the outbreak report, we provided funds for quick purchase of drugs, infusions and other treatment materials and consumables, in addition to the ones we received from the FCT Public Health Department”, he said.

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