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Countries To Resume Astrazeneca Vaccinations After ‘Safe’ Verdict

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Countries To Resume Astrazeneca

Leading European Union countries said on Thursday, that they would resume Astrazeneca vaccinations, after the European medical regulator said the jab is safe and effective, and not associated with a higher blood clot risk.

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The announcement from the European medicines agency came after the world health organization and Britain’s health watchdog both said, the vaccine was safe, adding that it was far riskier to not get the shot.

The European medicine agency chief, Emer Cooke, said on Thursday that, ‘‘after an investigation into the Astrazeneca jab, the committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion that this is a safe and effective vaccine”.

 

After the announcement a number of European countries said, they would soon resume vaccinations, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Bulgaria

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Nigeria Records Highest COVID-19 Cases in Almost Five Months

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Nigeria Records Highest COVID-19 Cases in Almost Five Months

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on July 29, reported the highest case load of covid 19 in almost five months.

With 558 new infections recorded on Thursday, the NCDC stated that the cases were reported in 15 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

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Lagos recorded 376 new infections, Oyo 33, Akwa Ibom 26, and the FCT 22

Others are Imo with 15 new cases, Bayelsa – 13, Ekiti – 13, Kano – 12, Ogun – 11, Plateau – 11, Delta – 9, Jigawa – 6, Rivers – 4, Zamfara – 4, Edo – 3, and Ebonyi – 1.

Two deaths were recorded on Thursday bringing the total number of deaths to 2,141, with total confirmed cases in the country put at 178,821, and 164,930 recoveries.

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U.S. to ship 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, 5.66 million to South Africa

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Vaccines Effective Against Variants but Overseas Travel Still Not Safe Says WHO

The U.S. government Wednesday will ship nearly 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to two of the most populous African countries – Nigeria and South Africa – as the continent battles a third wave of infections, White House officials said.

Four million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will go to Nigeria and 5.66 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to South Africa, the officials said.

The South Africa shipment is the single largest sent by the United States since it began sending vaccine shots overseas, one of the officials said. The latest shipments bring the total number of U.S. vaccine doses sent to Africa to 16.4 million.

The urgently needed help comes as amid growing concern about vaccination rates in Africa, which lag far behind those of advanced economies.

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Experts worry that the highly contagious Delta variant could pose another setback, if countries begin requiring booster shots for fully-vaccinated individuals, a move that would slow shipments of urgently needed vaccines to developing countries.

The White House said equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines was essential to ending the pandemic.

“We are working to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people around the world as fast as possible,” one of the White House officials said in a statement.

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Nigeria Expects 29million Doses of J&J COVID Vaccine in August

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Nigeria Expects 29million Doses of J&J COVID Vaccine in August

Nigeria expects to take delivery of 29 million doses of Johnson & Johnson covid-19 vaccine in August, allowing it to ramp up its vaccination programme just as a third wave of infections takes hold, the health minister said.

Health Minister Osagie Ehanire told reporters on Monday, that the single-dose vaccine would be advantageous for Nigeria, given its partly nomadic population and weak systems for keeping track of people and arranging for second doses.

Ehanire said Nigeria was also expecting four million doses of the Moderna vaccine, 700,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and an unspecified quantity of Pfizer and Sinopharm doses. He said all of those were expected in the third quarter.

The minister also warned that the covid-19 infection numbers were rising due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, noting that 216 people had tested positive in the last 24 hours, most of them in Lagos and Akwa Ibom.

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With an estimated 200 million citizens, Nigeria has so far vaccinated a tiny fraction of its population. The most recent data, in June, showed that 2 million people had received one dose and 700,000 had received two. In total, Nigeria has so far taken delivery of under 4 million doses.

The government had announced in March it was hoping to secure 70 million doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine this year through an African Union programme, with an initial batch of 30 million to be delivered in the third quarter.

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