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Fashion Designer, Alber Elbaz Dies in Paris Aged 59

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Fashion Designer, Alber Elbaz Dies in Paris Aged 59

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Designer Alber Elbaz, who worked at some of France’s best-known fashion houses, has died in Paris aged 59.
His business partner Johann Rupert said Elbaz had died from COVID-19 in Paris, France.
From 2001, Elbaz was Artistic Director at Lanvin, where he was credited with rejuvenating the brand until he was sacked in 2015.
Elbaz who was famously known for “inclusive vision of fashion” revived lanvin by transforming it to focus mainly on women’s fashion.

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His dresses were favored by hollywood actresses, including Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep who wore one of his gowns, in gold lamé, when accepting the Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady in 2012.
He also recently launched his own label, AZ Factory.
He was rewarded with many of the fashion industry’s top prizes, including an award named for his old mentor, Geoffrey Beene.
In 2016, he was made a member of the French legion of honour, the country’s most prestigious fashion award.

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Nigeria, South Africa, others Considered as Vaccine Production Hubs

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Nigeria, South Africa, others Considered as Vaccine Production Hubs

World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Monday said Africa is working with the European Union and other partners to help create regional vaccine manufacturing hubs in South Africa, Senegal and Rwanda.

In January, the Nigerian government announced the release of N10 billion to support domestic vaccine production.

Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said the funds were released by the Ministry of Finance and would be used to explore “options for licensed production in collaboration with recognised institutions.”

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According to Statista.com Nigeria is the fourth country in Africa that has the highest number of vaccinated citizens.

The country has vaccinated 225, 765 people so far. South Africa is sixth on the list.

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US Announces $3.2b Plan to Develop Covid-19 Antiviral Treatments

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US Announces $3.2b Plan to Develop Covid-19 Antiviral Treatments

The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced plans to spend US$3.2 billion to accelerate the development and discovery of antiviral treatments against Covid-19 and future threats.

The plan is called the Antiviral Program for Pandemics and its funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion package passed by Congress in March.

“Antivirals are an important complement to existing vaccines, especially for individuals with certain conditions that might put them at a greater risk, for those whom vaccines may not be as protective,” Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical advisor on the pandemic, told reporters.

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Antiviral medication can also act as an important line of defense against emerging variants of concern that evade the protective action of current generation vaccines, he added.

The plan is for these to be taken very early after an infection is confirmed, in order to stop the disease from progressing to the severe stage.

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Nigeria to Receive 3.92 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine in July

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Nigeria to Receive 3.92 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine in July

Nigeria’s Government on Tuesday said it is expecting a shipment of 3.92 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by end of July or early August.

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, the Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, said, “we now have information that Nigeria will get 3.92m doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca by end of July or early August”.

As we receive additional information on the exact dates in August, we will provide an update regarding timelines and details, he said.

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While working with Nigeria’s international partners to confirm the next shipment of vaccines to Nigeria, Shuaib stated that the federal government has commenced administering the first dose of the vaccine which was earlier halted due to shortages of vaccines.

Shuaib further added that the goal of government is to do everything possible to educate, combat misinformation and engender confidence in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and ensure all Nigerians have clear information on how, where, and when to get the vaccine.

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The #COVID19Nigeria situation report for 21st July, 2020 has been published. Our daily reports provide a summary of the epidemiological situation & response activities in Nigeria

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The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

The African Union and Africa CDC will virtually rollout the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) in Africa tomorrow 4 June, 2020 at 11.00 am Eastern Africa Time.

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