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Bill Gates Pledges Extra for COVID Vaccines for African Countries

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Bill Gates Pledges Extra for COVID Vaccines for African Countries

The Bill & Melinda gates foundation has announced a $50 million commitment to Gavi, the vaccine alliance as a means of support for lower income countries.

The pledge will support covid-19 vaccine purchase through Gavi’s Covax as well as delivery of these vaccines to Nigeria and 91 lower-income countries.

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The announcement builds on $156 million in previous commitments by the foundation to the Covax AMC. The foundation’s total commitment to the covid-19 response is now more than $1.8 billion.

The pledge was announced at Gavi’s Covax AMC summit, an event co-hosted by the government of japan and Gavi that gathered world leaders, the private sector, civil society, and technical partners to build support to procure covid-19 vaccines and equitably distribute them to lower-income countries.

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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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COVID-19: NCAA Issues Guidelines to In-Flight Catering Services

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COVID-19: NCAA Issues Guidelines to In-Flight Catering Services

The Nigerian civil aviation authority has issued guidelines for companies providing in-flight catering services to airlines operating domestic flights in Nigeria.

In a circular issued by the NCAA on its website on the resumption of domestic flight operations in the country, in-flight catering companies are required by the authority to carry out regular risk assessments of their operations, and put in place remedial actions to address any identified hazard to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 virus to their customers through their products.

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According to the circular, domestic airlines will only serve pre-packed catering products in sealed containers to their passengers during disembarkation while catering products won’t be served or consumed in-flight by airlines or passengers respectively on any domestic flight.

It further urged all domestic airlines to comply with its directives in other to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

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EU to Ditch J&J Covid-19 Vaccines from U.S Factory After Contamination Reports

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EU to Ditch J&J Covid-19 Vaccines from U.S Factory After Contamination Reports

Europe’s drug regulator said on Friday that batches of Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine made for the region around the time when contamination issues were revealed at a U.S. manufacturing site would not be used.

The announcement came in the wake of reports, which said the U.S. Food & Drug Administration had asked Johnson & Johnson to discard 60 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine that were manufactured at the troubled Baltimore factory.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was aware a batch of the active substance for J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine had been contaminated in April, with materials for another vaccine made at the site in Maryland owned by Emergent Bio solutions.

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The production of J&J’s vaccine at the site was halted by U.S. authorities and J&J was put in charge of manufacturing at the plant.

The April error involved ingredients from AstraZeneca’s covid-19 vaccine, also being produced at the plant, contaminating a batch of J&J’s vaccine, developed by its Janssen unit.

However, EMA said the batches of the vaccine released in the region had not been affected by the cross contamination, based on the information it has.

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#COVID19NIGERIA Situation Report

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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