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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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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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World Bank to Finance Extra COVID-19 Jabs for Poorer Nations

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World Bank to Finance Extra COVID-19 Jabs for Poorer Nations

A new World Bank financing mechanism will allow developing countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines collectively through the Covax facility, it announced on Monday.

Covax was set up to ensure 92 developing territories could access coronavirus vaccines to fight the pandemic, with the cost covered by donors.

The new mechanism will allow those countries to buy additional doses on top of the subsidised ones they will already receive via Covax.

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Using money from the World Bank and other development banks, the facility says it will make advanced purchases from vaccine manufacturers based on aggregated demand across countries.

Under the World Bank financing arrangement, up to 430 million additional doses, or enough doses to fully vaccinate 250 million people, would be available for delivery between late 2021 and mid-2022 for the 92 countries that currently get their vaccine doses covered by donors.

Covax is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gavi vaccine alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

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