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President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus on Saturday. This was disclosed by the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, during the second edition of State House weekly briefing held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Director added that Nigerians would begin to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to its people on Friday, after a launch that would take place...

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BRUSSELS — The European Union’s commissioner for jobs and social rights, Nicolas Schmit, has warned of a potential social crisis after the coronavirus pandemic. Although there has been no dramatic increase in unemployment figures so far, the prospects for young people, in particular, are not rosy, Schmit pointed out in an interview with dpa. He noted that a policy was needed to ensure that the people do not slide into a new social crisis after...

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Addis Ababa —  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 3.91 million as of Wednesday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said. The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU), said the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 104,382, while some 3.50 million patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. The Africa CDC noted that the most affected countries...

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LAGOS — A national-scale drone delivery service, Zipline, says it has begun the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to selected health facilities within its service areas in Ghana. Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Keller Rinaudo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zipline recently signed an MOU on drone delivery of medical aids – comprising vaccines, blood, and other lifesaving products with the Kaduna State...

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BENIN — The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Benin Export Assistance Office, says it has trained over 60 women entrepreneurs in Edo on crisis management. Mr. Macpherson Fred-Ileogben, Head, Trade Promotion Adviser, NEPC, Benin Office, made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday. Fred-Ileogben said the training which was held in February, was to enable women entrepreneurs to adjust and cope with the shocks that arose from...

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Nigeria has received its first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The expected 3.9m doses of the vaccine are part of an overall 16 million doses planned to be delivered to Nigeria in batches through the COVAX facility. In February, the AstraZeneca vaccine was approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for use in Nigeria. On Monday, the FG asked Nigerians to register for COVID-19 vaccination via the portal...

A new COVID-19 variant has been detected in Nigeria according to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The NCDC director-general, Dr. Chikwe Iheakwazu who made the indication stated that a new variant dubbed B.1.525 was first discovered in a sample collected on November 23 from a patient in Lagos State. He disclosed this while speaking at Monday’s weekly briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He also noted that the B.1.525 variant,...

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The Lagos State government has introduced a mobile verification platform to validate the authenticity of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests done within the private laboratory consortium and all state public laboratories for outbound flights. This was indicated in a statement issued by Akin Abayomi, the state’s commissioner of health, on Sunday. The statement stated that the platform could be accessed through an app and the use of unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) codes. “The...

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ABUJA —  Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has appealed for the release and safe return of 27 students of the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State. Farouq, who made the call in a statement issued by her media aide Nneka Anibeze, condemned the abduction in its entirety and prayed for the immediate and safe return of the students. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the...

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Addis Ababa — The African Union (AU) Commission on Wednesday emphasised a double burden on health systems across Africa due to a new Ebola outbreak and the still-raging Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The AU Commission, through the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has started discussions with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on how to support its response to the 12th Ebola outbreak declared by the DRC on Sunday in Butembo Area of...

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