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NEW YORK — U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday said the U.S. had administered 300 million COVID-19 vaccines in 150 days, noting that COVID-19 cases and deaths have decreased by more than 90 per cent. Biden said this in“300 Million Shots in 150 Days: The President’s COVID-19 Strategy is Delivering for Americans’’ issued to commemorate his 150 days in office. According to the statement, when Biden took office 150 days ago, more than 3,300 Americans...

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JOS — Plateau state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, says that 44,000 persons have so far received the first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the state. Ndam, who disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Jos, said that the state had stopped administering the first dose of the vaccine, while administration of the second dose of the vaccine would commence on June 13. Ndam, said that this would mark an...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday stated that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were found to be 94 per cent effective in health care workers. CDC said in a statement that mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) were found to reduce the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 by 94 per cent among Health Care Personnel (HCP) who were fully vaccinated. This assessment, conducted in a different study network with a larger...

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YOLA — Adamawa state Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has reassured the citizens that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe devoid of any health implications. The governor re-echoed this while speaking to Journalists at the Government House Yola on Thursday. “People should avail themselves and take COVID-19 vaccine willingly, is not by force, but it will go a long way in curtailing the spread of the virus across the globe”. “For those of us that have taken...

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The UN says vaccine inequality between countries and regions is posing a significant risk to an already uneven and fragile global economic recovery. The UN economic forecast, published on Tuesday, stated that while the outlook for global growth has improved, the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, as well as inadequate progress on vaccination in poorer countries, are putting the recovery at risk. The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-year report warned that widening inequality...

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Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, a renowned Islamic Scholar in Nigeria has called on Muslims to accept COVID-19 vaccination for health benefit. Speaking at a Ramadan breakfast organized by an NGO, Journalists against Polio (JAP); the Islamic scholar said that COVID-19 is real. He described coronavirus disease as a global problem that required the support of all, urged Muslims to avail themselves of vaccination, saying he had been vaccinated. “Muslim Ummah should ensure the use of...

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In its effort to prevent infections and disease outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has embarked on a house-to-house mobilization of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps across Borno on hand washing. Dr. Isaac Boateng, the WHO Health Operation Manager for Emergency Response in North-East, made this known to newsmen at a camp in Maiduguri on Wednesday. Boateng said the measure by WHO Community Health Champions and other partners was to commemorate the 2021 World...

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ABUJA — Dr. Ahmed Audi, Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has encouraged personnel to get the COVID-19 vaccine as he received the AstraZeneca jab. Audi who received the jab on Tuesday in Abuja said that the vaccine was safe for all as he felt healthy after the vaccination. He directed officers and men of the corps in other states to follow his lead. He said that as front-liners, the FCT COVID-19...

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The Executive Chairman, Adamawa state primary healthcare development agency, Dr. Sulaiman Saidu Bashir has disclosed that no fewer than 29,205 people have so far received the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine in Adamawa state. Bashir who disclosed this at a Press Conference to commemorate the African Vaccination Week (AVW) and World Malaria day in Yola, lauded the state government and the various development partners such as WHO, UNICEF, ICRC, AFENET, CRS and NURU for the...

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Dr. Solomon Chollom, the spokesman for Plateau Inter-professional Health Committee on COVID-19 Response, has called for transparency in vaccine development and outcomes of clinical trials. Chollom, a virologist, spoke on Monday in Abuja on the side-line of the 2021 World Immunization Week. Celebration of the 2021 World Immunisation Week, which has “Vaccines Bring Us Closer’’, as its theme, began on April 24 and would end on April 30. Key stakeholders in vaccine research, production, administration,...

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