The Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire has reacted to circulating reports that about one million doses of the donated COVID-19 vaccines given to Nigeria by some international donors expired and were eventually withdrawn from circulation. The Federal Government has said it has utilised most of the over 10 million short shelf-life doses of COVID-19 vaccines before the expiration in good time. A statement signed by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and dated December 8, 2021, the government said the expired vaccines had been withdrawn and will be destroyed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control )NAFDAC). It reads: The attention of the Federal Ministry of Health has been drawn to reports circulating in the media to the effect that some COVID-19 vaccines had expired in Nigeria. “Nigeria has, of late, enjoyed the generosity of several, mainly European countries, who have offered us doses of COVID-19 vaccines out of their stockpiles, free of charge, through COVAX or AVAT facility.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed that the country on Sunday recorded 55 new cases of COVID-19. According to the agency the new cases where from six states. Lagos had the highest number with 37, followed by Edo state which recorded 6. The other states recorded as follows: Osun (5), Oyo (4), Ogun (2), and Ekiti (1).
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says efforts are in place to scale up critical services, interventions to protect children from pneumonia and other childhood diseases. Ehanire disclosed this on Friday while briefing the media in commemoration of the 2021 World Pneumonia Day in Abuja, with a theme, “Pneumonia and Environmental Pollution’’.
The Federal Government (FG) through the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has warned citizens against procuring fake vaccination cards through the black market. This was made known in Abuja at the national briefing of the PSC on Monday by the Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha. He said, "We have received intelligence and even detected that some unscrupulous citizens are procuring vaccination cards through the black market.
The United Kingdom (UK) yesterday added Nigeria to its Red List of countries whose nationals are prevented from entering its territory on account of the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Already on the list are Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In effect, from 4am tomorrow, only British and Irish nationals traveling from Nigeria will be allowed into the UK and must isolate in a government-managed quarantine hotel.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved an 'anti-dwarfism' which will improve growth in children with the most common type of dwarfism "achondroplasia". The drug will treat kids older than five whose growth plates zones of cartilage at the end of long bones are still open, meaning they still have the potential to grow.
A group of microbiologists from various institutions across the federation have developed a COVID-19 vaccine which has passed animal trials and human trials an inch closer after being listed by the world health organization (WHO) as number 61 out of 185 vaccine candidates globally. The scientists consist of researchers from the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State; Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State; University of Ilorin, Kwara State; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, and the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti State.