The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Friday approved the COVID-29 vaccine developed by Johnson&Johnson, making it an additional 500 million doses to be added to the COVAX global vaccine sharing scheme. The approval comes after Johnson&Johnson’s single jab dose vaccine won approval from the European Union (EU) on Thursday. In a statement, Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Chief said “Every new, safe and effective tool against Covid-19 is another step closer to controlling the pandemic.”
COVID-19: FG Begins Distribution Of Vaccines To States
The Federal Government has on Monday announced that it has begun the distribution of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the 36 states of the federation. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) made the announcement during the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 press briefing in Abuja, saying the distribution would be concluded on Tuesday.
COVID-19: FG To Roll Out Vaccines In FCT On Friday
Following the reception of the 3.9 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday as the first batch of the 16 million doses expected from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility, the Federal Government is set to commence vaccination in Abuja on Friday. President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo are expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.
COVID-19: State House Clinic Gets Isolation Centre
A COVID-19 Isolation Centre was on Tuesday inaugurated at the State House Clinic, Abuja. The facility named the State House Clinic Special Care Centre was conceived and completed within 10 weeks. The Deputy Director (Information), State House, Attah Esa, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘PTF: State House Clinic to get COVID-19 testing laboratory’.
President Buhari, Osinbajo Receive Jabs Of COVID-19 Vaccine As National Vaccination Program Commence
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccines on LIVE TV at about 11: 55 a.m. on Saturday, March, 6. Mr. Buhari was vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, while Mr. Osinbajo was vaccinated by his personal physician, Nicholas Audifferen. Earlier it was reported that the President and Vice will be among the first set of Nigerians to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to demonstrate to Nigerians it is safe. Nigeria commenced the COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens on Friday, three days after it received 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX).
FG Bars Private Sector COVID-19 Vaccination
The Federal Government has barred the private sector from administering the COVID-19 vaccine, reserving the vaccination exclusively for the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) for safety reasons. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said this during the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, saying the government is restricting the deployment and implementation of the vaccination exercise to the NPHCDA. Ehanire explained that the decision was to ensure safer and proper management of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, including dealing with any after-effects of the vaccine.
Team Begins Hunt For COVID-19 Origins In China After Quarantine – WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) researchers on Thursday, after the end of their quarantine in China, began investigations hoping to learn more about the origins of COVID-19. China had required that the team spend a 14-day quarantine period in a hotel before they could begin their investigations in the city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have crossed from animals to humans in 2019