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    COVID-19 will go away without a vaccine, says Trump

COVID-19 will go away without a vaccine, says Trump

US President Donald Trump says the coronavirus will go away without a vaccine. Trump stated this during a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House on Friday. In April 2020, Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health infectious disease expert, had told Fox News that he didn't think the US would return to full normalcy until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19. During the [...]

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    Over 150 COVID-19 patients ‘recover’ after treatment with drugs that failed to cure Ebola

Over 150 COVID-19 patients ‘recover’ after treatment with drugs that failed to cure Ebola

Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company in the US, on Wednesday, announced "positive data" in the clinical trial of remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug, for the treatment of COVID-19. Remdesivir was originally developed by the company as a potential treatment for Ebola, but it failed. According to the company, the drug was found to be effective on COVID-19 patients during the trial which [...]

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    Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by September

Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by September

Pfizer, an American biopharmaceutical company, says its COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for emergency use by September. The pharmaceutical giant, on Tuesday, said it will begin testing of the experimental vaccine in the US next week. This is coming a week after Germany approved human trial of a possible COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, named BNT162, was developed by Biontech, a Mainz-based company. The [...]

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    Like UK, Germany approves human trial of ‘COVID-19 vaccine’

Like UK, Germany approves human trial of ‘COVID-19 vaccine’

Germany has approved the first human trials of a possible COVID-19 vaccine. The trial vaccine is said to be the fourth of its kind in the world to get approval for clinical testing. The German Federal Institute for Vaccines said Biontech, a Mainz-based company, made the potential vaccine for COVID-19. The vaccine, named BNT162, was developed alongside Pfizer, another pharmaceutical company. According to the [...]

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    WHO: Africa won’t be testing ground for COVID-19 vaccine

WHO: Africa won’t be testing ground for COVID-19 vaccine

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa will not be used as a testing ground for COVID-19 vaccine. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said this during a media briefing on Monday. The director-general was reacting to statements credited to Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht, two French doctors, who were seen on television discussing "Africa as best destination to conduct test for COVID-19 [...]

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    EXTRA: My team has developed treatment for coronavirus, says Maurice Iwu

EXTRA: My team has developed treatment for coronavirus, says Maurice Iwu

Maurice Iwu, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says his team has developed a potential treatment for coronavirus disease. Although the new coronavirus, named COVID-19, first broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, Iwu, the chief executive officer of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION), a research organisation, said his team had worked on solutions to coronaviruses, such as [...]

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    FG: Lassa fever vaccine still work-in-progress

FG: Lassa fever vaccine still work-in-progress

The federal government says there is yet to be a vaccine for Lassa fever. Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of state for health, disclosed this to journalists while providing an update on coronavirus and Lassa fever in Abuja, on Friday. The minister said between January 1 and February 16, there were 586 confirmed cases of Lassa fever with 103 deaths from 26 states. NAN reports [...]

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    Scientists race to develop coronavirus vaccine

Scientists race to develop coronavirus vaccine

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    The struggle to get vaccinated in IDP camps

The struggle to get vaccinated in IDP camps

In the northeast region of the country, where these camps are located, 80% of Nigerian children have not been vaccinated. It is a hot Saturday, Modu Sheriff is seated under a tree to shield him from the rays of the blistering sun in Borno state, Nigeria. He immediately volunteers to be interviewed as soon he is asked if his kids have [...]

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    Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

On August 11, 2016, Nigeria witnessed a major setback in what had been a milestone achievement for the country: the return to the list of polio-endemic countries. In Gwoza and Jere, local government areas of Borno state, ridden by Boko Haram – one of the world’s deadliest militant groups – an outbreak of polio re-occurred. The disease paralysed two children. This [...]

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    How poverty, ignorance hinders vaccine coverage

How poverty, ignorance hinders vaccine coverage

Kemi Chukwu battles with the tears in her eyes that are just determined to drop. She wipes them furiously with her arms, her voice throaty from her sobs as she recalls, vividly, the death of her baby. “The time my baby died, she was just four years old. I had money at the time, so I gave her all that she needed,” [...]

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    Forced monkeypox vaccination rumour baseless, says Bayelsa

Forced monkeypox vaccination rumour baseless, says Bayelsa

Bayelsa state government has described rumours of forced vaccination against monkeypox in the state as baseless. The government also called for the suspension of all forms of medical outreach programmes carried out in schools across the state. Unverified reports had said the Nigeria army was forcefully vaccinating school pupils against the monkeypox disease through its medical outreach programme. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Bayelsa commissioner for [...]

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    Families refusing polio vaccines in Nigeria, says UNICEF

Families refusing polio vaccines in Nigeria, says UNICEF

Operatives of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), an organisation under UNICEF, says non-compliance and refusal to partake in vaccination campaigns are hindering efforts to eradicate polio from northern Nigeria. A statement by the United Nations agency appreciated efforts made by traditional rulers at convincing families to partake in the vaccination campaign. "While overall acceptance of polio immunization is extremely high, clusters [...]

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    Death toll in meningitis outbreak rises to 813

Death toll in meningitis outbreak rises to 813

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, says 813 lives have been lost to the meningitis outbreak that has lasted 16 weeks. Adewole disclosed this while speaking to journalists at the end of Wednesday's federal executive council meeting. He also said the spread of the disease had reduced. "As of yesterday (Tuesday), the number of deaths stood at 813. As of now, we are also [...]

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    WHO: Vaccines can save 1.5m lives yearly — if well utilised

WHO: Vaccines can save 1.5m lives yearly — if well utilised

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the power of vaccines to ward off infectious diseases in children through immunisation is being underutilised. The organisation said this on Monday, as the world immunisation week begins. Margaret Chan, director-general of WHO, added that by increasing immunisation globally, the lives of an additional 1.5 million people could be saved every year. “Vaccinations stave off 26 [...]

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    WHO: Nigeria gets 500,000 doses of meningitis C vaccine — more on the way

WHO: Nigeria gets 500,000 doses of meningitis C vaccine — more on the way

Nigeria has received 500,000 doses of meningitis C containing vaccine to combat the epidemic in the country, the WHO has said. The doses were sent by the International Coordinating Group (ICG), an organisation that coordinates the provision of vaccine during outbreak emergencies. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the WHO country representative to Nigeria, said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday. He said the vaccines, [...]

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