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The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

EU and UK regulators still recommend AstraZeneca shot despite possible link to blood clots

European and British regulators said on Wednesday they had found possible links between AstraZeneca’s vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots, but reaffirmed its importance in protecting people against COVID-19.
A study in the United States, shows AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provides strong protection against coronavirus and eliminates hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups, the company announced on Monday.

EMA official: Clear link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in brain

There is a link between AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots in the brain but the possible causes are still unknown, a senior official for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in an interview published on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine sticker and a medical syringe in front of the displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Pfizer coronavirus vaccine safe, effective on adolescents in trial – companies

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12- to 15-year olds, paving the way for them to seek U.S. emergency use authorization in weeks.
Vir Biotechnology (Vir), a US company, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced that their COVID-19 drug demonstrated a significant reduction in hospitalisation and death among patients during early treatment.

COVID-19: New drug ‘reduces hospitalisation, deaths of patients by 85%’

Vir Biotechnology (Vir), a US company, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced that their COVID-19 drug demonstrated a significant reduction in hospitalisation and death among patients during early treatment.
Another new variant of the novel coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa's disease control body said on Thursday, cautioning more investigation was needed.

Coronavirus infection gives some immunity, but virus can still be spread – study

People who have had COVID-19 are highly likely to have immunity to it for at least five months, but there is evidence that those with antibodies may still be able to carry and spread the virus, a study of British healthcare workers has found.
FILE PHOTO - Vials labelled COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration

Coronavirus vaccine might not work against South African variant – UK minister

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday there were concerns about how effective the COVID-19 vaccines might be against the highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus discovered in South Africa.
South Korea’s SolGent has secured an order to supply a U.S. government agency with an additional 7,500 kits which can each perform 100 coronavirus tests, the CEO of the biotech firm told Reuters.

Malaysia turns to coronavirus antibody tests to supplement laboratory checks

Malaysian authorities have begun using COVID-19 antibody rapid tests kits to supplement laboratory tests as the number of cases in the country grows, a senior health official said on Tuesday.
Professor Moji Adeyeye, NAFDAC boss

NAFDAC: We have not approved any vaccines for clinical trial for coronavirus

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, said yesterday it has not approved any vaccines for clinical trial for coronavirus disease in the country.
Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, Director General, NAFDAC

Coronavirus: We’ve not approved any vaccines for clinical trial – NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Thursday, said it had not approved any vaccines for a clinical trial for coronavirus disease in the country.

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Sports venues in England prepare to host fans

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Three killed in Anambra inter-communal clash

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Ikechukwu Ezenwa excited with Super Eagles recall

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Amotekun captures 4-man kidnap syndicate in Ondo

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Ex-minister: We must advocate restructuring rather than secession

An elder statesman and former Minister of Aviation under the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has described the decision of southern governors to meet over insecurity as a good development for Nigeria,
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has vowed to ensure peace in all troubled areas in the country.

IGP: New security measures underway for South-South, South-East

The National Security Council (NSC) rose from its third meeting in two weeks with the approval of new security measures for both South-south and South-east geo-political zones.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC: Three refineries processed no crude in January

Latest operations report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation indicates that Nigeria’s refineries under the management of NNPC could not refine a drop of crude oil amid concerns by the Nigeria Labour Congress over the comatose state of the facilities.
Members of the minority parties in the House of Representatives have faulted the suspension of the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, and five other leaders of the caucus by the Peoples Democratic Party.

House minority leader empowers 350 constituents with generators, freezers, motorcycles, tricycles

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Saturday in Asaba flagged off the distribution and presentation of empowerment items sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu.