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Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Canada records second case of blood clot after AstraZeneca shot

Canadian health authorities said Saturday the country has recorded a second case of rare but serious blood clotting linked to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, but still recommend the shot for use.
Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

Nigerian government raises the alarm over intercepted Africa-bound fake coronavirus vaccines

The federal government has raised the alarm over a case of 3,000 doses of fake Covid-19 vaccines to be exported to Africa but intercepted in China.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Kano governor tasks media, CSO to create awareness on coronavirus vaccination

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has called on media practitioners as well as Non Governmental Organizations to engage in massive sensitization of the public towards the administration of the COVID 19 vaccination in the state.
Namibia plans to go ahead with the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine even after South Africa stalled its use because trials showed it’s less effective against mild infection of a Covid-19 strain dominant in the region.

Ghana receives world’s first doses of free Covax vaccines

Ghana received Wednesday the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free, as the world races to contain the pandemic.
Ghana has reimposed a ban on social gatherings as the number of Covid-19 cases spiral in the country, the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, announced Sunday.

President Akufo-Addo to be first Ghanaian to receive coronavirus vaccine

Presidential advisor on health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, who made this known says the move will help with monitoring and also encourage more Ghanaians to avail themselves for the vaccination, which comes at no cost.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli

Tanzania’s president admits country has coronavirus problem

The president of Tanzania has urged its citizens to take preventive measures against the coronavirus after downplaying the disease for months and claiming it had been defeated by prayers.
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WHO: We’ve not disqualified any country in Africa from accessing coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organization, WHO Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulomboo says the WHO has not disqualified any country in Africa from accessing COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility, but rather is supporting all countries to access vaccines as quickly as possible.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Friday that travel corridors into the nation would be closed to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday

The UK is to close all travel corridors from Monday morning to “protect against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains” of Covid, the PM has said.
The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Mojisola Adeyeye has criticised the overdependence on importation in Nigeria.

Nigeria warns against ‘fake vaccines’ as 10 million doses expected in March

Nigerian authorities have warned on Friday against the circulation of fake coronavirus vaccines in the country, where 10 million real doses of the shots are expected in March.
Former GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical executive Moncef Slaoui, who will serve as chief adviser on the effort to find a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a coronavirus disease response event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

Operation Warp Speed chief resigns at Joe Biden team’s request

Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui has submitted his resignation at the request of the incoming Biden team under a plan that would see him stay in the role for a month to help with the transition, according to two people familiar with the situation.
People wait in line for vaccination during Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visit a COVID-19 vaccination centre, at Ashton Stadium in Bristol, Britain January 11, 2021. Eddie Mulholland-Pool via REUTERS

Coronavirus vaccine deliveries to UK are on track, enough to meet target – minister

Deliveries of COVID vaccines to Britain are on track and sufficient to meet the government’s vaccination targets, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Wednesday although he declined to give figures on supplies.

Femi Falana raises alarm over planned commercialisation of coronavirus vaccines

The Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, a coalition of labour and civil society groups being led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has urged Nigerians to resist any attempt by health workers to commercialise Covid vaccines expected in the country anytime soon.
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo attends the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja on December 21, 2019. Kola Sulaimon-AFP

President Akufo-Addo: I’m determined to steer Ghana on path of progress, prosperity

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said he looks forward to delivering on the mandate that Ghanaians have entrusted to him and my Government for the next four years, after the 2020 general elections.
Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, said the vaccine will “save countless lives” [Francis Mascarenhas-Reuters]

India’s Serum Institute seeks approval for COVID-19 vaccine

The Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine producer by volume, has sought government approval for emergency-use authorisation of the coronavirus vaccine that it has developed in partnership with the University of Oxford and British drugmaker AstraZeneca.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari approves appointment of 18 appeal court judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 Justices of the Court of Appeal.
Speaking in the aftermath of his well-received publicity stunt of placing a huge banner featuring his likeness 200 meters from the Santiago Bernabeu, Joan Laporta continued to detail his project should he be successful in becoming Barcelona president.

Barcelona supremo: European Super League a ‘necessity’

Barcelona president Joan Laporta described the European Super League as a “necessity” on Thursday but said the final decision would be given to the club’s members.
The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.

Red Cross condemns ‘horrific’ sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.
A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Nollywood actor arrested for ‘defiling’ minor

The case of defilement was reported on 19th April, 2021 by one Princess Adekola Adekanya at Sabo Police Station and transferred to the Gender Unit of the State CID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for proper investigation.
The Department of State Services, DSS, has denied any involvement in the attempt to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, at Ibadan, Oyo State.

Official: Dennis Amachree not speaking for DSS on Isa Pantami

Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Service (DSS) has disowned reasons adduced for its alleged failure to reveal alleged link of Malam Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to terrorism before his confirmation as minister in 2019 adduced by one of its former officer, Dennis Amachree.

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The General Assembly of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, on Tuesday, inaugurated a seven-member Interim Management Committee, IMC, headed by Abdullahi Maje, to pilot the affairs of the association for the next six months.

Court restrains ALGON faction, others from interfering in association’s affairs

An Abuja Federal High Court has restrained the chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Alabi Akolade David-led faction of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) from parading its as the leaders of the association.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, on Saturday advised the Nigerian youth to develop their skills and drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector.

Isa Pantami has no link with extremist – group

The Joint Council on Civil Society and Religious Affairs, Nigeria, has condemned various allegations of terrorism levied against Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isah Pantami.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

NBA blocks entrance to National Assembly over financial autonomy

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Monday blocked the entrance of the National Assembly in their bid to take their protest against the non-implementation of financial autonomy of the Judiciary to the leadership of the Senate.
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia lays out counter-sanctions to U.S. envoy, but leaves door open to dialogue

The Kremlin unveiled its retaliatory measures to the U.S ambassador to Moscow on Friday, denouncing Washington’s latest round of sanctions as “unacceptable” even as it left the door open to dialogue.

Soldier declared missing after bandits attack on military camp in Niger

A soldier was declared missing after armed bandits stormed a military camp in Zazzaga community in Munya Local Government Area of Niger State.