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Commuters head to take the train at rush hour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Canning Town underground station in London, Britain, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

UK says vaccine manufacturing is ‘lumpy’ but still on course for targets

Britain’s vaccine rollout is limited by a “lumpy” manufacturing process affecting supplies of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca, but is on track to hit its targets, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Monday.
The efficacy of the Pfizer Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (official name BNT162b2) might sustain against the newly-detected mutant strains from the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa, a group of U.S. scientists said in a research paper.

Pfizer, BioNTech to limit delays of vaccine shipments to one week

The US drugmaker and its German partner “have developed a plan that will allow the scale-up of manufacturing capacities in Europe and deliver significantly more doses in the second quarter,” they said in a joint statement.
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.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna enrols 400,000 residents for contributory health scheme

Over 400,000 residents of Kaduna have been enrolled into the state’s Contributory Health Scheme, Aliyu Saidu, the Director-General of Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Agency said.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020. – An American pharmacist who allegedly destroyed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses last month was an “admitted conspiracy theorist” and believed in a baseless rumour about their safety, authorities have said. Steven Brandenburg removed 57 vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, each containing around 10 doses, from refrigerators at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, in an attempt to destroy them because he believed — wrongly — that they were dangerous and could alter human DNA. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

UK, France regulators approve Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Britain on Friday approved a third Covid vaccine for its mass inoculation drive, as regulators gave the green light to a jab developed by US firm Moderna.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC seeks $1 billion funding to revive PHC refinery

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is currently shopping for $1 billion to revamp Nigeria’s biggest refinery located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO urges fair coronavirus vaccine distribution to all

The head of the World Health Organization, marking a year since the first cases of the novel coronavirus were reported by China, urged countries on Wednesday to ensure that vaccines are made available to people at risk everywhere, not just in rich nations.
Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday, a significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries.

FAA approves small drones in the U.S. to fly over people and at night

Small drones will be allowed to fly over people and at night in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday, a significant step toward their use for widespread commercial deliveries.
Worried by the continued gridlock and other traffic challenges in and within the Apapa Port, the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to investigate an alleged extortion of truck drivers by the terminal security operatives.

Official: Presidential task team has tamed Apapa traffic gridlock

Vice-Chairman of the Presidential Task Team on the Restoration of Law and Order in Apapa Port (PTT-RLO) Kayode Opeifa has said his Team has erased traffic gridlock in Apapa.
FILE PHOTO - Hungarian soldiers carry the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines at the Del-Pest Central Hospital in Budapest, Hungary, December 26, 2020. Szilard Koszticsak-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Europe prepares to launch coronavirus vaccinations

Hungary stole a march on its fellow EU nations as it began vaccinating its people against COVID-19 on Saturday, a day ahead of rollouts in several other countries including France, Germany and Spain as the pandemic surges across the continent.
“A general lockdown will be imposed from 17-00 (1500 GMT) on Sunday for two weeks,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Israel announces third nationwide coronavirus lockdown

Israel announced Thursday that it will impose a nationwide lockdown from next week, its third of the Covid-19 pandemic, just days after it began vaccinations against the virus.
Hippolyte Fofack, Afreximbank chief economist, told Reuters the Cairo-based bank and other development finance institutions are working with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to obtain vaccines for the novel coronavirus.

Afreximbank: Africa needs about $9 billion for coronavirus vaccines

Africa needs about $9 billion to finance enough of Covid-19 vaccines to halt the pandemic on the continent, but a bigger problem is accessing that supply amid the global race for doses, an African Export Import Bank official said on Wednesday.
A small shopping basket filled with vials labeled COVID-19 - Coronavirus Vaccine and medical sryinges are placed on a Moderna logo in this illustration taken November 29, 2020. Picture taken November 29, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Ilustration

Moderna, McKesson, U.S. Army general begin rolling out new coronavirus vaccine

Distribution of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine to more than 3,700 locations in the United States has begun, vastly widening the rollout started last week by Pfizer Inc, U.S Army General Gustave Perna said on Saturday.

Taraba governor signs 2021 budget into law

The One Forty-One billion, Six Hundred and Twenty-Five Million, Four Hundred and Thirty-five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Sixty-one Naira, Eighty Kobo (141, 625,435,961.80) was passed by the House of Assembly earlier in Jalingo on Thursday morning before it was taken to Abuja for the governor’s assent.
In front of an American flag, nurse Lillian Wirpsza administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Shylee Stewart, a labor and delivery nurse at George Washington University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., U.S. December 14, 2020. Jacquelyn Martin-Pool via REUTERS

EU countries to start vaccinating against virus from December 27

Countries in the European Union are to start vaccinating people as of December 27, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.
The Wife of the Zamfara Governor, Hajiya Aisha Matawalle, has urged parents and guardians in the state to report cases of rape and other gender-based violence (GBV) to authorities.

Zamfara first lady distributes delivery kits to 1,100 pregnant women

Zamfara First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Matawalle, has distributed delivery kits to 1,100 pregnant women in Maru and Tsafe Local Government Areas of the state.
The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine could be approved for emergency use in the United States shortly.

US coronavirus vaccine campaign launches with convoy of trucks

Tractor-trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine will leave Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning – launching the largest and most complex vaccine distribution project in the United States, where the virus is raging.
Syringes are seen in front of displayed Biontech and Pfizer logos in this illustration taken November 10, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-File Photo

Pfizer vaccine data wins backing of US FDA staff

Pfizer Inc has scaled the next hurdle in the race to get its COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released documents that raised no new issues about its safety or efficacy.

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Hisbah arrests 19 women over ‘immoral acts’ in Kano

The Commandant, Kano State Hisbah Board, Dr Haruna Ibn-Sina, said 19 women had been arrested over alleged involvement in immoral acts in Kano metropolis.
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: Assemblyman urges colleagues to embark on aggressive sensitisation

A member of Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Olasunkanmi Babalola, on Wednesday, urged lawmakers across the country to embark on aggressive sensitisation on COVID-19 in their respective constituencies.
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Real Madrid defender tested positive for coronavirus

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez is tested positive for Covid-19 and miss the clash against third-tier team Alcoyano on Wednesday evening.
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman, who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her child under a World Food Programme banner in Hamdayet village on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the eastern Kassala state, Sudan December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

Ethiopians dying, hungry and fearful in war-hit Tigray – agencies

Ethiopians in the war-scarred north are dying from lack of healthcare services, are suffering food and water shortages, and remain “terrified”, according to aid agencies finally accessing remoter parts of Tigray region.