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Coronavirus: ECOWAS budgets $398 million to revive ailing economies, electoral reforms

Since the beginning of 2021 and as a follow-up of the events of last year, the food security situation in Western Africa is a mixed picture. Although COVID-19 infection rates remained low compared to global figures, the impact of the pandemic led to reduced economic growth stemming from national restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus.
The injectable single-dose Ebola vaccine (rVSV∆G-ZEBOV-GP, live) is manufactured by Merck, Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Corp. and developed with financial support from the US government.

WHO, others stockpile Ebola vaccine

The four leading international health and humanitarian organizations on Tuesday announced the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to facilitate quick response to the outbreak of the epidemic.
The requests contained in three separate letters read at the beginning of plenary on Tuesday by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. 3

Senate: How health ministry mismanaged N4.6 billion Ebola fund

The Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo South led Senate Committee on Public Accounts is raising the alarm of how the money was spent and sustained the indictment report against the Ministry of Health over the issue due to failure of the officials of the Ministry to explain their own side of the allegation.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said it will continue to support states to strengthen their health security capacity in 2021. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, DG of NCDC, disclosed on Friday in Abuja in an interview.

NCDC pledges to support states’ health security

The plan to strengthen the capacity of the state was initiated at the meeting of the National Council for Health at Asaba in 2019 tagged “Strengthening States for Health Security”.

Prof. Iwu: We’re using Ebola experience to tackle coronavirus

Imo State chairman on Task force against Corona virus, Professor Maurice Iwu, said he is confident Nigeria will find cure to the COVID-19 pandemic applying the experience of Ebola virus.
Mr. Cyd, as he's known, is one of 40 primates living at Lesio-Louna Gorilla National Reserve. He was given the nickname by former reserve workers.

Congo wildlife reserve raises critically endangered gorillas

"Mr. Cyd", as he's known, is one of 40 primates living at Lesio-Louna Gorilla National Reserve. He was given the nickname by former reserve workers.
Health workers inoculated over 400 000 people in three Ebola outbreaks between 2018-2020.

On Congo’s muddy trails, lessons for a global coronavirus vaccine rollout

When Ebola hit the city of Mbandaka in northwest Congo in 2018, health officials had to act fast - the city was connected via regular boat service to the sprawling capital Kinshasa, where the deadly virus could spread out of control.

Medical laboratory scientists task Nigerian government on establishment of vaccine production, testing institutes

Medical laboratory scientists in the country have asked the federal government to establish vaccine production factories as week as effective testing laboratories across the six geopolitical zones.
Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Friday said to her husband, former president Goodluck Jonathan, on his 63rd birthday, that if given the opportunity, she would marry him again and again, because he has been a good man.

I’ll marry you again and again – Patience tells Jonathan

Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Friday said to her husband, former president Goodluck Jonathan, on his 63rd birthday, that if given the opportunity, she would marry him again and again, because he has been a good man.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Governors, ex-ministers, others visit ex-President Jonathan on 63rd birthday

Nigerians from different walks of life visited former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.
Total coronavirus cases in Africa have surpassed the two million mark despite a slow addition of reported infections compared with other regions around the world, the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

AU: Coronavirus cases in Africa cross two million mark

Total coronavirus cases in Africa have surpassed the two million mark despite a slow addition of reported infections compared with other regions around the world, the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

PTF: Coronavirus rules will not be relaxed for Christmas season

The Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19 has said that there will be no relaxing of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), protocols ahead of the Christmas season.
Liberian President George Weah on Friday inaugurated a new national carrier for the West African country, named Lone Star Air, about 30 years after the country’s previous airline went bust.

Liberia launches new national carrier ‘Lone Star Air’

Liberian President George Weah on Friday inaugurated a new national carrier for the West African country, named Lone Star Air, about 30 years after the country’s previous airline went bust.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong has banned movement between local governments in the State, whilst also relaxing the State lockdown for three days to enable citizens to restock their houses.

Governor Lalong: We’ve spent only N366 million to fight pandemic

Against accusations that the Plateau State government has expended N1 billion to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Simon Lalong has said his administration has only committed about N366.5 so far.

WHO endorses protocol for coronavirus herbal medicine trials

The World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed Saturday a protocol for testing African herbal medicines as potential treatments for the coronavirus and other epidemics.
Coronavirus — Britain is to start trials to see whether plasma collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 could be an effective treatment for patients who are severely unwell with the disease.

Egypt tries plasma treatment to fight pandemic

Mohamed Fathi, an Egyptian man who has recovered from Covid-19, winced as he watched tubes running down his arm to donate blood plasma, but insisted: "if I can help just one person, that's a very good thing".

Suspected Islamist militants kill 13 in eastern Congo villages

Suspected Islamist militants killed 13 people during raids on two villages in eastern Congo, the army and a village chief said, the latest in a spate of attacks the United Nations says may constitute war crimes.
The state Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Awka, the state capital on Tuesday.

Anambra to distribute 1,000 infrared thermometers to schools ahead of reopening

Prof. Kate Omenugha, Anambra Commissioner for Education says preparations are in top gear for the possible reopening of schools in the state soon.

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Arsenal agree deal with Real Madrid for Martin Ødegaard

Real Madrid playmaker Martin Ødegaard will join Arsenal on loan for the rest of the season after the clubs agreed to terms this evening.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Two ‘kidnappers’ arrested in Ondo

Two young men suspected to be kidnappers have been arrested in Supare Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State while trying to abduct a child in his family house.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Mob sets robbery suspect ablaze in Benue

The Police in Benue on Sunday said a robbery suspect was set ablaze by an angry mob while attempting to steal a motorcycle in Makurdi.
Deputy President to late OPC founder, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, in a statement on Sunday, further said the arrest order on Yoruba rights activist Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho is “misguided and provocative.”

OPC: We’ll deal with killer herdsmen

Deputy President to late OPC founder, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, in a statement on Sunday, further said the arrest order on Yoruba rights activist Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho is “misguided and provocative.”
Donald Trump has reportedly reverted to “self pity-mode” following his impeachment amid frustration that his Republican allies are failing to defend him.

Donald Trump’s coming impeachment trial aggravates rift among Republicans

The coming second impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting the deadly storming of the Capitol has aggravated a rift among his fellow Republicans that was on full display on Sunday.