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U.S. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said a new production site in Marburg, Germany, expected to become operational by the end of next month, will be able to make as many as 750 million doses per year.

Coronavirus: BioNTech to request approval of vaccine for children over 12

German vaccine manufacturer BioNTech is to request the authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine for children from the age of 12 in the European Union, it announced on Thursday.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

NIDS: Vaccination most effective to combat coronavirus

The Nigeria Infectious Diseases Society (NIDS) has described vaccination as a most effective way to prevent infectious diseases like 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.

Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca shot

Botswana is investigating the deaths of two among thousands of people who had been given doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to see if there is any link, the health ministry said.
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.

India probes domestic cases of blood clots linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

A government panel of experts in India is investigating for any domestic cases of blood clotting, even mild ones, as a side effect of the two COVID-19 vaccines being administered in India.
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.

Countries emphasise importance of AstraZeneca shot as they look to alternatives

Australia said on Friday it had ordered more alternatives for the AstraZeneca vaccine, setting back its vaccination rollout, and Hong Kong delayed deliveries of the shot amid concern about a possible very small risk of rare blood clots.
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.
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.

NPHCDA: Nigeria won’t drop AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the focal agency responsible for the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccines, has said that the country will not stop the use of Astrazeneca vaccine.
The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

Seven deaths in UK among AstraZeneca jab recipients after blood clots – medical regulator

The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.
Thirty cases of rare blood clotting have been recorded in Britain among more than 18 million people who have had the AstraZeneca vaccination, the national medicines regulator said Friday.

UK records 30 blood clotting cases from 18 million AstraZeneca jabs

Thirty cases of rare blood clotting have been recorded in Britain among more than 18 million people who have had the AstraZeneca vaccination, the national medicines regulator said Friday.
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.

Netherlands halt AstraZeneca jabs for under-60s

The Netherlands is halting AstraZeneca coronavirus jabs for people aged under 60 after fresh reports of rare blood clots, Dutch health authorities said on Friday.
Grammy award-winner Burna Boy has been nominated at the 2021 BRIT Awards in the United Kingdom ahead of the main ceremony slated for the O2 Arena in London on 11 May.

Burna Boy nominated for BRIT awards

Grammy award-winner Burna Boy has been nominated at the 2021 BRIT Awards in the United Kingdom ahead of the main ceremony slated for the O2 Arena in London on 11 May.
FILE PHOTO - Vials labelled Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

Survey: Vaccine hesitancy rises in France after AstraZeneca suspension

Vaccine hesitancy has risen sharply in France since countries across Europe suspended the AstraZeneca jab amid reports it causes blood clots.
A health worker holds a multiple-dose vial containing the vaccine against COVID-19 by British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in Genoa, northern Italy, February 10, 2021 [Luca Zennaro-EPA]

Denmark reports serious illness, death after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn is aiming to have around 60 per cent of the country’s population vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of summer 2021.

Vaccination alone cannot stop coronavirus – German minister

A third wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections has hit Germany and it will not be stopped by vaccinations alone, the German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, said on Friday.
FILE PHOTO - Vials labelled Astra Zeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo, in this illustration photo taken March 14, 2021. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

France suspends AstraZeneca coronavirus jabs

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France was suspending the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, pending a review of its safety by the European Medicines Agency.
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WHO approves J&J vaccine for emergency listing

The World Health Organization has approved the emergency-use listing of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the U.N. agency said on Friday, broadening access to the shots.
Denmark, Austria and four other European countries, have suspended the use of AstraZeneca vaccines over concerns relating to blood clotting.

Denmark, Austria, four other EU nations pause AstraZeneca vaccinations

Denmark, Austria and four other European countries, have suspended the use of AstraZeneca vaccines over concerns relating to blood clotting.
The comments by French Health Minister Olivier Véran came the day after Rome invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia.

France may block vaccine shipments – health minister

The comments by French Health Minister Olivier Véran came the day after Rome invoked European Union powers to block the export of 250,000 COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia, in a dramatic escalation of a dispute between the bloc and the drug giant.
MTV Base has postponed the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) Kampala 2021 Music Awards.

MAMA Kampala 2021 postponed over coronavirus

This, according to the organizers, is due to the concerns they have about the current health and safety challenges both on the continent and globally that significantly jeopardizes the ability of the campaign to continue to achieve its objectives.
FILE PHOTO - Empty vials of the second dose of the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine are pictured at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Agustin Marcarian-File Photo

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 91.6% effective in late-stage trial

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was 91.6% effective in preventing people from developing COVID-19, according to peer-reviewed results from its late-stage clinical trial published in The Lancent international medical journal on Tuesday.
A child disinfects his desk at the Don Milani school in the Vinovo district of Turin, Italy, earlier this month. Diego Puletto-Getty Images

Italy reopens schools amid vaccination drive to curb coronavirus spike

Italy on Thursday saw a massive return to class of 5.8 million kindergartens, primary and middle school kids as the country pressed ahead with its ongoing national vaccination campaign.

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Stakeholders in the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, Tuesday, unveiled a new agenda aimed at repositioning the organisation into purposeful, focused and result-oriented opposition body that would champion the cause of governance in Nigeria

De-registration: Supreme Court judgement binding only on NUP – CUPP

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has insisted that the recent Supreme Court judgement affirming the de-registration of 74 political parties is only binding on the National Unity Party (NUP).
Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Israel in Nigeria, Mr Yotam Kreiman, who presented the equipment in Abuja, said the donation was timely, in view of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Ramadan: Israel donates food items to support Nigerian Muslim families

The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria on Monday donated some food items to support some Muslim families in the on-going Ramadan fasting in the country.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born June 25, 1965) is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State.

Lagos to demolish shanties, takeover abandoned buildings

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday said that the government would continue to demolish shanties across the state.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: 21 officers killed by gunmen in Akwa Ibom

The commissioner of police in the state, Amiengheme Andrew, disclosed this on Monday while briefing Governor Udom Emmanuel who visited the police headquarters in the state to condole with the families of the slain officers and the police over the loss.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel says it is unsafe to reopen schools in the state in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Akwa Ibom governor donates N60 million to families of slain policemen

Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has donated N60 million to families of slain policemen by unknown gunmen in the state.

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A Nigerian police officer holds a bunch of handcuffs in Abuja on October 3, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun-Channels TV

Police arrest five ‘armed robbers’ in Abuja, recover stolen car

Amongst the suspects is: one Mohammed Musa 30 years a member of a notorious 4-man car snatching syndicate arrested by eagle-eyed Police detectives from Gwagwalada Division during a routine patrol on Friday 30th April, 2021.
The National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA, Tuesday, reiterated commitment to ensuring the eradication of Genetically Modified Organisms, (GMOs) in the country, as well as assuring Nigerians of safe products in the market.

NBMA reiterates commitment to clamp down on GMOs

The National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA, Tuesday, reiterated commitment to ensuring the eradication of Genetically Modified Organisms, (GMOs) in the country, as well as assuring Nigerians of safe products in the market.
People wait to cremate victims who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. REUTERS-Danish Siddiqui

India posts record daily rise in coronavirus deaths

India's coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours, a day after it became the second country to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections after the United states.

#EndSARS: Police commission receives report, pledges to probe abuses

The Police Service Commission has pledged to investigate alleged police misconduct contained in the report of the Action Group on Free Civic Space in Nigeria, which was presented to the commission in Abuja.
Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho drew praise from manager Brendan Rodgers after his superb display in Monday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

Ex-Tottenham boss: Kelechi Iheanacho is undroppable

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood is of the opinion that Kelechi Iheanacho is now an important member of the Leicester City squad and Brendan Rodgers cannot afford to drop him from the starting lineup.