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FILE PHOTO- A South African health worker receives the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination at the Khayelitsha Hospital near Cape Town, South Africa, February 17, 2021. Gianluigi Guercia-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

South Africa: Pfizer ‘still very good vaccine’ despite study

One of the South African government’s top advisers on COVID-19 vaccines said on Friday that the Pfizer shot was “still a very good vaccine”, despite a study showing the dominant local virus variant may reduce its protective antibodies.
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 study another worry for South Africa’s vaccine rollout

Scientists will meet on Thursday to advise South Africa’s government on its next steps after a study suggested the dominant local coronavirus variant may reduce protective antibodies from Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by two-thirds.
FILE PHOTO - The Pfizer logo is pictured outside a Pfizer office amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brussels, Belgium January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Yves Herman-File Photo

Pfizer sees $15 billion in 2021 sales from coronavirus vaccine

Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it expected to generate $15 billion, or about a quarter of its total revenue this year, from the sale of its COVID-19 vaccine that it has developed with German partner BioNTech.
People queue in front of a designated COVID-19 vaccination center at Dubai’s financial center district, in the United Arab Emirates, on January 24, 2021. – The emirate of Dubai has said it was slowing down its rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine due to a temporary delay in global deliveries. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Dubai slows down Pfizer vaccine rollout amid shipment delays

Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, began mass inoculations in December after the approval of vaccines by Chinese firm Sinopharm and US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
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.
Egyptian prosecutors opened an investigation into the deaths on Sunday of at least four coronavirus patients at a public Egyptian hospital, after a video of nurses struggling to keep the patients alive was shared widely on social media.

Egypt to probe four coronavirus deaths due to alleged lack of oxygen

Egyptian prosecutors opened an investigation into the deaths on Sunday of at least four coronavirus patients at a public Egyptian hospital, after a video of nurses struggling to keep the patients alive was shared widely on social media.
Daily coronavirus cases were in the single digits, down from a springtime peak of 238 that made the Navajo Nation a U.S. hot spot. The tribe, wanting to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine would be effective for its people, said it would welcome Pfizer clinical trials on its reservation spanning Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Fast rollout of coronavirus vaccine trials in US reveals tribal distrust

Daily coronavirus cases were in the single digits, down from a springtime peak of 238 that made the Navajo Nation a U.S. hot spot. The tribe, wanting to ensure a COVID-19 vaccine would be effective for its people, said it would welcome Pfizer clinical trials on its reservation spanning Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
South Korea announced Monday that it will extend a ban on direct flights from Britain until January 7 after three people who recently entered the country tested positive for the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in Britain.

South Korea extends Britain flight ban after positive tests of virus variant

South Korea announced Monday that it will extend a ban on direct flights from Britain until January 7 after three people who recently entered the country tested positive for the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in Britain.
“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.
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

Canada approves Moderna coronavirus vaccine, extends ban on flights from UK

Canada approved Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, the second country to do so, paving the way for health authorities to step up an inoculation campaign against a worsening second wave.
FILE PHOTO - Bob Atighechi administers the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination to Margaret Dubois, 87, a resident at The Reservoir nursing facility, in West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S., December 18, 2020. Stephen Dunn-Pool via REUTERS

U.S. coronavirus vaccination drive heads to nursing homes

The U.S. government and two of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains on Monday began a nationwide campaign to vaccinate nursing home residents against COVID-19, a week after the first vaccines authorized in the country went to healthcare workers.
FILE PHOTO - The exterior of EMA, European Medicines Agency is seen in Amsterdam, Netherlands December 18, 2020. REUTERS-Piroschka van de Wouw

EU clears Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for first inoculations

The European Union geared up to launch mass vaccinations against COVID-19 just after Christmas after the shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech cleared regulatory hurdles on Monday.
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.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

U.S. gets second coronavirus vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved for emergency use a second coronavirus vaccine produced by American biotechnology company, Moderna.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS-Cheriss May

Mike Pence gets COVID shot on TV as U.S. about to approve second vaccine

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence received his COVID-19 vaccine live on television on Friday, seeking to shore up public support for vaccinations as U.S. regulators were on the cusp of approving a second vaccine for emergency use.
Nurse Mark Carey receives one of the first vaccinations at Mt. Sinai Hospital from Pfizer-BioNTech during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 15, 2020. REUTERS-Carlo Allegri

Second U.S. vaccine ready to ship as coronavirus surge pushes hospitals to brink

An unrelenting U.S. coronavirus surge pushed hospitals further to their limits as the United States pressed on with its immunization rollout on Thursday and prepared to ship nearly 6 million doses of a new vaccine on the cusp of winning regulatory approval.
FILE PHOTO - Vials with a sticker reading, COVID-19 - Coronavirus vaccine - Injection only and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS-Dado Ruvic-Illustration-File Photo

U.S. FDA advisory panel sets stage for Moderna vaccine authorization

A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed emergency use of Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine, virtually assuring a second option for protecting against COVID-19 for a pandemic ravaged nation.
FILE PHOTO: Sammie Michael Dent, Jr., the grandson of Florence Bolton, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient that died on November 2nd at Roseland Community Hospital, looks at her casket at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, U.S., December 9, 2020. Picture taken December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Daily U.S. coronavirus deaths again top 3,000 as officials scurry to distribute vaccine

Daily U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 3,000 for the third time in a week as the country expanded its vaccination program and the U.S. Congress progressed toward approving financial relief for the pandemic-stricken country.
China is conducting clinical trials of 11 vaccines against the coronavirus disease, four of which are in phase 3, the country’s Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang said on Friday.

Saudi Arabia gets first shipment of coronavirus vaccine – minister

Saudi Arabia has received the first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine, Minister of Health, Tawfiq al-Rabiah, said on Wednesday.

Oil prices ease on surprise build in US inventory, demand worries

Oil prices dropped on Wednesday on a surprise gain in crude oil inventories in the United States and as investors continued to worry about demand for fuel being squeezed amid tighter lockdowns in Europe to counter the coronavirus pandemic.
Justin Sambol, right, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Ambulatory Care Technician Sady Ferguson, at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School for COVID-19 at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., December 15, 2020. Kirsten Luce/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. vaccine reaches more workers on pandemic’s front lines

The United States extended its rollout of the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, inoculating healthcare workers as part of a massive campaign to protect all Americans and contain a U.S. outbreak that has killed more than 300,000 people.
The US public will start receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from Monday after it was authorised for emergency use, officials say.

EU regulator set to approve Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on December 23

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is set to approve its first COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 23, a German government source told Reuters on Tuesday, putting EU countries on track to start to catch up with the United States and Britain, where immunisation campaigns are under way.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the appointment of Mr. Alexander Ayoola Okoh as the Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for a second term of four years in accordance with the provision of Section 17 (1)(a) and (2)(a) of the Public Enterprise (Privatization & Commercialization) Act, 1999.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday that “the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are continuing as planned.”

IOC welcomes Pfizer, BioNTech’s donation of vaccines to Olympic Games teams

As part of the plans to ensure safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to donate doses of the companies COVID-19 vaccine to Games participants from National Olympic and Paralympic Committees around the world.
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Akwa Ibom governor: Killers of Ini Umoren will not go unpunished

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Unknown gunmen kill top Kogi official

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First Bank clarifies boards’ reconstitution

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