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The new elected Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader Armin Laschet speaks after being elected at the party's 33rd congress, held online because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, January 16, 2021. REUTERS

Centrist Laschet picked to lead Merkel’s divided CDU party

Germany’s Christian Democrats elected Armin Laschet as chairman on Saturday, aiming to unify their divided party behind a centrist who they hope can succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor when she steps down after federal elections in September.
Acting Catalan regional leader, Pere Aragones, arrives to a meeting with parliamentary groups to postpone the Catalan elections in the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain January 15, 2021. REUTERS-Nacho Doce

Spain’s Catalonia postpones election due to coronavirus surge

Catalonia on Friday postponed a parliamentary election scheduled for Feb. 14 until May 30 because of a surge in coronavirus cases that has pushed hospital occupancy in the restive northeastern region of Spain to one of the highest levels in the country.
FILE PHOTO - John Elphinstone receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Marianne Stewart, a practice nurse, at the Pentland Medical Practice, in Currie, Scotland, Britain January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Russell Cheyne-Pool

Britain targets 24/7 coronavirus vaccinations to speed rollout

AstraZeneca executives said the company was on track to deliver 2 million doses a week before mid-February, and Johnson said the availability of more shots would be crucial to scaling up to a round-the-clock service.
Medical workers stand next to an ambulance, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), outside Royal London Hospital, in London, Britain January 11, 2021. REUTERS-Hannah McKay

No national shortage of oxygen for coronavirus patients – UK health minister

There is no national shortage of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients but some may have to go to different hospitals when local capacity has been used up, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.
A sign is pictured outside the Millennium Point Vaccination Centre, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Birmingham, Britain, January 11, 2021. REUTERS-Carl Recine

Premier: UK in ‘race against time’ as it faces worst weeks of pandemic

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday Britain was in “a race against time” to roll out COVID-19 vaccines as deaths hit record highs and hospitals ran out of oxygen, and his top medical adviser said the pandemic’s worst weeks were imminent.
Chitalu Chilufya, 48, was held in June following accusations he used ill-gotten gains to acquire property.

Zambia president fires health minister

Zambia’s presidency on Sunday announced the sacking of the country’s health minister, arrested for alleged graft last year but cleared of charges.
Zimbabwean journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin'ono was arrested on Friday on charges of communicating false information, his third arrest inside six months, his lawyer said.

Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin’ono to spend weekend in jail after tweet

Zimbabwe police have re-arrested award-winning journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin'ono, as well as one of his defenders, for allegedly posting false information on social media, prosecutors and lawyers said.
FILE PHOTO - An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S., December 21, 2020. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz-File Photo

Britain approves Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for use

Britain’s medical regulator on Friday approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use, the health ministry said, adding that it had agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses of the shot as it eyed a spring rollout of the shot.
A woman walks past the closed Folies Bergeres theatre in Paris as part of COVID-19 restrictions measures to fight the coronavirus disease outbreak in France, January 7, 2021. REUTERS-Christian Hartmann

Restaurants, ski resorts kept closed as France accelerates coronavirus shots

France will keep its restaurants, cinemas and ski resorts closed while it cranks up its COVID-19 vaccination rollout because the coronavirus is still spreading too fast and hospitals remain under severe pressure, Prime Minister Jean Castex said.
The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles will on Sunday be among the first African nations to begin vaccinating its population against the coronavirus.

Seychelles to begin coronavirus vaccination with Chinese drug

The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles will on Sunday be among the first African nations to begin vaccinating its population against the coronavirus.
Former MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Sumana Bagbin of the NDC has been elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

Ghana’s parliament elects NDC’s Nadowli Bagbin as speaker

Former MP for Nadowli Kaleo, Alban Sumana Bagbin of the NDC has been elected Speaker of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran said Tuesday the nation was going to “amplify, accelerate and simplify” its COVID-19 vaccination program after coming under fire for the initial slow roll out of the program.

France details plan to accelerate coronavirus vaccinations

In an interview with French radio, Veran said more than 2,000 doctors, nurses and other health care workers have received vaccinations. He also announced that firefighters and home aid workers age 50 and older would also be prioritized “because they are also professionals who are in contact with fragile people and who may have to work with the sick."
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.
South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize

South Africa trying to get coronavirus vaccines as soon as February – minister

South Africa is trying to get COVID-19 vaccines as soon as February, but the timing will depend on bilateral negotiations with pharmaceutical companies, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Sunday.
India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine.

India’s approval of own coronavirus vaccine criticised for lack of data

India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine.
Egypt has approved the use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharma giant Sinopharm with its rollout to start later in January, the health minister said.

Egypt approves Chinese Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

Egypt has approved the use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharma giant Sinopharm with its rollout to start later in January, the health minister said.
FILE PHOTO - A medic administers COVAXIN, an Indian government-backed experimental COVID-19 vaccine, to a health worker during its trials, at the Gujarat Medical Education & Research Society in Ahmedabad, India, November 26, 2020. REUTERS-Amit Dave

India’s approval of homegrown vaccine criticised over lack of data

India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa wears a protective face mask as he has his temperature taken upon his arrival for the burial ceremony of Zimbabwe's agriculture minister, Perrance Shiri, at the National Heroes Acre on 31 July 2020, in Harare.

Zimbabwe reintroduces ‘stiff’ national coronavirus lockdown measures

Zimbabwe's government on Saturday imposed a national lockdown with immediate effect, following a surge in Covid-19 cases, creating a major problem for most citizens who rely on the informal employment sector.

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says ensuring an indivisible Nigeria and safeguarding its sovereignty were the cardinal objectives and mandate of the force, Air Marshall, Sadeeq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), said in Yola.

NAF loses personnel as troops neutralise 30 bandits in Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has lost one of its Special Forces (SF) personnel in a gun battle as troops of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ neutralised 30 bandits at Maje Riverline near Yar-Katsina, Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara.
Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January with the spread of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too long to declare an international emergency, an independent panel reviewing the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has said.

COVID review panel critical of China, WHO delay

Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January with the spread of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too long to declare an international emergency, an independent panel reviewing the global handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has said.
However, speaking in a telephone interview with newmen during the weekend, SOKAPU’s president, Jonathan Asake, said his group “is not positive” towards the prospects of the peace-building efforts.

SOKAPU: Those who threatened Bishop Kukah must be arrested

The Southern Kaduna people under the aegis of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union have reacted to the threat to the life of Bishop Mathew Kukah.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

NPHCDA boss: Coronavirus vaccines won’t alter your DNA, do not contain microchips

The Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, has dismissed reports that COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips and alter human genetic information.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Edo: 143 doctors, other health workers infected with coronavirus

The number of health workers, including doctors infected with COVID-19 in Edo State has risen to 143, in the wake of the second wave of the pandemic.