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FILE PHOTO: South African Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms the first case of Coronavirus in South Africa at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, March 5, 2020. Reuters/ Sumaya Hisham

South Africa says downpayments to J&J, Pfizer not refundable

The South African government’s downpayments to Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccines are not refundable under any circumstances, its health minister said on Wednesday, describing the condition as onerous.
Johnson & Johnson's single dose COVID-19 shot is the fourth to be endorsed for use in the EU after vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford University and Moderna.

South Africa suspends J&J vaccine rollout

South Africa on Tuesday suspended the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine over potential blood clot risks reported by the United States, the health minister said.
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has commended the Nigerian military over recent gains recorded against Boko Haram’s fighters in Gwoza and the road leading to the northern part of the State.

Osun governor: Babagana Zulum a man of strong character, conviction

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has described his Borno State counterpart, Prof. Babagana Zulum, as a man of strong character and conviction who is determined to carry on despite the daunting security challenges in his domain.
FILE PHOTO: Workers unload a shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tripoli, Libya, April 4, 2021. REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed/File Photo

Libya launches coronavirus vaccination drive after delays

Libya’s new unity government launched a long-delayed COVID-19 vaccination programme on Saturday after receiving some 160,000 vaccine doses over the past week, with the prime minister receiving his jab on live television.
A letter signed by the Secretary General of the Presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, said ordered the justice minister to investigate the management of funds allocated to the fight against a pandemic that has so far killed more than 850 Cameroonians.

Cameroon to probe ’embezzlement’ of coronavirus funds

Campaign group Human Rights Watch raised concern last month about what it called the “scant transparency” in the management of funds, although transparency was a pre-condition for getting loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to tackle the pandemic.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

Indonesia reports coronavirus case with ‘Eek’ mutation

Indonesia has reported its first case of a more transmissible new variant of the coronavirus known for reducing vaccine protection, but the government on Tuesday said vaccines being used in the country could withstand the mutation.
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.
The herbal medicine developed by Malagasy Institute of Applied Research and branded COVID-Organics, contains Artemisia - a plant on the Island used in the fight against malaria.

Madagascar forgoes local herb, joins Covax

Madagascar’s health minister on Thursday announced the country had joined the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme, following through with a recent pledge to roll out jabs after months of resistance from the president.
The Senate has described as “erroneous” report that it approved fresh loan of N850 billion at the plenary on Tuesday.

Senate summons health minister, others over needles, syringes importation

The Senate joint committees on Health and Industry Trade and Investment, have summoned the Ministers of Health and Trade and Investment – Osagie Ehanire and Niyi Adebayo, respectively.
People gather to inspect damaged train cars after two passenger trains collided. Mahmoud Maqboul/dpa

32 dead after Egypt passenger trains collide

At least 32 people were killed and 66 injured Friday when two passenger trains collided in southern Egypt, the health ministry said, the latest deadly rail accident to hit the country.
Zimbabwe's anti graft police last month recovered about 40 boxes of Covid-19 test kits worth thousands of dollars stolen from a public hospital in Bulawayo, the country's second city.

Zimbabwe’s coronavirus fightback hamstrung by graft

Zimbabwe's anti graft police last month recovered about 40 boxes of Covid-19 test kits worth thousands of dollars stolen from a public hospital in Bulawayo, the country's second city.
The highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that is predominant in the United Kingdom may be up to 70 percent more deadly than previous strains, according to a report by the government’s scientific advisers.

New tests could halve time it takes to detect COVID-19 variants

A new technology that can rapidly detect whether a positive COVID-19 test sample contains a known variant has been trailed by the British Government.
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.

Nurse dies after AstraZeneca vaccination

A nurse was reportedly dead on Friday after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine in Georgia’s southwestern city of Akhaltsikhe on Thursday.
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

Somalia receives 300 000 doses of coronavirus vaccine

Somalia on Monday received its first shipment of 300 000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, destined for frontline workers and those most at risk from Covid-19, the government said in a statement.
Britain said on Wednesday it was helping Kenya prepare to roll out the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University, as African nations race to ensure their populations are inoculated.

Ireland halts AstraZeneca vaccine

Ireland on Sunday became the latest country to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns about patients developing post-jab blood clots, as nations across the world sought to step up their Covid-19 immunisation drives.
People walk past a street sign reading "Always use the mask for you and the others" in the red zone town of Frosinone, as tighter restrictions have been introduced after an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Frosinone, central Italy, March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Italy’s health minister expects coronavirus cases to start falling in late spring

Italy is seeing a steady rise in coronavirus infections but a national vaccination campaign and tougher restrictions mean numbers should start improving in late spring, the health minister said
Gendarmerie officers stand guard at the gate of the new Salt government hospital in the city of Salt, Jordan March 13, 2021. REUTERS-Muath Freij

Jordan health minister sacked after oxygen outage kills seven coronavirus patients

Jordan’s health minister was dismissed on Saturday after seven people died following an oxygen outage in a hospital treating coronavirus patients, and police were deployed to hold
Malaysian police officers have been mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or leave the force.

Malaysian police to get coronavirus vaccine or quit

Malaysian police officers have been mandated to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or leave the force.
Demonstrators clash with policemen during a protest against corruption and lacks in the health system, demanding the resignation of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez, in Asuncion, on March 5, 2021. NORBERTO DUARTE - AFP

Paraguay protests erupt over government handling of coronavirus

Protestors angry over the Paraguay government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis clashed with police late Friday, with shops ransacked and cars set on fire.
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.
Nigeria commenced its COVID-19 vaccination on Friday with Cyprian Nyong, a medical doctor from the National Hospital, Abuja, being the first person to receive the jab of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.

Health workers take first shots as coronavirus vaccination begins

COVID-19 vaccination commenced in Nigeria yesterday with frontline healthcare workers in Abuja taking the first shots from the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in the country last Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO - A woman walks with her dog at the Volkspark Friedrichshain, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Berlin, Germany March 2, 2021. REUTERS-Annegret Hilse

Germany to ease coronavirus curbs, ramp up vaccinations

German authorities are expected on Wednesday to announce a gradual easing of coronavirus curbs, seeking a balance between the needs of public health and the economy as the

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The Registrar-General-Chief Executive, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Alhaji Garba Abubakar, yesterday said all accredited customers must revalidate their accreditation with the commission before the end of March or have their accounts suspended.

CAC aims to register new company within three hours

The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it will be possible for companies in Nigeria to be registered within three hours, before the end of 2021.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Ramadan: Gombe governor calls for fervent prayers against insecurity

Muslim communities have been called upon to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.

Senator Okorocha’s arrest a political witch-hunt – Igbo youth group

Igbo Youths For Equity, a coalition of Igbo youth groups, has condemned Tuesday’s arrest of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
1. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.

VP Osinbajo presides as FEC mourns ex-minister Mahmud Tukur

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja.
Leader of the group and National President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, confirmed told newsmen, Wednesday, that he was invited by the DSS, adding he had concluded arrangements to be at DSS headquarters on Wednesday morning in honor the invitation.

DSS invites youth leader over planned protest at Abuja airport

Leader of the group and National President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, confirmed told newsmen, Wednesday, that he was invited by the DSS, adding he had concluded arrangements to be at DSS headquarters on Wednesday morning in honor the invitation.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday in an FCT High Court in Maitama, re-arraigned a deputy director with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Emenike Umesi, for alleged misappropriation of N54.3 million.

EFCC arrests IT expert, six others for ‘internet fraud’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Office, has arrested an Information Technology (IT) expert and six others for alleged internet fraud.
Schwab blamed an 'issue created by a software enhancement' for erroneously transferring $1.2m in February to the Fidelity account of Kelyn Spadoni, rather than the $82.56 she had requested, according to a lawsuit [File: Christopher Lee/Bloomberg]

US company mistakenly deposits $1.2 million into woman’s account

It’s not quite the nearly $1 billion blunder that Citigroup Inc. made last summer, but Charles Schwab Corp. said it accidentally sent more than $1 million dollars to the Fidelity Brokerage Services account of a woman in Louisiana.
FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stands as European Council President Charles Michel and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan take seats in Ankara, Turkey April 6, 2021, in this screengrab obtained by Reuters. European Union/via REUTERS TV

EU chief says he’s sleeping badly after sofa gaffe in Turkey

European Council President Charles Michel is suffering from bad nights due to his embarrassment over a seating arrangement incident at a meeting in Ankara this week, he told German newspaper Handelsblatt.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Atiku group tasks Senate president to pass amended electoral act

The Atiku Support Organisation has tasked Senate President Ahmad Lawan to ensure the passage of the Amended Electoral Act.
Popular Nigerian television presenter, Rachel Bakam, has passes on.

Popular TV presenter passes on in Abuja

Popular Nigerian television presenter, Rachel Bakam, has passes on