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FILE PHOTO - A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang-File Photo

WHO approves China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

The World Health Organization on Friday approved the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use — the first Chinese jab to receive the WHO’s green light.
The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says people may need to get vaccinated with a third shot of its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as immunity against the virus wanes.

Coronavirus: Third shot needed to boost immunity – BioNTech co-founder

The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech, Ozlem Tureci, says people may need to get vaccinated with a third shot of its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as immunity against the virus wanes.
The United States should resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for all adults, an independent advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

US: CDC committee backs Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

The United States should resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for all adults, an independent advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. There is a small risk of a rare type of blood clot in women under 50, and health officials should warn patients of that risk, the committee stressed during its deliberations.
Malawi will destroy over 16 000 expired coronavirus vaccines donated to the impoverished country by the African Union three weeks before their use-by-date, a health official said on Wednesday.

Report: 905 million coronavirus shots administered worldwide

No fewer than 905 million COVID-19 shots have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data (OWID).
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.

Israeli study: South African variant may ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine protection

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed.
Pharmacists prepare syringes with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for Covid-19 in Detroit on Monday.Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News, via Associated Press

U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine after clotting cases

Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination.
Chinese police have uncovered a number of cases involving production and distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccines with doses up to 58,000, the country’s prosecutor general’s office said on Wednesday.

Single coronavirus vaccine dose gives improved protection to elders – researchers

A single dose of a coronavirus vaccine has given substantial protection to elderly care home residents in England, researchers have said.
Online publications linked to Russian intelligence agencies have been spreading false or misleading information about coronavirus vaccines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an official at the US Department of State’s Global Engagement Center

Israeli researchers: Vaccination of pregnant women could protect babies

Pregnant women vaccinated against COVID-19 could pass along protection to their babies in the womb, according to a new study in Israel.

Research: Vaccination of pregnant women could protect their babies

Pregnant women vaccinated against COVID-19 could pass along protection to their babies in the womb, according to a new study in Israel.
Nearly everyone who got their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine got their second dose within the recommended window, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC: People aren’t missing their second coronavirus vaccine dose

Nearly everyone who got their first dose of a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine got their second dose within the recommended window, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.

AstraZeneca: ‘No evidence’ of higher blood clots risk from coronavirus vaccine

UK-based pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca insisted on Friday its coronavirus vaccine was safe after some countries suspended its use in response to concerns about a potential link to blood clots.
“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, Bahrain leaders discuss Iran, possible vaccine plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine plant in Israel, the two countries said.
A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches its inoculation campaign, at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo, Japan February 17, 2021. Behrouz Mehri-Pool via REUTERS

Pfizer, BioNTech start testing coronavirus vaccine in pregnant women

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have started an international study with 4,000 volunteers to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine in healthy pregnant women, the companies said on Thursday.
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.

UK study: Kent variant may be 70 percent more deadly

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.
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.

Minister: South Africa open to sell or swap AstraZeneca vaccines

South Africa is considering trading its doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine, which may be less effective against a local virus variant, and beginning its inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson shots instead, the health minister said Wednesday.
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.

AstraZeneca vaccine less effective against South African variant – study

The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine appeared to offer only limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African variant of COVID-19, the results of a new trial have suggested.
A French lab will start producing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in March, while another will begin making the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech in April, Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said Wednesday.

French labs to produce Moderna, Pfizer coronavirus vaccines

A French lab will start producing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in March, while another will begin making the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech in April, Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said Wednesday. President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday...
The announcement comes after Saudi’s Health Minister, Tawfiq al-Rabiah warned on Sunday that new coronavirus restrictions could be imposed if citizens and residents do not comply with health restrictions.

Saudi bars entry of citizens from 20 countries amid coronavirus surge

Saudi Arabia has suspended entry of foreigners from 20 countries, in a bid to curb a jump in coronavirus infections.
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination centre opened at the Yandex Go centre for drivers and couriers in Moscow, Russia January 27, 2021. REUTERS

WHO: Pregnant women may receive coronavirus vaccines safely

The World Health Organization on Friday changed its guidance for pregnant women considering a Covid-19 vaccine, abandoning opposition to immunization for most expectant mothers unless they were at high risk.
FILE PHOTO - A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

WHO okays six-week delay for Moderna coronavirus booster shot

The World Health Organisation, WHO, has okayed delaying the second injections of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for up to six weeks in exceptional situations, such as limited vaccine supplies, just as it recommended for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
FILE PHOTO - Bill Gates, Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 25, 2018. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse

Bill Gates sees 6-8 month lag for poor countries to get coronavirus shots

Poorer countries face a best-case scenario of a 6-8 month lag behind richer nations in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines to protect their populations against the pandemic disease, the philanthropist Bill Gates said on Wednesday.
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.

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Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has issued an apology for his penalty miss against Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero apologises after embarrassing penalty miss vs Chelsea

It was a surprising slip from the usually unerring Argentine, but it was in keeping with a torrid season for the Premier League leaders from 12 yards out and contributed to a 2-1 defeat that prevented City from claiming the title.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has issued an apology for his penalty miss against Chelsea.

Manchester City boss reacts to Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss vs Chelsea

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reacted to Sergio Aguero’s shocking penalty miss during Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday.
5. President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday night received Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, shortly after he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progresives Congress (APC).

Ebonyi governor: Igbos can’t solve problems by insulting the president, others

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has urged the Igbos to stop insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders from other regions.
Superstar South African rapper, Kiernan Forbes, has stated that he is not a suspect in the ongoing investigation into the death of his fiancée, Nellie Tembe, by the South African Police.

AKA: I’m not a suspect in my fiancée’s murder investigation

Superstar South African rapper, Kiernan Forbes, has stated that he is not a suspect in the ongoing investigation into the death of his fiancée, Nellie Tembe, by the South African Police.
Neymar has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain that will take him through until 2025 at Parc des Princes, the club has confirmed.

Neymar: I am happy and proud to remain at PSG

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President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over a high-level security meeting at the State House over the rising insecurity in the country. In attendance are Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as well as Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, Ministers, Service Chiefs, acting Inspector-General of Police and Intelligence chiefs.

President Buhari urges journalists to use press freedom responsibly

On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, observed globally every May 3, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his commitment to freedom of the press even as he urged media professionals to wield the freedom responsibly, and without licentiousness.
Pep Guardiola admits his Manchester City players are tired after their huge Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain as they aim to take a big step towards the Premier League title.

Manchester City boss reflects on journey to Champions League final

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City’s ultimate target is now in sight after guiding the club to their first UEFA Champions League final.
Director of Information, National Assembly Abuja, Rawlings Agada, has said the sum of N37 billion, approved for the renovation of the National assembly complex may not be enough for the work.

National Assembly to repeal NIPOST Act

Barring any last-minute change, the National Assembly (NASS) has concluded plans to repeal the establishing law of the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) and re-enact the law to grant the agency the status of a commission.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police: FCT not under attack by terrorists

Owing to anxiety among residents of the Federal Capital Territory created by a viral publication detailing how scores of unknown persons on motorbikes swarmed parts of Abuja metropolis in the wee hours of Sunday morning, the Police Command in Abuja has reassured that the FCT is not under attack by terrorists.
The second edition of the African Minifootball Confederation (AMC) Cup of Nations has been scheduled to hold in Ibadan the capital of Oyo state in Nigeria from July 8-17.

Nigeria hosts six-nation Aisha Buhari Cup

Six of the best women football playing nations in Africa, including South Africa, Cameroun, Mali, Morocco, and Ghana will converge on Nigeria for the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament billed to hold in September.