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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.
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.

WHO: Cancer cases in Africa doubled in last 20 years

The number of cancer cases in Africa has doubled in the past 20 years, the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Matshidiso Moeti, has said.
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WHO: Cancer cases in Africa hits 846,000

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that cancer cases have more than doubled in the African region, from 338,000 cases reported in 2002 to almost 846,000 cases in 2020.
National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Executive Secretary, Dr Faisal Shuaib, at national sensitisation programme on COVID-19 vaccines for Muslim scholars and Imams in Nigeria with His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.

NPHCDA: No vaccine will be brought to Nigeria without certification

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has declared that no vaccine would be brought to Nigeria unless certified safe and effective.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the first Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting for the year 2021 at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari calls for improved fire safety standards

President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for improved fire safety standards to forestall frequency of fire disasters across the country.
Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester from Northwell Health at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, U.S., December 14, 2020. Mark Lennihan/Pool via REUTERS

First Americans vaccinated as U.S. death toll passes 300,000

An intensive care unit nurse became the first person in the United States to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, calling it a sign that “healing is coming,” as the U.S. coronavirus death toll crossed a staggering 300,000 lives lost.
The President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Architect Ibrahim Kabir, Saturday, warned that without adequate food the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation will worsen as government fights to contain its spread in the country.

Borno killings: AFAN expresses sadness, says disaster looms in food system

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Monday, expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State on Saturday while on their farms by Boko Haram insurgents.
The World Health Organization, WHO has urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-togethers as the year comes to a close.

WHO warns of coronavirus surge in Nigeria, other Africa countries

The World Health Organization, WHO, has urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-togethers as the year comes to a close.
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland January 30, 2020. REUTERS

Coronavirus: WHO urges greater vigilance in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, especially in Africa, where many families are planning get-together as the year comes to a close.
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Japan on ‘maximum alert’ after record coronavirus cases

Japan is on “maximum alert” after logging a record number of daily coronavirus infections, its prime minister said Thursday, though no immediate restrictions are planned.

UN urges countries to strengthen health system to reduce diabetes mortality

UN has urged countries around the world to strengthen health system as the number of people with diabetes surges while many are at “increased risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19”.

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Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday, and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion, island’s Defence Ministry said.

China and Taiwan’s arms build-up

Taiwan’s mass production of a long-range missile last month as part of the plan to modernise its military has once again underscored how large and real the Chinese threat of annexation of the island nation has become.
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Two people killed in fiery Tesla crash with no one driving

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Protesters shot dead by police at Bangladesh power plant

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Minister: Rail transportation awakening giant to help run government

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