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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.

Experts raise concerns over India’s stoppage of AstraZeneca vaccine exports

India, one of the world’s largest producers of vaccines, last week temporarily halted all exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine that it manufactures, citing the need to prioritise its own domestic needs in the face of rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the Serum Institute of India, SII, which produces Novavax and AstraZeneca vaccines also warned that raw material shortages were affecting their production.
Gov. Seyi Makinde was inoculated with Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at exactly 12.20 p.m.

Oyo rolls out coronavirus vaccination programme

The Oyo State Government on Wednesday joined other states across Nigeria to rollout the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Borno begins coronavirus vaccination with frontline workers

Borno state government on Thursday begun its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with frontline workers who received their vaccination at the Maiduguri Nursing Home.
Members of the World Health Organization team arriving at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China on Wednesday. The center houses a state-of-the-art laboratory known for its research on coronaviruses. Thomas Peter-Reuters

WHO’s Wuhan probe ends amid US-China bickering over coronavirus origin

Bickering between China and the United States over the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic has continued even after the World Health Organisation, WHO, wrapped up its field work in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
“There is no evidence that the virus originated there’’ but hypothetically, there are all conditions for the spread of the virus there,“ Vladimir Dedkov, a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) expert team, was quoted as saying.

WHO official: No evidence coronavirus originated from China

A Russian expert on Saturday said Wuhan’s Huanan seafood market may have made it possible for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread, but it does not mean the virus originated there.
Members of the World Health Organization team arriving at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China on Wednesday. The center houses a state-of-the-art laboratory known for its research on coronaviruses. Thomas Peter-Reuters

Wuhan lab denies it leaked coronavirus as WHO team probes virus origin

There was no accidental leakage of disease from a Chinese laboratory with a history of studying coronaviruses, an international team investigating the origins of COVID-19 has been told.
Security members keep watch outside Wuhan Institute of Virology as members of the World Health Organization (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive for a visit in Wuhan on Wednesday [Reuters]

WHO-led coronavirus probe team in China visits Wuhan virus lab

A team of investigators working on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) has visited a major virus research laboratory in China’s central city of Wuhan and is scheduled to meet a top virologist, as they continue to seek clues to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Peter Ben Embarek, a member of the WHO team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, arrives with his team at Baishazhou market in Wuhan, China, January 31, 2021. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

WHO team visits Wuhan market where first coronavirus infections detected

A World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 visited Huanan market on Sunday, the wholesale seafood centre in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the new coronavirus was initially detected.
Peter Ben Embarek and Marion Koopmans, members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, sit on a bus as they leave their quarantine hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that took first coronavirus patients

The team of World Health Organisation experts investigating the origins of the coronavirus met staff Saturday at the Wuhan hospital that received the first confirmed Covid-19 cases, before a scheduled tour of a propaganda exhibition celebrating China’s recovery from the pandemic.
Members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic leave their quarantine hotel in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 28, 2021. REUTERS-Thomas Peter

WHO says team in Wuhan to visit labs, markets and hospitals

A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic will meet Chinese scientists on Friday and plans to visit labs, markets and hospitals in Wuhan, the WHO said.
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US claims Wuhan lab researchers had coronavirus symptoms before first reported cases

The US says it has intelligence that researchers in a Wuhan lab became sick with COVID-19-like symptoms in autumn 2019 - before the first identified case of the outbreak.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. Saul Loeb-Pool via REUTERS

US: China has something to hide on coronavirus’ origin

United States’ Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, said the US would continue to call for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19.

NAUTH: We’re prepared to contain second coronavirus wave

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic should not be a source of worry to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) and its host communities as measures are already in place to contain its spread, according to Dr Joseph Ugboaja, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the institution.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, speaking yesterday while being briefed on the report by a team of scientists. (Tolani Alli)

Nigerian scientists brief VP Osinbajo on potential drug for coronavirus

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has welcomed efforts by a team of Nigerian professors and scientists investigating the effectiveness of, and roles that Ivermectin drug can play in the treatment of the Coronavirus disease.
Professor Remi Raii, poet, scholar and former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, has recovered from the novel coronavirus.

Prof. Raji: How I recovered from coronavirus

According to the Professor of English at the University of Ibadan, when he had some feverish symptoms on 10 December 2020, he had thought it was a mere “anatomical disturbance that Paracetamol could banish easily overnight.” But little did he know that he had contracted the dreaded coronavirus.
Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, made this known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press conference held in Abuja on Tuesday.

Nigerian government to introduce coronavirus vaccine February ending

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said Nigerian government has good intention for all Nigerians as it plans to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of February and early March 2021.
FILE PHOTO: Visitors attend an exhibition on the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that previously served as a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, Hubei province, China December 31, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo

China doubles down on coronavirus narrative as WHO investigation looms

As a team from the World Health Organization (WHO) prepares to visit China to investigate the origins of COVID-19, Beijing has stepped up efforts not only to prevent new outbreaks, but also shape the narrative about when and where the pandemic began.
People attend Ash Wednesday mass inside the Church of the Assumption in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria February 26, 2020. REUTERS-Nyancho NwaNri-File Photo

Coronavirus second wave: Nigerian government reluctant to shut down worship centres – professor

A Professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, says the government has not been able to shut down worship centres amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic because the government is afraid of religious leaders in Nigeria.
On Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President announced 10-year Golden Visas for them.

UAE approves 10-year visa for doctors, engineers, students

On Sunday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President announced 10-year Golden Visas for them.
President Donald Trump speaks April 4 during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. Patrick Semansky-AP Photo

Donald Trump: Evidence ties coronavirus to Wuhan lab

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened new tariffs against Beijing after claiming there is evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in China’s ground-zero city of Wuhan.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

Mike Pompeo: China may have known of coronavirus in November

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Registered nurse Heather Hoppe receives a flu vaccination in the trial clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital on April 20, 2020 in Perth, Australia. Healthcare workers in Western Australia are participating in a new trial to test whether an existing tuberculosis vaccine can help reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19.PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Registered nurse Heather Hoppe receives a flu vaccination in the trial clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital on April 20, 2020 in Perth, Australia. Healthcare workers in Western Australia are participating in a new trial to test whether an existing tuberculosis vaccine can help reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19. Paul Kane/Getty Images

Oxford University pushing science to the limit in vaccine hunt

Oxford University is launching a human trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine, with the daunting aim of making a successful jab available to the public later this year.

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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.

Nigeria records 67 new coronavirus infections, no fatalities

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 67 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 164,147 with 154,304 recoveries.
Kaduna state government has said further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicated that 39 students are currently unaccounted for.

Official: Kaduna government won’t join issues with abducted students’ parents

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said on Friday that the state government shared the pains of the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
Peru’s Congress on Friday voted to ban former president Martin Vizcarra, implicated in a scandal over Covid-19 vaccinations, from holding public office for 10 years.

Peru’s ex-president banned from public office

Peru’s Congress on Friday voted to ban former president Martin Vizcarra, implicated in a scandal over Covid-19 vaccinations, from holding public office for 10 years.

Zamfara: Group raises alarm over high rate of rape, sexual assaults

Worried by the high rate of rape in Zamfara State, a civil society organization (CSO) known as Human Rights Defender and Advocacy Center is seriously mounting pressure on the State Government to establish a commission that can address the cases of rape in the state.
Phil Foden is a “magician” and the natural heir to David Silva at Manchester City, says Pep Guardiola, with any suitors warned that €500 million (£450m-$550m) would not be enough to land the teenage midfielder.

Manchester City ready to hand new £100,000-a-week deal to Phil Foden

The Mirror says City are believed to be preparing a new contract offer for Foden as the club look to reward the midfielder for his influential performances.

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Senior lawyers back governors rejection of Executive Order 10

Human rights lawyer Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday, said state governors have the right to ignore Executive Order 10 in their implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in their states.
FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle clears the ground of past footprints to be able to see new traces of activity in Calexico, California, U.S., April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Allison Dinner

White House official says Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to increase troops on borders

The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to place more troops on their borders, a White House official told Reuters on Monday amid the growing number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Veteran Nigerian actor, director and movie producer, Prince Jide Kosoko, says he never envisaged being a polygamist but it is the will of God for him.

Jide Kosoko: I did not become a polygamist by choice

Veteran Nigerian actor, director and movie producer, Prince Jide Kosoko, says he never envisaged being a polygamist but it is the will of God for him.
Director General of the centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta who said this in Abuja during the official launch of the Nigerian women for Liquefied Petroleum Gas project, said this was in a bid to improve women’s livelihoods, survival, clean environment, as well as pulling millions of households out of poverty.

NCWD: 99 million Nigerian women to benefit from oil, gas in three years

Director General of the centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta who said this in Abuja during the official launch of the Nigerian women for Liquefied Petroleum Gas project, said this was in a bid to improve women’s livelihoods, survival, clean environment, as well as pulling millions of households out of poverty.
Both Governor Simon Lalong and Senator Gyang have noted that the purported invitation for the turbaning of one Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi as Sarkin Kerana is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the people of the North-Central State.

Governor Lalong: Killing of miners an attempt to destabilize Plateau

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has criticised the killing of eight miners in an attack at a mining site in Kuru, Jos South Local Government Area.