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2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

NIDS: Vaccination most effective to combat coronavirus

The Nigeria Infectious Diseases Society (NIDS) has described vaccination as a most effective way to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19.
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.

UNICEF urges Nigerians to stop spreading rumours, get vaccinated

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged Nigerians to get vaccinated against the novel Coronavirus instead of spreading rumours about the efficacy of vaccine which is to prevent the virus.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus

WHO: Coronavirus pandemic long way from over

The Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said transmission of the COVID-19 virus was being driven by what he described as confusion, complacency, and inconsistency in public health measures.
China's women's football team have booked their spot at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021 after beating South Korea 4-3 on aggregate in the Asian Olympic Qualifier Final.

China beat South Korea to seal Tokyo Olympics spot

China’s women sealed a last-ditch spot at the Tokyo Olympics football Tuesday by squeezing past South Korea 4-3 on aggregate, a thrilling conclusion to a qualifying campaign dogged by coronavirus delays.
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.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 24, 2020 a person unpacks a special refrigerated box of Moderna Covid-19 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020. – An American pharmacist who allegedly destroyed hundreds of coronavirus vaccine doses last month was an “admitted conspiracy theorist” and believed in a baseless rumour about their safety, authorities have said. Steven Brandenburg removed 57 vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, each containing around 10 doses, from refrigerators at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, in an attempt to destroy them because he believed — wrongly — that they were dangerous and could alter human DNA. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP)

Moderna vaccine rolled out in England as country hits target

The vaccine, which is the third one to be approved by the regulator in Britain, started being administered in England on Tuesday, nearly a week after it was rolled out in Wales.
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.

Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca shot

Botswana is investigating the deaths of two among thousands of people who had been given doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine to see if there is any link, the health ministry said.
People queue outside a shop, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

English shops and pub gardens reopen as lockdown eases

People queued up outside retailers across England on Monday to release their pent-up shopping fever and some grabbed a midnight pint or even an early haircut as England’s shops, pubs, gyms and hairdressers reopened after three months of lockdown.
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.

Africa hit with delays in AstraZeneca vaccine supplies

Africa countries are facing potential delays to their vaccine rollouts because of global supply issues, according to both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
2. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has become the first governor to receive a dose of coronavirus vaccine publicly.

Vaccine shortages hit poor countries as global deliveries stall

As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global programme intended to help them are blocked until as late as June.

Reports: Governments ‘gender blind’ to coronavirus’ ‘greater impact’ on women

Governments are putting women and girls at greater risk of the health and socio-economic impacts posed by the coronavirus pandemic, two global studies released Wednesday show.
Former Roma ace Daniele De Rossi admits he is a long-time admirer of Manchester United, but that the club's stellar midfield precluded a move.

Daniele De Rossi hospitalised with coronavirus

At least eight players and four members of the background staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus since returning from the latest round of international matches.

UEFA confirms spectators at Euro 2020

The UEFA has announced the return of spectators during Euro 2020 but four cities, including Rome, must still provide ‘additional information on their plans’.
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.

Countries emphasise importance of AstraZeneca shot as they look to alternatives

Australia said on Friday it had ordered more alternatives for the AstraZeneca vaccine, setting back its vaccination rollout, and Hong Kong delayed deliveries of the shot amid concern about a possible very small risk of rare blood clots.
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.

Coronavirus: African Union drops AstraZeneca from its vaccine plan

The African Union's disease control body said on Thursday it has dropped plans to secure AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines for its members from the Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest vaccine supplier, amid global shortfalls of the shot.
A man stands still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Ashkelon, Israel April 8, 2021. REUTERS-Amir Cohen

Israel honours Holocaust victims as coronavirus vaccines keep survivors alive

A memorial siren brought traffic to a halt in Israel on Thursday as it honoured six million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust, and gave thanks for its swift rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as a lifesaver for elderly survivors.

Kano: Bird flu outbreak affects 223,695 chickens in 40 farms

The Kano State branch of the Poultry Farmers Association of Nigeria has decried the loss of over N500 million following the outbreak of Avian Influenza also known as bird flu in the state.
The Nasarawa State Government has begun the vaccination of its frontline medical workers against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lagos, Ogun lead as 964,387 Nigerian residents get coronavirus vaccine

Nigeria has so far vaccinated 964,387 people in 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, against COVID-19, with Lagos State topping the chart with 164,434 people vaccinated.
The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died.

EU and UK regulators still recommend AstraZeneca shot despite possible link to blood clots

European and British regulators said on Wednesday they had found possible links between AstraZeneca’s vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots, but reaffirmed its importance in protecting people against COVID-19.
The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, says if Nigerians are not very open to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it will have a negative impact on the country’s efforts to curtail the spread of the virus.

SGF: 963,802 vaccinated in Nigeria, after one month

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has revealed that one month after Nigeria took its first batch of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines, 963,802 persons have so far been vaccinated as at April 5.
Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha , disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

President Buhari restructures PTF, extends mandate to December

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and extending its mandate to December 2021.
Kano State business community has urged the Federal Government to resume international flights at the Aminu Kano International Airport in order to ease their business activities.

Kano airport resumes international flights

The Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) has resumed international flights, one year after they were suspended over COVID-19 concerns.

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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.

Nigeria’s senate president, others bag NIS fellowship award

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were on Wednesday in Abuja presented with the Honourary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) alongside a former Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) and the Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh. Ibrahim Usman Jibril, at the institution’s 2021 investiture ceremony.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETfund, Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, on Wednesday said he and the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, took the suspension of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, personal when he was suspended by the Governing Council of the institution last August.

Official: TETFund spends N120 billion on academic staff training since 2008

Academic Staff from public institutions across the country have so far accessed over N120 billion for training, within and outside Nigeria, from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) since its inception in 2008.
As children across Nigeria join their world counterparts to celebrate Children’s Day, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has called on parents, community leaders, teachers and all involved in children’s upbringing to take mentoring seriously and provide them with a good leadership example.

Payroll fraud: Gombe approves N1.49 billion for biometric system installation

The Gombe State Government has approved the sum of N1.499 billion for the supply and installation of biometric attendance system to check payroll fraud in the state’s civil service.
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2023: APC disowns viral zoning arrangement

The national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disowned a zoning arrangement list in circulation on the social media.
Euro 2020 is almost certain to be postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe.

UEFA confirms Rome as Euro 2020 host city

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico has been “fully confirmed” as a venue for Euro 2020 matches after the Italian government guaranteed the presence of at least 25 per cent of fans, UEFA announced on Wednesday.

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The president of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, says Senator Chris Ngige, minister of labour, has lost “touch with medicine”.

NARD: We may call off strike on Saturday

The National Association of Resident Doctors has said it may call off its strike on Saturday after a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government and federal lawmakers.

Akwa Ibom council chair advocates welfare for victims of military onslaught

The council chairman of Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Hon Anthony Luke, is seeking for relief items for victims of Tuesday’s military onslaught on locations suspected to be enclaves of armed hoodlums loyal to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the local government area.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Information of the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, on Sunday in Abuja.

Minister: Nigerian government registers 5.7 million farmers nationwide

The Federal Government says it has registered no fewer than 5.7 million farmers nationwide in an effort to bring them closer to the government.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reacted to the new the killing of six children and a woman in some herders’ settlements in the Kaura and Lere Local Government Areas of the State.

Kaduna governor: I was not elected just to pay salaries

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai, has said that his government was elected to develop the state and not just to pay salaries.
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.

Countries emphasise importance of AstraZeneca shot as they look to alternatives

Australia said on Friday it had ordered more alternatives for the AstraZeneca vaccine, setting back its vaccination rollout, and Hong Kong delayed deliveries of the shot amid concern about a possible very small risk of rare blood clots.