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WHO: Coronavirus pandemic worsening gender divide in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening gender inequality in Africa and causing millions of women great physical, mental and economic distress, the World Health Organization says.

ECOWAS suggests compensation for coronavirus vaccine adverse reactions

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Vaccine Taskforce has recommended compensation for citizens who suffer side effects or injury from the COVID-19 vaccination.
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WHO calls for urgent action to ramp-up production of coronavirus vaccines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says urgent action is needed to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines that will be distributed through the global initiative making these medicines accessible to all countries.
Dr Cyprian Ngong became the first recipient of the AstraZeneca vaccine when he received the jab during a launching ceremony at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Three doctors, nurse receive first doses of coronavirus vaccine in Nigeria

Three doctors and one nurse have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria, launching the country's vaccination campaign on Friday, March 5, 2021.
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WHO welcomes rotavirus vaccines for use in humanitarian crises

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the opportunity to make rotavirus vaccine available to more children living in humanitarian crises, saying thanks to a landmark pricing agreement with the manufacturer, GSK.
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.

WHO: End to pandemic not likely in 2021

“I think it will be very premature and unrealistic to think that we are going to finish with this virus by the end of the year,” Michael Ryan, director of the WHO’s health emergencies programme, said at a briefing on Tuesday.
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WHO: 142 countries to get 237 million vaccines doses from COVAX by end May

Some 237 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be delivered to 142 countries by the end of May through the COVAX facility, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility, COVAX.

First coronavirus vaccines arrive in Nigeria

Nigeria received its first COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday to kick off an inoculation programme in Africa’s most populous nation, delivered under the international COVAX scheme.
Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility, COVAX.

Nigeria receives 3.94 million coronavirus vaccines doses

Nigeria on Tuesday received 3.94 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility, COVAX.
Prior to the mass vaccination, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and their spouses took the jabs of the vaccines on Monday, March 1.

Ghana begins mass vaccination against coronavirus

The exercise will take off on Tuesday, March 2 in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas, where a lockdown was imposed last year in the peak of the infections.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, yesterday asked Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the whereabouts of visiting Chinese medical personnel, saying their activities in the country must the oversighted by the parliament.

Nigeria to adopt polio-immunisation strategy in vaccinating eligible citizens

As Nigeria receives its first batch of 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, the federal government has said it would adopt the strategy deployed during the polio pandemic in the country in vaccinating eligible citizens.
4. The NCDC and partners, with leadership from the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is putting in place measures to strengthen the public health response to the pandemic.

Nigerian government unveils online registration platform for coronavirus vaccination

The federal government Monday launched the electronic registration platform to enable eligible Nigerians get vaccinated against the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
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.

Nigeria receives 3.9 million COVAX vaccine doses on Tuesday

This was disclosed in a joint statement by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Abuja.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at the PTF briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nigeria launches strategy for effective coronavirus vaccination

The Nigerian government on Monday launched the ‘T. E. A. C. H Strategy’ to ensure the effective roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines when they finally arrive the country.
Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.

Ghanaian president becomes world’s first recipient of free Covax jab

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for free for poorer countries.
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UNICEF partners Delta in renewed fight against malnutrition

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has restated its commitment and support for the Delta State Government in the renewed effort to flatten the curve for malnutrition in the state, particularly through supplementary and improved dietary provisions for adolescents in the state.
President Goodluck Jonathan

Ex-President Jonathan bags African peace award

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, was on Friday, honoured as the African Peace and Security Leader of the Year 2020.

WHO: Africa has stepped up vaccine procurement

The deployment of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa has accelerated amid the quest to contain the virus and reopen the continent’s economy, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami

Minister: 5G poses no health risk to public health, safety

The minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who allayed the fears of Nigerians on the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) technology in Nigeria, clarified that there is no known scientific evidence till date suggesting that 5G poses any risks to public health and safety.

WHO pledges to support Kebbi toward elimination of cervical cancer

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is strengthening collaboration with the office of Kebbi State Governor’s wife to champion early cancer detection to eliminate the disease in the country.

African Union backs call to waive intellectual property rights on coronavirus drugs

The African Union is backing calls for drugmakers to waive some intellectual property rights on Covid-19 medicines and vaccines to speed up their rollout to poor countries, the head of its disease control body said on Thursday.
Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga returned to the capital Harare on Saturday after spending four months in China, according to Bnnbloomberg.ca reports.

Zimbabwe praises China for coronavirus vaccine supplies

Zimbabwe is set to receive a further 800,000 doses of the Covid-19 jab from China, indicating the “excellent relationship” between the two nations and the Asian giant’s willingness to give the southern African state “preferential treatment” amidst a global “stampede” for vaccines, Zimbabwe’s presidential spokesman George Charamba is quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying.

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Delivering her opening remark at the event, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, managing director and chief executive officer of Fidelity Bank, said diaspora remittances is the new oil of Nigeria.

Nigerian bank urges nationals abroad to invest in real estate, capital markets

Richard Madiebo, acting chief digital officer at Fidelity Bank, said this during the bank’s inaugural edition of its diaspora webinar series on Saturday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 1,244 new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in the country to 101,331.

Nigeria records 195 new coronavirus cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigeria recorded 195 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday — representing the lowest single-day count of 2021.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech at the Lanting Forum in Beijing, China February 22, 2021. REUTERS-Shubing Wang

China’s top diplomat says Hong Kong needs electoral reform for ‘brighter future’

The Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi on Sunday said the electoral system in Hong Kong must be improved for long-term stability, saying reform would bring about a “brighter future” for the city.
FILE PHOTO - Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS-Tingshu Wang

China says hopes U.S. will remove ‘unreasonable’ restrictions on cooperation

Questioned about recent U.S.-China frictions over Taiwan, Xinjiang and the South China Sea during his annual news conference, Wang said that Beijing “will never accept baseless accusations and smears”, and said the United States had used democracy and human rights as a basis for arbitrarily interfering with other countries’ affairs.

Saudi-led coalition destroys 10 Houthi drones – Saudi TV

The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday that it destroyed 10 armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, including at least five fired towards Saudi Arabia, state television channels reported.

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ActionAid, ASCAB raise concerns over worsening insecurity

Some civil society groups have raised concerns about spike in criminal activities ranging from armed banditry, abductions and killings, especially in the northern and central parts of the country.
Former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has urged his supporters to resist further attacks from the government. He said he would no longer tolerate unwarranted assaults on his person and relatives.

Senator Okorocha: Political robbers threatening to recall me from Senate

Former Governor Rochas Okorocha has reacted to the threat by some of his constituents to recall him, describing those behind the move as political robbers.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday reprimanded the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the continuing maltreatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

House of Reps to probe ‘missing’ 5.2 million barrels of crude oil

The House of Representatives has directed its committee on petroleum to investigate the alleged missing 5.2 million barrels of crude oil allocated to local refineries under the Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP).

Medical practitioners to launch N10 billion intervention fund for pregnant women

Medical Practitioners, under the auspices of Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), said they are set to launch a N10bn-intervention fund to take care of challenges of pregnant women and aged people within and outside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Ahead of the March 6 Delta State local government council polls, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, weekend, reiterated that the elections could only be rigged if electorates go to sleep, insisting that “every vote must count”.

Senator Omo-Agege: Delta council polls can only be rigged if electorates sleep

Ahead of the March 6 Delta State local government council polls, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, weekend, reiterated that the elections could only be rigged if electorates go to sleep, insisting that “every vote must count”.