US now backs patent protection waivers for COVID-19 vaccines

…The decision opens the door for vaccines being manufactured worldwide. The Biden administration now says it supports waiving the intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, opening the door for their possible manufacturing by companies and countries around the world, beyond those that invented them. It is a historic shift and one that advocates and aid groups say is critical for speeding up the end of the coronavirus pandemic. The … Continue reading US now backs patent protection waivers for COVID-19 vaccines

Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

…Mali’s Ministry of Health says a Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven A Malian woman has given birth to nine babies after only expecting seven, Mali’s Ministry of Health said Wednesday. The 25-year-old Halima Cisse gave birth to the babies via cesarean section on Tuesday in Morocco after being sent there for special care, the ministry announced. “The newborns … Continue reading Woman from Mali gives birth to 9 babies in Morocco

Samia Suluhu Hassan – Tanzania’s new president challenges Covid denial

Her predecessor was known for his rhetorical outbursts, whereas Tanzania’s new president is calm. Where he was contentious, President Samia Suluhu Hassan is more conciliatory. Where he was autocratic, she appears to be more inclusive. It is less than two months since the death of the former President, John Magufuli, aged 61 but his vice-president, who was sworn in as head of state soon after … Continue reading Samia Suluhu Hassan – Tanzania’s new president challenges Covid denial

COVID-19 vaccination commences for youth corpers

In line with the commitment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to the welfare of Corps Members, the FCT and State Secretariats of the Scheme, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Department Agency have commenced the vaccination of Corps Members against Coronavirus. A statement from the NYSC said “The exercise which is currently ongoing across the country is a fallout of the … Continue reading COVID-19 vaccination commences for youth corpers

Moderna to supply 500 million vaccine doses to WHO’s struggling Covax initiative

Moderna will supply a vaccination campaign backed by the World Health Organization with up to 500 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine starting late this year, a much-needed boost to a global initiative that has been plagued by stark inequity, funding shortfalls and a severe supply crunch. The agreement, announced Monday soon after the WHO approved the company’s messenger RNA vaccine for emergency use, comes amid growing … Continue reading Moderna to supply 500 million vaccine doses to WHO’s struggling Covax initiative

COVID-19: FG directs states to halt vaccination halfway

The Federal Government has asked all the states administering the COVID-19 vaccine to stop the exercise the moment they use half of the doses allocated to them. The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaibu, asked all the states to suspend vaccination when they reach half of the doses delivered to them. This implies that a state that was given 100,000 doses would … Continue reading COVID-19: FG directs states to halt vaccination halfway

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can travel in U.S. without tests or quarantines

…Ultimately, the guidance may do little, as people are already traveling extensively nationwide People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can travel freely in the U.S., as long as they remain masked on planes, buses and trains, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. It is unclear how much impact the new guidance will have. People are already traveling and making decisions on … Continue reading CDC: Fully vaccinated people can travel in U.S. without tests or quarantines

German experts say under 60s should not get second AstraZeneca vaccine

Germany’s vaccine commission, known as STIKO, recommended on Thursday that people under 60-years old who have had a first shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should receive a different product for their second dose. Earlier in the week, Germany said only people aged 60 and over should be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the rare but severe occurrence of thromboembolic side effects. It said it … Continue reading German experts say under 60s should not get second AstraZeneca vaccine

Covid: France schools to close under the third lockdown

French schools will close for at least three weeks as part of new national restrictions to fight rising Covid cases, President Emmanuel Macron says. Mr Macron said that schools would move to remote learning from next week. Lockdown measures, introduced in some areas of France earlier this month, are also being extended to other districts. All non-essential shops are to close from Saturday and there … Continue reading Covid: France schools to close under the third lockdown

FG begs resident doctors not to embark on strike

The Federal Government has appealed to resident doctors to consider the plight of 80 per cent of the citizenry in need of healthcare and not proceed on strike. The government said the country was in a bad place health wise because of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the medical sector. At a conciliatory meeting with the leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) … Continue reading FG begs resident doctors not to embark on strike