A 90-year-old British woman, Margaret Keenan has become the first person to be given Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine outside of a trial as part of the mass vaccination programme being rolled out across the United Kingdom following its rapid clinical approval.
Early Tuesday morning Keenan, who turns 91 next week, received the jab at her local hospital in Coventry, central England.
She said “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19, adding that it was the “best early birthday present”.
Close to 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be given in the coming weeks.
Up to four million more are expected by the end of the month.
The UK is the first Western country to start vaccinating its general population in what was hailed as a decisive watershed in defeating the coronavirus.
Africa’s COVID-19 Death Rate Now Higher Than Global Rate
It is been reported that Africa’s COVID death rate is now above global average.
Head of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), John Nkengasong says it is “worrying and concerning” that coronavirus fatality rate on the continent is now higher than the global average. Africa has recorded 81,000 deaths since the pandemic started. Deaths rate at the second wave of the pandemic is reported higher in Africa than the first wave.
Nkengasong told journalists, the continent’s death rate stands at two and a half percent against a global average of 2.2%, and the number of nations recording higher rates is also growing.
He had said, earlier during the pandemic, Africa recorded lower death rates than the global average.
But in the “second wave,” 21 African nations, including the Sudan, Egypt, Liberia, Mali, Chad, Niger, the Gambia, Tunisia, Eswatini, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, had a death rate above 3%.
NCDC Confirms 1301 New COVID-19 Cases, 15 Deaths
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has confirmed thirteen hundred and one new cases of the coronavirus across the country on Tuesday, spanning twenty-two states.
Lagos gobbled up nearly half of all the new cases with five hundred fifty-one. The Federal Capital Territory recorded 209, while Oyo posted eighty-three. Plateau, Kaduna and Enugu had sixty-five, sixty-four and sixty-one respectively. Eleven other states had cases in double digits. Five reported single digits.
NCDC says seven hundred and two infected persons had recovered in Lagos State, one hundred fifty-seven in the FCT, and one hundred forty-three in plateau state.
Ninety-one thousand of all cases have been discharged.
Nigeria Requests 10 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses From African Union
Nigeria’s minister of health Osagie Ehanire says the country has requested 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the African Union (AU). Ehanire told a media briefing in the capital Abuja, the vaccines are expected to be delivered in March.
The au said last week, it had secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers around the world for distribution across the continent.
Ehanire also said the Nigerian government has released 26 million dollars to support domestic vaccine production and is already in talks with manufacturers.
113, 000 coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Nigeria amid rising daily infections.
It’s not clear which of the covid-19 vaccines Nigeria will get, but authorities say the country was expecting its first 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by the end of this month. They say there is plan to vaccinate 40% of the Nigerian population of about by the end of this year.