National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has begun a war of words with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He accused the party of being responsible for planting the idea of a Muhammadu Buhari third term agenda in the sub-conscious of most Nigerians. He said the party had done that to further confuse the political space.
Oshiomhole made the remarks while addressing state house correspondents on Thursday after his meeting with president Buhari. He said it was a PDP former president who wanted to spend more than eight years in office who first came up with the idea of a third term.
He blamed the idea on the deceased former president Umaru Musa Yar’adua, whom he said first tried to do a third term. He said since Yar’adua’s demise, no other president in Nigeria has done eight years. He said former president Goodluck Jonathan spent six years at the helm. He predicts Buhari would complete eight years as provided by the constitution and would then leave.
UK Approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID Vaccine For Rollout Next Week
The United Kingdom has on Wednesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine opening the way for mass immunization which will begin next week for those most at risk across the UK.
Before decisions by the US and Europe, the British government has become the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid after it was authorized for emergency use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)
The MHRA was given power to approve the vaccine by the government under special regulations before 1 January, when it will become fully responsible for medicines authorization in the UK after Brexit.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine which the UK has bought 40m doses has shown to be 95% effective in its final trials with no serious side effects against a virus that’s killed nearly 1.5 million persons globally.
According to a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman “the government has today accepted the recommendation from the MHRA to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.
It added in the statement that “this follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness
Canada: COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 12000
Canada’s COVID-19 deaths have passed another grim milestone of 12, 000 fatalities.
The country also recorded fifty-four hundred sixty-eight new cases of coronavirus infections which pushed the total number of confirmed cases to 370,014. More than 290,000 persons have recovered from the virus.
A new report from an epidemiological analysis showed about 90 per cent of those who died were seniors, from 70 years and older.
The data also shows a significant increase in patients hospitalized from the virus.
New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools And Reduce Hybrid Learning
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has confirmed public elementary schools will begin reopening next Monday.
The largest public school system in the country closed in November when the city reached a seven-day covid-19 testing positivity average of 3%.
Meanwhile, middle and high schools will remain closed. There are more than one million students in New York City’s public school system, and around 330,000 students could be eligible to return to school under this plan.