South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered the repatriation of its citizens in Wuhan, the epicentre of covid-19. At least 199 south Africans are living in the city.
Ramaphosa announced the decision on Thursday following a cabinet meeting. Families of those stuck in china had made requests for them to be brought back home. 132 citizens – out of a total of 199 South Africans living there – have put in requests.
The president did not give a timeframe for the repatriation. The government says it has been in constant communication with the families of all affected individuals and relevant departments have made the arrangements to receive them.
Flavoured HIV Drug For Children To Be Rolled Out In Africa
Aid agencies say flavoured tablet for children living with HIV will be rolled out in Africa next year. The un estimates more than one and a half million children around the world live with HIV with only half receiving any treatment.
The UN explains one thing that has made it difficult for young children to take their anti-retroviral medication has been its bitter taste. Another problem has been the cost – despite some significant progress in recent years.
Health experts say the low cost strawberry-flavoured tablet will be given in doses that are suitable for children living with HIV. That means no more crushing up of adult-sized tablets.
It is to be the first generic paediatric version of a key anti-retroviral therapy which will even be available for babies. Reports say, in a few months, children in Benin Republic, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Zimbabwe will receive the new tablets.
The new treatment will cost 120 dollars a year instead of its previous nearly 500 dollars a year cost.
A landmark agreement between UNITAID and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will see HIV treatment among children reduce by 75% in low and middle-income countries with access to more appropriate treatment.
Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases
The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.
As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.
The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.
The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.
Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.
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