The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has certified AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine safe for use in Nigeria.
Disclosing this at an event at the National Hospital in Abuja the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire explained that the government agency cleared the vaccine for use in Nigeria after NAFDAC concluded its final test on it.
The minister said, “the long-awaited day is here on which Nigerians can now join others in the global community to be vaccinated against the dreaded COVID-19 virus.
He added that “for us in the health sector, it is a relief and the marking of the start of a tedious but hopeful exercise to see our fellow citizens develop immunity against this virus.”
Ehanire added, “I am also relieved again to announce that at 12 minutes past midnight today (Friday), I got a text message informing me that NAFDAC has certified this vaccine for use, otherwise, we will not be sitting here today.”
Nigeria on Tuesday received the first shipment of 3,924,000 doses of the vaccines arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja via an Emirates airplane from India.
Earlier in the day, a vaccination program was launched at the National Hospital in Lagos by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.
According to reports Nigeria aims to first vaccinate frontline health workers that work in the treatment centre of the national hospital.
Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes In Benue
Many residents of Oshigbudu in Agatu local government area of Benue state are feared dead today after a tanker explosion in a residential area in the town on Sunday. Many shops and houses were also razed in the inferno that ensued.
Executive secretary of the state emergency management agency, Dr. Emmanuel Shior said the destruction to lives and property was still to be quantified but described the accident as quote, “the chief of all the calamities that have fallen us this year,” end quote.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Ondo State has confirmed that six persons have died in an auto crash in which an 18-seater bus plunged into Owena river in Akure on Sunday. They include three males, two females and a child. Eight were reportedly injured and are receiving treatment in hospitals.
A newly married man was among the fatalities, while his wife is said to be seriously injured.
The two were said to be returning to Akure after their wedding at a registry, with plans to conduct their traditional wedding next weekend.
The driver is said to have lost control while speeding in heavy downpour. As a result of the heavy rain, help was said to have been impeded from reaching them for more than an hour.
The bus was said to have hit a rock at the bottom of the river causing the deaths.
JUSUN Strike: FG, Staff Union To Meet As Nigeria Judiciary Paralyze
The judiciary workers’ strike is still going strong with no end in sight. The umbrella body, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN has begun a nationwide protest in Abuja on Monday over its demand that governors across the country comply with constitutional provisions for the judiciary’s financial autonomy.
The union began a nationwide strike two weeks ago and has stuck to its guns that the protest will not end until the union’s demands are met.
This strike action has paralyzed services at the nation’s courts, including the supreme court. JUSUN decided to begin nationwide protests after talks failed with governors on Friday.
Meanwhile, the judiciary workers’ strike could not have happened at a more opportune time for former aviation minister, senator Stella Oduah, whose arraignment on a twenty-five billion naira fraud and money laundering charges at the federal high court in Abuja today has been scrapped because of the strike.
There was no access to the court today as the gates were locked as a result of the strike. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had hoped to arraign and dock her today along with eight others.
On two other occasions, other events had prevented Oduah’s arraignment in the same court. Her lead counsel, chief Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, says Oduah would be ready to honor the court’s schedule whenever it reopens.
NCDC Confirms 26 New COVID-19 Cases
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control says 26 new cases of covid-19 have been recorded in the country bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 164,233.
The data shown on its official twitter handle on Sunday say the new cases were registered in five states including, Ebonyi 10 cases, Kano-Two, Lagos nine, Osun-two Oyo-one and the Federal Capital Territory-FCT two cases.
So far, more than 154,000 persons have recovered from covid-19 and discharged from hospitals since the pandemic was reported in 2020.
NCDC has advised Nigerians to take responsibility to protect themselves, loved ones, customers, employees and society by disinfecting surfaces in their homes, shops and offices regularly to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their communities.
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