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Nigerian President, Health Workers To Receive First Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines

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President Muhammadu Buhari and vice president, Yemi Osinbajo will publicly be inoculated tomorrow with the AstraZeneca–Oxford COVID-19 vaccine.

Executive director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib said the exercise will boost the confidence of Nigerians to receive the vaccine, about four million doses of which arrived in the country this week.

A vaccination program was launched this morning at the national hospital in Lagos by the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.

Shuaib said “the plan is to vaccinate frontline health workers that work in the treatment centre of the national hospital.  The president and vice president’s turns come tomorrow, an event Shuaib said should increase public confidence in the safety of the vaccines.

Shuaib said it is the responsibility of public health workers to offer the vaccines and also to convince people that the vaccines are safe.

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has asked Nigerians who wish to receive the jab to register on the agency’s website, a call that appears to be well-received.

Barely twenty-four hours after the arrival of the four million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the country on Tuesday, more than two and a half million Nigerians have registered for vaccination.

The presidential task force on COVID-19 says Nigerians younger than eighteen years will not be included in the planned mass vaccination.  It also warns private organizations not to procure, distribute or administer the coronavirus vaccines.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC confirmed seven hundred and eight new cases of coronavirus in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory.  This brings the country’s total recorded infections to one hundred fifty-seven thousand, six hundred seventy-one.

Adamawa led the chart with one hundred eighty new cases, followed by Lagos with one hundred forty.  Fourteen other states recorded cases in the high to low double digits, while five states had cases in single digits.

NCDC reports more than one hundred thirty-six thousand patients have been discharged after their recovery, and that fatalities stand at nearly two thousand.

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India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge

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India Has Recorded More Than 200,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases For The First Time

India’s capital city, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown effective today, Monday, after the city recorded a spike in number of infections that has now overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system.

Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, are open during the lockdown.

Delhi recorded nearly twenty-five hundred cases of the coronavirus infections on Sunday alone.

India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since early April causing a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.

India has the fourth highest number of deaths after the United States, Brazil and Mexico – though, among a population of nearly one and a half billion.

Delhi state’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal says the healthcare system is at a breaking point, and if a lockdown is not put in place now, the country will be looking at a bigger disaster.

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NCDC Confirms 26 New COVID-19 Cases

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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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Africa CDC Laments COVID-19 Vaccines Delay

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Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is in a dilemma over how the continent is going to continue coronavirus vaccination campaign.  The CDC says it cannot predict when second covid-19 vaccines will arrive because deliveries are delayed,

The head of the Africa CDC John Nkengasong said on Thursday, many Africans who have received their first covid-19 vaccine do not know when they will get a second shot.

Africa CDC report shows Africa lags behind most other regions in covid-19 vaccinations, with just less than 14 million doses having been administered on the continent of 1.3 billion.

So far, the majority of the vaccines available in African countries have been delivered via the world health organization-backed Covax facility. Covax aims to deliver 600 million shots to some 40 African countries this year, enough to vaccinate 20% of their populations.

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