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AstraZeneca Shot 79 Percent Effective In US, Chile, Peru Trials

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Faces Another Setback After Independent Board Questions Trial Data

In a human trial of more than 32,000 volunteers, the study of the United States trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine has confirmed that the shot is both safe and highly effective.

With the volunteers mostly in America but also in Chile and Peru, AstraZeneca says the vaccine was 79% effective at stopping symptomatic COVID disease and 100% effective at preventing people from falling seriously ill.

The drugmaker on Monday said the study found the vaccine effective across all ages, including older people, which previous studies in other countries had raised concerns over.

The latest result paves the way for the long-awaited application for approval in the US. AstraZeneca’s vaccine has been authorized in more than 50 countries, but yet to receive the green light in America.

This will also help allay safety concerns that disrupted its use in the European Union after a small number of cases of rare blood clots in people who have received the shot were reported.

Last week, the European union’s drug regulatory agency also cleared the way for the continued use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine.

The agency’s director, Emer Cooke says the vaccine is not linked to an increased risk of blood clots, and its benefits “outweigh the risk of side effects.”

Some are already starting to use it again after EU’s leading states, Germany, France, Italy and Spain announced they would resume using the jab.

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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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