The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 PTF says Nigeria has received 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccine donation from India.
The Covishield vaccine is the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by serum institute of India. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 58 new covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing total infections in the country to 163,388. More than 153,000 patients have been discharged and 2,058 deaths recorded. NCDC figures show, 7,700 active cases across the country.
PTF says more vaccines are expected from the African Union’s Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) after the 3.92 million doses received in early march. Frontline medical personnel, strategic leadership, and those above the age of 50 years across the nation re being prioritized. More than 964,000 persons, in Nigeria, has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
On Tuesday, minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora has said during PTF media briefing that the nation may begin rationing jabs because the government could not guarantee when the next batch of vaccines would arrive in the country. He said the plan is necessary to fully vaccinate people. So as to enable those who had received their first dose to be able to complete their vaccination.
Meanwhile, as the world marks world health day, the World Health Organization, who has urged countries to build a fairer, healthier world post-COVID-19 by investing in primary health care, and prioritizing health and social protection.
The World Health Organization boss Tedros Ghebreyesus further stated that safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines have been developed and approved at record speed and urged governments to ensure that they are available to everyone who needs them.
He said that as countries continue to fight the pandemic, a unique opportunity emerges to build back better for a fairer, healthier world by implementing existing commitments, resolutions, and agreements while also making new and bold commitments.
India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge
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.
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.
Africa CDC Laments COVID-19 Vaccines Delay
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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