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W.H.O. Urges Waiver Of COVID-19 Patent Rules

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Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reiterated its call on manufacturing companies and countries to waive COVID-19 vaccine patent rules to enable the jabs to be produced more widely in countries with low vaccination rates.

W.H.O. director general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus expressed disappointment that delegates had so far been reluctant to back the proposal at the World Trade Organization put forward by South Africa and India.

The world health body has also said it needs between 35 billion to 45 billion dollars to fund its Covax vaccination programme for low income countries next year.

Meanwhile, American drug firm Moderna has pledged half a billion doses of its vaccine to Covax over this year and next year.

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Oyo State: Two Persons Die Of COVID-19 Delta Variant

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Two Persons Die Of Covid-19 Delta Variant In Oyo

Two persons have been reported killed in Oyo State after been infected with the deadly COVID-19 Delta variant.

The state incident manager and coordinator of the emergency operations centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo said one other person is in state isolation facility and receiving medical attention.

Oyo state government announced on Sunday it had found the Delta strain of the coronavirus which entered into the state through movement of people travelling around the world.

W.H.O. said this variant first detected in India and now in at least 90 countries, has high transmission, and increase severity of infection.

Authorities in the state said they have begun contact tracing and urged the general public to take extra caution.

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Oyo State Confirms COVID-19 Delta Variant

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Oyo State task force on COVID-19 says the deadly delta variant has now been detected in Oyo. The state incident manager and coordinator of the emergency operations centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, notified the public in a statement on Sunday asking the general public to take extra caution. The delta strain has been associated with high transmission, increase severity of infection and outcomes.

Last week Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had said on Thursday, the coronavirus delta variant first discovered in India has been confirmed in Nigeria, in a traveller, following the routine travel test made compulsory for all international travellers.

In a latest data released today Monday, NCDC says 12 new COVID-19 cases have been reported from 3 states- Akwa Ibom (6), Ogun (4), and Rivers 2 cases, bringing the total number of persons who have tested positive in the country to 168,552 and 2,124 deaths.

The variant, has already been detected in more than 90 countries, and is expected to spread to others.

Oyo COVID-19 task force has warned residents of the state to continue complying all advisories at curtailing the spread of the virus.

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COVID-19 Third Wave Overwhelm French Hospitals

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