NAFDAC approves use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use only

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), has approved the use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Nigeria. This was announced by the director-general of NAFDAC during a media briefing yesterday, in Abuja. According to the NAFDAC DG, the vaccine is for emergency use. The approval is coming over two months after the agency greenlit the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in the country. Nigeria received close to 4.5 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine — 3.94 million delivered via the United Nations-led COVAX facility, while others…

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Covid-19: FG directs states to halt vaccination halfway

The Federal Government has asked all the states administering the Covid-19 vaccine to stop the exercise the moment they use half of the doses allocated to them. According to reports, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shu’aib, asked all the States to suspend vaccination when they reach half of the doses delivered to them. This implies that a state that was given 100,000 doses would have to halt the vaccine rollout once the doses hit 50,000 in order for those who have received their first jab…

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Covid-19: N396 bn budgeted for vaccine in 2022 Appropriation Bill – Minister

The Federal Government has stated that the sum of N396 billion has been budgeted for the provision of vaccines in the 2022 Appropriation Bill. This was disclosed by Dr. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday. “Sometime in January, the President had based on the request by the Ministry of Health, given in principle, approval for the Ministry of Health to work with the Ministry of Finance, budget and National Planning to prepare and…

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‘U.S., UK blocking vaccines from reaching Nigeria’ – Ahmad Lawan

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has accused the United States of blocking life-saving Covid-19 vaccines from getting to the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to provide resources for local scientists to develop something ingenious. “The U.S. is not allowing vaccines to go out of U.S; the EU is not allowing the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in the UK to be sent out of the EU. India is not allowing the AstraZeneca vaccine they produced to be exported”, Lawan complained on Monday, while speaking to newsmen. The Senate President said he wanted Nigerian…

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FG raises alarm over fake Covid-19 vaccines from China

The Federal Government on Saturday raised alarm over fake covid-19 vaccines currently in circulation in Africa. It stated that about 3,000 of the fake vaccines, which were Africa-bound from China have been intercepted. The Director of Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, made this known in a letter dated March 26, 2021, to the Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors of Federal Tertiary Health Institutions. She said, “The Ministry is in receipt of a letter from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 regarding the arrest of…

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Covid-19: Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, tests positive 2 days after being vaccinated

Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has tested positive for COVID-19 two days after being given a vaccination, the country’s health minister has said. PM Khan is “self-isolating at home”, tweeted Faisal Sultan, without giving further details as to whether other people who have been in contact with the Prime Minister would also be isolating. The 68-year-old cricket great-turned-leader has been holding regular and frequent meetings lately, including attending a security conference held in the capital Islamabad that was attended by a large number of people. The prime minister was vaccinated…

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Sultan urges political leaders to take Covid-19 vaccine publicly

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged political leaders in the country to take the Covid-19 vaccine in public glare. Abubakar, while speaking at a sensitisation programme on Covid-19 vaccine for Muslim scholars and imams in Nigeria yestetday in Abuja, said this would encourage and boost the confidence of Nigerians in the vaccines. This, he said, was to further drive acceptance of the novel coronavirus vaccines, most especially the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, in the country. “We have seen the president take the vaccine publicly and…

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Vice-President of IBAN, Ramalan receives AstraZeneca vaccine

The Vice-President, Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria, (IBAN) and also the Executive Chairman of Liberty TV and Radio, Alhaji (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan took the lead of Frontline Broadcasters yesterday, when he received the first jab of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccination card was presented to him by Dr. O. Bary.  Speaking shortly after he received the first jab of the vaccine, the Vice-Chairman of IBAN called on broadcasters, as Nigerians working in the frontline, to make themselves available for the vaccination. “The Covid-19 pandemic is real; we are still…

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NAFDAC investigates cause of strange disease among Kano residents

…Raises alarm on fake Covid-19 vaccines in circulation The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC), says it is investigating cause of severe vomiting and blood-in-urine among some Kano residents. The agency said the victims manifested the symptoms after consuming suspected sachet-water and local drinks suspected to have been prepared with expired and adulterated products. NAFDAC disclosed that it has collected water samples and flavour products for laboratory analysis, following the outbreak of the yet-to-be ascertained infectious disease. The Kano state NAFDAC coordinator, Shaba Muhammad, told newsmen yesterday…

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Buhari, Osinbajo receive Covid-19 vaccination

‘Vaccine offers hope for safer Nigeria’ – President President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday both received the Covid-19 vaccination at the State House, in Abuja. Buhari, together with Osinbajo, got the jab live on television, a day after the Covid-19 national vaccine programme commenced with the vaccination of healthcare and frontline workers at the National Hospital, Abuja. The two leaders received the first shots of the vaccine at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja in the presence of members of the Presidential Task Force…

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