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FG ‘Monitoring’ New COVID-19 Variant Omicron, Advises Nigerians To Get Vaccinated

FG ‘Monitoring’ New COVID-19 Variant Omicron, Advises Nigerians To Get Vaccinated

Covid-19 Update
By Nnenna Odoh The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Sunday said it was monitoring emerging evidence on the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, which was first recently identified in Southern Africa. The new variant “is considered highly transmissible” and has already triggered a new wave of travel restrictions targeted at countries in Southern Africa. However, the NCDC in a statement signed by its Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, said, “the fears about its ability to evade protective immune responses and/or its being vaccine-resistant are only theoretical so far.” While noting that the “WHO and researchers across the world are working at speed to gain understanding of the likely impact of this variant on the severity of COVID-19 and on the potency of existing vaccine...
Nigeria Reports 110 New COVID-19 Cases As Countries Battle Omicron Variant

Nigeria Reports 110 New COVID-19 Cases As Countries Battle Omicron Variant

Covid-19 Update
 By Nnenna OdohA total of 110 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said. The health agency confirmed the figure in a Facebook post on Monday morning, amid the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant called Omicron in some countries. It explained that the new cases were recorded in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with Lagos reporting 27 more infections. Similarly, Katsina had 23, Rivers confirmed 20, Ondo reported 11, Kaduna recorded nine, FCT confirmed six, Oyo reported six, and Plateau had three. While Osun recorded two, the NCDC revealed that a new case was reported in Ekiti, Gombe, and Zamfara states respectively. “23 confirmed cases reported for Katsina State is for 27th No...
COVID-19 Deaths Top 1.5 Million Across Europe

COVID-19 Deaths Top 1.5 Million Across Europe

Covid-19 Update
Europe on Thursday reached the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths as nations scramble to tackle a worsening crisis with winter approaching. In response, France accelerated its Covid booster rollout and Germany, with fatalities and infections surging, weighed new measures. With the world braced for the full onslaught of yet another wave, the EU’s medicines agency cleared a vaccine for children as young as five. But South Africa reported a new worrying Covid-19 variant with devastating potential, the EU medicines agency cleared a vaccine for children as young as five. In Paris, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Covid-19 booster shots, until now only available to people over 65 or with health problems, would be accessible to all adults starting this weekend. ...
Pfizer, BioNTech And Moderna Make $65,000 Every Minute – Report

Pfizer, BioNTech And Moderna Make $65,000 Every Minute – Report

Covid-19 Update
Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna are making combined profits of $65,000 every minute from their highly successful Covid-19 vaccines while the world’s poorest countries remain largely unvaccinated, according to a new analysis. The companies have sold the vast majority of their doses to rich countries, leaving low-income nations in the lurch, said the People’s Vaccine Alliance (PVA), a coalition campaigning for wider access to Covid vaccines, which based its calculations on the firms’ own earning reports. The Alliance estimates that the trio will make pre-tax profits of $34 billion this year between them, which works out to over $1,000 a second, $65,000 a minute or $93.5 million a day. “It is obscene that just a few companies are making millions of dollars in profit every...
India COVID-19 Hospital Fire Kills 11

India COVID-19 Hospital Fire Kills 11

Covid-19 Update
Fire tore through a hospital in western India on Saturday killing at least 11 coronavirus patients, officials said. The blaze was the latest to hit pandemic wards across India. There were about two dozen patients at the intensive care unit in the hospital in Ahmadnagar district, Maharashtra State when the fire broke out, officials said. Most of the dead were aged over 60. The hospital ward, which was left a charred wreck, had been newly built for coronavirus patients. Maharashtra state chief minister Udhav Thackeray ordered a formal investigation into the blaze and safety conditions at the hospital 250 kilometres (185 miles) from the regional capital Mumbai. India’s underfunded public health system was pushed to breaking point by a coronavirus surge in April-May. But a ...
Pfizer Lifts 2021 Forecasts, Sees $36bn In COVID-19 Vaccine Sales

Pfizer Lifts 2021 Forecasts, Sees $36bn In COVID-19 Vaccine Sales

Covid-19 Update
Pfizer again lifted its 2021 profit and revenue outlook on Tuesday, bolstered by the latest surge in Covid-19 vaccinations, including regulatory approvals for boosters and shots for younger populations. The drugmaker now expects 2.3 billion dosage deliveries of the Covid-19 vaccine in 2021 for the shots jointly produced with Germany’s BioNTech, up 200 million from its previous forecast in July. That will bring total 2021 revenues for the vaccine to $36 billion, from $33.5 billion. Pfizer said higher forecast 2021 results reflects the boost from the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as the performance of Pfizer’s broader business. On Friday, US health authorities approved Pfizer’s vaccine for children aged five to 11, paving the way for 28 million young Americans to soon get immunized...
NCDC Records 33 More COVID-19 Deaths

NCDC Records 33 More COVID-19 Deaths

Covid-19 Update
By Nnenna Odoh At least 33 more persons have died from COVID-19, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said late Sunday. According to the health agency, 125 new cases of the virus were also reported across the country within 24 hours. The new cases were reported from 10 states, the FCT topping the list with 45 fresh infections. Other states were Kaduna (34), Rivers (11), Lagos (10), Osun (10), Oyo (9), Jigawa (2), Edo (2), Kano (2), Plateau (1). Till date, Nigeria has recorded 209,298 of the virus and 2,837 deaths. However, 197,143 cases have been discharged, according to the NCDC. Global updateThe novel coronavirus has killed at least 4,891,684 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compi...
COVID-19 Vaccine Stand-Off Between Chicago Mayor, Police Hits Courts

COVID-19 Vaccine Stand-Off Between Chicago Mayor, Police Hits Courts

Covid-19 Update
A Chicago judge on Friday banned a police union president from making public statements on the city’s Covid-19 policy as a stand-off over vaccine mandates sparked dueling lawsuits. The dispute between mayor Lori Lightfoot and police union head John Catanzara has made the city the latest flashpoint in a deeply polarized debate over vaccines and whether governments have the right to mandate them. Lightfoot sought and received an injunction against Catanzara Friday when the judge issued a 10-day restraining order that bans him from making statements that encourage members not to report their vaccination status. The police union filed its own lawsuit Friday against Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown that seeks to force arbitration over the matter. Like all...
Pfizer Asks For Authorisation To Vaccinate Children Aged 5-11

Pfizer Asks For Authorisation To Vaccinate Children Aged 5-11

Covid-19 Update
US drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday it has formally requested emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged five to 11. Children have been infected in greater numbers in the latest coronavirus wave driven by the Delta variant, and inoculating young people is seen as key to keeping schools open and helping end the pandemic. In late September, Pfizer and BioNTech, which co-developed the vaccine, began submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration regulators for the highly anticipated authorization. Pfizer tweeted early Thursday that the two companies had “officially submitted our request” to the FDA “for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of our #COVID19 vaccine in children 5 to <12.” “We’re committed to working with the FDA with the ultimate go...
Moderna To Set Up $500m Vaccine Plant In Africa

Moderna To Set Up $500m Vaccine Plant In Africa

Covid-19 Update
Biotechnology company and COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna says “it will build a state-of-the-art mRNA facility in Africa with the goal of producing up to 500 million doses of vaccines each year.” In a statement released on Thursday, the company said it anticipates “investing up to $500 million in this new facility which is expected to include drug substance manufacturing with the opportunity for fill/finish and packaging capabilities at the site.” The process for selecting the country and site is expected to commence soon. Moderna’s announcement is a victory for voices like the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who have called for vaccine manufacturers to ramp up investment in Africa. “Since Moderna’s founding in 2010, our mission has be...