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COVID-19: Nigeria expects three types of vaccines – PTF

Olorunnimbe Mamora

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says it is expecting three types of vaccines to cater to the needs of Nigerians. Minster of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora The Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, gave the hint at the PTF briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, March 1, 2021 in Abuja. Mamora said that Nigeria has ...

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G7 leaders commit $4.3bn to fund equitable access to tests, treatments, vaccines

Virtual G7 Meeting

Commitments made at the Virtual G7 leaders meeting held on Friday, February 19, 2021 and hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and at the Munich Security Conference later in the day, signaled significant progress in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic with an important underscoring of the need for global equity in access to test, treatments, and vaccines. ...

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UNICEF, WHO, IFRC, MSF establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile

Henrietta Fore

The four leading international health and humanitarian organisations announced on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to ensure outbreak response. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director The effort to establish the stockpile was led by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, which includes the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, the International Federation of ...

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Coronavirus: WHO clears BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use

Mariângela Simão

To speed up access to COVID-19 vaccinations in the developing world, on the eve of the new year, the UN health agency approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for emergency use. Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products Regulatory experts convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO) from around the world and UN agency’s own ...

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COVID-19 vaccine: 165 countries engage in global access facility – WHO

Seth Berkley

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no fewer than 165 countries have engaged in COVID-19 vaccine global access facility. Dr Seth Berkley, the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Photo credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images WHO said in a statement on Thursday, July 16, 2020 that, of the number, 75 countries have so far shown interest in joining its COVAX facility ...

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40 countries pledge €7.4bn for Covid-19 vaccine research

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, says leaders from 40 countries have pledged to support research and development for vaccine, diagnostics and therapeutics with €7.4 billion. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Ghebreyesus disclosed this at a news conference on Monday, May 4, ...

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Ghana, Kenya, Malawi selected for WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, that Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect ...

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‘Stunning’ vaccine rids Africa of meningitis A

Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele

New research forecasts a resurgence of meningitis A epidemics in 15 years should immunisation efforts stall Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunisation has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt.” In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meningitis A were reported by the ...

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Photos: President Buhari administers polio vaccine


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday administered Oral Polio Vaccines (OPV) on some children in his country home, Daura, Katsina State. The event, which took place at the residence of the president, was part of the campaign to wipe out the virus from the country by 2017. Mr President was assisted by Katsina State Gov. Aminu Masari and the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of ...

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Measles vaccine stock-out: Nigeria faces risk of under-five deaths

Nigeria faces a renewed risk of losing many children this year to vaccine preventable diseases, arising from potential vaccine stock out. In 2013, Nigeria experienced a major measles vaccine stock out resulting in the occurrence of 57,892 measles cases with 348 deaths. In 2012, the number of reported measles cases was 11,061, with 126 deaths. This represents more than 500 ...

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