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Novartis pitches in to help produce Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Novartis pitches in to help produce Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine”

Doctors in the USA were the first in the world to realize that six doses could be taken from each vial if they used 1-millimetre, or 1cc, syringes, although they are less common than the three- and five-millilitre syringes mostly used in Canada's vaccine campaign now.

"We are very ready to receive the 100,00 doses and we have the infrastructure, even when it is going to be preserved at about -70 Degree Celsius, " he said. "There are now companies coming forward with storage and transit solutions", he said.

World Health Organization has committed to supply the Philippines with 44 million doses of vaccines for cover 20% of its population by the end of the year.

The minister underscored the need for sustained advocacy campaign against the position of some people who had bad-mouthed the vaccines that it had a lot of resistance.

Mohammed said that while President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the COVID-19 Regulations, Nigerians must take personal responsibility for their safety. But if we can ensure that the law is fully obeyed, the spread of the pandemic will reduce, " he said. "People should be careful when offered with a COVID-19 vaccine from the black market, because no one can guarantee its authenticity", she said in Filipino.

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He said Nigerians were not heeding the basic principles, including wearing facial masks, not gathering in places, keeping social distancing, washing of hands regularly and using hand sanitisers.

"We have to appeal to our traditional, religious and political leaders to understand that as of today, there is no other silver bullets than the vaccines".

Will this affect Canada's COVID-19 vaccination goals?

"Nigerians have come a long way from the dreaded lockdown and the administration is unhappy about any prospects of bringing it back as many citizens will not have food on the table without venturing out on a day- to-day business". On Sunday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said churches can be used as alternative sites for vaccination in hard-to-reach municipalities that lack facilities. "In other jurisdictions, we did not have the right equipment, just could not do this consistently".

The Philippines, with Southeast Asia's second-biggest Covid-19 outbreak at more than half a million infections and over 10,000 deaths, aims to start immunisations in February.

The vaccine reportedly showed 94% effectiveness for adults over 65 years, who are at particular risk from COVID-19.



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