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COVID-19: Nigerian scientists produce two local vaccines -FG

COVID-19: Nigerian scientists produce two local vaccines -FG”

Addressing the media, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "It has been decided that from 1st April, the vaccine will open for everybody above 45 years of age".

We shall continue to collaborate with the NAFDAC's Pharmacovigilance team to monitor the administration of the vaccine and document any adverse reaction with COVID-19 vaccine to assure Nigerians that government is honest and transparent in its choice of this vaccine for the goal of protecting the citizens against COVID-19. Those 45 and above can start registering for vaccination from April 1.

India's vaccination drive is only getting bigger and better as the Union government has chose to vaccinate everyone aged 45 and above starting April 1.

On the centre's letter to states yesterday to increase the gap between two doses of Serum Institute of India's Covishield - developed by Oxford-Astrazeneca - Mr Javadekar said doctors would prescribe the right time for the second dose.

He noted said full vaccination of eligible Nigerians was on in 32 states with only exception of Kogi, Kebbi, Zamfara and Oyo.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was of the view that lockdown may become necessary in some cities if the new cases continue to climb, Mr. Tope told reporters here.

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"We hope that virus would not be allowed to spread", he asserted.

Three days later, Nigeria commenced the exercise with the vaccination of four frontline healthcare workers in Abuja.

The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended to the State government that senior citizens and people above the age of 45 years with co-morbidities who are in containment zones and test negative for COVID 19 should be given preference in getting the vaccination. Maharashtra alone accounted for 62.71 per cent of the total active cases in India.

Tuesday's decision, taken by the cabinet on the basis of the advice of the Coronavirus Task Force and experts, comes on a day the health ministry said the doubling time of Covid-19 cases in India had decreased from 504.4 days on March 1 to 202.3 days on March 23.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors, as well as members of the Federal Executive Council, are among those who have received their first dose of the vaccine.



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