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COVID-19: Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine trial paused

A study of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine has been halted over participants ailment.

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COVID-19: Johnson& Johnson’s vaccine trial paused

An undisclosed ailment in a study participant has led to the pause of the study of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine.

A document obtained by STAT revealed that the “pausing rule” has been met, which subsequently leads to the closure of online enrollment system for patients and the convening of data and safety monitoring board.

Citing the reasons behind the latest development in the study of the vaccine, according to a report by CNBC, the firm, J&J disclosed that the study was paused due to an unexpected illness in a study participant. They declined to expatriate on the point.

The firm was quoted saying: “We must respect this participant’s privacy. We’re also learning more about this participant’s illness, and it’s important to have all the facts before we share additional information.”

(READ MORE: China joins WHO vaccine programme as it fills huge gap left by United States)

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What this means: Clinical trial pauses are a common phenomenon and in some cases, last only a few days. Therefore, there is a need to distinguish between a study pause and a clinical hold. The recent development is a case of study pause and not under a clinical hold. Buttressing this, J&J remarked that why it normally communicates clinical holds to the public, it does not usually inform the public of study pauses, hence the reason why it chose to be taciturn in explaining in detail the motive behind it recent pause.

Backstory: Johnson and Johnson began enrolling volunteers in its Phase 3 study on Sept. 23. Researchers planned to enroll 60,000 participants in the United States and other countries.

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  1. Ian

    October 13, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Did you mean “expatriate” or “expatiate”?

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 31st of October 2020, 162 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria

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The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 62,853 confirmed cases.

On the 31st of October 2020, 162 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,008 samples across the country.

To date, 62,853 cases have been confirmed, 58,675 cases have been discharged and 1,144 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 625,510 tests have been carried out as of October 31st, 2020 compared to 620,758 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 31st October 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 62,853
  • Total Number Discharged – 58,675
  • Total Deaths – 1,144
  • Total Tests Carried out – 625,510

According to the NCDC, the 162 new cases were reported from 14 states- Gombe (54), FCT (35), Lagos (26), Ogun (12), Plateau (10), Rivers (10), Kaduna (4), Ekiti (3), Edo (2), Osun (2), Bayelsa (1), Imo (1), Ondo (1), Oyo (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 21,238, followed by Abuja (6,088), Plateau (3,640), Oyo (3,448), Rivers (2,820), Edo (2,666), Kaduna (2,652), Ogun (2,043), Delta (1,814), Kano (1,747), Ondo (1,667), Enugu (1,314),  Kwara (1,069), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (952), Gombe (937). Osun (928), Abia (898),  Borno (745), and Bauchi (713).

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Imo State has recorded 617 cases, Benue (493), Nasarawa (482), Bayelsa (413),  Ekiti (335), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (165), Taraba (146), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous

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Cristiano Ronaldo now tests negative for Coronavirus

Cristiano Ronaldo tested negative for coronavirus after nearly three weeks that he tested positive.

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Juventus F.C. star, Cristiano Ronaldo, has tested negative for coronavirus, nearly three weeks after he tested positive.

This was disclosed by his club via its website on Friday.

It stated, “Ronaldo carried out a check with a diagnostic test (swab) for COVID-19. The exam provided a negative result.

“The player has, therefore, recovered after 19 days and is no longer subjected to home isolation.”

What you should know

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Ronaldo had tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13, while playing with Portugal. He had been in self-isolation since returning to Italy.

The 35-year-old missed four games including Wednesday’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, and Juventus’s 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev in their Group G opener.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return will be a boost for Andrea Pirlo’s faltering side who are fifth in Serie A, four points behind leaders AC Milan.

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FG warns Nigerians about on-going N3million COVID-19 grant scam

FG has warned Nigerians to beware of scammers using phishing links to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

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FG warns Nigerians about on-going N3million COVID-19 grant scam, IMF, World bank loans, Over 56% of 2019 budget expenditure was released for capital projects , FG changes decision to sell stake of oil assets in JVs, Finance Bill: Nigeria exempts small businesses from Company Income Tax , Finance Bill is for the good of Nigerians – Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria, five other West African countries reject ‘Eco’ as ECOWAS single currency, FG rejects calls for tax reduction, tax relief for donors to intervention funds, Nigerian economy going into recession, might contract by -8.9% - Finance Minister, Nigeria to spend $33.20 billion in 2021 up 17.2%, will spend 25% of budget on debt servicing - Finance Ministry

The Federal Government has issued a warning to Nigerians about an ongoing N3million COVID-19 scam in circulation.

This was disclosed by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning via its Twitter handle.

According to the government, the scam targets Nigerians looking to benefit from the Federal Government assistance to businesses affected by COVID-19.

READ: #EndSARS: FG creates new N25 billion Youth Fund, to increase to N75 billion in 3 years

In the tweet, it warned about some phishing links being shared on social media, requesting for applications for N3 Million FG Grants.

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It tweeted, “The general public should note that these phishing links are generated by Scammers and intended to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

“Government requests for applications are only via official channels & websites.

READ: FG earmarks over N190 billion for road construction in the 6 geo-political zones by 2021

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READ: I won’t approve 2021 budget without provisions for #EndSARS victims, ASUU – Gbajabiamila

“It has come to our attention that a link is being shared via social media requesting for applications for a FG N3 Million grant.

“The general public should note that this is a SCAM. Any requests for applications are only via official channels & websites. Pls beware! #FinMinNigeria.

READ: #EndSARS: Protests may return if panels do not address all issues in 2 weeks – Former Nigerian Minister

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Okebunmi Omolaja, has tasked the Federal Government to take its warning further from the social media to other publicity tools in order to spread the information across Nigeria.

He said, “The Ministry can help by carrying the awareness campaigns to States radio stations or federal officers in each States to meet the CDA Leaders of their traditional rulers palaces/govt schools premises.”

READ: 2021 Budget: Senate sets motion for budget defense, commences 2020 review

READ: FG disburses MSMEs Survival Fund in Lagos, Kano, FCT and 9 other states

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