The European Union and the UK Government have expressed interest in Moderna Inc’s vaccine which tests have shown to be 94.5 effective in combating the coronavirus.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported that Pharmaceutical company, Moderna Inc, disclosed that its Covid-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in treating coronavirus, after preliminary analysis of a large late-stage clinical trial.
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the EU began discussions with Moderna to secure doses of its vaccine candidate but negotiations had not been concluded.
“Negotiations with the company are ongoing. We have not yet concluded or signed a contract,” Kyriakides she said.
UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock announced yesterday that the UK has secured 5 million doses of the vaccine.
“We have today secured an initial agreement for 5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine
“The Moderna vaccine doesn’t come on stream until the spring.
“I’m just really pleased that we’ve got those early vaccines that will be available early, and we’ve already got the orders of those in,” Hancock said.
The UK had already pre-ordered 350 million vaccines on trial including the Pfizer vaccine which has shown to be 90% effective.
President Buhari announced last week that ” the world must unite in facilitating the equitable access and distribution of the vaccines to protect people in all countries.”
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 8th of March 2021, 371 new confirmed cases and 13 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
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 158,906 confirmed cases.
On the 8th of March 2021, 371 new confirmed cases and 13 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.
To date, 158,906 cases have been confirmed, 138,502 cases have been discharged and 1,982 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory
A total of 1.6 million tests have been carried out as of March 8th, 2021 compared to 1.54 million tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 8th March 2021,
- Total Number of Cases – 158,906
- Total Number Discharged – 138,502
- Total Deaths – 1,982
- Total Tests Carried out – 1,601,396
According to the NCDC, the 371 new cases are reported from 17 states- Lagos (102), Enugu (65), Edo (56), FCT (23), Ogun (20), Osun (18), Bayelsa (18), Rivers (15), Kaduna (14), Plateau (10), Oyo (8), Bauchi (7), Kano (5), Delta (4), Nasarawa (3), Niger(2) and Ekiti (1)
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 56,444, followed by Abuja (19,350), Plateau (8,944), Kaduna (8,658), Oyo (6,766), Rivers (6,680), Edo (4,670), Ogun (4,437), Kano (3,844), Ondo (3,066), Kwara (2,962), Delta (2,582), Osun (2,457), Nasarawa (2,251), Enugu (2,156), Katsina (2,060), Gombe (2,010), Ebonyi (1,951), Anambra (1,813), Akwa Ibom (1,610), and Abia (1,588).
Imo State has recorded 1,569 cases, Borno (1,308), Bauchi (1,274), Benue (1,188), Adamawa (942), Niger (919), Taraba (863), Ekiti (834), Bayelsa (779), Sokoto (769), Jigawa (496), Kebbi (412), Cross River (334), Yobe (293), Zamfara (222), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
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.
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.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced the closed down of the Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, with effect from Friday, 31st July 2020. He also mentioned that the Agidingbi Isolation Centre would also be closed and the patients relocated to a large capacity centre.
Due to the increased number of covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the Nigerian government ordered the reopening of Isolation and treatment centres in the country on Thursday, 10th December 2020.
On 26th January 2021, the Federal Government announced the extension of the guidelines of phase 3 of the eased lockdown by one month following the rising cases of the coronavirus disease in the country and the expiration of phase 3 of the eased lockdown.
On 28th February 2021, the federal government confirmed that the first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in Nigeria on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.
On Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, the National Primary health Care Development Agency announced the arrival of the expected COVX Astrazeneca/Oxford covid-19 vaccines.
On Saturday, 6th March 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo received vaccination against the covid-19 as the State House in Abuja.
Update: Health Minister states side effects of COVID-19 vaccines
Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has stated the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines, which he said is mild.
The minister disclosed this during the live broadcast when President Muhammadu Buhari took his vaccine shot on Saturday.
According to the Minister, the reactions are usually mild and only few people had complained of mild pain in the part of the body they got the shot.
He said, “It is not everybody that complained of reactions/side effects but few had complained of mild pain at the part of the body they got the shot.
”Usually manufacturing vaccines take not less than 4 years but this only took about 1 year, which is the reason some people are apprehensive about the vaccines. This was manufactured in the United Kingdom and has been certified.”
Ehanire, explained that the jab is painless as a narrow gauge syringe was used with a small quantity injected in the upper arm.
He added that the after-effects are mild but accompanied by little discomfort in the area that was injected.
Present at the brief ceremony were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and other members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, senior government officials and journalists.
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