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Covid-19: Europe launches mass vaccination of doses to end the pandemic

Europe has launched a coordinated vaccination programme after the European Union approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine.

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UK Approves Covid-19 Vaccine made by Pfizer/BioNTech

Europe, on Sunday, launched a coordinated vaccination programme at an unprecedented scale, a few days after the European Union approved the vaccine developed by Pfizer in collaboration with BioNTech.

This is seen as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled economies and claimed more than 1.7 million lives around the globe.

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According to a report from Reuters, Europe, which has a population of about 450 million people has secured contracts with a range of suppliers for over 2 billion vaccine doses and has set a target for every adult to be inoculated during 2021.

Some European countries are calling on retired medical personnel to help out with the vaccination efforts due to the large scale of the programme despite the region having some of the best-resourced healthcare systems. Even some of the countries have relaxed rules on who is allowed to give injections.

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President of the European Commission, coordinating the programme, Ursula von der Leyen, in a tweet said, “We are starting to turn the page on a difficult year. Vaccination is the lasting way out of the pandemic.”

The European governments this time around are working to ensure that there is equal access to the vaccines across the region, learning from their past inaction, after they were criticized for failing to work together to curb the spread of the disease earlier on.

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Italy and France were among the first of the region’s 27 member states to start vaccinating its citizens, while Germany defended its decision to begin ahead of time by administering its first shot on Saturday.

Also, Hungary on Saturday moved ahead on the official roll-out by starting to administer shots of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech to frontline workers at hospitals in the capital Budapest.

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Other countries like France, Austria, Portugal and Spain have also begun their mass vaccinations, starting with health workers on Sunday. Outside the EU, Britain, Switzerland and Serbia have already started in recent weeks.

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What you should know

  • This move by European governments, which is coming after the commencement of such exercise from the UK and United States, is a huge step aimed at ending the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 1.759 million people globally.
  • Since the approval of the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech by various governments, over 3.5 million people have been vaccinated.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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BREAKING: Nigeria records highest number of daily covid-19 cases

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced that 1,867 new cases of the covid-19 was recorded on Friday

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday 15th January 2021,  announced that 1,867 new cases of the covid-19 virus were recorded across 24 states in the country.

This represents the highest number of cases recorded in a single day. It also represents a 26.23% surge compared to 1,479 cases recorded on Thursday, 14th January 2021.

According to the NCDC, the cases were recorded across 24 states, with Lagos State recording the highest with 713 new cases, representing 38.2% of the total daily cases.

Others include: Plateau (273), FCT (199), Kaduna (117), Oyo (79), Enugu (58), Ondo (53), Kano (49), Sokoto (43), Ogun (37), Osun (37), Nasarawa (36), Rivers (28), Benue (24), Delta (24), Niger (24), Gombe (18), Edo (15), Taraba (12), Bayelsa (10), Ekiti (9), Borno (6), Zamfara (2), Jigawa (1).

The latest figure brings the total number of cases to date to 107,345 and 1,413 recorded deaths. A total of 84,535 patients have been discharged so far, while 21,397 patients are still on admission.

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 15th of January 2021, 1,867 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths 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 107,345 confirmed cases.

On the 15th of January 2021, 1,867 new confirmed cases and 8 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

To date, 107,345 cases have been confirmed, 84,535 cases have been discharged and 1,413 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 1.13 million tests have been carried out as of January 15th, 2021 compared to 1.03 million tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 15th January 2021,

  • Total Number of Cases – 107,345
  • Total Number Discharged – 84,535
  • Total Deaths – 1,413
  • Total Tests Carried out – 1,135,535

According to the NCDC, the 1,867 new cases were reported from 24 states- Lagos (713), Plateau (273), FCT (199), Kaduna (117), Oyo (79), Enugu (58), Ondo (53), Kano (49), Sokoto (43), Ogun (37), Osun (37), Nasarawa (36), Rivers (28), Benue (24), Delta (24), Niger (24), Gombe (18), Edo (15), Taraba (12), Bayelsa (10), Ekiti (9), Borno (6), Zamfara (2), Jigawa (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 39,262, followed by Abuja (14,338), Plateau (6,420), Kaduna (6,005),  Oyo (4,649), Rivers (4,214), Edo (3,204), Ogun (2,782), Kano (2,561), Delta (2,086), Ondo (2,059), Katsina (1,692), Enugu (1,583), Kwara (1,566), Gombe (1,489), Nasarawa (1,269), Osun (1,186), Ebonyi (1,159), Abia (1,114), and Bauchi (1,107).

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Borno State has recorded 850 cases, Imo (810), Benue (653), Sokoto (645), Bayelsa (598), Akwa Ibom (588), Adamawa (540), Niger (532), Anambra (460), Ekiti (459), Jigawa (424), Taraba (258), Kebbi (240), Yobe (207), Cross River (169),  Zamfara (162), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

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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.

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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.

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No talks of a second lockdown – FG

FG has stated that contrary to what is being rumoured on social media, there is no consideration of a second lockdown.

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The Federal Government has said that Nigeria is not contemplating another lockdown and urged Nigerians to ignore social media posts circulating the possibility of another lockdown.

This was disclosed by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in a series of social media posts on Thursday evening.

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  • “The attention of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 has been drawn to some mis-information circulating on the social media to the effect that the Federal Government is contemplating another lockdown this weekend.
  • ” The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 wishes to state categorically that there is no such consideration at any of its meetings nor has any recommendation been made to this effect to the President.”

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The PTF said such announcements are unpatriotic and could cause unnecessary panic and anxiety among the populace and urged Nigerians to disregard the misinformation and join hands with the FG to contain the spread of the virus in the country by adhering to Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPI’s) as recommended by the PTF.

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What you should know

  • Recall Nairametrics reported that President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed in October 2020 that the Nigerian economy is too fragile to go into another lockdown, as the second wave of coronavirus has already forced some European countries – Germany and France, to enter another phase of lockdown.
  • Nigeria surpassed the 100,000 mark for COVID-19 cases on Sunday 10th January 2021, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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