Showing posts with label coronavirus vaccine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coronavirus vaccine. Show all posts

Obaseki tasks Nigerian scientists on local manufacturing of vaccines

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, said the development of vaccines by Nigerian scientists will enhance their acceptability in the country.


He noted that the hesitancy being recorded in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise might be linked to a lack of local input in the manufacturing processes. 


Obaseki, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, said this while addressing the Minister of State for Science, Technology, and Innovation, Mohammed Abdullahi, who visited the Government House, Benin City.


He pointed out that when everything has to be foreign, there would be issues, adding: “We have all it takes. Nigerians are gifted and we can achieve anything we want to achieve in this country.”

Noting that there was a need for the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation to actively promote research and innovation, he said: “Your ministry is a sensitive and important one, especially in the 21st century.

Speaking, Abdullahi said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had given them the mandate to ensure that Nigeria becomes one of the 100 most innovative countries between the next five and 10 years.

Edo State Government has intensified the vaccination of citizens in the 18 councils of the state, urging those who have not been inoculated to get vaccinated to remain healthy and protected against the deadly virus.

Incident Manager of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after its daily virtual meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

He said the state recorded another death of someone who has not been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, as the state confirmed 63 new cases, adding that the total number of mortalities in the third wave of the pandemic had hit 54.

ALSO, the state government has deployed special teams to government facilities to enforce restrictions on access to public places without proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The enforcement was monitored by the COVID-19 Enforcement Team, headed by Yusuf Haruna, who led other members of the team to the Government House, State Secretariat, and other government offices in Benin City, among others, to ensure compliance with the directive on vaccination and adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. Theguardianng 


Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine - WHO



The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as "racist" the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa.

"Africa can't and won't be a testing ground for any vaccine," said Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The doctors' remarks during a TV debate sparked outrage, and they were accused of treating Africans like "human guinea pigs".

One of them later issued an apology.

When asked about the doctors' suggestion during the WHO's coronavirus briefing, Dr Tedros became visibly angry, calling it a hangover from the "colonial mentality".

"It was a disgrace, appalling, to hear during the 21st Century, to hear from scientists, that kind of remark. We condemn this in the strongest terms possible, and we assure you that this will not happen," he said.

As the number of confirmed cases in Africa continues to rise, some governments are imposing stricter measures to try to slow the spread of the virus. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned all travel in and out of the capital, Nairobi, and three other large towns for three weeks. BBC


China approves a coronavirus vaccine for clinical trials

Chinese state media has announced that a subunit vaccine against the novel coronavirus has been developed and is now entering clinical trials. The approval for the tests was granted late local time on March 16 and was officially announced to the public on March 17 by China Central Television. According to the announcement, this vaccine was developed by the Academy of Military Medical Sciences.

A vaccine to protect against the novel coronavirus is necessary to greatly reduce its spread. This will reduce the burden on the healthcare system and will help protect the lives of people who are vulnerable to the virus. Experts have said that we are likely 12 to 18 months away from the approval of a virus that would be given to the general public.

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In its announcement this week, Chinese media said that the Academy of Military Medical Sciences Major General Chen Wei, a bioengineer, and her team developed the subunit vaccine in Wuhan. An unspecified third party reportedly evaluated the vaccine and approved it as being safe and effective.

‘Preliminary preparation’ for the mass production of this vaccine is allegedly also underway, according to the announcement. There is a ‘catch’ to this, however, and it’s that the vaccine is of the ‘subunit’ variety.

This type of vaccine involves only parts of the virus that can be used to stimulate someone’s immune system, helping it fight against the virus when the person comes in contact with it. This is different from other types of vaccines, such as whole-pathogen vaccines, which involve a weakened or killed version of the virus.

The latter type of virus provides a much stronger immune response, which means it is better able to protect someone from the pathogen that it introduces into their system. Most modern vaccines are of the whole-pathogen variety, not subunits, according to the NIH. Both of these differ from the mRNA vaccine that entered testing in the US earlier this month. (slashgear)
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