The AstraZeneca vaccine protects fully against Covid-19 worst outcomes, new study shows

The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford provided strong protection against Covid-19 in a large clinical trial in the United States, completely preventing the worst outcomes from the disease while causing no serious side effects, according to results announced on Monday. The findings, announced in a news release from AstraZeneca, may help shore up global confidence in the vaccine, which was shaken this month when more than a dozen countries, mostly in Europe, temporarily suspended the use of the shot over concerns about possible rare side…

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UN removes cannabis from list of the most dangerous substances

(CNN)- A United Nations commission has voted to remove cannabis from a list that categorized it as one of the most dangerous drugs — a move that recognizes the plant as having medicinal value. The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs approved a recommendation from the World Health Organization on Wednesday to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from its Schedule IV classification under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. That designation put cannabis and one of its derivatives in a category alongside heroin and other opioids. Substances classified as Schedule IV…

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Second wave of coronavirus infections imminent, FG warns

The Federal Government has lamented the lack of compliance with the PCR test protocol by about 65 per cent of Nigerians returning to the country. This came as Lagos State government, yesterday, warned residents that the continuous disregard of COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines could lead to a second wave of new infections in Lagos. Disclosing the development, yesterday, in Abuja during a news briefing, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chairman of The Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, said the passports of…

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FG warns schools on resumption, says 10% Coronavirus cases below 19 years

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has advised schools to adhere to measures put in place by the Federal Government to prevent the spread of coronavirus. He gave the warning on Monday at the Presidential Task Force briefing. The warning is coming a few hours after schools resumed in many states. He noted that 10 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country are under 19 years old. Ehanire said, “With regard to COVID-19 and growing complacency, it is important to stress that, even though adults, especially those 60 years…

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US scientists discover antibody that ‘neutralizes’ virus that causes coronavirus

Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated “the smallest biological molecule” that “completely and specifically neutralizes” SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus. The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody, and has been used to create the drug Ab8, shared in the report published by the researchers in the journal Cell on Monday. The drug is seen as a potential preventative against SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are also “thinking outside the box” for how the drug could be administered, stating it may be able to be inhaled or…

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Nigeria records lowest Covid-19 figure in four months

Nigeria on Sunday recorded 138 coronavirus cases, the country’s lowest daily tally in almost four months. This is according to an update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night. The latest daily figure, which brings the total number of infections in the West African nation to 53, 865, means that in the past one week, cases have fallen below 300. The data also suggested that Africa’s most populous nation may be flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve, although experts warns it might be too early to celebrate.…

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President Buhari Orders Face Mask Enforcement Nationwide

President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the state governments and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks, in public appearance and places. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja at the 55th joint national briefing of the task force. According to him, for the past nine weeks (from 2nd June 2020), the government has been running phase 2 of the eased lockdown, which has witnessed two extensions. He said that…

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The Coronavirus Is New, but Your Immune System Might Still Recognize It

Some people carry immune cells called T cells that can capitalize on the virus’s resemblance to other members of its family tree. Aug. 6, 2020 Eight months ago, the new coronavirus was unknown. But to some of our immune cells, the virus was already something of a familiar foe. A flurry of recent studies has revealed that a large proportion of the population — 20 to 50 percent of people in some places — might harbor immunity assassins called T cells that recognize the new coronavirus despite having never encountered it before. These T cells, which lurked in the bloodstreams of people long…

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WHO to begin drug trial for Covid-19 in Lagos, Ogun, FCT, others

Nigeria has joined other countries to participate in the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s “solidarity trial treatment” for COVID-19. This was disclosed on Monday, May 12, by the minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire at the briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja. According to him, the federal government is cooperating with the WHO on treatment regimen solidarity trial, The Nation reports. Five states in Nigeria including the Federal Capital territory are enrolled in the trial. They include Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kano. The minister, however, did not…

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Amidst Allegations of Corruption, NCDC Boss Accused of Playing Politics with People’s Lives

The DG of the National Council for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has been in the news for all the wrong reasons on the past week. Whilst he is being investigation by the Senate over an alleged N400m fraud, the DG has been accused of appropriating the sales of text kits to himself via his council. Another battle he is faced with is from two state governors who accuse him of playing politics with the COVID-19 by trying to force them to declare false statistics of the pandemic in…

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