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No vaccine for COVID-19 in Nigeria – WHO



… Confirms 6 cases of Ebola in DRC

WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that there is no vaccine approved in Nigeria or any part of Africa for COVID-19 yet.

  WHO Immunisation Team Leader, Dr Fiona Braka, stated this today while speaking on efforts of the world body on the reported vaccines against the virus.

  According to him, researches are still ongoing on the deadly viral disease, but there is no ready vaccines for now.

  “COVID-19 is a new disease, and as such, there are no ready vaccines available to be deployed for the control of the pandemic. However, a lot of research and scientific works are ongoing to develop vaccines, but these usually take time to ensure that it is safe for use in the wider population and also effective for control of the pandemic. Public safety is a key consideration in this process,” Braka said.

  He warned further that the clarification is coming to dispel rumours going on in social media that vaccines have been developed for COVID-19.

  “WHO is not aware of vaccine for COVID-19 in Nigeria. There is a large scientific study (clinical trial) involving many countries to review the effectiveness of some drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 going on at the moment. The result of this clinical trial will help understand the efficacy of these drugs and may inform the review of the case management guidelines,” he said.

  On the assessment of Nigeria’s performance in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Braka said that the world health body partnership with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had been helpful.

  “Nigerian Government through the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and supported by WHO had developed a preparedness plan for COVID-19 and was implementing this plan when the first case was reported.

A network of five COVID testing laboratories was set up before the confirmation of the first case and has since been expanded to six additional laboratories over the past two weeks, making a total of 11 laboratories currently. From the onset of the outbreak, WHO has developed clinical guidance with input from clinicians around the globe, including in Nigeria.

These resources include the updated Clinical Management Guidance for COVID-19, the Clinical Care training materials, and the Global COVID-19 Clinical Data Platform, the data tool which makes it possible for WHO to collect core clinical data from hospitalised patients to inform understanding of COVID-19. The guidance is continually reviewed, as more evidence become available.

  The government has scaled up isolation facilities capacity at state level to ensure readiness to receive COVID patients,” he added.

Similarly, World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has confirmed six cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  The UN’s health agency confirmed the development on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Monday.

  “They are currently six confirmed Ebola cases in Northeastern DRC in spite of ongoing insecurity in the area. WHO and partners are working with civil society organisations to carry out surveillance activities including contact tracing and monitoring of the 638 known contacts,” it tweeted.

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