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  1. The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged countless countries worldwide, but none have been hit harder than the U.S., and America sped past a somber signpost on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed Covid-related deaths within the United States surpassed 150,000. KEY FACTS America leads the world, by far, in both total numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths. Despite representing less than 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. accounts for more than 22.5% of the world’s coronavirus deaths. Over just the past four months, more Americans have died from the coronavirus than the number of U.S. service members killed in World War I (and more than Vietnam and Korean wars combined). Yet, according to multiple studies published recently (including a thorough study by researchers at Yale University earlier this month), the number of confirmed deaths in the U.S. due to Covid-19 is significantly lower than the actual number of fatalities. Despite a recent slowdown, New York has recorded far more deaths than any other state (a total of 32,333 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database). Florida, the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, again broke its daily record for deaths on Wednesday, reporting 216 fatalities in just the past 24 hours. KEY BACKGROUND: President Trump has received harsh criticism from for his handling of the pandemic since the virus first arrived in the U.S. His downplaying of the potential severity of the threat from Covid-19 resulted in the country not taking the deadly disease seriously early, critics claim. Earlier this month, the president falsely claimed “99%” of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.” Tuesday, he declared “large portions” of the country are “corona free.” However, according to a recently issued federal report, 21 U.S states are in the “red zone” for coronavirus outbreaks, which means they are reporting more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people. The U.S. exceeded 4 million Covid-19 cases last week, and the exponentially increasing rate of infections has been alarming. It took 99 days for 1 million Americans to become infected. Forty-three days after that, the U.S. hit 2 million cases. America surpassed 3 million less than a month later. Then, it took just 15 more days for the U.S. to exceed 4 million. BIG NUMBER: 1,000: It’s been 150 days since March 1, which means that approximately an average of 1,000 Americans have died every day since the first known Covid-related fatality back in late February. CRUCIAL QUOTES: “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” said President Trump on February 26th. “Five months after President Trump said the coronavirus would just ‘disappear,’ our nation marks 150,000 lives lost to COVID-19,” said Congressman Bill Foster, a Democrat representing Illinois. “Simply put, the President and his administration failed miserably to manage the coronavirus crisis and we are paying the price for their incompetence with the lives of our fellow citizens.” “Our analyses suggest that the official tally of deaths due to Covid-19 represent a substantial undercount of the true burden,” said Dan Weinberger, an epidemiologist at Yale School of Public Health. TANGENT: The Covid-19 vaccine candidate made by the biotech company Moderna, Inc. and developed in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health began Phase 3 clinical trials earlier this week. It’s the first such final-phase testing trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said Monday morning that late-stage results could be ready by October, but cautioned that was a “really optimistic” scenario.
  2. An Igbo woman that's a Doctor in USA who has cured COVID patients with Malaria Drugs right there in US. Her name is Stella Nkechi Emmanuel. She was trained in Nigeria. Attended Medical School here in Nigeria. She is angry that people are dying of COVID 19 in US when there are drugs that cure it. She is angry that Government is saying there is N"o Cure" to COVID when there Malaria Drugs can cure it. She gave this interview in US White House. Trump brought her to end the numerous COVID 19 deaths in USA. Watch and Comment. Facebook (6).mp4
  3. "There is hardly anyone in Nigeria who didn't receive the Federal Government palliatives care in this trial COVID-19 pandemic.All the tribes in Nigeria received the the palliatives,infact it was evenly distributed. "Hearing some tribes crying of marginalization, especially the Eastern parts of Nigeria and the South South that no palliative care was given to them tends to blackmail. - Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq. APC government gave us false hope and we blindly fall for their political school of taught. I pray that God forgive us all, both the elected, electorate and the appointed.
  4. Npower graduates cried out on the street of Abuja in a short protest just to be employed in order to provide positive service towards National growth and increase on National productivity but was denied these right as law-abiding graduates and national citizens . Regretfully to hear on national TV this very morning the graduation of over 601 Boko Haram terrorist who will now be gainfully employed and well treated after wasting innocent lives and destruction which has contributed immensely the backwardness of our national social economy development and with my eyes full with tears this afternoon as I sit on my bench in front of my one-room apartment thinking of such happenings ,I must say this isn't democracy by practice or neither is it a fair leadership idea towards its citizens . The system lacks transparency and accountability and as a matter of fact it lacks the attributes of a developing nation. One will begin to wonder if crime now pay far better than being a lawful citizen ,I mean the Government should make it's citizens see a way forward . Should we all go into crime in order to be given equal treatment and to be paid amnesty ? Our present day Government does not give listening ears to pressure groups , civil societies ,protest or neither do they respond to the needs of the poor masses and this is totally wrong . The Npower graduates deserves better rewards like permanency .it is not as if Nigeria has reached its peak of development that it no longer needs human labour as workforce that these youths has to be disengaged from their respective services . My biggest question over the disengagement issue is whether the government are ending crime and poverty, or they are increasing it . Sincerely speaking ,the issue of embracing criminals all in the name of a spoken repentance is questionable because no Nation negotiate with terrorist which is a true national integrity . The Npower youths after being disengage then how will this contribute in the pursue of ending crime and unemployment? Let these youths be given jobs into the military and paramilitary which has the national defence top secret files and not giving such jobs to repented book Haram that will later be giving out top intelligent files to its members secretly . If militants amnesty is still ongoing after over 12 years ,then why can't we retain these graduates ? I am using this opportunity to plead with the federal government to give this opportunity to these Npower beneficiaries as a bid to end insecurity in the country . @Menoke Leonard
  5. No fewer than 300,000 beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme across the country have disassociated themselves from an alleged protest over the winding down of the Batch A and B streams. The group, under the aegis of N-Power Nationwide Beneficiary’s Forum, said the persons were “sponsored” by political detractors to dent the progress recorded under the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq. In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Ambassador Godswill Ibekwe, on Saturday, the N-Power beneficiaries disclosed that these “selfish” persons were never at any point its members, expressing gratitude to the president for the “opportunity to benefit immensely from the scheme”. Ambassador Ibekwe added that genuine beneficiaries have welcomed the launch of the Batch C as it would avail the same opportunity to other young Nigerians to learn a skill as well as earn stipends. While declaring maximum support for President Muhammadu Buhari and Hajiya Farouq, the group vowed that in due course its members and prospective Batch C beneficiaries would show their appreciation for the privilege. The group, however, pleaded that the scheme is expanded to accommodate more Nigerian youths.
  6. Batch 4/2019, Deradicalized Ex Boko Haram combatants, had their graduation ceremony today, at the Operation Safe Corridor Mallam Sidi in Gombe state . The Ex insurgents, all 601 in number, completed a de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration program organized by Operation Safe Corridor and denounced their membership of the insurgent group at the Malam Sidi Camp in Gombe State on Monday, July 13. The Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor , Major General Bamidele Shafa, speaking at the event, said that out of the 601 graduands that arrived at the camp on 27 November and 14 December 2019, 592 are Nigerians from 10 states of the federation while 14 are foreign Nationals from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. He added that out of this number, three died of health complications while one was referred for further medical treatment at the Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri.
  7. This is to inform all the 37 reps of Npower beneficiaries across the federation that there will be a grand protest at the gate of presidential Villa on Wednesday , the 6th day of August 2020. The peaceful protest will be in continuation of our effort towards continuity or a better exit package which must be giving to us before exit . The President through the office of the vice president had promised Npower beneficiaries to vote for APC so they can continue and we will not accept to be used and dumped like toilet papers . Our demands are simple ; 1. A better exit package of at least a million naira . 2. Permanent Employment. 3. Or on the alternative , continuation of the Npower till 2023 . We should not joke , this the time for us to make noise or ever be silent .a closed mouth is a closed destiny .
  8. President Muhammadu Buhari has been spotted wearing a face mask for the first time publicly, as he arrived Mali for the ECOWAS peace mission. Buhari face mask This is the first time the president would be wearing a face mask publicly since Nigeria reported its first case of COVID-19 infection in February. West African leaders, including Buhari, arrived in Bamako, the Malian capital on Thursday, to find solution to the worsening political crisis in the Francophone country. Despite the increase in Covid-19 cases in Nigeria, Buhari had continued to appear in meetings without wearing face masks. See more photos of him rocking the mask as he arrived Bamako, Mali.
  9. A police officer was on Friday, July 17 caught red-handed in a compromising situation with a Covid-19 patient whom he was supposed to be guarding. According to a police report, the incident happened at The Agricultural Training Centre in Busia County which serves as a Covid-19 isolation centre. The place is guarded by three police officers and three warden officers where both remandees from Busia Prison and ordinary sick members of the public are kept in separate wards. At about 10 pm, as is routine, two officers both wardens from Busia GK Prison conducted their normal patrol within the facility. One of them started engaging a patient in talks. His colleague felt uncomfortable and proceeded to the guard room. He informed other officers what was happening and they all went to check on what was taking place. However, the suspect and patient had already moved from where the officer had left them conversing. The officers became suspicious and started looking around and in the process, heard noise and commotion coming from the womens ward. “They rushed to the scene and found all the patients outside and complaining that the prison officer was raping the said lady patient,” the police report read. Authorities say when they went into the woman’s room, they found her and the officer naked in bed. One of the women quarantined at the facility, however, told police that the said-Covid-19 patient had consented to the act, but only changed her narrative when she learnt that the other female Covid-19 patients in the ward had known what she and the cop were doing. The suspect was arrested and quarantined at the same facility. His firearm was confiscated by senior officers from the Busia GK Prison.
  10. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a guideline to access its Non-Oil Export Stimulation Facility (NESF). The fund was introduced to diversify the revenue base of the economy and to expedite the growth and development of the nation’s non-oil export sector. This was disclosed in a document published on the apex bank’s website. The facility, according to the document, will help redress the declining export financing and reposition the sector to increase its contribution to economic development. Objectives of the Facility * Improve access of exporters to concessionary finance to expand and diversify the non-oil export baskets; * Attract new investments and encourage re-investments in value-added non-oil exports production and non traditional exports; * Shore up non-oil export sector productivity and create more jobs; *Support export-oriented companies to upscale and expand their export operations as well as capabilities; and * Broaden the scope of export financing instruments. Who qualifies for the fund * Firms that are duly incorporated in Nigeria under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and have verifiable export off-take contract(s). * Satisfactory credit reports from at least two Credit Bureaux in line with the provisions of CBN Circular BSD/DIR/GEN/CIR/04/014 dated April 30, 2010. * All applications shall be in compliance with CBN circulars BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/07/015 and BSD/DIR/GENLAB/07/034 on “Prohibition of Loan Defaulters from Further Access to Credit Facilities in the Nigerian banking System” and “Guidelines for Processing Requests from DMBs to Extend New/Additional Credit Facilities to Loan Defaulters and AMCON Obligors” dated June 30, 2014 and October 10, 2014, respectively. Eligible Transactions * Export of goods processed or manufactured in Nigeria; * Export of commodities and services, which are allowed under the laws of Nigeria and do not violate the principles of non-interest banking and finance; * Imports of plant & machinery, spare parts and packaging materials, required for export-oriented production that cannot be sourced locally; devland * Resuscitation, expansion, modernization and technology upgrade of non-oil export industries; * Export value chain support services such as transportation, warehousing and quality assurance infrastructure; app * Working capital/stocking facility; and Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) * Non-Interest Banks (NIBs). * Non-Interest Development Finance Institutions (NI-DFIs). Features of the NESF * Financing Limit Term financings under the Facility shall not exceed 70% of verifiable total cost of the project subject to a maximum of ₦5,000,000,000.00. Tenor The NESF shall have a tenor of up to 10 years and shall not exceed the 31st December, 2027. Working capital/stocking facility shall be for one year. Where applicable, the facility can be rolled-over twice on a reducing balance basis of 33.3% of the original amount. Repayment Repayments of principal and return shall be quarterly and in accordance with the agreed repayment schedule. Moratorium * Moratorium shall be project-specific and shall not exceed two (2) years. * In case of construction, additional moratorium of up to one (1) year may be allowed, subject to approval by the CBN. * Rates of Return: The Facility shall be granted at an all-inclusive rate of return of 9% per annum. Application Procedures A PFI shall submit application to CBN on behalf of its customer in the prescribed format. In the case of financing syndication, the lead bank shall submit application on behalf of other banks. All correspondence with respect to the application shall be with the lead bank. Each request for a facility is to be accompanied by the following documents: a) Written request from the project promoter to a PFI seeking financing under the NESF. b) Completed application form. c) Certified true copies of documents on business incorporation. d) Three (3) years tax clearance certificate. e) Audited statement of accounts for the last three (3) years (where applicable) or the most recent management account for companies less than three (3) years in operations. f) Feasibility study/ business plan of the project. g) Relevant permits/ licenses/ approvals (where applicable). h) Verifiable export orders/ contracts or other export agreement and arrangements/ commitments
  11. Due to the rate of the increase in pandemic in the country,the federal government postponed the west African senior school certificate examination from August 4 which it was formally scheduled for till January next year, in the interest of the students,to protect them from the deadly disease. After this decision was made it didn't go well with most children including their parents, this was what created an avenue where parents starts to protest against it saying they want the WASSCE to hold this year After all said and done the Federal Government and West African Examination Council (WAEC) have agreed to make the examination commence this year and have shift the date for the commencement of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to September 5, 2020 An announcement was made by the minister of State for Education on Friday that after the meeting between the examination body and the government, September 5, 2020 has now been fixed as the new date for the examination. He explained that this decision was the result of the meeting between the Federal Government and officials of WAEC’s Nigeria office on Monday stating that both parties have agreed to further conclude with four other countries on new examination date.
  12. A popular Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing wire fraud charges in the United States, Ramoni Abbas (popularly called Hushpuppi), has settled for a government lawyer after his case was transferred to another district. Mr Abbas, 37, who was resident in Dubai and known for flaunting extravagant lifestyle on social media, was arrested last month over money laundering allegations. He was extradited to the U.S on July 3. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had earlier alleged that Mr Abbas was part of a network that made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from business email compromise frauds and other scams. Also, the American government said Mr Abbas funded his extravagant lifestyle with stolen money. Mr Abbas hired a top lawyer in the U.S., Gal Pissetzky of the Pissetzky & Berliner law firm as his attorney. Mr Pissetzky, renowned for handling criminal cases in Chicago, had argued that his client sourced his money from promoting designer products on social media and a real estate investment. It should be noted a Chicago court, on Monday, denied him bail and ruled that he remains in detention till his next trial date later in the year. However, documents obtained showed that Mr Abbas’s case has been transferred to the Central District of California for prosecution. American prosecutors had earlier said Mr Abbas would still be transferred to Los Angeles, a city in California. During the detention hearing on Monday, the government orally renewed its motion for removal in custody and the government’s oral motion was granted. “Accordingly, Defendant is ordered removed to the Central District of California in the custody of the U.S. Marshal forthwith. As provided by 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f), Defendant is remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal and shall remain in custody until further order of the Court,” Justice Gilbert ruled. Transfer documents signed by Thomas G. Bruton, the Clerk of the U.S Court in Chicago, indicated that Mr Abbas was moved on Tuesday. RAMON OLORUNWA ABBAS, aka “Ray Hushpuppi, arrested by Dubai Police.
  13. Russia is the fourth-most affected country in the world with more than 750,000 COVID-19 cases. A top government official has revealed that Russia could make available a vaccine for the treatment of the coronavirus disease as early as September. This announcement is coming after Russia had denied that hackers working for the country’s intelligence agency tried to steal sensitive data from researchers in the UK, US and Canada. The head of the Russian wealth fund, while stating that a deal has been agreed with AstraZeneca to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the pharmaceutical giant and Oxford University, explained that there was no need for Russia to steal vaccine data. According to the Chief Executive of government-backed Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, ‘’Russia may be one of the first to produce a vaccine against the backdrop of the billions that are being invested in the U.S. and all the pharma companies working on it. It’s a little bit of a shocking story.” The RDIF is financing one of the country’s efforts to develop a vaccine.’’ The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has made finding a vaccine a top priority as the country has recorded more than 750,000 COVID-19 cases. This makes it the fourth-most affected country in the world. The approach that is being employed by Russia in the race to be the first country to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 would be ignored in other countries. Moscow claims that it will know in just 3 months of trials if its leading candidate works. Dmitriev’s comments is coming against the backdrop of accusations from U.K., U.S. and Canada, that hackers working with the group APT29, part of Russian military intelligence, had used malware to try to seize vaccine research. The RDIF boss pointed out that Russia had no need to steal information from rival vaccine developers because it had already signed a deal with AstraZeneca Plc to manufacture the University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine at R-Pharm, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Russia. R-Pharma is an RDIF portfolio company. He said AstraZeneca is transferring the entire technological process and all ingredients for the full reproduction of the vaccine in Russia. He said, ‘’Everything that is needed to produce the British vaccine has already been transferred to R-Pharm. AstraZeneca has already signed commitments to transfer all production of the British vaccine to R-Pharm.“ Dmitriev had said that Russia’s acquisition of the British developed vaccine was designed to complement and not replace its own home-grown vaccine, that is the one that Moscow is focused on developing. Their home-grown vaccine is set for regulatory approval by next month and will be administered to a large swath of the Russian population. AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is not clear if they would transfer all the technology needed for Russia to produce the vaccine or if the agreement involves the British pharma giant sending the vaccine seed stock to manufacturers needed to start off production. devland Some western countries are not convinced that Russia has the expertise to produce its own vaccine by September. A pharmaceutical analyst at the research firm GlobalData, Peter Shapiro while sounding cautious said, ‘’We don’t think that’s realistic. Russia like other countries could approve the vaccine for political reasons. The regulatory hurdles in Russia are low.” He also said that it is not likely that such a vaccine, if approved by Russia, would be accepted by the western countries. He also said that Russia does not have a history of innovative vaccines that can be approved in major markets like the US, Japan and Western Europe Like & share
  14. African leaders are turning on their citizens as efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus fall short and already fragile healthcare systems struggle to cope with an influx of patients. The message from governments in several nations that initially praised their citizenry for supporting efforts to contain the pandemic has shifted, with some officials now chastising them for not doing enough. The change in tone marks an attempt by the continent’s leaders to absolve themselves of some of the responsibility for the escalating number of infections, and head off potential social unrest, said Amaka Anku, head of the Eurasia Group’s Africa practice. They’re “reminding voters that the government has set out clear rules that people need to follow,” Anku said. “So if some people don’t follow it, government shouldn’t be blamed.” Infections took off relatively slowly in the world’s poorest continent after many nations imposed stringent lockdowns, but confirmed cases soared as economies reopened, breaching the 600,000 mark this week. Maintaining physical distancing has proved difficult in many crowded slums, and appeals to wear masks have often gone unheeded, with some questioning the seriousness of the disease. The increased severity of the pandemic “may create a recipe for political unrest,” said Dismas Mokua, a political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. “Citizens who are unhappy with the status quo will blame the government for both errors of omission and commission that result in increased infections and deaths, as well as lost economic opportunities.” In South Africa, which has almost half the continent’s confirmed virus cases, the government has faced criticism for imposing some seemingly arbitrary lockdown rules that caused undue economic hardship. While the authorities initially conceded they had made mistakes and pledged to rectify them, President Cyril Ramaphosa went on the offensive this week and railed against those who went on drinking sprees, organized parties and failed to wear masks in public. Ivory Coast’s government this week said it would enforce the mandatory use of masks in public after its advice to do so went largely unheeded, and urged citizens to maintain physical distancing. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta cautioned that rescinded curbs on movement will be reinstated if citizens fail to do their civic duty to keep the pandemic in check -- a warning echoed by Ghanaian Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. In Nigeria, the authorities have increasingly emphasized that citizens must take responsibility for their own health and warned that those who neglect to wear masks or maintain physical distancing will face arrest. Several hundred people have already been prosecuted. Citizens do have to exercise personal responsibility, yet their individual impact on the trajectory of the disease is limited, Mokua said. “It is the responsibility of political leaders to offer direction” and flatten the infection curve, he said. “They cannot pass the buck.”
  15. The United States on Sunday recorded 63,872 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally. That put the total number of cases in the US, the nation hardest hit by the global pandemic, at 3,762,081, the Baltimore-based university said at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday). Another 514 deaths were reported, bringing total fatalities to 140,474. The US has recorded more than 60,000 new cases every day for the last six days, peaking at a record 77,638 infections on Friday. President Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview broadcast on Sunday, again defended his handling of the pandemic, claiming that the US was “the envy of the world” on testing. Referring to his early prediction that the virus would disappear, he said, “I’ll be right eventually.” He again opposed any national mandate for mask-wearing, saying, “I want people to have a certain freedom.” Like & share
  16. School Resumption For Certificate Classes: All JS3, SS3, Final Year Students, Should Take Note Of This. Nigerian students have been at home since march, 2020. There have been issues on whether students should be allowed to go back to school most especially the certificate classes, so that they can write their final examination. Students should always remember that Nigeria president in person of Muhammadu Buhari made some decisions on school resumption, he once approved school resumption for all the certificate classes, but he later reversed his opinion as a result of increase in the number of active cases of Covid19 in Nigeria. Pending the time that the federal Government will reopen schools, all certificate classes should take note of this, so that by the time they finally resume, they will be able to prevent themselves from Covid19. 1. All Nigerian students must make sure they always wear their face mask, as it will help to curb the spread of Covid19. 2. All the certificate classes that is SS3, JS3 and final year students must observe social distancing. 3. They should make it a habit to always wash their hands. Finally, all students must ensure to stay safe.
  17. For most of the teachers, the last time they received any semblance of payment from their schools was in April with many getting between N5,000 and N10,000. With the school lockdown in its fourth month and no sign of schools’ reopening following the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the fear that they and their loved ones may die from hunger should they continue to be silent on their ordeals. Their cry for help at the weekend moved well spirited Nigerians on micro-blogging site, Twitter, to do giveaways solely targeting private school teachers. One of such gestures was that initiated by influencer, @Mazigburugburu1 which indicated that N400,000 will be shared at N25,000 each to 16 private school teachers who must show proof that they were private school teachers. Stating why they should be chosen for the gift, some of the teachers posted their identity cards, pictures with pupils, last credit alert received among other things. One of them, Afolabi Awodeyi, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) holder in Computer Engineering who said he lectured at a Polytechnic before the lockdown claimed he earned N7,000 per course in a semester (four months.) “I have not won anything before. This is one of my lecture notes in the Polytechnic where I earn N7,000 for a course in a semester not a month. I take four courses every semester and that amounts to N28,000 per semester not per month. A semester= four months “I would love to go into catfish farming and production and I have done my survey and financial analysis but to even see startup capital is another problem,” he said.
  18. A potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University in the U.K. with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has produced a promising immune response in a large, early-stage human trial. The researchers said the vaccine produced antibodies and killer T-cells to combat the infection that lasted at least two months. A potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has produced a promising immune response in a large, early-stage human trial, according to newly released data published Monday in the medical journal The Lancet. The researchers are calling their experimental vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222). It combines genetic material from the coronavirus with a modified adenovirus that is known to cause infections in chimpanzees. The phase one trial had more than 1,000 participants in people ages 18 to 55. AstraZeneca's shares were down 2.5% in midday trading. The researchers said the vaccine produced antibodies and killer T-cells to combat the infection that lasted at least two months. Neutralizing antibodies, which scientists believe is important to gain protection against the virus, were detected in participants. The T-cell response did not increase with a second dose of the vaccine, they said, which is consistent with other vaccines of this kind. "The immune system has two ways of finding and attacking pathogens — antibody and T cell responses," Oxford professor Andrew Pollard said in a release. "This vaccine is intended to induce both, so it can attack the virus when it's circulating in the body, as well as attacking infected cells. We hope this means the immune system will remember the virus, so that our vaccine will protect people for an extended period." The vaccine was found to be well-tolerated and there were no serious adverse events, according to the researchers. Fatigue and headache were the most commonly reported, they said. Other common side effects included pain at the injection site, muscle ache, chills and a fever. Adrian Hill, director of Oxford's Jenner Institute, told CNBC on Monday the strong immune response means the vaccine is more likely to provide protection against the virus, though nothing is guaranteed. He said scientists hope to begin human trials in the United States in a few weeks. "We are using single-dose and two-dose of the vaccine," he told "Worldwide Exchange." "It looks like both give useful immune responses even though after two doses we see stronger immune responses." The potential vaccine is one of at least 100 being developed across the world for Covid-19, which has infected more than 14 million people worldwide and killed at least 606,206, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. At least 23 of the vaccine candidates are already in human trials, according to the World Health Organization. Last week, biotech firm Moderna released promising data on its vaccine trial, saying it generated a "robust" immune response. That trial included 45 healthy participants and was run by the National Institutes of Health. Earlier this month, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, alongside German drugmaker BioNTech, released positive results from its closely watched early-stage human trial. The company said its vaccine produced neutralizing antibodies in all participants who received two of the 10 or 30 microgram doses after 28 days, according to the preliminary data. AstraZeneca said in June it is working with industry partners to manufacture and distribute 2 billion doses of the vaccine with Oxford. The drugmaker is ramping up manufacturing while trials are still underway so the vaccine can be publicly distributed as early as possible if it works, according to Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, which is working with AstraZeneca on the drug's production. Participants were split into four groups. The researchers noted the early-stage trial had limitations, including lack of information on older adults, and those with underlying health conditions. They said these groups are being recruited in their ongoing late-stage trial of the vaccine in the U.K., Brazil and South Africa. Participants recruited in this study will be followed-up for at least one year to continue to study the vaccine's safety and the immune response it provokes. While Oxford's data is promising, scientists warn that questions remain about how the human body responds once it's been infected with the virus. The answers, they say, may have important implications for vaccine development, including how quickly it can be deployed to the public. One critical question among scientists is whether antibodies produced in response to Covid-19 offer protection against getting infected again. Scientists hope the antibodies provide some degree of protection against getting Covid-19, but they can't say that definitively yet since the virus was discovered just six months ago. It hasn't been studied in depth and some patients appear to have been reinfected after recovering from Covid-19. "I would say there's a lot of optimism," said Dr. Jonathan Abraham, a professor at Harvard Medical School's Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology. "But I think the optimism is making a lot of assumptions. The assumptions include that what we're seeing now is a type of infection where if you get infected and you're reexposed shortly after that you won't be infected again." Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, has repeatedly said he's "cautiously optimistic" scientists will be able to create at least one safe and effective vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021.
  19. The fifth edition of the Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) reality TV show has kicked off on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Naija News reports that the BBNaija season 5 tagged “Naija Lockdown” officially kicked off at exactly 7:00 PM after the commencement of the opening show. The opening ceremony of the reality Tv show is hosted by Ebuka Obi Uchendu. Meet the contestants on this edition of the 2020 show. Meet Ozo Consultant and entrepreneur Ozoemena “Ozo” Chukwu (27), is from Imo State. He considers himself brilliant. He is a sports analyst who has worked with a UEFA Federation in Europe. Meet Vee 23-year-old, Victoria Adeyele was born in London, but moved to Lagos, Nigeria in 2020. She is a singer, and has performed at some gigs in Europe before coming back to Nigeria. Prince 24-year-old Prince says he is royalty. The native of Abia state is into interior decoration, fashion designing and modelling. He says he’s going to be serving some dance moves at Friday night parties and we can’t wait to see that. Meet Lilo Lilo, whose full name is Boluwatife Aderogba is a 23-year-old dietitian from Lagos. Meet Trikytee Timmy Sinclair, 35, is a Lagos-based creative artist from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Dorathy Dorathy Bachor is a 24-year-old entrepreneur from Lagos who believes she has the powers to make everyone around her smile. Wathoni Florence Wathoni Anyansi is a 29-year-old fashion entrepreneur This multi-talented single mother juggles a fashion business and a parenting blog. She speaks both English language and Swahili. Terseer Kiddwaya Kiddwaya, 27 is an enterprenuer from Benue State. He describes himself as confident, good looking, ambitious, a daredevil who is highly motivated. Ka3na Kate “Ka3na” Jones (26) is an entrepreneur from Rivers, Nigeria. She describes herself as a strong woman who wants more from life. Her dream is to be famous and own the biggest luxury fashion brand in the world. Lucy Lucy Essien is a 30-year-old entrepreneur from Lagos. She believes in fairy tales, and hopefully, Biggie’s House will deliver just that for her. See throwback pictures of Lucy Praise Praise Nelson is a 28-year-old dancer from Enugu. Not new to fame or competing, he was a winner at the K-Pop World Festival, South Korea 2015 and won third place at a national Dance Competition in 2010. He is also a fitness and personal trainer and a certified Latin ballroom expert. Tochi Tochukwu Okechukwu Tochi is a 28-year-old rapper and real estate agent from Imo state. Eric Eric Akhigbe (24) is a final year student at the University of Lagos and hails from Edo State. The bodybuilder is a confident hunk who takes pride in his 1.95m height. Brighto Ezekiel Bright “Brighto” Osemudiame is a 29-year-old sailor from Edo State. Brighto, as he is fondly called, is the youngest of six kids. He holds a degree in Marine Engineering from Arab Academy for Science Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt with several other professional certifications. Nengi Rebecca “Nengi” Hampson (22) is an entrepreneur from Bayelsa State, Nigeria. She is a former model and MBGN Top 5 contestant who loves learning new things, having fun, travelling, taking on new adventures, and being true to herself. Neo Emuobonuvie “Neo” Akpofure (26), popularly referred to as Neo, is a ride-hailing app driver and a Delta State native. Tolanibaj Tolani Shobajo is a 27-year-old media personality from Lagos state. Tolani is an energetic gingered babe. People always call her the life of the party. Erica A graduate of MET film school, London, Erica is an actress and a commercial model. She dislikes attention seekers and people who don’t take care of their hygiene. She also says she is bringing a lot of good vibes to the house. Vee Born and raised in London, Vee is a 23-year-old musician now based in Lagos. She says she is going into the house to make people laugh and have fun. Kaisha Kaisha is 25 years old and she hails from Sokoto state. She owns a skincare business and describes herself a hardworking lady who gets along with people. She loves to sing and dance.
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  21. Recently, in order not to compromise the lives of students to the novel coronavirus, the federal government had rescinded their attempt of commencing WAEC examination in the month of August . Meanwhile, even as President Muhammadu Buhari has bield Nigerians that the country will soon triumph over the novel coronavirus by God's grace, WAEC candidates are to note that President Buhari and his government are working ceaselessly to ensure that WAEC Candidates resume school and take their 2020 WAEC examination without getting infected with the virus, as the federal government continues to deliberate on the due time for the safe reopening of school. Although, WAEC Candidates may be asking why their WAEC Commencement in the month of August was nullified, even after President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reopening of school for only students in graduating classes, in which 2020 WAEC Candidates are no exception. Nevertheless, WAEC Candidates should note that the sudden decision was only for there safety, as the federal government want to make sure that students don't get infected by the covid-19 disease when school reopen. Moreover, following the recent briefing of the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, that it will be better for students to lose a whole one year academic session than losing their lives, has left 2020 WAEC Candidates to be in doubt and are becoming inquisitive on if 2020 WAEC Exam is to taken in 2021. Therefore, All 2020 WAEC Candidates should note this on the verbal of 2020 WAEC Exam to be taken in 2021; 1. All 2020 WAEC Candidates should note that there has not been any declaration by the federal government yet, that the 2020 WAEC Exam is to be taken in 2021. 2. It is also noteworthy that the 2020 WAEC Exam is under the likelihood of being taken in 2021, considering the daily increase in number of covid-19 cases in the country, as the country has been recording hundreds of new cases every day. 3. 2020 WAEC candidates should also note that the rescinding of the attempt of WAEC commencement in August by the federal government has also provided an unprecedented opportunity for them to read their books further and be wholly prepared for the exam. In all the same, based on information collection, it can be designated that parents are very happy that the federal government has discarded the attempt of starting WAEC on August, moreover, as a student, what do you think about the verbal of 2020 WAEC Exam to be taken in 2021? That is, do you prefer WAEC should be taken next year or this year, considering the opinion of your parents and the unabated increase in covid-19 cases?
  22. Some education stakeholders on Thursday expressed divergent viewpoints on Federal Government’s postponement of the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in Nigeria due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic. In separate interviews with Newsmen in Lagos, the stakeholders also spoke on the suspension of partial resumption of certain categories of secondary and technical schools students, including primary school pupils. NAN reports that the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday announced that students in the country would not sit for the SSCE, being organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Mr Simeon Fowowe, National President, Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN), said that schools should remain shut if the government was not sure of the safety and protection of the students and pupils. He urged government to ensure the availability of the safety measures before the reopening of schools in the country. “A healthy and safe child is the one that can write exams. This challenge of not writing WAEC will promote the National Examinations Council (NECO) subsequently, because WAEC is a West African examinations body. “Government can make a special request from the other member countries of WAEC, so that all the students from the affected nations can write the examinations when it is safe for them,” he said. Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, the Provost, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, faulted the government’s decision preventing students from writing the examination. Lafiaji-Okuneye described the school as the best organised setting and starting point to educate students on how to protect themselves from COVID-19. “Government opened the markets and a lot of people are going to market everyday without following government’s directives. “Recently, I went to Idumota Market on Lagos Island and less than 20 people were wearing masks without anybody controlling the traders on what to do. “Schools should be asked to resume by obeying the government’s protocols but any principal, teacher or proprietor that does not adhere to the government’s instruction should be sanctioned,” she said. Mr Adedoyin Adesina, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos State Wing, said that the government’s suspension of the examination and partial resumption of schools was to prevent students from contracting the virus. Adesina reminded Nigerians that only the living could write an examination, adding that the virus had been increasing on daily basis worldwide. “Some of the students might have underlying health ailments which their schools might not be aware of; everybody should know that health is wealth. “It is very painful that students had hoped to graduate and finish their examinations at some point, but the COVID-19 pandemic has affected a lot of things. “The essence of writing the examination is to move forward and not to be exposed to the virus; I pray everything will be resolved,” he said. Mr Steven Adesemoye, a Mass Communication lecturer at Lagos State Polytechnic, expressed support for the government’ suspension of the examination. According to him, the schools are yet to do anything or show readiness for the examination. Adesemoye said that Nigerians needed to face the reality because cases of COVID-19 were increasing and people were dying daily. “In this situation, we need to be sure of people’s health safety and protection first, or let education pause for now, or they run the examination online. “The pandemic is global and the sanctity of lives should be more important to us.
  23. The federal government has said the safety of students and teachers will be its priority when schools resume in the face of COVID-19 pandemic - The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure during a webinar on Saturday, July 11 - Nwajiuba said the government is working on how to make the educational system cope with the challenges posed by the pandemic The federal government has said the safety of students and teachers will be its priority when schools resume in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has spoken about the challenges of re-opening schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credits: Premium Times Source: UGC The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure on Saturday, July 11, during a webinar, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Nwajiuba said the government is working on how to make the educational system cope with the challenges posed by the pandemic, which has become the new normal “Most of the things we are working on are toward carrying learners forward in the new system during this pandemic,” the minister said. In another report, a group established to respond to the coronavirus in Nigeria has urged the federal government not to reopen schools. The group, Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, said reopening schools at this time could expose pupils, students, teachers and their families to risks of COVID-19 infection Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to sack the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, over the continued closure of schools in the country. The request was made by the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, July 9, at a media briefing in Akure, Ondo state, Leadership reported. The secretary-general of the association, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, accused the education minister of planning to ground education activities in the country for a whole year. He said the federal government should have allowed pupils back in schools by now. According to Afenifere, the government should have used the six months pupils have spent at home to come up with ways of protecting students against the spread of COVID-19. Afenifere spokesperson said Adamu and the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, have no idea of what they are doing
  24. Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the suspension of the 2020 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by the Federal Government. Atiku’s reaction comes two days after the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu announced that no Unity Schools will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams. Speaking after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Minister asked the examination body and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams. In a statement he personally signed on Friday, Atiku said the cancellation will put the country at more risks. He pointed out that 1.5 million Nigerian youths write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination annually, adding that the abrupt cancellation of “this examination is to set back our nation’s youth, and place them behind their contemporaries in other West African nations.” “I urge this administration to take into account that the lives they are trying to save will be further put at risk, because if this policy is not reversed, tens of thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, will breach social distancing rules to cross over to neighbouring West African nations to write their WASSCE, rather than miss a year,” the statement partly read. The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections noted that the move by the Nigerian government to curb the COVID-19 pandemic is not in the nation’s best interest. This, he noted, is because the Federal Government unilaterally took the decision “without consultation, and thoughtful action,” arguing that it “may be counterproductive.” “This is perilous because Foreign Direct Investments and other economic indicators are tied to the educational indexes of nations. “Already, Nigeria lags behind other African nations in crucial indices, like school enrolment, pass rates, and out of school children. This action will further create chaos in the public education system and exacerbate an already bad situation,” he said. On the way forward, Atiku wants the Federal and state governments to mobilise all available public and private infrastructures including primary schools, stadia, and cinemas, for the examinations. In doing this, he also called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to “prevail on WAEC to have a staggering examination with a different set of questions for each shift.” In doing this, the PDP chieftain believes that the government’s directives on social distancing will be achieved while candidates sit for their examination, thus describing the move as “a win-win scenario.”
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