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Canada endorses another COVID-19 Vaccine

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Canadian authorities said Friday they have authorized a third Covid-19 vaccine, adding AstraZeneca’s candidate to the approved list alongside the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna shots.

“After completing their rigorous and independent review process, @GovCanHealth has approved AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine,” tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Canada now has 3 vaccines approved for use in our fight against Covid-19.”

Ottawa has ordered 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, developed with Oxford University, and two million shots of the same formula made by the Serum Institute of India.

Officials also said evaluations of Johnson & Johnson’s and Novovax’s Covid vaccines have been completed and decisions on their approvals are expected soon.

The World Health Organization has announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine could be given to people aged 65 and over despite concerns about its efficacy and used in countries where variants of the novel coronavirus have been found.

Canada said it will make it available to people aged over 18.

It has been found to be about 62 per cent effective in preventing infection, compared to more than 90 per cent for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines that are based on different technology.

Already in use in Britain and the European Union, it requires two doses four to 12 weeks apart to offer the best protection, but does not need to be stored in extreme cold temperatures in contrast to the Pfizer vaccine, making its distribution easier.

“Canada is hungry for vaccines,” Health Canada senior advisor Supriya Sharma told a media briefing. “We’re putting more on the buffet table.”

“Having additional vaccines from different manufacturers can help to get more people vaccinated sooner,” she said, adding that the department has concluded “that the benefits outweigh the risks.”

As of Friday, Canada has reported more than 858,000 cases of the coronavirus and 21,865 fatalities.

Ottawa has ordered or reserved more than 400 million doses of vaccine from seven suppliers for a population of 38 million.

(AFP)


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Breaking: 5000 displaced as Boko Haram unleash terror on Adamawa communities

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Up to 5,000 persons, mainly women and children have been displaced following weekend attack by Boko Haram in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, the executive secretary of the Adamawa state emergency Management agency, announced this in Yola on Sunday.

The Executive Secretary disclosed that many other communities from neighbouring local governments were also displaced.

He recalled that the insurgents came in nine vehicles on Friday to attack Kwapre village in Dugwaba District of Hong Local Government Area.

Suleiman stated that the insurgents surrounded the village and killed seven people, including three children.


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Breaking: South-East Govs float new security squad amidst growing insecurity

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Five Southeast governors on Sunday announced setting up of a new security outfit known as Ebubeagu.

This was disclosed in a communique after a one-day security summit in Owerri, Imo state capital.

Read the full communique

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS AND HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES AT THE END OF THE FIRST SOUTH EAST SECURITY SUMMIT HELD IN OWERRI ON SUNDAY APRIL 11th 2021

After exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South East and with valuable contributions from participants at the first South East security summit in Owerri on this day Sunday April 11th 2021, it was resolved as follows:

  1. To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the South East. The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.
  2. That the five South East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country. To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South east will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish
  3. That the political leadership in the South East has resolved to bring together all the arsenals at their command, as one united zone, to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone.
  4. That the summit resolved that to achieve this, there is a need to galvanise all the relevant stakeholders in the south east, the political class, the business community, the bureaucrats and the intelligentsia to provide all necessary support to security operatives in the five south east states to ensure total success in the fight against criminality in the zone.
  5. That the heads of all the security agencies in the south east have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone.
  6. That to fast track crime-busting in the south east, the heads of security agencies have been mandated to draw up a comprehensive list of their logistics and material needs for sustainable success in the fight against criminality, for the immediate provision by the leadership of the South East.
  7. That a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the south east joint security platform.
  8. To applaud the initiative of the South east security summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while its hosting shall rotate among the five south east states.
  9. The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.
  10. The meeting appreciated the formation of South East joint security outfit co. Named Ebubeagu. Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East.
  11. South East Governors requested the Acting IGP to stop the influx of IGP monitory units but to allow cps and state and Zonal commands to handle their cases.
  12. Meeting approve that the acting IGP and other security chiefs do invite the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and CAN to find out the reason for increasing insecurity of the South East .
  13. Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.
  14. Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agency should implement the ban.
  15. The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.

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Breaking: Iheanacho nets brace but Westham beat Leicester in Premier League clash

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West Ham defeated Nigeria’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi’s club 3-2 in their English Premier League encounter on Sunday.

Former Manchester United’s striker Lingard and Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice in the game.

In-form Lingard had scored twice in the first half before Leicester’s Bown goal in the second half.

Later in the second half, Iheanacho scored twice as Leicester launch fightback.


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