Kenya’s drug authority has denied rumors that a Kenyan has died as a result of taking the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Pharmacy and Poisons Board’s deputy director Dr. Peter Ikamati said the death of a Kenyan health worker, who had taken the vaccine, may have been caused by a miscarriage.
“The board wishes to clarify that there was a misreporting of an adverse event following immunization as fatal. All reported cases that have adverse event after immunization are under investigation and none of them has resulted into fatal outcomes,” the board’s chief executive, Fred Siyoi, said in a statement.
It was learned that the deceased was a nurse working in one of the hospitals in Uasin Gishu in western Kenya.
On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari met with the leaders of the National Assembly in the State House, Abuja to discuss raising a Supplementary Budget to fund COVID-19 vaccination and acquisition of more military equipment.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila revealed some of the details of the meeting to State House Correspondents. Senator Lawan said they discussed issues of serious national concern and one of those issues is the issue of the supplementary budget.
“Today, I’m sure in Nigeria, there are no more grave issues, than COVID-19 and the security situation in the country. And I want to take this opportunity to say that the security situation is gradually improving. And I’m sure that when we give more resources to our security agencies, we will see an even faster recovery of our situation.
He said the U.S, UK, and India are not allowing the vaccines they produced to be exported out of the country. So, Nigerians have nowhere do we go from here, than to produce our own vaccines.
On security, the Senate President said though funds had been previously provided for the purchase of military equipment, more is required.
He said“We still need to approve more resources for the purchase of weapons for our Armed Forces, because this is the number one priority of government or any government really, to secure the people and of course, later the welfare.
Gbajabiamila said that the new service chiefs have started well since the changes were made by President Buhari.
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has taken his dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
It was gathered that the governor took the vaccine alongside his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, and two frontline health workers at the Governor’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital on Tuesday.
Taking our doses is, first, service to self then to people, because we can only silence the virus if we think and act together. We should be aware that even our two doses does not preclude the use of facemasks and compliance with other safety guidelines,” the governor stated after taking the vaccine.
The Rwanda government has announced the arrival of its first batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses from the UN-backed Covax distribution initiative which it will use to immunise people identified as priority risk groups.
The health authority say the country received 240,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with 102,960 doses of Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive later in the day.
The ministry said doses of the two vaccines would be used to immunise a total of 171,480 starting from Friday.
Rwanda expects to receive the total of 1,098,960 doses of both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.
Our target is to vaccinate 30% of our population by the end of 2021, and 60% by the end of 2022,” Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said.
The Federal Government has on Monday stated that Nigerians who received the COVID-19 vaccine outside the country will still be tested upon arriving in the country.
Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora made this known during an interview on the Channels Television program.
The health minister said getting vaccinated does not mean that one can not get the infection.
They need to produce evidence of taking a PCR test within the estimated time limit when they come into the country. Also, having been vaccinated does not absolutely say that you can’t get the infection. What the vaccine guarantees are that if you get the infection, you are not likely to succumb. The fact that you got a vaccine is no license for you to down your guard. These things we have said will still be in place in terms of non-pharmaceutical interventions,” he stated.
The Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuiab disclosed that Nigeria is prepared to receive its very first batch of Covid-19 vaccines on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
This was disclosed by the NPHCDA, WHO and UNICEF in a joint statement on Sunday evening.
The NPHCDA boss said Nigeria has trained front line workers and also has cold storage infrastructure in place to receive the vaccines.
We are fully prepared to receive and deliver the vaccine to eligible Nigerians as we have commenced the training of health workers and ensure that cold chain facilities are ready at all levels.
We have a robust chain system that can store all types of Covid-19 vaccine in accordance with the required temperature.We are therefore confident that we will have a very effective roll out of the vaccine , starting without critical healthcare workers, who are in the frontline in providing the care we all need,” he said.