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Ghana Parliament shuts as 17 legislators, 151 staff contract COVID-19

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Ghana’s parliament has suspended most of its activities for three weeks over a surge in cases of COVID-19 among lawmakers and parliamentary staff.

It was learnt that no fewer than 17 members of parliament and 151 supporting staff have been infected with the coronavirus, which had already forced lawmakers to limit their assembly meetings.

The Speaker of the House, Alban Bagbin, who confirmed the development, on Tuesday also announced  that the legislature will be in recess until March 2 to make way for “disinfection and sanitisation of the premises.”

The Speaker said, “I have, in consultation with leadership, decided that sitting of the House be adjourned for three weeks”.

Ghana has confirmed a total of 73,003 coronavirus cases resulting in 482 deaths and over 65,000 recoveries.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has banned large social gatherings such as funerals, weddings and parties and the country’s land and sea borders have remained closed to human traffic since March 2020.

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COVID-19 : Buhari, Osinbajo get vaccinated

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday received the AstraZeneca vaccine, a day after the Federal Government launched the vaccination exercise in the country.

President Buhari took the jab at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The vaccine was administered to the President by his chief personal physician in the presence of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Shortly after President Buhari took the jab, Professor Osinbajo also received the vaccine which was also administered to him by his chief personal physician.

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Fg begins online registration for COVID-19 vaccination {Read details}

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The National Primary Health Care Development Agency has announced that Nigerians can now register for the COVID-19 vaccination through its official website.

The agency on Monday in a tweet explained, “To register for #COVID19 Vaccination, visit our website http://nphcda.gov.ng and click on ‘COVID-19 Vaccination e-registration”.

Nigeria is expected to receive almost four million doses of the vaccine tomorrow courtesy of COVAX, a global initiative backed by the World Health Organisation.

Earlier on Monday, the Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, noted that frontline health workers would be one of the first set of people to get the vaccine.

“The first will be the frontline health workers because they are facing the battle heavily,” he said.

“They will come first then, secondly, we will look at the elderly – those above 60, 65 years and particularly with comorbidities (people who have existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease – they will also be in that group.

“We will also be looking and the strategic leadership of the country, and then we would be looking at some other people like those at the point of entry, border post managers, and things like that; This will be the order in terms of priority for now.”

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Nigeria to receive about 4m doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday

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The Nigerian government has confirmed that it will receive the first tranche of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha  disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja, the Nation’s capital. 

Boss Mustapha, who also doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), explained that the first shipment of  3,924,000 million doses of covid-19 vaccines is coming from COVAX, a World Health Organization (WHO) backed initiative set up to procure and ensure equitable distribution of vaccines for free among countries across the globe.

“I can assure you that the vaccines are coming and they are coming very quickly barring any change in the delivery plan that has been released to us by UNICEF,” the SGF said, exactly one year after the virus was reported in the West African nation.

The SGF continued , “We believe that our vaccines should depart India on the 1st of March, 2021 at 10:30 pm and arrive in Abuja on the 2nd of March by 11:10 am.”

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire had earlier confirmed that Nigeria will be getting the COVAX vaccine in March, and explained that the Federal Government is targeting to vaccinate 70 percent of the population. 

“We have been told to open an account with Afreximbank under the African Union; we have done that already successfully because we are going to pay for that part of the vaccine. The COVAX vaccine is free, at no cost to us, it is made from donations,” the minister had explained during a briefing with journalists

“We want to immunise about 60 to 70% of our population. If COVAX immunises 20, then we have about 40 to 50 to immunise within the next two years”,  he said

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