Nigeria recorded 301 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Here are five pandemic updates from this Monday.
INDIAN COMPANY WORKING ON OMICRON VACCINE
Indian company Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is reportedly working on an Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine.
According to india time, sources said the vaccine is already being manufactured and could be rolled out once it receives regulatory approval.
If approved for emergency use, it will be the country’s first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, similar to those developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
The Omicron-targeted vaccine would soon be tested for human use.
NEW ZEALAND STARTS VACCINATING CHILDREN AGED 5 TO 11
New Zealand will start vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 from Monday.
More than 120,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children have been delivered and are available at 500 locations across the country, including walk-ins, drive-throughs, pharmacies and pharmacies, according to the Department of Health in a statement. medical offices.
Anthony Jordan, Auckland’s clinical director of COVID-19 vaccination, said communities in Tamaki Makaurau were well prepared.
“We look forward to welcoming families to our vaccination centers and we will be offering activities to help children feel more comfortable and occupied, such as keywords, coloring, stickers and certificates” , did he declare.
“All of our staff have been specially trained in childhood vaccinations and are ready to answer any questions from parents or children.”
IRAN REPORTS FIRST DEATH OF OMICRON
Three people are believed to have died from the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Iran.
Speaking to the state broadcaster, Mohammad Hashemi, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said the number of Omicron patients in the country had reached 1,162.
“One death has been reported due to Omicron in each of the cities of Tabriz, Yazd and Shahrekord, and one critically ill patient is hospitalized in Ahvaz,” he added.
COVAX PROVIDES ONE BILLION DOSES OF COVID VACCINE
COVAX, the global vaccine sharing program, has delivered one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 144 countries.
A shipment of 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda last Sunday summed up the billionth dose supplied through COVAX.
“Together with our partners, COVAX is leading the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, with deliveries to 144 countries to date,” the WHO said in a statement.
“But the work that has gone into this stage is just a reminder of the work that remains.”
The global health body said that as of January 13, 2022, out of 194 member states, 36 WHO member states had vaccinated less than 10% of their population and 88 less than 40%.
NIGERIA RECORDS 301 CASES
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 301 new cases of COVID-19.
According to the agency’s January 16 update, the new cases were recorded in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The breakdown of cases is as follows:
The agency said 287 people had been released after recovering from the infection.
Eight people died on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 3,103.
According to the NCDC, the report includes 175 additional cases reported in Lagos State from January 1-15.
It also includes a backlog of eight deaths reported in Lagos.
With the new cases confirmed, Nigeria has now recorded a total of 250,929 infections and 224,052 recoveries.