The Federal Government has re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of efforts to curtail the further spread of COVID-19. The National Incident Manager and Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee, Mukhtar Mohammed, disclosed this at a press briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja. According to Mohammed, the curfew would take effect from midnight on Monday, May 10. He also informed that with effect from Tuesday, night clubs, gyms, and others would remain closed till further notice.
Despite last-minute efforts by the Nigerian Government Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday commenced a nationwide indefinite strike. NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, announced the commencement of the industrial action during an interview on Sunrise Daily – a breakfast programme on Channels Television. “The strike commenced 8 am this morning, and we enjoin all resident doctors to start the strike immediately,” he said. The resident doctors, in a tweet on Thursday, said the strike was not intended to hurt the public.
The Federal Government has on Monday announced that it has begun the distribution of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the 36 states of the federation. Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) made the announcement during the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 press briefing in Abuja, saying the distribution would be concluded on Tuesday.
The African Union (AU) is set to receive 400 million doses of Johnson&Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine following the successful conclusion of the agreement through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT). This was made known in a statement by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Monday, saying that an additional 180 million doses of the single-shot vaccine could be purchased when the successful purchase agreement. The statement said the vaccine will be made available across African countries within 18 months through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has on Friday approved the COVID-29 vaccine developed by Johnson&Johnson, making it an additional 500 million doses to be added to the COVAX global vaccine sharing scheme. The approval comes after Johnson&Johnson’s single jab dose vaccine won approval from the European Union (EU) on Thursday. In a statement, Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Chief said “Every new, safe and effective tool against Covid-19 is another step closer to controlling the pandemic.”
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo received jabs of the COVID-19 vaccines on LIVE TV at about 11: 55 a.m. on Saturday, March, 6. Mr. Buhari was vaccinated by the Chief Personal Physician to the President, Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, while Mr. Osinbajo was vaccinated by his personal physician, Nicholas Audifferen. Earlier it was reported that the President and Vice will be among the first set of Nigerians to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to demonstrate to Nigerians it is safe. Nigeria commenced the COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens on Friday, three days after it received 3.94 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX).