COVID-19 ‘vaccines’, Nigeria’s yellow fever problem, other major health stories last week


Scientists across the world are racing to develop vaccines and effective treatments against the coronavirus pandemic, which is already in the second wave.

Drug giant Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech had announced the development of an experimental coronavirus vaccine which prevented more than 90 per cent of infections in a study of tens of thousands of volunteers.

About a week later, US drugmaker, Moderna, announced that its coronavirus vaccine is 94.5 per cent effective, based on an early look at the results from its large, continuing study.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, welcomed the rapid progress towards a safe and effective vaccine but warned that there was a “long way to go” in getting the virus under control globally.

Amid the pandemic which has claimed over a million lives, Nigeria is still trying to combat the yellow fever outbreak.

A total of 1,558 suspected cases and 46 confirmed cases have been reported from 481 (62 per cent) local government areas (LGAs) across all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2020.

Here are some of the health stories which made…



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