Nigeria records 52 infections as Omicron variant hits US


Nigeria recorded 52 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Here are five updates on the pandemic this Thursday.

Lai: Low vaccination rate affecting the fight against COVID

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, says the low vaccination rate in developing countries will negatively affect the fight against COVID.

Mohammed, who is currently in Spain for the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said countries should be able to access COVID vaccines without any form of discrimination.

“Even before clinical trials were completed, millions of doses of the most promising vaccines were purchased by Britain, the United States, Japan and the European bloc countries,” he said.

“Some of these countries bought doses five times larger than their populations. “

WHO awaits more information on Omicron transmission

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it expects to have more information on the transmissibility of the Omicron variant within days.

The index case of Omicron was detected in South Africa last week, after which the WHO designated it as a “variant of concern”.

Speaking in a briefing on Wednesday, Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical officer on COVID-19, said there was not much information regarding the transmissibility of the new variant as it is. still in its “early stages”.

UK gets 114 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer COVID

The United Kingdom (UK) said it has reached an agreement to purchase 114 million Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

The deal covers an additional 60 million Moderna vaccines and 54 million doses of Pfizer vaccine for 2022 and 2033 and also includes access to all modified shots, if needed, to combat the Omicron variant.

“These new deals will be the sustainability of the great Britain’s immunization effort which has so far provided over 115 million first, second and booster vaccines across the UK and will ensure that we can protect even more people in the years to come, ”Sajid Javid, the country’s health minister, said.

Nigeria records 52 infections

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 52 infections in six states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the agency’s update for Wednesday, Lagos has reported 29 cases, followed by FCT with 12 infections while Kaduna has recorded 4 cases.

The other states that have registered new infections are Bauchi (3), Kano (2), while Ogun and Oyo have registered one case each.

The agency said eight people have recovered from the infection, bringing the total number of people discharged to 207,312.

Meanwhile, one person is believed to have died of complications from COVID.

Nigeria now has 214,270 confirmed cases with 2,978 deaths.

COVID: United States registers first case of Omicron variant

The United States has confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID variant in California.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said the variant was detected in a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before the first case of Omicron was detected in the United States,” Fauci said.


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