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BlackLivesMatter Protest Holds In Lagos Nigeria

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As the whole world continue to garner support for the deceased black American named George Floyd, which has led to many protests universally, yesterday in Lagos Nigeria, some Nigerians braved the rain to protest the murder of George Floyd and to call for an end to racial injustice.

The protest was organised by the Black Lives Matter Movement in Nigeria (BLMMN). The convener, Josephine Okpara, stormed the streets of Victoria Island, Lagos, with otherprotesters.

They carried placards with words such as "Black Lives Matter" and "Justice For George Floyd" written on them as they condemned the killing of African Americans in the United States of America.

Speaking on behalf of the group, convener, Mrs Josephine Okpara said the US must put an end to “white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes”.



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MadagascarCure: Madagascar Demands 72 Million Naira From Nigeria

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Few days after Nigeria received the MadagascarCure consignment, information has now emanated that the Madagascar government has asked Nigeria to pay a sum of 170,000 Euros for the quantity of its COVID-19 cure drugs sent to the Federal Government, this development was revealed during the last weekend.

Though, the quantity of the consignment sent to Nigeria through Guinea Bissau could not be ascertained yet, it will be recalled that the consignmt was delivered by Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who also used the opportunity to visit President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Saturday, The Guinea Bissau President brought the drugs allocated to Nigeria by Madagascar.

Meanwhile, President Buhari asserted categorically that Nigeria would take the drug through intensive test to determine its suitability.

A source quoted by a popular national daily (tribune) says “For our consignments in Guinea Bissau, Madagascar has asked Nigeria to pay over €170,000 (N78, 200,000). We have received the invoice because the African country has made us to realise that the drugs are not being given out free.

“We are being asked to pay for the drugs yet to be validated. Since the AU directed the supply of the drugs to African countries, we may have no choice than to pay for it.

“This payment may, however, be one-off because mass importation of the drugs from Madagascar will not be cost effective. By the time we take into account the cost of freight, the amount will be too high.

“This is why we are looking at local options available to us as a nation.

“Some researchers have told us that we have richer herbs to contain COVID-19. In fact, a shop in Wuse 2, Abuja has been discovered to be selling Artemisia Tea with high potency than COV drugs.

“As a nation, we will leave all options open and look inwards. But, we will subject Madagascar herbal drugs to verification or validation.

“The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is also thinking of asking the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to relax the protocols and hasten the validation of local drugs for COVID-19.:

Meanwhile, Madagascar recorded her first covid19 related death yesterday despite the acclaimed cure.

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Jack Ma Sends 2nd Batch Of Medical Equipment To Nigeria And Others

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Barely few weeks after the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation donated medical supplies to Africa countries on the quest of combating the novel coronavirus, the equipment that the Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, confirmed receipt of the first dispatch a few weeks ago.

The Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, has again sent his second donation to 54 African countries, which have been dispatched to help the continent with its fight against COVID-19.

The medical supplies would soon arrive Ethiopia, the headquarters of African Union, for onward distribution to countries.

Jack Ma made this known his Twitter page on Monday (yesterday)

According to him, the second consignment includes 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 200,000 thermometers, one million swabs and extraction kits and 500,000 gloves.



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WHO To Include Nigeria Among Countries Where Covid19 Vaccine Trial Will Take Place

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A delegate of the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Fiona Braka has said that Nigeria has showed interest to be part of the global solidarity trial of the vaccines being developed to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and efforts are underway to start the process in the country.

She made this known on Friday in Abuja, at the 24th joint national briefing of the committee,. she also said that 89 vaccines are being developed globally, including seven in clinical evaluation and several therapeutics in clinical trials to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “Nigeria has also expressed interest to be part of this solidarity trial and efforts are underway to start the process in Nigeria too.”

According to her, on the subject of vaccines and clinical trials for Covid-19, research and development is an important aspect of the response and researchers around the world are working hard on accelerating the development of vaccines and therapeutics for Covid-19. She said the WHO has launched various working groups to accelerate various aspects of vaccine development.

“Together with global health actors and partners, over the past week, WHO launched the Access to Covid-19 Tools ACT Accelerator, a global collaboration to accelerate development for equitable access to new Covid-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. “We have a total of 89 vaccines that are in development globally, including seven in clinical evaluation and several therapeutics are in clinical trials. WHO is committed to ensuring that as medicines and vaccines are developed, they are shared equitably with all countries and people.

“We do have the solidarity trial which is an international clinical trial to help find an effective treatment for Covid-19, launched by the WHO and partners. More than 100 countries have joined the solidarity trial and to date, over 1,200 patients have been randomized from the first five countries to evaluate the safety and efficacy full drug and drug combinations,” Braka said.



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