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COVID-19: Tanzania chooses local herbs over vaccine

Tanzania has reportedly said it has no plans to import COVID-19 vaccines, instead of pinning its hopes on research into “local herbs”. In an interview with The East African newspaper, Health Ministry spokesperson Gerald Chami went on to cast doubt on the safety and efficacy of imported vaccines. He claimed that development has been too …

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Ice-T says ‘no masker’ father-in-law contracted Covid, is now a ‘believer’

Ice-T is urging fans to take coronavirus seriously after his father-in-law contracted a serious case of the disease. The rapper and actor Ice-T said Sunday that his father-in-law had contracted the coronavirus, spent 40 days in intensive care and was on oxygen “indefinitely.” Ice-T’s real name is Tracy Marrow. He is married to Coco (born …

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Kanye West visits hospital after apologising to wife Kim Kardashian

Kanye West visited a hospital near his ranch in Cody, Wyoming, on Saturday, July 25, after publicly apologizing to his wife, Kim Kardashian. The doctors later followed Kanye back to his ranch in Cody, Wyoming, where he was treated. An insider told Us Weekly: “Kanye has been experiencing a lot of anxiety lately. He has …

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Nigeria Immigration Service stops 58 Nigerian Doctors from flying out to the UK

The Nigerian Immigration Service has blocked 58 medical doctors from leaving the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos via a chartered flight today July 10.   A statement released by the Immigration spokesman, Sunday James, says the doctors had planned to sneak out of the country via the Lagos airport. James said 56 …

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Trump Administration Buys up Nearly All the World’s Supply of Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir

The U.S. has bought up almost all of the world’s supply of remdesivir, one of only two drugs shown to work against the new coronavirus. Remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences – and it has been priced at $2,340 (£1,892) per patient in wealthier …

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South Africa to start continent’s first Covid-19 vaccine pilot

South Africa announced Tuesday that it will begin its first clinical trial this week for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, was developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute and it is already being evaluated in Britain, where 4,000 participants have signed up for the trial. South Africa has set …

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Coronavirus is getting weaker and may die out on its own without a vaccine, Italian expert claims

Coronavirus has weakened and could die out on its own without a vaccine, an Italian doctor has claimed – but many scientists do not agree. Professor Matteo Bassetti, head of infectious diseases at Genoa’s San Martino General Hospital, believes the Covid-19 virus is “changing in severity” and patients who would once have died quickly are …

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WHO declares Nigeria free of wild polio

World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of documentation for the free status. The UN health agency disclosed this on its regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, official twitter account @WHOAFRO. “Today, Nigeria’s complete documentation for Wild Polio virus free status was accepted by the Africa Regional …

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COVID-19: Oxford Scientists Discover First Life-Saving Drug To Reduce Deaths Due To Virus

Researchers at Oxford University have discovered what is believed to be the first evidence of a drug that can reduce the risk of death from COVID-19 by up to one-third, a steroid known as dexamethasone. Scientists working on the Recovery Trial found the drug could benefit patients on ventilators or oxygen, but had no effect …

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Coronavirus spread by people with no symptoms appears to be ‘very rare’ says WHO official

The spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be rare, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for coronavirus response and head of the emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday. “From the data we have, it still seems to be …

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