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Russia completes clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine

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Sechenov University in Moscow said it has completed clinical trials using human volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine, Russian news agency TASS reports.

According to Sechenov University Center for Clinical Research on Medications head and chief researcher Elena Smolyarchuk, study data showed the vaccine candidate’s effectiveness.

“The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe. The volunteers will be discharged on 15 July and 20 July,” Smolyarchuk was quoted by the news agency.

Having spent 28 days in isolation, the 38 paid trial candidates will be placed under observation for six months after being discharged.

Last month, Russia granted authorisation for clinical trials of two formulations of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate, which was developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology.

An intramuscular solution of the vaccine was tested at the Burdenko Military Hospital while Sechenov University assessed the vaccine in the form a powder for the preparation of an intramuscular solution.

The first stage of testing at the university commenced on 18 June in a group of 18 participants. The second group of the study involved 20 volunteers who were vaccinated on 23 June.

Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology director Vadim Tarasov also told Russian news agency Sputnik that Sechenov University in a pandemic situation acted not only as an educational institution but also as a scientific and technological research center that is able to participate in the creation of such important and complex products as drugs.

“We worked with this vaccine, starting with preclinical studies and protocol development, and clinical trials are currently underway,” Tarasov stated.

Prior to the human trials, the vaccine was tested for its toxicity, safety, immunogenicity and effectiveness in large and small animals at the Russian Defence Ministry’s 48th Central research institute.

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Nigerian Universities join in the search for COVID-19 Vaccine

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Nigerian Universities are in the vanguard of developing vaccine for the cure of coronavirus, an expert has said.

Dr. Suleiman Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary Education, at the National Universities Commission, NUC, gave the indication at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

Dr Yusuf told Signaturetv.org that 32 Nigerian universities have been involved in the process of getting vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic.

While launching a compendium of ongoing contributions of Nigerian Universities to National response to COVID-19, the Deputy Education Secretary, NUC, added that adequate funding is still required from government, individuals and international bodies to encourage the lecturers and students involved in research processes aimed at developing vaccine for the pandemic.

According to Dr Yusuf, some Nigerian universities are collaborating with Cambridge University in England in the search of vaccine for the virus.

He said while still relying on the WHO guidelines and protocols to help curb the spread, Nigeria is yet to come up with exclusive guidelines.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, had said through the  Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja on Monday that it is working hard to ensure that Nigerians have access to the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines when available.

“To do this, we have to build capacity, gather sufficient data and include African institutions in these efforts.

“We have to start preparing the Nigerian population for vaccine delivery when it becomes available.

“Access is a very key issue when it comes to vaccines; that a vaccine is developed does not necessarily translate to being available to those that need it the most.

“So, through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with GAVI to ensure that vaccines are available to countries regardless of their ability to pay.”

He also noted that in preparation for resumption templates have been sent to Nigerian Universities give account of COVID-19 protocols put in place considering their peculiarities and until feedback is collated response on school resumption cannot be given.

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Toke Makinwa Clears The Air On AMCON Saga & Other Stories On Entertainment News With Dami

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‘I Will Find The Love Of My Life In 2020’ – DJ Cuppy

DJ Cuppy

DJ Cuppy

 

Popular celebrity DJ, DJ Cuppy has stated that she will find the love of her life in 2020.
Daughter of the popular businessman made this known on Sunday via her Twitter handle
Many Nigerians know that DJ Cuppy is the daughter of billionaire Femi Otedola. Her popular song with Zlatan Ibile, ‘Gelato’ reiterates this fact.

However, the young woman has no official partner. Therefore, she strongly believes that this year will favor her as regards finding the right partner.

The DJ cum musician recently wished her mother, Nana Otedola a happy birthday.

Although DJ Cuppy has been linked to different men in the past, she is yet to be officially engaged to a man.

See her tweet below:

 



Don Jazzy Slams Those Criticizing Erica For Making Out With Kiddwaya

 

Nigerian music producer, Don Jazzy has slammed those criticizing BBNaija housemate, Erica for making out with billionaire son, Kiddwaya on national TV.

The music producer shared a round of tweets where hehe labeled the detractors, stating that if they were given a chance, they might even do worse than the reality TV stars.

Don Jazzy tweeted;

“People that if they leave them they will use cucumber on national tv want to cancel somebody that fell for fine rich boy. Hypocrites. Hisss #bbnaija“

A fan, @nation_oma expressed her concern that Kiddwaya might be toying with Erica’s emotions:

@nation_oma tweeted;

“If only the rich boy is geniune na wetin they fear people be that”

Reacting to the tweet, the music producer wrote;

“Genuine or no genuine we don’t know that yet. She sha likes him for now. E Dey happen. If he fucks up like most of us guys do. Life goes on. Na today???“

See his tweets below:



‘I Have Been A Fan Of Burna Boy For Five Years’ – Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Sam smith

English singer, Sam Smith says that he has been a fan of Burna Boy for five years. This revelation comes soon after he dropped his new single with Burna Boy, ‘My Oasis’.

The Grammy-award winner does not mince words about his admiration and respect for self-proclaimed African Giant, Burna Boy.
In an official press statement, Sam Smith said, “This track has been a beautiful release of emotions for me during this time.”

He continued: “I’ve been a fan of Burna Boy for years now and am so happy to have a tune with him.”

The new single, ‘My Oasis’, was written by Sam Smith himself, Jimmy Napes and Burna Boy.


Toke Makinwa Clears The Air On AMCON Saga

Toke Makinwa

Toke Makinwa

Popular media personality, Toke Makinwa has revealed that the police are investigating the AMCON saga and are looking for the twitter user that started the rumor.

Social media was agog in the penultimate week over the false news that operatives of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON repossessed Makinwa’s “Banana Island” property.

The media personality’s management released a statement in which the claims were refuted.

The management disclosed that the Ikoyi home belongs solely to her and legal actions will be taken on the originators of the false claim.

On Monday, the media personality gave an update stating that she has reported the matter to the police and an investigation has begun.

The entrepreneur revealed she normally ignores false stories but she felt the need to take up the matter on ground because people have formed a perception about her and her legacy is important to her.

The media personality blasted the journalists and blogs that also reported the stories without verifying and retracted them after finding out the truth.

See her tweets below:

 



Singer Tekno Lays Curse On Corrupt Nigerian Leaders

Tekno

Tekno

Popular singer, Augustine Miles Kelechi, popularly known as Tekno, has laid a curse on Nigerian leaders who are embezzling money in the country.

The ‘Pana’ crooner took to his Twitter page on Monday to drag those who are fond of diverting funds into their personal pockets without even giving back to the citizens.

The father of one tweeted;

”If u a leader in this country stealing from your people and just can’t give back small to the people.. God will make u suffer in ways money can’t fix“

See his tweet below



Famous Quote

Famous Quote For August 3

“I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.”
Marilyn Monroe, 1962



Word Of The Day

MONDAY, AUGUST 03, 2020
Word: vacillate

Pronunciation: [ vas-uh-leyt ]

Meaning: to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.



Fun Facts

  • Did you know Herring fish communicate by using flatulence.
  • Did you know Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.
  • Did you know ladybugs have a unique smell that humans are incredibly sensitive to.
  • Did you know Chewing gum boosts mental proficiency and is considered a better test aid than caffeine.


Knowledge Stew🥘

Did you know Saint Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse (AD 283 – 304). It is one of two countries in the world named after a woman (Ireland is named after the Celtic goddess of fertility Eire) and the only country named after a historical woman.



Just 4 Laffs😄😁

Boredom

During the COVID-19 Lockdown in Nigeria, a bored guy called the police panicking;
Man: Hello Police, as we speak 20 people are following me.
Police: Okay, where are you ?
Man: On Twitter. 😁😁😁😁



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Boko Haram: We’re no longer safe – Shehu of Borno

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Leaders and citizens of Borno State are no longer safe, Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi has decried.

The Shehu, in response to the attack on the convoy of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, made this lamentation in Maiduguri when he paid traditional Sallah homage on the Governor at the Government House.

The Governor’s convoy was last Wednesday shot at Baga town in Kukawa local government area during a visit to the area.

The Shehu, during his homage to the governor, said: “Your Excellency, we are not happy about what has happened in Baga the other time, it is a very unfortunate and great pity. If the convoy of the whole Chief Security Officer of the state will be attacked, then wallahi nobody is safe, because he is the number one citizen of the state, he is the Chief Security Officer of the State

If a convoy of such a highly placed person in the State will be attacked, I repeat, nobody is safe. The matter is getting worse, I urge everyone to raise up our hands to seek Allah’s intervention.”

The royal father, who also spoke on COVID-19 pandemic, urged Borno citizens to continue to adhere strictly to all preventive protocols advocated by health experts.

Speaking on the environment, the Shehu lamented the high rate at which trees were cut in the state, urging the state government to take urgent steps in mitigating this dangerous act before it leads to a serious environmental problem.

He called for the reintroduction of tree planting which was a regular practice in the past.

Governor Zulum thanked the Shehu for the visit and assured him of Government’s readiness to address the issues raised by him.

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