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Oxford Scientists: These Are Final Steps We’re Taking To Get Our Coronavirus Vaccine Approved

Rebecca Ashfield, University of Oxford and Pedro Folegatti, University of Oxford Of the hundreds of potential COVID-19 vaccines in development, six are in the final stages of testing, known as phase three clinical trials. One of these – ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 – is the vaccine we’re developing at the University of Oxford. To be approved, vaccines need to go through multiple ...

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Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Results Have Been Published – Here’s What They Reveal

Anne Moore, University College Cork President Vladimir Putin recently announced that a team of Russian scientists had developed a COVID-19 vaccine and that it had been approved for use by the regulators – at least, in Russia. However, the announcement caused consternation among scientists and clinicians in the rest of the world as human trials for the vaccine – nicknamed ...

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Chloroquine, Remdesivir Can Kill COVID-19, Says NAFDAC DG

Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye has stated that pieces of evidence from reliable researches and reports show that Chloroquine can kill COVID-19 virus at the early stage. She stated that Remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences Inc, has also been shown to kill the virus at late stages. The NAFDAC ...

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Getting To Grips With The COVID-19 Outbreak In Nigeria

High school students wear face masks as they wash their hands on August 3, the first day of partial resumption of classes in Lagos, Nigeria, since the COVID-19 lockdown. Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images Oyebola Oyesola, Cornell University; Christian Happi, Redeemer’s University; Dr Adewole A Adekola, University of London; Dr Chinedu Ugwu A, Redeemer’s University; Jonathan Heeney, University of Cambridge, ...

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A Hard Journey To A Future Free Of Hepatitis In Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa has a low uptake of the Hepatitis B vaccine compared to the rest of the world. Shutterstock Pauline Bakibinga, African Population and Health Research Center and Aheisibwe Hillary, Mbarara University of Science and Technology The World Health Organisation has announced additional efforts to eliminate hepatitis by 2030. The overall strategy calls for the prevention of new infections through ...

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Beyond Florence Nightingale: How African Nurses Have Decolonised The Profession

Nurses attend the 2015 International Nurses’ Day celebrations in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Timothy A. Carey, University of Global Health Equity; Agnes Binagwaho, University of Global Health Equity, and Judy Khanyola, University of Global Health Equity This year – 2020 – marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It’s therefore understandable that it’s being marked as ...

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Alert In Chinese City Over Bubonic Plague That Can Kill In 24 Hrs

A city in the north of China has sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was registered by officials. The case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of Bayannur. The northern city announced a ‘level III warning of plague prevention and control’. State-run People’s Daily Online reported the alert, the ...

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Africa’s Scientists Set Out Their COVID-19 Research Priorities

By setting out the continent’s research priorities, scientists can focus better on what needs to be done. Maliutina Anna/Shutterstock Moses Alobo, African Academy of Sciences In April 2020, about two months after the African continent recorded its first case of COVID-19, the African Academy of Sciences undertook an extensive survey of its members. This allowed hundreds of scientists in African ...

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New Virus With ‘Pandemic Potential’ Found In China

Experts are keeping a close eye on a new strain of influenza emerging in China. Scientists say the new strain of virus is carried by pigs and genetically similar to Swine Flu. The new type of flu causes respiratory illnesses, and researchers say it is a candidate for the next viral pandemic if it mutates and spreads from person to ...

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Non-Medical Use Of Prescription Drugs Among Skilled Workers: A Pilot Study In Nigeria

A pharmacy store in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei /AFP via Getty Images Samson Femi Agberotimi, North-West University More than ever, the world is facing a challenge of non-medical use of prescription drugs among people of all ages, genders and occupations. Evidence shows that pharmaceutical opioids (tramadol, codeine, or morphine), barbiturates such as pentobarbital sodium, benzodiazepines ...

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