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What you need to know about the 3 brands of Covid-19 vaccines deployed in Nigeria

By Lami Sadiq

On March 2nd, Nigeria became the third West African country to receive nearly 4million COVID-19 dosage of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine after Ghana and Ivory Coast through the international COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX) scheme. So far, the Nigerian government says it has given out 3.97million dosage of the AstraZeneca vaccine with 1.42 million people fully vaccinated since it kicked off its nationwide inoculation programme.

Recently, the government also received another 4million dosage of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine donated by the United States of America to help the country battle a third wave of infections. The doses, which arrived on two planes, were received by UNICEF officials on behalf of Nigeria at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. This was followed by another 177,600 Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine through the African Union on August 12th 2021. 

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has said the shipment of the J&J vaccine is the first batch from the African Union which would be received in monthly segments until a total of 29.8 million doses are completed.

What are the 3 brands of vaccines?

Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine 

The Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine is a viral vector vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, a pharmaceutical company and given by intramuscular injection. According to Medical News Today, the viral vector vaccine contains the gene that encodes for the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and once delivered to the cells, the gene is transcribed, prompting our cells to make

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Tip of The Week

#FakeNewsAlert

There’s precious little that we can do about the barrage of misinformation that we see daily, but there’s a lot we can do together if we learn to identify suspicious claims in the news and refrain from fuelling the fire by spreading them! Here are our top picks of likely-to-be-false news which [sadly] couldn’t be fact-checked.

CLAIM: Sharing is caring, Get Free 50GB Data (All Networks) valid for 90days in Celebration of WhatsApp Anniversary. 

SOURCE: WhatsApp Message

A WhatsApp message with attached links claims that readers can get free 50GB Data valid for 90days as a reward from a purported WhatsApp anniversary.  The author of the message urges readers to click on the attached links to receive the free data.  SCAM ALERT!!! Do not be deceived by online messages promising rewards such as cash prices, airtime, data etc they are mostly fraudulent and deceptive. 

Questions to ask yourself: Who is the source? Is it suspicious? Does it sound too good? Is the information on MTN’s website? 

What you should do: Verify before clicking on suspicious links.

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