The Latest Covid-19 Vaccination Updates tells us about what is going on around the world as it concerns the pandemic which has rocked many economies of the World.
The Pandemic caught many unaware, some due to unpreparedness or lack of health facilities… It’s pathetic to note how the scourge has taken many to an early grave which has left many nations of the World in perplexity.
The COVID‑19 vaccination according to Wikipedia is a vaccine intended to provide acquired immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2), the virus causing Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19).
Before the COVID‑19 pandemic, work to develop a vaccine against coronavirus diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) established knowledge about the structure and function of coronaviruses; this knowledge enabled accelerated development of various vaccine technologies during early 2020.
As of February 2021, 66 vaccine candidates are in clinical research, including 17 in Phase I trials, 23 in Phase I–II trials, 6 in Phase II trials, and 20 in Phase III trials.
Trials for four other candidates were terminated. In Phase III trials, several COVID‑19 vaccines demonstrate efficacy as high as 95% in preventing symptomatic COVID‑19 infections.
As of February 2021, ten vaccines are authorized by at least one national regulatory authority for public use:
Two RNA vaccines (the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine), four conventional inactivated vaccines (BBIBP-CorV from Sinopharm, BBV152 from Bharat Biotech, CoronaVac from Sinovac, and WIBP from Sinopharm), three viral vector vaccines (Sputnik V from the Gamaleya Research Institute, the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, and Ad5-nCoV from CanSino Biologics), and one peptide vaccine (EpiVacCorona from the Vector Institute).
WHO (World Health Organization) Stand On Covid-19 Vaccination:
WHO and partners have worked together on the response in tracking the pandemic, advising on critical interventions, distributing vital medical supplies to those in need and on the race to develop and deploy safe and effective vaccines to Countries.
According to WHO, this vaccination will save millions of lives each year, these Vaccines work by training and preparing the body’s natural defences… the immune system to recognize and fight off the viruses and bacteria they target.
If the body is exposed to those disease-causing germs later, the body is immediately ready to destroy them, thus preventing illness associated with Covid-19 viruses.
What You Should Know About WHO Effort On Covid-19 Vaccination:
There are currently more than 50 COVID-19 vaccine candidates in trials. WHO is working in collaboration with scientists, business, and global health organizations through the ACT Accelerator to speed up the pandemic response.
When a safe and effective vaccine is found, COVAX (led by WHO, GAVI and CEPI) will facilitate the equitable access and distribution of these vaccines to protect people in all countries, people most at risk are always prioritized.
This was a promise kept as the World Health Organization has not relented in its effort to make sure that vaccine reaches all Continents.
While Countries work towards rolling out a safe and effective vaccination, WHO has continued the essential public health actions to suppress transmission and reduce mortality rate at all level.
What You Should Know About The Covid-19 Vaccination:
There are several types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our immune systems on how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still gets sick and this is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
Frequent Questions Asked About The Covid-19 Vaccination:
After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No: According to CDC, Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials either in the US can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infected with Covid-19 viruses.
If your body develops an immune response, the goal of vaccination is to ascertain the possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests.
Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.
Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes: Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, the vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.
CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.
At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.
We won’t know how long immunity produced by a vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.
Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and the Center For Diseases Control (CDC) has promised to keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
Yes: COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects, or even die.
There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you don’t have an increased risk of developing severe complications.
Should I Get The Vaccination Even Though I’m Pregnant Or Breastfeeding?
Individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a weakened immune system are eligible for vaccination, but the CDC recommends talking to your healthcare provider before getting vaccinated.
There is limited data about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant and no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines on women or infants who are breastfeeding. Visit here for more info.
The Latest Covid-19 Vaccination Updates:
Africa’s first participation in a COVID-19- 19 vaccine trial has started as volunteers received injections developed at the University of Oxford in Britain in some Africa Countries, as officials said that the continent of 1.3 billion people cannot be left behind.
The large-scale trial is being conducted in South Africa, Britain and Brazil. Based on the data, the CDC said anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, occurred at a rate of 2.5 cases per 1 million shots administered. The agency cautioned that the risk of anaphylaxis was difficult to compare to non– COVID-19 vaccines because it is still so early in the vaccination.
Nigeria’s Covid-19 Vaccination Updates:
The World Health Organization (WHO) according to reports from this day live indicates that Nigeria is among the countries pre-qualified to access COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.
WHO said contrary to reports about the exclusion of Nigeria from vaccine deployment, the country was among the nine countries recommended as ready to deploy the Pfizer vaccine. It also disclosed that all countries on the continent were expected to start accessing the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines by the end of February.
Faisal Shuaib, who heads the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said Nigeria’s previous request for 10 million doses through the AU had been increased four-fold.
We have applied for 41 million doses of a combination of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines,” Shuaib said in a text message response to written questions.
Shuaib said the request was for 7.6 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 15.3 million of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 18.4 million of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
He said the doses were expected to arrive by the end of April, adding that Nigeria was “exploring multiple payment options” for the doses including through the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) financing plan to make repayments in instalments over five to seven years.
Nigerian authorities have previously said the country is working with the COVAX programme backed by the World Health Organization, that aims to secure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries, and expects to receive its first doses in February.
Summary: To bring this pandemic to an end, a large share of the world needs to be immune to the virus. The safest way to achieve this is with a vaccine. Vaccines are a technology that humanity has often relied on in the past to bring down the death toll of infectious diseases.
Within less than 12 months after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some research teams rose to the challenge and developed vaccines that protect from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
The challenge is on all of us to comply with the guidelines to make this Covid-19 Vaccination possible so that humanity can get back to normalcy.
Other important measures we must take is to desist from making unhealthy lifestyle choices that can undermine the efforts of stakeholders to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.
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