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COVID-19: Virus surge in Lagos as Nigeria records 159 fresh new cases in eight states

  • NAFDAC approves Sputnik V, Moderna vaccines for use

Thursday’s report had a low number of recoveries which stood at 10, while one death was recorded.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed 159 COVID-19 new cases across seven states and the federal capital territory (FCT) on Thursday.

According to the health agency, Lagos recorded 119 positive samples — representing 74.84 percent out of the 159 cases reported.

Other states that recorded infections include Akwa Ibom (19), Rivers (11), Ogun (5), Ekiti (2), FCT (1), Delta, (1), and Kwara (1).

The agency, however, said Lagos data include cases from Wednesday.

Thursday’s report had a low number of recoveries which stood at 10, while one death was recorded.

Nigeria has 169,074 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 164,662 discharged patients, and 2,126 deaths.

NAFDAC approves Sputnik V, Moderna vaccines for use

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved Moderna and Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in Nigeria.

NAFDAC director-general, Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this on Thursday at a news conference in Abuja.

Moderna vaccine is made by Rovi Pharma Madrid in Spain while Sputnik V is produced by Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russia.

The approval brings to five the number of COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Nigeria by the agency  — after AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson were authorised in February, April and May respectively.

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