• October 20, 2020

No Covid-19 Vaccines in Nigeria Yet – WHO. Clashes in Niger Capital Over Coronavirus Curfew

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said today (April 20) that ithat there was no approved vaccine in Nigeria or any part of Africa for COVID-19 saying researches are still ongoing on the deadly viral disease.

WHO Immunisation Team Lead, Dr Fiona Braka said COVID-19, being a new disease, has no ready vaccines, adding that public safety was the key consideration of WHO campaign for now.

He reiterated the efforts of the world body on the reported vaccines for the deadly virus. “However, a lot of research and scientific works are ongoing to develop vaccines, but these usually take time to ensure that it is safe for use in the wider population and also effective for control of the pandemic.”.


Clashes have erupted in Niamey, the capital of the Sahel nation of Niger, over the government’s anti-coronavirus curfew and a ban on prayer gatherings.

Niger has recorded 648 cases of coronavirus with 20 deaths.

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The government has isolated the capital, Niamey from the rest of the country.

He declared a state of emergency and imposed a 7pm-to-6am curfew. Places of worship and schools have been ordered closed.

Violence broke out just after 8pm (1900 GMT) on Sunday in the rundown district of Lazaret, where security forces used teargas to disperse a crowd of people who wanted to hold prayers in a mosque.

Protesters, who are largely youngster, burnt tyres and blocked streets with rocks, with protests breaking out in other parts of the city. The clashes  continued until late in one  of the world’s poorest countries.

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Femi Oshin

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