Posted on Fri 4 Sep 2020, 04:07 PM

Patients involved in early tests of a Russian coronavirus vaccine developed antibodies with “no serious adverse events”, according to research published in The Lancet Friday, but experts said the trials were too small to prove safety and effectiveness.

Russia announced last month that its vaccine, named “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, had already received approval.

This raised concerns among Western scientists over a lack of safety data, with some warning that moving too quickly on a vaccine could be dangerous.

Posted on Fri 4 Sep 2020, 03:01 PM

The Federal Government on Friday, received samples of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine from Russia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, confirmed this in a statement  by the Ministry of Health Director of Information, Media, and Public Relations, Olujimi Oyetomi.

According to the statement the Russian envoy made the delivery during a visit to the ministry in Abuja.

Posted on Tue 1 Sep 2020, 12:12 PM

Russia surpassed the one million mark in total coronavirus cases on Tuesday as students throughout the country returned to classrooms on the first day of the new school year.

Health officials reported 4,729 new confirmed infections, bringing the total to 1,000,048 — the world’s fourth-largest caseload after the United States, Brazil and India.

President Vladimir Putin was expected to address some 17 million students and more than 1.5 million teachers in an online lesson on World War II.

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