Nigerians Rush For The Covid-19 Jab As New Variant Emerges

Nigerians Rush For The Covid-19 Jab As New Variant Emerges

The Nigerian Government has urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday, as a new variant first detected in South Africa has been spreading quickly to other countries around the world.

According to AFRICA NEWS, this information was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Primary Healthcare Board in Abuja, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot. Information Guide Nigeria

AFRICA NEWS reports that Dr. Iwot said: “it’s no more fashionable to be hesitant (about the vaccine).”

Speaking with AFRICA NEWS,  Chinedu Ofoegbu, a businessman that took the jab of the vaccine at a center in Abuja said: “Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring, so it’s good we come out and take the vaccine.”

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Although Nigeria has not registered any case of the new variant, but remains alert and trying to expand its vaccination campaign to reach as many people as possible.

However, the World Health Organization has said that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on early evidence and the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.”

AFRICA NEWS reports that the UN health agency, in a technical paper issued to member states, said “considerable uncertainties” remain about the Omicron Covid-19 variant that was first detected days ago in southern Africa.

WHO noted that it is possible the variant has mutations that could enable it to escape an immune-system response and boost its ability to spread from one person to another.

According to AFRICA NEWS, despite the global worry, closing of borders, and banning of flights in several countries, scientists cautioned that it is still unclear whether omicron is more alarming than other versions.

Doctors in South Africa are reporting patients suffering mostly mild symptoms, but have warned that it is still early.

As reported by AFRICA NEWS, most of the new cases are in people in their 20s and 30s, who generally do not get as sick from COVID-19 as older patients. Jamb Result

The variant has provided further proof of what experts have long been saying: that no continent will be safe until the whole globe has been sufficiently vaccinated.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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