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Why Are So Many Vaccinated People Getting COVID-19 Lately?

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A couple of factors are at play, starting with the emergence of the highly contagious omicron variant. Omicron is more likely to infect people, even if it doesn’t make them very sick, and its surge coincided with the holiday travel season in many places.

People might mistakenly think the COVID-19 vaccines will completely block infection, but the shots are mainly designed to prevent severe illness, says Louis Mansky, a virus researcher at the University of Minnesota.

And the vaccines are still doing their job on that front, particularly for people who’ve gotten boosters.

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Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine still offer strong protection against serious illness from omicron. While those initial doses aren’t very good at blocking omicron infection, boosters — particularly with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines — rev up levels of the antibodies to help fend off infection.

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Omicron appears to replicate much more efficiently than previous variants. And if infected people have high virus loads, there’s a greater likelihood they’ll pass it on to others, especially the unvaccinated. Vaccinated people who get the virus are more likely to have mild symptoms, if any, since the shots trigger multiple defenses in your immune system, making it much more difficult for omicron to slip past them all.

Advice for staying safe hasn’t changed. Doctors say to wear masks indoors, avoid crowds and get vaccinated and boosted. Even though the shots won’t always keep you from catching the virus, they’ll make it much more likely you stay alive and out of the hospital.

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Omicron Now Dominant COVID-19 Variant In Nigeria – WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says Omicron is currently the dominant COVID-19 variant in Nigeria.

On Thursday, the body said 30 African countries, and at least 142 worldwide, had detected the strain.

The Delta variant has been reported in 42 African nations, according to the United Nations (UN) health agency.

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Omicron sequences in Cabo Verde, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal are growing. Omicron is currently the dominant variant in both Cabo Verde and Nigeria”, it noted.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti said early indications suggest the continent’s fourth wave had been steep, brief, but no less destabilising.

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North and West Africa are seeing a rise in infections; North Africa reported a 121 per cent increase in the last seven days.

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Moeti stressed that the crucial pandemic countermeasure badly needed in Africa still stands.

That is rapidly and significantly increasing COVID-19 vaccinations. The next wave may not be so forgiving”, the official warned.

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Edo Govt Denies Relocating Over 100 Years Central Hospital

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Edo state government on Saturday said contrary to insinuations, it was not relocating the over 100 years old hospital but reorganizing it for better service to the people.

The government also debunked fears that healthcare may become inaccessible to the poor, adding that it would explore all existing health policies and programmes that “take care of the poorest of the poor.”

Speaking to journalists on the demolition of parts of the central hospital which it was gathered may be turned into a park, Commissioner for Health, Professor (Mrs) Obehi Akoria said with the COVID-19 that has changed global narratives, Stella Obasanjo which was closed to its normal hospital activities to strictly COVID-19 treatments was being restored to its original activities.

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“What we are doing is this, Edo State has Edo Health Insurance Commission, Edo State has Edo Health Insurance Scheme with various packages suited to the needs of various people in our heterogeneous population.

“We have stationed about ten teams right there between Stella Obasanjo and Central Hospital and as patients come, they are accessing the team because there is something called the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund which is supposed to care for the healthcare needs of the poorest of the poor via insurance and our people are already paying for insurance.

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“The Federal Government has provided some funding, the state government has its own counterpart funding and there are many mechanisms that are on ground that will take care of the health needs of different strata of the population, and the very poorest of the poor Basic Healthcare Provision Fund ensures that they get minimum package of healthcare without having to pay anything.”

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On the relocation of the hospital, she said the hospital is being moved to the Edo Specialist Hospital, stressing “In recent time, anybody who have been to the Central Hospital will see the state of the structure and infrastructure and service provision, so the decision to upgrade healthcare for the citizens meant that there has to be a lateral phased movement of services from Central Hospital to Edo Specialist Hospital.

“That is where we are right now and we have been managing that to ensure that disruption of services is minimised and that we are available to respond to the obvious challenges that will arise as quickly as possible,” she said.

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Detained Journalist’s Wife Raises Alarm Over Deteriorating Husband’s Heath

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The wife of a Kaduna-based journalist, Gladys Binniyat, has raised the alarm over the deteriorating health of her husband, Luka.

According to her, Luka has been unable to walk since Tuesday.

Binniyat, who is a freelance journalist with Epoch Times, a United State of America-based newspaper and the spokesperson for the Southern Kaduna Peoples has reportedly been in detention since November 4, 2021, on the orders of the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan.

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Efforts to admit Luka to bail have been futile.

Speaking to our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday, she lamented the treatment given to him at the prison clinic, stating that he should be taken to a better medical facility.

Gladys said, “He called me on Tuesday saying that his legs are giving him issues. He said they were swollen and he could not work.

“He was rushed to the prison clinic in a wheelchair. They just bandaged his legs and he gave them money to buy drugs which he used.

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“They took him back to the cell, before they attended to him. I don’t have confidence in the treatment they gave to him, he complained of pains at around 7 am and you gave him treatment by 6pm, if it is something that would have killed him that was how they would have left him to die.

“I saw him this morning. His legs are still swollen and can’t work. I want them to release my husband for me so that he can be taken care of.

“I am not sure of the kind of drugs given to him, I don’t trust them. I want him to be taken to a good medical facility for proper checkup and treatment.”

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