Wednesday, 24 February, 2021


Mexico: Six arrested for selling fake COVID-19 vaccines

Over 52,000 health workers vaccinated so far: Dr Sultan Some Covid-19 Vaccines Delayed
Hannah Rogers | 20 February, 2021, 11:31

Di Director General of di Nigerian agency, Dr Mojisola Adeyeye, wey make dis announcement say dem fit store di vaccine for 2 to 8 degree centigrade. The country said it will launch the vaccination programme for citizens aged over 65 in the first week of next month.

"We have direct evidence that fraudulent vaccines... were sold for up to 40,000 pesos (around $2,000) per dose", said Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell at a press conference. They combined data from clinical trials in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa, which together included a total of 17,178 adult participants.

He added that no private entity had been authorized to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from overseas for commercial purposes and that the shots were only administered by the government free of charge.

It said that the period where workers remained at risk of becoming infected with Covid-19 would be lengthened until May or June of 2021 "as the gap for the AstraZeneca first and second dose is longer than the timeframe for the Pfizer Biontec 21-28 days".

The listing by the United Nations health agency comes days after a WHO panel provided interim recommendations on the vaccine, saying two doses with an interval of around 8 to 12 weeks should be given to all adults, and can be used in countries with the South African variant of the coronavirus as well.

The state also announced its allotment of vaccines is increasing, to more than 36,000 doses a week.

"Where there is a limited supply, policies of initially vaccinating more people with a single dose may provide greater immediate population protection than vaccinating half the number of people with two doses". Efficacy results were supported by immune response results in 18-55 year olds, which found that binding antibody responses were more than two-fold higher in the group having their two vaccines with a longer delay. "In the long term, a second dose should ensure long-lived immunity, and so we encourage everyone who has had their first vaccine to ensure they receive both doses". "This latest analysis confirms our previous findings of the higher efficacy of a low- then standard-dose regimen", said study co-author Merryn Voyse from the University of Oxford.

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