… As China ready to discuss COVID-19 vaccine patents within WTO***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered additional two new related COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, its official Twitter handle said on Wednesday.
The agency’s statistics showed that 2,065 Coronavirus-related deaths had been recorded across the 36 states of the Federation and FCT since the beginning of the pandemic in Nigeria.
The NCDC said that 52 new COVID-19 infections were registered as of Wednesday evening.
The agency said that the newly recorded COVID-19 cases were reported across six states and the FCT.
“Today’s report includes data from Taraba, recorded between April 22 and May 4, 2021,” it noted.
According to the report, Taraba led with 18 new infections, FCT recorded nine, Rivers –nine, Lagos- seven, Akwa Ibom – six, Kano- two and Kaduna – one.
The NCDC noted that with the additional infections, the cumulative COVID-19 caseload in the country stood at 165,273.
The health agency added that since the pandemic broke out in the country in February 2020, the nation had carried out 1,939,165 million tests in the 36 states of the federation including FCT.
It also disclosed that the country’s recovery rate had increased in the last 24 hours, with additional 32 people recovering and being discharged from isolation centers across the country.
This brings the total number of discharged cases to 155,403.
The NCDC said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
Meanwhile, the agency stated that COVID-19 post arrival test is mandatory for all travellers arriving into country adding that they must also observe a seven-day self-isolation at their final destination.
It also insisted that a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test must be carried out on the seventh day of arrival at a selected accredited private laboratory in the country.
In a related development, Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday said China is prepared to discuss sharing patents for the Coronavirus vaccines within the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Washington had already declared that it would be in favour of suspending intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines.
The U.S. said that it would actively engage in talks on this matter within the WTO.
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations said it was disappointed with this decision.
The federation believes that the step would not help boost vaccine production and would not lead to any practical solutions.
“China is ready to have a constructive dialogue within the WTO and to achieve a positive and fair solution,” the spokesperson told a briefing, when asked if China was ready to give up the rights to its vaccines.