World Bank Approves $12bn for COVID-19 Vaccines

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The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an envelope of $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens. The financing, which aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people, is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 to help developing countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It adds new financing to the World Bank’s COVID-19 emergency response programs that are already reaching 111 countries. This…

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COVID-19: UNECA says remittances to Africa shrinks by $18billion

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has said that COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cost the African continent $18 billion in remittances. A new report launched by UNECA on Wednesday, entitled “Preserving Remittances in the Time of COVID-19”, highlighted the “severe impact” that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had on remittance inflows to Africa, mainly due to the situation of migrants in most affected countries. The report was launched by UNECA, in partnership with the anti-poverty organization ONE. The report noted that remittances have steadily increased over the…

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COVID-19: UK to sponsor digital literacy training in northern Nigeria

Ben describing digital training training project

As part of Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030) vision to transform the country into a leading digital economy that would provide a quality life for all Nigerians in 10 years, the United Kingdom Government, through its Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme, has signed a resilience training agreement with Tech4Dev, to carry out Basic Digital Literacy Training for rural clusters in northern Nigeria to enhance pandemic resilience. The agreement was signed on October 5, 2020, by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and the Nigerian non-profit organisation,…

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COVID-19: US donates $2.1m to three Nigerian States

US covid-19 donation to Nigerian three states

The United States Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has donated $2.1 million to Nigeria to conduct a household survey to determine the extent of COVID-19 transmission in the states of Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa. A press release issued by the US Embassy in Nigeria on Friday announced the monetary support. The survey is designed to increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission and burden in these three states and inform COVID-19 response efforts of the Government of Nigeria and its partners. The release read…

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‘We spent N31bn COVID-19 Donations, FG replies groups

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Of the N36.3 billion received in public funds and Covid-19 donations to response federal government has said it spent N30.5 billion between April 1 and July 31. That leaves a balance of N5.9 billion. The disclosure is the outcome of a Freedom of Information request passed on the accountant-general of the federation, Ahmed Idris. The request asked for details of spending on Covid-19 response. Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Connected Development (CODE) sent a FOI request. Both have replied Idris on September 4, noting the presidential task force…

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Approved Airlines: FG Lists 14 as Int’l flights resume

Minister of aviation briefing public on approved airlines as int'l flights resume

In a bid to get ready for resumption of international flights on September 5th, the Federal Ministry of Aviation listed 14 approved airlines. Accordingly, the ministry arrived at the approval based on restrictions on Nigerian and resumption of international flights status of other countries according to a document shared on Twitter. 14 Approved Airlines for International Flights S/NO AIRLINES COUNTRY 1. Middle East Airlines Lebanon 2. British Airways United Kingdom 3. Delta Airlines United States 4. Qatar Airlines Qatar 5. Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopia 6. Egypt Air Egypt 7. Air Peace…

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COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins Nov. 1 in U.S.

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The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has asked the nation’s state governors to be ready for COVID-19 vaccine distribution by Nov. 1. The urgent request is contained in an Aug. 27 letter sent to the governors by the CDC Director, Dr Robert Redfield, according to local media reports. Among other things, Redfield wants the states to “do everything in their power’’ to remove obstacles that would prevent vaccine distribution sites from opening by the proposed date. Some observers are reading political meaning into the move as the…

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SERAP sues health ministry, NCDC over ‘failure to account for COVID-19 money

Scientist carrying out covid19 test

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), over “their failure to account for the public funds and other resources so far spent and used to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.” In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/616/2020 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is seeking: “an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to direct and compel the Minister…

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