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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for prayers for the speedy recovery of Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi , the wife of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom , Eunice, as well as other Nigerians who have tested positive to COVID-19.
The PDP described the increase in the spread of the pandemic across the country as disturbing.
The party in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, however, restated its charge to Nigerians not to succumb to fear but at the same time redouble their vigilance and adherence to preventive measures of personal hygiene, social and physical distancing and early reporting of symptoms.
“The PDP urges Nigerians not to let down their guard but remain conscious of the reality of COVID-19, especially with the easing of social restrictions in the country.
“The party urges the federal government to intensify efforts in awareness campaign as well as providing economic stimulus to minimize social exposure and vulnerability of Nigerians in various sectors of endeavours.
“The PDP restates its call for the concerted commitment of all citizens in reciprocating the sacrifices of our health workers and others on the front lines to defeat the pandemic in our country,” the statement read in part.

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Osinbajo says COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable, accessible

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Vice – President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria lacks the resources to pre -pay for COVID – 19 vaccine.
He has , therefore , appealed to Europe to work closely with Africa to ensure that when a vaccine is finally deployed, it should not be on the basis of the highest bidder but rather be made available at an affordable and accessible manner .
According to a statement on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande , the Vice – President spoke at the virtual 2020 EURAFRICA Forum with the theme , ‘ Towards a realistic Euro -African partnership during and beyond the COVID -19 era’ held on Friday .
Akande ’ s statement was titled , ‘ COVID -19 pandemic: Vaccine distribution should be accessible to all , not on the basis of highest bidder , says Osinbajo at EURAFRICA Forum.’

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He quoted Osinbajo as saying that “ Although Nigeria does not have the resources or means to pre -pay for a COVID – 19 vaccine, we are fortunate to be a GAVI supported country and we urge the EU to lend support to GAVI ’s effort to ensure equitable global access to COVID -19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.
“ This way, poorer countries and their citizens will get the vaccines that they need at the same time as the rest of the world .”

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WHO urges safety as African airlines begin operation

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for caution as African airlines begin operations in various countries.
The WHO said strict measures should be observed to prevent surges in Coronavirus infections.
The organisation urged governments to ensure airlines take the information of passengers travelling and follow up with them to prevent outbreaks.
The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said air travel was important for the economy but “new normal still requires stringent measures to stem the spread of Covid-19”.

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The organisation advised airport officials to ensure social distancing, hand washing, and sanitisation.
The WHO says Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, and Zambia have already resumed commercial flights.
Tunisia re-opened its airspace to commercial flights on 27 June.
The organisation cited a surge in Seychelles related to travel “in the last week, 66 new cases – all crew members of an international fishing vessel – have been recorde

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