- PTF has submitted its interim report on the coronavirus pandemic
- According to the taskforce chairman, Mustapha, the president was happy with the report
- Meanwhile, the PTF has called for massive search for infected people
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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has submitted its interim Report to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
He disclosed this while speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the event.
Going further, Mustapha said the president was quite happy with the content of the report by the PTF.
Also, Mustapha called on state governments to intensify search of infected persons in the local communities to check community transmission in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that scientists are inching closer to developing a vaccine for the coronavirus following a report which stated that a COVID-19 experimental vaccine developed by Moderna Inc was safe and provoked immune responses all patients tested in an initial safety trial.
Reuters reported that in the test conducted on Tuesday, July 14, patients who volunteered were given two doses of the vaccine.
The team which carried out the trials reported that patients showed high levels of virus-killing antibodies that exceeded the average levels seen in people who had recovered from COVID-19.
According to findings from the experiment which were also published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than half of the volunteers experienced mild or moderate side effects like fatigue, headache, chills, muscle aches, or pain at the injection site.
Bloomberg citing the report stated that three of 14 patients given the highest dose experienced severe side effects, but said that dose is not being used in larger trials.
It was also disclosed that these reactions were likely to occur after the second dose and in people who got the highest dose.
In another report, the federal government has said that in order to address the testing deficit in Nigeria, it plans to establish one sample collection centre in every local government area in the country.
Already, a sample collection centre has been set up in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and that all government hospitals in the FCT have been designated as sample collection centres.
Mustapha, made this known on Monday, July 13.
He reiterated that contacting COVID-19 is not a death sentence, but not presenting oneself for testing or treatment when symptoms become observable could likely lead to avoidable death.
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