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The Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), an independent committee overseeing the trial, has “expressed concern that AstraZeneca may have included outdated information from that trial, which may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data,” the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said in a statement. The vaccine developed with Oxford University was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in the large trial that also took place in Chile and Peru, according to the data. It was also 100% effective against severe or critical forms of the disease and hospitalization and posed no increased risk of blood clots.

However, more than a dozen European countries halted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month after reports linked it to a rare blood clotting disorder in a very small number of people. Germany and France resumed inoculations after the EU’s drug regulator said last week it was safe, but an opinion poll on Monday showed Europeans remain sceptical about its safety.

Also Read: EU, AU declares AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective

Many African countries that have already received doses of the vaccine have begun to halt vaccination drives. In South Africa, the country’s health ministry confirmed that its reserves of one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are to leave the country as a small trial suggesting the shot offered minimal protection against mild to moderate illness caused by the 501Y.V2 Covid variant dominant in the country put the brakes on the country’s mass inoculation program. Rwanda also got just under 400,000 doses however, the Rwandan government announced it would temporarily suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine; over 1.5 million doses, citing recent fears over potential side effects.

The highly unusual rebuke from federal health officials comes just one day after interim data from the drug maker showed better-than-expected results from the US trial which had been seen as a scientific counter to concerns that have dogged the shot since late last year. This new hesitancy casts fresh doubt on the global vaccination drives.

The Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), an independent committee overseeing the trial, has "expressed concern that AstraZeneca may have included outdated information from that trial, which may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data," the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said in a statement. The vaccine developed with Oxford University was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in the large trial that also took place in Chile and Peru, according to the data. It was also 100% effective against severe or critical forms of the disease and hospitalization and posed no increased risk of

The United Nations in its latest humanitarian update said it is receiving reports of “rising hunger” in Tigray and cited a “dire lack of access to food” since many farmers in the largely agricultural region missed the harvest because of the fighting, and as “critical staff” to scale up the humanitarian response cannot access the region. “We are gravely concerned by credible reports that hundreds of thousands of people may starve to death if urgent humanitarian assistance is not mobilized immediately,” the statement said. The US is also seeking an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray and “full, safe and

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris announced additional members of the Office of the White House Counsel in a statement on the Biden-Harris transition website. According to a statement, Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo would serve under the Biden administration as a member of the office of the White House Counsel, to serve as an Associate Counsel A lawyer and legal expert per excellence, the 26-year old Nigerian-born Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo is an alumnus of Berkeley Law College. Funmi’s elder brother, Tolu Olorunnipa is currently the White House Correspondent for Washington Post. Olorunnipa Badejo began her legal career as an associate

President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Kenya will keep pursuing its free trade deal with the United States during Joe Biden’s era. He emphasized that Kenya-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will build on the successes achieved under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) by ushering in better and bigger trade opportunities and prospects for Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta and former President Donald Trump had announced the intent for Kenya and the US to negotiate and conclude a Free Trade Area Agreement (FTA) on February 6, 2020, in Washington DC. However, with President Joe Biden’s inauguration in motion, we are yet to see

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.