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Russia Completes Human Trials Of COV¡D-19 Vaccine

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After Brazil was the first emerging market to get a test drive of the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine, it’s Russia that is the first to complete human trials.

Elena Smolyarchuk, chief researcher for the Russian Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University, told TASS newswire on Sunday that human trials for the vaccine had been completed and those test patients will be discharged soon.

“The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe. The volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and July 20,” Smolyarchuk was quoted as saying in the report.

There was no other information on when this vaccine would enter commercial production.

Russia had allowed clinical trials of two forms of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The first one was carried out at the Burdenko Military Hospital. The other vaccine was given to test patients at the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.

After being given the shot, the volunteers were asked to quarantine in the hospital for 28 days.

Earlier, results of the Covid-19 vaccine tests performed on a group of volunteers in Russia showed that they were developing immunity to the coronavirus, but what the drug actually is was not discussed in the article.

Russia has reported 719,449 cases of the new SARS coronavirus. Some 11,188 people have died from complications caused by Covid-19, the disease caused by the new SARS.

There are at least 21 vaccines currently under trial worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. Every country and every lab is taking a different approach to finding the right solution to stop the virus from taking over the world at this point.

Meanwhile, in Moscow this weekend, public health officials lifted the requirements of wearing face masks while outside. Masks and gloves are mandatory when riding public transportation, going to a medical center, or while shopping.

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Toothy Tuesdays: Dr. Louisa Launches New Grassroot Dental Care Webshow

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Taking precautions to ensure the safety of her patients and the entire populace, Dr. Louisa Ansong-Satekla; a professional Dentist and entrepreneur has premiered a brand new weekly social media grassroots campaign to embolden and develop the public’s credence about the safety of practicing good dental care. Dubbed “Toothy Tuesdays”, the debut episode of the show premiered on her official Instagram channel on December 29, 2020, amassing over 50,000 views.

Updated on weekly basis on Tuesdays, the Social Media programme will keep patients and the general public well informed on the risk associated with the improper treatment along with its impact on Dental patient. On the show, viewers will also be able to find useful information about various topics in cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry. This includes dental care tips, descriptions of dental health problems, and the appropriate treatment options.

Last week’s episode of the patient-centred and public education programme took a contrary approach. With the hashtag “Ask DrLouisa” taking over Twitter trends, the wife of multiple awarding winning reggae & dancehall artiste – Stonebwoy had a livelier interaction with social media users, patients who took turn to seek for insightful education on their dental and oral health and inquire the possibilities of curing its associate Problems.

Yesterday’s edition aired on Instagram where She spoke about Pericoronitis; an inflammation of the tissue surrounding a third molar, otherwise known as a wisdom tooth. According to her, the condition most often occurs in molars that are partially impacted, or not fully visible. The cause of this condition is similar to the formation of a gum abscess in periodontitis by the entrapment of debris under the gingival tissue, she educated.

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South Africa Outlines Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

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During a public address on Sunday, January 3, 2020, Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed that the South African government is in the middle of negotiations with international pharmaceutical companies to rollout Covid-19 vaccine strategy by end of February 2021 after a newly discovered COVID-19 strain caused an unprecedented rise in infections in December, 2020. In the address, the Health Minister stated that the vaccine rollout strategy will target four group populations that the ministry has determined a priority.

Healthcare workers will reportedly be the first group to receive the vaccine, followed by high risk groups specifically those who are HIV-positive or people over the age of 60. People that are in confined areas with large congregations such as prisons and hospice. Additionally, tourism sector employees and educational workers will be prioritised. The last group are those that qualify as essential workers including the police, miners, banking sector personnel and essential municipal employees.

According to the health minister, by the end of phase three, 40 350 000 citizens will have been immunized which is equivalent to approximately 67,25% of the population. He added that, they have secured the doses that will be acquired through COVAX which will ensure that they immunize 10% of the population through this mechanism and, in line with President’s statement, they expect the processes will have delivered the vac-cine by beginning of second quarter.

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Ayisha Modi And Abass Sariki Walk For Peace Ahead Of Elections

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Outstanding public personality with social media influence, Ayisha Modi, popularly known as ‘She Loves Stonebwoy’, on Friday, December 4, 2020, joined the Youth President – Abass Sariki Giwa to lead thousands of Ghanaians in a walk to campaign for peace ahead of the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections slated for December 7. The event also witnessed the presence of Actors Kwaku Manu & Funny Face, Comedian Ajeezay, Nigerian musician Ayanfe.

Walking through some principal streets of Accra to preach peace ahead of the general elections, the pilgrimage started 6 AM from Accra Retail Centre known as the Accra Mall, and ended at Mr Clemence Djato’s office HI-TABLE RESTAURANT (Goil filling station) May3-Hot junction off the Ashaley Botswe road. Themed “Don’t Jeopardize The Peace We Have As A Nation”, speakers at the event took time to admonished the legible electorates to exercise their franchises free from violence.

Later in the evening at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra, “She Loves Stonebwoy” bagged home the most outstanding media personality with social media influence at the maiden edition of Ghana Social Media Business And Creative Arts Awards. She was in the run with other capable and deserving personalities but she emerged victorious after her fans chose her through a tenure of votes.

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Kasapreko CEO Donates Ultra-modern Polyclinic, Nissan Frontier To Wassa Amenfi Central

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Kasapreko founder and CEO Dr Kwabena Adjei on [insert date] donated an ultra-modern polyclinic worth Ghs 2 million as well as a Nissan Frontier to the Municipal Health Directorate in the Wassa Amenfi Central municipality (W/R).

The donation is to afford people of Bonuama access to quality healthcare delivery. Construction of the facility commenced two years ago and forms part of Kasapreko’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in various communities around the country.

The polyclinic is composed of three doctors’ consulting rooms, an outpatient department (OPD), emergency ward, delivery suite, officers’ hall, records department, national health insurance department and conference room, as well as an auxiliary nursing department.

The gesture was warmly received by the chiefs and people of Bonuama, who previously had to travel long distances to access quality healthcare. The Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area Tetrete Okwamoah Skyrim commended Kasapreko for augmenting government efforts in improving quality health care delivery in the community. He also mentioned the need for people in his community to adopt maintenance culture.

Mr Adjei, who also happens to be an indigen of the community said his company was happy to contribute its quota to the health need of the people.

Meanwhile, Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah reiterated that the health of a people is also their wealth, adding that government will continue to welcome and work with the private sector to improve the quality of health care delivery in the country.

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