Covid19 North America 

Happy Birthday, Canada: 153 facts about the True North strong and free

On July 1, 1867 the British North America Act came into effect, joining the colonies of Canada (later split into Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into the Dominion of Canada Originally incorporated as Bytown in 1850, it was changed to Ottawa in 1855 which is derived from the Algonquin word ‘adawe’ which means ‘to trade’ On May 26, 1932 Parliament passes an Act establishing the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, a forerunner to the CBC The Rideau Canal in Ottawa is home to the world’s longest skating rink…

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Asia Covid19 

Coronavirus, Covid-19 Vaccine Covaxin Trail and Release Date in India: Vaccine checks under way, hospitals await nod

While 12 hospitals chosen to conduct clinical trials of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin prepare to enrol participants this month, samples of the vaccine are still undergoing quality and safety tests at a government facility, The Indian Express has learnt. The tests, which began last Friday, are expected to be completed by the end of next week and cannot be rushed as they are expected to ensure the vaccines are safe to use in humans, said senior officials. Meanwhile, at least three of the hospitals – AIIMS in Delhi, SRM Hospital and…

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Africa Covid19 Healthcare 

Nigeria records 15 new COVID-19 deaths

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 503 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 29, 879. Fifteen deaths were recorded from the virus on Tuesday bringing the total number of confirmed deaths from the virus to 669. There was a drop in the number of confirmed cases reported Tuesday compared to what was reported on Monday (575). The health agency in a tweet Tuesday night said the 503 new cases were reported in 20 states including Lagos, Ondo, Edo,…

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Africa Agriculture Covid19 Government Healthcare Tourism 

Wildlife crime in Nigeria threatens human health, says UN

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the coronavirus pandemic shows that wildlife crime in Nigeria and other countries is not just a threat to the environment and biodiversity but to human health. The UNODC, in its World Wildlife Crime Report 2020 published on Friday, emphasised the threat that wildlife trafficking posed to nature, including wild species such as pangolins, birds, turtles, tigers and bears, as well as the biodiversity of the planet. According to a statement by the organisation, when wild animals are poached from their natural…

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Australasia Covid19 

Australia’s response to coronavirus challenge

Some say it’s Australia’s second wave, others that it’s still the first that immediate action allowed us to suppress. Either way, the spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne and the need to again impose lockdowns has refocussed our thoughts and out thinking. Cosmos asked Dr Rob Grenfell, Health Director, Health & Biosecurity, for the CSIRO, the national science agency, to provide some context. When we first went into lockdown, the main bulk of COVID-19 cases were returned travellers. However, NSW and Victoria did have a number of cases with an unknown source, more than…

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