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China Announces $60bn Financing For Africa

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President Xi Jinping of China

China will extend a total of 60 billion U.S. dollars of financing to Africa, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Monday.

The financing will be provided in the form of government assistance as well as investment and financing by financial institutions and companies, Xi said in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

He also said that China will exempt certain African countries from outstanding debts incurred in the form of interest-free Chinese government loans due by the end of 2018.

The exemption, he said, will be granted to Africa’s least developed countries, heavily indebted and poor countries, landlocked and small island developing countries that have diplomatic relations with China.

Xi also said China will implement eight major initiatives with African countries in the next three years and beyond.

He said the initiatives, cover fields such as industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, and green development.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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BREAKING: WHO Suspends Polio Vaccination To Fight COVID-19

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The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has announced the body’s decision to suspend house to house polio vaccination to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Ghebreyesus disclosed this on Friday during a media briefing on coivid-19.

According to him, “To reduce the risk of increasing transmission of COVID19, the polio oversight board has made the hard decision to suspend house-to-house vaccination campaigns, knowing that this may lead to an increase in polio cases.”

He said that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was “working to ensure that once it is safe to do so, countries can be supported to rapidly restart polio vaccination campaigns.”

The WHO DG explained that despite the effect of the coronavirus, the “EndPolio is unshakeable”

He however said that the coronavirus pandemic was a more deadly enemy, adding that WHO would support countries in the fight against other diseases.

“To reduce this risk, we will support countries to maintain essential immunization for all vaccine preventable diseases.

‘WHO has published guidance for countries on how to maintain essential health services even while responding to this crisis,” he said.

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JUST IN: Abba Kyari Is Not Dead — Fani-Kayode

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Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, says online reports that the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, has died is not true.

Social media was agog on Thursday April 2nd with the news that Kyari who is currently being treated for Coronvirus, had passed on.

FFK says the story is untrue and blasted those peddling it. Taking to his Twitter handle to react, he wrote

It is not true that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to @MBuhari, is dead. Those that are behind that rumour are vicious and heartless. I remain opposed to the @MBuhari admin. but to wish or proclaim someone dead simply because you disagree with him politically is unacceptable.

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French Doctors Say COVID-19 New Treatment Should Be First Tested In Africa

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Jean Paul Mira and Camille Locht, two French doctors, have been slammed on social media after stating that a treatment drug for coronavirus should be first tested in Africa.

In the video, the two medical experts cited the use of prostitutes in Africa to carry out test vaccine for the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as instance.

Mira, head of resuscitation department at Cochin Hospital, also pointed out that the continent should be considered because of its perceived toughness to disease outbreaks.

The video was translated by Rim-Sarah Alouane, who quoted them to have said;

Dr Mira: “If I can be provocative, shouldn’t we do this study in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatment, no resuscitation, a bit like it has been done in some studies in AIDS, where among prostitutes, we try things, because they are exposed, and they don’t protect themselves, what do you think?”

Dr Locht: “So you are right[…]we’re thinking in parallel to a study in Africa precisely to make this same type of approach w/ BCG [vaccine]placebo,I think there is a call for tenders that was released or that will be released & I think we will indeed srsly think about that too”

Responding to the video, the Chief Executive of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera wrote;

We will be looking out for you when you arrive. Please consult Pfizer for their experience with their TROVAN trial in Kano;1996 resolved 14 years later in 2010.If you can’t find them, google it. Whichever way, hide real well cos, we are on the lookout if NIGERIA is on your radar.

They will be well advised to research the Pfizer case and my credentials in this types of matters. It will be a colossal error of judgment to do a trial here that doesn’t comply with the full ethical & safety protocols including “informed” consent. There’s a precedent already.

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