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Professor Karim identifies three groups who are hesitant about the vaccine

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Professor Salim Abdool Karim has attempted to bust fake news making the rounds on social media regarding COVID-19 and the vaccine. In an interview with eNCA, he acknowledged that there are some people who are apprehensive about taking the vaccine. He also went on to say that each and every person has the right to either take it or reject it but a problem arises when fake news is being spread on social media, allowing others to be misinformed. 

COVID-19 VACCINE: THREE GROUPS WHO ARE HESITANT 

Karim began the interview by stating that there are no microchips or genetically altering material in the vaccine as has been making the rounds on social media. 

He then stated that there appear to be three groups of people who are generally hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • First group – They just don’t know enough about it, they don’t really understand how it works, they’re not sure if they want to take a vaccine or not, hesitant because of limited knowledge;
  • Second group – Those who are concerned because they have been misinformed and may have read something that did not portray accurate information; and
  • Third group – Those who are “deliberately anti-vaccine” and they are the ones who often end up spreading the misinformation and it’s that group which is quite small that uses social media to promote their message.

“I’m a strong believer that any person who does not want to take a vaccine should not be forced to do so. I think people should be able to make up their own minds,” he said. 

Karim added that it’s everyone’s job to make sure that accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine is being disbursed. He said only then can members of the public make informed decisions. 

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During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Monday 11 January, he said government remains on course to vaccinate 66% of the population in 2021.

“A successful vaccine will be a game-changer in our fight. Vaccines offer a means to control the coronavirus pandemic. A person who is vaccinated has a far better chance of avoiding infection and death from the virus,” he said. 

He added that 10% of the population, starting with essential workers and vulnerable groups, will receive their vaccine in January 2021. 

“Given the massive demand for vaccines and the vastly greater purchasing power of wealthier countries, we are exploring all avenues to procure vaccines. There are promising engagements, but these are continuing on a daily, constant basis,” he added. 

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Multiple agencies make Nigerian ports unattractive – Customs agents

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The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Thursday urged the federal government to regulate the activities of multiple agencies at the nation’s ports.

The stakeholders advised authorities to streamline the agencies, lamenting that their presence makes the ports unattractive.

ANCLA President, Tony Nwabunike, spoke to journalists on Thursday.

He condemned the incursion of foreign customs brokerage agents into clearing and forwarding business, and charged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to take action.

Nwabunike said safety and security of the maritime industry must be upheld.

“The issues of arbitrary levies and charges must stop to make Nigeria ports attractive in the sub-region”, NAN quoted him as saying.

Nwabunike reminded the government of compensation of two per cent of annual customs duty for licenced agents.

He called for borderless trade in Africa through the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

The agents’ leader regretted that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Trade Liberalisation Scheme had not been effectively used by Nigerians.

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Police Boss & Driver Shot Dead

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  • A Chief Inspector in charge of the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) in Kapedo and his driver were on Thursday evening, January 22, shot dead at Ameyan bridge in Tiaty constituency, Baringo County.

    Their demise was confirmed by Rift Valley regional commissioner George Natembeya who indicated that they were ambushed while on their way to Kapedo trading center to join the team of multi-agency security personnel.

    The team has been carrying out a massive operation following the killing of senior General Service Unit (GSU) Emadau Tebakol on Saturday last week.

    A photo of George Natembeya addresses journalists on destruction in the Mau Forest Complex in his office in Nakuru on September 13, 2019.
    George Natembeya addresses journalists on destruction in the Mau Forest Complex in his office in Nakuru on September 13, 2019.
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    “They were returning from a funeral of the Chief Inspector’s mother and were on their way back to camp,” Natembeya said.

    Their death came just a day after six bodies were found dumped in a remote village in Baringo County. 

    The bodies, which were found in Arabal, are believed to have been executed elsewhere before being dumped in the area.

    Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has since warned that operations in the area would proceed until individuals propagating the banditry attacks are accosted.

    “We are going to act decisively. We are going to make sure that those involved are facilitated to meet with the law. By the time we are done, it will be a story to be told to the generations to come,” Matiang’i warned.

    Yesterday, Tiaty MP William Kamket was arrested for allegedly inciting the killings in the area.

    The KANU lawmaker was apprehended by detectives and detained at Kileleshwa Police Station.

    Kamket, who was released in the evening on a free bond, told the media that he had been arrested for a murder that occurred back in 2014. 

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