|Welcome to A Week of COVID-19, the weekly newsletter on coronavirus pandemic from Daily Trust. I am Judd-Leonard Okafor, health writer and multimedia journalist.
The COVID-19 numbers as they stand are numbing: 214 million confirmed cases, 4.4 million confirmed deaths and 4.9 billion doses of vaccine administered. That’s according to a database the World Health Organisation has been keeping since the pandemic began.
The second phase of a vaccination campaign against coronavirus disease is on, but there are questions. The questions are not for Nigeria, but for the world.
Catching COVID-19 confers immunity against the virus. So, do you still need a vaccine to stop the virus? The choice is between getting exposed and getting the vaccine. The Delta variant makes the question even more pertinent.
And all this comes at a time doctors, who are already on a nationwide strike, are looking to check out of the country. The Saudi health ministry staged a recruitment meet to pick Nigerian doctors from more than 14 specialties, with promise of good pay, better benefits and huge allowances
But states are receiving doses of the vaccine in tens of thousands. They are also pushing for public acceptance. Ogun is taking the campaign to public spaces—including markets and mosques.
And Edo will bar anyone without proof of vaccination from banks, churches, mosques and event centres. CAN—a national group of Christian organisations—has backed the restrictions in Edo.