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How To Know Fake Astrazeneca Vaccine – NAFDAC



How To Know Fake Astrazeneca Vaccine - NAFDAC

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) hasn’t warned Nigerians against being vaccinated with fake Astrazeneca vaccines.

The NAFDAC’s warning is contained in a statement by the agency’s Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, on Sunday, in Abuja.

Adeyeye explained that the original Oxford Astrazeneca University (AZOU) vaccine, had been contracted to India’s world largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India (SIIPL), to produce in large quantity.

“AZOU gave the licence of its vaccine to Serum Institute of India PVT Ltd, (SIIPL), to manufacture this vaccine at a commercial scale. SIIPL is the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world and the company got the license by signing the manufacturing agreement.

“SIIPL gave the vaccine the trade name COVISHIELD, it is the result of a cooperation and a technology transfer from AstraZeneca – University of Oxford to SIIPL.

“SIIPL is now the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold globally.

It has produced more than 1.5 billion doses of vacinnes which include Polio vaccine, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, BCG, r-Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella,” she said.

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Adeleye added that the vaccines manufactured by SIIPL were accredited by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and were being used in about 170 countries across the globe in their national immunisation programme.

She added that both COVISHIELD manufactured by SIIPL and COVID-19 vaccine Astrazeneca, manufactured by Astrazeneca/Oxford University vaccine are the same vaccine.

According to Adeyeye, ChAdOx1 nCoV- 19 coronavirus vaccines (Recombinant), COVISHIELD, was granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organisation on Feb.15, and that it was one of the listed vaccines under the COVAX Facility.

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Mental Health

Change: Acceptance And Management



Change: Acceptance And Management


 Akindotun Merino

Accepting the fact that change has occurred and managing those changes can be difficult, but it must be done in order to grow. There are changes that you initiate, and those that naturally occur. Whether you are prepared or not, change is inevitable. Below are some tips to help you feel like you have some level of control when change is knocking at your door.

  • Prepare in advance: When you are aware of impending changes, implement plans to accommodate those who will be affected
  • Be clear – Give complete explanations of the impending change and why it is beneficial as well as access to any and all necessary resources
  • Address potential questions – Give adequate information regarding indirect consequences of any changes
  • Simplify implementation – Make the change as easy as possible by providing support and preparing everyone so that they can continue to focus on their jobs with as little distraction as possible.

There is also the evolution of change. You see that your current method is not working, so you change it. It seems to work for a while, but then you see it is no longer effective. You begin to feel like you don’t know what you are doing because another change is in order. What do you do? First, take a breath. Remember, change is constant. You are not the problem. It’s just that it’s time for another change.

Here are some ways to deal with the evolution of change so discouragement does not set in:

  • Work to maintain a positive mindset
  • Learn new things
  • Communicate with others
  • Ask questions
  • Step outside of yourself and help others
  • Help implement the change
  • Look at the big picture

It’s important to see the other side. You have made it to a point where you can take a breather. You don’t have to change your current way of doing things, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for you to get comfortable. Reflect on the changes you have made and how they have affected the company’s status. If the change, and your practice of being resilient in the face of adversity have been effective, you should notice that you are:

  • More self-aware
  • More confident
  • More mindful (moment-by-moment awareness)
  • More optimistic
  • More in touch with boundaries
  • More willing to learn
  • More empathetic
  • More communicative
  • More flexible

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Integrating change can be take time. As stated before, change can be scary for anybody. With that in mind, it is important to slowly and steadily integrate change to avoid intimidation, and at the same time, ensure your goals are still being achieved.

Step 1: Promote the change before integrating

Step 2: Highlight the benefits of the change

Step 3: Train employees on the changes

Step 4: Integrate changes into the work day

Step 5: Get feedback on the integration

Step 6: Consider feedback and make additional changes, if necessary

Step 7: Start over with Step 1



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Trust Building At Work: Keep Promises And Respect



Change: Acceptance And Management


Akindotun Merino

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines promise as, “a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified; or a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act.”

When promises are not kept, you communicate to the other person that they are not valued. It means that they are not priority and puts the recipient of this behavior in a self-protective state.

Making a promise and not keeping it is the fastest way to lose the trust of your employees. Sometimes things are beyond our control, and we cannot stay true to your word, but making a promise and not following through can have dire consequences on the relationships you are trying to build.

Getting organized is important to keeping promises to your staff. Do I have the time to commit to this? Do I have other resources? These are questions you should ask yourself before making a promise. Sometimes it’s easy to act in the moment and make a promise in order to make others happy without considering whether or not it’s even possible. Try not to act on impulse; think logically.

Here are some other questions to ask yourself:

  • Why am I agreeing to do this?
  • What outcome am I looking for?
  • Is this too lofty of a promise?
  • Is this absolutely necessary? Why or why not?
  • What would be the ramifications if I’m unable to keep this promise?

You’ve weighed the pros and cons of this promise, decided to go through with it, now you have to do it. The excitement of being the hero who said yes has worn off, now the real work begins. It can be tiring. What do you do? Well, since you made the promise and you do not have a legitimate reason not to follow through, you must push through your lack of motivation and make it happen.

Consider these tips in helping you stay motivated:

  • Remember why you are doing this.
  • Break down your task into smaller chunks.
  • Only focus on positive thoughts.
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Don’t be easily distracted by other things.
  • Visualize the outcome.

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Do not over commit and under deliver. To overcommit and under deliver is worse than just saying no in the first place. Decide what you can handle and agree to only that. Don’t sign on to be an overachiever, since this will likely cause you to appear to be the complete opposite.

Saying you can do it all, but ending up not following through will establish you as:

  • Unreliable
  • Unskilled
  • Dishonest

Always err on the side of caution. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
Keeping track of what you must get done and how to get it done is what will lead you to the positive outcome you are looking for. How can you “keep track”?

  • Create a list of what needs to get done.
  • Break down the steps of how each task will get done.
  • Determine the deadlines for each task.
  • Get to work.
  • Evaluate your progress.
  • Determine whether any changes need to be made to the work you’ve done. If so, make them.
  • Deliver the final product.

Respecting others should go without saying, but unfortunately, sometimes people forget that respect should be afforded to everyone, not just the ones you get along with. Let’s take a look at some areas to keep in mind when thinking about respecting others.Everyone in the workplace makes up a body. What kind of body would it be if everyone was the “head” or “arms”? Even though not everyone holds the same position as you, all positions are important. It’s simple: Treat others the way you want them to treat you.

Here are some things you can do to ensure you are exhibiting respect for employees holding various positions:

  • Encourage others to share their ideas
  • Listen to their ideas
  • Utilize others’ ideas when appropriate
  • Don’t insult or demean others
  • Give credit where it is due

An opinion is one of those things that everyone has. One is not “more right” than another. Opinions are typically based on experiences, not on fact. Keep this in mind when working with employees who have an opinion that differs from yours. Your aim should not be to change their opinion, although sometimes having a discussion about differing opinions can be beneficial. Nor should your aim be to discredit someone because of their opinion. Regardless of what someone thinks of a particular issue, they have a right to feel that way, and should continue to be respected.

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Time is a commodity that there never seems to be enough of. Knowing that, you should value all employees’ time. Whether you want to meet with an individual employee, or conduct training for a group, consider the fact that they have other work to do. So, use their time and yours wisely. Here are some ways to use time wisely:

  • If you can send an email rather than calling or having an in-person meeting, do so.
  • If your coworker is working on something that is time-sensitive or otherwise should not be interrupted, wait.
  • If you continually promise deliverables by a certain deadline, but do not deliver on time, change this.
  • If you are not prepared for meetings, make that a priority before going into your next one.
  • Set a time to start and end meetings. Stick to it.
  • No matter how great a job a person may do, do not volunteer someone else without consulting them first.

As previously mentioned, everyone serves a particular purpose in the workplace. As such, everyone brings with them a certain skill set. What may be a strength for one, may be an area for improvement for another, and vice versa. Pointing out another’s weakness is of no benefit. Instead, work to help your co-worker gain strength in their specified area of need. An organization is only as strong as its weakest link.

Dr. Akindotun Merino is a Professor of Psychology and a Mental Health Commissioner in California. She is the President of Jars Institute. Feel free to share your successes and challenges:

Prof. Akindotun Merino
Jars Education Group
Instagram: @drakinmerino: Twitter: @drakindotun


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COVID-19 Claims 21 Lives As New Cases Hit 387



COVID-19 Claims 21 Lives As New Cases Hit 387

Fresh COVID-19 cases in the country have risen to 387 while 21 persons have died due to the virus in the last 24 hours.

This was disclosed on Monday night by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The new cases represent a slight rise in COVID-19 cases compared to the 365 cases recorded on Sunday.

According to the NCDC, “On the 13th of September 2021, 387 new confirmed cases and 21 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

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“Till date, 199,538 cases have been confirmed, 188,427 cases have been discharged and 2619 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

“The 387 new cases are reported from 16 states- Lagos (114), Rivers (91), FCT (32), Edo (31), Delta (28), Kwara (20), Bayelsa (18), Akwa Ibom (15), Oyo (10), Osun (8), Gombe (5), Plateau (5), Ekiti (4), Ogun (3), Kano (2) and Kaduna (1)

“A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, continues to coordinate the national response activities.”

The NCDC also reports 1,700 recoveries for Lagos State from 11th September 2021, including community discharges.


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