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Nigeria Must Vaccinate Nigerian Kids Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – UNICEF

The United Nation’s Children Fund, UNICEF

The United Nation’s Children Fund, UNICEF

The United Nation’s Children Fund, UNICEF has begged Nigeria to vaccinate Nigerian children as soon as possible.

The group recently said that this move is necessary to prevent any risk of an uncertain future and possibly dire health prospects for the kids in the country.

According to UNICEF’s Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, Nigeria is facing a critical moment of choice, where kids can either be protected from several preventable diseases or exposed to a dangerous future.

He added that this is a vital moment for the innocent kids and it is up to the government to safeguard their health or leave them open to sicknesses and death.

His words, “Nigeria is facing a critical moment of choice,where children can either be protected from a host of preventable diseases or face an uncertain future and possibly dire health prospects.”

“This is a critical moment for Nigeria’s children. We can either seize it – or condemn millions of children to preventable illness or even death.”

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Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.

Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 27 to 34 kilobases, the largest among known RNA viruses. The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.

Human coronaviruses were first discovered in the late 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were an infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two in human patients with the common cold (later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43). Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 (formerly known as 2019-nCoV) in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.


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