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The World Bank announced plans Thursday to give Nigeria $400 million to help fund COVID-19 vaccines for its citizens.

Why it matters: The World Bank stated that the additional funding, provided through the International Development Association, would help Nigeria vaccinate 51% of its citizens in two years.

  • The World Health Organization said on Thursday that only 15 out of 54 African countries had fully vaccinated 10% of their populations against COVID-19.

The big picture: The $400 million credit, approved by World Bank directors, will allow the country to acquire enough vaccines for 18% of its population and distribute vaccines to nearly 51% of its citizens.

  • The World Bank said that Nigeria will be able to "strengthen relevant health systems that are necessary for a successful deployment and to prepare for future health emergencies."
  • "This additional funding would ensure that the Nigerian government has the necessary financial resources to keep its vaccination drive going," said Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank country director for Nigeria. "This would mean that Nigerians will have increased access to the COVID-19 vaccination.”

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FDA panel endorses shot of J&J booster for adults

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Oct 15, 2021 - Health

State COVID lotteries did not increase vaccination rates, study finds

California Gov. Gavin Newsom at a drawing for the state's Vax for the Win program in June. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

None of the 19 states that implemented statewide COVID-19 vaccine lotteries this summer saw an increase in vaccination rates as a result of the incentive programs, according to a study published Friday in Jama Health Forum.

Why it matters: The study is the first to examine the effectiveness of 19 state-run lotteries, and offers insight into how governments can better craft incentive-based policies, said Andrew Friedson, one of the study's authors and an associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver.

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  2. Health: New cases down, but the West is at risk — Low vaccination rates exacerbate America's caregiving crisis — COVID is here to stay. So what does "victory" look like? — FDA will review Merck COVID-19 pill.
  3. Politics: NHL announces all but four players have been vaccinated — WHO names new advisory group on COVID origins — Biden admin warns Moderna to "step up" global vaccine supply.
  4. Education: LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations amid staffing shortage — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive — Arizona can't use aid for anti-mask education grants, Treasury says.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.