Experts to discuss swine flu vaccine decision May 14

first_img See also: “We are well aware and are not hiding the fact that manufacturers have agreements with a number of governments to provide access to a vaccine,” she said. “We are discussing with the manufacturers where they are in terms of filling up their books . . . and what may still be available. Some vaccine may still be available in the early weeks or months of production.” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other WHO collaborating centers are developing seed strains of virus for use in H1N1 vaccines. “We expect these will be available to manufacturers most likely in the second half of May,” Kieny said. The decision whether to recommend production will depend on the accumulating epidemiologic evidence about the virus, including how much of the population is likely to get sick and how severe the illness is, she said. And if the recommendation is made, it will be up to the manufacturers to decide whether to go ahead. WHO press briefings on swine flu The officials will discuss the potential procurement by agencies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund and the Pan American Health Organization of vaccine for developing countries, she said. “The decision is not that of WHO; the decision will be the manufacturers’ to take,” she said. In other comments, Kieny reported that the WHO director-general and the secretary-general of the United Nations will meet with vaccine company executives on May 19 to discuss how to ensure “equitable access for all countries” to any H1N1 vaccine. Last week Kieny said some of the vaccine manufacturers had completed about 60% of their production of the seasonal flu vaccine and that WHO officials were talking with them about the best time to switch from making seasonal vaccine to a swine flu vaccine. Kieny was asked if any vaccine would be available for poor countries, given that a number of governments have contracts with manufacturers for large amounts of any pandemic vaccine produced. In addition, no one yet knows what size dose will be necessary, whether an adjuvant will be needed, and whether each person will need one dose or two, Kieny reported. “Being conservative, we think there’ll be at least between 1 and 2 billion doses,” she said. May 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a group of experts May 14 to advise the agency on whether to pull the trigger on production of a vaccine for the novel H1N1 swine influenza virus, a WHO official announced today. Kieny also acknowledged that multiple unknowns will govern how many doses can be produced and how many will be needed. For one thing, most of the vaccine will have to be grown in eggs—cell-based flu vaccine production is not mature enough to make much of a contribution—and no one knows how well the vaccine virus will grow in eggs, she said.center_img May 1 CIDRAP News story “Path to swine flu vaccine has major hurdles” Kieny offered an estimate today of global capacity to make a vaccine for the novel virus: somewhere between 1 billion and 2 billion doses in a year, based on an estimated seasonal vaccine capacity of about 900 million doses. Current world population is more than 6 billion. “It’s not at all that we’re hiding anything,” she said. “The reason nobody is answering this is that we don’t know.” For some vaccine makers, that would mean curtailing production of the seasonal flu vaccine for the northern hemisphere, since not all manufacturers have finished production. A WHO recommendation to do that could come in a few weeks, Kieny said. Kieny said “the vast majority” of manufacturers would need 5 to 6 months (from the identification of the virus) to begin producing a vaccine in quantity, but a few manufacturers might be able to start providing vaccine in as little as 4 months. “It will be a high-level meeting appealing for corporate responsibility and equitable access,” she said. In response to further questions, Kieny said she didn’t know “with any kind of precision” what fraction of potential pandemic vaccine production is already reserved. The experts will be asked if there’s enough evidence to warrant a WHO recommendation for manufacturers to start large-scale manufacturing of a vaccine for the new virus, said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, in a news teleconference in Geneva. She acknowledged that she previously mentioned an estimate of 700 million doses for seasonal vaccine production. She explained that the 900 million estimate is based on manufacturers’ figures and added that vaccine plants are under construction in several countries, increasing capacity month by month. It’s generally understood that with novel flu viruses, to which people have little or no immunity, two doses of vaccine may well be necessary. That’s true of H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, Kieny noted, but she said, “We hope that one dose will be sufficient [for the swine flu virus]. Before we know that, it’s very difficult to say how many doses will be available.” She added that most vaccine makers “still have some window of opportunity in their orders, and we want to make sure we don’t wait until that window is completely closed.” “What we’ve recommended for the timing at present was for all manufacturers to put everything in place to be able to start manufacturing vaccine,” she said. In response to questions today, she said some manufacturers might be able to make seasonal and swine flu vaccines at the same time, using different production facilities. “You can’t make two vaccines in the same plant at the same time,” but some companies have more than one facility, she commented.last_img read more

Kate Hawkesby: Cannabis referendum – be careful about what and who you are voting for

first_imgNZ Herald 18 July 2019Family First Comment: Well said by Kate Hawkesby..“…But the real danger with decriminalisation is what happens to cannabis production in terms of psychoactive properties. Colorado’s experience is that there’s a spike in these – and that in turn has a dramatic impact on mental health problems.”#saynopetodopeVoteNO.nzI see a secondary school headmaster is the latest to come out swinging against the cannabis referendum.Kieran Fouhy, from St Paul’s College in Ponsonby, believes legalising cannabis when New Zealand already has an issue with alcohol is just asking for trouble. He thinks young people already have enough to contend with.His main concern is younger people won’t respect the age restrictions, they’ll simply access cannabis from older friends.He said: “When you legalise it, you normalise it.”And he doesn’t buy into the Government’s line that it’s a health issue, or that decriminalising it will take it out of the hands of gangs.And I agree, it won’t.I spoke to Colorado’s executive director of the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association, Jo McGuire, a couple of months ago and asked her about whether legalisation had shut down the black market there. She said it didn’t – in fact it exploded it.And the thing about black market cannabis is that it’s higher in THC.Since legalisation there, and bear in mind they are years into this experiment, there’s been a sharp increase in the black market and one of the reasons is personal cultivation in people’s own homes.On top of that, you’ve got the regulatory market struggling to control limits on production, so they over-produce – which also feeds the black market.So not only do people bypass the rules anyway, but you also have other people coming in and monetising the excess. Hence you get a thriving black market, irrespective of regulation.Tax-wise, Colorado’s experience is that for every tax dollar that comes in, they’re spending $4.50.Youth use has increased. One in four employees self-report that they go to work stoned.In essence, Colorado’s still waiting to see any benefits from legalisation, McGuire said.  (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Public health workers to get special risk allowance

first_img For medical workers to avail of the grant, they should either be civilian employees under regular, contractual, casual, or part-time positions; workers engaged through job order; and barangay health workers regardless of the nature of engagements and have been assigned to health care facilities. Under his Administrative Order 28, Duterte has ordered the granting of a one-time COVID-19 special risk allowance, equivalent to a maximum of 25 percent monthly basic pay, to public health workers during the period of the enhanced community quarantine. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday issued an administrative order granting a special allowance to frontline public health workers who were exposed to health risks in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “There is a need to recognize the heroic and invaluable contributions of our public health workers throughout the country, who bravely and unselfishly risk their lives and health by being at the forefront of the national effort to address the public health emergency,” Duterte said./PN The allowance grant will be pro-rated based on the number of days that the public health workers physically reported for work during the period of the enhanced community quarantine.center_img Those who were present at work for three to seven days will get 25 percent of the incentive, 50 percent to those who worked for eight to 12 days, 75 percent for 13 to 17 days, and 100 percent incentive for those who worked for 18 or more days Consultants, laborers engaged through job contracts, student workers, apprentices, and those not assigned in hospitals and healthcare facilities may not avail of the grant. Hospital frontliners wear personal protective equipment as they man the entrance of the emergency room in the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Tondo, Manila on March 24, 2020. ABS-CBN NEWS The public health workers were the medical, allied medical and other personnel assigned in hospitals and healthcare facilities directly catering to or in contact with COVID-19 patients, persons under investigation or persons under monitoring.last_img read more

Bulldogs MS Football Teams Split With Golden Bears

first_imgThe 7th grade Bulldogs lost to Shelbyville 22 – 8.Batesville scored their lone touchdown on a 31 yard pass from Seth Gausman to Johnny Deal. Jacob Cruse ran in the 2 point conversion to tie the game up at 8 – 8.Drew Kiefer and Carson Fulton had good games for the defense.The Bulldogs won the 8th grade contest by the score of 24-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman and Mr. Bill Hisrich.last_img

Margaret Eileen Veatch

first_imgMargaret Eileen Veatch, age 89, of Osgood passed away on June 1, 2020 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Margaret was born on September 7, 1930 the daughter of the late John and Zella Shuy.  She grew up and attended school in central Ohio.She would meet and marry Dean Veatch on April 13, 1952 in New Castle, Ohio.  They would be blessed with 2 daughters Marsha and Denise.  She worked at the Coshocton REMC for over 20 years before selling real estate.  In the early 1970’s Dean’s work career would see them move to the Osgood community.Margaret remained at home and raised their children.  She became a strong and faithful member of the Osgood United Methodist Church.  She was also a 50 year plus member of the Eastern Stars.  Margaret was also a member of Tri Kappa.  She enjoyed doing needlepoint and playing the piano.  Dean and she enjoyed traveling prior to his death.Margaret is survived by daughter Denise (Jack) Schuerman of Osgood, grandchildren; Josh Bittinger of Indianapolis, Tara (Dustin Castaleo) Schuerman of Connecticut, Matt (Erin) Schuerman of Osgood, and great grandchildren Charlotte, Elijah, Ira and Dean.  She was preceded in death by husband Dean, daughter Marsha Bittinger, her parents, and sister Marian Warner.Graveside funeral services for family and friends, will be held on Thursday June 4, 2020 at 10:00 am. at Greendale Cemetery outside of Osgood.  Memorials may be given to the Osgood United Methodist Church in care of Neals Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be placed at Nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Vokes close to Burnley return

first_img Vokes has played two full development squad games in recent weeks and, with another pencilled in on Monday against Blackpool, his return appears imminent. “Vokesy is on his way back,” said Dyche, whose men face Tottenham this weekend. “He got another 90 minutes in the other day so he’s right at the end of his transition back into the main first-team squad. We’re really pleased with that and he’s pleased with that. “In the grand scheme of things he’s not had four full games. If you’d finished one season and gone into the next you roughly have a three-month window and during that transition back into playing again you probably have a 45, 75 and minimum of three 90 minutes. That’s with normal shut-down. “He’s had eight and a half months out and we’ve got to be mindful of that when you’re talking about true fitness and true ability to play in the first team. “He’s going well, he’s feeling good and we’re really happy with that at this stage. He’s getting closer.” After a lengthy nine-month absence, Dyche completely understands that Vokes is itching to be involved in first-team affairs again as soon as possible. “It’s a long haul,” said the ex-Watford manager. “I had a few long-term injuries and it’s difficult. You want to be involved all of the time and you know you can’t be. “There’s a lot of individual work, a lot of loneliness . Luckily here, because of the environment we’ve got, you’re almost stumbling across people. “He’s never felt like he’s not involved in it because there’s always some of the players around, the staff around. “But true involvement is playing and I’m pleased for him that he’s back – at least playing – and now it’s moving on to the first team.” However, there is certainly no guarantee Vokes picks up where he left off alongside England Under-21 international Ings in Burnley’s attack. Ashley Barnes’ goal against Southampton last time out moved the east Lancashire club out of the bottom three and was also the second time this season he has grabbed an important winner. Dyche, though, welcomes having such selection headaches. “That’s a dilemma any manager wants,” he conceded. “A lot was made about the financial side but we wanted a group that was demanding of each other with real true competition. I feel we’ve definitely got that. “Where it can take us, we’ll see. But we like the demand that’s in the group and Vokesy will only add to that.” The 25-year-old Wales international was pivotal in last season’s promotion, scoring 21 goals, but has been sidelined since March after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against Leicester. Clarets manager Dyche has so far been unable to pair Vokes with Danny Ings, a partnership which yielded 47 goals for him last year, but that day could come around the festive period. Burnley striker Sam Vokes is inching ever closer to a first-team Christmas comeback, boss Sean Dyche has said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sporting Lisbon Slam £60million on Man Utd Target, Fernandes

first_imgSporting Lisbon have slapped a ‘take it or leave it’ £60million price tag on their star midfielder Bruno Fernandes amid interest from Manchester United.The Red Devils have been frustrated in their pursuit of the Portuguese international and are refusing to pay the asking price as things stand.It is thought the player is keen on a move to Old Trafford, but his club are said to be standing firm on their valuation, according to Portuguese outlet Record. Any stalling in negotiations between the two clubs could present itself as an opportunity for rivals Manchester City to swoop in and steal the player from under United’s noses, the report claims.City want to be kept informed about talks between the two sides, it says, and wish to be updated with their latest valuations of the player.Man United have reportedly put in a £42m bid, with £17m in incentives, although one of the variables included the midfielder winning the Ballon D’or – and was swiftly vetoed, the report adds.The Portuguese outfit came back saying they would accept no less than £51m with £8.5m coming in add ons. United also proposed the idea of a cash-plus-player deal, but that offer was rejected too.While negotiations continue for the in-demand star, Fernandes is set to feature for the team in the Portuguese League Cup against Braga tonight.The 25-year-old also played the full 90 minutes on Friday as Sporting lost 2-0 to their rivals Benfica in the Primeira Liga.Fernandes is believed to be unhappy with his club at their refusal to let him join United and feels he has shown loyalty and deserves the chance to make the move.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

More special teams blunders

first_imgWhen Bret Bielema was preparing to begin his initial campaign as head coach, one of the first orders of business was to put together his new coaching staff. Bielema excelled, bringing in top-flight coaches that mirrored his signature fire and enthusiasm. However, there was one notable omission: no special teams coach, as Bielema stated that the staff would work together to mold the unit. It might be time to rethink that strategy.Wisconsin’s offense was suburb, the defense: suffocating. But once again the Badger special teams unit was the weak link, continuing a disappointing trend. For the third time this season, the Wisconsin special teams unit cost UW points, as an extra point went awry early in the third quarter.After P.J. Hill plunged in for his second touchdown of the day from two yards out, Wisconsin botched the snap to holder Ken DeBauche. DeBauche picked the ball up and attempted to throw it across the field to kicker Taylor Mehlhaff who had run out toward the left sideline, but the toss was a slow, high arcing floater that was snatched by Minnesota’s Mario Reese and returned to the house, for a rare defensive two-point conversion. “I think Kenny actually was a former quarterback,” Bielema said. “Didn’t look too good on that one.” In the context of a 41-5 rout, the bizarre play was actually somewhat comical and amusing, but it was no laughing matter to DeBauche.”I don’t think I was in any position to make a joke then [after it happened],” said a sullen DeBauche, who also struggled as a punter, failing to punt the ball any farther than 38 yards on his two attempts. “I was pretty upset with myself, and I think Taylor and the rest of the PAT team were upset with me, which is understandable. I shouldn’t have made that throw in the first place.” “It really kind of put the damper on my mood for the rest of the game, it’s hard to let something like that go. I’m just lucky it wasn’t a [close] game, not that this wasn’t a big game. It wasn’t a big moment at that point in the game. I just got to make sure I don’t do something like that again.”Meanwhile, punt returner Zach Hampton had a tough day, eventually getting benched in favor of wide receiver Luke Swan. It was an adventure for Hampton every time out, as the fifth-year senior looked like he was fighting the ball and struggled to make a clean play, muffing catches twice.”Yeah, Zach kind of gave me the heebie-jeebies there a little bit,” Bielema stated, also adding that he is unsure of whether Hampton or Swan will continue as the return man next week at Purdue. “I just wanted to field the ball at that point in the ballgame. I didn’t want to give them a cheap turnover and put ourselves in a position to have to play defense down there.”Beck-to-BeckOn the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Wisconsin went for the jugular and quarterback John Stocco found Travis Beckum free over the middle. Beckum had nothing but green in front of him, and looked like he might take it to the house. However, Trumaine Banks tripped up Beckum, cutting his romp short to only 41 yards. Beckum was visibly upset at not taking it the distance slamming the ball and the turf while getting up.But on the next play, Beckum was allowed a chance to finish what he started, catching a 40-yard touchdown strike.”That felt good,” Beckum said. “A lot of the guys gave me stuff, saying I should’ve scored and maybe Coach Chryst did too.”The play highlighted the sophomore’s second consecutive 100-yard receiving game, as the former defensive end from a year ago continues to develop into a major receiving threat. “He just makes plays,” Stocco said. “I think he’s caught just about everything I’ve thrown him, pretty much. He’s just been doing a hell of a job for us.”last_img read more

Damage repair: SU defense prepares to face high-scoring Cincinnati team one week after being shredded by USF playmakers

first_img Published on November 1, 2012 at 1:53 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Marquis Spruill bit on the fake and incorrectly pursued the running back. He stepped to the middle of the field on a zone-read play by South Florida, only to watch quarterback B.J. Daniels keep the ball himself and break free to the outside.By the time Spruill planted his left foot in the ground to change direction back toward the outside, Daniels had already turned the corner and reached full speed on what would become a 53-yard gain.“There were a couple times I had missed an assignment and B.J. broke for like long,” Spruill, the outside linebacker, said with a chuckle, stretching out the word long to convey the negative result of his mistake.And he wasn’t alone. The Syracuse defense had statistically its worst game of the season in last week’s thrilling victory over South Florida, giving up 552 yards of offense — 317 of which Daniels accounted for — before a last-second touchdown pass by Ryan Nassib salvaged a win.Saturday brings an eerily similar challenge as the Orange (4-4, 2-1 Big East) travels to Cincinnati (5-2, 1-1 Big East) with the goal of containing another dual-threat quarterback and inching closer to bowl eligibility. A week of repairs designed to patch last week’s leaks has renewed the defense’s self-confidence as it prepares to face Munchie Legaux and the highest-scoring offense in the league at noon Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs he did last week, John Kinder once again drew the assignment of simulating the opposing quarterback. Kinder, a backup quarterback himself, is a run-first player whose tendencies are akin to those of Daniels and Legaux. It’s a role he played last season as well, doing such an admirable job in his mimicry that linebackers coach Steve Morrison said he was often the team’s most valuable player in practice.And in facing dual-threat quarterbacks in consecutive games, the Orange had the opportunity to dissect its mistakes against Daniels and revise its plans for Legaux.“There’s some carryover, certainly, from this week to last week,” Morrison said. “I’m sure that’s a good thing in our favor. We have to shore up some areas, but we’re certainly looking forward to getting another opportunity.”First and foremost, Syracuse must improve its tackling. Safeties Shamarko Thomas and Durell Eskridge joined Spruill and Morrison in pointing out the poor tackling that allowed the Bulls to rush for 369 yards, which is 133 yards more than SU allowed in any game last season.When asked what letter grade he would give to the Orange’s tackling last week, Spruill said somewhere between a D and a C-.“At the end of the day, you’ve got to stop them and we didn’t,” Eskridge said. “But I feel like going into this Cincinnati game, it will be hard for them to run because of the mistakes we corrected.”Another area of concern for Syracuse was tempo. Eskridge and Morrison both said that the SU defenders struggled with South Florida’s brisk pace last weekend, something they hadn’t faced in several weeks. Eskridge even said there were plays where the defense was not in the proper alignment, and by the time he looked up, the Bulls were running another play.The Cincinnati offense operates at a similar pace, but the SU defenders have noticed several differences between Daniels and Legaux. While Daniels often looks to run whenever the chance presents itself, Spruill said Legaux uses his foot speed as more of a last resort.That was evident in the Bearcats’ 27-24 win over Virginia Tech in September, when Legaux threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns while only rushing for 27.“Against Virginia Tech he had a hell of a game throwing the football, so obviously he is capable of that,” Morrison said. “I think every time in football, you want to try to make a team one-dimensional. I’m not sure if that’s ever fully possible, but first and foremost, we’ve got to try and stop their running game.”Behind Legaux and tailbacks George Winn and Ralph David Abernathy IV, Cincinnati leads the Big East in rushing at 221.4 yards per game, using the same zone-read system that South Florida employs.It’s when the run game is limited that opponents have had success, and Louisville’s come-from-behind victory last week speaks to that. The Cardinals allowed just three rushes longer than 10 yards in the second half.And while stopping the Bearcats is certainly easier said than done, having Daniels shred the Syracuse defense could actually be a blessing in disguise. He probed the wall and found its leaks; all the Orange has to do now is patch it.“We just know we have to get stronger at this point,” Eskridge said. “Around this time last year we slipped, so we know this is where outsiders think we’re going to slip. And that’s why we have to tighten up our screws.” Commentslast_img read more

John Gillon turns defense into offense and proves he can dunk against South Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman “He’s capable of going in and scoring points, you know, that’s what he does,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s very good at it I think.”Gillon hit a pair of 3-pointers, his fourth straight game with a triple. Albeit against inferior competition, he’s now shooting at a 42.9-percent clip from long range, which would’ve been the best mark on last year’s SU team.Where Gillon impacts the game most, though, may be in turning defense to offense by himself. Quick to disrupt the Bulldogs’ offense atop the zone, Gillon’s speed allows the Orange to push out in transition.“He has real good instincts and getting steals, so I think he’ll have a lot of opportunities this year to get out on the break and initiate offense,” fifth-year senior Andrew White said, “just being that he knows how to shoot the gaps and passing lanes.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorAnd when Gillon’s steal led to him streaking toward the hoop in the second half with a chance at dunking redemption, there was only one way the play could end.The Instagram and Twitter videos and pregame and practice evidence apparently weren’t enough for Syracuse. And even after Gillon’s two-handed flush, it still doesn’t seem to suffice.“It was a little weak,” White said. “He talk about the 40-inch vertical. It was a rim-grazer.” Commentscenter_img John Gillon has proven time and time again that he can dunk. Yet the fifth-year senior point guard still absorbs the flak from his teammates despite the pogo-stick bounce he brought to Syracuse from Colorado State.When Gillon took off on a fast break with about nine minutes left in the second half Tuesday night, he softy rolled the ball in off the backboard. The anticipation on the Syracuse bench turned to disappointment, and freshman redshirt Matthew Moyer threw his hands in joking disgust.“I mean I could dunk pretty easily,” Gillon said. “When I see people running under me I get nervous because a team like that, they don’t really have that much to lose so they’ll run in and try to make a play on something that they can’t make a play on … and I have to jump pretty high to get to that point so I just laid it up.”Even though the point guard threw down his second fast-break attempt three minutes later, Orange players still chided the team’s smallest scholarship player after the game. They could afford to after No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-0) 101-59 drubbing of South Carolina State (1-3) in the Carrier Dome, in which Gillon’s dunking skills, or occasional lack thereof, masked his efficient 14 points and four assists in 20 minutes.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat we learned from SU’s 101-59 winTaurean Thompson posts 12-point game after foot injuryTyler Lydon breaks out from 3 in win over South Carolina Statelast_img read more