Biden announces COVID-19 advisory board as Pfizer announces promising early vaccine data

first_imgThe board also includes Dr. Luciana Borio, who was until 2019 director for medical and biodefense preparedness on Trump’s National Security Council; Dr. Rick Bright, the former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who became a whistleblower over the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Atul Gawande, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director Dr. Michael Osterholm; University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine professor Dr. Eric Goosby, who was global AIDS coordinator under President Barack Obama; Dr. Celine Gounder, of New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive vice president Dr. Julie Morita; the Global Health Council’s Dr. Loyce Pace; and Dr. Robert Rodriguez, another UCSF School of Medicine professor.Biden is, as promised, taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously and putting together a group of scientists to advise him. Unfortunately, Team Trump can be expected to stay in Biden’s way as he tries to prepare a robust public health response to the pandemic while Trump himself has a sustained temper tantrum over losing. Mike Pence tried to take a victory lap, claiming credit for the vaccine news—but “We were never part of the Warp Speed,” Pfizer’s head of vaccine research had already said on the record. “We have never taken any money from the U.S. government, or from anyone.”The advisory board Biden announced is co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine. Nunez-Smith is an especially significant choice, since she studies discrimination in the healthcare system, an important topic in a pandemic that has hit Black and Latino communities so hard.”Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img At one time or another, Biden’s COVID-19 team will have to administer vaccine distribution. The Pfizer news suggests it may be sooner rather than later and that Biden may be inheriting a process Donald Trump has already messed up. “I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope,” Biden said in a statement responding to the Pfizer news. But he also warned that “the end of the battle against COVID-19 is many months away,” because even if the timeline stays in place, “it will be many more months before there is widespread vaccination in this country.” For that reason, Biden again emphasized the importance of continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing.- Advertisement –last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 5,000; first cases in Cuba, Thailand, Finland; pregnancy risk; restocking stockpile; infected hospital workers

first_imgMay 12, 2009Global novel H1N1 flu cases surpass 5,000The global count of novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) case confirmations has increased to 5,251 from 30 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total includes 2,059 cases with 56 deaths in Mexico and 2,600 cases and 3 deaths reported in the United States as of yesterday. Canada has had 330 cases and 1 death, and Costa Rica has reported 8 cases and 1 death.[WHO update 26]US H1N1 cases top 3,000The number of confirmed H1N1 cases in the United States rose to 3,009 and 3 deaths in 45 states today, an increase of 409 since yesterday’s update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The number of states reporting cases rose by one, as Montana reported its first case. Yesterday CDC official Anne Schuchat, MD, said at a press briefing that many states don’t report flu cases over the weekend, so the agency expected a big increase in the H1N1 count today.[Current CDC numbers]Cuba confirms first H1N1 case, accuses Mexico of hiding outbreakCuba’s health ministry yesterday announced the nation’s first novel H1N1 case, in a Mexican medical student who was studying at a clinic in Cuba and had recently returned from a visit to his home country, the Associated Press (AP) reported. A few hours later, Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president, posted a column on the government’s Web site accusing Mexico of hiding the flu outbreak until after US President Obama’s visit in April.[May 11 AP story]Thailand, Finland report first novel flu casesTwo more countries—Thailand and Finland—confirmed their first novel H1N1 cases today, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported. Thailand reported two cases in people who had traveled to Mexico, and Finland also confirmed two, though few details were available. The four cases are not included in today’s WHO total.[May 12 AAP story]CDC warns about flu risk in pregnant womenAt a news briefing today, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC warned that pregnant women are at increased risk for flu complications such as pneumonia, dehydration, and premature labor, especially with the novel H1N1 strain. She said the CDC is investigating 20 cases of the disease in pregnant women, a few of whom have had severe complications, and one fatality, a previously reported Texas woman. Schuchat urged prompt antiviral treatment for pregnant women.[May 12 CDC briefing transcript]Roche donation restocks WHO Tamiflu stockpileRoche, the maker of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), announced today that it is donating 5.65 million treatment courses to the WHO to replenish a 2-million-course regional outbreak stockpile and a 3-million-course rapid-response stockpile. The donation also establishes a pediatric stockpile of 650,000 courses. Production capacity will reach 110 million courses over the next 5 months and will amount to 36 million courses per month by the end of the year if needed.[May 12 Roche press release]Novel H1N1 infections reported in Toronto hospital workersFour workers at two Toronto hospitals, one of whom had contact with patients, have tested positive for the novel H1N1 flu, the Toronto Star reported today. Two of the employees were reportedly exposed to the virus in the community, and one of them passed it on to two coworkers. A hospital spokeswoman said so far no novel H1N1 infections have been reported in any patients that had contact with the sick staff members.[May 12 Toronto Star story]last_img read more

Akwa Starlets FC wins 2019 NNL Super 4 Tournament

first_imgThe Akwa Starlets football club of Uyo, on Sunday, won the 2019 edition of the Super League 4 Nigeria National League (NNL) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu. According to the Nigerian News Agency, Akwa, Starlets beat Adamawa United FC 2-0 in a tense match.The first goal of the game was a goal scored by Daniel Nanushi at 32 minutes. Utibe Arit scored the second goal of a corner in the 68th minute. Afterward, Caleb Osu, Akwa Starlets coach, said his victory was a dream come true. “It is because we are preparing for it seriously and God, in His mercy, has given us victory.”Osu said he had a promising young team that still has a long way to go. “We are also going to look at the drawing board to correct the team’s failures before the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2019/2020.” In addition, Bello Muhammed, the coach of Adamawa United, said the tournament was a very good test and rehearsal for his team before the NPFL season. Akwa Starlets FC “We are going home to strengthen and prepare for the upcoming NPFL season, as the tournament gave the team a test of what will be next NPFL season,” said Muhammed. According to the NAN, in the match for third place earlier in the day, Jigawa Golden Stars FC beat Warri Wolves FC 2-1.Obiora Emeka scored at 10 and 66 minutes for Jigawa Golden Stars, while Warri Wolves scored with a penalty shot by Charles Asemele in the second minute of the detention. However, Rabiu Tata, Jigawa Goldern Stars’ technical advisor, congratulated his players for acting in accordance with the instructions and for taking the match into consideration for third place.Also, NetBet football fans in Enugu Saturday held low attendance of spectators at the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 4 2019 tournament in Enugu for bad publicity. According to the Nigerian press agency, the tournament is aimed at the four winners of the group during the 2018/2019 NNL season.He has already witnessed two matches played by the four teams on Friday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, with a capacity of 22,000 spectators. However, a football fan, Ifeanyi Okonkwo, said that most people, especially football fans in Enugu, did not know that the national tournament was taking place.“There should have been local advertising, using local media to reach our people, such as the use of mobile sound systems in neighborhoods and streets to announce the tournament. “NNL management should have sent and posted tournament announcements in various venues and public forums for the necessary attention and assistance,” Okonkwo said.Another football fan, Victor Madu, said it was disappointing for a national tournament of this nature not to have at least a quarter of the stadium filled. Madu said: “The football tournaments are meant to allow fans to enjoy quality football.“The organizers and the owners of the competition had a good performance in the organization and timing of the matches, but it was necessary to do a lot in the advertising field for fans of Enugu and its surroundings to see the best teams in the NNL level. ““With their coming, I sincerely believe that the morale of Adamawa United FC players will be high to lift the trophy and bring it home,” said Musa. Remember that on Friday, Adamawa United FC defeated the Dutse Jigawa Golden Stars 8-7 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. This surprises fans that use Musa, a staunch supporter of Adamawa United FC, said he believed that with good publicity, many supporters would be in the stadium, especially for Adamawa United FC matches. “I think with wide publicity, especially at the Enugu Artisan Market, where most of Adamawa’s residents’ trade, the hundreds of market sellers would have closed their stores to cheer on their local team.In the second match, Uyo’s Akwa Starlets FC beat Warri Wolves FC 3-1, also on penalties, after a goalless draw. With the results, Adamawa United and Akwa Starlets have qualified for the final match, while Jigawa Golden Stars and Warri Wolves will play the match for third place. Both games will be held Sunday in the main stadium of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Huron Pines arrives in downtown Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Huron Pines has recently set up their own office right here in Alpena. The environmental conservation non–profit organization has been establishing a relationship with this area throughout the last 10 years.They have worked to provide treatment and management for invasive species as well as connecting their AmeriCorps members with other conservation organizations, including the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Superintendent of the sanctuary, Jeff Gray says they bring an enormous amount of passion to the area. “The staff at Huron Pines is incredibly passionate,” he said. “They bring a passion with them with everything they do to protect the incredible natural resources from the forest to the water. To partner with them just will up everybody’s game in northeast Michigan and help us all do what we’re trying to do which is make this a better place to live in the future.”This new office houses three employees including two Alpena natives. Associate director with Huron Pines, Lisha Ramsdell says this group is dedicated to improving the quality of the environment in northeast Michigan, especially in their home town. “Both have spent some time in other places for a while, but they and their families decided to come back to their home town,” she said. “Having that great talent base that is also personally connected to the area, I think is a great thing for Alpena and for us as an organization.”Huron Pines will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m., and it will be followed by an open house until 4 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Huron Pines, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious 911 emergency lines working again after statewide outageNext Alpena High School’s Joyce McCoy named CTE Director of the yearlast_img read more