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

Football Quarter Finals Day

first_imgPeter Mc Grath will need Fermanagh to recapture the spirit of his Down team that beat Dublin in the 1994 All Ireland Final. The first two All Ireland Football Quarter Finals take place today with Kerry taking on Kildare at 2pm. Kildare will be looking to find a way past the current All Ireland Champions after seeing off Cork in the Qualifers last weekend.In the second Quarter Final , Dublin take on Fermanagh at HQ at 4pm.last_img

ZAL vs ZEN Dream11: Team News, Game Predictions and Analysis

first_imgLast Updated: 30th October, 2019 20:16 IST ZAL Vs ZEN Dream11: Team News, Game Predictions And Analysis Dream11: Zalgiris Kaunas is all set to host Zenit Saint Petersburg. Read the team news and predictions for ZAL vs ZEN for this EuroLeague basketball match. FOLLOW US Zalgiris Kaunas will host Zenit Saint Petersburg in their EuroLeague fifth-round match at the Zalgiris Arena on Wednesday at 11.00 PM IST. The Lithuania side has improved their standing on the points table to 8th, one game behind the 6th placed ASVEL. Here are the ZAL vs ZEN Dream11 predictions and squad details.Also Read: GSW Vs PHX Dream11 Predictions, Squad Details, Top Picks & MoreZAL vs ZEN Dream11 previewThe match will be played between Zalgiris Kaunas and Zenit Saint Petersburg at Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania. The hosts have the best defensive record in the league this season, having allowed just 71 points per game and will be looking for their third consecutive win. On the other hand, Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg, come into this game after losing the last two matches. They lost their last game at home against Greek side Panathinaikos. Zenit’s average of 71 per game is the lowest in the league. Written By First Published: 30th October, 2019 20:16 IST LIVE TVcenter_img Suraj Alva SUBSCRIBE TO US This will be the first-ever meeting between both these sides in the EuroLeague, making it a historic occasion.Also Read: NBA: Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr And Reggie Bullock Lose Family MembersZAL vs ZEN Dream11 squad updateZalgiris Kaunas squad:Thomas Walkup, Alex Perez, Lukas Lekavicius, Nigel Hayes, Erikas Venskus, Paulius Jankunas, Karolis Lukosiunas, Laurynas Birutis, Arturas Milaknis, Martinas Geben, Zach LeDay, Jock Landale, Marius Grigonis, Kerr Kriisa, Edgaras UlanovasZenit Saint Petersburg Squad:Colton Iverson, Andrew Albicy, Anton Ponkrashov, Auston Hollins, Will Thomas, Alex Renfroe, Dmitry Khvostov, Anton Pushkov, Vladislav Trushkin, Evgeny Voronov, Andrey Zubkov, Tim Abromaitis, Mateusz Ponitka, Gustavo AyónAlso Read: NBA: Rockets Fan Arrested For Allegedly Punching Pelicans’ CoachZAL vs ZEN Dream11 starting 5Zalgiris Kaunas: Edgaras Ulanovas, Marius Grigonis, Nigel Heyes, Lukas Lekavicius, Jock LondaleZenit Saint Petersburg: Will Thomas, Andrew Albicy, Vladislav Trushkin, Colton Iverson, Austin HollinsAlso Read: NBA: Detroit Pistons’ Markieff Morris Fined $35K For Abusing RefereeZAL vs ZEN Dream11 predictionZalgiris Kaunas will be the favorites to win the match.Note: These are mere predictions and do not guarantee positive results. WATCH US LIVE COMMENTlast_img read more