HHS adds new anthrax drug to national stockpile

first_img Oct 6, 2005 CIDRAP News article “HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing” The HHS had previously awarded Cangene and another company, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., of Rockville, Md., contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs. “Our first line of defense against anthrax is antibiotics,” said HHS assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness Craig Vanderwagen, MD. “While additional studies are underway to determine its efficacy and ultimate role in treatment, AIG may have the potential to provide physicians with a source of human antibodies against the anthrax toxin that could improve the management of patients with the life-threatening toxemia associated with severe anthrax.” B anthracis is classified as a category A bioweapon. Anthrax spores sent through the US mail in the fall of 2001 caused 22 cases of anthrax,11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational. Five patients with the latter form died. The source of the anthrax has never been identified. Jul 28 HHS press release on adding AIG to the national stockpilehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060728.html See also: Jul 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced Jul 28 that it will add 10,000 courses of anthrax immune globulin (AIG) to the strategic national stockpile. Toxins produced by the anthrax bacteria are believed to be a major cause of mortality in infected patients. The HHS says AIG is a potentially promising addition to the options physicians have to prevent and treat anthrax infections. In a press release Jul 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it awarded a $143,833,719 contract to Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man. Deliveries of AIG, used to prevent or treat inhalational anthrax cause by Bacillus anthracis, to the stockpile are expected to begin in 2007. Full payment to Cangene hinges on the product being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, the contract permits delivery of the product before FDA approval in an emergency.last_img read more

PH arbitration victory ‘illegal, invalid’ – Chinese Embassy

first_imgPresidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, admitted over at a virtual press conference on Tuesday that the two countries have different beliefs on the said arbitral award. “It is hoped that the Philippines could make concerted efforts with China in jointly securing the hard-won sound momentum of bilateral relations and upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the Embassy said. China, however, has refused to recognize the ruling and has built artificial islands there and has prohibited Filipino fishermen from fishing and interfered in petroleum exploration./PN “Malinaw ang salita ng Presidente habang umiinit ang rivalry – kailangan itaguyod natin ang pang nasyonal na interes ng Pilipinas,” he stressed. “Isasantabi muna ang bagay na hindi mapagkasunduan, tulad nitong territorial dispute.” “Unang-una po, hindi tayo nagkaka sundo sa bansang Tsina sa arbitral award na ‘yan,” Roque said. “Ang disagreement na ito ay hindi sumatutal ng ating relasyon sa Tsina. Isusulong natin ang pwede nating isulong sa pagkakaibigan natin sa Tsina.” “China’s position is consistent, clear and firm. The South China Sea arbitration and its so-called award are illegal and invalid. China does not accept or participate in the arbitration, nor does it accept or recognize the so-called award,” the embassy said. The statement further said Chinese government hopes, with the current state of China-Philippines relations, the two country can work together to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea. In a statement, China insisted both the arbitration and the Philippines’ victory have no merit. “China firmly opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on aforesaid award. It has to be highlighted that China and the Philippines have already reached consensus on properly handling the so-called arbitration case, which has laid down solid ground for the turning-around of bilateral relations,” it added. The Hague, in July, 2016, recognized the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, which the Filipino called as West Philippines Sea. Manila – The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea four years ago was “illegal and invalid,” according to the Chinese embassy in Manila.last_img read more

Former Cerro Gordo County Auditor retires as state’s Deputy Commissioner of Elections

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa’s Deputy Commissioner of Elections who served as the Cerro Gordo County Auditor for a quarter century has announced his retirement.Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced that Ken Kline plans to retire on February 1st. Kline joined the Secretary of State’s office in January of last year after serving 25 years in Cerro Gordo County.Kline is a past president of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, creator of the national award-winning Precinct Atlas electronic poll book program and worked many years as a legislative liaison for county auditors.In a written statement, Pate says Kline has made a tremendous impact on elections across the state and in his office as Kline has been a dedicated elections official who has served Iowa well for many years.last_img read more

Southampton shatter Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten

first_imgHasenhuttl watched Southampton lose 1-0 at Cardiff in his first match and, in a PR stunt this week, he sent free drinks vouchers to Saints season ticket holders.The Austrian, who left his role as Leipzig boss in May, was the toast of St Mary’s after Southampton won at home in the league for the first time since April to climb out of the relegation zone on goal difference above Burnley. Laurent Koscielny was making his first Premier League start since April after recovering from an Achilles injury, but Arsenal’s French centre-back looked rusty when Southampton took a surprise lead in the 20th minute.Matt Targett whipped over a superb cross and Koscielny was caught by Ings’ perfectly-timed run, completely missing his attempted clearance as the on-loan Liverpool striker powered his header past Leno.Ings’ sixth goal of the season reflected well on Hasenhuttl, who had recalled him in place of Austin on his return from a hamstring injury.It took Arsenal just eight minutes to equalise with a flowing move that saw Alex Iwobi pick out Nacho Monreal’s run before the Spaniard chipped a cross for the unmarked Mkhitaryan to head home.Ings’ movement was causing Arsenal problems and he struck again to restore Southampton’s lead in the 44th minute.Nathan Redmond’s cross unhinged Emery’s creaky back-three and this time Ings got in between Koscielny and Stephan Lichtsteiner to loop a fine header over the stranded Leno.Ings hadn’t scored with a header in the league for three years, but now he had two in just one half.For the 17th time this season, Arsenal had failed to secure half-time lead in the league and Emery responded by sending on Alexandre Lacazette.The Gunners have been far more dangerous after the interval this season and once again they hit back to equalise in the 53rd minute.Allowed too much space on the edge of the area, Mkhitaryan collected Lacazette’s pass and drilled a low strike that took a crucial deflection off Jannik Vestergaard as it flashed past the wrong-footed McCarthy.Southampton thought they had taken the lead in the closing stages when Long stabbed in after Maya Yoshida’s header was clawed out by Leno, but the goal was ruled out for offside.Hasenhuttl cursed in frustration on the touchline, but the Austrian was celebrating soon after as Southampton punished Leno’s blunder to snatch the points in the 85th minute.Long’s cross floated across the penalty area, tempting Leno off his line, but the German missed with his attempt to punch clear and Austin was on hand to head into the empty net.Share on: WhatsApp Austin punishes Leno blunder as Saints stun ArsenalSouthampton, United Kingdom | AFP |  Charlie Austin shattered Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run as the Southampton striker punished a howler from Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno to seal a shock 3-2 win on Sunday.Austin settled a thrilling Premier League clash at St Mary’s when he headed home with just five minutes left after Leno misjudged Shane Long’s cross.Southampton had twice taken the lead through Danny Ings, only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s brace to draw Arsenal level on each occasion.Leno’s mistake and Austin’s predatory finish handed Arsenal their first defeat in 15 league games and brought a stunning halt to their longest unbeaten run in all competitions since 2007.Unai Emery’s fifth placed team hadn’t lost since a 3-2 defeat at Chelsea in August and the north Londoners’ first setback since the summer leaves them two points behind the fourth placed Blues, who won at Brighton on Sunday.While it was a bitter afternoon for Arsenal, Southampton’s first win in 15 matches in all competitions was cause for much celebration.Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, taking charge of his first home game, danced a jubilant jig on the pitch at full-time after securing the maiden victory of his reign.last_img read more

‘Return of the Dragon’

first_imgby Malik Vincent New Pittsburgh Courier Recalling reigning All-City MVP Justin Dobbs’ sophomore year, another player who led his team in scoring all season long did so again in the City Championship game.Behind sophomore JaVaughn Moultrie’s 15 points, the Courier’s preseason favorite Allderdice (18-6) edged USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama), 56-49, for their third consecutive City title on Feb. 25 at Peabody. Jevaughn’s twin, DeVaughn, also chipped in seven points to help Allderdice push past a taleneted USO team.“We can’t stress enough the importance of playing great defense,” Allderdice coach Andre McDonald said. “We’ve always preached that to the kids in our program and it’s worked out tremendously for us.”As the league’s stingiest defense, the Dragons have given up a city-low 52.9 points per contest. They’ve maintained that title all of the last five seasons. So much so that during games, the students wear shirts with their team’s coined nickname, “Hawk D” on it, which also appears on their uniforms.“It’s really something that our entire student body, faculty, and team take great pride in,” McDonald added.Ishmael Swain was the city’s leading scorer in 2010 when the Dragons brought their first of three consecutive titles to Allderdice. But Dobbs led the pack with a game-high 17 points.The 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward leads the city in scoring, averaging 20.2 points a contest. He, and fellow senior and All-City first teamer Ben Mickens, have both received attention from Division-I programs.Mickens led the team with 14 rebounds and added 8 points for the Dragons.“Our seniors have been blessed with tremendous talent,” McDonald said. “If it wasn’t for the hard work, unselfishness, and pure dedication to this team, we would not be where we are today.”USO (16-6) was led by sophomore D.J. Porter, who shot 7-of-13 from the field and ended up with 15 points. Senior guard Dontae Forte added 10 for the Eagles. Their coach, Kevin Reid, was unreachable for comment.The success of the Allderdice basketball program, according to McDonald, is due to the undying support of the boosters’ organization always providing for the team, and to the students who always rally around them.“We have a great atmosphere for sports at Allderdice,” he said. “It’s no mistake that our football team appeared in its title game and that we’ve three-peated in ours. We have a tremendous following, a great support from our family and friends. That brings a great feeling to us as a team.”Allderdice will play in the PIAA Class AAAA first round March 10. USO advances to the PIAA play-in round and will take on the WPIAL’s third-place team.GIRLSA familiar face to the Lady Dragons’ success, Lanise Saunders led her team with a game-high 14 points to solidify a three-peat of their own.Syndnee Abernathy followed up with 12 points and senior guard Janay Bottoms added 10 points as Allderdice (21-3) pushed past Westinghouse, 49-46, on Feb 25 at Peabody.“I think both teams brought what they could and played their best,” Saunders said. “But (we) took it a step further and played like a family.”A 6-foot-2 post player, Saunders signed a National Letter of Intent with Division-II Gannon University earlier this year for a full athletic scholarship.“We got the win,” she said with pride. “But we don’t plan on stopping here. We plan to carry that exact same intensity into State competition.”Saunders carries a 4.2 GPA and has been the driving force behind the Dragons in their quest for a title. She added 11 rebounds to her point total and has become one of the main producers of the double-double in the city.Westinghouse (19-5) was led by Cassandra Flowers who had a team-high 10 points.Allderdice, which also defeated the Bulldogs in the final game last year, advances to the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA tournament on March 9.(Malik Vincent can be reached at mvincent@newpittsburghcourieronline.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.) BEN MICKENS from Allderdice puts back a shot for two of his 8 points. Mickens also grabbed 10 rebounds in the Dragons 56-49 win last_img read more