WHO reports progress on H5N1 vaccines

first_imgFeb 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported “encouraging progress” on development of H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, while cautioning that global capacity to make the vaccines remains very limited.Following a 2-day meeting of vaccine experts in Geneva, the WHO said new vaccines aimed at various strains of H5N1—considered the likeliest candidate to spark a flu pandemic—look promising.”For the first time, results presented at the meeting have convincingly demonstrated that vaccination with newly developed avian influenza vaccines can bring about a potentially protective immune response against strains of H5N1 virus found in a variety of geographical locations,” the WHO said in a news release.”Some of the vaccines work with low doses of antigen, which means that significantly more vaccine doses can be available in case of a pandemic,” the agency added.However, the statement continues, “WHO stresses that the world still lacks the manufacturing capacity to meet potential global pandemic influenza vaccine demand as current capacity is estimated at less than 400 million doses per year of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine.” The current world population is more than 6 billion.Sixteen companies from 10 countries are developing prototype pandemic flu vaccines against H5N1, the WHO said. Five of those companies also are developing vaccines against other avian flu strains, including H9N2, H5N2, and H5N3. More than 40 clinical trials have been completed or are under way, most of them involving healthy adults. But some companies have begun clinical trials in children and the elderly.So far, all the vaccines were safe and well tolerated in the groups tested, the agency said. Most of the companies are using vaccine strains corresponding to H5N1 viruses provided by WHO collaborating laboratories.Because pandemic flu viruses are products of constant evolution, no one knows how well any of the prototype vaccines under development would work against a pandemic H5N1 virus, but experts hope that the vaccines would provide some protection. Once a pandemic strain emerges, it is expected to take at least 6 months to produce a vaccine precisely matching it.Today’s statement strikes a different tone from that of a report on flu research released by the WHO last November. That report, based on a meeting of 22 scientists in September, said vaccine developments at that point did not look promising. One problem cited was that H5N1 viruses had branched off into a number of different subgroups, and vaccines that worked well against one subgroup did not work well against others.The November report also said many fundamental questions about H5N1 vaccines remained to be answered. Because of the many unknowns, the report cautioned governments against stockpiling pre-pandemic vaccines. Today’s brief statement does not mention stockpiling.The WHO meeting drew more than 100 flu vaccine experts, who heard and discussed information on more than 20 projects. The aim was to review progress in vaccine development and reach a consensus on future priorities. The meeting was the third of its kind in 2 years, the WHO said.The statement does not give an estimate of how many doses of H5N1 vaccines have been made so far, and further information was not immediately available.In 2006 the WHO launched its global pandemic influenza action plan, a program expected to cost $10 billion over 10 years, the statement noted. One goal of the plan is to enable developing countries to build their own flu vaccine production facilities.In launching the program last October, the WHO called for an urgent effort to boost vaccine production capacity and develop better vaccines, while cautioning that it would take 3 to 5 years for the effort to bear fruit.See also:Feb 16 WHO statement on vaccine developmenthttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2007/np07/en/index.htmlNov 2, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO report calls H5N1 vaccine stockpiling premature”Oct 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO seeks urgent push for pandemic flu vaccines”last_img read more

Tony Adams criticises Edu and Raul Sanllehi after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Dec 2019 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Tony Adams claims Edu and Raul Sanllehi have made Arsenal worse (Getty/Premier League)Tony Adams has criticised Edu and believes the Brazilian has made Arsenal worse following their defeat Chelsea on Sunday.Edu was appointed as Arsenal’s technical director in July and will play a major role in the club’s transfer business alongside Raul Sanllehi, who is the Gunners’ head of football.But following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday, Adams suggested that Edu lacks the experience to be such a key figure at the club and admits he is ‘very worried’ ahead of the January transfer window.‘It’s all about recruitment,’ Adams told the Premier League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m not so sure about Edu. Comment Advertisement Tony Adams criticises Edu and Raul Sanllehi after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelseacenter_img Edu will work alongside Mikel Arteta to identify Arsenal transfer targets (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s had one year at Corinthians… South American, I’m not sure he knows the European market.‘I’m very worried, it must be said… the hands of the club and the recruitment are in the hands of Raul [Sanllehi] and Edu.‘And judging by the last window we didn’t get the appropriate players, we made the team worse.’ Mikel Arteta is searching for his first win after Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea on Sunday (PA Wire)The defeat to Chelsea leaves Mikel Arteta still searching for his first victory since he was appointed as Arsenal manager last week but Adams has urged the Gunners hierarchy to fully back the Spaniard.‘Steve Bould told me during his five years at Arsenal and he spent most of his time with the technical analysts looking at players,’ said the former Arsenal captain.‘He’s more a coach than he is actually a player during those five years.‘He’s totally obsessed with the game and if there’s a man who can do it… I’ve got to be a little bit positive here.‘He’s very, very conscientious about the players and the staff he wants so hopefully he has a big say in who he wants to bring in.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamal Adams ‘trying’ to force trade to Cowboys, putting Jets in impossible situation

first_imgI love Jamal Adams. He’s a phenomenal player but this is such nonsense.There is a global pandemic. Nobody is signing extensions right now.Why can’t he just trust Joe Douglas?“The plan is for Jamal to be a Jet for life.”pic.twitter.com/moz6LBumvt— Jake Asman (@JakeAsman) June 18, 2020Had the Jets truly wanted to trade Adams, he would have been gone by or during 2020 NFL Draft, when the organization certainly would have had suitors; that New York held onto Adams after the draft should tell you that the organization has minimal inclination to trade him.After all, various reports — and Douglas himself — have said that the team has no plans to trade Adams. Will that mean they’ll satiate his contract demands? Or just continue to play hardball? While Adams’ camp reportedly said it was expecting a contract offer to come from the Jets early in 2020, it sounds like he’s going to have to wait longer.Adams has made the situation more complicated than it needed to be. Players certainly deserve to find the best situation for themselves, but maybe Adams should showcase as much awareness at the negotiating table as he does on the football field. Adams’ response: “I’m trying, bro.”@dallascowboys I got proof that Jamal Adams wants to come to Dallas pic.twitter.com/g398Wmqsft— Jakson 🇸🇻 (@JaksonVelasquez) June 22, 2020A move to Dallas won’t be easy, as the Cowboys are going to be up against the cap number. And with Dak Prescott and Dallas reportedly negotiating a long-term contract extension, it’s unclear where Adams is going to get his big payday. MORE: The inside story on the ‘Madden 21′ coverThe Jets-Adams breakup has been brewing since late 2018, with Adams openly criticizing the Jets’ roster and the powers that be for having a weak roster devoid of “dogs.” The team went to great lengths to get Adams those “dogs” in Florham Park, signing C.J. Mosley, Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder before the 2019 season.The relationship between player and team was further fractured around the trade deadline in 2019, when Jets general manager Joe Douglas reportedly answered trade offers for Adams, but put the price so high that he was considered virtually untouchable.Really, to a certain point, you understand Adams’ frustrations. He’s been a winning player his entire football life, a vocal leader on the front lines of championship-caliber teams through college. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case with the Jets, as they’ve finished under .500 for the three seasons he’s been on the team. The Jets are a “maybe” playoff contender for the upcoming season, which clearly isn’t good enough for Adams, whose desire to be traded to a championship contender is apparent.Here are the seven teams to which Jets’ Pro-Bowl safety Jamal Adams would welcome a trade, per source:🏈Ravens🏈Cowboys🏈Texans🏈Chiefs🏈Eagles🏈49ers🏈Seahawks— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2020While the Jets aren’t contenders, Douglas has never been short to praise Adams in public when it comes to his talents and has been adamant that the plan is for Adams to stay a Jet for life.It certainly seems like Adams hasn’t read the situation well. Good NFL general managers answer calls for players all the time. Douglas is in Year 2 of his plan to build a title contender, and the team has little impetus to rush a contract extension with a less-than-premium defensive position on the field.Of the 2017 draft class, not even Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes has received a contract extension yet, and Mahomes just came off a Super-Bowl winning season and is a former league MVP. Only Christian McCaffrey has gotten an extension, and even that was met with some skepticism.For a player who has often said he loves facing adversity, it’s certainly a message to send when you want to be the first sailor jumping off a sinking ship. Even then, equating the Jets to a sinking ship — or a crashing plane, if you want to stay on brand here — is inaccurate.In a 7-9 year, the Jets finished strong, going 6-2 in their last eight games with quarterback Sam Darnold showing flashes of being the answer to the quarterback question the Jets have been asking for decades. Douglas has garnered praise from all corners of the NFL sphere for his approach to roster building, including his handling of the Adams situation. And even Adam Gase — who certainly has critics and deserves criticism — deserves a small bit of credit for helping navigate a team from a 1-7 start to a 7-9 finish.So either there’s a massive disconnect between the public, front-facing persona that a first-time GM is displaying or Adams just wants to wear a new uniform in 2020.It’s not going to be easy for either side, though: Adams wants to be paid top dollar, upwards of $17 million per year (and some reports have said Adams wants more than $20 million per season), while the Jets have little reason to pay him that money in the immediate. While Adams is two-time All Pro, he’s under team control for two more seasons, giving the Jets all the leverage in the world.To that end, it’s apparent that Adams has put the Jets in an impossible situation: The organization clearly admires, respects and appreciates Adams and his talents, but given the uncertainty of the future salary cap, Adams’ reported exorbitant contract demands and his apparent desire to escape from New York, there’s no clear flight path for New York moving forward. Jamal Adams is dead-set on Dallas.In an Instagram video posted over the weekend, someone had spotted the All Pro safety (and potential future former Jet) in his car, when the person asked Adams whether he was “coming to Dallas.”last_img read more

Just hoping to survive tough race, Benedicto gets top 5 finish in full Ironman PH

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Benedicto, however, ended up getting more than what he expected after finishing in the top five in the top pro male against some of the world’s best triathletes.“[I was] just praying to God that I’ll be able to finish and survive the race. I just kept thinking, ‘Give me strength, Lord,’that’s what’s going through my mind,” said Benedicto, who crossed the finish line in nine hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I just wanted to finish the race and not give up until I get it,” he added.Benedicto was the fastest Filipino finisher but four others in Benjamin Rana, John Philip Duenas, Jonard Saim and Arland Macasieb made it to the top 10 filling the seventh to 10th spots. Benedicto even placed higher than Austria’s Freddy Lampert, who was the race’s early leader but failed to sustain his form to finish in sixth.Each finisher received a special medal made by renowned metal sculptor Daniel dela Cruz and weavers from Marawi.“I’m very happy that they were able to make medals from Marawi. We all know that the people there are really struggling because of the war and I’m praying that they will be able to get back up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Augusto Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiving up was not an option for Filipino triathlete Augusto Benedicto on Sunday.Survival was his only goal in his bid to conquer the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

CRUEL! HOW COULD ANYONE DUMP THESE POOR PUPPIES AT THE SIDE OF A ROAD?

first_imgThey have faces to melt the meanest heart.But that didnt stop someone from dumping these two little pups at the side of the road between Cranford and Carrigart.Thankfully someone with a kind heart found them, called Gardai in Milford and thanks to them they were taken in by a vet to be checked. Donegal Pet Rescue now have the adorable pups.“We estimate that are between 7-9 weeks old.. They are in quite good health but were thin and had worms,” said a DPR spokesman.If anyone has any information on who owns these pups please call our helpline on 0862222006 or email rehoming@dpr.ie  CRUEL! HOW COULD ANYONE DUMP THESE POOR PUPPIES AT THE SIDE OF A ROAD? was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CranfordDonegal Pet RescueDPRdumpedMilfordpuppieslast_img read more