World’s First Ebola Vaccine Approved for Global Use After Saving Hundreds of Thousands During Outbreak

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe world finally has its first ever approved Ebola vaccine.Within 48 hours of the European Commission approving the vaccine earlier this week, the World Health Alliance (WHO) verified that the treatment also reached its health and safety standards for global use, making it the first vaccine with clinical efficacy to protect individuals 18 years of age or older at risk of infection with the Ebola virus.The Ervebo vaccine, which was developed by pharmaceutical company Merck, has already been used to quell emergency outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and several other neighboring countries. Data from clinical trials and compassionate use protocols have shown that Ervebo protects against Ebola virus disease in humans following a single-dose administration. The vaccine is being used under “compassionate use” to protect people, including children and pregnant women, at highest risk of infection as part of a ring vaccination strategy, as well as a targeted geographical vaccination when ring vaccination is not feasible. As of this week, more than 250,000 people have been vaccinated in DRC, as well as in Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan, Guinea, and Rwanda.RELATED: Husband-Wife Duo Has Developed ‘Gene and Cell Therapy’ Cancer Vaccine Now Being Tested on PatientsThe “Gavi” Vaccine Alliance—a Geneva-based health organization funding vaccine distribution in low-income countries—announced in 2015 that they would only purchase an Ebola vaccine for distribution if it was approved by a major health group.Gavi is now welcoming the European Commission’s conditional marketing approval for Ervebo.“This is a vaccine with huge potential,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. “It has already been used to protect more than 250,000 people in the DRC and could well make major Ebola outbreaks a thing of the past.MORE: FDA Approves the First New Cystic Fibrosis Treatment in Decades“That’s why this is such an important milestone, paving the way for a Gavi-supported global Ebola vaccine stockpile. It’s also important to credit the unprecedented global effort from African countries that helped generate the evidence as well as Merck, WHO, donor governments, partners and regulatory agencies in making this authorization happen.”At its next meeting in December 2019, the Gavi Board is set to make a decision on a long-term Gavi Ebola vaccine program that would include the creation of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile. This stockpile, contingent on the availability of WHO’s prequalified vaccines and SAGE recommendations for their use, will enable countries to access and rapidly deploy Ebola vaccines in response to outbreaks. On top of the stockpile, the Board will also consider, if recommended, future support for preventive vaccination of high-risk groups outside of an outbreak such as healthcare workers in countries classified as being at high risk.The current stockpile of Ebola investigational vaccine is available in part thanks to an agreement between Gavi and the vaccine’s manufacturer, Merck. In 2015, during the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Gavi made a unique offer to all manufacturers with a vaccine in Phase I clinical trials and beyond, by offering a pre-paid commitment to procure doses of licensed vaccines as and when the vaccine became licensed and available.CHECK OUT: First-of-its-Kind Alzheimer’s Drug is Pending FDA Approval After Patients Experienced Marked Cognitive ImprovementIn return, the manufacturer was required to commit to submit an emergency use authorization application to WHO as well as an application for licensure to a stringent health authority and ensure the availability of an emergency stockpile of 300,000 investigational doses in the event of an outbreak occurring before licensure through a donation from the manufacturer to WHO. In January 2016, an Advance Purchase Commitment between Merck and Gavi was signed, creating the stockpile of investigational doses that is being used in DRC and neighbouring countries today.In addition to its work making the investigational vaccine stockpile available, Gavi has provided $ 15.1 million to WHO to cover operational costs for the vaccination effort, funding vaccination teams, transportation, syringes and other vaccine supplies, as well as the ultra-cold fridges which keep the vaccine at the minus 60-80°C temperatures it needs to remain effective. This also includes $ 2 million provided to fund vaccinations in neighboring countries Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda. An additional  $13.4 million funding for the vaccination effort in DRC is currently being considered.Merck CEO Kenneth C. Frazier is now hailing the vaccine’s approval as “a historic milestone and a testament to the power of science, innovation and public-private partnership”.RELATED: After Her Years of Research, a Cambridge Scientist Could Be on the Verge of Curing Multiple Sclerosis“After recognizing the need and urgency for an Ebola vaccine, many came together across sectors to answer the global call for outbreak preparedness,” Frazier said in a statement. “We at Merck are honored to play a part in Ebola outbreak response efforts and we remain committed to our partners and the people we serve.“We also look forward to continuing to work with the FDA and the African countries on their regulatory reviews over the coming months and with the World Health Organization on vaccine pre-qualification, which will help broaden access to this important vaccine for those who need it most.”Photo by NIAIDTreat Your Friends To The Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Denise Marie Griffin

first_img Services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Miss Denise Marie Griffin of Port Arthur, TX died Monday at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas.Denise graduated from Lincoln High School in 1975. She was preceeded in death by her parents David & Cecile Griffin, Sr. and two nieces Clarice Clayborne and Lyric Kelly.Survivors include 3 brothers – David Griffin, Jr., Johnavery and Gregory Griffin, a sister, Jennifer Dearman and a host of other family members and friends.center_img A visitation at 8 a.m. with a rosary at 9 a.m. and services at 10 a.m.There will also be a visitation Friday at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moody-Harris Funeral Home Chapel under the direction of Moody-Harris Funeral Home.last_img read more

SPI Parade rescheduled

first_img Share Special to the PRESSThe South Padre Island Christmas Parade has been rescheduled to December 13, as a show of support for the Port Isabel High School football team’s advancement to the Class 3A Division II state quarterfinal and anticipated advancement to the semifinal.Additionally, in honor of their outstanding season, the football team has been named Honorary Grand Marshal for the parade.Make plans to share in the South Padre Island Christmas spirit and to show your support for the Tarpons on Thursday, December 13, at 6:15 p.m.The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the annual South Padre Island Lighting of the Tree ceremony to be held Friday, December 7, at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall. Join in bringing some Island spirit to Christmas with special performances from the Port Isabel Junior High Spirit Squad and Cheerleaders, the Derry Elementary Fifth Grade Choir and Leslie Blasing. Guests will enjoy free cookies and punch, and a photo with Santa.Read this story in the Dec. 6 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedSouth Padre Island Christmas Parade cancelledSpecial to the PRESS The South Padre Island Christmas Parade, scheduled to take place this evening at 6 p.m., has been cancelled due to inclement weather. This event will not be rescheduled. For more information regarding the Christmas Parade please visit Want the whole story? Pick up a copy…December 9, 2016In “News”South Padre Island Christmas Parade RescheduledSpecial to the Parade Due to the weather, the South Padre Island Christmas Parade has been rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at 6:15 p.m. The parade continues to run south on Padre Boulevard from Mars Street to Kingfish Street with the reviewing stand at the Padre Island Brewing Company…December 16, 2011In “South Padre Parade”TARPON TIME: Community rallies around teamBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer [email protected]  The Port Isabel High School Tarpon football team prepared for the Bellville Brahmas this week for the state quarterfinals game to be played this Saturday at Cabaniss stadium in Corpus Christi. Head Coach Monty Stumbaugh said his team is not the bigger team, but they…December 6, 2012In “News”last_img read more

Del Bosque had to convince Gerard Pique not to quit Spain

first_img CEST Gerard Pique planned to stop playing for Spain after the World Cup in Brazil, but a conversation with Vicente del Bosque persuaded him to continue. At least until Euro 2016. That is the pact the player made with the coach at the beginning of last season, a pact which the player is keeping. We have to go back many months to work out why Pique has such a difficult relationship with the national team. The Barcelona defender felt especially uncomfortable during the World Cup because he became one of the big focuses of Spain’s failure to progress from the group stage. And not just the focus of the press, but also his manager. After Spain were hammered by Holland, Pique and Xavi, who were not at their best that day, were left out of the next match. But Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso did not impress either, yet they continued in the side despite their errors. There was a feeling among the Barça players that those from Real Madrid were afforded special treatment. They felt that there were two categories of passenger on the Spain train, those in first class and those in second class. Nobody on the pitch was at their best. Barcelona came into the tournament after a bad season under Tata Martino, only winning the Spanish Super Cup, while the Madrid players were exhausted after their Champions League final against Atletico Madrid. Del Bosque could not help his players back into form. Of course, there was already previous between the players of Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the roots of those problems laid by Jose Mourinho when he was manager of Los Blancos. Del Bosque’s partisan decisions and the actions of the RFEF during the World Cup reawakened old tensions between cules and madridstas. Pique, with a character which rebels against injustice, did not feel at home in this dynamic and took the decision to leave international football. He communicated his feelings to Cesc Fabregas and they both decided not to return with the team on the plane to Spain. They went to America and left the squad behind after the win against Australia. Pique’s rage did not disappear easily. In the first squad after the World Cup, for games against France and Macedonia, he was not included. The official reason was that he’d picked up an injury days before the announcement of the squad, however it was mainly down to his anger at his treatment while he was in Brazil, where he did not enjoy himself or some of the decisions which were made. Xavi quickly decided after the World Cup that he would not play for Spain anymore. Much younger, Pique had to be convinced by Vicente del Bosque to continue playing for Spain. Del Bosque asked him to keep going until 2016, until the European Championships in France, a competition which could be his final one as La Roja boss.  08/09/2015 Upd. at 12:50 Albert Masnoulast_img read more

Former Manchester United striker says club can never reclaim the glory days of Sir…

first_imgAdvertisement c8bjgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1ppWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2hc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 19gvWould you ever consider trying this?😱xaCan your students do this? 🌚gtRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes the club might begin their path to redemption under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but will never be able to reclaim the glory days left behind by Sir Alex Ferguson. Saha played for the Red Devils from 2004 to 2008 where they won three Premier League titles and one UEFA Champions League title.Advertisement Louis Saha feels Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy will be untouched“I fully believe they will come back, but you need to understand that in football you might copy it, but it will never be the same,” Saha was quoted saying to the Mirror.With Manchester United’s growing success, they are no longer not expected to achieve something. As a result, the element of surprise has been killed.Advertisement “The element of surprise is gone, because you think, ‘Well, we’re expected to do this’. It’s a job,” further added Saha.One thing which Saha likes about Manchester United is the backing of their fans. He believes it helps the club endure the toughest of times.Advertisement “United have the back up of having the fans who will always be there so it’s a case of working hard – going back to basics. It’s been painful the last few years, but I’m certain Ole and his staff at the club will provide a really good base,” concluded Saha.Also Read: “We have one more motivation to win,”- Pierre Emerick Aubameyang on Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s exclusion Advertisementlast_img read more

DiBella continues to turn a few heads

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Wildcats rearguard Aimee DiBella has another honor to add to the career.The feisty DiBella was recently chosen runner-up for the Female Midget AAA player of the month for October.The player-of-the-month award was claimed by Reaghan Chadwick of Fraser Valley Phantom hockey team. Chadwick started the season with 10 goals and eight assists in 11 games.DiBella finished tied with Cassidy Hendricks of Vancouver Fusion, Bre Frasca of Thompson-Okanagan Rockets and Linda Jensen of Prince George Cougars.The 5’7”, DiBella currently leads the Wildcats in scoring with seven goals for 10 points.Earlier this season DiBella was names to the Team B.C. U18 team that is representing the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.The Wildcats return to action Saturday, November 20 in Rutland against the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets.The Female Midget AAA League was started in 2007 give female players the opportunity to play fellow elite players from throughout the [email protected]last_img read more

Stinson back in winner’s circle, Palmer of host school wins boy’s race

first_imgIt took a race but Andrea Stinson finally found her way back to the top of the medal podium.After finishing in the middle of the pace during the opening race of the season in Kaslo, the L.V. Rogers senior edged out Susanne Fraser of the host school to capture the Senior Girl’s title at the Rossland stop on the West Kootenay Cross Country Running Circuit held at the Black Jack Ski Trails.Stinson won the five-kilometer race in a time of 22 minutes, 48.03 seconds. Fraser was second with Jill Reynolds, also of Rossland, third.Lyla M. of Mount Sentinel finished fourth with Taylor Wilson of J.V. Humphries of Kaslo, fifth, Katy Camileri of LVR sixth, Sierra Gibbons of Rossland seventh, Ellie Hewat of JVH eighth, Darya Huser of Salmo ninth and Amy LeBlanc of Trafalgar 10th.In the boy’s race, David Palmer of Rossland topped the division over schoolmate Nick Underwood.Palmer, more than two minutes ahead of Underwood, won the 7.5 km race in a time of 28:13.3.Joe Cox of JVH was third, more than three minutes behind Palmer.Provincial team country skier Peter Locke of LVR was fourth with Micah May and Julien Locke, also of LVR, fifth and sixth.Cail Spencer of LVR was sevenths with Mitch McLean of Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe eighth.Levis S. of Mount Sentinel and Owen Thurston of LVR rounded out the top ten.Bradley S. of Mount Sentinel won the junior race over Clayton Jackshaw of Kaslo.Keiran Marchand finished third followed Ezra Fox of Trafalgar in fourth and Aaron Finke in fifth.Samuel Matthew of Trafalgar was sixth with Gina Oostlander of Trafalgar sevenths and Kalina S. of Mount Sentinel eighth.Kalob Drinnan of Trafalgar and Jocey Terwood of Salmo finished ninth and 10th, respectively.The West Kootenay circuit shifts to LVR Wednesday for the Kootenay Kramp.The race begins near the field at the Tenth Street campus of Selkirk College.The course is approximately a 4 km loop that has a lot of steep single-track hills, open flats along the Trans Canada Trail, and some gravel road as well.  Roots and rocks are commonplace on the single track.Race begins at 4:15 [email protected]last_img read more

Islanders Women’s Tennis Defeats Texas-Pan American

first_imgHoran padded the Islanders lead to 5-0 after downing Natacha Minc, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles before Galhos dropped a heartbreaker at No. 5. The sophomore garnered a 6-3 first-set win before falling 6-3 in the second set. In the third, Galhos came up short, 10-6 in the super tiebreaker. She now holds a 4-1 record in the No. 5 slot. Rodriguez wrapped singles competition for the Islanders in the No. 2 spot with a three-set thriller to remain undefeated in singles play. The junior topped Stavroulaki in the first set before falling 4-6 in the second. In the final set, Rodriguez grinded her way to a 10-8 super-tiebreaker win.   The Islanders kept the momentum rolling as they quickly claimed the win with three straight-set singles wins on courts three, four and one. Dzinic tacked on the Islanders’ second point of the day with a 6-1, 6-0 dominating win over Amsallem at No. 3. Martin then cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Ranzahuer in No. 4 singles to win her sixth consecutive match. She now has tallied a 6-1 record in the No. 4 slot. Vives followed suit with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Esparza at No. 1 singles to clinch the match for the Islanders. After dropping her first loss of the season against Missouri, Vives bounced back to improve her mark to 5-1 on the year in the No. 1 spot. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6, Texas-Pan American 1EDINBURG, Texas – The Texas A&M–Corpus Christi women’s tennis team bounced back today with a 6-1 victory over Texas-Pan American at the Orville Cox Tennis Center. The Islanders (6-2) grinded out the doubles point and cruised through singles play to earn their sixth win of the season. Rodriguez has now won 20 of her last 21 matches, dating back to last season. She has also tied Erika Iriarte’s career record in third place all-time with 41 wins.  This season she has tallied a perfect 5-0 record to improve her career mark to 41-4.center_img In doubles action, the sophomore duo of Judit Vives and Kerry Galhos got back in the win column with an 8-3 win over UTPA’s (3-6) Mariana Ranzahuer and Lison Le Biavant in No. 3 doubles. The pair improved their mark to 5-1 this season. UTPA then picked up an 8-4 win in the No. 1 slot after Katia Stavroulaki and Reegan Greenwood topped the junior tandem of Rodriguez and Martin. With the loss, the Islanders’ pair moved to 4-3 on the year. The doubles point then came down to the No. 2 spot where the freshman-senior duo of Jelena Dzinic and Chelsea Horan edged out Christel Amsallem and Dominique Esparza, 8-7 (5) in a close battle to clinch the point for the Islanders. The Islanders will return home to host Prairie View A&M along with the men on Tuesday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center.last_img read more

Alyssa Valdez thrilled as two former schools face off in UAAP finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Rica Rivera making most of last chance to cap off redemption journey with UAAP crown Alyssa Valdez at the panel of the UAAP volleyball tournanent. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alyssa Valdez could very well be the best spectator in the upcoming finals series of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Valdez will watch two of her former schools in University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo duke it out for the Season 81 title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The 25-year-old national athlete could not be more excited when the Lady Eagles locked up their spot in the finals after beating Far Eastern U and set up a best-of-three showdown with the Tigresses.*alma matersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) May 8, 2019 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card “And both my alma maters are in the Finals!” tweeted Valdez.Although she zoomed to popularity as a Lady Eagle, Valdez started her UAAP career with UST where she won three titles and three MVPs in high school.It was with Ateneo that Valdez ultimately grew to become, arguably, the most recognizable face in volleyball, winning three MVPs and two championships in her collegiate career.The finals series between UST and Ateneo start on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more