“I am concerned about it,” he told AFP.An initiative named Covax and backed by the World Health Organization, as well as CEPI and the global vaccine alliance group Gavi, aims to buy and equitably distribute two billion doses in 2021. Ninety-two developing countries and 80 developed countries have signed on, and the European Union on Monday announced a contribution of 400 million euros.But the United States is refusing to join the effort.”We will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere on Tuesday. Order of Priority? Covax has only managed to secure 300 million doses to date from AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical group that also signed separate partnership deals with the United States, Europe, Russia, South Korea, China, Latin America and Brazil. Novavax, a US biotech company, says it has formed a partnership with an Indian group to produce up to a billion doses of its potential vaccine in India.CEPI’s negotiations, mainly funded by public and private donations, including from the Gates Foundation, are “ongoing” with other laboratories, but no deal has been announced, not even with the US firm Moderna, in which CEPI invested very early. The several million dollars given to Moderna are no match for the $2.5 billion invested subsequently by the US government.”While we have stayed in close touch with Moderna… for that small scale early stage agreement, you can’t have those kinds of commitments,” said Hatchett.The ideal goal for the WHO is that every country receives vaccinations for 20 percent of its population, starting with the most vulnerable people no matter what their nationality, including health workers.Despite the competition, Covax hopes that with 172 members, the initiative will be able to negotiate good prices.”That’s one of the reasons that we are asking countries to now make their commitments to the facility so that we know on behalf of how many countries we’re negotiating,” said Hatchett. “The more countries that negotiate together, the stronger the purchasing power, and the easier the price.”But the European Union is striking its own accords with laboratories, with 1.3 billion doses already acquired, and has not yet said if it will use the WHO facility. In the longer term, Hatchett says that CEPI still has to raise between $700 and $800 million remaining of the $2.1 billion needed to continue the vaccine research, because there is no guarantee that any of the vaccines currently under development will actually work. Topics : Richard Hatchett, the head of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is worried.His job is to ensure that future vaccines against COVID-19 will be shared on an equitable basis around the world, but the United States, Europe and other rich countries have already reserved the first doses for themselves. Just seven months after the outbreak of the pandemic, and even before clinical trials of experimental vaccines have ended, some developed countries (the United States, Britain, the European Union, Canada and Japan) have put in orders for at least 3.1 billion doses, according to an AFP count. US President Donald Trump blazed this particular trail: His administration signed contracts guaranteeing at least 800 million doses from six manufacturers for a population of 330 million, to be delivered starting at the end of the year for some of the doses.”The US is potentially in a situation of oversupply if all of the vaccines that they’ve invested in are successful,” Hatchett told AFP in an interview from London. The American said he understood national leaders are serving their own people as a priority, but called on Washington to behave like a global leader and share its doses with other countries.”What we need to persuade global leaders is that as a vaccine becomes available in these initially limited quantities, it needs to be shared globally, that it shouldn’t be the case that just a handful of countries get all of the vaccine that is available in the first half of 2021,” said Hatchett, who wants at all costs to avoid the scenario of 2009, when rich countries managed to bag the first vaccines of the H1N1 flu.
Governor Wolf Signs Funding for Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, PennVet Budget News, Education, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – After calling for months for them to be sent to his desk, Governor Tom Wolf today signed funding bills for Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.Now that the bills have passed the General Assembly, the Wolf administration is able to release these funds.“Our flagship higher education institutions should never again be held hostage in the General Assembly’s budget process,” Governor Wolf said. “These are high-impact and invaluable assets for our commonwealth’s students and economy. Our state investment helps keep these world-class universities affordable for state students.“Since I became governor, we have turned the tide against cutting higher education funding. We have invested more than $100 million — reversing some of the backwards decisions made before I took office.“Our state-affiliated universities, community colleges and career and tech programs provide businesses with skilled labor and our economy with innovation, research and entrepreneurs. I will continue to be focused on building up all of these higher education assets and keeping tuition affordable for Pennsylvania residents.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 27, 2017 read more
Gordon added that based on the testimonies and evidence gathered by his Senate committee, the outgoing PNP chief may be criminally and administratively liable. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, according to Gordon, is set to recommend charges against the embattled Albayalde for his alleged involvement in the recycling of seized illegal drugs. “(Albayalde) really needs a good lawyer,” Gordon said in a forum in Quezon City on Saturday. “It can be graft and corruption; at the very least, negligence. Pero pag-uusapan pa ‘yun ng blue ribbon committee.” Sen. Richard Gordon believes Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde should get a good lawyer as the Senate blue ribbon and justice committees are set to recommend the filing of charges against him over the “ninja cops” controversy. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – Philippine National Policechief General Oscar Albayalde needs a good lawyer as there is enoughcircumstantial and testimonial evidence against him, Sen. Richard Gordon said. Albayalde allegedly intervened to stop the dismissal of Police Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Raymundo Baloyo and 12 other policemen from Pampanga who were found guilty of grave misconduct in connection with a drug operation in the province in 2013. “We have the circumstantial connection that if you put together you can really build up a very, very strong case criminally and administratively,” Gordon said. “I don’t care if you’re a retiree. If he is guilty even if he retires, puwede siyang habulin.” It was Lacadin who bared in a Senate hearing that Albayalde had called him and said that he only got a small portion on the controversial buy bust operation conducted by police officers in Pampanga in November 2013. “Malfeasance ‘yung ginawa niyang paglapit. Malfeasance ‘yung ginawa niya na hindi niya tsini-check if it’s within the law. Nonfeasance ‘yung ‘di niya kinasuhan ‘yung mga tao niya,” Gordon said. Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the 13 police officers allegedly let suspected drug lord Johnson Lee flee in exchange for P50 million while most of the 200 kilos of shabu confiscated during the operation were not declared and presumed to have been sold back to the drug market. The senator also said the testimonies of retired generals Benjamin Magalong and Rudy Lacadin played a big role in determining Albayalde’s supposed liability in the controversy. Albayalde denied allegations that he was involved in any way with the operation and that he intervened in the implementation of a dismissal order on the 13 police officers involved./PN read more
Share Fish Resigns as Sports Information Director June 22, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – After serving the University of West Florida as an assistant and director in the sports information department, Jake Fish has resigned from the university. He accepted a position with Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations in Dallas, Texas.”This is a difficult decision for me, but I feel it is time for me to further my career,” said Fish. “It has been a privilege and pleasure to cover our athletic program with all of the success over the past several years.”After serving as a public relations intern with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2001 season, Fish came to West Florida as the assistant sports information director in the spring of 2002. In June 2005, he was promoted to sports information director.During his five-and-a-half years at West Florida, Fish represented West Florida as a liaison for the Argonauts 14 NCAA Division II sports program. He was responsible for starting West Florida’s radio and internet broadcasts. Fish also spearheaded media relations and game management responsibilities for the inaugural 2006 NCAA Division II Fall National Championships Festival.Fish earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. He also attended Florida State University where he received his master’s degree in sport administration.”I am excited about making the move to Dallas and working for a first-class public relations firm,” said FishPrint Friendly Version read more