HHS adds Relenza to state stockpile program

first_imgJul 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a contract with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that will allow states to add the influenza drug zanamivir (Relenza) to their federally subsidized antiviral stockpiles.The contract, worth $16,833,000, paves the way for 50 states and 9 other jurisdictions to purchase up to 15.5 million Relenza treatment courses from GSK at a federally negotiated price, with a 25% federal subsidy. HHS has already offered the same subsidy for states to purchase up to 31 million courses of the antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as part of preparations for a potential influenza pandemic.HHS’s goal is to enlist the states’ efforts in building antiviral medication stockpiles so that treatment courses will be available for 25% of the US population. The federal government will purchase 44 million treatment courses for the national stockpile and hopes the states will assist by adding 31 million treatment courses to their individual stockpiles.”Today’s announcement is another example of how we all must share in the responsibility to prepare our nation and its communities to respond to a pandemic flu outbreak,” said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release.On Jun 30 HHS announced a contract with Roche to sell up to 31 million treatment courses of Tamiflu to the states at a federally negotiated price. But today’s announcement appeared to signal that up to half of the 31 million courses that HHS wants in state stockpiles could be Relenza. HHS officials could not be reached for clarification in time for this story.Relenza is approved for the treatment of uncomplicated influenza in patients aged 7 years and older, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. The drug is in a powder form that is inhaled from a breath-activated plastic device twice a day for 5 days. Tamiflu is an oral medication that can be administered to patients ages 1 year and older. Both drugs are neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs).Many experts consider stockpiling NIs an important strategy for limiting the impact of an influenza pandemic. The H5N1 avian influenza virus has been shown to be susceptible in vitro to both drugs, but most governments that are stockpiling antivirals to prepare for a pandemic have ordered Tamiflu.States have until Aug 1 to indicate if they want to participate in the antiviral medication subsidy program. So far, few states have notified the HHS that they intend to purchase the subsidized medications.See also:Jul 20 HHS press release on zanamivir (Relenza) drug purchaseJul 18 CIDRAP News story “States slow to sign up for Tamiflu subsidy”last_img read more

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Unai Emery reveals Arsenal’s plan to stop Wilfried Zaha and sends message to Nicolas Pepe

first_imgUnai Emery reveals Arsenal’s plan to stop Wilfried Zaha and sends message to Nicolas Pepe Advertisement Arsenal manager Unai Emery is aware of Wilfried Zaha’s threat (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says Arsenal have done their homework on Wilfried Zaha as they look to bounce back from Monday’s defeat at Sheffield United with a victory over Crystal Palace.Palace are just one point behind Arsenal in the Premier League table and will leapfrog the Gunners into fifth place with a win at the Emirates.Considering their wretched form on the road this season, Arsenal will be relieved to be back in front of a home crowd but Emery knows fans will only be satisfied with all three points.Nicolas Pepe scored a terrific brace to see off Vitoria in the Europa League on Thursday night and Arsenal will hope to build some momentum on Sunday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Emery’s side are just one place above Palace in the table (Picture: Getty)Zaha is set to face Arsenal for the first time since being linked with the north London club in the summer and the forward will be desperate to make an impact after an underwhelming start to the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementThough Zaha has provided just one assist in the league so far this term and is yet to score a single goal, Emery insists Arsenal will ‘respect’ the Ivorian and his Palace team-mates.‘He’s played very well against us,’ Emery told Sky Sports.‘We know we need to stop him but we need to stop them.‘We are going to prepare the match, trying to push our capacity, our skills, but with respect to them.’center_img Arsenal v Crystal Palace: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:44FullscreenArsenal v Crystal Palace: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-crystal-palace-unai-emery-press-conference-2035670/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Emery has urged supporters to be patient with Pepe but has no doubts that his £72million signing will succeed in Arsenal colours.‘It’s a long process,’ he said.‘He needs to take that confidence into training first, then secondly with his teammates.‘And also here in London be comfortable with his family, living here every day.‘And then on the pitch I think he’s progressively feeling better.’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 CityAsked whether Pepe can go on and become an Arsenal legend, Emery replied: ‘We cannot now speak about the long future.‘We need to speak about the short future and the present.‘I think he has the quality, he also has good speed, good spirit and he’s a very humble man.‘I think this is the first characteristic to improve with us.’MORE: Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea players were ‘upset’ after Burnley win Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 3:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link579Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley to step down

first_imgBernard Looney (Image courtesy of BP)UK-based energy giant and LNG player BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley is set to step down from his position as well as the company board following delivery of the company’s 2019 full-year results in February 2020 and will retire on March 31, 2020. The company added that Bernard Looney, currently chief executive, Upstream, will succeed Dudley as group chief executive and join the BP board on February 5, 2020.Looney will continue in his current role until this date, the company’s statement reads.Commenting on the announcement, BP chairman Helge Lund said: “Bob has dedicated his whole career to the service of this industry. He was appointed chief executive at probably the most challenging time in BP’s history. During his tenure he has led the recovery from the Deepwater Horizon accident, rebuilt BP as a stronger, safer company and helped it re-earn its position as one of the leaders of the energy sector. This company – and indeed the whole industry – owes him a debt of gratitude.”BP further added that Lamar McKay, currently deputy group chief executive, has agreed to serve as chief transition officer. In this new role, McKay will support the chairman and incoming group chief executive to ensure a full and orderly transfer of leadership. He will assume this new role immediately and step down as deputy group chief executive.last_img read more

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2018 Farm City Banquet report released

first_imgBatesville, In. — The 59th annual Farm-City Banquet sponsored by the Batesville Kiwanis, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Batesville chapter of the FFA provides an example of how strong the ties are between the family farm and the table. This year, the event generated $769 in profit for the Kiwanis and the members of the Batesville FFA to share.The Batesville Kiwanis will direct that money to community causes and FFA members will use the funds for club-related projects and activities.The committee members for the event were Paul Ketcham, Andy Allen, Dennis Harmeyer, Anna bold, Harold Weiler, Cassie Walpe and Ed Krause.last_img read more

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London Police Shoot, Kill Man After “Terror-related” Stabbings

first_imgPolice shot a man dead in south London Sunday afternoon, in what they are calling a “terrorist-related incident.”According to London’s Metropolitan Police, “At this stage it is believed a number of people have been stabbed. The circumstances are being assessed; the incident has been declared as terrorist-related.”They do not believe there were other suspects.The London Ambulance Service says it was called to the scene shortly before 2 p.m.“We are working closely with the other emergency services and are treating a number of patients at the scene,” a spokesperson for the ambulance service told reporters.The incident occurred on Streatham High Road, which is a busy shopping street. Police have advised people to stay away from that area.Two months ago, police shot and killed a man on London Bridge in central London, after he killed two people and injured three others.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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Davis believes current side can return Windies to glory

first_img(CMC) – Former West Indies pacer Winston Davis believes strongly that West Indies have the talent to return to the pinnacle of international cricket, but adjustments in the cricketers’ mindset and the relationship between players and administrators are required for that to happen.Winston Davis, who performed his last international duties for the Caribbean side in India in 1988, offered that advice Tuesday night on the Mason and Guest cricket radio show here.“West Indies cricket was at its zenith then and I look forward to when we get back to those days,” said the 61-year-old Vincentian.“There is no lack of talent in the West Indies but the mindset – you have to have a reset of the mind of the players.”Highlighting instances of players being at odds with Cricket West Indies (CWI), Davis added: “The West Indies Board has never been the best friend of the players and that is sad.“There has always been a very contentious relationship between the West Indies Cricket Board and the players – the two seeming always to be in conflict. They got to resolve that. The board got to look out for the interests of the players and the players got to accept the responsibility that they’re representing about 5-6 million people who look to them for a fillip, for a lift, and cricket does give the nation a lift.”Davis, who made his mark for West Indies in ODI cricket, was paralysed after suffering spinal injuries when he fell from a tree in his native St Vincent, in 1997.He has lived in England since being flown there for treatment after the accident.“I am very fond of saying to people up here the West Indies as a group would never be an economic power; we would never be a military power, but in cricket we were a powerhouse. We just need the guys to get back there – think cricket, think West Indies, think where we come from, where our fillip is and give it our best shot,” Davis said.Meantime, the former right-arm fast bowler expressed disappointment that no spectators would be allowed into the Ageas Bowl, Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester where West Indies will play against England to retain the Wisden Trophy next month.A group of 25 players, including 11 reserves, will leave the region next Monday to begin the three-Test series that will be played in a “bio-secure environment” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Davis said he understood why the matches would be played behind closed doors but noted that, “when you have spectators, people who come to the games, it adds to the atmosphere and sometimes it gives you a spur”.Adding that he supported West Indies going ahead with the tour despite the spread of COVID-19 which has claimed almost 40 000 lives in the UK, Davis said: “We got to make a move at some time.”last_img read more

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USG Senators present resolution to create task force on VKC name change

first_imgYuwei Xi | Daily TrojanAddressing the past · Senator Preston Fregia, spearheaded the movement to change the name of VKC in a petition he published on March 1.Senator Preston Fregia and Senator-elect Michaela Murphy presented a resolution at the Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday to address concerns regarding the name of the Von KleinSmid Center. The proposed resolution would create a task force comprising students, administrators and alumni who would decide the best way to address the connotations of the building’s name and how it threatens USC’s mission for diversity and inclusion on campus. The building is named after Rufus Von KleinSmid, the fifth president of USC, who was an active supporter of the eugenics movement in the United States. Von KleinSmid co-founded the Human Betterment Foundation, a eugenics organization in Pasadena.Fregia spearheaded this campaign to rename the building and created a petition on March 1 advocating for the name change, which had garnered 502 signatures at the time of publication. However, there has been some resistance to the initiative, according to Fregia.“Ever since this petition has gone live, I have received a multitude of death threats pouring into my emails and my messages,” he said. “People who understood VKC and what he stood for do not like someone challenging that power.”As justification for the task force, Murphy said Von KleinSmid  had engaged in questionable behavior during his time as president of the University. “During his tenure as president of USC, Dr. Rufus Von KleinSmid both withheld transcripts to colleges enrolling Japanese-American students after being released from internment camps and donated to national eugenic groups who advocated for sterilization in legislative policies,” Murphy said.Senator Noah Silver noted that the resolution does not call for specific action in changing the name, but merely for the establishment of a task force. “I’m wondering if there is a reason why in the actionable part of the resolution, it is not explicitly called for the name to be changed,” Silver said. “It seems to me that the task force may be created and the administration may determine that they do not need to change the name of the center.” Murphy acknowledged the concern, but emphasized that USG must allow for dialogue to occur between the administration and USG and not to be too forceful at the outset. Murphy also said that it is unclear whether legal hurdles will hinder the renaming of VKC.“What we wanted to make a point of was that there was a need for these communications and  conversations to happen, to open that door with this task force,” Murphy said. “This is very much a first step.”Fregia acknowledged that the resolution is largely symbolic, but emphasized that it has the potential to inspire more student activism.“The most important aspect of this resolution is that this is now the student body taking a stand,” Fregia said. “I think that what everyone can do going forward is organize groups that can go and make rallies, sign petitions, and keep this grassroots movements alive.”USC Provost Michael Quick addressed the idea of renaming VKC in a statement emailed to the Daily Trojan. “This could be the topic of an interesting, intellectual conversation about our University’s history,” Quick said in the statement. “I welcome that discussion.”The Senate also voted 11-0 in favor of an STI testing resolution first introduced in last week’s Senate meeting. The STI testing resolution allocates funds from the student health fee toward subsidizing sexually transmitted infection and sexually transmitted disease tests through Engemann Student Health Center. In last week’s meeting, Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler Matheson and Senator Buck Andrews said that the resolution would most likely be altered significantly before the vote on Tuesday. However, the only changes made at the meeting were to the wording of the resolution.last_img read more

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No major injuries for Ireland after Italy clash

first_imgThe result knocked the tournament hosts out of the competition in the pool phase.Hooper went unpunished for an incident in the 39th minute.He’ll face a disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow. Rob Kearney has been declared fit while Jared Payne will be assessed and we may know within the next 24 hours if the centre will be available for the next match.Out half Johnny Sexton says they were not at their best during yesterday’s 16-9 win over Italy. Elsewhere in World Cup news, Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been cited for an alleged act of foul play during Saturday’s 33-13 World Cup win over England.last_img read more

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Killenaule and Moyle Rovers face replay

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA It finished all square last night between Killenaule and Moyle Rovers in the South Tipp senior football semi final in Ballyporeen.The teams were tied at 1-13 a piece at the end of normal time and couldn’t be separated as it finished Killenaule 1-18 Moyle Rovers 1-18 after extra time.Clonmel Commercials take on Ardfinnan in the second semi-final this evening at 8 o clock in Ballyporeen.last_img

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L.A. Clippers keep on rolling with seventh straight win

first_img“Our ball movement is sensational right now,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We haven’t been a great travel team up until now. We had amazing focus when we left on this trip. They felt like these are the games we can get.”Los Angeles got off to a fast start, with Redick and Barnes connecting from long range on its first two possessions. The second half had a similar start, with Barnes and Redick each making a 3 to help spark a 14-4 run that pushed the Clippers’ lead to 82-51.“They played well, made a lot of shots early and kind of got us out of what we were trying to do, and then ran away with it,” Olynyk said.Los Angeles led 105-79 after three.At that point, most of the crowd seemed bored and some were chanting for former Celtic Brian Scalabrine, now one of the team’s TV analysts. A number of fans started heading for the exits during a timeout with just under 9 minutes to play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error BOSTON >> The Clippers have responded quite nicely to a pair of disappointing losses to Western Conference contenders.J.J. Redick scored 27 points, Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 119-106 on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win.On March 13, the Clippers — minus Blake Griffin — lost 129-99 in Dallas. Then they dropped a home game against Houston two days later, 100-98.Since then, it’s been nothing but wins, including four double-digit road victoriescenter_img “Our offensive execution is amazing and our defense has held teams to 16- and 18-point quarters,” Paul said. “With Blake back, he makes us that much more dangerous and you have to pick your poison.”Griffin had 21 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which jumped out to a 68-47 halftime lead. DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 18 points.Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 19 points. Tyler Zeller had 16, Kelly Olynyk finished with 14 and Brandon Bass scored 13.“We didn’t provide any defensive resistance at all, nobody at all has against them lately if you look at their scores,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Los Angeles pushed its advantage to 35 points midway into the third quarter. Boston made a late charge, closing to 111-100 on Gigi Datome’s 3-pointer with 4 minutes to play, but the Clippers responded with five straight points.last_img read more

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