GSK, CureVac to make COVID-19 vaccines aimed at new variants

first_imgLONDON (AP) — U.K.-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline and Germany’s CureVac say they plan to collaborate to develop new vaccines that can target emerging variants of COVID-19. The announcement comes as public health experts around the world raise concerns about mutations in the virus that may make existing vaccines less effective. The companies said in a statement Wednesday that “the increase in emerging variants with the potential to reduce the efficacy of first generation COVID-19 vaccines requires acceleration of efforts to develop vaccines against new variants to keep one step ahead of the pandemic.”last_img

Ephraim Sykes & Shahadi Wright Joseph Join Hairspray Live!

first_imgEphraim Sykes(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Ephraim Sykes, who can currently be seen on Broadway in the ensemble of Hamilton, has joined the cast of Hairspray Live!. He takes on the role of Seaweed J. Stubbs in the NBC telecast, which is set to air on December 7. Joining him in the roster is pint-sized Broadway rocker Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez.The two join a cast that includes newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy, Harvey Fierstein as Edna, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma, Garrett Clayton as Link, Dove Cameron as Amber, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton and Martin Short as Wilbur. The company will also feature Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Hayes.Prior to Hamilton, Sykes appeared on Broadway in Motown, Newsies, Memphis and The Little Mermaid. His screen credits include Smash, Leave It on the Floor and Vinyl. Joseph can currently be seen as Madison in School of Rock. She made her Broadway debut in 2014 as Young Nala in The Lion King. View Commentslast_img read more