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

Senior Defense Leaders Discuss the Changing Role of the Military in Latin America

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo August 18, 2016 nueva agenda? The 2016 South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) started on a different and, unfortunately, sad note on August 17th in Montevideo, Uruguay. A minute of silence was observed in honor of Uruguayan Air Force Captain Fernando Martín De Rebolledo and 2nd Lieutenant Gonzalo Correa, both of whom died a day prior in a tragic accident involving a military helicopter close to Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport. Right after, Army General Nelson Eduardo Pintos González, Uruguayan Chief of Defense Staff, inaugurated the conference by explaining how the role of the military in his country has recently changed. “In 2015, the Uruguayan Military Policies for Defense established a more robust participation of our Armed Forces in activities such as disaster relief that benefit our population, since there’s no foreseen armed conflict among our regional nations. Of course, this can never interfere with the main and original role of our military, which is national defense.” U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command Commander (SOUTHCOM) followed his Uruguayan counterpart to address military and civilian leaders from eight other nations, as well as representatives from the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS), the Inter-American Defense College (IADC), and other institutions and authorities who were in Montevideo to discuss security and defense issues from August 16th – 18th. “Why is that role changing?” Adm. Tidd asked the audience in reference to the conference’s theme, Changing the Role of the Military in the Region. “To start with, I think we’d all agree that the global security environment is the most complex, volatile, and unpredictable in at least the last half-century – certainly longer than any of us have been on active service. We’re no longer simply dealing with conventional conflicts that displace millions of people and destabilize entire regions — we’re also facing complex, networked threats like transregional crime and violent extremism that transcend borders and boundaries,” he said. Both Adm. Tidd and Gen. Pintos agree that these challenges don’t just blur the lines between domestic security and defense — they transcend geographic borders, hemispheres, and domains. During their opening remarks, they mentioned that these challenges, especially transnational organized crime and humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts, require more than just multinational cooperation; they require a broader understanding of the complex global environment and demand adaptive and creative responses by re-conceptualized security forces. After their remarks, SOUTHDEC 2016 participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and the United States walked across the street with Gen. Pintos and Adm. Tidd to the gravesite of Uruguayan national military hero and leader José Gervasio Artigas Arnal, considered the father of Uruguayan nationhood. Both leaders honored him with flowers, before the defense authorities went back to carry on with the conference. During the conference, participants exchanged ideas on the evolution of the role of militaries in maintaining international peace and stability under the United Nations mandate, the role of women in the military, the partner nations’ support to peacekeeping missions, and how to effectively run transregional threat networks for security missions in the future. Both Adm. Tidd and Gen. Pintos have previously stressed the importance of continuing cooperative partnerships to ensure the successful execution of future peacekeeping missions and to maintain stability throughout the region. SOUTHDEC has always had the objective of creating a place for military chiefs to discuss subjects that have a direct influence on the region, thereby achieving an increased level of understanding, friendship, and cooperation in the defense area. This year’s conference is no different.last_img read more

BCGS Holds Dr. Ighodaro @50 Birthday Golf Tourney

first_imgBenin Club Golf Section will be the centre of action on Sunday, as the Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro 50th Birthday Golf Tournament tees-off at the club golf course, GRA, Benin City, Edo State capital.Hundreds of top amateur golfers from various golf clubs such as UBTH golf club, Ibori golf and country club (IGCC), Asaba, Ogunu Golf Resort, Warri, and many others across the country will feature in the birthday tournament.The tournament is being organised by Friends of Dr. Ighodaro and the management of BCGS in honour of Dr. Ighodaro Emmanuel, the current competition/handicap secretary of the club. Dr. Ighodaro, a former Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and an ardent golfer playing off handicap 9 will have a moment of playing alongside his golfing friends at the tournament. According to the organising committee, golfers should expect nothing less than a splendid tournament as Benin Club is known as the home of golf in Nigeria.Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu and many other golfers are expected to grace the event that will tee-off from 6:30 am – 1:00pm, while presentation of trophies and other prizes will hold later in the evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tipp clubs hope to continue good UBL form

first_imgIf the Premier outfit can repeat the 17-15 Division 2A victory they scored at the Mardyke earlier this season it’ll keep their prospects of a top four finish alive.Nenagh Ormond are in Galway to take on bottom side Corinthians.They’ll be hoping to avenge last October’s 20-12 home defeat against the same opponents.last_img

Clippers’ demise came long before playoffs started

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That’s not to mention that Testi is a popular guy in the locker room. As good as Chris Paul is at being diplomatic and not speaking ill of a teammate, the future Hall of Fame point guard could not have been one bit happy with Griffin.Think about it. Could anyone imagine Paul tearing apart a team employee at a restaurant in Toronto? Exactly.Griffin had his ups and downs on the court upon his return. When he came through with a fine performance in a Game 1 win over Portland – 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and plenty of ferocity – one had to wonder if perhaps the Clippers could get past all of the other stuff and give Golden State some grief in the second round.The Clippers and their fans never got a chance to find out.Griffin’s fire slowly dissipated. His play in a Game 2 win and Game 3 loss was not close to what it was in Game 1. There was good reason, and it came to light on what was the worst day in Clippers history – at least on the court.It was April 23, Game 4 in Portland. Paul fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand in the third quarter, and Griffin and his quad tendon went down in the fourth. Neither played again, and that was all she wrote.As much heart as Austin Rivers showed in the series-deciding Game 6 loss on Friday in Portland after having his left eye butchered by an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow, he is no Chris Paul.Paul is this team’s leader. Without him, more than anyone else, the Clippers were not going to go far. The real problems began when Blake Griffin partially tore his left quad tendon on Dec. 25. On Jan. 23, he beat the daylights out of team assistant equipment manager Matias Testi in what was nothing less than a sign of tremendous immaturity on Griffin’s part.Rivers said, at the time, “This type of stuff shouldn’t happen, but it did and it’s real life and you have to deal with real-life stuff sometimes in our make-believe world.”What Griffin did was very real. However, there was really no way to trade him even though the trading deadline was still nearly four weeks away at the time. He was, after all, injured and didn’t even play again until April 3 because his quad tendon never did heal. The rumor mill worked overtime, though, and it had Griffin being sent packing before next season.Again, dealing with this kind of drama is not how a team goes about winning a championship. Not even close.Let’s remember that the Clippers are now owned by Steve Ballmer, a winner’s winner. To this day, it figures he’s ticked at Griffin because he gave his organization a figurative black eye by giving Testi a real one.center_img It would be easy to just say the Clippers’ season ended because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were injured in Game 4 of their first-round 4-2 series loss to Portland. That would be ignoring other season-long issues.In revamping his bench this past summer, coach/president of basketball operations Doc Rivers brought in forward Josh Smith and swingman Lance Stephenson. Smith, who killed the Clippers in the playoffs the previous season, was shipped back to Houston in January. Stephenson was traded to Memphis for forward Jeff Green in February.Stephenson, an electric player, put up numbers for the Grizzlies similar to those he had for Indiana in his best season in 2013-14. Green showed flashes of solid play both in the 27 regular-season games he played for the Clippers and in the playoffs, but there was a disturbing level of inconsistency.It’s not a good look when your two biggest offseason acquisitions are gone before the playoffs are even near. But neither Smith nor Stephenson fit into Rivers’ way of doing things.last_img read more