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

Sakho remains with West Ham squad

first_img The 25-year-old striker was arrested on suspicion of assault last week, but was in the West Ham team that won 2-0 at Arsenal and the Senegal international is likely to start for the Hammers when they welcome Leicester to Upton Park. Police held the player last Thursday on suspicion of attacking a girlfriend in east London, The Sun reported, but Bilic said that from a football perspective there is no reason why Sakho will not be in his team. “Well, he’s training,” the Croatian replied when asked about the situation. “He played against Arsenal. He was here every day, he looks okay, he looks happy, he’s not worried. For all these things I’m happy. “For all other the aspects of this problem you should talk to Diafra. Of course I’m concerned, I spoke with him. But he looks very positive, he’s not worried about it. Therefore, he trained normally this week. I am happy with him” While Sakho remains in Bilic’s plans at this early stage of the season, one player who will not be involved against the Foxes is midfielder Morgan Amalfitano. The France international was not in the squad for the victory at the Emirates and was conspicuous by his absence at the club’s open training session on Tuesday. It later emerged he had missed a team meeting and was punished by Bilic, who made him train with the youth team. Although Bilic says the reports of a bust-up were sensationalised, he did suggest that Amalfitano has no future at West Ham. “He’s not in the first team any more and that is it,” he said. Diafra Sakho remains in contention to play for West Ham against Leicester on Saturday despite his recent arrest, manager Slaven Bilic has announced. Press Association “I have to protect the team. I said it to players at the start, these things are not new. They are more or less the same at every football club. “My first job is to protect the team, t o keep the team as a unit in the best possible way. And if I feel me and my staff, if I feel that someone is damaging it in a way, I have to react. And I did that. “It was nothing or nowhere near what was in the papers. It was not brawling in front of players. This was just a quiet meeting between the two or us where I explained the situation. I had to do it to keep the harmony, to keep everything in place.” It has been a busy first week of Premier League management for Bilic, who also clarified why West Ham had opted against offering a contract to Joey Barton. The former QPR captain is a free agent and appeared set to sign for the Hammers, who then pulled the plug on the deal amid widespread criticism of the move from the club’s supporters. Asked if the deal was scuppered by the opposition from a large number of fans, Bilic said: “No, no, it was altogether. Not just one thing. “We were thinking about Joey and I like him as a player. We discussed, we had some talks and ideas about him. But after that we decided and Joey also not to do it. “It was not the best timing. Joey is great lad and a good player. He wished us well and we also want to wish him well.” last_img read more

Runsewe Hails PGA Nigeria @50

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has showered encomiums on the Professional Golfers of Association of Nigeria (PGAN) for showing commitment to the development of golf in Nigeria.Runsewe, who is a member of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), said the 50 years of PGAN have been of immense blessing to Nigeria. PGAN celebrated its  Hall of Fame in Lagos at the weekend to commemorate the 50thanniversary.The NCAC boss described the future of golf in Nigeria as bright, noting that talented young professional golfers are emerging from all over the country.“The 50 years of PGA have been very fruitful. Only recently, they received the international body that came to interact with them and see how they can develop golf and make the game better in Nigeria.“For me, PGA is in the right direction by coordinating and networking with other part of the world in development of golf and I wish them well,” Runsewe saidHe urged both the government and the organised private sector to invest in the sustainable growth of Nigerian golfers, saying there is a lot to benefit from the game of golf.“I believe this 50th anniversary will be a landmark of development of golf in the country. We must all remember that by the year 2020, $6billion will be roving round golf in the history of the world.“There is need for Nigeria to benefit from that money and we must move very fast to pocket some chunk of that money. Americans, British, Germans and others have taken some chunk of the billion dollars and Nigeria must take her share by investing in sustainable growth of our golfers.“If you notice, I have started playing golf with local fabric and that is the beginning of taking some chunk of the money back home. A lot of golfers in Nigeria are now keying into the idea and have started seeing vision in it. Why should we spend all our money importing and what do we export to the rest of the world?”The PGAN was established in 1969. It is the only body in Nigeria that promotes and manages professional golf in the country with a good working relationship with Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture [NCAC], Otunba Olusegun Runsewelast_img read more