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Flu vaccine mostly went to priority groups, CDC says

first_imgMar 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza vaccination coverage among people in high-risk groups this season was similar to levels in past years, signaling that the government’s effort to make the most of the limited vaccine supply paid off, federal health officials reported today.Two-thirds of the vaccine doses administered from the beginning of the flu season through January went to people in priority groups, whereas about half of all doses went to those groups in the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. The information appears in the Apr 1 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.In addition, the altruism of healthy adults who skipped their flu shots, “saving vaccine for people who need it more,” according to a phone survey, led to about 17.5 million doses being freed for people in priority groups, the CDC reports.”Despite an unexpected and substantial vaccine shortfall, coverage levels among adults in the original influenza vaccine priority groups were similar to historical demand . . . thereby suggesting the effectiveness of prioritization,” the article says.The nation lost about half of its anticipated flu vaccine supply last October because of contamination at a Chiron Corp. plant in the United Kingdom. The CDC responded by recommending that available doses go to people at increased risk for flu complications, including the elderly, healthcare workers with patient contact, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, children aged 6 to 23 months, people caring for babies younger than 6 months, and children on chronic aspirin therapy. (In late December, healthy people aged 50 to 64 and household contacts of people at high risk were added to the priority list, because of declining demand among other groups.)The findings come from the CDC’s nationwide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) telephone survey. Because it was the first year certain questions about vaccination were used, the results had to be measured against findings in two other surveys, the 2003 National Immunization Survey (NIS) and the 2003 National Health Interview Survey (NIHIS). The CDC cautioned that only limited comparisons can be made among those surveys.Here’s how the 2004-05 BRFSS and 2003 NHIS findings on vaccination rates compared:Those aged 65 and older: 62.7% and 65.5%Healthcare workers with patient contact: 35.7% and 40.1%Pregnant women and people with chronic conditions: 25.5% and 34.2%Healthy people aged 18 to 64: 8.8% and 17.8%About 48.4% of children aged 6 to 23 months received flu shots this season, the first time the CDC formally recommended flu shots for that age-group. In addition, 34.8% of children aged 2 through 17 with high-risk conditions were vaccinated, which was much higher than the 12% coverage among children in that age-group who were not in a priority group.The Chiron vaccine woes didn’t affect vaccines for children younger than 2 years. But the outcome remains significant because it “suggests how quickly physicians and parents can adopt a new disease-prevention guideline,” the CDC says.”Despite the shortfall of inactivated influenza vaccine, the level of coverage achieved among those groups prioritized in 2004-2005 appears to be similar to historical coverage,” the report states. “Additional guidelines for prioritization of influenza vaccination in the event of a future influenza vaccine shortfall are in development and should assist with efforts to maximize the use of available vaccine.”Limitations of the BRFSS data include potential self-reporting error, exclusion of people without land-line telephones, exclusion of certain vaccine priority groups (i.e., institutionalized adults and adult caretakers of babies younger than 6 months outside the home), and exclusion of vaccinations that took place after the Feb 1-27 survey.CDC: Estimated influenza vaccination coverage among adults and children—United States, September 1, 2004–January 31, 2005. MMWR 2005 Apr 1;54(12):304-7 [Full text]last_img read more

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Management rethink for ‘sparkling’ LSH

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Bulog asks for additional Rp 10 trillion to buy rice

first_imgThe price of medium quality rice is averaging Rp 10,202 per kilogram, about 8 percent higher than the retail price ceiling (HET). The price of unhusked rice is Rp 4,977 per kilogram, 17 percent higher than the government’s reference price (HPP).“We hope the government will give a stimulus for additional funds to buy husked and unhusked rice,” Tri said in an online discussion on Wednesday. “With the government’s permission, we will propose it at the limited coordination meeting so that Bulog can get the opportunity to buy as much as it can above the HPP.”The government has asked the agency to raise stocks of basic commodities to control the rising staple food prices, including rice, to anticipate both surging demand during Ramadan and Idul Fitri and logistical disruptions due to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Between March and May, the Agriculture Ministry estimates the demand for rice will total 7.6 million tons. The rice harvest reaches its peak in April, and production is expected to exceed demand by 8.3 million tons by the end of May. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog), a governmental body responsible for securing the staple food supply, plans to ask for an additional Rp 10 trillion (US$637 million) from the government to buy rice from farmers to augment rice stocks.The agency’s director of operations and public service, Tri Wahyudi Saleh, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the extra funds would be enough to procure about 1.2 million tons of rice from the farmers.Tri said that the increase in prices of milled rice and unhusked rice would make rice procurement more costly. With the high price, the procurement would be too costly if the agency had to borrow from banks, he added. However, consumption tends to rise by 3 percent in the period leading up to Ramadan, set to take place on April 23, and by 20 percent leading up to Idul Fitri on May 24, according to a survey by the Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Agency. Bulog’s sales usually rise by 10 percent over the period.The introduction of large-scale social restrictions in Greater Jakarta, considered the nation’s COVID-19 epicenter, may pose a challenge to the government’s plan.“We have prepared a banner for Bulog logistics [shipments] saying that the goods inside belong to the agency,” said Tri. “This was very helpful when we distributed sugar and rice from Lampung to Jakarta. We were prioritized by the ASDP [state-owned ferry operator] and we were escorted by the local police traffic unit.”The Jakarta and West Java administrations have suspended public activities and have imposed limitations on transportation for 14 days until late April to slow the spread of coronavirus.As of Tuesday, Jakarta, which accounts for about 20 percent of the national rice market, had confirmed 2,335 cases of COVID-19 – nearly half of the total confirmed cases nationwide.Not all staple food supplies are distributed by Bulog. As private retailers also take part in the distribution of staple food, they should maintain product quality despite logistical disruption due to the government’s measures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, said Center for Indonesian Policy Studies researcher Galuh Octania.“Even before the introduction of large-scale social restrictions, some distributors complained about delays,” Galuh said in the same online talk on Wednesday. “The shipment of food commodities usually takes a day, but it was delayed by up to three days for various reasons, such as drivers’ reluctance to work or fear of getting stopped [by authorities].”Topics :last_img read more

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Govt to provide $24b pandemic stimulus funding next year

first_imgThe government will provide Rp 25.4 trillion next year for health care, including the procurement of coronavirus vaccines once they are available and to support laboratories and healthcare facilities.It will also provide Rp 110.2 trillion for social aid, including for the Family Hope program, cash transfers and the pre-employment card program, among other things.Furthermore, the government will allocate Rp 136.7 trillion for ministries and regional administrations to improve tourism, food security, industrial areas, communication and technology development and as loans for regions, among other projects.Some Rp 48.8 trillion is being set aside for MSMEs, Rp 14.9 trillion for state-owned enterprises and corporations and another Rp 20.4 trillion for tax incentives.Indonesia has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion in stimulus spending this year to support the cooling economy and fund the pandemic response with the state budget deficit expected to come in at 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).The government expects next year’s budget deficit to amount to Rp 971.2 trillion, 5.5 percent of GDP, given the need to further boost the economy and provide social and healthcare assistance.Topics : The government will allocate Rp 356.5 trillion (US$24.04 billion) in pandemic-related stimulus funding next year in an effort to further support the country’s economic recovery, as well as to strengthen the healthcare system, including the provision of a coronavirus vaccine, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Friday.He pledged to continue this year’s stimulus allocation into 2021, which will also include funding for social protection and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) support, while fiscal relaxation will be implemented again to support the government’s agenda.“We will continue the economic recovery programs along with reform of several aspects,” Jokowi said in his state of the nation speech to the People’s Consultative Assembly in Jakarta.last_img read more

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Russia seals another deal to supply and test its coronavirus vaccine abroad

first_imgDeliveries to India, which has a population of more than 1.3 billion, could begin in late 2020, RDIF said, adding this was subject to the completion of trials and Sputnik-V’s registration by regulatory authorities in India.Phase III trials, involving at least 40,000 people, are ongoing in Russia. Initial results are expected in October or November, RDIF head Kirill Dmitriev has said.Dr Reddy’s, one of India’s top pharmaceutical companies, will carry out Phase III clinical trials of Sputnik-V in India, RDIF said. Following the news, Dr Reddy’s shares rallied to close 4.18% higher in India on Wednesday.The Indian trials could start as early as next month, Dmitriev told Reuters, adding trial results could be followed soon after by domestic regulatory approval of Sputnik-V for mass use in India. Topics : Russia’s sovereign wealth fund will supply 100 million doses of its potential coronavirus vaccine to Indian drug company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories , the fund said on Wednesday, as Moscow speeds up plans to distribute its shot abroad.The deal for its Sputnik-V vaccine candidate comes after the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with Indian manufacturers to produce 300 million doses of the shot in India, also a major consumer of Russian oil and arms.The agreement brings the total number of doses Russia has so far announced that it will supply abroad to just over 200 million – half to Latin America and half to India. RDIF has said it has received requests totaling 1 billion doses.center_img India said last week it was considering granting an emergency authorization for a coronavirus vaccine, particularly for the elderly and people in high-risk workplaces.Emergency useRussia was the first country to grant regulatory approval for a novel coronavirus vaccine, and did so before large-scale trials were complete, stirring concern among scientists and doctors about the safety and efficacy of the shot.Several countries are now considering adopting “emergency use authorization” measures that would fast-track approval of a vaccine in a similar way, however.”We expect emergency use authorization for Sputnik-V vaccine in major markets,” Dmitriev said.Results of early-stage clinical trials of the Russian shot, which were published in international medical journal The Lancet earlier this month, showed promise, G V Prasad, co-chairman of Dr Reddy’s, was cited in the RDIF statement as saying.”Sputnik-V vaccine could provide a credible option in our fight against COVID-19 in India,” he said.There was no detail about the price of Sputnik-V, but RDIF has said previously it was not aiming to make a profit, just to cover costs.In a press briefing late on Tuesday, Balram Bhargava, who heads India’s clinical research agency, the Indian Council of Medical Research, said high-level talks between India and Russia around the vaccine had been ongoing.”There is a high-level committee of the government of India for vaccines that is in dialogue with the Russians,” he said, adding Russia had a good track record in vaccine development and the early-stage overseas trials of Sputnik-V had been promising.It was not immediately clear whether those talks had been instrumental in the deal between RDIF and Dr Reddy’s.The agreement comes as India’s coronavirus cases surged past five million on Wednesday, piling pressure on hospitals grappling with unreliable supplies of oxygen that they need to treat tens of thousands of critically ill patients.This is Dr Reddy’s first foray into a coronavirus vaccine. It has struck a licensing deal with Gilead Sciences Inc to make and sell COVID-19 treatment remdesivir in 127 countries, including India; launched its generic version of remdesivir under the brand name Redyx; and has also tied up with Fujifilm Holdings Corp to launch Fujifilm’s anti-flu drug Avigan (favipiravir) in India as a COVID-19 treatment. last_img read more

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Retirement ‘vertical village’ on the rise

first_imgNewport, Redcliffe, developed by Stockland. Stockland has commenced work on a retirement village apartment community at the $590 million Newport project on the Redcliffe PeninsulaConstruction has started at Stockland’s $69 million retirement village apartment community at Newport on the Redcliffe Peninsula.The development will comprise 125 two and three-bedroom apartments built across two six-level buildings within the heart of Stockland’s $590 million Newport project.Each apartment will have its own dedicated car space, with both buildings linked by a central, landscaped podium and more than 3500sq m of green and outdoor recreation space.Stockland Group executive and Retirement Living chief executive Stephen Bull saidretirees expected to live in beautiful locations, enjoy a great lifestyle and a high level of services.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“In designing the Newport Retirement Village we wanted to show people they can upsize their quality of life when they chose to downsize their homes,” he said.“Our vision for Newport Retirement Village was to develop a highly connected and accessible community, that enhances livability and encourages residents to be social, active and enjoy a healthy bayside lifestyle.”The development will include a wellness hub with a gym and swimming pool, billiards room, library and an alfresco barbecue area featuring a living community table to grow herbs and use when cooking. Residents will also enjoy an array of amenity in the broader Newport community including bayside parks, kilometres of cycling and walking paths and an abundance of water-based leisure opportunities such as fishing or kayaking.Construction of the 143ha Newport masterplanned community started in 2015 and is about a quarter of the way through its development program.Upon completion it will be home to about 5000 residents and feature a 22ha lake, a $3 million lakeside park, a children’s playground and a public square. last_img read more

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Dutch Caribbean scheme to sue state over funding shortfall

first_imgThe pension fund for the Netherlands’ three Caribbean municipalities is facing considerable rights cuts due to adopting a different set of rules to other Dutch schemes.Harald Linkels, chairman of PCN, told IPE that the €300m pension fund had incurred a €66.5m funding gap, citing “wrong assumptions” for its capitalisation when it was established in 2010.Since then, PCN has been instructed to follow stricter Dutch rules, meaning its funding has dropped to 80% from 117% before the change, Linkels told IPE. It means the pension fund has to cut pension rights by 3.5% in April, and members face an additional cut of 12% next year.According to Linkels, neither the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs nor the Home Department – which oversees relations with the Dutch territories – wanted to take responsibility for the funding gap. PCN has issued a summons against the state, claiming $70m (€66.2m) in damages. Supervisor DNB and both ministries did not respond to requests for comment.Linkels argued that it was unfair that his scheme had to apply cuts straight away, whereas the financial assessment framework (nFTK) in the Netherlands allows schemes to spread any cuts over a 10-year period.However, a different FTK for the pension funds covering the Dutch territories of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba provides for a recovery period of just three years to reach to the minimum required funding ratio of 100%.Linkels attributed the problem to the fact that the pension fund, at its inception, had to adopt a fixed discount rate of 4% as well as Dutch longevity prognoses for the period 2000-2005. At the time this meant the fund had a coverage ratio of 117%.The start of the pension fund was supervised by Henk Kamp – a former minister for Social Affairs – who, at the time, was tasked with establishing the new overseas Dutch councils, following an adjustment of the state structure.Linkels said that soon after the pension fund’s inception, Dutch supervisor DNB told the scheme to use the US dollar swap curve for discounting its liabilities instead of the swap curve for the euro, as the new councils had adopted the dollar.He pointed out that, as the dollar swap curve had dropped from 3.5% to 2% in the meantime, and DNB had also prescribed the application of the most recent Dutch longevity tables, funding of PCN had plummeted.The chairman emphasised that between 2011 and 2015, returns of the Caribbean scheme had exceeded those of the €382bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, the Netherlands’ largest pension fund.With national elections next week, PCN’s chairman said he didn’t expect a solution to stave off rights cuts next month.“Negotiations are slow and are usually limited to verbal orientations of possible solutions, without any concrete commitments being made,” he said.last_img read more

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H-Line Returns to Hyundai Samho for Another LNG Carrier

first_imgHyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), a subsidiary of South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) group, has won a contract to construct a 174,000 cbm LNG carrier.The deal, worth KRW 226.8 billion (USD 190.5 million) has been signed with Seoul-based shipping company H-Line Shipping.The newbuild is expected to be handed over to its owner by June 15, 2022, Hyundai Samho said in a stock exchange filing on December 6.In September this year, H-Line ordered an LNG carrier of identical size at Hyundai Samho, which is due for delivery in late 2021. Prior to that, the shipping company ordered two 180,000 LNG-fueled bulk carriers at Hyundai Samho.H-Line Shipping currently operates four owned and three shared LNG carriers, according to data provided on the company’s website. The ships import LNG supplies from Indonesia, Oman and Qatar under the 20- to 25-year long-term transportation contract with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Fuels and the Transition to ZERO-EMISSION Vessels

first_imgEmission reduction is one of the biggest innovation challenges for the maritime industry.In recent years, this was mainly driven by the implementation of strict emission regulations, such as the IMO global sulphur limit.As a result of the Paris Agreement, the focus is shifting towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.This has started a transition towards zero-emission vessels, as conventional fossil fuels will be largely replaced by clean alternatives that are produced either from biomass or renewable energy.Vessel concepts and tools for future-proof designsBut what is the impact of these challenges and what opportunities are there in the field of alternative fuels?In order to get a better understanding of these developments, Royal IHC has started a research and development project on zero-emission vessels.“Our focus is on where we can play a decisive role: the integration of alternative fuels and clean drive systems into complex work vessels. We are developing (near) zero-emission vessel concepts and create tools to optimise energy efficiency and emission reduction at an early design stage. With this knowledge, we can design vessels and solutions that best meet the needs of our customers,” said Erik van der Blom Innovation manager at Royal IHC.The transition towards zero emissions will not only affect the choice of fuel, but also the types of drive systems.To read the full article, please click here.last_img read more

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CAF: No plans to cancel any competition for Coronavirus

first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All TimeThe Best Tarantino Movie YetCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Confederation of African Football has no plans to cancel any of its forthcoming competitions because of the coronavirus pandemic, hoping it can reschedule all. Loading… This means that the next Africa Cup of Nations will still be played in January-February 2021, despite this week’s 48 qualifiers being indefinitely postponed. Meanwhile, great uncertainty surrounds this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, a competition which was in trouble prior to the outbreak – with no host selected and the competition earmarked to start in November. Elsewhere, Caf is awaiting welcome developments regarding coronavirus prior to rescheduling dates for both Africa’s leading club competitions as well as the African Nations Championship (CHAN). “As of today, no competition has been cancelled and there is no plan for that,” Acting Secretary General Abdel Bah said on Monday. “We are working on different options to reschedule the competitions impacted.” This week should have witnessed the third and fourth of the six rounds of qualifying required to determine which teams will contest the 2021 Nations Cup in Cameroon. Instead, no football has been played after Caf put all competitive matches on hold following the coronavirus outbreak, which has now reached over 40 African nations. “We clearly hope that the crisis will be over by August,” added Bah, one of few staff to be working at Caf’s headquarters in Egypt, since many are working from home. “If it’s confirmed, we could then play the Nations Cup qualifiers between September and November – and keep the dates of the Nations Cup.” Caf had scheduled a round of Nations Cup qualifiers apiece in both June and September, by when the 23 team joining hosts Cameroon should have been determined. The international windows in October and November set aside for 2022 World Cup qualifiers are now likely to give way to the delayed Nations Cup qualifiers. World Cup qualifying for Qatar would then start in 2021, possibly continuing into early 2022 – with April of that year the current date for the World Cup draw. Read Also:2021 AFCON: CAF ponders new date for Eagles, others amid COVID-19 With uncertainty surrounding the ends of 2019-20 seasons in Europe and the possibility of shortened 2020-21 seasons too, staging the Nations Cup in January is likely to reintroduce the clubs-versus-country rows that have often preceded the tournament. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more