Congress provides $99 million to aid flu vaccine production

first_imgDec 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Pushed by this year’s influenza vaccine crisis, Congress recently approved $99 million to improve the nation’s capacity to produce influenza vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The funds are intended to promote the production of flu vaccine with cell-culture technology and to ensure that a supply of eggs is available year-round for conventional production of flu vaccine, said CDC spokeswoman Kathryn Harben in Atlanta. The appropriation was included in the $388 billion omnibus spending bill that was signed by President Bush Dec 8.Harben said there were no current plans to use any of the money to buy more flu vaccine for this season. The government recently announced plans to buy 1.2 million doses of a German-made vaccine to boost this year’s supply.The $99 million appropriation for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is intended to “spur development of domestic production of a licensed cell-culture flu vaccine,” Harben said. “The idea is that by expanding the number of domestic producers and the quantity produced in this country, this will reduce over the long term the risk of another unexpected vaccine shortage.”Flu vaccines traditionally have been grown in fertilized chicken eggs, a process that takes about 6 months. The idea of growing the vaccine in cells from insects, monkeys, or other animals is drawing increasing interest because it may be somewhat faster and the resulting vaccine may be slightly safer. Several companies are experimenting with the method, according to recent reports.Harben said the flu-prevention funds can also be used “to ensure a year-round supply of appropriate eggs for domestic vaccine. The idea is that if a [flu] pandemic were to begin, vaccine production could also begin at any time. Right now eggs are only produced during a certain period. This is more of a short-term effort to expand annual flu vaccine production.”Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., among others, has argued that the government should lower the financial risks for flu-vaccine manufacturers by buying doses that manufacturers can’t sell by the end of the season. Bayh cosponsored an unsuccessful bill this year that would have authorized that approach.Meg Keck, a spokeswoman for Bayh, told CIDRAP News, “CDC could use some of that funding [the $99 million] to buy vaccine at the end of the season, as Sen. Bayh has suggested.” Bayh has written to the CDC urging the agency to use some of the money that way, she added.But Harben said, “Right now there are no plans to use these funds, which are intended to be used for pandemic preparations, to purchase annual flu vaccine for this season.”She declined to predict whether any of the money could be used to buy leftover vaccine in the future. “I believe it’s something that will be looked at, but no decisions have been made at this time,” she said. She noted that the new appropriation is for fiscal year 2005, which ends Sep 30, 2005, so the money must be obligated for a specific purpose, though not actually spent, by that time.Keck said the original proposal for this year’s flu-prevention funding was $75 million, but the sum was increased at the urging of Bayh and others. In addition, she said the legislation includes authority for HHS to use the money to buy flu vaccine for the general public, which has not been true of flu-prevention appropriations in the past.last_img read more

​Guardiola pushing Man City board to meet Napoli’s Koulibaly price

first_img The clubs’ bad blood stems back to 2018 when the Citizens came close to landing Jorginho but the Partenopei ultimately sold him to Premier League rivals Chelsea. read also:Guardiola makes surprise U-Turn on Messi chase – Reports Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis admits their uneasy relationship would make a future deal involving Koulibaly very difficult. But Guardiola has pleaded with the City chairman to put aside any grudges and do his best to bring the 29-year-old defender to the Etihad. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Will You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, is pushing his board to meet Napoli’s asking price for Kalidou Koulibaly. The Daily Express says Guardiola has urged club chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak to do everything it takes to sign Koulibaly. Koulibaly has been highly sought-after in the last few years by some of Europe’s heaviest hitters but the centre-back’s £75million valuation pose as a major obstacle. But the Senegal international remains one of Guardiola’s top transfer targets as the City manager sees him as the perfect replacement for former captain Vincent Kompany, who left the club last summer. However, City have not been on good terms with Napoli these past two years and that could further complicate negotiations between the two parties.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Star Lager Beer Rewards Super Eagles Fans with Russia Trip

first_imgAccording to one of the winners, Ochei Chidinma from Anambra State, “I am delighted to be on this trip because it is everything I had hoped for and more. Star Lager has an amazing way of rewarding consumers and me coming to Russia to watch the Super Eagles live is a dream come true. I am really happy to be a part of this experience.”Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Yinka Bakare said, “Star Lager is a consumer focused brand, a listening brand and we care lot about our consumers., Giving fans an opportunity to cheer on the Super Eagles in Russia is just another way of appreciating them and giving them the total footballing experience that they deserve. As the official beer sponsor of the Super Eagles, we will continue to support this great team and keep rewarding the fans with amazing experiences even in the days ahead.”Star Lager beer has been a strong supporter of the Eagles all through the Russian experience, and also during the three group games played against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina. The brand has also been providing special football and music experiences for fans with Star Fan Parks that were activated across the country during the friendly matches at the state of the art Super Eagles dome.As the official beer of Super Eagles, Star Lager also recently launched special edition bottles which pay homage to the national team of Nigeria, while also bearing surprise gifts and rewards for fans through the United We Shine Millionaires Promotion, a nationwide consumer activation which kicked off at the start of the Russia games and will extend into the middle of August.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Star Lager, the official beer brand of the Super Eagles, selected five lucky fans to cheer on the Nigerian national team in Russia. The fans, who were chosen from a series of raffle draws at Star activations in different states across Nigeria, got to witness the final group D game between Argentina and Nigeria.While on the all-expense paid trip, fans were treated to various memorable experiences including visiting the Vodka museum and Saint Isaac’s cathedral, while also getting to meet the legendary Victor Ikpeba who was also in Russia to cheer the team.The trip to Russia winners experienced the match live in the VIP section of Krestovsky stadium and got to share an experience of a lifetime with thousands of other football fans from across the world.last_img read more

RTSmunity extends esports partnership with Sazkabet

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET August 7, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Esports trading and risk management specialist RTSmunity has extended its partnership with Sazkabet, the flagship sportsbook property of Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group. The collaboration is extended following the success of Sazkabet’s inaugural esports competition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, expanding its brand presence to new audiences. The esports odds and trading provider teamed up with Sazkabet in March 2020 to provide comprehensive betting offerings for the Sazka eLEAGUE to customers in the Czech Republic. Pavol Krasnovský, CEO of RTSmunity stated: “When we saw the concept and plans for Sazka eLEAGUE, we were pleasantly surprised, because that is exactly what we were missing on our domestic market. We immediately knew that we wanted to be a part of this, and I am glad we can contribute to the growth of esports in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Watching the rapid expansion of esports all over the world, this was just a matter of time, and we are very confident that Sazkabet will be successful with their own league.” The esports competition, which boasted a $100,000 prize pool, was created with the goal of building up the local esports ecosystem. Sazkabet came up with an overall plan of an esports league with spring and autumn splits in both Counter Strike and Dota 2.Jan Horyna, the director of iGaming division at Sazkabet added: “Sazka eLEAGUE is not a one shot project for us, this is something that we want to build up to a stage where young esports players can really see a future. We did similar projects in traditional sports, and now we want to provide a platform to every passionate esports fan out there.“As for the cooperation with RTSmunity, we can say that we are lucky to have the best esports odds provider sitting right “next to us” here in Prague. That made the start of our cooperation really smooth, and we plan to extend the cooperation further in future. Two Czech companies working on the best Czech esports league, that sounds great to me.” ESI Digital Summit: Esports nuances need to be understood for the sake of integrity May 29, 2020last_img read more

Men’s Golf Ready For D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate This Weekend

first_imgThe 54-hole event will feature 17 teams including five Missouri Valley Conference foes; Bradley, Evansville, Illinois State, UNI and Valpo. The Bulldogs are coming off top-10 performance at the Grand Canyon Invitational as they finished in ninth as a team and had two individuals finish in the top-25. Ison finished tied for 12th place with a three-round total of 213 after carding a final-round score of 73 following scores of 71 and 69 on the first day at the 7,134-yard, par-71 GCU Championship Course. Freshman Tim Lim finished the event tied for 22nd with a score of 217 (71-72-74). Story Links Live Results center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s golf team returns to the Midwest after competing in two consecutive tournaments in Arizona and will play in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday at the Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill. Following this weekend’s event, Drake will return to action on April 9-10 at the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo. at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more