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18Nov/20

FDA approvals clear way for flu vaccine marketing

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was updated Aug 7 to include information about the start of influenza vaccine shipments by Novartis.Aug 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The six companies that make influenza vaccine for the US market have won federal approval for their version of this year’s vaccine, in which all three flu strains used in last year’s product have been replaced, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.The FDA announcement clears the way for marketing of the vaccines. At least three vaccine makers have begun shipping vaccine to distributors and providers, according to recent company announcements.The six manufacturers and their vaccines are CSL Limited, Afluria; GlaoxSmithKline Biologicals, Fluarix; ID Biomedical Corp. of Quebec (a unit of GlaxoSmithKline), FluLaval; MedImmune, FluMist; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Fluvirin; and Sanofi Pasteur, Fluzone.In the wake of a relatively poor match between the vaccine and circulating flu strains last season, experts at the World Health Organization and the FDA in February recommended changing all three strains of virus used in the vaccine. In most years only one or two of the three strains are changed.”One of the biggest challenges in the fight against influenza is producing new vaccines every year,” Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a news release. “There is no other instance where new vaccines must be made every year.”Two of the three strains in the 2008-09 vaccine are included in vaccines now being used in the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season is under way, the FDA noted.The decision to change all three strains in the vaccine had generated some concern about possible production delays or low yields of the viruses, which are grown in eggs. But Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, said today he hasn’t heard of any problems growing the strains.”Vaccine production is always fraught with risk and anywhere along the line things can go wrong, but so far they have not, and we’re looking forward to a season with adequate supplies of vaccine,” Allen told CIDRAP News.At a meeting in May, manufacturers estimated they would produce a record total of 143 million to 146 million doses of flu vaccine for the US market this year. Allen said the estimates of vaccine production have not changed since then. Last year 140 million doses were produced.Allen listed the manufacturers’ production estimates as follows: Sanofi Pasteur, 50 million doses; GlaxoSmithKline (including ID Biomedical), 35 million to 38 million; MedImmune, 12 million; Novartis, 40 million; and CSL, 6 million.Sanofi announced Aug 1 that it had begun shipping the first 1.3 million doses of Fluzone. “Vaccine shipments to healthcare providers and to the [CDC] for distribution through the Vaccines for Children Program will continue through the fall and are planned to be completed in October,” the company said in a news release.The statement indicated that replacing all three strains of virus has not caused any major production problems.”Introduction of three new strains for the influenza vaccine was unprecedented and could have resulted in a low yield or delay given our tight production timeline. Despite these challenges, we are pleased that once again Sanofi Pasteur has demonstrated its reliability in supplying Fluzone vaccine to the US market,” said Wayne Pisano, the company’s president and chief executive officer, in the news release.MedImmune announced yesterday that shipments of FluMist, a nasal-spray vaccine that uses a weakened form of live virus, had begun on Jul 31. In a news release, the company affirmed that it plans to produce about 12 million doses, a record number.FluMist will be available at some retail pharmacies and supermarkets and in nearly 200 school-based vaccination programs and university health centers, the company said. In addition, the federal government, as in past years, is buying some doses for use in military personnel, officials said.Novartis announced Aug 7 that it has begun shipping Fluvirin to US healthcare providers. The company said it expects to deliver 20 million doses by the end of September and aims to deliver the remaining 20 million by Oct 31. Officials said the company has added a second manufacturing facility, located in Rosia, Italy, to help supply flu vaccine earlier in the season. The firm’s other facility is in Liverpool, England.”Despite the new composition [of the vaccine], Novartis made sure we were able to deliver a timely and robust supply of influenza vaccine this year,” said Rajiv De Silva, president of Novartis Vaccines in the US, in a news release.This is the first year the CDC is formally recommending flu shots for school-age children, adding about 30 million people to the ranks of those targeted for vaccination. Allen said the total number of those targeted for vaccination—including people at risk for serious flu complications and their close contacts—is about 258 million, or roughly 84% of the population.See also: Aug 5 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116933.htmFDA page with chart of vaccine lot releaseshttp://www.fda.gov/cber/flu/flu2008.htmAug 4 MedImmune news releaseAug 1 Sanofi Pasteur news releasehttp://www.vaccineplace.com/docs/first_shipment_release.pdfMay 13 CIDRAP News story “Flu experts try to ensure record vaccine doses get used”Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “FDA endorses overhaul for 2008-09 flu vaccine”last_img read more

17Sep/20

Thousands of students attend annual Springfest

first_imgTrippie Redd performed at USC’s annual Springfest concert Saturday. Redd was announced as the headliner Friday, following rumors that the Concerts Committee had tapped Lil Uzi Vert. (Shaylee Navarro/Daily Trojan) Trippie Redd, who was announced as the headliner Friday, performed songs like “Topanga” and “Love Scars” as concertgoers moshed and danced to the beat of blaring music. The announcement, which did not occur until the day before the concert, followed rumors that Lil Uzi Vert would be headlining at this year’s Springfest. “If you paid to get into college, raise your hand!” Taco said. “Whose parents paid? Whose parents are going to jail?”    The event also featured booths from sponsors such as AT&T, Apple Pay, Shein, United Airlines and Global Inheritance, which hosted an interactive playground that allowed students to charge their phones by using playground equipment.   “I think this year’s Springfest was a lot more diverse and a lot more immersive,” Concerts Committee Director Kira Stiers said. “We had a really wide-ranging roster of artists that I think kind of touch on every genre.” Though some students were disappointed that Lil Uzi was not the headliner, others expressed their excitement for Trippie Redd. Students also lined up for a virtual and augmented reality installation called The Immersive Experience. The installation,  which was created by Merciv, an experimental design company co-founded by Iovine and Young Academy seniors Cam Lindsay and Jacob Fishman, allowed users to enter  an inflatable igloo and virtually paint on the side of Von KleinSmid Center. Students screamed as Still Woozy took the stage to perform “Goodie Bag” and “Vacation.”  They crowded around him as he hopped off the stage and over the barrier to perform the hit “X” while singing along with the audience. Mystery guest artist Gunna then took the stage and performed “Drip too Hard.” After a few songs, he brought out Young Thug and performed “Oh Okay” and “Chanel.” “[Lil Uzi Vert] was an artist that we’ve considered for our Springfest show for some time now,” Stiers said. Before Trippie Redd took the stage, rappers Taco and J.I.D, indie artist Still Woozy and electronic music artist TroyBoi performed their respective sets. Rapper Gunna took the stage as the concert’s mystery act. Trippie Redd’s set was energetic — the audience jumped and danced along while he performed songs like “Love Scars” and “Take a Walk.”center_img Atlanta-based rapper J.I.D. followed Still Woozy and performed several songs from his 2018 album “DiCaprio 2,” including “Off Deez.” Once the event reached the 5,500-person capacity, entrances were shut down by the fire inspector, Stiers said. Some students who were not admitted to the event watched the show from the second and third levels of McCarthy Parking Structure.   Bright flashing lights and strings of colorful balloons engulfed McCarthy Quad as nearly 5,500 students danced to performances by rappers Trippie Redd and Gunna at Springfest. The annual concert, hosted by the Concerts Committee, invited students to interact with an augmented reality art piece featuring a large, geometric dome and pose in front of a virtual reality mural. In addition to introducing the immersive art experience, Concerts Committee also established new guidelines to ensure the safety of students, including a no-guest policy. Once the venue reached capacity, students were only admitted as other students left. Taco, a member of Odd Future, opened the concert with a quick jab at the recent college admissions scandal before starting his DJ set to a sparse crowd. “We’ve worked really closely with DPS … They vet all of our artists and they provide the security they think is necessary for the event and we worked really closely with USC Fire Safety to make sure the quad is safe for attendees,” Stiers said. “They’re really taking security into the measure here. As you can see they shut down the festival because of capacity,” said Drew McGrane, a senior majoring in sociology, said as he stood in line to enter McCarthy Quad. “My friend got us all into this song ‘Topanga’ back in September … and we’ve been blasting that song every single weekend,” said Amelia Katz, a freshman in the World Bachelor of Business program. “When they announced Trippie Redd [as the headliner,] we all screamed.” Students jumped and danced to the beat as Troyboi performed his hit single “Grimey.” He also played “Afterhours” and “Do You?” Stiers said Concerts Committee typically does not confirm artists until the week before the event due to logistical issues. Before securing an artist Stiers said they must address risk management and insurance issues and have the performers approved by the University.last_img read more

26Aug/20

Michigan State guard Joshua Langford to miss rest of season with ankle injury

first_img“We hate this for Josh and our team, as he was one of our leading scorers, one of our top 3-point shooters and one of our two best defensive guards,” Izzo said. “But our commitment to Josh and his long-term health is paramount.”Izzo said he has never “felt worse for a player.” Joshua Langford will not be returning to the court this season.The Michigan State guard will miss the rest of 2018-19 with an ankle injury, the school announced Wednesday. He has not played since Dec. 29. Dewan Hernandez leaving Miami, turning pro after NCAA ruling “Throughout the process, Josh has done everything asked of him, while maintaining an amazing attitude and doing whatever he could to help his teammates,” Izzo said. “His selfless attitude is the reason there were tears throughout the meeting room when we shared the news with his team.”The Spartans enter play Wednesday in a tie for first place in the Big Ten with a 9-1 conference record. They’ll enter their matchup Saturday against Indiana at 18-3 overall.center_img “Josh has a stress injury that we caught fairly early and we had hoped that, with treatment and rest, he would recover,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. “He has not, and will likely need surgery to prevent problems in the future.”The junior guard averaged 15 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13 games for the Spartans before suffering the injury. He shot 44.3 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from 3-point range. Related News What we learned from No. 11 Kansas’ loss to Texaslast_img read more

17Aug/20

Tyson Chandler officially signs with the Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LeBRON STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF VOTINGAmericans surged to the polls on Tuesday, and the NBA was among the sports leagues that spearheaded a Get Out The Vote campaign with a video of NBA stars talking about the importance of voting.James also said it was important to vote, but he didn’t have to go down the street to do it. James told reporters he’s still registered in Ohio.“That’s where I’m from,” he said. “That’s where I live and that’s home for me.”James has been politically outspoken for several years, a genesis he traces to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012 when he played for the Miami Heat. Since then, he’s endorsed a number of political candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He’s also feuded with President Donald Trump over video and social media channels.Last month, James wore a campaign hat for Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for senator in Texas, to a game in San Antonio. While he declined to delve deeper into candidates he supports in the midterm election cycle this year, he said he hoped people would vote.“It’s very important,” he said. “We always talk about we want change and then we get to this point and a lot of people don’t register and a lot of people don’t vote. But if we want change we have to have our voices and our boxes be checked for who we believe can make change. So, I’ve been pretty outspoken about it for quite a long time.”MOVING ON FROM RAPTORS LOSSAfter most games, the Lakers review the film as a team in the next practice. Not so with the 121-107 loss Sunday to the Toronto Raptors.“We toss it in the trash and move forward,” Walton said. “Our transition defense was terrible, offensively we weren’t running to our spots, spacing was off. We weren’t making the extra pass. Defensively, we were letting, on our individual defense we were letting blow-bys happen. We were late on rotations. It was an all-around just sloppy game to watch.”Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — Since the season began, it’s been obvious that the Lakers needed to bolster their frontcourt.The team took what it hopes will be a big step in the right direction on Tuesday afternoon, signing veteran center Tyson Chandler after he was bought out by the Phoenix Suns and cleared waivers. At 7-foot-1, Chandler is expected to fill an immediate need at backup center behind JaVale McGee.General Manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement that he, team president Magic Johnson and Coach Luke Walton had discussed adding rebounding and rim protection after watching the first 10 games of the season.“In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need, and so much more,” he said. “We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core. We are thrilled for Tyson to join us as we progress towards our ultimate goals as a team.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersChandler could join the team as early as Wednesday, pending a physical. ESPN reported that Chandler will be earning $2.1 million from the Lakers after the Suns bought out the remainder of his allotted $13.6 million salary for this season.Chandler, 36, is now the oldest Lakers player, as well as the most experienced. In his 18th NBA season, he’s made one All-Star team and has won one championship, helping the Mavericks defeat LeBron James’ Miami Heat team in 2011. Chandler also played for several incarnations of Team USA. Chandler made three All-Defense teams between 2011 and 2013, and was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.While he’s at the tail end of his career, the Lakers believe Chandler could be invigorated by a larger role on a more competitive team, and they value his presence in the locker room.“We love the fact that we’re going to get another veteran,” James said over the weekend of Chandler. “A guy who plays hard, a guy who’s very smart and another champion to add to the champions that we have in this system here today, so and it adds depth in our frontcourt.”Chandler is an L.A. native who played at Dominguez High in Compton. He was twice named Mr. Basketball in California and was drafted No. 2 overall by the Clippers in 2001, but he never played for them after he and Brian Skinner were traded to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand. Walton said Tuesday’s practice was more physically taxing than normal, and the Lakers focused on running back in transition, which is foundational for all their defensive schemes.The Lakers are also focused on rebounding, which was an issue the last time the team played Minnesota. The Timberwolves had 20 offensive rebounds last week when they beat the Lakers. In the rematch on Wednesday at Staples Center, the players were resolute that they don’t want to get beat on the boards.“It’s about want to get the rebound,” James said. “Understanding that (when) we rebound, we are very good and we are going to do that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

14Aug/20

Wellington fan bus being proposed for trip out to Ulysses

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington resident Lori Phelps said she is looking at getting a Village Tours bus to go to the football game in Ulysses on Friday, Oct. 31. Phelps hopes to reserve a deluxe chartered bus to the football game in Ulysses if we can fill all 54 seats at $40 per seat.If you are interested, please bring $40 cash per person to me or Rick at the high school by this Friday, October 24th at 3 p.m.  Wellington does not have school on Friday so if you need to pay Friday, please contact Phelps at home at 326-2472 or send an email at lphelps@usd353.com.If we do not fill the bus by 3 p.m. on Friday October 24, she will call you and to pick up your money at the high school on Monday so you can have time to make other travel arrangements.  The bus will leave Friday at 2:15 p.m. from the west side of the high school and return to the same location at approximately 3:25 a.m.  If you have questions, email lphelps@usd353.com. Go Crusaders, beat the Tigers!Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

13Aug/20

Thursday July 9th Local Sports

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Newman pounded out 13 hits, five of them going for extra bases, as the Knights beat Clear Lake 14-5 in non-conference softball last night in Clear Lake, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Lily Castle was 3-for-5 with a triple and a double, while Paige Leininger, Emma Weiner and Alyse Bell all had two runs batted in to lead Newman. Julia Merfeld was 4-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead the Lions. Newman is 14-2 and will travel to Central Springs tonight. Clear Lake is 6-8 and will travel to Lake Mills tomorrow night to wrap up the regular season. — other softballFort Dodge 11-13, Mason City 1-3North Iowa 10, Rockford 7Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 3, West Fork 2Emmetsburg 16, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0Algona 3, Iowa Falls-Alden 1 ST. LOUIS — Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin says if the basketball season began today, he would not feel comfortable with league teams playing games. Elgin says league officials are looking at various options to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.KGLO News · 7 – 9-mvc – 1Elgin says some difficult decisions are coming in the next few weeks.KGLO News · 7 – 9-mvc – 2One of the biggest issues will be establishing testing protocols for all sports.KGLO News · 7 – 9-mvc – 3Elgin says like nearly everyone in college athletics the Valley took a large financial hit from the loss of the NCAA basketball tournament.KGLO News · 7 – 9-mvc – 4 — other baseball from last nightWest Fork 6, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 5Rockford 7, North Iowa 1St. Ansgar 7, Charles City 2Forest City 15, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 5New Hampton 8, Lake Mills 0Algona 13, Iowa Falls-Alden 3Webster City 5, Humboldt 2 (Webster City wins NCC title) TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake baseball at Iowa Falls-Alden — 7:30 MASON CITY — #3/2A Dike-New Hartford scored twice in the top of the ninth to beat #6/1A Newman 3-1 in non-conference baseball last night in Mason City. Jacob Nelson and Doug Taylor each had three hits to lead the Knights, who drop to 12-4 on the season and will travel to Algona tonight. WEST DES MOINES — The top-ranked 4A baseball team has had their season shut down by COVID-19. Dowling athletic officials confirmed on Wednesday that a member of the coaching staff had tested positive for the virus. The test initially came back negative, but Wednesday morning word was received that the test was actually positive. Dowling athletic director Tom Wilson released a statement saying that they were following Polk County health protocols and suspending play for all levels of Dowling baseball and softball effective immediately, and due to the timeframe, it makes it necessary to end the seasons of each team. Dowling had played a doubleheader against Ankeny on Tuesday night after being given approval to play due to the initial negative test result for the coach. CEDAR FALLS —- Northern Iowa men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson says two of his players tested positive for COVID-19. The UNI athletic department reported seven positive tests late last week.KGLO News · 7 – 9-bencv – 1Jacobson says both players feel great and are set to return to voluntary workouts. He says it is critical for the players to remain cautious.KGLO News · 7 – 9-bencv – 2 FORT DODGE — Mason City High picked up a sweep at Fort Dodge last night. Connor Wiemann had six runs batted in while the Mohawks stole six bases on their way to a 9-0 win in the opener. Mason City rallied from a two-run deficit in the seventh to tie it up and then beat the Dodgers 8-7 in eight innings. Connor Dalen had a three-run homer while Alex Deets had the game-winning hit. Ethen Roberts pitched three-and-two-thirds innings in relief to pick up the win for Mason City. The Mohawks are now 11-7 overall and 8-2 in conference play and will wrap up the regular season hosting Ottumwa on Monday night.last_img read more