Russian scientists hail results of COVID-19 vaccine trial

first_img More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to try to stop the pandemic. Of 19 in human trials, only two are in the final Phase III – one by China’s Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.”We were primarily testing for safety,” Elena Smolyarchuk, a department director at Sechenov University and one of the coordinators of the trial, said.”On non-specific immunity we can only talk about preliminary results. These show a good, positive tendency, a strengthening of non-specific immunity,” she said.However any final conclusions about the immune response among the volunteers will be drawn by the Gamaleya Institute, which developed the vaccine, and are expected towards the end of the month. Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response.Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University said they all had experienced few side-effects.A larger-scale trial, intended to ascertain the strength of the immune response produced by the vaccine and how long protection will last, is expected to begin in Russia in mid-August. Russia’s health ministry will then decide whether to register the vaccine and begin a larger-scale trial, Smolyarchuk said.The vaccine is administered in two doses and consists of two serotypes of the human adenovirus, each carrying an S-antigen of the new coronavirus, which enter human cells and produce an immune response, Smolyarchuk said.It was first tested on primates and then administered to the volunteers on June 18.The platform used for the vaccine was developed by Russian scientists over two decades and had formed the basis for several vaccines in the past, including three against Ebola, the Sechenov University’s Vadim Tarasov said.The defense ministry, which conducted a parallel trial of the same vaccine on a separate set of 20 volunteers, also said on Wednesday the group had been discharged.”It’s not scary anymore,” Yuriy, a soldier and volunteer, said in a video shared by the Ministry of Defense. Topics :last_img read more

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VIDEO: What will Lakers do in free agency?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers What will the Lakers do in the free agency period. Bill Oram, NBA writer for the Southern California News Group, discusses what could be up the Lakers’ sleeve, as they look to shed payroll for a run at NBA superstars like LeBron James and Paul George. Video by Jonathan Khamis, SCNG. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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GAWU takes Govt to court over 50% severance

first_img…demand full payment owed to 4283 workersSix months after Government paid out only 50 per cent of severance payment to several categories of sugar workers, the legality of this move is being challenged by the workers’ union – the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers (GAWU) – which is calling on the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to pay all monies owed to its dismissed employees.Rose Hall estateIn legal documents seen by Guyana Times on Wednesday, it was observed that the 4283 workers attached to the Skeldon, Rose Hall and the East Demerara Sugar Estates are calling for their full severance payments.Earlier this year, sugar workers whose severance packages were $500,000 or less were paid in full under a supplementary budgetary provision of $1.931 billion in an effort to provide severance packages to the fired workers. However, workers earning more than that specified amount were paid half of their severance and do date, Government still owes workers the money. This outstanding payment is at the centre of the civil case.In the legal documents, it was outlined that the redundant workers were to receive their redundancy allowance/severance payment no later than December 29, 2017, which was in keeping with the letter of Section 21 of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA). The legal team, which is led by Attorney Anil Nandlall, stated that the over 4000 workers were paid only a portion of their severance payments.The lawyers highlighted that even while this was ongoing, GuySuCo transferred all of its assets for those three estates under the Finance Minister to the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) as per notice published in the Official Gazette (Extraordinary) of Guyana on December 30, 2017.Lawyers also observed that GuySuCo has been collateralised as security for a $30 billion loan that it has or is borrowing from commercial banks. The attorneys are seeking an order from the court to direct the respondents –GuySuCo and NICIL, their officers, servants and agents – to “pay forthwith to the said 4280 employees of GuySuCo – and members of the Applicant, all severance or redundancy payments or allowances due, owing and payable under the provisions of TESPA. They are also seeking costs. The matter comes up for hearing on July 20, 2018, at 13:45h, before Justice Fidella Corbin-Lincoln, at the High Court. Apart from Nandlall, Manoj Narayan, Sasha S Mahadeo-Narayan, Rajendra Jaigobin and Anuradha Deodasingh are all representing the applicants in this case.It was in January that People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo announced that his party was ready to fund any legal challenge that sugar workers would bring against Government for their full severance. At that time, he pointed out that separate severance payments are “illegal” and called for the Government to follow the law in its entirety.The issue of 50 per cent severance came in a presidential address to the National Assembly read by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo at the January 10, 2018, sitting of the National Assembly. The coalition Government closed all, but the Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt estates which was not in keeping with a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the industry that recommended no closures. However, Government has long held out that the “re-organising” of the sugar industry was necessary since the billions of taxpayers’ dollars have been expended to aid the ailing sector.Since the closure of the estates the Government has been heavily criticised for not having a clear direction to steer the terminated workers. In fact, many observers had called for the Administration to conduct social impact studies before such decisions are taken. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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Huskies looking to end skid tonight against Beaverlodge

first_imgIt’s been a struggle to say the least for the Blades this season. Not only are they 0-10 up to this point but they’ve scored only 28 goals against a staggering 87 goals against.Tonight’s game is the only one for the Huskies this weekend. After tonight’s game the team will be off until next Friday when they’ll be in Fairview. That will be followed by a home game next Saturday against Sexsmith at 8 p.m.- Advertisement –last_img

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