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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Governor Brownback defends income tax policy at Ag Day Expo in Wellington

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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Harvey Farkus · 369 weeks ago Sam, here is how the cow ate the cabbage. You were elected at the behest of the Koch brothers in Wichita. You work not for the people of Kansas but the Koch brothers in Wichita. The Koch brothers do not want to pay taxes on their income. So you are eliminating income tax in Kansas as your masters ask. Don’t try to tell me any different. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Candyman · 369 weeks ago Whatever. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Candyman · 369 weeks ago Just to clarify, my whatever was directed toward Brownback not Harvey Farkus. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Tired of lies · 369 weeks ago Worst Governor in the states history. I am so glad he will not be running again. Report Reply 1 reply · active 369 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Gary · 369 weeks ago Brownback was a lousey state senator, a lousey Governer, need i say more!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Megan Rahe · 369 weeks ago Welcome to Brownbackistan. He’s a joke. A huge joke. Unfortunately, this is going to set us back for quite some time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 369 weeks ago http://www.cnbc.com/id/100824779?__source=yahoo%7… Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down ronco · 369 weeks ago Sam, how was the airconditioning? We are broke. Could you maybe convince the Kochs to help us out a little bit? It might help in your future political aspirations. You are going to need all the help you can get. We have been losing people since they invented the combine. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Larry · 369 weeks ago All these complaints, but he still gets elected. There is only one way to stop it and that is vote all the people out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down jack · 369 weeks ago Brownback is a good governor. He inherited a mess that dates back before Governor Graves. If people dont like his way of running the state go get in line with the 10 percent that left over the last decade. Report Reply 0 replies · active 369 weeks ago 12Next » 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 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Kansas State Governor Sam Brownback was in Wellington to speak at the Kansas Ag Day Expo at Memorial Auditorium this morning as part of the Kansas Wheat Festival. Brownback spoke for almost 35 minutes on various agriculture issues and fielded a few questions thereafter.While Brownback spoke mostly on agricultural matters he did touch on his controversial income tax plan at the end of the question and answer presentation.“I’ve never read so much gobbledegook when it comes to taxes in my life as I do with your plan,” said Larry Steckline, host of the Steckline Report and emcee for the event. “You talk to 10 people and there are five people for and five against your income tax plan. Can you explain what you are trying to do?”The following was Brownback’s response:“(The Kansas taxpayers) are going to have to pay less in income and sales taxes. Here is what we are after. Bob Dole is turning 90. When he first ran from Russell he represented the sixth district in Kansas. We now have four congressional districts and it could soon be three. We were the 27th most populated state in the U.S. when he started in office. We are now 32nd and if trends continue we will be the 33rd.“We are not growing as fast as the regional states are and the country at large. We need growth.“I’m trying to get our tax policy in line for growth. Most, but not all, of the fastest growing states are low income tax states. On the flip side the states with the highest income taxes have the slowest growth.“Kansas has had the highest income taxes in the region with Nebraska slightly higher. We were losing ground to everyone in the region but Nebraska.“I know farmers are concerned with property taxes, and they should be. But I’m trying to stimulate growth. There is a real killer graph that shows there were more new LLC filings in Kansas than we ever had lately. In the last eight months in the Kansas City area, all the growth has been on the Kansas side. None has been in Missouri.“You can’t grow without jobs. We are even seeing rural growth for the first time in years. We have been losing 10 percent of population per decade in the last half century. Some counties have lost 25 percent of the population.Now we are seeing rural stability and growth. I’m ecstatic about that.”The Kansas Ag Day Expo is going all day. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts spoke at 2 p.m. via satellite. He will not be making a personal appearance in Wellington. Posted in: Featuredlast_img read more

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