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US vaccine program chief backs stricter rules for emergency use of COVID-19 shot

first_imgTopics : The draft FDA regulations were reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday as a way to boost transparency and public trust in the face of rising fears that the Trump administration might be interfering in the approval process, the newspaper said.According to a Pew Research Center survey earlier this month, only 32% of Black adults said they would definitely or probably get a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 52% of White adults, 56% of Hispanics and 72% of Asian Americans.A representative of the Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment on the draft regulations, but said in an email that “career experts at the FDA will make an independent determination on the safety and efficacy of a vaccine submitted to them for authorization or licensing.”Pfizer Inc, which expects to have vaccine data as early as late October, said in an email that the company is committed to providing regulators with sufficient data, including the median of two months’ safety data after the second dose, to be submitted on a rolling basis.Moderna Inc did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the two-month waiting period. The company has said it expects to have data on whether its vaccine works by November or possibly late October. The scientific head of the US government program designed to speed development of COVID-19 vaccines said on Thursday he supports stricter rules to grant emergency use of new inoculations against the novel coronavirus.Speaking at a virtual Town Hall with Black physicians and community leaders, Operation Warp Speed scientific lead Dr. Moncef Slaoui said he supports recommendations being drafted by the US Food and Drug Administration that companies wait two months after the last administration of their vaccine before seeking emergency use authorization (EUA) of their products.Operation Warp Speed already has recommended the vaccine candidates it is supporting observe “a two-months follow-up after completion of the immunization process before the company will consider filing for an emergency use authorization,” Slaoui said.center_img Concern is rising among public health experts and citizens that a vaccine could be rushed without proper safety checks, especially as the Nov. 3 presidential election nears.Dr. Leon McDougle, president of the National Medical Association, on the call raised concern that the White House might block new, stricter FDA recommendations. US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he may or may not approve any new, more stringent FDA standards for an EUA of a COVID-19 vaccine.Trump has repeatedly said a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could be ready for distribution ahead of the election.”We completely agree with it,” Slaoui said, referring to the stricter FDA regulations during the virtual Town Hall event on Thursday organized by the Rainbow Push Coalition in Atlanta.last_img read more

Nostalgic Rohit Sharma Walks Down Memory Lane After Mumbai Indians Win Title

first_imgNew Delhi : Behind every successful journey, there is a lot of struggle and heartbreak that goes unnoticed. Done with the celebration and the post-match presentation at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a trip down the memory lane as he walked back into the dressing room after lifting the IPL trophy for a record fourth time.With the noise settling down and the feeling of being the champions sinking in, Rohit took the boys down to May 20, 2018. A loss to Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) at the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Mumbai Indians’ journey end as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This very team, which on Sunday was the cynosure of all eyes, had people questioning their ability and prowess. But the skipper had the back of the boys when things went downhill and the boys repaid the faith with the title this season.IANS has learnt that Rohit, after Sunday’s summit clash, in his speech inside the dressing room mentioned how he believed in the boys even when the chips were down and he was extremely proud of how they came back with a bang this season.“Last year after we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in Delhi, I told you all that this is a damn good team we have. Our run (2018 season) didn’t go as expected, but I believed that this team can do wonders. Today we have shown our character. This is the hallmark of our team. We believed in each other till the last minute. Each one of you was exceptional this season and I am just the lucky guy who gets to lift the trophy. So, thank you to all the boys, support staff, management and everyone for being a part of this wonderful and historic journey,” Rohit said in his victory speech to the boys.In fact, sources in the know of developments said that this year too, Nita Ambani and Akash had a word with the boys after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 28. Speaking to the team in a huddle after the game, both the owners had told the boys to believe in themselves and their abilities. In fact, Akash had told the boys to avenge the defeat when the two teams would meet again at the Wankhede Stadium in a week. Not only did the boys avenge the loss with a resounding nine-wicket win, but they also went on to win the remaining two games of the season to be crowned champions. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Prep for Clonmel Coursing Festival underway

first_imgFor the first time ever the event at Powerstown Park in Clonmel, which starts on Friday, will conclude on a Sunday.If this year’s trial is deemed to be a success then it’s likely that the weekend dates will be retained into the future.Eugene Cooney is from the Irish Coursing Club and says it’s a break from tradition but he’s hopeful the new schedule will attract more spectators.last_img

Who’s making their mark on basketball in L.A. right now? Start with these people

first_imgLos Angeles is the center of the basketball universe this weekend, but L.A. has been a hotbed of basketball talent for decades. So many have made an impact on the basketball culture here over time, but there’s always a new group of players, coaches and others trying to leave their mark.With that in mind, the Southern California News Group identified a group of people who are among those shaping the state of basketball in the region, from high school to college to pro teams. Some of them have made an impact before, in different roles (or with different organizations), but that doesn’t make what they’re trying to do now any less important.What makes these people worth keeping an eye on now and in the years ahead? Click on their names to find out:PRO BASKETBALLMagic Johnson and Rob Pelinka NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world Lakers’ lone showing at NBA’s All-Star Weekend ends with Kyle Kuzma scoring 20 points in Rising Stars Challenge Heisler: NBA All-Star Game is too broken to fix, too big to drop For NBA All-Star Weekend, here’s our lineup of All-Southern California NBA All-Stars NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Come see if another man can fly … over a car Lawrence Frank and Jerry WestLonzo BallLou WilliamsCandace ParkerCOLLEGE BASKETBALLCori Close Jordan McLaughlinAaron HolidayHIGH SCHOOLSDoug MitchellShareef O’NealAndrea AquinoRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more