Global vaccines program gets $8.8bn shot in the arm

first_imgGovernments around the world on Thursday pledged $8.8 billion for global vaccines alliance Gavi to help immunization programs disrupted by coronavirus, prompting calls for global cooperation to ensure a potential COVID-19 vaccine is available to all.The online meeting beat a target to raise $7.4 million to provide vaccines at a much reduced cost to 300 million children worldwide over the next five years.More than 50 countries took part as well as individuals such as billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, whose foundation pledged $1.6 billion. Doesn’t discriminate The United States pledged $1.16 billion to Gavi’s fundraising drive, and Trump sent a recorded message to the conference.”As the coronavirus has shown, there are no borders. It doesn’t discriminate,” he said.”It’s mean, it’s nasty. But we can all take care of it together… we will work hard. We will work strong.”The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 6.5 million and killed over 385,000 people since emerging in China last December, according to an AFP tally of official sources.If a vaccine is developed, Microsoft founder Gates said Gavi hoped to be able to buy it for the poorest countries.He said pharmaceutical companies had been working together to try to secure the required production capacity. “It’s been amazing, the pharmaceutical companies stepping up to say ‘yes, even if our vaccine is not the best, we will make our factories available’,” he told BBC radio. Immunizations disrupted Stay-at-home orders have been imposed across the world to stem the spread of coronavirus, causing huge economic disruption and the suspension of routine immunization programs for preventable diseases such as measles and polio.The WHO, UN children’s agency UNICEF and Gavi warned last month that vaccine services were disrupted in nearly 70 countries, affecting some 80 million children under the age of one.Polio eradication drives were suspended in dozens of countries, while measles vaccination campaigns were also put on hold in 27 countries, UNICEF said. Recent modeling from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimated that for every coronavirus death prevented by halting vaccination campaigns in Africa, up to 140 people could die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Since it was formed in 2000, Gavi says it has helped to immunize more than 760 million children.But Berkley warned: “These historic advances in global health are now at risk of unraveling as COVID-19 causes unprecedented disruption to vaccine programs worldwide.”Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde told the meeting that her nation had seen “how the life of a helpless child is transformed to a better future through immunizations”.She added: “As much as a coordinated and cooperative global response is needed to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, we should not lose sight of the fact that the vaccine’s success is strongly linked to maintaining routine immunization.”Which means the need to maintain the supply chain and the immunization infrastructure as well.” “A vaccine must be seen as a global public good — a people’s vaccine, which a growing number of world leaders are calling for,” he said in a video message.There needs to be “global solidarity to ensure that every person, everywhere, has access”.The pandemic has exposed new ruptures in international cooperation, notably with US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the World Health Organization (WHO).But Gavi chief executive Seth Berkley insisted there must be a “global perspective”.”At the end of the day, if you have large outbreaks of COIVD anywhere in the world, it threatens the world,” he said. center_img Gavi also launched a new initiative to purchase potential COVID-19 vaccines, scale-up production and support delivery to developing nations, which raised $567 million in seed money.”Together, we rise to fulfill the greatest shared endeavor of our lifetimes — the triumph of humanity over disease,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who hosted the summit.”Today we make the choice to unite, to forge a path of global cooperation.”Scientists around the world are racing to develop and test a coronavirus vaccine and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it must be available to everyone. Topics :last_img read more

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Message for Unai Emery? Mesut Ozil speaks out on Instagram ahead of BATE Borisov clash

first_img Emery on Ozil: I think we can see the best Mesut with usTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:45FullscreenEmery on Ozil: I think we can see the best Mesut with ushttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-ozil-think-best-mesut-us-1867012/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Georges St-Pierre responds to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s offer to fight before retirement Comment Ozil has barely featured in recent weeks for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Ozil’s recent struggles could be down to him falling into a ‘comfort zone’ after signing a new contract.‘I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases,’ Wenger said at the Laureus World Sports Awards.‘Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practice, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He has a contract but the problem is that if you want to buy a player like him you have to spend £100m.‘And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Ozil case, it is more about the way football is structured.‘To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?’ Message for Unai Emery? Mesut Ozil speaks out on Instagram ahead of BATE Borisov clash Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 Feb 2019 8:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link438Sharescenter_img Mesut Ozil played no part in the first leg against BATE Borisov (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has sent out a clear message of unity within Arsenal’s camp on the eve of their crucial Europa League last-32 clash with BATE Borisov.The Gunners are trailing 1-0 after a dismal performance in the first leg in Belarus and Ozil, who has been in and out of team this season, was not even included in Unai Emery’s squad.Arsenal claimed that illness was the reason for Ozil’s absence last week but there have been reports that Emery is wary of using him in more physical encounters.However, the German, Arsenal’s top earner on £350,000-a-week, is hoping to make an appearance at the Emirates on Thursday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Ozil has only been handed 102 minutes of first-team football since the turn of the year, the midfielder signaled his intent on Instagram ahead of the clash with BATE.‘We are the Arsenal,’ Ozil shared a photograph taken from training, showing the playmaker surrounded by several of his team-mates.Emery has urged Ozil to find more consistency in order to force his way back into Arsenal’s starting XI.‘The key is in his hands. He is working very well this week,’ the Spaniard said ahead of Arsenal’s second leg with BATE.‘I ask him in our conversation for consistency, to be available for us for training, when you can train consistently you can help us with your best performance in the games.‘This week has been good for all the players. I am looking at him doing the training like we want.‘He needs to be available consistently for training, without the injuries, without the sickness. Without that we cannot see the best Mesut with us.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Barcelona set Samuel Umtiti asking price with Man Utd, Arsenal, PSG and Juventus interested

first_imgBarcelona set Samuel Umtiti asking price with Man Utd, Arsenal, PSG and Juventus interested Comment Umtiti is wanted by teams across Europe (Picture: Getty Images)The France international has made 97 appearances for Barca since arriving from Lyon in 2016, but fell down the pecking order last season.The commanding defender made just 14 appearances last campaign due to inconsistent form, a knee injury and Clement Lenglet taking his place in the centre of defence.However, despite this, Spanish publication Marca report that Umtiti does not want to leave the Nou Camp and will reject offers to move away, even if the club are keen to end his stay at the Nou Camp.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManchester United began initial talks with Umtiti last month as they sounded out a deal for the Frenchman, but they have continued to chase the Maguire deal.Paris Saint-Germain has become an option for the defender as Barcelona try to bring Neymar back from PSG to Catalonia and Umtiti could be used as part of the deal.Juventus prefer a move for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, but if that deal falls through then they will switch their attention to Umtiti.MORE: Tottenham set to beat Liverpool and Arsenal in race to sign Dani Ceballos from Real MadridMORE: Frank Lampard tells Chelsea to not let Mason Mount leave on loan Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jul 2019 11:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Samuel Umtiti is up for sale this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Barcelona have reportedly set an asking price of €60m (£53.8m) for Samuel Umtiti as some of Europe’s biggest clubs monitor the situation.Manchester United and Arsenal are both interested in the centre-back’s services, while the likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen on him, but it will take over £50m to bring him in, according to the Mirror.With Arsenal’s transfer budget heavily restricted this summer, thought to be around £45m, this asking price appears to have ruled the Gunners out of the race, however, they are keeping an eye on the situation and will try to pounce if they offload some players.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are pursuing Harry Maguire as their primary centre-back target, but after a £70m bid was rejected, they may well turn to Umtiti as a cheaper option.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ashgrove Queenslander-style home hits the market after 41 years

first_img21 Matlock St, Ashgrove.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019With an elevated street frontage, a white picket fence and lawn play areas, the home certainly makes an appealing first impression.Mrs Peake said the property had plenty of character.“It’s in a quiet street and the breezes are amazing,” she said.“The views are great, and the sunroom looks out to the mountain ranges.”Mrs Peake described the home as “good looking”.“Someone just needs to come in and raise it, and build in underneath,” she said.“We did some renovations a long time ago, so some work needs to be done.” 21 Matlock St, Ashgrove.The original Queenslander-style home was rented over the years, when the Peakes were not living at the property themselves.“Dave is retired now, but used to work in aviation. He was transferred a lot for work,” Mrs Peake said.“We did live there on and off.“My daughter also lived there at one stage with her boyfriend.” 21 Matlock St, Ashgrove.Roslyn and David Peake have owned their Ashgrove home for 41 years, but now have a desire to be closer to their grandchildren down the coast.Mrs Peake, a mother of three, said they bought the family home, at 21 Matlock St, because it was close to local schools and parks.She said her husband also grew up in the Ashgrove area.center_img 21 Matlock St, Ashgrove.The home has three airconditioned, spacious bedrooms, two of which feature dual access to the house, as well as a good-sized bathroom with a built-in bathtub.The spacious, country-style kitchen offers ample bench space, as well as a charming breakfast bar.The lower level of the home contains the laundry and additional storage space. The home goes to auction on February 18 at 10am.last_img read more

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Greens secure referendum on personal cannabis use

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 20 October 2017A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held by the 2020 election as part of the agreement between the Green and Labour parties.Green Party leader James Shaw said that legalising cannabis had been party policy for 20 years, and the use of the substance should be a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.“The prohibition model hasn’t work, plus it puts the entire trade into the hands of gangs.“If you had a regulated market, the same way we do with alcohol and tobacco, you can control the price, advertising, point of sale, quality, and run full public health education campaigns.”Shaw said public opinion on cannabis use had shifted, and a referendum on the issue by 2020 would be timely.READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/greens-secure-referendum-on-personal-cannabis-use/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Displaced Sunman residents need your help

first_imgSunman, In. — Four families forced to leave a Sunman area apartment are looking for alternate accommodations. The families are cleared to stay in a Batesville area motel at least until Friday. Any individual, church or civic organization that can provide help is asked to call Brandy Graham with the Southern Indiana Red Cross at 812-265-3818.A total of 16 people were moved to the motel after an investigation into a possible electrical fire Saturday just after midnight. During that investigation Sunman Rural Fire Department chief Bill Craig says several other life safety violations were discovered. The violations made it impossible to allow the residents back into the two-story wood-framed structure.last_img read more

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Storybook garden officially opens

first_imgBatesville, IN — The Batesville Memorial Public Library Reading Garden is now officially open to the public. Several community members joined officials from the library to join in the official Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting Saturday morning.  The garden features 11 native Indiana trees, a hummingbird and butterfly garden, and many benches to enjoy a good book outdoors.  If you prefer to read on an electronic device, don’t fret, as there is free wi-fi available in the garden as well.  Library Board President Mark Stenger stated, “This is our attempt to beautify and offer more services to our patrons.  We wanted to create a green space where people could grab a book, grab lunch, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful weather while on the library campus.”last_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgCrimes against property The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Sunday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 11. at 8:00 a.m. on Nov. 10, a Jeep Cherokee was stolen from the Exposition Boulevard Parking Structure.at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, a verbal argument between a couple at 1129 30th St. was reported to DPS officers.at 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, a step stool was taken from an operating room at Eileen and Kenneth T. Norris Dental Science Center.Miscellaneous incidentscenter_img at 7:00 A.m. on Nov. 11, a student reported unwanted contact and erratic behavior from a previous girlfriend at 1142 35th St.at 12:30 P.m. on Nov. 11, a verbal argument between a couple at 1129 30th St. was reported to DPS officers.at 7:25 P.m. on Nov. 11, someone directed racial slurs at a student during the football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.last_img read more

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Wisconsin derails Purdue through strong line play

first_imgDefensive tackle Beau Allen blocked a punt against Purdue in another dominant, five-sack performance from Wisconsin’s defensive line.[/media-credit]WEST LAYFAYETTE, Ind. – With the rain pouring down throughout an afternoon game between Purdue and Wisconsin, it became evident the winner at the line of scrimmage would likely determine the victor.And the Badgers didn’t just win the battle. They annihilated their opponent.With a complete effort from both the offensive and defensive line resulting in 645 yards of total offense for Wisconsin, the second best total in school history, and only 252 for Purdue, the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) handily dispatched the Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2) by dominating the trenches from start to finish in a 38-14 win.Groy, Matthias step upWith 1 minute, 46 seconds left in first half, veteran senior tackle and captain Ricky Wagner went down with an apparent leg injury, as the Wisconsin training staff was quick to attend to the left tackle. It was a scary sight for many Badger fans, as Wagner has been the most consistent producer and player on this offensive line so far this season. In fact, several members of the Badgers’ offensive line took a knee with troubled faces, looking toward the unquestioned leader of their group.While Wagner walked off under his own power, he did not re-enter the game. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said he does not believe the injury to be anything significant, but it was a sight that left many wondering how the Badgers would adjust.They countered by moving left guard Ryan Groy over to fill in for Wagner while inserting Zac Matthias at left guard. It was a strong tactical move by Wisconsin offensive line coach Bart Miller. Matthias had started several games this season until he lost his job, and the starting experience showed as the Badgers’ offensive line didn’t miss a beat in Wagner’s absence.It was the first time Groy had ever lined up at tackle in his career at Wisconsin.“I didn’t play great but I figured it out on the run,” Groy said. “It takes getting used to, a lot of pass protection things were different and you have to switch around your run block … The last time I played tackle was in high school.”Bielema said he was also impressed with Groy’s adjustment to a new position.“I thought [Purdue] was solid up front but our guys blocked them up and did a nice job,” Bielema said. “I can’t say enough about the job Coach Miller has done and even when Ricky popped out of there, to still move forward as a line when Ryan Groy popped in at the tackle position was really impressive.”The Badgers’ offensive line led the way to 467 net yards rushing. Of those yards, 247 belonged to Montee Ball – a new career-high for Wisconsin’s star tailback.“I believe they did a great job today,” Ball said. “Every day in practice I’ve been seeing them getting better and better, and glad to see they carried it to the game. And that’s for myself as well – glad to see I finally woke up and made people miss.”Badgers’ defensive line dominatesComing into Saturday’s matchup there was audible buzz surrounding the hype of Purdue’s All-Big Ten defensive tackle Kawann Short. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound preseason All-American was a focus all week by the media – but if any defensive tackle stole the show Saturday, it was Wisconsin’s Beau Allen.With under a minute left in the third quarter, Allen ran up the middle of the Purdue punt protection untouched, extending both hands for the block, which UW junior linebacker Chris Borland recovered at the Purdue 20-yard line.Five plays later, Ball was in the end zone and the score read 31-7.“It’s my first blocked punt, it felt good,” Allen said. “I was kind of surprised to be honest with you, I didn’t think I was going to get there … I don’t think they even blocked me.”The Wisconsin defense held Purdue’s rushing attack to just 128 yards, with 81 of those resulting in a late touchdown run against the Badgers’ No. 2 defensive unit by the Boilermakers’ Akeem Hunt.As far as the pass rush went, Wisconsin learned from its first mistake in the beginning of the game, only rushing three and giving Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush plenty of time to find an open Antavian Edison for a 52-yard pass that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run from TerBush on the next play.But the Badgers’ defense responded to the adversity like they have all season – with a vengeance. For the duration of the game, UW put the Boilermakers’ quarterbacks on lockdown, as the defensive line accounted for three of the team’s five sacks and four of the team’s nine tackles for a loss.It helped as well that Wisconsin faced its first quarterback in conference play since UTEP who didn’t use his feet as much as his arm to make plays. After facing Nebraska’s speedy Taylor Martinez and Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase, Wisconsin was finally able to rush without worrying about containment on the outside.“We did a great job against their protection and we got a lot of good pressure on their quarterback so I think we had a good defensive performance today,” Allen said. “We finally played four quarters.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

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