Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble could begin in November

first_imgHong Kong Financial Secretary At the same time, we’re working very hard with the mainland authorities to try to revive the traveling between Hong Kong and mainland because, business wise, this is very important to speed up the recovery of our econom.Paul Chan- Advertisement – SINGAPORE — The travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore could take effect within this month —and discussions are ongoing with other countries including Thailand and Japan, according to Hong Kong’s financial secretary Paul Chan.“We’re working hard with the Singaporean government,” said Chan. “The target is to launch this as soon as possible within November, and the earlier, the better.”The two cities in mid-October announced plans to allow leisure travel to resume without the need for quarantines. Instead, tourists would take a coronavirus test before departure. Hong Kong may also require a second test after arrival.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Tourism and aviation have been hit hard by the pandemic this year. Singapore and Hong Kong also do not have domestic air travel markets to cushion the blow. A passenger wearing a facemask exiting the arrival hall at the Hong Kong International Airport terminal.Miguel Candela | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Singapore has unilaterally opened its borders to tourists from countries where the coronavirus situation is under control such as New Zealand and Brunei.Chan said Hong Kong is in talks with 10 other countries about allowing similar travel bubbles.“For example, Thailand, Japan — these are the countries that we have more advanced discussions with,” he said, adding that the authorities are working “very hard” to expand the network of air travel bubbles with different jurisdictions.“At the same time, we’re working very hard with the mainland authorities to try to revive the traveling between Hong Kong and mainland because, business wise, this is very important to speed up the recovery of our economy,” Chan said.The city fell into recession last year after months of anti-government protests, and the Covid-19 outbreak dealt the economy another blow.Still, when asked if Hong Kong might lose some of its shine to Shenzhen, the secretary said the financial hub has a “very unique competitive edge.” Shenzhen celebrated 40 years as a special economic zone last month, and was given flexibility to pursue reforms in some areas, according to Reuters.Chan said there’s a “complementary cooperation” between Hong Kong and other Chinese cities.“There are areas that we are highly competitive and leading the way, but there are also other areas we can work with the neighboring cities to achieve the maximum synergistic effect, for example, innovation and technology,” he said.“The way we see it is, in this process, we need to work together to leverage the best outcome for everyone concerned,” he continued. “But on the other hand, in … sectors that we are doing well, we need to keep enhancing ourselves, making ourselves even more competitive and ahead of our competition.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Twitter flags posts by Trump that made premature claims of victory or baseless ones about election fraud.

first_img– Advertisement – For the sixth time in less than 24 hours, Twitter on Wednesday flagged tweets by President Trump for violating its rules because they included unsupported claims of widespread election fraud and premature declarations of victory in key battleground states.Twitter attached warnings to each of the president’s tweets, but also to others posted by his allies, including, among others, his official campaign account, the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and the president’s son Eric Trump. All three had, like the president, claimed victory for Mr. Trump in Pennsylvania, a race that no major news organization has said is decided. – Advertisement – At least three of Mr. Trump’s posts were hidden and one was partially hidden, but each allowed Twitter users the option of viewing them. The platform also restricted the ability of users to retweet or repost the posts by the president that had violated the company’s standards.center_img Mr. Trump has nearly 88 million followers on Twitter, which faced accusations of bias from Republicans during the campaign. Twitter’s actions came as Mr. Trump’s possible path to re-election narrowed, with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. winning Wisconsin and Michigan, two states in the so-called Midwest blue wall that Mr. Trump had won in 2016.Mr. Trump falsely claimed on Wednesday afternoon that he had won not only Pennsylvania but also Georgia and North Carolina, states in which he had been leading in early vote totals but where a significant number of ballots remained uncounted. In each case, his lead was shrinking.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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voting Democrat gives Black Americans ‘minimal return’

first_imgBlack Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson doesn’t have much faith in a potential Joe Biden presidency. In fact, he doesn’t see the Democratic Party as a good choice for African Americans altogether, he told CNBC.“I think Black Americans are getting a little bit tired of delivering huge votes for the Democrats, and seeing minimal return in terms of economic wealth and closing the wealth gap, the job creation and job opportunities,” Johnson, the millionaire entertainment magnate and philanthropist, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble via video call. – Advertisement – Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a press event ahead of vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on the East Front House Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2020.Yuri Gripas | Reuters “Black people do not embrace Biden as he never articulated a policy that went directly to the concerns of Black Americans,” the businessman said. “I don’t think Biden has that leadership quotient that’s going to allow him to do what is critical to bring the economy back, due to the trade-off between restoring the economy and fighting the pandemic.”‘The devil I know’Speaking to CNBC during a separate interview in September, Johnson described his view of Trump as through a business lens, though did not specifically endorse him. “Where I come out as a businessman, I will take the devil I know over the devil I don’t know any time of the week,” he said.Just hours after Johnson’s remarks on Wednesday, Biden was declared as having won the state of Michigan, thanks largely to Democratic votes cast in Detroit, a majority-Black city that saw higher turnout this year than in 2016. Biden had campaigned heavily in Michigan along with his running mate Kamala Harris, who if elected would be the country’s first Black and first female vice president.  Another focal point of this election has been the coronavirus pandemic, with Trump voters largely backing a full reopening of the economy while Biden has suggested he would put the country into another lockdown if scientists recommended it. More than 12 million people remain unemployed, a significant proportion of which are Black. Trump has touted low Black unemployment during his term, overseeing the lowest U.S Black unemployment level in history before the pandemic, as well as his administration’s criminal justice reform policies.“If you can’t bring the economy back for everybody, you darn sure can’t bring it back for Black Americans,” he said, “Because we’re at the bottom of the rung in terms of economic opportunity, and economic access to wealth, capital and income.”  – Advertisement – Robert JohnsonAnjali Sundaram | CNBC – Advertisement – “And Joe Biden was not an inspiring candidate for many Black Americans. And some of them stay at home. Some of them voted for Trump.”The strong statements come amid a drawn-out 2020 election vote count that’s revealed President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden neck-in-neck in several battleground states. Among the many issues defining the cultural and political fault lines in America leading up to the election has been the topic of racial equality, with movements like Black Lives Matter backed by several Democratic candidates. But Johnson, who became America’s first Black billionaire in 2000, doubts that Biden and the Democratic Party will deliver when it comes to African Americans’ needs, particularly when it comes to the economy.- Advertisement – Racial wealth inequality has long crippled America’s productive potential, economists say. A Brookings Institute study found that in 2016, the average net worth of a White household was nearly 10 times greater than that of the average Black household.   “So how do you make Black Americans whole from an economic justice standpoint, or an equity standpoint,” Johnson continued, “if you don’t get the economy driving the jobs and the opportunities that have to filter down to Black Americans, since they’re already, as I said, at the bottom?”The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment, but the campaign website outlines a detailed “Biden Plan for Black America.” It lists priorities including pledges to “advance the economic mobility of African Americans and close the racial wealth and income gaps,” “expand access to high-quality education and tackle racial inequity in our education system,” and “Make far-reaching investments in ending health disparities by race,” among other things. last_img read more

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IATA data reveals slowdown in aviation recovery | News

first_imgCapacity plummeted 79 per cent, and load factor withered 38 percentage points to 43 per cent.Domestic demand in September was down 43 per cent compared to the previous year, improved from a 51 per cent decline in August. Compared to 2019, capacity fell by a third and the load factor dropped 12 percentage points to 70 per cent.- Advertisement – OlderWizz partners with CarTrawler for new rental options This is only a slightly improvement over the 75 per cent year-to-year decline recorded in August.Capacity was down 63 per cent compared to a year ago and load factor fell 22 percentage points to 60 per cent.International passenger demand in September plunged 89 per cent compared to September 2019, basically unchanged from the 88.5 per cent decline recorded in August. – Advertisement – “We have hit a wall in the industry’s recovery. “A resurgence in Covid-19 outbreaks – particularly in Europe and the US – combined with governments’ reliance on the blunt instrument of quarantine in the absence of globally aligned testing regimes, has halted momentum toward re-opening borders to travel. “Although domestic markets are doing better, this is primarily owing to improvements in China and Russia. “And domestic traffic represents just a bit more than a third of total traffic, so it is not enough to sustain a general recovery,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA director general.center_img Figures from the International Air Transport Association have confirmed that passenger demand in September remained highly depressed.Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was 73 per cent below September 2019 levels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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RHOBH’s Erika Jayne, Tom Girardi’s Divorce: Everything We Know

first_img“People are always like, ‘Oh, you guys don’t see each other a lot.’ But when we do see each other, it’s 100 percent, full-on attention,” the former Chicago star said in the February 2017 episode. “This is what people don’t understand. It’s not a detriment to the relationship. It’s actually helpful. It’s better than someone being in your face all the time and you’re not even present.”Scroll down for everything we know so far about the Girardis’ divorce. Six months into their relationship, Erika and the lawyer got engaged. They married in January 1999.“For the first 10 years of our marriage, I was by Tom’s side,” the “XXPEN$IVE” singer said in a February 2017 episode of RHOBH. “I was even the first lady of a couple legal organizations. Imagine that!”Due to Tom’s high-power job, he has only made a few appearances on the reality series since Erika joined the cast in 2015. It is likely that their divorce will play out during season 11, which began filming in early October 2020.- Advertisement – Pat the … divorce papers. After Erika Jayne went to court to end her marriage to Tom Girardi, Bravo fans were shocked to learn that what seemed like one of the strongest couples in Real Housewives history was not so picture-perfect after all.The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star announced in November 2020 that she and the powerhouse attorney had called it quits after 21 years of marriage. A source later told Us Weekly exclusively, “Erika and Tom had an unconventional marriage, spending a lot of time apart.”- Advertisement – Erika, who shares adult son Tommy with ex-husband Thomas Zizzo, met Tom in the late 1990s while waitressing at one of his favorite West Hollywood hot spots, Chasen’s. One year later, she decided to give him her phone number, and he subsequently reached out to her through his secretary.“I told her, ’Tell Mr. Girardi if he wants to take me out on a date, he needs to call me himself and ask me and give me enough time to prepare,’” the Bravo personality recalled in her 2018 memoir, Pretty Mess. “You know how men are, especially if they are successful. They expect you to drop everything right away. That’s not how I work, I don’t care who you are.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Avian flu reported in China, Thailand, Vietnam

first_imgNov 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 9,000 chickens have died and close to 370,000 have been culled in China in the largest of several outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza reported this week in Asia.Several small avian flu outbreaks have been reported in Thailand and Vietnam, while Japan reported another H5 outbreak in poultry. In addition, an H5 virus was found in some healthy wild ducks in British Columbia, but authorities were confident it was not an H5N1 strain.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday, Chinese authorities said 8,940 chickens, plus 20 magpies and other wild birds, had died of H5N1 infection in the northeastern province of Liaoning, which borders North Korea.The outbreak triggered the culling of 369,900 more birds within 3 kilometers of the site and the vaccination of another 13.9 million, the report says. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the virus struck farms in six villages.The outbreak was China’s fourth since Oct 19, according to AFP. The other recent outbreaks were in the Inner Mongolia region and in Anhui and Hunan provinces in central China. The country has had no confirmed human cases of H5N1.In Thailand, about 1,700 chickens, broiler ducks, and fighting cocks died in five small outbreaks in two provinces, according to a report authorities filed with the OIE Nov 1. The report listed the disease as highly pathogenic avian flu but did not specify the viral strain. However, Thailand has reported many small H5N1 outbreaks in poultry since a nationwide surveillance program was launched in July.Japanese authorities reported plans to kill 180,000 chickens after finding signs of avian flu on one farm, according to AFP and Associated Press (AP) reports today. The AP said antibodies to H5 viruses had been found in some of the chickens.The reports conflicted on the location. AFP reported that the outbreak was in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo, where a number of H5N2 outbreaks have been reported in recent months, but the AP said the outbreak occurred on “a northern farm.”Vietnam has confirmed avian flu outbreaks in three northern villages, according to another AP report today. The story quoted a local official as saying that more than 3,000 poultry died or were destroyed in Bac Giang province.In Canada, about 174 wild ducks out of more than 700 sampled in central British Columbia tested positive for an H5 virus, according to a Nov 1 Canadian Press (CP) report. The report came a day after the announcement that an H5 virus had been found in 28 ducks in Quebec and five in Manitoba.Dr. Ron Lewis, British Columbia’s chief veterinarian, said it was “very unlikely” that the H5 virus found in the ducks was the same as the H5N1 strain in Asia, according to an AFP report.He said the samples all came from young, healthy birds. Fourteen of the samples tested strongly positive, and another 75 were weakly positive, the CP report said. The birds tested were from the Merritt area in south-central British Columbia.The testing was part of a “cross-country” search for viruses carried by wild waterfowl, AFP reported. Lewis said this type of surveillance had not been done before, so authorities didn’t know if the finding should be considered unusual or not, according to the CP.In other news:Croatian authorities reported Nov 2 that a swan that had been shot last week tested positive for H5N1, AFP reported. The swan, which had been tagged in Hungary, was shot in the village of Zdenci, where other swans had tested positive for the virus recently.In Macedonia, tests ruled out avian flu in one of about 1,000 chickens and turkeys that were found dead in mid October, according to AFP. A veterinary official said the tests showed the country is free of avian flu.See also:Chinese report to the OIEThai report to the OIElast_img read more

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Hospital pandemic drill reveals major supply challenges

first_img The ICNs on hand during the exercise found that compliance with the infection control guidelines was good, but they also noted plenty of concerns and areas of uncertainty. A few examples included problems with donning and removing PPE, patients being kept waiting while HCWs put on PPE, decontamination of ward equipment such as telephones and door handles, and hand hygiene after contact with inanimate objects. The 24-hour exercise in a British hospital also revealed various other challenges, including that hospital workers lacked confidence in their ability to follow infection control guidelines, felt uncomfortable wearing surgical masks, and felt that wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) hindered communication, according to the report, published online by the Journal of Infection Control. She said she wasn’t surprised by the finding that many workers found the surgical masks uncomfortable. “It’s difficult for staff not used to wearing the things to wear them all shift long,” she said. “Healthcare in a pandemic situation is not simply a case of applying pandemic influenza infection control guidance to current practice; hospitals need to consider changing the way care and services are delivered,” states the report by N. F. Phin of Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit, Chester, UK, and colleagues. These guidelines “involve major changes to the way care is currently delivered and the use of infection control measures and PPE on a scale far beyond that experienced in the recent past,” Phin and colleagues write. “Few currently employed healthcare workers have experience of a pandemic and the lack of a detailed operational data makes implementation of the current guidance challenging.” The team also recorded traffic through the ward and found that at least 115 different workers made 167 visits during the exercise. “This level of traffic would be highly undesirable during a pandemic, and as a consequence of the exercise, operational assumptions and plans are to be reappraised in order to minimize unnecessary staff movement,” they write. During the exercise, conducted in November 2006, 17 infection control nurses (ICNs) monitored staff compliance with the infection control guidance, gave advice when needed, and recorded issues that arose. The volume of trash is also a concern, said Patrick, who is a board member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She said hospitals might consider using trash compactors to deal with that, but compactors might cause aerosolization of pathogens, and heavier trash containers might increase injury risk for workers. On the basis of World Health Organization (WHO) guidance at the time, the investigators had expected a much smaller need for basic PPE and a greater need for high-level equipment. “WHO guidance overestimates the use of high-level specialist PPE and underestimates the amount of basic PPE required,” they write. A key finding was that HCWs used far greater than normal quantities of basic PPE during the exercise: about 1,200 pairs of gloves, 650 surgical masks, and 750 disposable aprons. This suggests that during the height of a pandemic, the use of aprons, gloves, and masks would increase 13-fold, 10-fold, and 450-fold, respectively, the report says. “Where do you store all that?” Patrick asked. “Most hospitals, just like grocery stores, don’t have big storerooms of supplies. A lot of places have gone from a 24-hour supply to 72 or 96 hours, but we don’t have stocks and stocks of stuff.” Workers’ perceptionsTwenty-one of the 23 ward staff members completed a questionnaire about the exercise. Among the results: Fourteen (67%) of them found it uncomfortable or very uncomfortable to wear a surgical mask; 17 (81%) said their duties took longer; and 9 (43%) felt that talking with others was more difficult. In addition, three workers reported that wearing a mask seemed to affect their hearing, very likely showing the importance of nonverbal cues in communication. As for respirators, people who have asthma or other respiratory problems find it very difficult to wear them for more than a few minutes, she added. Because of that, her own healthcare system uses powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs), which blow air through a HEPA filter and into a hood worn by the worker. The device has a clear face shield and does not require fit testing. Supporting what some of the staff reported, the investigators also found that “many tasks and routine procedures took much longer than usual, despite the rostering of additional staff; this was particularly obvious at night when the drug round took twice as long as usual to complete.” Basic PPE much more in demandTo assess the operational challenges, the researchers set up their 24-hour exercise on a 29-bed general medical ward that received mostly respiratory and gastrointestinal patients. The staff, including 14 nurses, 5 healthcare assistants, and 4 domestic workers, was briefed in advance on pandemic flu, infection control procedures to be used, and how to don and remove PPE, including FFP3 respirators. Patrick said the British guidelines differ in a couple of respects from those used in her institution. One was that the former do not call for eye protection for HCWs in close contact with infectious patients. Study ‘generalizable’ to US hospitalsMarcia Patrick, RN, MSN, CIC, infection control director with the MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., called the study very interesting and said the big increase in usage of PPE impressed her as the most important finding. Nov 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Hospital workers who followed official infection control guidelines for pandemic influenza for 1 day used 10 times as many gloves as usual, generated three times as much clinical waste, and found that many tasks took longer than normal, according to a new report. Overall, the staff had a good grasp of basic infection control steps, but they were unsure about the extra measures recommended in a pandemic, the report says, adding, “Uncertainty was also evident in participating staff as ICN observers occasionally gave conflicting advice.” Along with the surge in basic PPE used came a major increase in waste generated: 18 48-liter bags, versus four to six bags on a normal day, the report says. “Another good point is that most of the masks and gloves and gowns are made in China or some of those other countries, and the likelihood of a supply shortage [in a pandemic] is enormous,” she added. On the other hand, it says the quantities of high-level PPE used were much lower than expected: 13 gowns, 13 FFP3 respirators, and 13 pairs of goggles. Expecting a much greater need, the team had ordered 500 respirators for the exercise. “I believe it [the study] is generalizable to US facilities, particularly the increased amount of isolation supplies that would be needed in a pandemic,” she told CIDRAP News. See also: “I would want mask and eye protection to be linked—not just used for cough-inducing procedures,” she said. “We have found that requiring masks with eye protection and providing the single-unit items has increased compliance.” Despite the challenges pointed up by the exercise, the staff felt that it increased their confidence about dealing with a flu pandemic, the researchers write. They conclude, “We believe that this is the first simulation of its kind in the UK, and that many hospitals would benefit from undertaking similar exercises in order to gain confidence and understanding of their own operational needs.” British health authorities issued infection control guidance for pandemic flu in October 2005, the report says. The guidelines call for healthcare workers (HCWs) to wear gloves, a plastic apron or gown, and a surgical mask when coming within 3 feet of pandemic flu patients. They recommend the use of an FFP3 respirator (equivalent to a US N-99 respirator, designed to stop 99% of small airborne particles) and eye protection during aerosol-generating procedures. Phin NF, Rylands AJ, Allan J, et al. Personal protective equipment in an influenza pandemic: a UK simulation exercise. J Hosp Infect 2008 (early online publication) [Abstract] Oct 18, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Novel flu dominance Down Under, Tamiflu resistance in US, Paraguay emergency steps, tweets from flu summit

first_imgCDC releases pandemic H1N1 vaccine guidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations today to help state and local health officials decide who should get novel H1N1 vaccine when supplies are initially limited. Target groups include schoolchildren and staff, children in daycare and staff, pregnant women and contacts of newborns, those with medical underling conditions, and health workers. The report also discusses weighing the needs of other nations and military personnel, but it focuses on US civilians.[Jul 8 CDC recommendations]Novel strain may dominate Australia’s flu seasonThe novel flu virus seems poised to dominate Australia’s flu season, the country’s health minister, Nicola Roxon, said today, according to the Adelaide Advertiser. Flu surveillance for the week ending Jun 20 revealed that almost two thirds of the infections were from the pandemic H1N1 virus. Roxon said the new virus will likely replace seasonal flu, rather than circulate alongside it.[Jul 9 Advertiser story]Tamiflu-resistant strain found in US travelerFederal and state health departments are increasing their testing of novel flu viruses for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The measures were prompted by a report of a resistant strain isolated from a San Francisco resident who had arrived in Hong Kong in June. The girl had had not taken osteltamivir. The CDC has asked states to send more samples for resistance testing, and California said it has stepped up its testing.[Jul 8 AP story]Paraguay lawmakers pass emergency measuresParaguay’s government passed emergency legislation yesterday aimed at curbing the spread of pandemic flu, the AP reported today. The law gives the country’s president expanded powers to respond to the flu outbreak and allows health officials to use $19.2 million from the treasury to fund programs to boost healthcare capacity.[Jul 8 AP story]Live feeds from tomorrow’s White House flu summitThe two plenary sessions of tomorrow’s White House pandemic H1N1 flu preparedness summit—a substantial portion of the event— will be broadcast over the Web via flu.gov, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, David Hale, a biomedical informatics and social media expert, will be providing live Twitter updates during the entire event. His Twitter name is lostonroute66. The day-long event starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.[Dave Hale’s Twitter home page]last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: WHO situation report, 2-shot regimen in Europe, nasal-mist findings, NY changes HCW shot requirements

first_imgWHO: Pandemic expands in Northern HemispherePandemic flu is spreading in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the United States and British Columbia, Canada, the World Health Organization reported today. In Europe, medical visits for flu-like illnesses rose above baseline with high rates of virus detections, possibly signaling an early start to the flu season. The proportion of Asian cases attributed to seasonal H3N2 flu declined, with only East Asia reporting significant numbers. The global H1N1 death total is at least 4,999.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_10_23/en/index.htmlOct 23 WHO pandemic updateEU regulators stick with 2-dose pandemic vaccine scheduleEurope’s drug regulatory agency today announced that it would stick to its initial recommendation that the three pandemic H1N1 vaccines it approved be given in two doses, despite data from two companies that suggests one-dose efficacy. The agency said the data on the GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis vaccines, both adjuvanted, were too limited to warrant recommending a single-dose schedule, but added that one dose may be sufficient in adults. The third vaccine is a cell-based product made by Baxter.MedImmune reports clinical findings on intranasal pandemic vaccineMedImmune yesterday reported long-awaited clinical trial findings on the immunogenicity of its nasal-mist pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine. US officials approved the live attenuated vaccine on Sep 15 without the immunogenicity results. In a press release the company said trials in children and adults showed that the safety and immunogenicity profiles of the pandemic vaccine are similar to those of its seasonal vaccine. The firm said further data are being collected after a second dose of the vaccine.http://pressroom.medimmune.com/press-releases/2009/10/22/interim-clinical-trial-results-show-medimmune%e2%80%99s-h1n1-vaccine-has-similar-safety-profile-as-seasonal-vaccine-in-eligible-children-and-adults/Oct 22 MedImmune press releaseNew York suspends mandatory vaccination for healthcare workersNew York state yesterday suspended its new flu vaccination requirement for healthcare workers in order to free up scarce supplies of the vaccine for high-risk groups. Gov. David Paterson said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signaled that the state would receive only 23% of its expected pandemic vaccine by the end of the month. He said slow delivery of seasonal vaccine was also a factor. Some healthcare workers opposed the order and had filed suit to reverse it.last_img read more

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