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  •   Pharmaceutical company GSK has been awarded a contract to produce the world s first malaria vaccine so that millions more children are protected against the deadly disease the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF announced on Tuesday The landmark award valued at up to 170 million will result in 18 million doses of the RTS S vaccine being made available over the next three years potentially saving the lives of thousands of young people each year Malaria remains one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five In 2020 almost half a million children died from the disease in Africa alone at a rate of one death per minute Etleva Kadilli UNICEF Supply Division Director said the launch sends a clear message to malaria vaccine developers to continue their work We hope this is just the beginning Continued innovation is needed to develop new and next generation vaccines to increase the available supply and enable a healthier vaccine market she said This is a major step forward in our collective efforts to save children s lives and reduce the burden of malaria as part of broader malaria prevention and control programs Preventable disease Malaria is caused by parasites and is transmitted to humans through infected female Anopheles mosquitoes While the disease is preventable and curable it can be fatal if left untreated More than 30 countries have areas with moderate to high malaria transmission according to data from the World Health Organization WHOOpens in a new window and the vaccine could provide additional protection to more than 25 million children each year a once the supply increases The RTS S malaria vaccine the result of 35 years of research and development is the first vaccine against a parasitic disease Pilot program It was launched in a 2019 pilot program coordinated by the WHO in three countries Ghana Kenya and Malawi which has reached more than 800 000 children Last October the UN health agency recommended Opens in new window for widespread use in countries with moderate to high malaria transmission That December Gavi the Vaccine Alliance made the decision to provide funding for malaria vaccine programs in eligible countries thus paving the way for broader implementation of the vaccine Funding window opened CEO Seth Barkley reported that Gavi recently opened the application window for funding requests Thanks to UNICEF s procurement work we now have more certainty about supply and can go one step further in getting this life saving vaccine to the people who need it most As manufacturing increases over time we expect that increased volumes will also lead to lower and more sustainable prices he said Meanwhile the WHO has welcomed progress in ensuring timely supply and access to the vaccine so that more countries can introduce it as soon as possible Lives are at stake every day said Dr Kate O Brien director of WHO s Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals Given the limited initial supply it is crucial that children who live in areas where disease risk and need are highest are prioritized first High demand expected UNICEF expects demand for the malaria vaccine to be high among affected countries As with any new vaccine supply will be limited at first the agency said but will increase as manufacturing capacity increases over time which in turn will lead to lower costs per dose Plans are already underway to boost production including through technology transfer UNICEF added so that every child at risk will one day have a chance to be immunized against this deadly disease
    Millions more children to benefit from world’s first malaria vaccine: United Nations Children’s International Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
      Pharmaceutical company GSK has been awarded a contract to produce the world s first malaria vaccine so that millions more children are protected against the deadly disease the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF announced on Tuesday The landmark award valued at up to 170 million will result in 18 million doses of the RTS S vaccine being made available over the next three years potentially saving the lives of thousands of young people each year Malaria remains one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five In 2020 almost half a million children died from the disease in Africa alone at a rate of one death per minute Etleva Kadilli UNICEF Supply Division Director said the launch sends a clear message to malaria vaccine developers to continue their work We hope this is just the beginning Continued innovation is needed to develop new and next generation vaccines to increase the available supply and enable a healthier vaccine market she said This is a major step forward in our collective efforts to save children s lives and reduce the burden of malaria as part of broader malaria prevention and control programs Preventable disease Malaria is caused by parasites and is transmitted to humans through infected female Anopheles mosquitoes While the disease is preventable and curable it can be fatal if left untreated More than 30 countries have areas with moderate to high malaria transmission according to data from the World Health Organization WHOOpens in a new window and the vaccine could provide additional protection to more than 25 million children each year a once the supply increases The RTS S malaria vaccine the result of 35 years of research and development is the first vaccine against a parasitic disease Pilot program It was launched in a 2019 pilot program coordinated by the WHO in three countries Ghana Kenya and Malawi which has reached more than 800 000 children Last October the UN health agency recommended Opens in new window for widespread use in countries with moderate to high malaria transmission That December Gavi the Vaccine Alliance made the decision to provide funding for malaria vaccine programs in eligible countries thus paving the way for broader implementation of the vaccine Funding window opened CEO Seth Barkley reported that Gavi recently opened the application window for funding requests Thanks to UNICEF s procurement work we now have more certainty about supply and can go one step further in getting this life saving vaccine to the people who need it most As manufacturing increases over time we expect that increased volumes will also lead to lower and more sustainable prices he said Meanwhile the WHO has welcomed progress in ensuring timely supply and access to the vaccine so that more countries can introduce it as soon as possible Lives are at stake every day said Dr Kate O Brien director of WHO s Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals Given the limited initial supply it is crucial that children who live in areas where disease risk and need are highest are prioritized first High demand expected UNICEF expects demand for the malaria vaccine to be high among affected countries As with any new vaccine supply will be limited at first the agency said but will increase as manufacturing capacity increases over time which in turn will lead to lower costs per dose Plans are already underway to boost production including through technology transfer UNICEF added so that every child at risk will one day have a chance to be immunized against this deadly disease
    Millions more children to benefit from world’s first malaria vaccine: United Nations Children’s International Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
    Africa4 months ago

    Millions more children to benefit from world’s first malaria vaccine: United Nations Children’s International Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

    Pharmaceutical company GSK has been awarded a contract to produce the world's first malaria vaccine so that millions more children are protected against the deadly disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Tuesday.

    The landmark award, valued at up to $170 million, will result in 18 million doses of the RTS,S vaccine being made available over the next three years, potentially saving the lives of thousands of young people each year.

    Malaria remains one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of five.

    In 2020, almost half a million children died from the disease in Africa alone, at a rate of one death per minute.

    Etleva Kadilli, UNICEF Supply Division Director, said the launch sends a clear message to malaria vaccine developers to continue their work.

    “We hope this is just the beginning.

    Continued innovation is needed to develop new and next-generation vaccines to increase the available supply and enable a healthier vaccine market,” she said.

    "This is a major step forward in our collective efforts to save children's lives and reduce the burden of malaria as part of broader malaria prevention and control programs."

    Preventable disease Malaria is caused by parasites and is transmitted to humans through infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

    While the disease is preventable and curable, it can be fatal if left untreated.

    More than 30 countries have areas with moderate to high malaria transmission, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHOOpens in a new window), and the vaccine could provide additional protection to more than 25 million children each year a once the supply increases.

    The RTS,S malaria vaccine, the result of 35 years of research and development, is the first vaccine against a parasitic disease.

    Pilot program It was launched in a 2019 pilot program, coordinated by the WHO, in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - which has reached more than 800,000 children.

    Last October, the UN health agency recommended Opens in new window for widespread use in countries with moderate to high malaria transmission.

    That December, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, made the decision to provide funding for malaria vaccine programs in eligible countries, thus paving the way for broader implementation of the vaccine.

    Funding 'window' opened CEO Seth Barkley reported that Gavi recently opened the 'application window' for funding requests.

    “Thanks to UNICEF's procurement work, we now have more certainty about supply and can go one step further in getting this life-saving vaccine to the people who need it most.

    As manufacturing increases over time, we expect that increased volumes will also lead to lower and more sustainable prices,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the WHO has welcomed progress in ensuring timely supply and access to the vaccine so that more countries can introduce it as soon as possible.

    “Lives are at stake every day,” said Dr. Kate O'Brien, director of WHO's Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals.

    “Given the limited initial supply, it is crucial that children who live in areas where disease risk and need are highest are prioritized first.” High demand expected UNICEF expects demand for the malaria vaccine to be high among affected countries.

    As with any new vaccine, supply will be limited at first, the agency said, but will increase as manufacturing capacity increases over time, which in turn will lead to lower costs per dose.

    Plans are already underway to boost production, including through technology transfer, UNICEF added, "so that every child at risk will one day have a chance to be immunized against this deadly disease."

  •   UNICEF awards 170m malaria vaccine contracUnited Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has awarded a contract for the first ever supply of a malaria vaccine to GSK with a value of up to 170 million dollars The News Agency of Nigeria reports that GSK plc formerly GlaxoSmithKline plc is a British multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company with global headquarters in London England Established in 2000 by a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham UNICEF in a statement issued from New York on Tuesday said the landmark award would lead to 18 million doses of RTS 01 RTS S being available over the next three years potentially saving thousands of lives every year In 2020 nearly half a million children died from malaria in Africa alone a rate of one child death per minute Etleva Kadilli Director of UNICEF s Supply Division said the vaccine rollout would give a clear message to malaria vaccine developers to continue their work because malaria vaccines are needed and wanted We hope this is just the beginning Continued innovation is needed to develop new and next generation vaccines to increase available supply and enable a healthier vaccine market This is a giant step forward in our collective efforts to save children s lives and reduce the burden of malaria as part of wider malaria prevention and control programmes According to WHO data more than 30 countries have areas with moderate to high malaria transmission where the vaccine could provide added protection against malaria to over 25 million children each year once supply scales up The RTS S malaria vaccine is the result of 35 years of research and development and is the first ever vaccine against a parasitic disease The vaccine acts against Plasmodium falciparum the most deadly malaria parasite globally and the most prevalent in Africa In 2019 pilot routine vaccine use was launched in three countries Ghana Kenya and Malawi as part of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme coordinated by WHO The experience and evidence generated by the pilots informed WHO s recommendation in October 2021 for widespread use of the first malaria vaccine in countries with moderate to high P falciparum malaria transmission Soon after in December 2021 Gavi the Vaccine Alliance s decision to provide funding for malaria vaccine programmes in eligible countries opened the pathway for broader roll out of the vaccine We recently opened the first application window for Gavi support in rolling out the malaria vaccine Thanks to UNICEF s procurement work we now have more certainty on supply and can move a step further towards getting this life saving vaccine to the people who need it the most As manufacturing ramps up over time we hope that increasing volumes will also lead to more sustainable lower prices Seth Berkley CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance said Dr Kate O Brien WHO Director of the Department of Immunisation Vaccines and Biologicals said lives are at stake every day WHO welcomes the progress to secure supply and timely access to vaccine so that more countries can begin to introduce this additional malaria prevention tool as rapidly as possible Given the initial limited supply it is crucial that children living in areas where the risk of disease and need is highest are prioritised first This award is the culmination of 18 months of intensive preparation and consultation with industry and partners As the largest buyer of vaccines in the world UNICEF accelerated action to conclude procurement negotiations to ensure there are no delays in securing available supplies of the malaria vaccine to help protect vulnerable children Demand for the malaria vaccine is expected to be high among affected countries As with any new vaccine supply will be limited at first and will increase over time as manufacturing capacity ramps up to the level required As volumes increase costs per dose should decrease Plans are already underway to boost production including through technology transfer so that every child at risk will one day have the opportunity to be immunized against this killer disease We must not lose sight of the need to accelerate access to this and future malaria vaccines and to make the necessary investments in malaria control and immunization services as well as in research and development Effective malaria and immunization programs are both key to the successful delivery of a malaria vaccine and contribute to stronger health systems overall Dr Ashley Birkett Global Head of Malaria Vaccines and Biologics at PATH said UNICEF supports the regional diversification of vaccine production and encourages GSK and other pipeline manufacturers to consider partnering with companies in Africa as part of this effort www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF awards 0m malaria vaccine contract to GSK
      UNICEF awards 170m malaria vaccine contracUnited Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has awarded a contract for the first ever supply of a malaria vaccine to GSK with a value of up to 170 million dollars The News Agency of Nigeria reports that GSK plc formerly GlaxoSmithKline plc is a British multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company with global headquarters in London England Established in 2000 by a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham UNICEF in a statement issued from New York on Tuesday said the landmark award would lead to 18 million doses of RTS 01 RTS S being available over the next three years potentially saving thousands of lives every year In 2020 nearly half a million children died from malaria in Africa alone a rate of one child death per minute Etleva Kadilli Director of UNICEF s Supply Division said the vaccine rollout would give a clear message to malaria vaccine developers to continue their work because malaria vaccines are needed and wanted We hope this is just the beginning Continued innovation is needed to develop new and next generation vaccines to increase available supply and enable a healthier vaccine market This is a giant step forward in our collective efforts to save children s lives and reduce the burden of malaria as part of wider malaria prevention and control programmes According to WHO data more than 30 countries have areas with moderate to high malaria transmission where the vaccine could provide added protection against malaria to over 25 million children each year once supply scales up The RTS S malaria vaccine is the result of 35 years of research and development and is the first ever vaccine against a parasitic disease The vaccine acts against Plasmodium falciparum the most deadly malaria parasite globally and the most prevalent in Africa In 2019 pilot routine vaccine use was launched in three countries Ghana Kenya and Malawi as part of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme coordinated by WHO The experience and evidence generated by the pilots informed WHO s recommendation in October 2021 for widespread use of the first malaria vaccine in countries with moderate to high P falciparum malaria transmission Soon after in December 2021 Gavi the Vaccine Alliance s decision to provide funding for malaria vaccine programmes in eligible countries opened the pathway for broader roll out of the vaccine We recently opened the first application window for Gavi support in rolling out the malaria vaccine Thanks to UNICEF s procurement work we now have more certainty on supply and can move a step further towards getting this life saving vaccine to the people who need it the most As manufacturing ramps up over time we hope that increasing volumes will also lead to more sustainable lower prices Seth Berkley CEO of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance said Dr Kate O Brien WHO Director of the Department of Immunisation Vaccines and Biologicals said lives are at stake every day WHO welcomes the progress to secure supply and timely access to vaccine so that more countries can begin to introduce this additional malaria prevention tool as rapidly as possible Given the initial limited supply it is crucial that children living in areas where the risk of disease and need is highest are prioritised first This award is the culmination of 18 months of intensive preparation and consultation with industry and partners As the largest buyer of vaccines in the world UNICEF accelerated action to conclude procurement negotiations to ensure there are no delays in securing available supplies of the malaria vaccine to help protect vulnerable children Demand for the malaria vaccine is expected to be high among affected countries As with any new vaccine supply will be limited at first and will increase over time as manufacturing capacity ramps up to the level required As volumes increase costs per dose should decrease Plans are already underway to boost production including through technology transfer so that every child at risk will one day have the opportunity to be immunized against this killer disease We must not lose sight of the need to accelerate access to this and future malaria vaccines and to make the necessary investments in malaria control and immunization services as well as in research and development Effective malaria and immunization programs are both key to the successful delivery of a malaria vaccine and contribute to stronger health systems overall Dr Ashley Birkett Global Head of Malaria Vaccines and Biologics at PATH said UNICEF supports the regional diversification of vaccine production and encourages GSK and other pipeline manufacturers to consider partnering with companies in Africa as part of this effort www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF awards 0m malaria vaccine contract to GSK
    Foreign4 months ago

    UNICEF awards $170m malaria vaccine contract to GSK

    UNICEF awards $170m malaria vaccine contracUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has awarded a contract for the first ever supply of a malaria vaccine to GSK with a value of up to 170 million dollars.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that GSK plc, formerly GlaxoSmithKline plc, is a British multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company with global headquarters in London, England.

    Established in 2000 by a merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham.

    UNICEF in a statement issued from New York on Tuesday said the landmark award would lead to 18 million doses of RTS,01 (RTS,S) being available over the next three years, potentially saving thousands of lives every year.

    In 2020, nearly half a million children died from malaria in Africa alone, a rate of one child death per minute.

    Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division said the vaccine rollout would give a clear message to malaria vaccine developers to continue their work because malaria vaccines are needed and wanted.

    “We hope this is just the beginning.

    Continued innovation is needed to develop new and next-generation vaccines to increase available supply, and enable a healthier vaccine market.

    “This is a giant step forward in our collective efforts to save children’s lives and reduce the burden of malaria as part of wider malaria prevention and control programmes.

    ” According to WHO data, more than 30 countries have areas with moderate to high malaria transmission, where the vaccine could provide added protection against malaria to over 25 million children each year once supply scales up.

    The RTS,S malaria vaccine is the result of 35 years of research and development and is the first-ever vaccine against a parasitic disease.

    The vaccine acts against Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally and the most prevalent in Africa.

    In 2019, pilot routine vaccine use was launched in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi – as part of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme coordinated by WHO.

    The experience and evidence generated by the pilots informed WHO’s recommendation in October 2021 for widespread use of the first malaria vaccine in countries with moderate to high P.

    falciparum malaria transmission.

    Soon after, in December 2021, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s decision to provide funding for malaria vaccine programmes in eligible countries opened the pathway for broader roll-out of the vaccine.

    “We recently opened the first application window for Gavi support in rolling out the malaria vaccine.

    “Thanks to UNICEF’s procurement work, we now have more certainty on supply and can move a step further towards getting this life-saving vaccine to the people who need it the most.

    “As manufacturing ramps up over time, we hope that increasing volumes will also lead to more sustainable, lower prices,” Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said.

    Dr Kate O’Brien, WHO Director of the Department of Immunisation, Vaccines and Biologicals said lives are at stake, every day.

    “WHO welcomes the progress to secure supply and timely access to vaccine so that more countries can begin to introduce this additional malaria prevention tool as rapidly as possible.

    “Given the initial limited supply, it is crucial that children living in areas where the risk of disease and need is highest are prioritised first.

    ” This award is the culmination of 18 months of intensive preparation and consultation with industry and partners.

    As the largest buyer of vaccines in the world, UNICEF accelerated action to conclude procurement negotiations, to ensure there are no delays in securing available supplies of the malaria vaccine to help protect vulnerable children.

    Demand for the malaria vaccine is expected to be high among affected countries.

    As with any new vaccine, supply will be limited at first and will increase over time as manufacturing capacity ramps up to the level required.

    As volumes increase, costs per dose should decrease.

    Plans are already underway to boost production, including through technology transfer, so that every child at risk will one day have the opportunity to be immunized against this killer disease.

    “We must not lose sight of the need to accelerate access to this and future malaria vaccines, and to make the necessary investments in malaria control and immunization services, as well as in research and development.

    “Effective malaria and immunization programs are both key to the successful delivery of a malaria vaccine and contribute to stronger health systems overall,” Dr Ashley Birkett, Global Head of Malaria Vaccines and Biologics at PATH, said.

    UNICEF supports the regional diversification of vaccine production and encourages GSK and other pipeline manufacturers to consider partnering with companies in Africa as part of this effort.

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  •   The European Commission has signed a contract to allow EU member states to buy up to 250 million doses of a new Covid 19 vaccine developed in Spain it said Tuesday The HIPRA vaccine has yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency EMA but if it gets the green light it would be the eighth to join the EU joint procurement programme The Brussels EU executive oversees a joint buying strategy that has secured 4 2 billion Covid vaccine doses so far underpinning the bloc s immunisation strategy Contracts have already been signed with AstraZeneca Sanofi GSK Janssen BioNtech Pfizer Moderna Novavax and Valneva although the latter has suspended production The HIPRA vaccine also known as PHH 1V is protein based and intended as a booster shot for adults whose immunity is receding after their first two or three shots The EMA has placed it on rolling review and is studying the results of laboratory and clinical trials with a view to possibly authorising its use later this year With Covid 19 infections on the rise in Europe we need to ensure maximum preparedness as we head into the autumn and winter months EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said The HIPRA vaccine adds yet another option to complement our broad vaccine portfolio for our Member States and citizens An increase in vaccination and boosting is essential over the coming months Spain s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaking to reporters on a visit to Palma de Mallorca seized on the contract as a sign that approval was imminent declaring We have finally achieved this vaccine He hailed Brussels confidence as a victory for innovation and the pharmaceutical industry in our country and for public research funding from the national and Catalan governments
    EU signs contract for new Spanish Covid vaccine
      The European Commission has signed a contract to allow EU member states to buy up to 250 million doses of a new Covid 19 vaccine developed in Spain it said Tuesday The HIPRA vaccine has yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency EMA but if it gets the green light it would be the eighth to join the EU joint procurement programme The Brussels EU executive oversees a joint buying strategy that has secured 4 2 billion Covid vaccine doses so far underpinning the bloc s immunisation strategy Contracts have already been signed with AstraZeneca Sanofi GSK Janssen BioNtech Pfizer Moderna Novavax and Valneva although the latter has suspended production The HIPRA vaccine also known as PHH 1V is protein based and intended as a booster shot for adults whose immunity is receding after their first two or three shots The EMA has placed it on rolling review and is studying the results of laboratory and clinical trials with a view to possibly authorising its use later this year With Covid 19 infections on the rise in Europe we need to ensure maximum preparedness as we head into the autumn and winter months EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said The HIPRA vaccine adds yet another option to complement our broad vaccine portfolio for our Member States and citizens An increase in vaccination and boosting is essential over the coming months Spain s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaking to reporters on a visit to Palma de Mallorca seized on the contract as a sign that approval was imminent declaring We have finally achieved this vaccine He hailed Brussels confidence as a victory for innovation and the pharmaceutical industry in our country and for public research funding from the national and Catalan governments
    EU signs contract for new Spanish Covid vaccine
    Foreign4 months ago

    EU signs contract for new Spanish Covid vaccine

    The European Commission has signed a contract to allow EU member states to buy up to 250 million doses of a new Covid-19 vaccine developed in Spain, it said Tuesday.

    The HIPRA vaccine has yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), but if it gets the green light it would be the eighth to join the EU joint procurement programme.

    The Brussels EU executive oversees a joint buying strategy that has secured 4.

    2 billion Covid vaccine doses so far, underpinning the bloc’s immunisation strategy.

    Contracts have already been signed with AstraZeneca, Sanofi-GSK, Janssen, BioNtech-Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax and Valneva, although the latter has suspended production.

    The HIPRA vaccine, also known as PHH-1V, is protein-based and intended as a booster shot for adults whose immunity is receding after their first two or three shots.

    The EMA has placed it on “rolling review” and is studying the results of laboratory and clinical trials, with a view to possibly authorising its use later this year.

    “With Covid-19 infections on the rise in Europe, we need to ensure maximum preparedness as we head into the autumn and winter months,” EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said.

    “The HIPRA vaccine adds yet another option to complement our broad vaccine portfolio for our Member States and citizens.

    An increase in vaccination and boosting is essential over the coming months.

    ” Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking to reporters on a visit to Palma de Mallorca, seized on the contract as a sign that approval was imminent, declaring: “We have finally achieved this vaccine.

    ” He hailed Brussels’ confidence as a victory for “innovation and the pharmaceutical industry in our country” and for public research funding from the national and Catalan governments.

  •  An agreement has been reached to allow the distribution of a low cost generic version of a long term preventive HIV treatment in low income countries where most of the world s infections occur Unitaid and the Medicines Patent Pool announced Thursday The deal will see ViiV Healthcare a subsidiary of UK pharmaceutical giant GSK allow select manufacturers to produce generic versions of Cabotegravir LA its long acting pre exposure prophylaxis PrEP treatment for HIV The deal will provide access to the injectable version of cabotegravir which has been shown to provide two months of protection against infection in 90 countries where more than 70 percent of all new HIV infections occurred in 2020 Unitaid said Access to an effective long acting HIV prevention option could make a significant contribution to the goal of ending HIV transmission and the epidemic by 2030 Unitaid spokesman Herve Verhoosel said Efforts to increase access to Cabotegravir LA for PrEP will have a particular impact for groups experiencing particularly high rates of infection such as men who have sex with men and sex workers he added Long acting cabotegravir injections have only recently become available and have been shown to be much more effective than an oral version that must be taken daily But cost the price of a year s worth of treatment was 22 000 in the United States earlier this year was an obstacle to widespread implementation in all but high income countries Top global priority The World Health Organization released new guidelines on cabotegravir on Thursday calling on countries to work to make the drug quickly available to those who need it We hope that these new guidelines will help accelerate countries efforts to begin planning for and offering CAB LA alongside other HIV prevention options said Meg Doherty director of global HIV hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections programs of the WHO in a statement The news comes a day after a new report presented at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal Canada which found that the global fight against HIV has stalled due to reduced resources due to Covid 19 and other crises Last year there were around 1 5 million new infections more than a million above global goals to fight the virus Long acting PrEP could play an important role in ending the HIV pandemic but right now very few people can get it said Adeeba Kamarulzaman president of the International AIDS Society which is organizing the conference Expanding affordable access to this game changing prevention tool must be a global priority he said in a statement Unitaid is a global health initiative that works to ensure equitable access to medical innovations in low and middle income countries The Medicines Patent Fund founded by Unitaid and supported by the UN works to obtain licenses for medicines needed for generic distribution in low and middle income countries
    They reach an agreement for a generic drug to prevent HIV infection
     An agreement has been reached to allow the distribution of a low cost generic version of a long term preventive HIV treatment in low income countries where most of the world s infections occur Unitaid and the Medicines Patent Pool announced Thursday The deal will see ViiV Healthcare a subsidiary of UK pharmaceutical giant GSK allow select manufacturers to produce generic versions of Cabotegravir LA its long acting pre exposure prophylaxis PrEP treatment for HIV The deal will provide access to the injectable version of cabotegravir which has been shown to provide two months of protection against infection in 90 countries where more than 70 percent of all new HIV infections occurred in 2020 Unitaid said Access to an effective long acting HIV prevention option could make a significant contribution to the goal of ending HIV transmission and the epidemic by 2030 Unitaid spokesman Herve Verhoosel said Efforts to increase access to Cabotegravir LA for PrEP will have a particular impact for groups experiencing particularly high rates of infection such as men who have sex with men and sex workers he added Long acting cabotegravir injections have only recently become available and have been shown to be much more effective than an oral version that must be taken daily But cost the price of a year s worth of treatment was 22 000 in the United States earlier this year was an obstacle to widespread implementation in all but high income countries Top global priority The World Health Organization released new guidelines on cabotegravir on Thursday calling on countries to work to make the drug quickly available to those who need it We hope that these new guidelines will help accelerate countries efforts to begin planning for and offering CAB LA alongside other HIV prevention options said Meg Doherty director of global HIV hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections programs of the WHO in a statement The news comes a day after a new report presented at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal Canada which found that the global fight against HIV has stalled due to reduced resources due to Covid 19 and other crises Last year there were around 1 5 million new infections more than a million above global goals to fight the virus Long acting PrEP could play an important role in ending the HIV pandemic but right now very few people can get it said Adeeba Kamarulzaman president of the International AIDS Society which is organizing the conference Expanding affordable access to this game changing prevention tool must be a global priority he said in a statement Unitaid is a global health initiative that works to ensure equitable access to medical innovations in low and middle income countries The Medicines Patent Fund founded by Unitaid and supported by the UN works to obtain licenses for medicines needed for generic distribution in low and middle income countries
    They reach an agreement for a generic drug to prevent HIV infection
    Foreign4 months ago

    They reach an agreement for a generic drug to prevent HIV infection

    An agreement has been reached to allow the distribution of a low-cost generic version of a long-term preventive HIV treatment in low-income countries where most of the world's infections occur, Unitaid and the Medicines Patent Pool announced Thursday. .

    The deal will see ViiV Healthcare, a subsidiary of UK pharmaceutical giant GSK, allow select manufacturers to produce generic versions of Cabotegravir LA, its long-acting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment for HIV.

    The deal will provide access to the injectable version of cabotegravir, which has been shown to provide two months of protection against infection, in 90 countries where more than 70 percent of all new HIV infections occurred in 2020, Unitaid said.

    “Access to an effective long-acting HIV prevention option could make a significant contribution to the goal of ending HIV transmission and the epidemic by 2030,” Unitaid spokesman Herve Verhoosel said.

    "Efforts to increase access to Cabotegravir LA for PrEP will have a particular impact for groups experiencing particularly high rates of infection, such as men who have sex with men and sex workers," he added.

    Long-acting cabotegravir injections have only recently become available and have been shown to be much more effective than an oral version that must be taken daily.

    But cost — the price of a year's worth of treatment was $22,000 in the United States earlier this year — was an obstacle to widespread implementation in all but high-income countries.

    'Top global priority' The World Health Organization released new guidelines on cabotegravir on Thursday, calling on countries to work to make the drug quickly available to those who need it.

    "We hope that these new guidelines will help accelerate countries' efforts to begin planning for and offering CAB-LA alongside other HIV prevention options," said Meg Doherty, director of global HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections programs. of the WHO, in a statement.

    The news comes a day after a new report presented at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada, which found that the global fight against HIV has stalled due to reduced resources due to Covid-19 and other crises. .

    Last year there were around 1.5 million new infections, more than a million above global goals to fight the virus.

    “Long-acting PrEP could play an important role in ending the HIV pandemic, but right now very few people can get it,” said Adeeba Kamarulzaman, president of the International AIDS Society, which is organizing the conference.

    "Expanding affordable access to this game-changing prevention tool must be a global priority," he said in a statement.

    Unitaid is a global health initiative that works to ensure equitable access to medical innovations in low- and middle-income countries.

    The Medicines Patent Fund, founded by Unitaid and supported by the UN, works to obtain licenses for medicines needed for generic distribution in low- and middle-income countries.

  •  Super Falcons Head Coach Randy Waldrum has picked team captain Onome Ebi and 24 other players to represent Nigeria at the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations WAFCON Ademola Olajire Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation NFF in a statement on Friday said the 25 player list was an interesting mix of the old guard and new blood The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition is scheduled for Morocco from July 2 to July 23 Veteran players Tochukwu Oluehi Ebi Rita Chikwelu Osinachi Ohale Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi Okeoghene are on board There are also defenders Ashleigh Plumptre Nicole Payne and Michelle Alozie midfielder Regina Otu and forwards Vivian Ikechukwu Gift Monday and Ifeoma Onumonu Olajire said He however added that eight of the players who made the Falcons camp in Abuja were dropped These are goalkeeper Rita Akarekor defenders Chidinma Okeke Ngozi Emenayo and Opeyemi Sunday midfielders Suliat Abideen Amanda Mbadi and Charity Adule and forward Anam Imo NAN reports that the Super Falcons will take on South Africa s Banyana Banyana in their first match of the competition on July 4 They then take on Botswana on July 7 and Burundi on July 10 All the four semi finalists at the competition in Morocco will qualify to represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand NAN reports that the Falcons contingent will depart Nigeria for Morocco on Monday SUPER FALCONS FULL LIST FOR MOROCCO 2022 Goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie Paris FC France Tochukwu Oluehi Maccabi Kishronot Hadera Israel Yewande Balogun Coppermine United U S Defenders Glory Ogbonna Santa Teresa FC Spain Onome Ebi En Avant Guingamp France Osinachi Ohale Deportivo Alaves Spain Ashleigh Plumptre Leicester City England Nicole Payne West Virginia University U S Michelle Alozie Houston Dash U S Akudo Ogbonna Edo Queens Midfielders Peace Efih Kiryat Gat Israel Halimatu Ayinde Eskilstuna FC Sweden Toni Oyedupe Payne Sevilla FC Spain Regina Otu Minsk FC Belarus Christy Ucheibe SL Benfica Portugal Rasheedat Ajibade Atletico Madrid Spain Rita Chikwelu Madrid CFF Spain Ngozi Okobi Okeoghene Eskilstuna FC Sweden Forwards Francisca Ordega CSKA Moscow Russia Vivian Ikechukwu WFC Gintra Lithuania Chinonyerem Macleans GSK Gornik Leczna Poland Ifeoma Onumonu Gotham FC U S Uchenna Kanu Tigres Femenil Mexico Asisat Oshoala FC Barcelona Spain Gift Monday Bayelsa Queens OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Waldrum picks Ebi, Oshoala, Plumptre, 22 others for WAFCON
     Super Falcons Head Coach Randy Waldrum has picked team captain Onome Ebi and 24 other players to represent Nigeria at the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations WAFCON Ademola Olajire Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation NFF in a statement on Friday said the 25 player list was an interesting mix of the old guard and new blood The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition is scheduled for Morocco from July 2 to July 23 Veteran players Tochukwu Oluehi Ebi Rita Chikwelu Osinachi Ohale Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi Okeoghene are on board There are also defenders Ashleigh Plumptre Nicole Payne and Michelle Alozie midfielder Regina Otu and forwards Vivian Ikechukwu Gift Monday and Ifeoma Onumonu Olajire said He however added that eight of the players who made the Falcons camp in Abuja were dropped These are goalkeeper Rita Akarekor defenders Chidinma Okeke Ngozi Emenayo and Opeyemi Sunday midfielders Suliat Abideen Amanda Mbadi and Charity Adule and forward Anam Imo NAN reports that the Super Falcons will take on South Africa s Banyana Banyana in their first match of the competition on July 4 They then take on Botswana on July 7 and Burundi on July 10 All the four semi finalists at the competition in Morocco will qualify to represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand NAN reports that the Falcons contingent will depart Nigeria for Morocco on Monday SUPER FALCONS FULL LIST FOR MOROCCO 2022 Goalkeepers Chiamaka Nnadozie Paris FC France Tochukwu Oluehi Maccabi Kishronot Hadera Israel Yewande Balogun Coppermine United U S Defenders Glory Ogbonna Santa Teresa FC Spain Onome Ebi En Avant Guingamp France Osinachi Ohale Deportivo Alaves Spain Ashleigh Plumptre Leicester City England Nicole Payne West Virginia University U S Michelle Alozie Houston Dash U S Akudo Ogbonna Edo Queens Midfielders Peace Efih Kiryat Gat Israel Halimatu Ayinde Eskilstuna FC Sweden Toni Oyedupe Payne Sevilla FC Spain Regina Otu Minsk FC Belarus Christy Ucheibe SL Benfica Portugal Rasheedat Ajibade Atletico Madrid Spain Rita Chikwelu Madrid CFF Spain Ngozi Okobi Okeoghene Eskilstuna FC Sweden Forwards Francisca Ordega CSKA Moscow Russia Vivian Ikechukwu WFC Gintra Lithuania Chinonyerem Macleans GSK Gornik Leczna Poland Ifeoma Onumonu Gotham FC U S Uchenna Kanu Tigres Femenil Mexico Asisat Oshoala FC Barcelona Spain Gift Monday Bayelsa Queens OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Waldrum picks Ebi, Oshoala, Plumptre, 22 others for WAFCON
    General news5 months ago

    Waldrum picks Ebi, Oshoala, Plumptre, 22 others for WAFCON

    Super Falcons’ Head Coach Randy Waldrum has picked team captain Onome Ebi and 24 other players to represent Nigeria at the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

     Ademola Olajire, Director of Communications at Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), in a statement on Friday said the 25-player list was an interesting mix of the old guard and new blood.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition is scheduled for Morocco from July 2 to July 23.

    “Veteran players Tochukwu Oluehi, Ebi, Rita Chikwelu, Osinachi Ohale, Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene are on board.

    ”There are also defenders Ashleigh Plumptre, Nicole Payne and Michelle Alozie, midfielder Regina Otu and forwards Vivian Ikechukwu, Gift Monday and Ifeoma Onumonu,” Olajire said.

    He however added that eight of the players who made the Falcons’ camp in Abuja were dropped.

    ”These are goalkeeper Rita Akarekor, defenders Chidinma Okeke, Ngozi Emenayo and Opeyemi Sunday, midfielders Suliat Abideen, Amanda Mbadi and Charity Adule, and forward Anam Imo.”

    NAN reports that the Super Falcons will take on South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in their first match of the competition on July 4.

    They then take on Botswana on July 7 and Burundi on July 10.

    All the four semi-finalists at the competition in Morocco will qualify to represent Africa at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    NAN reports that the Falcons’ contingent will depart Nigeria for Morocco on Monday.

    SUPER FALCONS FULL LIST FOR MOROCCO 2022

    Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, U.S.)

    Defenders: Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain)

    Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, U.S.); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, U.S.); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)

    Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus)

    Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden)

    Forwards: Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland)

    Ifeoma Onumonu ( Gotham FC, U.S.); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain); Gift Monday (Bayelsa Queens) 

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  •  The part French part British pharmaceutical collaboration Sanofi GSK announced on Friday that their COVID 19 vaccine has been successfully tested against the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus The effectiveness of the protein based vaccine against Omicron is around 72 per cent regarding symptomatic infection according to a phase 3 studies Sanofi reported Meanwhile for people already recovered effectiveness goes up to 93 per cent as 13 000 adults participated in the second stage of the phase 3 study The vaccine contains antigens for the COVID variants D614 and Beta Sanofi and GSK will submit the results of the study to the European Medicines Agency next week in order to support their application for the vaccine to be authorised The two companies are also researching a specially adapted booster that will also be based on a beta variant of the virus Sanofi did not make any predictions about when they expect their vaccine to gain authorisation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanofi-GSK COVID-19 vaccine effective on Omicron variant
     The part French part British pharmaceutical collaboration Sanofi GSK announced on Friday that their COVID 19 vaccine has been successfully tested against the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus The effectiveness of the protein based vaccine against Omicron is around 72 per cent regarding symptomatic infection according to a phase 3 studies Sanofi reported Meanwhile for people already recovered effectiveness goes up to 93 per cent as 13 000 adults participated in the second stage of the phase 3 study The vaccine contains antigens for the COVID variants D614 and Beta Sanofi and GSK will submit the results of the study to the European Medicines Agency next week in order to support their application for the vaccine to be authorised The two companies are also researching a specially adapted booster that will also be based on a beta variant of the virus Sanofi did not make any predictions about when they expect their vaccine to gain authorisation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanofi-GSK COVID-19 vaccine effective on Omicron variant
    Foreign5 months ago

    Sanofi-GSK COVID-19 vaccine effective on Omicron variant

    The part-French, part-British pharmaceutical collaboration — Sanofi-GSK —
    announced on Friday that their COVID-19 vaccine has been successfully tested against the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.

    The effectiveness of the protein-based vaccine against Omicron is around 72 per cent regarding symptomatic infection, according to
    a phase 3 studies, Sanofi reported.

    Meanwhile, for people already recovered, effectiveness goes up to 93 per cent, as 13,000 adults participated in the second stage
    of the phase 3 study.

    The vaccine contains antigens for the COVID variants D614 and Beta.

    Sanofi and GSK will submit the results of the study to the European Medicines Agency next week in order to support their application for the vaccine to be authorised.

    The two companies are also researching a specially adapted booster that will also be based on a beta variant of the virus.

    Sanofi did not make any predictions about when they expect their vaccine to gain authorisation. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The General Secretary God s Kingdom Society GSK Minister Benedict Hart on Sunday in Abuja called on the Christians and Muslims to take adequate precautionary measures to protect their places of worship Hart made the call on Sunday in Gwagwalada at the church annual Listeners Forum a programme designed to have a one on one interaction with the people According to Hart the programme started in 1978 with one television station but has now spread to many radio and television station across the country He said that the programme was a continuous event and having held the June edition in Gwagwalada the next edition would be held at another location He urged Christians and Muslims to take security steps to protect their worship places to guard against attacks by insurgents and bandits He said that churches and mosques should always have security men around their premises whenever they had service or other activities to protect them in addition to calling on God for ultimate protection He said that every member of the congregation should always be security conscious and vigilant to identify strange faces entering their premises to perpetrate evil Christians and Muslims should always give themselves to prayers to God because He always protects His people he said According to him the faithful need to be more prayer now than ever before as the insecurity being witnessed around the world points to end time signs the Bible talks about Luke Chapter 21 verses 25 to 26 says And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring Men s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of heaven shall be shaken He advised Churches and Mosques to install modern technological gadgets like Close Circuit Cameras CCTVs in their premises as part to measures to enhance the security of their members and property Earlier Minister Orighoye Obelikpeyah who is in charge of North Central Zone of GSK also advised Nigerians to vote in leaders that had the fear of God in the coming 2023 general elections According to him Nigerians should vote the leaders who would use the commonwealth of the people for the generality of the people saying this is the only panacea for the challenges the country is facing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cleric calls for security precaution among Christians, Muslims
     The General Secretary God s Kingdom Society GSK Minister Benedict Hart on Sunday in Abuja called on the Christians and Muslims to take adequate precautionary measures to protect their places of worship Hart made the call on Sunday in Gwagwalada at the church annual Listeners Forum a programme designed to have a one on one interaction with the people According to Hart the programme started in 1978 with one television station but has now spread to many radio and television station across the country He said that the programme was a continuous event and having held the June edition in Gwagwalada the next edition would be held at another location He urged Christians and Muslims to take security steps to protect their worship places to guard against attacks by insurgents and bandits He said that churches and mosques should always have security men around their premises whenever they had service or other activities to protect them in addition to calling on God for ultimate protection He said that every member of the congregation should always be security conscious and vigilant to identify strange faces entering their premises to perpetrate evil Christians and Muslims should always give themselves to prayers to God because He always protects His people he said According to him the faithful need to be more prayer now than ever before as the insecurity being witnessed around the world points to end time signs the Bible talks about Luke Chapter 21 verses 25 to 26 says And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars and upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring Men s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of heaven shall be shaken He advised Churches and Mosques to install modern technological gadgets like Close Circuit Cameras CCTVs in their premises as part to measures to enhance the security of their members and property Earlier Minister Orighoye Obelikpeyah who is in charge of North Central Zone of GSK also advised Nigerians to vote in leaders that had the fear of God in the coming 2023 general elections According to him Nigerians should vote the leaders who would use the commonwealth of the people for the generality of the people saying this is the only panacea for the challenges the country is facing NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cleric calls for security precaution among Christians, Muslims
    General news6 months ago

    Cleric calls for security precaution among Christians, Muslims

    The General Secretary, God’s Kingdom Society (GSK), Minister Benedict Hart, on Sunday in Abuja, called on the Christians and Muslims to  take adequate  precautionary measures to protect their places of worship.

    Hart made the call on Sunday in Gwagwalada, at the church annual  “Listeners’ Forum’’, a programme  designed to have a one-on-one interaction with the people.

    According to Hart, the programme started in 1978 with one television station but has now spread to many radio and television station across the country.

    He said that the programme was a continuous event and having held the June edition in Gwagwalada, the next edition would be held at another location.

    He urged Christians and Muslims to take security steps to protect their worship places to guard against attacks by insurgents and bandits.

    He said that churches and mosques should always have security men around their premises, whenever they had service or other activities to protect them in addition to calling on God for ultimate protection.

    He said that every member of the congregation should always be security conscious and vigilant to identify strange faces entering their premises to perpetrate evil.

    “Christians and Muslims should always give themselves to prayers to God because He always protects His people’’, he said.

    According to him, the faithful need to be more prayer now than ever before as the insecurity being witnessed around the world points to end time signs the Bible talks about.

    “ Luke Chapter 21 verses 25 to 26 says: ‘’And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.

    “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’’.

    He advised Churches and Mosques to install modern technological gadgets like Close Circuit Cameras (CCTVs) in their premises as part to measures to enhance the security of their members and property.

    Earlier, Minister Orighoye Obelikpeyah, who is in charge of North Central Zone, of GSK, also advised Nigerians to vote in leaders that had the fear of God in the coming 2023 general elections.

    According to him, Nigerians should vote the leaders who would use the commonwealth of the people for the generality of the people saying this is the only panacea for the challenges the country is facing.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said on Wednesday that its Covid 19 vaccine developed with Britain s GSK had given positive results after nearly a year of delays that left it far behind rivals in the race due to a puncture The two drugmakers said in a statement that they will seek regulatory clearance for their vaccine in the United States and the European Union following Phase 3 trials involving thousands of people The trials which have not yet been published indicated the vaccine was 100 percent effective against severe Covid illness and hospitalizations Sanofi said It was also more than 50 percent effective against all symptomatic covid he added The results put the jab in line with the expected effectiveness of the vaccine in the current environment dominated by worrying variants such as Omicron If the vaccine receives authorization it will mark the end of Sanofi s long struggle to develop a Covid vaccine after numerous setbacks and delays The French firm originally hoped to have a vaccine available by mid 2021 But the date was pushed back six months due to a dosing error then pushed back again due to difficulties finding uninfected people to test Sanofi also abandoned an earlier vaccine project based on mRNA technology used by rivals Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna which have formed the backbone of vaccination efforts in many Western countries It is now focusing on a vaccine that uses a slightly less innovative technique based on recombinant protein technology also seen in the Novavax jab Source Credit TheGuardian
    Sanofi reports positive Covid vaccine results after delays
      French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said on Wednesday that its Covid 19 vaccine developed with Britain s GSK had given positive results after nearly a year of delays that left it far behind rivals in the race due to a puncture The two drugmakers said in a statement that they will seek regulatory clearance for their vaccine in the United States and the European Union following Phase 3 trials involving thousands of people The trials which have not yet been published indicated the vaccine was 100 percent effective against severe Covid illness and hospitalizations Sanofi said It was also more than 50 percent effective against all symptomatic covid he added The results put the jab in line with the expected effectiveness of the vaccine in the current environment dominated by worrying variants such as Omicron If the vaccine receives authorization it will mark the end of Sanofi s long struggle to develop a Covid vaccine after numerous setbacks and delays The French firm originally hoped to have a vaccine available by mid 2021 But the date was pushed back six months due to a dosing error then pushed back again due to difficulties finding uninfected people to test Sanofi also abandoned an earlier vaccine project based on mRNA technology used by rivals Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna which have formed the backbone of vaccination efforts in many Western countries It is now focusing on a vaccine that uses a slightly less innovative technique based on recombinant protein technology also seen in the Novavax jab Source Credit TheGuardian
    Sanofi reports positive Covid vaccine results after delays
    Foreign9 months ago

    Sanofi reports positive Covid vaccine results after delays

    French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi said on Wednesday that its Covid-19 vaccine, developed with Britain's GSK, had given positive results after nearly a year of delays that left it far behind rivals in the race due to a puncture.

    The two drugmakers said in a statement that they "will seek regulatory clearance" for their vaccine in the United States and the European Union following Phase 3 trials involving thousands of people.

    The trials, which have not yet been published, indicated the vaccine was 100 percent effective against severe Covid illness and hospitalizations, Sanofi said.

    It was also more than 50 percent effective against all symptomatic covid, he added.

    The results put the jab “in line with the expected effectiveness of the vaccine in the current environment dominated by worrying variants”, such as Omicron.

    If the vaccine receives authorization, it will mark the end of Sanofi's long struggle to develop a Covid vaccine after numerous setbacks and delays.

    The French firm originally hoped to have a vaccine available by mid-2021.

    But the date was pushed back six months due to a dosing error, then pushed back again due to difficulties finding uninfected people to test.

    Sanofi also abandoned an earlier vaccine project based on mRNA technology used by rivals Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, which have formed the backbone of vaccination efforts in many Western countries.

    It is now focusing on a vaccine that uses a slightly less innovative technique based on recombinant protein technology, also seen in the Novavax jab.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   This international financing of the doses of the malaria vaccine for implementation in the countries is a concrete step forward to increase access to the RTS S malaria vaccine GENEVA Switzerland December 6 2021 APO Group WHO welcomes the historic decision of the Gavi Alliance Board to invest in the first malaria vaccination program The decision secures investment in the long awaited malaria vaccine and ensures that many more at risk children will benefit from this life saving vaccine and additional malaria prevention The Gavi Board approved an investment to support the introduction procurement and delivery of the malaria vaccine for Gavi eligible countries in Sub Saharan Africa in 2022 2025 An initial investment of US 155 7 million for 2022 2025 will initiate the implementation of this additional tool to help reduce infant mortality in Africa according to Gavi In response to the decision Ghana s Minister of Health and Gavi Board member Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu said in the announcement Ghana along with several countries on the continent is proud to have been involved in the pilot program and development of the first approved malaria vaccine and today we welcome the decision made by Gavi board to invest in the malaria vaccination program Now we must work together to ensure that children across the continent can benefit from this additional intervention against malaria This global investment is another milestone for the first malaria vaccine which will boost child survival and expand the reach of malaria prevention through the existing childhood vaccination platform said Dr Kate O Brien Director of the Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals This international funding of doses of the malaria vaccine for implementation in the countries is a concrete step forward to increase access to the RTS S malaria vaccine The WHO recommendation for the RTS S malaria vaccine and this follow up decision was achieved thanks to the support and contributions of WHO in many departments and all levels of the Organization the Ministries of Health in the pilot countries of Ghana Kenya and Malawi African assessment partners UNICEF PATH GSK the sponsors of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Program MVIP Gavi the Global Fund and Unitaid and other public and private partners nationally and internationally Interest in the malaria vaccine in endemic countries is high and demand for the vaccine is expected to exceed the currently limited supply Current estimates of vaccine production are up to 15 million doses per year however the demand is estimated at more than 80 million doses per year The importance of these two announcements first the WHO recommendation and second Gavi s decision to open a funding window for the vaccine is truly historic said Dr Pedro Alonso Director of the Global Malaria Program We need new tools to meet our global malaria targets And now for the first time we have a malaria vaccine that we estimate can save 40 000 to 80 000 more lives of African children each year This represents a scientific and public health advance WHO and its partners are committed to finding approaches and taking action to accelerate the availability of vaccines to increase access to vaccines and reduce childhood illnesses and deaths
    WHO welcomes historic decision by Gavi to fund the first malaria vaccine
      This international financing of the doses of the malaria vaccine for implementation in the countries is a concrete step forward to increase access to the RTS S malaria vaccine GENEVA Switzerland December 6 2021 APO Group WHO welcomes the historic decision of the Gavi Alliance Board to invest in the first malaria vaccination program The decision secures investment in the long awaited malaria vaccine and ensures that many more at risk children will benefit from this life saving vaccine and additional malaria prevention The Gavi Board approved an investment to support the introduction procurement and delivery of the malaria vaccine for Gavi eligible countries in Sub Saharan Africa in 2022 2025 An initial investment of US 155 7 million for 2022 2025 will initiate the implementation of this additional tool to help reduce infant mortality in Africa according to Gavi In response to the decision Ghana s Minister of Health and Gavi Board member Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu said in the announcement Ghana along with several countries on the continent is proud to have been involved in the pilot program and development of the first approved malaria vaccine and today we welcome the decision made by Gavi board to invest in the malaria vaccination program Now we must work together to ensure that children across the continent can benefit from this additional intervention against malaria This global investment is another milestone for the first malaria vaccine which will boost child survival and expand the reach of malaria prevention through the existing childhood vaccination platform said Dr Kate O Brien Director of the Department of Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals This international funding of doses of the malaria vaccine for implementation in the countries is a concrete step forward to increase access to the RTS S malaria vaccine The WHO recommendation for the RTS S malaria vaccine and this follow up decision was achieved thanks to the support and contributions of WHO in many departments and all levels of the Organization the Ministries of Health in the pilot countries of Ghana Kenya and Malawi African assessment partners UNICEF PATH GSK the sponsors of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Program MVIP Gavi the Global Fund and Unitaid and other public and private partners nationally and internationally Interest in the malaria vaccine in endemic countries is high and demand for the vaccine is expected to exceed the currently limited supply Current estimates of vaccine production are up to 15 million doses per year however the demand is estimated at more than 80 million doses per year The importance of these two announcements first the WHO recommendation and second Gavi s decision to open a funding window for the vaccine is truly historic said Dr Pedro Alonso Director of the Global Malaria Program We need new tools to meet our global malaria targets And now for the first time we have a malaria vaccine that we estimate can save 40 000 to 80 000 more lives of African children each year This represents a scientific and public health advance WHO and its partners are committed to finding approaches and taking action to accelerate the availability of vaccines to increase access to vaccines and reduce childhood illnesses and deaths
    WHO welcomes historic decision by Gavi to fund the first malaria vaccine
    Africa12 months ago

    WHO welcomes historic decision by Gavi to fund the first malaria vaccine

    This international financing of the doses of the malaria vaccine for implementation in the countries is a concrete step forward to increase access to the RTS, S malaria vaccine.

    GENEVA, Switzerland, December 6, 2021 / APO Group / -

    WHO welcomes the historic decision of the Gavi Alliance Board to invest in the first malaria vaccination program. The decision secures investment in the long-awaited malaria vaccine and ensures that many more at-risk children will benefit from this life-saving vaccine and additional malaria prevention.

    The Gavi Board approved an investment to support the introduction, procurement and delivery of the malaria vaccine for Gavi-eligible countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2022-2025. An initial investment of US $ 155.7 million for 2022-2025 will initiate the implementation of this additional tool to "help reduce infant mortality in Africa," according to Gavi.

    In response to the decision, Ghana's Minister of Health and Gavi Board member Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said in the announcement: “Ghana, along with several countries on the continent, is proud to have been involved in the pilot program and development of the first approved malaria vaccine, and today we welcome the decision made by Gavi board to invest in the malaria vaccination program. Now we must work together to ensure that children across the continent can benefit from this additional intervention against malaria. "

    "This global investment is another milestone for the first malaria vaccine, which will boost child survival and expand the reach of malaria prevention through the existing childhood vaccination platform," said Dr. Kate O'Brien, Director of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. "This international funding of doses of the malaria vaccine for implementation in the countries is a concrete step forward to increase access to the RTS, S malaria vaccine."

    The WHO recommendation for the RTS, S malaria vaccine and this follow-up decision was achieved thanks to the support and contributions of WHO in many departments and all levels of the Organization, the Ministries of Health in the pilot countries of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. African assessment partners, UNICEF, PATH, GSK, the sponsors of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Program (MVIP) (Gavi, the Global Fund and Unitaid) and other public and private partners nationally and internationally.

    Interest in the malaria vaccine in endemic countries is high and demand for the vaccine is expected to exceed the currently limited supply. Current estimates of vaccine production are up to 15 million doses per year; however, the demand is estimated at more than 80 million doses per year.

    "The importance of these two announcements - first, the WHO recommendation and second, Gavi's decision to open a funding window for the vaccine - is truly historic," said Dr. Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Program. . “We need new tools to meet our global malaria targets. And now, for the first time, we have a malaria vaccine that we estimate can save 40,000 to 80,000 more lives of African children each year. This represents a scientific and public health advance. "

    WHO and its partners are committed to finding approaches and taking action to accelerate the availability of vaccines to increase access to vaccines and reduce childhood illnesses and deaths.

  •   Don t miss this unique opportunity to witness an intensive entertaining and highly visual afternoon of 100 pure trends CAPE TOWN South Africa November 3 2021 APO Group BizTrends 02 02 2022 will be a showcase for some of South Africa s leading trend practitioners who will share their specialized techniques for forecasting and analyzing trends on a wide range of trends impacting business in our region Bizcommunity in association with the Marketing Association of South Africa Masa IAB SA and the Association for Communication and Advertising Aca invites you to save the date for this annual industry highlight The event annually attracts a large audience of marketers in 19 industries joining the dots of African trendsetters and brands across South Africa and Africa Don t miss this unique opportunity to witness an intensive entertaining and highly visual afternoon of 100 pure trends BizTrends 02 02 2022 has been CPD accredited by Masa to improve skills and empower organizations and brands with highly specialized trending content strategies for the coming year Meet the speakers for BizTrends 02 02 2022 Dion Chang is one of South Africa s best known trend analysts founder of trend consultancy Flux Trends speaker author and columnist whose annual State We re In forecast is eagerly awaited by companies and the media His report on the Class of 2020 on Post Pandemic Youth Groups has been greatly appreciated He interprets trends as business strategy and management consulting he teaches at business schools including Gibs UCT Graduate School of Business and Duke CE and serves on the advisory board of the Wits Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment Dali Tembo is the former Managing Director of Instant Grass and the current CEO and co founder of global consumer analytics agency The Culture Foundry Co providing strategic advice to businesses across Africa the UK US and MEA Tembo has degrees in Organizational Psychology Business Management Specialized Marketing and an MBA specializing in Emerging Markets from the University of Liverpool Moky Mokura is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter a donor collaboration focused on changing the African narrative Previously she was Deputy Director of Africa Communication at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation A well known television presenter TedX speaker producer author editor and successful entrepreneur she holds an Honors BA in Politics Economics and Law from the University of Buckingham UK Bronwyn Williams of Partner Flux Trends is a trend translator future finance specialist part futuristic part economist business trends analyst author scholar columnist and media personality with over a decade of experience in strategic management trend research and foresight consultant to leading clients in the public and private sectors across the African continent with a particular interest in crypto and the digital economy Eternal delight for the crowds on the BizTrends bill for the third year in a row Franklin Ozekhome is the founder of Identiture a trends and innovation consultancy based in Lagos He is an African pop culture specialist consumer trends and intelligence researcher former director of group strategy at Insight Redefini Publicis One representing marketing communications companies Insight Publicis Leo Burnett Digitas Quadrant MSL All Seasons Zenith and Starcom Media with clients such as PepsiCo MTN Visa GSK British Airways Nestl Samsung Guinness Liberty Health Google and Jaguar Land Rover founder of Trends Intelligence Network Africa and Bschool a strategy and innovation academy for marketing and creative professionals Khumo Theko trend analyst and trend researcher joining Africa based trend information points through her I See Africa content hub With a bachelor s degree in fashion design from Lisof a former researcher of cultural identity trends at Flux Trends currently digital trends analyst for Draftline Digital Agency AbinBev s digital agency encompassing analysis forecasting and l social listening via data and insights for a consumer centric brand optimization Theko takes his place as a thought leader on societal trends that influence business Nicola Cooper is the founder of Nicola Cooper and Associates Winner of the Most Innovative Market Research Specialists at the South Africa MEA Business Awards 2021 R A Consultancy of the Year at the South Africa MEA Business Awards 2020 Academic and analyst teacher speaker and brand consultant a well known presence in fashion and the lifestyle in African landscapes inextricably linked to the eras and movements of the past with its gaze turned towards ever changing futures tracing trends and behaviors on a hyperlocal and international scale A familiar face in South African media in entertainment programs and TV and radio documentaries with a penchant for youth culture and mentoring Event BizTrends2022 Date Wednesday February 02 2022 Time 1 30 p m 5 30 p m with tea break Location Virtual Price R150 per person 25 discount for bookings of five or more The students are free Visit Meet the Speakers for BizTrends 02 02 2022 Reservations Open https bit ly 3CIhbgD or email rsvp bizcommunity com for more information
    Bookings open for top African trend forecasters at BizTrends 02.02.2022
      Don t miss this unique opportunity to witness an intensive entertaining and highly visual afternoon of 100 pure trends CAPE TOWN South Africa November 3 2021 APO Group BizTrends 02 02 2022 will be a showcase for some of South Africa s leading trend practitioners who will share their specialized techniques for forecasting and analyzing trends on a wide range of trends impacting business in our region Bizcommunity in association with the Marketing Association of South Africa Masa IAB SA and the Association for Communication and Advertising Aca invites you to save the date for this annual industry highlight The event annually attracts a large audience of marketers in 19 industries joining the dots of African trendsetters and brands across South Africa and Africa Don t miss this unique opportunity to witness an intensive entertaining and highly visual afternoon of 100 pure trends BizTrends 02 02 2022 has been CPD accredited by Masa to improve skills and empower organizations and brands with highly specialized trending content strategies for the coming year Meet the speakers for BizTrends 02 02 2022 Dion Chang is one of South Africa s best known trend analysts founder of trend consultancy Flux Trends speaker author and columnist whose annual State We re In forecast is eagerly awaited by companies and the media His report on the Class of 2020 on Post Pandemic Youth Groups has been greatly appreciated He interprets trends as business strategy and management consulting he teaches at business schools including Gibs UCT Graduate School of Business and Duke CE and serves on the advisory board of the Wits Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment Dali Tembo is the former Managing Director of Instant Grass and the current CEO and co founder of global consumer analytics agency The Culture Foundry Co providing strategic advice to businesses across Africa the UK US and MEA Tembo has degrees in Organizational Psychology Business Management Specialized Marketing and an MBA specializing in Emerging Markets from the University of Liverpool Moky Mokura is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter a donor collaboration focused on changing the African narrative Previously she was Deputy Director of Africa Communication at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation A well known television presenter TedX speaker producer author editor and successful entrepreneur she holds an Honors BA in Politics Economics and Law from the University of Buckingham UK Bronwyn Williams of Partner Flux Trends is a trend translator future finance specialist part futuristic part economist business trends analyst author scholar columnist and media personality with over a decade of experience in strategic management trend research and foresight consultant to leading clients in the public and private sectors across the African continent with a particular interest in crypto and the digital economy Eternal delight for the crowds on the BizTrends bill for the third year in a row Franklin Ozekhome is the founder of Identiture a trends and innovation consultancy based in Lagos He is an African pop culture specialist consumer trends and intelligence researcher former director of group strategy at Insight Redefini Publicis One representing marketing communications companies Insight Publicis Leo Burnett Digitas Quadrant MSL All Seasons Zenith and Starcom Media with clients such as PepsiCo MTN Visa GSK British Airways Nestl Samsung Guinness Liberty Health Google and Jaguar Land Rover founder of Trends Intelligence Network Africa and Bschool a strategy and innovation academy for marketing and creative professionals Khumo Theko trend analyst and trend researcher joining Africa based trend information points through her I See Africa content hub With a bachelor s degree in fashion design from Lisof a former researcher of cultural identity trends at Flux Trends currently digital trends analyst for Draftline Digital Agency AbinBev s digital agency encompassing analysis forecasting and l social listening via data and insights for a consumer centric brand optimization Theko takes his place as a thought leader on societal trends that influence business Nicola Cooper is the founder of Nicola Cooper and Associates Winner of the Most Innovative Market Research Specialists at the South Africa MEA Business Awards 2021 R A Consultancy of the Year at the South Africa MEA Business Awards 2020 Academic and analyst teacher speaker and brand consultant a well known presence in fashion and the lifestyle in African landscapes inextricably linked to the eras and movements of the past with its gaze turned towards ever changing futures tracing trends and behaviors on a hyperlocal and international scale A familiar face in South African media in entertainment programs and TV and radio documentaries with a penchant for youth culture and mentoring Event BizTrends2022 Date Wednesday February 02 2022 Time 1 30 p m 5 30 p m with tea break Location Virtual Price R150 per person 25 discount for bookings of five or more The students are free Visit Meet the Speakers for BizTrends 02 02 2022 Reservations Open https bit ly 3CIhbgD or email rsvp bizcommunity com for more information
    Bookings open for top African trend forecasters at BizTrends 02.02.2022
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    Bookings open for top African trend forecasters at BizTrends 02.02.2022

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness an intensive, entertaining and highly visual afternoon of 100% pure trends

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 3, 2021 / APO Group / -

    BizTrends 02.02.2022 will be a showcase for some of South Africa's leading trend practitioners who will share their specialized techniques for forecasting and analyzing trends on a wide range of trends impacting business in our region.

    Bizcommunity, in association with the Marketing Association of South Africa (Masa), IAB SA and the Association for Communication and Advertising (Aca), invites you to save the date for this annual industry highlight. The event annually attracts a large audience of marketers in 19 industries, joining the dots of African trendsetters and brands across South Africa and Africa.

    Don't miss this unique opportunity to witness an intensive, entertaining and highly visual afternoon of 100% pure trends. BizTrends 02.02.2022 has been CPD accredited by Masa, to improve skills and empower organizations and brands with highly specialized trending content strategies for the coming year.

    Meet the speakers for BizTrends 02.02.2022

    Dion Chang is one of South Africa's best-known trend analysts, founder of trend consultancy Flux Trends, speaker, author and columnist whose annual State We're In forecast is eagerly awaited by companies. and the media. His report on the Class of 2020 on Post-Pandemic Youth Groups has been greatly appreciated. He interprets trends as “business strategy” and “management consulting”; he teaches at business schools including Gibs, UCT Graduate School of Business and Duke CE; and serves on the advisory board of the Wits Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment.

    Dali Tembo is the former Managing Director of Instant Grass, and the current CEO and co-founder of global consumer analytics agency The Culture Foundry Co, providing strategic advice to businesses across Africa, the UK, US and MEA. Tembo has degrees in Organizational Psychology, Business Management, Specialized Marketing and an MBA specializing in Emerging Markets from the University of Liverpool.

    Moky Mokura is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaboration focused on changing the African narrative. Previously, she was Deputy Director of Africa Communication at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A well-known television presenter, TedX speaker, producer, author, editor and successful entrepreneur, she holds an Honors BA in Politics, Economics and Law from the University of Buckingham, UK.

    Bronwyn Williams of Partner Flux Trends is a trend translator, future finance specialist - part futuristic, part economist, business trends analyst, author, scholar, columnist and media personality, with over a decade of experience in strategic management, trend research and foresight. , consultant to leading clients in the public and private sectors across the African continent, with a particular interest in crypto and the digital economy. Eternal delight for the crowds on the BizTrends bill for the third year in a row.

    Franklin Ozekhome is the founder of Identiture, a trends and innovation consultancy based in Lagos. He is an African pop culture specialist, consumer trends and intelligence researcher, former director of group strategy at Insight Redefini / Publicis One, representing marketing communications companies Insight Publicis, Leo Burnett, Digitas, Quadrant MSL, All Seasons Zenith and Starcom Media, with clients such as PepsiCo, MTN, Visa, GSK, British Airways, Nestlé, Samsung, Guinness, Liberty Health, Google and Jaguar Land Rover; founder of Trends + Intelligence Network Africa and Bschool, a strategy and innovation academy for marketing and creative professionals.

    Khumo Theko trend analyst and trend researcher - joining Africa-based trend information points through her I See Africa content hub. With a bachelor's degree in fashion design from Lisof, a former researcher of cultural identity trends at Flux Trends, currently digital trends analyst for Draftline Digital Agency, AbinBev's digital agency, encompassing analysis, forecasting and l social listening via data and insights for a consumer-centric brand optimization. Theko takes his place as a thought leader on societal trends that influence business.

    Nicola Cooper is the founder of Nicola Cooper and Associates. Winner of the Most Innovative Market Research Specialists at the South Africa MEA Business Awards 2021, R&A Consultancy of the Year at the South Africa MEA Business Awards 2020. Academic and analyst, teacher, speaker and brand consultant, a well-known presence in fashion and the lifestyle in African landscapes, inextricably linked to the eras and movements of the past, with its gaze turned towards ever-changing futures, tracing trends and behaviors on a hyperlocal and international scale. A familiar face in South African media in entertainment programs and TV and radio documentaries, with a penchant for youth culture and mentoring.

    Event: BizTrends2022 Date: Wednesday February 02, 2022 Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. with tea break Location: Virtual Price: R150 per person; 25% discount for bookings of five or more. The students are free.

    Visit Meet the Speakers for BizTrends 02.02.2022 - Reservations Open (https://bit.ly/3CIhbgD) or email rsvp@bizcommunity.com for more information.

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