German-Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial begins in China

first_imgClinical trials on humans have begun in China for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical group BioNTech with Chinese company Fosun Pharma, the companies said Wednesday.Seventy-two participants have already received their first dose following approval for the phase 1 trial from Chinese regulatory authorities, BioNTech and Fosun Pharma said in a statement.The vaccine candidate, known as BNT162b1, is one of four based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology. Another, BNT162b2, is being evaluated in a global phase 3 trial conducted by BioNTech and US giant Pfizer which started on July 27.The phase 1 trial in China involves 144 participants who will receive two doses 21 days apart.Those aged 18-55 will be the first to take part, followed by older people.Laboratories around the world are racing to find a vaccine to curb COVID-19, which has claimed more than 700,000 lives and upended the livelihoods of millions. More than 200 candidate vaccines are currently being developed with roughly two dozen at the stage of clinical trials with human volunteers.Several Chinese companies are at the forefront of the global vaccine race, while Russia has said it hopes to be the first in the world to produce a vaccine for the public, with a target date of September.But the medicines will likely face heightened scrutiny given that the regulatory systems in both countries are far more opaque than they are in the West. On top of the BioNTech/Pfizer candidate, two other Western coronavirus vaccines are in final phase three trials: one produced by US biotech firm Moderna and the National Institutes for Health; and the other by the University of Oxford and Britain’s AstraZeneca.center_img Topics :last_img read more

2012 DOMFESTA to be officially launched today

first_imgChief Cultural Officer, Raymond LawrenceA Creole Song Competition, a Creole Spelling B Competition for primary schools and two new plays by local artists are expected to form part of activities to celebrate DOMFESTA 2012.Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence said several of the activities forming part of DOMFESTA are new.“We are doing in collaboration with a number of stakeholders and organizations. The DOMFESTA program is very varied. It is very exciting and we have several overseas artists. We have Ethiopian bans. We have two new plays written by locals, we have a Creole song contest. Normally the DOMFESTA song contest could be written in any language but we want it in Creole this time,” he said.Several government officials and sponsors are expected to be recognized at today’s launching.This year’s DOMFESTA celebration is being held under the theme “Through Culture We Build a Progressive and Peaceful Society”.The official launch of the activities will take place this morning from 10 o’clock.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews 2012 DOMFESTA to be officially launched today by: – April 18, 2012 39 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Margaret “Peg” Zieber

first_imgMargaret K. “Peg” Zieber, 92, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born October 13, 1925 in Aurora, Indiana, daughter of the late Raymond Kyle and Beatriz (Miles) Kyle.Peg worked in Accounts Payable for Gerdsen Heating & Air, retiring after many years of service.She is survived by sons, James Zieber of Knox, IN., and Donald “Corky” Leffler of Chicago, IL; several nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Brandon, Bridget, Richard, Cody, Johny and Ronnie Zieber; Preston Leffler, Ellie and Ava Zieber; great grandchildren, Lydia, Serenity and Landon.She was preceded in death by parents, brothers, John & Bill Kyle and sister Patricia Kyle.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img