The Black Keys have been forced to cancel their upcoming European tour after drummer Patrick Carney dislocated his shoulder. The injury occurred a few weeks ago in St. Barths after he was slammed into the ocean floor by a massive wave. A press release explains, “Due to prior scheduled commitments and venue availability, efforts to reschedule the original dates were unsuccessful; therefore all tickets will be refunded in full at their point of purchase.”The tour is expected to pick back up in Australia in April, with appearances at Mountain Jam and Governors Ball in June.Revised Tour Dates:02/16 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion02/17 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum02/19 – Munich, DE @ Zenith02/20 – Berlin, DE @ Max-Schmeling-Halle02/21 – Warsaw, PL @ Torwar02/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome02/24 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis02/25 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Electric Halle02/27 – Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena02/28 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena03/01 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro03/03 – London, UK @ The O203/04 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena03/05 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena03/07 – Lyon, FR @ Halle Tony Garnier03/09 – Paris, FR @ Zenith03/10 – Paris, FR @ Zenith04/02 – Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage04/03 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Bay Bluesfest04/05 – Yarra Valley, AU @ Rolling Green at Rochford Wines04/07 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena04/10 – Sydney, AU @ Qantas Credit Union Arena04/11 – Hunter Valley, AU @ Rolling Green at Bimbadgen Winery04/14 – Perth, AU @ Red Hill Auditorium04/16 – Adelaide, AU @ Entertainment Centre Theatre04/18 – Christchurch, NZ @ Horncastle Arena04/19 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena04/22 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast04/23 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast05/28 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound05/30 – Athens, GR @ Rockwave Festival06/06 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam06/07 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival06/12 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wright Festival06/14 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
The FDA warning says the suspected counterfeit C-A-Ts have “subtle differences in stitching, printing of the logo and molding of plastic parts. They may be packaged and labeled for [an unauthorized] distributor.” If you suspect you have a counterfeit C-A-T, contact Special Agent Alex Alvarado, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, at 240/276-9407.Pro BonoAssisted-Living Facility Patient TransfersConsider this scenario: You’re called to an assisted living facility, nursing home or other patient residence, and the staff (or a family member) tells you they want the patient to be transported to the hospital. The patient emphatically tells you, however, that they don’t want to go. How do you reconcile these conflicting instructions? Richard Rucker, executive director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of EMS, says the law is geared for situations occurring in more rural areas where the run to the hospital could be 45 minutes because police have only two hours after an incident to gather accurate blood samples. A new law in Ohio allows EMT-Is and EMT-Ps to draw blood from accident victims for which police suspect drug or alcohol involvement, but the law is getting a lukewarm welcome from the EMS community. It remains to be seen how many EMS organizations will agree to participate. But, a key provision worked in by the state’s EMS board is the word “may” rather than “shall,” which allows EMS agencies to decide whether they’ll participate. JEMS Editorial Board Member Jerry Overton, MPA, has accepted a new position as chairman of the emergency clinical advice system and standards board for International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED). According to an IAED statement, Overton’s new position will “oversee the processes that clinically and technically combine emergency medical dispatch protocols with nurse triage for health-care access management.”This article originally appeared in November 2010 JEMS as “New Ohio Law Allows Providers to Draw Blood: EMS could take samples for suspected drunken drivers.” Mack, like many others, says the participation challenges are in no way a suggestion that the EMS community doesn’t care. Indeed, EMS providers are usually the first to see the devastation of drunken driving. “The reluctance is not because we don’t care about making sure these people are held responsible for their actions. It’s more about the logistical issues,” he says. Richard Huff, NREMT-BPediatric Transportation Guidelines ReleasedThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) U.S. Department of Transportation recently released “Recommendations for the Safe Transportation of Children in Ground Ambulances.”David Bryson, highway safety specialist with the Office of EMS at NHTSA, stresses the report offers recommendations, not mandates or requirements. The working group was made up of experts from children’s health, medical and emergency organizations, as well as NHTSA and Health Resources and Services Administration personnel. They didn’t intend to provide the perfect solution to every situation, but rather a starting point for discussion. The idea is to be prepared so EMS providers aren’t caught unaware if they encounter a car full of kindergartners in a vehicle crash.Nationwide standards or protocols for the transportation of children in ground ambulances haven’t yet been developed, so EMS agencies, advocates and scholars looked to NHTSA for guidelines. The 54-page report contains literature review findings, child safety seat and car bed installation instructions and recommendations for governmental entities and manufacturers to consider. Most importantly, it presents an outline of five situations with an accompanying ideal arrangement. And, if those arrangements aren’t practical or achievable, alternative protocols are available. The five situations range from a child who is uninjured/not ill to a child whose condition requires continuous and/or intensive medical monitoring. –Ann-Marie LindstromThe draft is available at www.nasemso.org/documents/EMS_Child_Transport_Working_Group_July_Final_Draft_7-2-20105.pdfGoing Green The Missouri Bureau of EMS is going paperless. The new, more environmentally friendly system allows providers to submit or renew their licenses via e-mail. “Nobody loses in this proposition,” says Missouri Bureau of EMS Chief Greg Natsch. According to Natsch, the electronic system speeds up the licensing process and improves customer service, as well as eliminating unnecessary paper use. In the past, the application process could take up to three weeks, Natsch says. Now, with the electronic system, the process can be completed in as short as three days. In addition, this increased efficiency gets applicants out into the workforce faster. To apply for a license online, applicants simply e-mail their information to the bureau. The bureau replies, sending the license as an e-mail attachment. If an individual doesn’t have a computer, they can have their license sent to their department or the e-mail address of their choice. As a security measure, a Star of Life has been added to the licenses, which are otherwise identical to paper licenses.The transition to the electronic format has been a smooth one. “We haven’t run into any problems,” Natsch says. As the law is written, EMS providers could be asked by law enforcement on the scene of an accident to draw blood as evidence. It can only be collected in cases in which EMS staff provided care. Therefore, EMS can’t be called just to draw blood, and police are responsible for getting the patient’s permission. The blood would also have to be drawn following evidence collection procedures, which are outside of the normal EMS scope of care. Rucker is planning 11 regional information sessions in November through late December with EMS, law and medical officials to discuss the parameters of getting EMS involved with the new law. Quick TakesCounterfeit C-A-TThe FDA issued a warning in August about counterfeit combat application tourniquets (C-A-T). The C-A-T is a one-handed tourniquet that’s widely used by the U.S. Army and some EMS, fire and police departments. When tested, the windlass in suspected counterfeit tourniquets broke or bent before there was enough pressure to stop blood flow. The EMS provisions of a larger bill were signed into law in September by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. The law is designed to increase the options police have for getting blood drawn, especially for areas in which the local hospital is far away. Until now, only doctors, nurses, phlebotomists and technicians could draw blood in such situations. Finally, be sure to fully document the situation, your assessment of the patient’s mental status and your decision on whether to transport. Obtain a release signature from the patient (or their legal decision-maker) in all refusal cases. What if an EMS provider follows the instructions of the caregiver or family member and transports a competent patient against their expressed wishes? Courts in some civil cases have held that this could constitute false imprisonment or battery. Although such cases are rare, providers could be found liable for monetary damages. However, on the criminal side, it’s extremely unlikely that EMS providers would be charged with a criminal offense, such as kidnapping, if they made a good-faith decision to follow a caregiver’s wishes to transport an ill or injured patient. In fact, we’re unaware of any such cases.For a sample patient refusal form, visit www.pwwemslaw.comNames in the NewsThe National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) honored National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Executive Director William E. Brown Jr., RN, MS, NREMT-P, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. NAEMSE has only presented this honor three other times in 15 years. Brown was nominated by his peers and recognized for his 25 years of service with NREMT. Purchasing agents may have inadvertently bought counterfeit tourniquets after shopping around for the best prices. The C-A-T is manufactured by Composite Resources and distributed by only five companies in the U.S.: North American Rescue, LLC, Greer, S.C.; Cardinal Health, Mcgaw Park, Ill.; Owens and Minor, Mechanicsville, Va.; American Purchasing Services, Opa Locka, Fla.; and Phoenix Textile Corporation, O’Fallon, Mo. First, you must determine whether your patient has decisional capacity. This means they must have legal and mental capacity. In most states, legal capacity means the patient is at least 18 years old, although some states have exceptions that permit persons under 18 to consent to medical care (or, by implication, to refuse it). Mental capacity means the patient must be able to make an informed decision about their medical care and understand the risks if they refuse care. If the patient has decisional capacity, they have the right to make their own health-care decisions and to override the wishes of caregivers or family members. If the patient lacks decisional capacity, then the wishes of a legal guardian, power of attorney, family member or caregiver (usually in that order of precedence) generally can be followed. Rucker says the EMS community has multiple concerns, such as training requirements, increased costs and staffing. EMS officials are also concerned the law could negatively affect volunteers, who make up about 70% of the state’s EMS workforce. “If they draw blood, there’s a possibility they could be subpoenaed, and that could affect their day job,” Rucker says. Also, if a competent patient refuses treatment or transport, it’s imperative that EMS providers fully inform the patient of the risks that might arise from that decision. The specific risks you must advise the patient on will depend on their condition. For example, a patient with chest pain must be advised that the cause might be a heart attack and that refusing care could result in death, but a patient with a possible broken toe doesn’t require such dire warnings to make an informed refusal decision. “A lot of the agencies in our area, as well in the other parts of the state, do not plan on doing blood draws,” says Daniel Mack, NREMT-P, assistant chief of the Miami Township Fire and EMS Department. “We need to get together, so we all understand what the law says and what it doesn’t say so we don’t have an incident at the scene of an accident where law enforcement is getting into a confrontation over what the law says,” Rucker says.Since the law was signed, Ohio Medical Director Carol Cunningham, MD, a JEMS Editorial Board member, has been urging local agencies to write their own policies. “I encourage medical directors to have a protocol, even if they elect not to participate,” she says.
He said some areas that don’t normally get snowfall will likely see heavy amounts over the next several days. He said current estimates show some areas of the southern Plains could get a foot or more. Zavadsky said his crews carry a sand and salt mixture in the ambulances, which they used at the scene. At one point, he said, one of the ambulances was hit, but it sustained only minor damage and the crew members were fine. At least 65 people were treated at hospitals, with 36 of them taken by ambulance from the crash site, including three with critical injuries, said Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar, which provides the ambulance service for the area. Numerous others were treated at the scene and released, he said. The highway sits closed as emergency crews finish cleaning following accidents caused by ice and low temperatures in Richardson, Texas, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. A winter storm brought a coating of ice to parts of Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) DALLAS (AP) — A massive crash involving more than 130 vehicles on an icy Texas interstate left six people dead and dozens injured Thursday amid a winter storm that dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow on parts of the U.S. At the scene of the crash on Interstate 35 near downtown Fort Worth, a tangle of semitrailers, cars and trucks had smashed into each other and had turned every which way, with some vehicles on top of others. In suburban Austin, more than two dozen vehicles were involved in a pileup on an icy highway, and five people were taken to a hospital, emergency officials said. By JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press “There were multiple people that were trapped within the confines of their vehicles and requiring the use of hydraulic rescue equipment to successfully extricate them,” said Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis. “The roadway was so treacherous from the ice that several of the first responders were falling on the scene,” Zavadsky said. “As a result we’re getting unusually or unseasonably cold air that’s spilling south across a good portion of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains,” he said. “We did see a large number of people that were victims of this accident that were in scrubs, that had hospital IDs on … in some cases, our folks would know those folks,” Zavadsky said. Fort Worth police Chief Neil Noakes said three officers were en route to work when they were injured in the crash, and one officer was injured while working the scene. He said all have been released from the hospital and that none of them suffered serious injuries. In Tennessee, police responded to about 30 traffic collisions and some flights were delayed at Memphis International Airport after freezing rain and sleet fell. In Kentucky, the governor declared a state of emergency to free up funding and help agencies coordinate as they responded to reports of slick roads and downed power lines. And in southern Indiana, schools and government offices closed. The ice storm came as a polar vortex — swirling air that normally sits over the Earth’s poles — has moved near the U.S.-Canada border, resulting in colder weather farther south than usual, said Steve Goss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The crash happened about 6 a.m., as many hospital and emergency workers were heading to and from work, so some of those involved were health care workers and emergency responders, including police officers, officials said. Goss said that smaller disturbances moving through the polar jet stream will bring “a shot of winter weather” into southern portions of the country. ___ Associated Press writers Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tenn., Rebecca Reynolds Yonker in Louisville, Ky., and Ken Kusmer in Indianapolis contributed to this report.
The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas recently announced the honorees of their 2020 Torch Awards.BBB is celebrating honorees throughout the month of August with a series of recognitions, presentations and an online auction. Stay up to date on BBB.org and on Facebook @BBBSoutheastTexas.The Torch 2020 Winners:Medium Business (11-50 employees): G&G EnterprisesSmall Business (1-10 employees): A-1 Peterson PlumbingNonprofit: Crime Stoppers of Southeast TexasSpark: Rebekah Maxwell, ReStep Marketing This is the first year that BBB Serving Southeast Texas included a medium-sized business category.“We hope to inspire other local business owners to strive to set high standards for their business. We are blessed to have such great local support from this community,” stated Natasha Garrett, CEO of G & G Enterprises.BBB Serving Southeast Texas initiated the Nonprofit category of Torch in 2016.Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas is only the third organization to win in this category. Honorable Mention:Medium Business (11-50 employees): American Air SystemsNonprofit: Greater Beaumont Chamber of CommerceSpark: Brooke Bellanger, Spruce BarbershopFor over 20 years, the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics have recognized businesses and organizations that intentionally pursue the six TRUST! Principles — Leadership, Communications, Unity, Performance, HR Practices and Commitment to the Community.“It is an honor to our family and to the legacy of our founders to be recognized for ethics in business by the BBB,” said Donna Peterson, owner of A-1 Peterson and Plumbing. “For 52 years, our goal has been to treat our employees like family and our customers like friends. In that way, quality of service and success in business are linked so that everyone wins!” “For over 38 years Crime Stoppers of SETX has been priding itself in offering our community a non-profit organization that values the highest standards of ethics most of which is trust,” Crime Stoppers Executive Director Stephanie Vanskike said.“The trust that has been built with our Law Enforcement, media, and our citizens throughout Southeast Texas is what drives our organization to continually grow in a manner that works efficiently and effectively in an ethical manner.”This is the second year that BBB Serving Southeast Texas has awarded the Spark Award, a Torch Award for Millennial Entrepreneurship.The award recognizes business leaders, 35 years and younger, that demonstrate a higher level of character, create a culture authentic to its mission and connect with their community.Rebekah Maxwell, owner of ReStep Marketing said, “So many friends and mentors were willing to help with the application process, their faith in me is truly inspiring. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given by the Southeast Texas community, and I look forward to growing and serving throughout my career.”Proceeds from sponsors and the online auction contribute to the BBB Education Foundation to fund the Student of Integrity Scholarships and expanding Foundation programming.BBB Serving Southeast Texas previously announced the recipients of 2020’s Student of Integrity Scholarships: Elizabeth Johns of Orange and Whitney Gipson of Newton.Torch 2020: Big & Bright is brought in part by Howell Furniture, Newtron, Best Hospice Care of Texas and KFDM Fox4.
It’s been almost three years since Tony winner Ben Platt took his final bow in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, and he’s been going nonstop ever since. In that time, he’s released his first album Sing to Me Instead, starred in The Politician on Netflix (which just announced its season two release date), gone on tour and has been announced to star in the movie adaptation of Merrily We Roll Along with his BFF Beanie Feldstein. As if that weren’t enough, Platt’s concert at Radio City Music Hall was filmed for Netflix. Broadway.com chatted with the star about the night he’ll never forget and more. Ben Platt (Photo:David Giesbrecht/Netflix ) Ben Platt Judith Light and Bette Midler in The Politician (Photo: Giovanni Rufino/Netflix) Having been on vocal rest the week leading up to the concert, Platt was ready to hit the dance floor and let his voice be heard. “My birthday had been three days before, so I turned my birthday party into the after-party,” he said. “As soon as the concert was over, I had a party with all my family and friends. I curated my favorite playlist, and we just danced and drank. It was one of the best days of my life.”Now that the concert is available for all to enjoy, Platt is preparing to dive back into the world of Payton Hobart thanks to The Politician’s second season dropping on Netflix on June 19. “Payton is a lot more adult,” Platt said. “He kind of gets to grow up a bit. It centers around an election where Judith Light and I are going head to head, which is just an amazing sentence to say. Certainly, my favorite part of the season is watching Judith and Bette [Midler] work together. I think they give really hilarious performances and people are going to go apeshit, for lack of a better word.” Although this isn’t the premire he pictured for his Netflix special, Platt is excited about fans getting to enjoy the concert while being quarantined. “I think it couldn’t have come at a more, unfortunately, at a more opportune time,” he said. “People can’t experience any live theater or live performance right now, and I think this is a really way to feel like you’re in a room with people at a show. I wanted it to feel that way before all this happened. It strangely works really well for the moment. I think, hopefully, it will bring people a nice escape.”Originally filmed on September 29, 2019, Platt had many pals in the audience. From former Pitch Perfect co-stars Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow to his Dear Evan Hansen family—Michael Park, Andrew Barth Feldman— and more. The love was almost too much for Platt to handle. “It was a beautiful crossroads of my life—like the best bar mitzvah ever,” he said. “Everybody from my life, all in the same room together, felt like the end of leg one of the journey. I really tried to do my best to prepare in every way so that I could be present when the moment actually came, and I think it paid off.”After an hour and a half of belting, dancing and telling personal stories about dealing with anxiety and coming out, Platt’s time at Radio City came to too quick of an end. “There’s always a planned encore, and you always hope that people will stay and keep clapping so you can come out and sing again,” Platt said. “Because of the cameras, I was supposed to come off stage and then wait for a certain amount of time, so they could readjust and such. The audience’s energy was just so special and loud that everything else just went out of my mind. I just ran back on stage without telling anyone I was going back out. The way that that moment is filmed is a tiny bit janky, but it’s so worth it to me. I just needed to get back out there. I’ll always remember that.” During this season of quarantine, which made Merrily We Roll Along filming come to a “grinding halt,” Platt has had the opportunity to duet with both Feldstein and Idina Menzel. “I’ve always loved to sing with Ariana [Grande] someday,” Platt said. “Cynthia [Erivo] and I really haven’t gotten to sing together yet. We’re always singing on the same programs, and we’re always singing in the same spaces, but I think we’re waiting for that one special reason to sing together. So, I’m excited for whatever that becomes.”As for when Platt will return to Broadway? It will happen. “I miss everything about Broadway. I miss the lifestyle, the routine, the audience, the community. It’s my favorite thing. I’ll always want to do that the most. When, God willing, this all goes away and we can go back into theaters, I’m certainly looking to come back.”Watch the trailer of Ben Platt: Live From Radio City Music Hall below! “The audience’s energy was so special and loud that everything else went out of my mind. I ran back on stage without telling anyone. I just needed to get back out there.” View Comments Star Files
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Keith LeggettNumerous studies show that lifetime earnings and level of educational attainment are positively correlated.However, there are some college and university credit unions, which have received a low-income designation from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).According to NCUA’s regulations, “[t]he term “low-income members” also includes those members enrolled as students in a college, university, high school, or vocational school.”In other words, NCUA does not consider the income of the member enrolled in college or university nor the financial wherewithal of the student’s family. Also, NCUA does not take into consideration that upon graduating college students will on average see a significant increase in their earnings relative to the broader population.For example, Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union has a low-income designation. continue reading »
Mar 26, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Flu indicators are showing signs of increased and sustained pandemic flu activity in some Southeastern states, though rates remain steady at the national level, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Today’s CDC report tracks closely with media reports this week of a rise in flu hospitalizations in Georgia and rising flu-like illnesses in Louisiana and surrounding states. The report of increased activity in the Southeast is also consistent with regional flu activity at college campuses in the Southeast reported by the American College Health Association.Three of the CDC’s 10 regions reported increases in doctors visits for flu-like illnesses, including the one encompassing Southeastern states; the region that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska; and the area that covers Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. The increases were over regional, not national, baselines. On a national level, the doctor’s visit flu barometer stayed below the national baseline.No states are reporting widespread flu activity, and only three—Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina—are reporting regional activity. Local activity was reported by Puerto Rico and eight states: Arkansas, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.Some Southeastern states are reporting recent increases in flu-related hospitalization, though very few hospitalizations involving lab-confirmed pandemic H1N1 were reported in the rest of the nation, the CDC said.The nation’s deaths from pneumonia and flu increased slightly during the previous week to above the seasonal baseline, but the level is still below the epidemic threshold.Only one new pediatric flu death was reported, which was linked to an undetermined influenza A subtype, which health officially typically assume is the pandemic H1N1 virus. The death occurred in a Mississippi child during the week that ended on Mar 6.The pandemic H1N1 virus is still the dominant flu strain, the CDC reported. Though several other countries are increasingly detecting influenza B cases, only two of the 3,050 respiratory specimens tested in the United States last week were that strain.One more case of oseltamivir-resistant pandemic flu was reported to the CDC last week. Most patients have been given oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for treatment or prophylaxis.The CDC is still recommending the pandemic flu vaccine for anyone who is age 6 months or older, and officials strongly urge that people with underlying health conditions, the very young, and people age 65 or older get vaccinated. Vaccine supplies are plentiful and the circulating virus still closely matches the one in the pandemic vaccine.See also:Mar 26 CDC flu update
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the first Project BioShield funding for Ebola countermeasures, which would add two vaccines and two treatments to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS): a single-dose vaccine licensed by Merck, a prime-boost vaccine regimen from Johnson & Johnson, and monoclonal antibody treatments from Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.The $170.2 million in Project BioShield funds covers late-stage development and buys up to 1.13 million vaccine regimens and an unspecified number of treatment courses of the two drugs.Ebola is considered a potential bioterror threat, as well as a naturally occurring public health threat, underscored by the 2014-16 outbreak in West Africa that sickened more than 28,000 people and led to more than 11,000 deaths.Funding clears wayProject BioShield, passed by Congress in 2004 in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, is designed to acquire medical countermeasures to biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. The funding was set to expire in 2013, but it was extended through 2018 via the 2013 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act.Rick Bright, PhD, director of the HHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said in a Sep 29 HHS statement that 3 years ago there were very few Ebola products, even in early-stage development, and now federal officials are poised to add four Ebola countermeasures to the SNS. “We reached this point at unprecedented speed, and that’s a direct result of innovative approaches to product development and to partnering across the US government, other nations, and private industry.”BARDA’s funding through Project BioShield will help companies validate their manufacturing processes and take final steps to apply for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. During those activities, BARDA can purchase the vaccines and drugs for potential use in a public health emergency.Two different vaccine strategiesBARDA said it would provide $39.2 million for Merck’s single-dose VSV-EBOV vaccine, which was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada with support from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and initially licensed by NewLink Genetics. The vaccine is furthest along in clinical trials, showed good effectiveness in a phase 3 clinical trial in West Africa, and has been used in ring vaccination strategies in the outbreak region.Global health officials have said multiple vaccine strategies will likely be needed to battle Ebola outbreaks, such as ones that provide quick immunity and can be used to help tamp down outbreaks, and others that offer more long-lasting immunity and could be used to protect health workers or people who live in areas where the disease is endemic.The second vaccine to receive Project BioShield funding is Johnson & Johnson’s prime-boost regimen, which is slated to receive $44.7 million. The vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, part of Janssen Vaccines, involves a priming dose of the Ad26.ZEBOV and a booster dose of Bavarian Nordic’s MVA-BN-Filo.Several vaccine trials are under way in Europe, the United States, and Africa.Monoclonal antibody cocktail drugsThe funding also includes $45.9 million for the drug ZMapp, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical. The drug, a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies, was used experimentally during the outbreak to treat some patients and continues to be available for expanded access protocols in the United States and West Africa.The second drug—which received $40.4 million in initial funding—is another cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies, REGN3470-3471-3479, made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. It is made using specialized Chinese hamster ovary cells with the company’s proprietary technology that is designed to quickly develop a candidate drug and quickly scale-up manufacturing.In its own news release today, Regeneron also announced a new collaboration with BARDA to develop a portfolio of antibody treatment targeting 10 pathogens, starting with influenza.See also:Sep 29 HHS press releaseSep 29 CIDRAP News scan “BARDA awards $45 million for prime-boost Ebola vaccine”Sep 29 Mapp Biopharmaceutical press releaseOct 2 Regeneron press release
By PHIL GURSKYPresidentLos Alamos Heart CouncilThe Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center a (LAMC) announce that, due to COVID-19 New Mexico Health Emergency Health Orders and related health safety concerns, the 35th Annual edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair will be cancelled for 2020.The Heart Council and LAMC regret the need to cancel, but we prioritize the health and welfare of exhibitors, health care professionals, volunteers and especially our citizen visitors, some of whom are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. We thank all our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers and look forward to seeing them in Fall 2021 with our 35th Los Alamos Health Fair, with all of its usual features and exhibits.As a community service, The Heart Council and LAMC announce a drive-through Influenza Shot Clinic will be held from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 10, 2020 at the parking lot for Sullivan Field at the High School. he Flu Clinic will be free and available to community members, 18 years old or older. While any adult is welcome to get a Flu Shot at the Clinic, we particularly would like senior citizens and other people with vulnerabilities avail themselves of the Clinic. The volunteer health professionals and assistance volunteers will all be equipped with N95 protective masks and gloves and will adhere to all appropriate safety protocols.Please save the date of Oct. 10, 2020 for the Drive-Through Flu Clinic and look for announcements and attendance instructions.
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