May 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of a new influenza vaccine manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania that could be used to produce a vaccine against the novel influenza H1N1 (swine flu) virus. The Sweetwater, Pa., facility is owned and operated by Sanofi Pasteur, which is already the nation’s largest seasonal flu vaccine producer and manufactures the only prepandemic H5N1 avian influenza vaccine for the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said that they are working on a seed strain for a vaccine against the novel H1N1 influenza virus. If pilot trials and production go smoothly, the nation could have a vaccine against the new influenza strain this fall. However, they also said that the decision about whether to use the vaccine would be made separately. Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, the FDA’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, said in a press release today that increased capacity for influenza vaccines is critical for pandemic preparedness as well as seasonal influenza. “Thanks to strategic investments by the federal government and proactive efforts and engagement by the FDA and the vaccine industry, our nation’s preparedness has come a long way over the last 5 years,” he said. In 2007 the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Sanofi a $77.4 million grant to retrofit existing vaccine production facilities and keep them ready for 2 years to produce pandemic flu vaccines, with an option to extend the time to 5 years, according to previous reports. Sanofi had said it hoped to complete the retrofitting by late 2010. The company contributed $25 million toward there novation of its existing plant. Jun 20, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Flu vaccine makers get HHS funds to prepare for pandemic” May 6 FDA news release Sanofi will use the new facility to make Fluzone, the company’s egg-based influenza vaccine. It completed construction of the new $150 million, 140,000-square-foot plant injury 2007 and said it had hoped to bring the facility online by late 2008 or early 2009, according to a company press release in 2007. Construction of Sanofi’s new facility was designed to add capacity for 100 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine each year, while the renovation was expected to add production capacity of about 50 million doses each year. When the HHS awarded the contract to Sanofi, it also awarded a similar retrofitting contract for $55.1million to MedImmune, Inc. The department’s goal in boosting capacity at the two plants was to allow them to produce 100 million doses of a pandemic vaccine within 6 months of the start of a pandemic. See also: Jul 20, 2007, Sanofi press release
Another sequence showed state employees including medical staff doing stretches inside and outside government buildings.State media said 7,000 citizens participated in cycling events across the gas-rich ex-Soviet country to celebrate the date, which has been marked internationally since 1950.President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was shown riding a horse and biking with a small group of officials.Turkmenistan has yet to register a case of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 80,000 people worldwide, despite sharing a border with Iran, one of the first countries to be hit hard by the pandemic after China. The country’s government is notoriously secretive and national statistics, whether health-related or economic, are regularly doubted by field experts.A separate state news report on Wednesday said authorities were building a hospital to treat infectious diseases in the Akhal region that surrounds Ashgabat, but did not mention COVID-19.Strongman Berdymukhamedov mentioned the coronavirus publicly for the first time last week in a speech where he talked about the economic threat posed by the pandemic. Turkmenistan and Tajikistan — another former Soviet Central Asian country that has yet to declare a case of the disease — both sent children back to school after spring holidays this week. Authoritarian Turkmenistan gathered thousands of citizens for mass exercise events to mark World Health Day, state media said, ignoring the global trend for social distancing to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian country, along with North Korea, is one of a handful of territories, which claim they have no cases of the virus which is sweeping across the globe.A state television broadcast late on Tuesday showed hundreds of people wearing identical cultured tracksuits cycling in close formation on a cold, damp day in the capital Ashgabat. Topics :
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Ahmed Musa The trio were listed in the 23-man squad Coach Gernot Rohr invited for nextmonth’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho.While Musa’s absence was down to the back injury he sustained at his Saudi Arabia club, Akpeyi was overlooked for the clash with Brazil in order for the handlers to give new boy, Maduka Okoye of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the German Bundesliga the chance to show his skill.The injury sustained by first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, appears to have open fresh doors for the Kaiser Chiefs safe hands. The call is also the first for Akpeyi since the AFCON 2019 ended in Egypt last July.Both Okoye and Ikechukwu Ezenwa are in the squad to do battles with Benin Republic and Lesotho.Defender Kenneth Omeruo is also back, while there is another opportunity for midfielder Mikel Agu to flow back to the mainstream.France-based utility player, Kalu returns after missing the prestige friendly against Brazil. England-based midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and Leon Balogun are on standby.Super Eagles who won the bronze medals in Egypt will open their campaign for a place in Cameroon 2021 by welcoming the Squirrels of Benin Republic (who also featured in Egypt) to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday, 13th November, before flying to Maseru to play Lesotho’s Crocodiles on Sunday, 17th November, on Day Two of the qualifying series.THE INVITED 23 EAGLESGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France);Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFCON 2021 QUALIFIERS Balogun, Etebo, Olayinka on standbyDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles Captain, Ahmed Musa, goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi and France-based Samuel Kalu have made their way back to the Nigerian senior team after missing the high-profile friendly with Brazil in Singapore recently.
Serena Williams shared her support for the U.S. women’s national team after she had an unusual encounter with their semifinal opponent — England. Williams opted to stay in France after her third-round exit at Roland Garros to train by herself. However, she wasn’t exactly by herself. She ended up sharing a gym with the English national soccer team as the players prepared for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden beats Germany for final spot in semifinals Related News “We spoke; we were like workout buddies,” Williams said on Saturday (via ESPN). “We worked out in the same vicinity. I like to say we worked out together.”It was so fun to see how hard they worked, just how amazing they were. I was looking at them in the gym. I’m like, ‘OK, I cannot do that.’ At one point I wanted to join in their ab exercise. (I) wonder(ed) if I could scoot to the side and do exactly what they’re doing.” Even though she made unlikely friends with the USWNT’s foe, Williams insisted she’s still rooting for the United States to take home the title. She said: “I love the team.””It’s so funny because obviously I’m rooting for U.S. I love the team. But when I was training in Paris, the British players were training exactly where I was every day,” Williams added. “It’s kind of cool being in that experience of watching the Brit women, then having obviously the team that I’m rooting for, USA, go against each other.”The U.S. will face England on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET) in the semifinals as both teams are fighting for a spot in the finals. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match