Good news on the vaccine, but rough months ahead

first_img– Advertisement – Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday announced that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing the disease.“What we’re hearing and what we’re seeing is that this is promising news, but it’s not the end all, be all,” said Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the systemwide special pathogens program at New York City Health + Hospitals.There’s a timeline for when the vaccine will be available and when it can be administered, she told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday. “There’s still some time between now and then, which means that we have some very rough few months ahead of us.”- Advertisement – More than 50.9 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, including 10.1 million in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Cases have spiked in recent weeks as the weather turns colder, and medical experts have warned that the situation could get worse.Madad said pharmaceutical companies have said vaccines may be available by the end of 2020 for priority groups such as health-care workers, but the public won’t have access yet.- Advertisement –center_img “We’re not actually going to see the effectiveness of these vaccines played out in the general population until sometime (in) quarter two of next year, so we still have some months to go,” she said.“This is a process that is going to follow a pretty fast timeline, but certainly it is not fast enough, with the coming months and the increased number of cases that we’re seeing around the world.” The next few months will still be difficult as virus cases continue to set new daily records in the U.S., an infectious disease doctor said this week in spite of promising news from vaccine trials.That’s because a vaccine won’t be available in time to stop the flood of cases that is likely to come as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Walk To End Alzheimer’s Returns to Batesville August 24

first_imgBatesville, IN—The Community is being asked to step up in support of the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at the Southeast Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Liberty Park in Batesville on Saturday, Aug. 24. Registration opens at 9 a.m.; the Walk begins at 10 a.m. Although there is no registration fee, walkers are encouraged to collect donations.“Alzheimer’s disease touches many families in Southeastern Indiana. The Walk is a way for the community to come together in support of these families and the services and programs we provide,” said Hannah Volz, Special Events Manager with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. “We have been overwhelmed by the community’s interest and support of the Alzheimer’s Association.”Last year’s Walk attracted nearly 500 participants, raising more than $45,000.This year’s event will feature special pre-Walk and post-Walk ceremonies as well as food and refreshments. Radio legend Jim Scott will serve as event emcee.Serving as the primary national fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is an annual event that brings those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, family members and community together in a show of love, remembrance, and support. Last year, an estimated 7,500 people participated in the Chapter’s five local Walks, raising more than $1.4 million to support the Greater Cincinnati Chapter’s local programs and services and national Alzheimer research.Although there is no registration fee, participants are encouraged to collect donations. Participants can register online by clicking here or the morning of the Walk.last_img read more

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