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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LADA US$20M Project to Improve Agriculture

first_imgThe Chief of Party of Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) Mr. Daniel Gies has disclosed that his agency’s US$20million dollar program will contribute to food security.He made the statement at the launch of its agricultural value chains of rice, cassava and several vegetables through the Feed the Future (FTF) program on Wednesday at the Paynesville City Hall in Monrovia.Gies said LADA, a USAID sponsored program, will increase private sector investment in agricultural, increase private sector investment in post-harvest handling and auxiliary services and strengthen facilitation, market information, advocacy and support as a means of improving the agriculture sector.LADA’s program is implemented by Cultivating Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) with focus on increasing the incomes of smallholder farmers (SHFs) through investment in the agribusiness sector.Gies said the program will help farmers yield more results from their work in four of Liberia’s fifteen counties, namely Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Upper Montserrado counties.“Through the LADA Feed the Future (FTF) program, we are committed to working with Liberian entrepreneurs, aggregators, producers of farming equipment, retailers of fertilizers and other agricultural supplies, owners of logistics and transportation companies and cold storage operators, to improve the various food value chains and begin to export food to other countries,” Gies explained. According to LADA Private Sector Advisor, Madam Watchen Bruce, LADA selected three of the most promising agricultural value chains – rice, cassava, and vegetables because they are strong potential for job creation, self-sustainability, food security, increasing consumption trends, and reflect the priorities of the Liberian government. “These value chains that have been launched by LADA are key to this country’s food security and the counties selected are known for best results in these value chains. We believe that with this support the agriculture sector will yield more results and Liberians will begin to export food to other countries,” said Madam Bruce.Madam Bruce told this newspaper that LADA will accomplish its goal by expanding handling, packaging, processing and marketing services with the aim to increase the on-farm productivity and income for Liberian small farmers in the four selected counties.“We are also giving the LADA Co-Investment Fund (CIF) of US$3million grant mechanism to support agricultural processors in the FTF target areas in Liberia.“This grant will facilitate investments by nascent and active agriculture processors to develop needed infrastructure in post-harvest handling and marketing technologies and we have placed this information on the Executive Mansion website for interested people to apply,” she said.The program brought together several organizations and was followed by Agribusiness Investment Network (AIN) that facilitated business relationships to link suppliers, buyers, producers and investors in order to maximize investment and also promote policy interventions to improve the regulatory environment for agribusiness in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bielsa keeps Leeds flying, Villa extend streak in League Cup

first_imgErhun Oztumer got one back for Bolton in the second half.But Leeds easily held on to clinch a third consecutive win in charge for former Argentina and Chile boss Bielsa, who had already won his first two second-tier matches.Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa survived a scare in their 1-0 win at Yeovil as Conor Hourihane’s strike saw them join Leeds in the second round.Hourihane’s 77th-minute tap-in came as a relief for Villa boss Steve Bruce after fourth-tier Yeovil had a second-half penalty from Alex Fisher saved.Yeovil were on top for much of the first half, with Fisher twice forcing good saves out of Villa goalkeeper Andre Moreira, on loan from Atletico Madrid.Referee John Brooks pointed to the spot after Gary Warren was ajudged to have pushed Tommy Elphick, but Moreira bailed out his side as he saved Fisher’s spot-kick.Jonathan Kodija made his influence felt when he left Warren flat-footed in the box and played it square for Hourihane to seal Villa’s third successive victory.Oliver Burke’s first West Brom goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win over third-tier Luton at the Hawthorns.Albion, relegated from the Premier League last year, were tested by Luton, with Jake Jervis wasting their best chance.But Scotland midfielder Burke struck to send West Brom through and revive hopes he can get his career back on track after a poor run following last summer’s move from RB Leipzig.Frank Lampard’s Derby eased into the second round with a 2-0 win at fourth-tier Oldham.Former Chelsea star Lampard was beaten for the first time as a manager on Saturday as Leeds won 4-1 at the iPro Stadium.The Rams went ahead in the 36th minute as Harry Wilson delivered a right-wing free-kick and Fikayo Tomori challenged for the ball with Oldham’s Sam Graham, who appeared to deflect into his own net from six yards.Mason Mount made it 2-0 in the 70th minute with a sweet half-volley from just outside the box.Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan was Middlesbrough’s hero as they won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out against fourth-tier Notts County.Lonergan saved from Jon Stead and Dan Jones after the two sides played out a 3-3 draw at the Riverside Stadium.Nottingham Forest won 10-9 on penalties against Bury after being held to a 1-1 draw by the League Two club.Championship outfit Bristol City lost 1-0 at home to third-tier Plymouth, while second tier Ipswich were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at League Two side Exeter.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, pictured May 2015, got off the mark in his first Leeds start after 27 minutes with a goal, helping put Leeds in complete control against their Championship rivals © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Patrick Bamford celebrated his first Leeds start with a goal as new boss Marcelo Bielsa extended in his flying start with a 2-1 win against Bolton in the League Cup first round on Tuesday.Bamford, a £7 million signing from Middlesbrough, got off the mark after 27 minutes at Elland Road before Samuel Saiz netted to put Leeds in complete control against their Championship rivals.last_img read more

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