Topics : Asked by reporters about the high rate of fatalities in aged-care facilities, he compared Australia’s record to the United Kingdom’s.”There is over 2,700 aged care facilities in this country and 97 percent of those have had no resident COVID-19 infections,” he said.”Had the UK results been realized here in Australia over a thousand centers would have been affected.”Australia surpassed 25,000 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with Victoria responsible for the bulk of cases. Australia’s Victoria state on Wednesday recorded its second-most deadly day of the coronavirus pandemic with 24 deaths, although fewer new infections were detected at the half-way mark of a strict six-week lockdown.The southeastern state detected 149 new cases compared with 148 reported on Tuesday, well down on the peak of more than 700 daily cases on Aug 5. The record daily death toll was 25 reported last week.Victoria’s government wants to extend a state of emergency by another year to combat the spread of the virus, allowing it to prolong or reimpose lockdowns over that period. The move has alarmed critics of the state government, including members of the federal cabinet who say an extended state of emergency is undemocratic.”They take away liberties, they take away the functioning of democracy in the state of Victoria,” federal Education Minister Dan Tehan told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Almost 64% of Australia’s 549 deaths from COVID-19 have occurred among elderly residents of aged-care homes, which are overseen by the federal government.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under attack from the opposition in parliament this week for the government’s handling of the crisis in aged care.
But many people already have antibodies against Ad5, which could cause the immune system to attack the vector instead of responding to the coronavirus, making these vaccines less effective.Several researchers have chosen alternative adenoviruses or delivery mechanisms. Oxford University and AstraZeneca based their COVID-19 vaccine on a chimpanzee adenovirus, avoiding the Ad5 issue. Johnson & Johnson’s candidate uses Ad26, a comparatively rare strain.Dr. Zhou Xing, from Canada’s McMaster University, worked with CanSino on its first Ad5-based vaccine, for tuberculosis, in 2011. His team is developing an inhaled Ad5 COVID-19 vaccine, theorizing it could circumvent pre-existing immunity issues.”The Oxford vaccine candidate has quite an advantage” over the injected CanSino vaccine, he said.Xing also worries that high doses of the Ad5 vector in the CanSino vaccine could induce fever, fueling vaccine skepticism.”I think they will get good immunity in people that don’t have antibodies to the vaccine, but a lot of people do,” said Dr. Hildegund Ertl, founding director of the Wistar Institute Vaccine Center in Philadelphia.In China and the United States, about 40% of people have high levels of antibodies from prior Ad5 exposure. In Africa, it could be has high as 80%, experts said.HIV RISKSome scientists also worry an Ad5-based vaccine could increase chances of contracting HIV.In a 2004 trial of a Merck & Co Ad5-based HIV vaccine, people with pre-existing immunity became more, not less, susceptible to the virus that causes AIDS.Researchers, including top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a 2015 paper, said the side effect was likely unique to HIV vaccines. But they cautioned that HIV incidence should be monitored during and after trials of all Ad5-based vaccines in at-risk populations.”I would be worried about the use of those vaccines in any country or any population that was at risk of HIV, and I put our country as one of them,” said Dr. Larry Corey, co-leader of the U.S. Coronavirus Vaccine Prevention Network, who was a lead researcher on the Merck trial.Gamaleya’s vaccine will be administered in two doses: The first based on Ad26, similar to J&J’s candidate, and the second on Ad5.Alexander Gintsburg, Gamaleya’s director, has said the two-vector approach addresses the immunity issue. Ertl said it might work well enough in individuals who have been exposed to one of the two adenoviruses.Many experts expressed skepticism about the Russian vaccine after the government declared its intention to give it to high-risk groups in October without data from large pivotal trials.”Demonstrating safety and efficacy of a vaccine is very important,” said Dr. Dan Barouch, a Harvard vaccine researcher who helped design J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine. Often, he noted, large-scale trials “do not give the result that is expected or required.” Topics : High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.CanSino Biologics’ vaccine, approved for military use in China, is a modified form of adenovirus type 5, or Ad5. The company is in talks to get emergency approval in several countries before completing large-scale trials, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.A vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, approved in Russia earlier this month despite limited testing, is based on Ad5 and a second less common adenovirus. “The Ad5 concerns me just because a lot of people have immunity,” said Anna Durbin, a vaccine researcher at Johns Hopkins University. “I’m not sure what their strategy is … maybe it won’t have 70% efficacy. It might have 40% efficacy, and that’s better than nothing, until something else comes along.”Vaccines are seen as essential to ending the pandemic that has claimed over 845,000 lives worldwide. Gamaleya has said its two-virus approach will address Ad5 immunity issues.Both developers have years of experience and approved Ebola vaccines based on Ad5. Neither CanSino nor Gamaleya responded to requests for comment.Researchers have experimented with Ad5-based vaccines against a variety of infections for decades, but none are widely used. They employ harmless viruses as “vectors” to ferry genes from the target virus – in this case the novel coronavirus – into human cells, prompting an immune response to fight the actual virus.
Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Facebook Despite the National Police’s decision not to issue a permit for Indonesia’s top-tier and second-tier soccer leagues, Liga 1 and 2, to resume on Thursday, a sport expert and a fan coordinator said they were fine with the move but expected strict health protocols to safeguard all soccer stakeholders once the leagues kicked off.“This hasn’t been an easy decision for all soccer stakeholders to digest, but given the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, we must prioritize people’s lives. Hopefully, we all can see the leagues play again in November,” Djoko Pekik Irianto, a sports expert from Yogyakarta State University, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He then expected the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) and organizers to use the time to perfect a strict health protocol in order to safeguard all soccer stakeholders, including spectators if th… Forgot Password ? soccer pssi Soccer-league-Liga-1 Soccer-league-Liga-2 soccer-league Linkedin
Serena Williams’ search for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title will extend into another year after an Achilles tendon injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open on Wednesday.The American, who turned 39 this week, had been due to play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round later but after a warm-up decided the injury was too severe.Williams, a three-times former champion at Roland Garros, said she may not play again this year. “I warmed up and it was a very short warmup and then I spoke to my coach and said ‘what do you think?’ she said.”I was struggling to walk so that’s a tell tale sign that I should try to recover.”Williams had suffered the problem during her semi-final loss to Victoria Azarenka in the US Open this month and said ahead of her Roland Garros campaign that she was not at 100% physically but had recovered sufficiently to play.She spoke again of the injury after her first-round win over fellow American Kristie Ahn and aggravated it while practicing for her second-round match. Topics : “An Achilles injury is a real injury you don’t want to play with as it can get worse and I don’t want to get to that,” she said. “This is not a nagging injury, it’s an acute injury. If it was my knee it would be more devastating.”It’s just bad timing and bad luck.”Williams said she was yet to decide whether she would play again this season, saying she needed two weeks of complete rest.Williams also pulled out of the French Open in 2018 with an abdominal injury before a last-16 clash with Maria Sharapova.Since Williams resumed her career in 2018 after a maternity break she has remained tantalizingly one behind the record 24 Grand Slam titles claimed by Australian Margaret Court.She lost in the Wimbledon and US Open finals that year, as she did in 2019.While her window of opportunity is narrowing to reach that milestone, Williams sounded a defiant note.”I love playing tennis. I love competing,” she said. “It’s my job and I’m pretty good at it still… I’m so close to some things and I feel like I’m almost there… that’s what keeps me going. My body is actually doing really well.”Seven-times French Open champion and fellow American Chris Evert said the heavy and damp conditions in Paris had probably compounded the problem.”The conditions here certainly did not help her at all,” Evert told Eurosport. “It’s so wet and thick and everything seems so heavy and it was tough for her to put a ball away.”Her game is power. This is not her best surface and she hadn’t played a claycourt match for 15 months.”Pironkova will play Barbora Krejcikova next.
At least 1,000 residents from six districts in Garut regency, West Java, have been displaced by flash floods and landslides due to torrential rainfall in the region since Sunday.Garut Regent Rudy Gunawan said that residents from Pameungpeuk, Cikelet, Cibalong, Peundeuy, Singajaya and Banjarwangi districts had been forced to flee their homes. He added that the regency administration had prepared public kitchens and shelters for residents.“Pamengpeuk is the most heavily affected by the flash floods. I am going there to see the situation. The social agency has already sent 10 tons of rice,” he said, as reported by tribunnews.com. According to local officials, the flood waters in Pamengpeuk reached up to 80 centimeters high.Rudy said the flash floods, landslides and ground movements that occurred on Monday were caused in part by deforestation in Cikajang and Cisompet districts.“The Garut regency administration will take legal action against [those responsible for] the deforestation, as it has caused disasters,” he said.Meanwhile, Garut Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) spokesperson Tubagus Agus Sofyan said the flash flood in Garut was caused by the overflowing of four rivers, namely the Cipalebuh and Cikaso rivers in Pamengpeuk, the Cibera River in Cibalong and the Cipasarangan River in Cikelet. (trn)Topics :
Advertisement Advertisement Barcelona set asking price for Arsenal and Manchester United target Samuel Umtiti Samuel Umtiti could be on his way out of Barcelona this summer (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have reportedly decided on an asking price for Samuel Umtiti as they prepare to cash in on the defender in the summer transfer window.Umtiti has dropped down the pecking order at the Nou Camp this season with Clement Lenglet cementing his place in Ernesto Valverde’s central defence alongside Gerard Pique.The Catalan giants are also in advanced discussions with Ajax to land Matthijs de Ligt, fueling rumours of Umtiti’s imminent departure.Manchester United have previously been linked with Umtiti and Arsenal have emerged as a serious contender for the 25-year-old Frenchman’s signature.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal’s director of football, Raul Sanllehi, was at the heart of Barca’s negotiations for Umtiti back in 2016 and the Spaniard could play a key role in the Gunners’ bid for the World Cup-winner this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to Goal, Barcelona would consider selling Umtiti if an offer of €70-90m (£60-77m) comes in for the centre-half. Umtiti is on the radar of both Arsenal and Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Barca’s concerns about Umtiti’s persistent knee injuries combined with their need to raise funds for De Ligt make a summer move very likely.He played through significant knee pain at the World Cup last summer and has also turned down surgery on two occasions.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThe France international’s refusal to budge on his wage demands last year also frustrated club officials as they attempted to appease their FFP limitations.Last week on French television, Umtiti refused to be drawn into speculation linking him with a move away from Barca.MORE: Arsenal make transfer offer to sign Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Mar 2019 10:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link449Shares Comment
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick in the Europa League this week (Getty Images)Burnley have lost their last nine games with Arsenal in all competitions, but I believe the Clarets will pick up a point at Turf Moor irrespective of the Gunners’ result at Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday.Sean Dyche was not happy with his side’s opening 45-minutes at Goodison on Friday and I expect to see a much-improved performance from his side on Sunday.Arsenal must win to stand any chance of finishing in the top four, but their poor second-half against Brighton last weekend summed their inconsistent season up.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: Burnley 1-1 ArsenalLEICESTER CITY VS CHELSEA Shane Long has been in excellent form for Southampton (Getty Images)Southampton were blown apart by West Ham in London last weekend and the Saints have now conceded six goals in their last two Premier League games.That said I expect the hosts to keep the points even though Huddersfield picked up a welcome point against Manchester United last Sunday.Michael’s prediction: Southampton 3-1 Huddersfield TownMichael Owen is a brand ambassador for BetVictor. For more tips from Michael read his column here.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Can Paul Pogba help Manchester United end on a high? (AMA/Getty Images)Cardiff lost their relegation battle last weekend and they have never kept a clean sheet in their 15 previous visits to Old Trafford. United were held to a draw at another relegated club Huddersfield Town last weekend, but I expect them to make no mistake against the Bluebirds.There will be a summer of transition and upheaval at Old Trafford with a number of new players coming in and several the old guard leaving the club.It will be fascinating to see how many of the side who start against the Bluebirds on Sunday are in the starting XI for the opening game of the 2019/20 season in August.Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Cardiff CityTOTTENHAM VS EVERTON Can Raheem Sterling help secure the title for Man City? (Getty Images)Manchester City will become the first side since neighbours United in 2008-09 to retain the Premier League title if they win at the Amex Stadium and it is hard to see the Seagulls stopping City winning their 14th successive league game.That stat shows just how hard Liverpool have made City work for the title. The Seagulls showed at Arsenal on Sunday that they will not lie down and, indeed, could have snatched it at the death at the Emirates had they shown more composure in front of goal.City were not at their brilliant best against Leicester on Monday night but a moment of inspiration from skipper Vincent Kompany was enough to give them the points.Pep Guardiola’s side would love an early goal, but they may have to be patient on the south coast although I do believe they will, eventually, run out comfortable winners.Michael’s prediction: Brighton 0-3 Man CityBURNLEY VS ARSENAL Mohamed Salah is back in contention to face Wolves after missing Liverpool’s comeback against Barcelona (Getty Images)Champions League finalists Liverpool would be worthy winners of a 19th top-flight title should City slip up at the Amex, but I feel it will be in Madrid at the beginning of June, rather than Anfield on Sunday, that the Reds win the major trophy their magnificent season deserves.Wolves, themselves, have had a terrific first season back in the top-flight and are guaranteed to finish seventh in the table.Liverpool will go unbeaten at home for a second successive season if they avoid defeat to Wolves and I think Jurgen Klopp’s side can end their tremendous Premier League season in style.Michael’s prediction: Liverpool 2-0 WolvesBRIGHTON VS MAN CITY Comment Will Gylfi Sigurdsson strike against his former club? (Getty Images)Spurs need a point to guarantee their place in the top four for the fourth successive season, but that is all I feel they will get against an Everton side who will be looking to exorcise their 6-2 home defeat from the reverse fixture at Goodison just before Christmas.AdvertisementEverton have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 10 league games, but I feel both sides will find the back of the net at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Michael’s prediction: Tottenham 1-1 EvertonWATFORD VS WEST HAM Advertisement Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea Advertisement Michael Owen returns with his latest Premier League picks (Getty/PA)The final day of the Premier League season is here and the title race between Manchester City and Liverpool has gone down to the wire.A win for City will secure them the Premier League title for the second year running, while Liverpool need to beat Wolves at Anfield and hope Brighton can pull off an upset against Pep Guardiola’s side.Chelsea travel to Leicester City for their final game of the season, while Arsenal face Burnley at Turf Moor and Tottenham host Everton at their new stadium.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be aiming to end on a positive note after a poor run of form as Manchester United play Cardiff City at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOnce again our Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts ahead of the action with BetVictor.LIVERPOOL VS WOLVES Michael OwenSaturday 11 May 2019 1:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link351Shares Can Salomon Rondon strike again for Newcastle United? (Getty Images)Fulham have won their last two home league games, but I feel United will take a point at Craven Cottage, having played their part in a terrific game with Liverpool at St James’ Park last weekend.AdvertisementThe Cottagers have only conceded one goal in their last four games and they have improved dramatically under Scott Parker.I can’t split the sides in what promises to an entertaining farewell to the Premier League for the hosts.Michael’s prediction: Fulham 1-1 Newcastle UnitedSOUTHAMPTON VS HUDDERSFIELD TOWN Wilfried Zaha will be aiming to end on a positive at Palace (Getty Images)Palace have won just 19 points at Selhurst Park – to go with the 29 on their travels – this season but I expect them to finish the campaign in style in front of their home supporters.Bournemouth did win their last home game of the season at the Vitality last weekend, but it was hardly an impressive performance against a Spurs side who played the vast majority of the second half with nine men.The Cherries have scored eight goals in their last two PL away games, but I feel it will be Roy Hodgson’s side who take maximum points.Michael’s prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 BournemouthFULHAM VS NEWCASTLE UNITED This could be Eden Hazard’s final Premier League appearance for Chelsea (Getty Images)Chelsea are guaranteed a spot in the Champions League next term and the hope is that they are also Europa League finalists by the time they visit the King Power Stadium on Sunday.The Foxes are, however, looking to do the double over the Blues and, if there is to be a winner, I think the hosts will edge another entertaining game.Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 2-1 ChelseaMANCHESTER UNITED VS CARDIFF CITY Can Troy Deeney find a way past the Hammers? (Getty Images)I fancy Watford to go into the FA Cup Final on the back of a win against a West Ham side who have won their last two in the league without conceding a goal.The Hornets are looking to do the double over the Hammers for the first time in their history and a win would guarantee the club a top-half finish for the first time in the top-flight since the 1986-87 season.Michael’s prediction: Watford 2-1 West HamCRYSTAL PALACE VS BOURNEMOUTH
Tom OlverMonday 5 Aug 2019 7:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link492Shares Alexandre Lacazette is in a race to be fit for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery is hopeful that Alexandre Lacazette will be available for the side’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.Lacazette, 28, limped off with an ankle injury in Arsenal’s defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup and subsequently missed the Gunners’ friendly loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Sunday night.Though Lacazette was pictured wearing a protective boot over his ankle following the clash with Lyon, it appears he could be line to feature at St James’ Park this weekend.Emery revealed that Arsenal’s medical staff were ‘optimistic’ over Lacazette’s fitness and did not rule out the French striker making an appearance against the Magpies.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s one process. Hopefully he could be available for the match against Newcastle,’ the Spaniard said in the wake of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat away to Barca.‘The doctors, they are optimistic. We are going to wait.‘The next days are going to be very important to see how he is going to progress with his injury. But I am really, really happy with other players also.’ Emery was satisfied with Arsenal’s display at the Nou Camp (Picture: Getty)Arsenal started positively at the Nou Camp, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaking the deadlock, before an own goal from Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Luis Suarez’s late strike sealed a narrow win for Barca.‘I am really happy with our work, with our performance,’ Emery said after the final whistle.‘The next week we are going to start the Premier League against Newcastle and the result is going to be important. But not today.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We want to create a winning mentality but the first today was to work with all the players, to start thinking how we can be better for the first match against Newcastle.‘We have some injuries but that is normal for every team. We played a good match here, away here in Barcelona against a good team, where every match is difficult.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We had some mistakes, but it is up to us to improve that.’MORE: Unai Emery reveals his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Barcelona defeat Comment Lacazette has trained since picking up his ankle injury (Picture: Getty)Emery added: ‘If he is ready for Sunday, perfect. If he isn’t, then for the next.‘We need now to have a very competitive team, with the players ready forth next matches but above all to create a mentality to start strong and find our best performance in the next match.’New signing Nicolas Pepe was left at home for the trip to Barcelona, but the forward is likely to be available against Steve Bruce’s side on Sunday.Arsenal have been keen to give Pepe a rest following his commitments with the Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery provides Alexandre Lacazette injury update ahead of Newcastle clash Pepe did not travel to Catalonia (Picture: Getty)Asked about his plan for Pepe, Emery explained: ‘Tomorrow we are going to train together.‘Each day for him and for us is information we can save.‘We hope he can be [available] for this match [versus Newcastle]. With him, I want to be patient.‘He is in the same situation as the other players who have been coming in the last days. For example, Lucas Torreira, after one week of training today has his first ten minutes.‘With Pepe it’s the same. It’s better to be training and be working with us.’
Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts to Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery has reacted after Tottenham replaced Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits he was ‘surprised’ Tottenham decided to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino and move for Jose Mourinho.Spurs have endured a miserable start to the 2019-20 campaign but reached the Champions League final under Pochettino last season.Despite this, Daniel Levy opted to sack Pochettino on Tuesday evening and Tottenham subsequently confirmed Mourinho – the former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss – had taken over the club. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Nov 2019 2:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Comment Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)Reacting to the change in management at Spurs, Arsenal boss Emery said: ‘I think it’s a surprise how it finished with Pochettino.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know exactly why and how it’s going to change their performance.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘[Jose] is a very good coach, his career is strong with titles and experience and I think also Pochettino working in Tottenham was amazing.’Asked whether he was surprised by Pochettino’s sacking, Emery said: ‘Yes, for me it was a surprise.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Maybe the last matches they didn’t achieve a good result but in the last year with Pochetinno was perfect.‘They decided to change and I don’t know the reason but we have our way and they have their way. We want to keep that distance [ahead of them in the Premier League table].’Mourinho’s Tottenham face London rivals West Ham on Saturday while Arsenal welcome Southampton to the Emirates.MORE: Jose Mourinho pays tribute to Mauricio Pochettino during first Tottenham press conference