Judge OKs optional anthrax shots for troops

first_img DoD subsequently asked Sullivan to modify his injunction to allow for anthrax vaccinations under the emergency authority. Sullivan granted that motion yesterday, stipulating that the shots have to be voluntary. Sullivan’s ruling came in a suit filed by six military members and DoD civilian contractor employees. In an initial ruling in December 2003, the judge ordered DoD to stop requiring the shots on the ground that the FDA had never specifically approved the vaccine for inhalational anthrax. (The vaccine was originally licensed in 1970.) The FDA responded a week later with a declaration that the vaccine was safe and effective for all forms of anthrax. Sullivan then lifted his injunction in January 2004, little more than 2 weeks after he had issued it. Feb 2 CIDRAP News story “FDA issues emergency order on military anthrax shots” Then-HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson granted the Department of Defense (DoD) request on Jan 14. But the “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) said DoD had to make the vaccinations optional. Sullivan had ruled last October that the mandatory vaccination program was illegal because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in his opinion, did not follow proper procedures in approving the vaccine for inhalational anthrax, as opposed to cutaneous anthrax. He said troops could not be required to take the vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), without their informed consent or a special presidential waiver. Apr 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A federal judge who stopped the US military’s compulsory anthrax vaccination program last October has ruled that the Pentagon can resume giving anthrax shots, but only on a voluntary basis. In his ruling, Sullivan left the door open to challenges to the legality of the emergency authorization granted by HHS. He said his ruling signaled no “prejudice to a future challenge to the validity of any such EUA,” adding, “The court expressly makes no finding as to the lawfulness of any specific EUA that has been or may be approved by the Department of Health and Human Services.” The Department of Defense (DoD) said it was pleased with the ruling but did not predict when vaccinations will resume. In a brief statement provided by e-mail, DoD officials said, “No vaccinations will be offered until the Defense Department issues detailed implementing instructions in the near future.” District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC, said yesterday the Pentagon can administer the shots to volunteers under the terms of an emergency authorization granted in January by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Military officials had asked for the emergency authority on grounds that troops in some regions face a risk of anthrax attack. AVA requires six shots over a period of 18 months, followed by annual boosters. Last November HHS awarded an $877 million contract for a new anthrax vaccine that officials hope will require fewer doses and have fewer side effects. The contract went to VaxGen Inc., Brisbane, Calif., for 75 million doses, which are destined for the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs and medical supplies to protect the public. AVA is derived from whole anthrax microbes, whereas the new vaccine contains a purified form of just one anthrax component, called protective antigen. See also: More than 1.3 million people have received anthrax shots in the DoD program since 1998, according to the Pentagon. Hundreds of troops have refused the shots out of concern about side effects, and some have been punished or forced out of the military as a result. Last December, the FDA quietly published a Federal Register notice inviting the public to comment on a proposal to confirm the vaccine’s approval for all forms of anthrax. The deadline for comments was Mar 29. But in his subsequent ruling in October 2004, Sullivan said the FDA had failed to follow its own rules in declaring the vaccine safe for all forms of the disease. Those rules, set up after the FDA took over drug licensing from another federal agency in 1972, included gathering public comments. Sullivan said that the FDA’s declaration relied partly on evidence on which the public never had a chance to comment. In December, military officials responded to the ruling by asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for emergency authority to resume the vaccination program. Under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the FDA, in a declared emergency, can authorize the use of a medical product that has not gained ordinary FDA approval. Nov 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story “HHS to spend $877 million on new anthrax vaccine”last_img read more

Anti-racism protests turn spotlight on icons of US history

first_imgThe statue, whose pedestal has already been covered with anti-racist graffiti, has held pride of place for a century in Richmond, the Confederate capital during the Civil War.In Washington, a statue of Confederate general Albert Pike was torn down last week.Increasingly, other figures who hold large places in American history are also not safe, and on Monday evening a crowd tried to topple the statue of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, in Lafayette Park, close to the White House. As the wave of anti-racism protests rocking the United States brings down monuments to figures linked to the country’s history of slavery, the spotlight is shifting to historic characters long considered untouchable.Although protesters initially focused on removing statues of Confederate generals, the movement has begun to turn its focus to icons of US history, including the nation’s founders Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and President Theodore Roosevelt.The death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25 has sparked debate around statues and monuments honoring people central to the US’ slave system, some of which have been pulled down or vandalized. ‘Hurt beyond repair’ Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, has been the target of some protesters, with many statues of the leader vandalized.Even though he was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, he also owned more than 600 slaves and viewed black men as inferior to white, according to the website of his Virginia plantation-turned-museum, Monticello.”There are many statues of him that should come down,” wrote television host Shannon LaNier last week in an essay for Newsweek. LaNier is a descendant of Sally Hemings, one of Jefferson’s slaves with whom he fathered several children.Seeing statues “of their ancestors’ slave master, a murderer, or a white supremacist” causes “hurt beyond repair” for many African Americans, LaNier wrote.Even the nation’s father and first president, George Washington, is no longer beyond reproach: he owned 100 slaves at his Mount Vernon plantation, south of the federal capital bearing his name.”Putting a statue in a public place, it’s a form of veneration, and many people now ask why are we venerating people who owned slaves,” said Gallaher.In her opinion, even if the differences between Lee and the Founding Fathers are clear, “they all have slaves, and that’s what bothers people so much.”She noted that other members of the Founding Fathers had “questioned the morality of slavery.” History in museums For Daniel Domingues, an associate professor of history at Rice University in Houston, any monument to Jefferson “should be contextualized with a plaque or added inscriptions.”The city of New York opted for another route, deciding to remove a statue of the 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, from the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History.The move, decried by President Donald Trump, was due to the judgment that the statue represented colonialist and racist views.The bronze statue depicted “Teddy” Roosevelt on horseback, while a black man and a Native American walked beside him.The museum explained Sunday that the statue “explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.”The website noted that Roosevelt was considered a progressive environmental defender at the start of the 20th century, but he also maintained racist opinions.”Where do you draw the line, from Gandhi all the way to George Washington?” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany asked Monday.Trump has defended the Confederate monuments and said that removing them would destroy US history and culture.But “erasing the statues is not erasing the past, it should be read as being a part of the history,” Domingues told AFP, noting that American history “is preserved in history books or museums.”Gallaher, who grew up in Virginia, agreed: “People don’t learn their history from statues. You will learn about George Washington even if a statue is not there,” she said.center_img The ongoing protests are “a battle over the narrative of American history in the realm of statues,” Carolyn Gallaher, a professor at American University in Washington, told AFP.”In the South, people decided to venerate confederates. Protesters are saying, ‘No more.'”Slavery served as the economic backbone of the American South until the end of the American Civil War (1861-1865), and has left a lasting mark on both daily culture and stereotypes and perceptions of the region.In Virginia, where some of the first English colonies were established before becoming the heart of American slave country, protesters have called for the removal of a statue of General Robert E Lee, the leader of the Confederate army. Topics :last_img read more

​Webb says single pensions regulator not ‘in my in-tray’

first_imgSteve Webb has defended the UK government’s decision to leave the current regulatory environment – whereby pension matters are jointly overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Pensions Regulator (TPR) – unchanged, insisting the idea of reforming the system was “not in my in-tray”.The pensions minister’s comments come shortly after outgoing National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) chairman Mark Hyde Harrison said the split was “increasingly unsustainable” in light of auto-enrolment.Webb reasoned, while addressing the NAPF annual conference in Manchester, that in light of the number of changes already underway within the UK pension system, it was not the right time for a wholesale reorganisation.“Let me ask a rhetorical question,” the Liberal Democrat MP said. “In the midst of automatic enrolment, the end of contracting out, worries about pensions liberation fraud, tackling small pots and a big upheaval generally and all of that, is now the time to restructure the regulatory regime?” He said that, “on balance”, his view was it was not the right time for change, but admitted there were “certainly” issues within the current arrangement that saw areas of the pensions market overseen by his own Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), the Treasury, the FCA and TPR that needed improving.But he added: “At the moment, the idea of writing a new regulatory regime is not in my in-tray, I have to say.”His comments come after Hyde Harrison, now succeeded by Rushton Smith as the group’s chairman, insisted that reform was needed, despite the difficulties it could entail.The former chief executive of the Barclays UK Retirement Fund said that, due to auto-enrolment – which allows both FCA-regulated, contract-based arrangements and trust-based schemes overseen by TPR to be used – the split would “become increasingly apparent – and increasingly unsustainable”.“Any shift won’t be easy – I recognise that,” he said during the conference’s opening address. “But it doesn’t mean we should dodge the issue.“The priority has to be ensuring better and fairer pensions for people. We need the right regulatory environment to help us achieve that.”Calls for a single pensions regulator have come from a number of sources, most notably from the National Audit Office and the parliamentary committee on work & pensions.However, a single regulator has been rejected both by the DWP and a junior Treasury minister, while the chairman of TPR, Michael O’Higgins, said reform to the regulatory system would be unwise.last_img read more

PGNiG snaps more US LNG with Cheniere supply deal

first_imgImage courtesy of Polskie LNGPolish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) has signed a supply deal with Houston-based Cheniere for the delivery of more US LNG to the President Lech Kaczyński LNG Terminal in Świnoujście.LNG cargoes will be supplied on a delivered ex-ship basis over a 24-year period starting in 2019, PGNiG said in its statement.In 2019-2022 the volume of supplies will total approximately 0.52 million tonnes of LNG, or approx. 0.7 bcm of natural gas after regasification, while in the period of 2023-2042, the total import volume will reach 29 million tonnes of LNG, which equals approx. 39 bcm of natural gas following regasification.It means that starting from 2023 every year PGNiG will purchase about 1.45 million tonnes of LNG, which equals approx. 1.95 bcm of natural gas after regasification, the company said.LNG cargoes from Cheniere heading for Poland will depart from liquefaction facilities in Sabine Pass, Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas.The deal extends PGNiG’s US LNG supply portfolio and follows 20-year agreements with Venture Global for the delivery of approximately 1 mtpa from its Calcasieu Pass and Plaquemines projects to be located on the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River, respectively. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Beta Sigma Phi ‘Holiday Bazaar’ this weekend

first_imgBatesville, In. — Beta Sigma Phi Theta Nu will hold their Annual Holiday Bazaar Sunday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Batesville Primary School.The show includes many handmade items from more than 100 regional crafters. There will also be a Cookie Walk, raffle and hotdogs for lunch.All proceeds benefit local charities.last_img

EPL: Chelsea, Man U secure top-four places

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea and Manchester United secured their places in the UEFA Champions League next season after both earned victories that kept them in the top four on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign.First-half goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the win they needed, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. In a direct battle for a UEFA Champions League spot at King Power Stadium, Bruno Fernandes’s penalty and Jesse Lingard’s stoppage-time strike were enough for a 2-0 victory for Man U over Leicester City, meaning the Red Devils finish above Chelsea in third on goal difference.Leicester finished fifth after their defeat and will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League.Wolves’ loss meant they missed out on sixth position and a place in the UEFA Europa League, after Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace to edge ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on goal difference.Wolves must hope Chelsea beat Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final so they can claim the final UEL spot, in the second qualifying round.Tags: ChelseaManchester UnitedMason MountOlivier GiroudUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Naughton completes Swans move

first_img The 26-year-old full-back, who can operate on either the right or the left-side of defence, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract in a deal understood to be worth £5million and could make his debut in Swansea’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Blackburn on Saturday. Naughton made 74 appearances for Tottenham after switching from Sheffield United in 2009 but he made only five Barclays Premier League starts under Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and has not played since the end of November. Swansea have confirmed the signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton. The Sheffield-born England Under-21 international is Swansea’s third signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira on loan and midfielder Matt Grimes from Exeter. Naughton began his career with Sheffield United, having joined the club’s academy at the age of seven, and made 40 appearances for the Blades before joining Tottenham. He had loan spells at Middlesbrough, Leicester and Norwich during his time in north London and Swansea manager Garry Monk said he had been trailing the defender for some time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Indian Premier League Stephen Fleming is big fan of THIS Mumbai Indians player

first_img New Delhi: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is one of the most flamboyant cricketers the game has ever produced and his all-around contribution on the field has always been pivotal for the side he is playing. One such knock came while playing against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday when his sensational performance with the bat and ball led Mumbai Indians to register their 100th IPL win.Pandya scored a quickfire 25* off just 8 balls with 3 sixes and then picked up 3 wickets including that of CSK skipper MS Dhoni to put the game out of the defending champions’ reach, halting them to 133/8 in 20 overs. This made the coach of CSK, Stephen Fleming praise him highly after the match. Chennai Super Kings suffered their first loss of the season against Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians became the first team to win 100 IPL games. Hardik Pandya was awarded as the man-of-the-match.  “I am a massive fan (of Pandya), I think he is a wonderful player. His confidence is up, looks like he has a good thing going with what he is doing at the death. Plans should be now for teams to combat that. We were happy with what we were trying to do but executed it poorly,” Fleming was quoted as saying by The Quint.“He is a quality player. I think he is one of Mumbai’s key weapons and one of India’s key players going forward. If you keep him out of the game you often go on to win. But today (Wednesday) with both bat and ball he was excellent,” said Fleming, who played for CSK in IPL 2008.Fleming admitted that the game got away from CSK in the last few overs. Despite trying to keep things simple in the last few overs, the game went into the hands of MI team thanks to Pollard and Pandya. “In bowling, we were tight for the first 2/3rds but not in the last 1/3rd. A score of 150 would have been par for the course,” said Fleming.He also said that he knew the limitations of his team’s players on the field and also understood that his team is never going to set any records for good fielding. “That was one of the downsides with athletes who are a little bit older. For the majority of the innings, we were pretty good, but we are not going to be one of the top fielding sides in the competition,” Fleming concluded. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Cricket News Will Support Virat Kohli, Make Life Easier For Indian Cricketers: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgNew Delhi: Sourav Ganguly, the new BCCI president, has already laid out his agenda following the end of the Annual General Meeting at the Indian cricket board headquarters in Mumbai. After clearing the air on MS Dhoni’s future in the team, Ganguly outlined his strategy of how he will deal with Virat Kohli and members of the Indian cricket team starting from Thursday. In a press conference that took place after the end of the AGM, Ganguly outlined how his working relationship with Kohli will be.”Virat Kohli is the most important man in Indian cricket, we will listen to him. Mutual respect will be there, opinions will be there. I will speak to him tomorrow. He is the captain of the team and the most important man in Indian cricket. We are here to make their life easier,” Ganguly said. It will be interesting to see how Ganguly handles the team dynamics, having cleared the air about MS Dhoni’s future and reiterating that a discussion was needed in order to determine what the captain and selectors wanted.Low attendances in cricketFollowing the end of the Ranchi Test against South Africa in which India won by an innings and 202, Virat Kohli had spoken a very interesting thing about the need to arrest the trend of low attendances in Tests particularly in Ranchi and Pune. “In my opinion, we should have 5 strong Test centres. In Test cricket, teams coming into India should know that they are going to play at these 5 centres, these are the pitches and crowds to expect. It can’t be sporadic and spread over so many places. We should have five strong Test centres where the team coming to India knows that this is where we’re going to play and nowhere else,” Kohli stated.Also Read | Cricket World Cup Every 3 Years? This Is What Ganguly Has To Say On ICC PlanHowever, Ganguly has had a different vision when it comes to Test matches. “Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that’s a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It’s just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

BCB senior limited over tournament resumes Sunday

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) senior 50 overs tournament will continue this Sunday after a break due to the prolonged inclement weather.Gudakesh MotieArchrivals Albion and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club will highlight this Sunday’s action at the Albion Community Development Centre ground.It is one of three matches set for that date and is expected to be the featured match as several of the nation’s top cricketers will play on each side.The other matches will see Rose Hall Estate Cricket Club versus West Berbice at Rose Hall Canje and Bush Lot will hosts Tucber Park.Eon HooperEon Hooper, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd and Raun Johnson are some of the top players on show this weekend.All clubs are asked to take note that matches start at 09:30hrs. Host teams are reminded of their obligations as set out in the rules and procedures of the competition.Meanwhile, the BCB is requesting that all clubs make contact with its office on 333-2375 for registration forms for their Under-15 players as a competition in that division would commence shortly.Romario Shepherdlast_img read more