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Scientists says University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine has 80% chance of success – ghanapublisher.com

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Oxford University researchers say the world can’t afford to wait for vaccines to go through trials before production starts.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the Oxford trial – and another at Imperial College London – will each get at least another £20m of public money.

An urgent appeal has been issued for volunteers to take part – with those who do so being offered up to £625. People coming forward must be aged 18 to 55 and in good health.

Professor Sarah Gilbert, from the Jenner Institute team at Oxford, told Sky News the time it will take to determine if the vaccine is effective is “heavily dependent” on how much virus transmission there is in the community.

If the volunteers do not come into contact with the virus, researchers cannot test if the vaccine has protected them.

“If there’s very low virus transmission in amongst all the volunteers that we’ve vaccinated, we just have to wait a long time to get the result,” Prof Gilbert said.

“So we’re looking at trying to test healthcare workers, in hospitals, people who are more likely to be exposed, so that we can get this result more quickly.”

The Jenner Institute team at Oxford is starting production before the trial is complete and wants to have about a million doses ready to be sent out by September.

“We really don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where the vaccine can show it’s safe, it gives strong immune responses and it protects people, but we haven’t got any doses to vaccinate anyone else with,” Prof Gilbert said.

Andrew Pollard, professor of infection and immunity at the University of Oxford, said producing very large numbers of doses is a “big technical hurdle” that is “not achievable within six months and may not be achievable within a year”.

But he added that for “smaller scale it could be possible with an effective vaccine to get there rather sooner”.

The Oxford vaccine, called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is made from a harmless chimpanzee virus that has been genetically engineered to carry part of the coronavirus.

The technique has already been shown to generate strong immune responses in other diseases.

Deals have been done with three UK manufacturers, and several more abroad, to make the vaccine.

Prof Gilbert said she hoped “up to 500 people” would be part of the trial by the middle of May.

She said it would be a “randomised control trial” and half of the people would get a different vaccine.

“We will be monitoring them asking them to contact us if they have any symptoms of coronavirus and then we will find out who is getting infected,” she added.

The trial will involve healthy volunteers and take place in Oxford and Southampton, with three other sites to be added later.

Meanwhile, the Imperial College London team has been testing its vaccine on animals since February and clinical trials are expected to start in June.

Mr Hancock said developing a vaccine is an “uncertain science” but that the two teams were making “rapid progress” and would be backed “to the hilt”.

He said: “At the same time we’ll invest in manufacturing capability so if either of these vaccines safely works then we can make it available for the British people as soon as humanely possible.”

However, he cautioned that “nothing about this process is certain”.

More than 70 vaccines are in development around the world but – alongside the US and China – the UK is one of the few involved in human trials.

 

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Iraq Court Orders Trump’s Arrest Over Drone Strike On Iran General

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A Baghdad court has issued a warrant for the arrest of US President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the killing of a top Iraqi paramilitary commander.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s largely pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, died in the same US drone strike that killed storied Iranian general Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad airport on January 3 last year.

The strike on their motorcade was ordered by Trump, who later crowed that it had taken out “two (men) for the price of one”.

The UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, has described the twin killings as “arbitrary” and “illegal”.

Iran already issued a warrant for Trump’s arrest in June, and asked Interpol to relay it as a so-called red notice to other police forces around the world, a request that has so far gone unmet.

The court for east Baghdad issued the warrant for Trump’s arrest under Article 406 of the penal code, which provides for the death penalty in all cases of premeditated murder, the judiciary said.

The court said the preliminary inquiry had been completed but “investigations are continuing in order to unmask the other culprits in this crime, be they Iraqis or foreigners.”

In the run-up to Sunday’s anniversary of the twin killings, pro-Iran factions stepped up their rhetoric against Washington and Iraqi officials deemed to have colluded with it.

 

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Boy chained and treated like an animal for two years by his stepmothers

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A 10-year old boy identified as Jibril Aliyu, who was subjected to inhumane conditions by his family has been rescued by some human right activists in the Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state.

Jibril lost his mother two years ago. After her death, Jibril was chained with animals and denied the basic living amenities – food, clothing and shelter by his two stepmothers. The mark of the chain can be easily seen on his ankle.

He was treated cruelly and had to eat animal feeds and his faeces for survival. This heartbreaking situation has affected his mental capability and makes him behave like an animal.

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A Twitter user @manirjegah, confirmed that the evil perpetrators, Jibril’s two stepmothers and father are currently in police custody and He is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation in the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi.

 

 

HIS 2 EVIL STEP MOTHERS, TOGETHER WITH HIS FATHER ARE CURRENTLY IN POLICE CUSTODY. WHILE THE 10 YEAR OLD JIBRIL IS UNDERGOING TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION AT THE FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER BIRNIN KEBBI. WHAT HAPPENED TO JIBRIL IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF BARBARITY AND EXTREME CRUELTY.

Source: yabaleftonline.com

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Shocking! Man happily marries sex toy – [watch video]

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Weird but true, a bodybuilder in Kazakhstan identified as Yuri Tolochko has married his sekz toy after months of waiting due to coronavirus pandemic.

 

According to him, they have been living together for a year and a half.

He first met her at a nightclub, and after popping the question back in December 2019, they were set to get married in March this year.

Lo and behold they have finally tied the knot, Yuri Tolochko seemed extremely happy as believes he has married his dream woman.

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Source: Adwoaadubianews.com

 

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