National consortium aims to finish local COVID-19 vaccine in 18 months

first_imgPrevious research identified at least three different types of coronavirus strains affecting the world – types G, S and V. Ali said that many samples sent from Indonesia apparently did not match the aforementioned three types, meaning that scientists had to develop local vaccines to combat the coronavirus strain in the country.The whole genome sequencing is part of the initial stage of vaccine development, as it will allow scientists to determine the complete RNA sequence of specific coronavirus strains. Subsequently, scientists will be able to detect the antigen of the virus strain in Indonesia.Apart from doing the sequencing, Indonesia is also collaborating with several countries, including South Korea, to develop a vaccine.Local pharmaceutical company PT Kalbe Farma, for example, is working with a South Korean company for the development of a vaccine using a DNA virus platform. “Phase two of the project’s clinical trial is scheduled for August 2020,” Ali said.Topics : Indonesia’s national consortium for COVID-19 vaccine development is aiming to finish its work within the next 18 months in an effort to eradicate the coronavirus in the country.”Vaccines usually take years to develop. However, given the emergency situation, we are currently expected to develop local vaccines in around 18 months,” consortium chairman Ali Ghufron Mukti said during a press conference on Thursday.He said the country had submitted 16 complete genome sequences of Indonesian strains to GISAID, an initiative that promotes the sharing of genetic data on influenza viruses and the coronavirus. Three of them have so far been classified as “unidentified strains”, while one was identified as “type G”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Rehab and Reuse of Lancaster’s Vacant Bulova Technologies Building

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a $10 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will support the rehabilitation of the Bulova Technologies building on Queen Street in downtown Lancaster into a strategically located mixed-use development.The unoccupied, four-story, brick-veneer building will be overhauled to make way for a modern, mixed-use, metal-clad retail, office, and residential complex. It’s anticipated the project will include first-floor restaurant and retail space. The second and third floors will be adapted to provide office space and 40 apartment units, eight of which will be rent-restricted for people on low incomes. The developer is Zamagias Properties.Built in 1971, the building was briefly used as a department store but then was used, until 2008, for light manufacturing by Bulova Technologies. It has since been vacant. The location is vital for continuing economic development in Lancaster because the empty building acts as a barrier between two vibrant, adjacent city blocks along North Queen and North Prince streets. Its revival is seen as pivotal for creating strong pedestrian traffic and stimulating additional investment downtown.“This project has tremendous potential for continuing and multiplying the economic development already taking place in the blocks surrounding this site in Lancaster,” said Governor Wolf. “A blighted outdated building that was stifling growth will gain a new, modern appearance and in the process can be a significant part of Lancaster’s revitalization.”This project is located in a severely depressed neighborhood with a 41 percent poverty rate, a median income that is 35 percent of the area’s median income level, and an unemployment rate nearly 1.6 times greater than the national average.“New Markets Tax Credits were created with exactly this sort of economic development situation in mind,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “The investment of tax credits in this distressed area of the city can provide the additional spark needed to attract more development and propel greater growth in the city of Lancaster.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.This project is expected to create 108 temporary, full-time construction jobs that will pay a weighted average wage of $20.63 per hour; construction activities will also support 18 indirect positions. Additionally, the project will create 60 permanent, full-time jobs paying a weighted average wage of $11.21 per hour and will retain 240 positions within the planned tenants’ existing employment base. The newly created jobs will come predominately from the first-floor restaurant and retail tenants.About Zamagias PropertiesZamagias Properties, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is engaged in a broad range of business ventures including real estate development and management, healthcare resource management technology, banking and finance, and energy. Founded in 1987, Zamagias currently manages approximately 2 million square feet in retail, office, mixed-use, and student-housing properties. Zamagias has a solid track record of transforming historically significant structures within downtown Lancaster. It received an honorable mention for the 2014 “Historic Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact” for its adaptive-reuse of the Steeple View Lofts. More recently, Zamagias purchased the Keppel candy factory, which has been renovated into a mix of residential, retail and office space.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. August 17, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Rehab and Reuse of Lancaster’s Vacant Bulova Technologies Buildingcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Moses laments Europa League loss

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Victor Moses donates N10m to Wigan Former Nigerian international, Victor Moses, has expressed regrets over Inter Milan’s 3-2 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final at the weekend.Moses stated this via his verified Twitter handle on Monday. He tweeted: “Devastated to lose the final on Friday. We gave everything but it just wasn’t to be.“Thank you so much to all of the fans for your amazing support for the team during the season.”Moses starred for 12 minutes after replacing Danilo D’Ambrosio in the energy sapping encounter in Cologne.Sevilla remain the undisputed kings of the Europa League, winning the tournament for a sixth time after a dramatic and absorbing 3-2 comeback against Inter Milan in the final behind closed doors.Tags: EuropaInter MilanSEVILLAVictor Moseslast_img read more

Keck Medical Center is among top in state

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USCKeck Medical Center of USC ranked as the 10th-best hospital in California and fifth best in the Los Angeles metro area, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking.The rankings recognize medical centers in the United States that provide the best patient care and specialized treatments for specific needs. “Keck Medicine of USC is delighted to maintain our rankings among the best hospitals locally, regionally and nationally,” said Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, to USC News. “Every member of our medical and support staff strives to provide world-class patient care each day, and we are honored to be recognized for these efforts.”In specialty medicine rankings, the USC Roski Eye Institute came in 11th, and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center ranked 15th, its highest-ever ranking. The Keck Medical Center ranked 24th in orthopaedics, 27th in geriatrics and 29th in urology.The publication looked at more than 4,500 hospitals and medical centers in the country. The methodology for rankings included risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing care, among other categories.last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Though Rashard Mendenhall led the Arizona Cardinals in carries and rushing yards last season, it was rookie Andre Ellington who emerged as the team’s primary weapon out of the backfield. Mendenhall gained 687 yards on 217 carries, while Ellington tallied 652 on 118. They provided the team with a solid 1-2 punch out of the backfield, which is kind of a necessity in the NFL these days. After all, while the Cardinals may view Ellington as their number one back, his carries will still be limited. “I don’t know that there are many feature backs in the NFL,” GM Steve Keim said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Thursday. “Most teams use a platoon of backs, and that would probably be no different for us.”Last season that platoon was mainly with Mendenhall, but he’s heading into free agency and may not be brought back. Stepfan Taylor, whom the Cardinals selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Stanford, may be next in line. But whether it’s Mendenhall, Taylor or someone else sharing the load with Ellington, the point is there won’t be a “featured back” in Arizona, even if Ellington can add a bit of weight like the team hopes.“Andre, the way he’s built — just his body type — is more in line with guys like Chris Johnson, guys like Jamaal Charles,” he said. “His speed and acceleration, his movement skills — that’s his strength. But to say that you’re going to play him 25 to 30 snaps, pounding the ball between the tackles, you’re probably leaving yourself open for some injury.” 0 Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more