China shows off COVID-19 vaccines for first time

first_imgTopics : They are also touting progress on domestic vaccines as a sign of Chinese leadership and resilience in the face of an unprecedented health threat that has pummeled the global economy.In May, President Xi Jinping pledged to make any potential vaccine developed by China a “global public good”.The potential vaccines on display are among nearly 10 worldwide to enter phase 3 trials, typically the last step ahead of regulatory approval, as countries race to stub out the virus and reboot battered economies.Sinopharm said it anticipates the antibodies from its jab to last between one and three years — although the final result will only be known after the trials.China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times reported last month that “the price of the vaccines will not be high”.Every two doses should cost below 1,000 yuan ($146), the report said, citing Sinopharm’s chairman, who told media he has already been injected with one of the candidate vaccines.China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that another vaccine candidate, developed by Chinese military scientists, can deal with mutations in the coronavirus.As of last month, at least 5.7 billion doses of the vaccines under development around the world had been pre-ordered.But the World Health Organization has warned that widespread immunization against COVID-19 may not be on the cards until the middle of next year. China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic.High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week — vaccine candidates produced by Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm.Neither has hit the market yet but the makers hope they will be approved after all-important phase 3 trials as early as year-end.center_img A Sinovac representative told AFP his firm has already “completed the construction of a vaccine factory” able to produce 300 million doses a year.On Monday, people at the trade fair crowded around booths showing the potential game-changing vaccines.China, which is facing a storm of foreign criticism over its early handling of the pandemic, has been trying to repurpose the story of COVID-19.State media and officials are now emphasizing the revival of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the deadly pathogen surfaced, as a success story in the fight against the virus.last_img read more

PGA Nigeria Charges Prospective Pros to Develop Themselves

first_imgIn the same vein, the director urged the candidates to justify the investments in their sponsors through their performance as he added, “18+ ties,” which is a big plus for the candidates in qualifying practical exams for the revered professional status.Dr. Tony Phimoore, sponsor of the tournament and Chairman of Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, also urged the candidates to give their all in the game as there is much to benefit from it; he said he was happy being the sponsor of the event given the gains he has made from golf.“I appreciate you all trainees for wanting to take up professional golfing; but in examinations as golf that has practical and classroom work there is always tension, but what matters is your ability to manage the tension. l am happy to sponsor this edition, because whatever I am made of today started from my becoming a golf professional which dates back in the 1980s,” he noted.Joseph Taouk, Captain Port Harcourt Golf Club on his part was elated that the club would be hosting the PGA of Nigeria Qualifying School final for the first time.About 90 candidates are taking part in this year’s edition, which is the 12th.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The need for golfers to develop themselves beyond playing on the course during tournaments and leisure has been stressed.The Director of Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, made the call during the opening ceremony of the 2020 qualifying school final event at the Port Harcourt Golf Club, Rivers State.“You must develop yourself beyond this level. Always seek knowledge; adopt new and better ways of doing things; go digital and beyond and the sky will be your limit. The trend in golf professionalism in modern times is digitalisation in teaching/coaching; playing; merchandising and so on,” the director said.last_img read more