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As The First Coronavirus Vaccine Human Trials Begin, Manufacturer Is Already Preparing To Scale Production To Millions

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Last week, the first volunteers in a study of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine received their first doses, and the vaccine’s developer, Moderna Therapeutics, is already thinking ahead. Although testing on the vaccine will take at least a year to complete, the work could provide valuable information about how the immune system can fight coronaviruses and could give scientists a head start if any new outbreaks of the virus were to occur.

Non-essential staff at Moderna Therapeutics’ manufacturing facility, in Norwood, Mass., including president Dr. Stephen Hoge, are working from home as recommended by public health officials, but those involved in manufacturing what may be the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus are ready to scale up production if the first phase of testing on the vaccine shows that it’s safe.

The vaccine will be studied first in a group of 45 healthy volunteers, who have not been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In this group, scientists are looking to see if the shots are safe, and to test three different dosages to see which seems to activate the strongest immune response. If these initial subjects don’t develop any severe side effects or reactions, then researchers will recruit hundreds more healthy volunteers to confirm those results.

For the first phase, Moderna shipped hundreds of vials of the test vaccine to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is overseeing the study in multiple centers in the US. For the next, says Hoge, “it will be several fold, maybe five-fold larger than the first phase. We are talking thousands of vials.”

And if the vaccine proves not just safe, but also successful, the company is preparing for an anticipated “incredible demand to scale up the vaccine very, very quickly,” Hoge says, “we have already started to do work to scale up to producing millions of doses.”

That’s made possible, in part, by the non-traditional technology used to make this particular vaccine. Moderna uses mRNA, a genetic form of the virus’ genome, in its vaccine. When it’s injected into people, cells then process it so immune cells can recognize it and target it for destruction. Unlike the processes used to make most traditional vaccines, this method does not require growing huge amounts of the virus, which is time-consuming.

It’s also why the vaccine was developed in record time. Chinese researchers first posted the genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 in mid-January, and by Feb. 7, Moderna had vials of the vaccine ready for the standards-testing needed before the treatment could be cleared for human trials. By the last week of February, that was completed and the company sent vials to NIH for further review by its scientists. Then both Moderna and NIH filed for a request to the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates trials of experimental therapies, to start injecting the vaccine in people for human testing.

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Stop Empowering Terrorism In Nigeria : Imam Of Peace To Buhari 

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Imam of Peace better known as Mohammad Tawhidi called out on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to stop empowering Terrorism in his country.

The sitting president who as at now according to the Imam of Peace has no idea of handling the Coronavirus Pandemic in his Country.

In a tweet on Friday March 27, 2020 he tweeted below.

The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari still doesn’t know the name of the virus killing 24,000+ at such a rapid rate. Addressing the nation about it for the first time, he pronounced the virus as ‘CIVIK 1-9’.
His friend, Imran Khan, thinks Japan and Germany share a border.

I love Nigeria. I have one Nigerian friend and she’s amazing. One of the most successful and honest people I know. I also welcome my new Nigerian followers on Twitter.
You have a beautiful country but it would be more beautiful without the terrorism enabled by Dictator Buhari.

He also went on to call out on followers of the President who hit at him in a series of tweets below.

President Buhari’s cult claim they have nothing to do with terrorists in Nigeria.
Yet when I expose terrorists in Nigeria…
President Buhari’s fans attack me online.
A stupid President is always elected by stupid people.

Covik Cult lying again. He has nothing to respond with so he claims that he’s blocked. He’s not blocked. But he will be after this lie. #PresidentCovik

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Coronavirus: Two Ghanaians Share Information On How They Recovered

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News outlets lately have all been focusing on one thing- the Covid-19 (coronavirus as we know it). Day in, day out the figures across the globe fluctuates as new tests show positive results all the while, others are taking their last breath.

Through it all, one thing is clear-the virus to some extent favours the younger generation as many young people who have tested positive for the virus have been sent home to self-isolate and treat themselves.

Below are first hand account of two Ghanaian patients of the virus living abroad (U.K. & Lativia) who are undergoing treatment in self isolation. The motive behind sharing their story is to spread calm while placing emphasis on the importance of social distancing.

The patients share tips on medication to use and avoid while treating symptoms; they also share the steps to embark on once you feel symptoms setting in. Some of these tips include

1.When you feel your throat drying up,drink water
2.Have vitamin C in and on you (either chewies or the soluble but the soluble is highly recommended)
3.If you can, get a humidifier with essential oils to help ‘moisturise the atmosphere and help you breathe better
4.Should you have a headache, stick to paracetamol and stay away from Ibuprofen as it worsens the condition(that is if you do have the virus).

It is clear that although Covid-19 is a deadly virus, it is not a death sentence and making the conscious effort to fight it is crucial on our journey to kick this pandemic out. Bare in mind, the protocols for preventing catching the virus remain

1.Wash your hands with soap under running water for at least 20sec.
2.Keep a sanitizer on you at all times; and use it
3.If you have to sneeze or cough, do not do it into you palm. Just dab
4.Do not touch your face
5.Avoid contact with people
6.Stay hydrated and stock up on vitamin c

It is our duty to ourselves to stay safe and healthy at all times and until this virus passes, let us be as hygienic as one can be.

We have posted screenshots of the respective conversations we had with the patients who happens to be friends with one of our representatives.

Patient in U.K.

Patient in Lativia

Patient in Latvia
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Trump Goes From Calling COVID-19 The “Chinese Virus” To “Coronavirus” And Says The US And China Are Working Together In The Fight Against The Disease

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Donald Trump took to Twitter to reveal that he had a “very good conversation” with the President of China Xi Jinping and that the US and China are now working “closely together” in the fight against coronavirus.

He tweeted: “Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!”

Trump goes from calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" to "Coronavirus" and says the US and China are working together in the fight against the disease

This came after he was adamant about referring to Coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” despite being told that it’s racist.

Twitter users reacted to his tweet, where he referred to COVID-19 as coronavirus and no longer as “Chinese Virus”.

“It conveniently turned from the Chinese virus back to the coronavirus when you want to pretend you have respect for the president of China. You’re such a hypocrite,” @TalbertSwan wrote.

Trump goes from calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" to "Coronavirus" and says the US and China are working together in the fight against the disease

The phone conversation between both Presidents followed a video conference meeting of G-20 leaders during which Xi Jinping gave a speech calling for greater international cooperation.

In the call with Trump, Xi said that U.S.-China relations are at a critical juncture, and hoped the U.S. would make substantial action in improving the relationship, according to a Chinese-language state media report translated by CNBC.

“Under the current circumstances, China and the U.S. should unite to fight the epidemic,” the report of Xi’s comments said, noting both countries’ health departments and disease control experts have maintained communication.

“The Chinese side is willing to continue to provide information and experience with the U.S. without reservation,” the report added, noting some provinces, cities and businesses in China are providing the U.S. with medical supplies.

“The Chinese side understands the current difficulties of the U.S., and is willing to provide support within (China’s) ability.”

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