Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples

first_imgSep 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – US officials have resolved what they’re calling a lapse in communication that has contributed to China’s delay in sending promised poultry samples of H5N1 avian influenza virus to the United States.Early last week, a Chinese agricultural official told news services that Beijing was still working out a protocol for sharing poultry H5N1 samples with the international community, even though the government had promised in March to provide up to 20 samples for analysis in World Health Organization (WHO)-affiliated laboratories.After the announcement, the newspaper China Daily reported that the agriculture ministry had blamed a US lab for the delay, saying the lab did not complete required import procedures. A WHO representative, however, told Agence France-Presse last week that logistical arrangements were already in place.Kathy Harben, a spokesperson on global issues for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told the Associated Press (AP) Sep 8 that the samples were delayed because China and the CDC had problems agreeing whether the samples should be classified as diagnosed or undiagnosed.Packing and handling procedures are the same for both, but Harben said the CDC preferred the samples be shipped as “undiagnosed” because the forms and approval process for such samples take less time. She said the approval process for “diagnosed” samples, the classification preferred by the Chinese agriculture ministry, could take weeks.China and the CDC agreed to have the samples shipped as “diagnosed,” Harben told the AP, and said she expected that the CDC would receive the samples by the end of September.Harben told CIDRAP News today that officials are still working out details about what samples are coming. “We’ll know more later,” she said.The CDC routinely works with China’s health ministry whenever it receives human H5N1 samples; however, Harben said receiving poultry samples is rare and has been somewhat more difficult because CDC officials are making arrangements with a different branch of government, the agriculture ministry.China has not shared avian flu virus samples from poultry since late 2004, according to recent news reports. Poultry H5N1 viruses, especially those from China, are needed to develop vaccines and drugs.last_img read more

Pandemic threatens child education, health gains: World Bank

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic threatens to erase progress made in the last decade in improving child education and health, particularly in the poorest countries, the World Bank said on Wednesday.The conclusion comes in the Washington-based development lender’s Human Capital Index for 2020, which ranks countries on how well children are prepared for the future, with an emphasis on factors like schooling and healthcare.This year’s report shows that most countries, particularly poorer ones, have made steady gains in improving health and education prior to the pandemic. Despite that, the bank said in a statement a child in a low-income country will likely achieve only 56 percent of their human capital compared to one with access to a complete education and full healthcare.The indicator purports to measure the level in life that a child born today can hope to reach by age 18.World Bank President David Malpass told reporters those gains are now jeopardized by the pandemic.”Human capital is absolutely vital to the financial and economic future of the country as well as the social well being,” he said. Inequalities among children are set to increase, Malpass said, warning of disturbing trends such as the eighty million children lacking essential vaccinations.”We think more than one billion children have been out of school due to COVID, and [they] could lose as much as $10 trillion in lifetime earnings,” he said, citing their reduced education level as well as the potential they would drop out of school. He warned girls face a “disproportionate” risk, and called on countries to invest in education broadly.First launched in 2018, this year’s Human Capital Index includes data from 174 countries representing 98 percent of the world’s population.center_img Topics :last_img read more

U.S. no match for UW

first_imgOn Jan. 2, while most college students were still recovering from New Year’s revelry, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team did something no other WCHA team had done this season.They defeated the women’s U.S. Select Team, by a score of 3-2, in an exhibition match at the Kohl Center. The result left the U.S. Select Team with a 6-1-0 record against WCHA opponents, with a game against Minnesota-Duluth postponed.Playing in front of a crowd of 1,880, senior defenseman Rachel Bible said it was a statement win for the team.“We wanted to send a message to the rest of the teams in the WCHA, and the country, how good we can be,” Bible said. “I think that was the biggest thing for us, was just to send a message.”Bible helped the message-sending cause by assisting freshman center Brooke Ammerman on the game’s first goal, just over five minutes into the game. The Badgers extended their lead with less than a minute to play in the first frame, when Maria Evans, a sophomore forward, lit the lamp on a feed from junior forward Emily Kranz. The goal was the second of Evans’ career.In the second period, prolific sophomore forward, and usual U.S. Select Team member, Hilary Knight converted a power play opportunity to put UW up by three. Senior center, and fellow national team member, Erika Lawler and senior forward Angie Keseley registered the assists.For the game, the Badgers committed only three penalties to the Select Team’s seven. The disparity, Lawler said, played into the outcome, but not necessarily because the Badgers spent a lot of time on power play.“I think it was more important that we stayed out of the box, than we kept them in the box,” Lawler said. “Obviously you want to score on a power play, but when you’re playing against the best penalty killers in the United States, you’re kind of just like, ‘Alright, we got an extra player here.’”Although long-time National Team members Julie Chu and Natalie Darwitz thinned the margin to one with a goal apiece, the Badgers held their opponent scoreless for the final 13:57 to prevail with an impressive victory. Ammerman said it was an exciting win, especially considering the absences of freshman defenseman Brittany Haverstock and sophomore forward Mallory Deluce, who were away playing with the Canadian national team.“Some of us were just getting back from camp, and we were missing two of our better players because they were with Team Canada,” Ammerman said. “So to beat USA in front of a big crowd in our first exhibition game back from break was pretty awesome. It felt pretty good.”For Ammerman and a handful of other Badgers, the matchup pitted them against some familiar faces. When the Select Team plays internationally, their lineup normally includes Lawler, Knight, junior forward Meghan Duggan and senior goaltender Jessie Vetter. Ammerman, who was assistant captain of the U.S. Under-18 team in a series against Canada in August, joined them in late December for the Select Team’s holiday camp in Blaine, Minn. Lawler said the relationships across the ice make for a special environment.“Anytime you get to play the national team players, girls who are supposed to be the best in the sport, you get really pumped up to play against them,” Lawler said. “And knowing a lot of them from the camps and everything, and actually just getting back from a camp with them all, and then playing on a different team than all of them, it was a really interesting and unique experience.”Additionally, three former Badgers revisited their old stomping ground. Forward Jinelle Zaugg and defensemen Molly Engstrom and Kerry Weiland all started for the U.S. Team. Former UW goalie Chanda Gunn is also a member of the team but did not play in the exhibition.Bible said trying to stop Zaugg, instead of having her in the cardinal red, was not an enviable task.“She’s a really good player,” Bible said. “She’s really hard to play one-on-one against because of her long stick. So, it’s almost impossible, but it’s fun to play against.”Even though the win doesn’t count for anything official, the lessons learned through the experience of playing a world-class opponent should only help the Badgers as they begin winding down their season. Lawler noted that being able to outplay such elite competition should give the team confidence as they eye the Frozen Four.“When you see Natalie Darwitz out there, Jenny Potter, and you’re going against them and they can accelerate into that sixth gear that they can just crank it up into, it’s crazy to watch and it’s very challenging to play against,” Lawler said. “But for the most part, we were right there with them, and I think that that’s what everyone was pretty pumped up about in the locker room. … I think it’s just a learning experience for us that we can take throughout the rest of the season.”last_img read more

World heavyweight champ Charr fails drugs test

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Germany’s Manuel Charr (C) celebrates after winning the WBA world heavyweight boxing title in a bout against Russia’s Alexander Ustinov (unseen) on November 25, 2017 in Oberhausen, western Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Guido Kirchner / Germany OUTWorld heavyweight champion Manuel Charr has had to call off next week’s title defense and is set to be stripped of his WBA belt after testing positive for steroids.The 33-year-old, who was born in Lebanon but lives in Germany, was due to defend his title against American Fres Oquendo, 45, in Cologne on September 29, but the fight is off after Charr tested positive for two anabolic steroids.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Pacio, Naito face off ahead of ONE: Conquest of Heroes Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Under the circumstances, we will unfortunately have to cancel the world title fight,” Charr told Cologne-based newspaper Express and his management confirmed the title defense was off to SID, an AFP subsidiary.“I can only ask my fans and all the people in Cologne to believe me and to trust that everything will be cleared up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments MOST READlast_img read more