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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine development, underreporting of cases, Mexico City lowers alert as Australia raises it

first_imgMay 22, 2009HHS funnels $1 billion toward vaccine for novel H1N1 fluHealth and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that she is allocating about $1 billion in existing funds toward clinical vaccine studies this summer and for commercial-scale production of both antigen (active ingredient) and adjuvant (which boosts a person’s immune response) for a novel H1N1 influenza vaccine. “The actions we are taking today will help us be prepared if a vaccine is needed,” Sebelius said in a news release.[May 22 HHS news release]Global novel flu numbers rise slightlyGlobal novel H1N1 influenza totals pushed to 11,168 cases and 86 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The Philippines reported its first case, to push the number of affected countries to 42 as the global case total grew by 134 since yesterday. The numbers include 3,892 cases with 75 deaths in Mexico, 5,764 cases and 9 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, 719 cases and 1 death in Canada, and 20 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica.[WHO update 36]US case count tops 6,500The number of confirmed and probable novel H1N1 flu cases in the United States today swelled to 6,552, up 212 cases from yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. No new deaths were reported. Also, no new states reported cases, to hold the total of affected states at 47, plus the District of Columbia.[Current CDC numbers]Cases underreported in Britain?Some influenza experts suspect that the number of novel H1N1 influenza cases may be higher than reported in Britain, the Associated Press reported today. The country is reportedly trying to contain the virus by blanketing suspect cases and their contacts with oseltamivir, which several experts, such as Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, at the University of Minnesota, said won’t work. According to the AP, Britain and Spain are also testing only those who have a travel history or are case contacts.[May 22 AP story]Mexico City downgrades alertMexico City yesterday lowered its novel flu alert, which removed restrictions on visiting public places, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported. The city’s mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, said resident no longer need to wear masks, and he noted that no new infections with the novel flu virus had been reported for a week in the city.[May 22 BBC article]Australia raises its pandemic alert levelAustralia’s health ministry today raised its pandemic alert to the “containment” phase, as the number of novel H1N1 influenza rose to 11 and the country detected its first instance of community transmission of the virus, Bloomberg News reported. Two schools closed for a week after student cases were confirmed, and health officials are testing 28 more suspected cases. The government also said it was considering ordering H1N1 vaccine from Australia-based CSL Ltd.[May 22 Bloomberg News story]last_img read more

Speaker Tyler Denies Being Probed by LACC

first_imgThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has categorically denied having ever been investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for any financial or administrative malpractice as announced by the LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier.The House Speaker said he had never received any notification from LACC to the effect that he was being investigated; but said he had advised the Commission to exercise due diligence in the conduct of its duties as provided for under the Act.The Speaker’s clarification was contained in a press release, dated October 29, 2014, under the signature of Chief of Staff Edwin J. Clarke, Jr.The release said the Speaker had only received a communication from the LACC requesting the assistance of his Office to provide documentation including contract(s) between the House of Representatives and three independent consultants, which the Office of the Speaker provided.“The Office of the Speaker believes that the decision of the Chairperson of the LACC to select the “court of public opinion” as opposed to following the powers and functions as enshrined in the Act is inappropriate and outside the spirit of good governance,” the press release states, citing the LACC Act Chapters 4.1 and 5.1 and 5.2 – The Powers of the LACC and the Functions of the LACC.The release said, “members of the House of Representatives undertook a nationwide broad consultation seeking the input of Liberians on how to proceed with the Oil Sector of our country, in order to yield the desired dividends. The tour was a real eye opener, witnessing firsthand the deplorable living conditions of the people.”The release also said, “ the deplorable living conditions of the people placed upon their shoulders immense pressure to move swiftly with a district-centered budgetary proposal for immediate financial allocation intended to transform the lives of our people.“It would seem that moving with haste with the Oil Sector, seeking internal and external expertise for proper guidance amidst constraints, of Government’s policy of services before payment that provoked the Speaker’s financial surety, has now become an issue,” the release said.Speaker Tyler argued that “if national leaders act selflessly by putting forth their personal resources to expedite national processes, that should not be construed as a new definition of corruption.“When someone chooses to blackmail a senior official by reneging on a gentlemen’s arrangement for reimbursement of an advance payment he had received for services to be rendered, it only draws into question, the integrity of this particular individual,” the release further said.“In this instance, Speaker Tyler was not soliciting a bribe or percentage, but pushing active Liberian participation, at most two Liberian Lawyers, to properly advise on the legality of the oil instruments to be in line with our national laws and the overall national interest.”The release also said: “ by choosing to project himself as a Whistle-Blower to the LACC, this individual’s motive was sinister, bordering on greed and selfishness to renege on the reimbursement of the US $12,500.00 advance payment of the US $25,000.00 legal service contract.”Meanwhile, the release said, “it was saddened to note that due to the gullible political environment, the Speaker has now become the soft target and political whipping boy by those who fear that he has conceived a political ambition that could outplay their political agenda.”The Speaker, however,  questioned the integrity of the LACC saying: “When the LACC Chairperson, heading an integrity institution, begins to question whether or not the US $12,500.00 was the personal money of Speaker Tyler, then the issue is trivialized.”The release indicated: “Speaker Alex J. Tyler is a gainfully employed senior official of government with the capacity to have made such an advance payment of US $12,500.00 from his personal/family coffers, judging from delayed bureaucracy associated with such a payment with no pecuniary interest.”He further declared: “If this matter borders on the Honorable Speaker using his personal money, then the records are available for the perusal of the LACC and all interested parties to fully vindicate Speaker Tyler and protect his hard earned reputation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more