Novavax developing vaccine that targets new COVID-19 variant

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By Manojna Maddipatla and Mrinalika Roy (Reuters) -Novavax Inc said on Friday it had started working on a version of its COVID-19 vaccine to target the variant detected in South Africa and would have the shot ready for testing and manufacturing in the next few weeks. The company’s COVID-19 shot contains an actual version of the virus’ spike protein that cannot cause disease but can trigger the immune system. The vaccine developer said it had started developing a spike protein specifically based on the known genetic sequence of the variant, B.1.1.529. “The initial work will take a few weeks,” a… Continue reading “Novavax developing vaccine that targets new COVID-19 variant”

Pomilio Blumm wins record €200m EU tender for communications

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Pomilio Blumm wins record €200m EU tender for communications. The agency will be responsible for the design and implementation of multilingual communication campaigns in all EU Member States.

ROME, Nov. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomilio Blumm has won a tender issued by the European Commission for €200 million over four years. The agency will be responsible for the design and implementation of multilingual communication campaigns in all EU Member States. The focus of the campaigns will be on the policies, programmes and activities of the European Union under the responsibility of the participating institutions and bodies, with particular emphasis on its political priorities. “It is a project of gigantic proportions,” commented Franco Pomilio, President of the agency, “aimed primarily at the market of over 500 million citizens that we now know in depth. Our next objective is to expand into new partnerships with media centres that are able to offer international coverage in order to support us in the campaigns we are working on in the various continents”.

The Pescara-based group is also responsible for organising and managing events at Expo 2020 Dubai on behalf of the European Union, as part of a €20 million framework agreement. In recent months, it has also acquired new contracts for a total of over €130 million, which will be developed over the coming years. “We have worked very hard on research and development,” explained Franco Pomilio, “developing new patents that have had a significant impact on company margins, as demonstrated by the rankings published by Il Sole 24 Ore and the Financial Times, which once again place us among the ‘fastest-growing’ companies”.

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Asia Pacific Advanced Wound Dressings Projection by Technology, Share, Size, Trend, Regional Analysis Industry Forecast – 2028

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A new market study, titled “Asia Pacific Advanced Wound Dressings Forecast 2021-2028” has been featured on Fortune Business Insights™. **Get Latest Updated Market Research Report with Free Sample Report* Market Overview The Asia Pacific advanced wound dressings market size is projected to reach USD 1,644.8 million by 2027 owing to the increasing population of diabetic patients in the region, states Fortune Business Insights™ in its report, titled “Asia Pacific Advanced Wound Dressings Market, 2020-2027”. The report further states that the global market value was USD 1,051.2 million in 2019 and… Continue reading “Asia Pacific Advanced Wound Dressings Projection by Technology, Share, Size, Trend, Regional Analysis Industry Forecast – 2028”

Consumer Health Sector Commits to Industry-Wide Environmental Charter

GENEVA, Nov. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  The Global Self-Care Federation (GSCF) has today announced the launch of the Charter for Environmentally Sustainable Self-Care, the first global commitment from the consumer health industry to drive sustainable self-care.

The Charter aims to reduce the impact of self-care products on the environment, while ensuring better health outcomes, product safety and access to effective treatment options. Self-care products include medicines available over the counter without prescription (OTC), food supplements including minerals and vitamins, and self-care medical devices.

GSCF members, including consumer health manufacturers and associations, have made a range of commitments as part of the Charter for Environmentally Sustainable Self-Care, based on their individual sustainability programs. The Charter is focuses on three priority areas where the industry has the greatest impact and influence: Plastics and Packaging, Pharmaceuticals in the Environment and CO2Footprint.

Members have pledged to reduce plastics and packaging wherever possible, striving for circular design in self-care products. The industry continues to take measures to reduce the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, which include promoting the safe disposal of unused medication for example via take-back schemes. With respect to carbon, GSCF members and the broader industry are adopting emissions reduction targets that accelerate the transition to the low carbon economy, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Judy Stenmark, Director General at GSCF, said, “Voluntary and proactive action across the consumer health industry is essential to find urgent, sustainable solutions to address the sector’s environmental impact. That’s why I am very pleased to see the Charter come to fruition at a time when we are truly seeing a collective global movement from business to address sustainability, both through making tangible commitments and delivering on them. The Charter provides an ambitious platform for all our members globally to drive innovation in sustainability.”

“Minimising the impact of self-care products on the environment while safeguarding access to effective treatment and well-being options for people is a critical issue for the consumer health industry. Member companies have already embarked on the sustainability journey individually; with the Charter we establish a platform for good practice sharing and collaboration with an objective to create collective actions and move the needle forward,” commented Jurate Svarcaite, Director General at AESGP. 

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The Global Self-Care Federation represents associations and manufacturers in the self-care industry, promoting sustainable and better global health outcomes for all. The Global Self-Care Federation is the go-to source of information for the self-care industry. We work closely with our members and relevant stakeholder groups to deliver better choice, better care and better value. By placing the benefits of self-care at the heart of what we do, promoting industry transparency, and supporting the regulated use of health data, we ensure that self-care continues to play its increasingly vital role in sustainable healthcare, worldwide. More information please visit:

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Gov’t ramping up dimethyl ether production from coal: official

The Indonesian government is continuing to maximize the utilization of coal potential in the country through the downstreaming process, Director of Coal Business Development at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Sujatmiko has said.

Through industrial downstreaming, coal commodities could continue to drive the national economy in the future, he remarked at the Indonesia EBTKE ConEx event here on Friday.

According to Sujatmiko, the government is processing coal to produce dimethyl ether and raw materials for petrochemical plants.

“With the downstreaming, our coal will be converted into gas. Then, the gas can be (used) as dimethyl ether, and it can replace LNG and coal syngas (synthesis gas). Again, LNG can be utilized for methanol, fertilizer, and petrochemical plant needs,” he expounded.

Dimethyl ether has potential to be used as a fuel in the future because it can serve as a substitute for LPG (liquified petroleum gas), he added.

Thus, through the gasification of coal into dimethyl ether, the government is seeking to extend the utilization period of coal as a primary energy source, he explained.

Based on calculations by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) in 2020, coal resources in Indonesia stand at 143 billion tons, coal reserves at 38.8 billion tons, and assumed production at 600 million tons per year, Sujatmiko noted.

The nation’s coal reserves are adequate for 65 years, even if there is no addition to the stock, he said.

Nevertheless, he explained, coal production is expected to continue to increase over the next 20 years to meet national and global energy needs.

The ESDM Ministry had earlier recorded that coal production reached just 550 million tons last year. It projected production would rise to 633 million tons by 2025, 684 million tons by 2030, and slightly decline to 678 million tons by 2040.

On account of this, the downstreaming of coal can serve as a primary buffer to anticipate the deficit of gas stock in the country, Sujatmiko said.

“We hope this huge potential in coal can drive the national economy,” he added.

Source: Antara News

NTB Government commences preparations to host 2022 MotoGP

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) provincial government has begun preparations for the region to host the MotoGP at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Central Lombok District in March 2022.

Secretary of the NTB Provincial Administration Lalu Gita Ariadi said that the successful implementation of the Asian Talent Cup (IATC) and World Superbike (WSBK) in NTB had become an evaluation to re-prepare Mandalika as the host of MotoGP in 2022.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah), the IATC and WSBK events in Mandalika went smoothly. Hopefully, we would be able to do better, as we prepare our region to host the 2022 MotoGP at the Mandalika Circuit,” Ariadi stated at the IATC and WSBK Analysis and Evaluation Meeting here on Friday.

Ariadi later noted that the success of organizing the two international events was an achievement, considering that this was the first time that NTB Province had held an international-scale racing event.

To this end, he appealed to all supporting regional committees to strengthen collaboration in an effort to support the 2022 MotoGP in Mandalika.

“The supporting regional committees must work well together to ensure that next year’s MotoGP event will run smoothly,” he stated.

Ariadi also noted that the NTB provincial government was striving to handle various national agendas that were planned to be held in NTB, with focus on preparing for the 2022 MotoGP.

“The provincial government is striving to handle national agendas that will be held at the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (SEZ), so that we can focus on hosting the 2022 MotoGP without any significant disruption,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the NTB Police Chief, Inspector General Mohammad Iqbal, stated that his personnel were ready to maintain security, especially in improving the quality of service, as they had learnt from the evaluation of the IATC and WSBK events.

“We will continue to improve our service for the community, because we are really enthusiastic and ready to secure the MotoGP event in March 2022,” Iqbal noted.

During the implementation of IATC and WSBK, three variables had been successfully implemented before, during, and after the event, he added.

“Those three variables are related to land disputes, the implementation of health protocols, and extraordinary security. We will improve our work, especially for the 2022 MotoGP event,” he noted.

Source: Antara News

President inks decree determining Indonesia’s membership of ACMM

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed the Presidential Decree No. 19 of 2021 confirming Indonesia’s Membership at the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM).

There were four considerations for the issuance of the Presidential Decree, as stated in its digital copy uploaded on the State Secretariat Ministry’s documentation and legal information webpage on Friday.

The first consideration was that Indonesia routinely and actively sends its military personnel including medical personnel to international missions as one of the National Defense Forces (TNI)’s main tasks in military operation other than war.

Second, on May 25, 2016, in Vientiane, Laos, Indonesia and other ASEAN member states signed the Joint Declaration of the ASEAN Defence Ministers on Promoting Defence Cooperation for a Dynamic ASEAN Community, which adopted the terms of reference of the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine, it said.

The third consideration was that Indonesia wants to increase its active role in international cooperation in the military medicine field with other ASEAN member states and between ASEAN member states and Plus countries. Indonesia deems it necessary to be a member of the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine.

The fourth was based on the previous three considerations, thus, the President decided to issue a decree regarding the Determination of Indonesia’s Membership at ACMM, the ministry said.

The Presidential decree determines Indonesia’s membership, rights, and obligations as per the prevailing rules of ACMM and the provisions of law, it added.

All costs that are subject to Indonesia’s determination as an ACMM member will be borne by the state budget (APBN) and other legitimate and non-binding sources that follow legal provisions.

The Presidential Decree No. 19 of 2021 was signed in Jakarta on November 9, 2021.

The ASEAN Center of Military Medicine has a mission to establish practical, effective, and sustainable cooperation in military medical services for ASEAN Plus countries, both in normal and crisis situations, according to its official website.

Source: Antara News

Indonesian workers thank KSP for help in repatriation from Hong Kong

Indonesian migrant workers (PMI) have thanked the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) for the help it extended in their safe and smooth repatriation from Hong Kong in accordance with the COVID-19 health protocols.

“We are grateful for the government’s hard work, especially Mr. Moeldoko (Chief of KSP) and KSP that have paid attention to us in Hong Kong by handing out many masks since the pandemic began,” said Nur Meliana, one of the Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong, according to a KSP press release received here on Friday.

Migrant workers who returned to the country were also provided free quarantine facilities, adequate food, and COVID-19 vaccines, Meliana noted.

However, Meliana, who is from Lampung, said she is worried that her colleagues, who returned home for annual leave, would not be able to go back to Hong Kong due to strict regulations there, especially the 21-day quarantine requirement.

“The problem is that the quarantine hotels are fully booked until the end of the year, even though many employers are willing to pay the hotel fees,” she said.

In addition, according to her, Indonesian migrant workers planning to return to Hong Kong will also have to deal with constantly changing flight schedules. That is how the work visas of many migrant workers have expired, she explained.

Hence, she said she hopes that the Indonesian government can offer assistance to migrant workers who already hold Hong Kong identification cards.

KSP’s chief expert, Fadjar Dwi Wishnuwardhani, said that KSP has coordinated with the Ministry of Manpower to provide assistance to PMI.

“We hope the Hong Kong government can give privilege to migrant workers,” Wishnuwardhani said.

He also claimed that KSP has been intensively monitoring migrant workers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This effort is in accordance with President Joko Widodo’s direction to provide protection and convenience for migrant workers, both those who have returned to the country and those who are still abroad,” he added002E

Source: Antara News