The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said COVID-19 vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November.China has four COVID-19 vaccines in the final stage of clinical trials. At least three of those have already been offered to essential workers under an emergency use program launched in July. Phase 3 clinical trials are proceeding smoothly and the vaccines could be ready for the public in November or December.Beijing has promised that Southeast Asian countries would be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccines it develops once they become available.Responding to Wang’s statement, Luhut said he expected that following the Chinese government’s commitment, many Indonesian doctors and health workers could join an exchange program and learned from the best practices in China. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : “I want more cooperation from our hospitals, our doctors and health workers as well as research and technological cooperation between the two countries,” Luhut said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post.Read also: Jokowi issues presidential regulation on COVID-19 vaccinationLuhut was traveling with Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and director of state-run pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma Honesti Basyir to finalize the procurement of a COVID-19 vaccine to be used by the government in a mass vaccination program beginning in November.Luhut and his team held a meeting with three pharmaceutical firms: Sinovac, Sinopharm and CanSino Bio.Vaccines produced by the three companies have entered Phase 3 clinical trials and are in the process of getting emergency use authorization in some countries.Beijing has promised that Southeast Asian countries would be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccines it develops once they become available. (JP/-)In recent months, CanSino has undertaken Phase 3 clinical trials in China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Pakistan. Sinophram, meanwhile, has carried out clinical trials in China, the United Arab Emirates, Peru, Morocco and Argentina. Sinovac has also carried out Phase 3 clinical trials in China, Indonesia, Brazil, Turkey, Bangladesh and Chile.CanSino has agreed to provide 100,000 single-dose vaccines for Indonesia in November and expects to deliver between 15 million and 20 million doses in 2021. Sinopharm, meanwhile, is expected to deliver 15 million dual-dose vaccines this year, with 5 million expected to be delivered in November. Sinovac has pledged to ship 3 million doses until the end of this year, with 1.5 million single-dose vials to be delivered in the first week of November.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the country would have the ability to procure around 290 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.Other than relying on foreign vaccine manufacturers, Indonesia is also developing its own vaccine named Merah Putih, in reference to the country’s red and white flag.The Merah Putih vaccine, which is being developed by a national consortium under the Research and Technology Ministry, is expected to cover at least 50 percent of the country’s 260 million people. State-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma aims to mass-produce the vaccine by 2022 if it gets approval from the Indonesia Food and Monitoring Agency (BPOM). China stepped up its efforts in “vaccine democracy” over the weekend, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi saying that joint vaccine programs between Indonesian and China could be the focus of new ties between the two countries.Speaking after a meeting with visiting Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Wang said Indonesia could be a vaccine production hub for Southeast Asia in the near future.”China is willing to work with Indonesia on vaccine research, production and distribution, and support exchanges of relevant departments and medical institutes to help ensure access to affordable vaccines across the region and around the world,” Wang said.
Osgood, In. — Due to flooding, Margaret Mary Health has moved the “Family Fun Night” to the Ripley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Osgood.All are welcome to a free night of strengthening families, building community connections and encouraging positive choices.
At their final meeting of the fall semester Tuesday night, Undergraduate Student Government senators passed several resolutions targeting student life, USG’s website and communication between the student body and the university administration.A resolution endorsing the full closure of the Row to through traffic passed unanimously. USG had been discussing the resolution since Greek senators resurrected the idea of blocking off the Row at the beginning of the year.“It shows that Undergraduate Student Government supports the development of 28th Street,” Greek Senator Hayden Coplen said. “We’re not city planners, so I can’t speak to having a solidified plan, but the goal is that we don’t want through traffic on 28th Street because it’s dangerous for pedestrians and bike riders.”Closing the Row would involve installing gates or guarded kiosk entrances at both ends of 28th Street, and only Department of Public Safety, Campus Cruiser, taxi and emergency vehicles would be granted access.Despite the Senate support for the resolution, students have expressed concerns about the effects of closing 28th Street to traffic.Many students who completed a USG-sponsored survey about the development of the Row expressed concerns about limited parking and emergency vehicle access to 28th Street, but USG will address these issues if and when a more specific plan is outlined, Greek Senator Dylan Dann said.Limiting traffic on the Row has been one of the Greek community’s primary objectives for many years, Greek Senator Max Ukropina said. But the issue affects both Greek and non-Greek students, especially in terms of the Row’s safety and cleanliness, he added.Although the 28th Street resolution only focuses on limiting traffic, the measure will help pave the way for future efforts to develop and improve the aesthetics of the Row, which is another concern that has been raised, Dann said.“The whole project is an initiative to improve 28th Street as an extension of the campus, because alumni [and] a lot of big donors associate 28th Street with the university, and [the images are] not consistent,” he said.Aside from the 28th Street initiative, the Senate also approved a resolution calling for the inclusion of undergraduate and graduate student representatives on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.The senate also allocated $2,200 for the creation of an online funding application on USG’s website and passed a resolution for the establishment of a USC Trojan Toilet Task Force, which will be responsible for establishing a guide to the locations and amenities of bathrooms on campus.
A New Jersey couple held a Make American Great Again themed wedding, and the BEST MAN was in attendance, President Donald Trump.President Trump made a surprise appearance at the wedding reception Saturday night that took place at his New Jersey golf club, prompting the bride, groom and attendees to break into chants of “USA! USA!”Video circulating on social media Sunday showed Trump walk out to the reception and the bride and groom rush over to join him. The crowd then erupted in the patriotic chant.Groom P.J. Mongelli said that Trump showing up at the wedding “was a complete and utter surprise.”He said that he and his then-fiancée Nicole Marie Mongelli had sent Trump multiple invitations to attend.P.J. Mongelli said Trump first appeared during the cocktail hour to meet the bride and other family members before he made a second appearance at the reception at the request of the newlyweds.