West Ham’s Michail Antonio talks about the outstanding work, Manchester United’s, Marcus Rashford and, Manchester City’s, Raheem Sterling are doing away from the football pitch and discusses a potential future England call-up as he joins Andros Townsend and Mark Pougatch on the ITV Football Football Show.
The flu, mumps, rubella vaccines are live attenuated vaccine, the Chinese, with Sinopharm and Sinovac, went for this type of vaccine against Sars Cov 2. Western companies instead, went for inactivated vaccines like:
1/ genetic vaccines like Moderna or Pfizer,
2/ viral vector vaccines like Johnson and Johnson or AstraZeneca or
3/ protein based vaccines like Novavax.
But in the case of Covid, the most obvious candidate to work with for the vaccine is the whole inactivated Chinese vaccine of Sinopharm that is approved in UAE and China already.
Western companies have a perverse incentive (and yes I am a big fan of capitalism but sometimes it doesn’t work) because they want IP around the vaccine technology: the attenuated live vaccine technology has been around for too long to be patented.
Seeking IP, European and American companies have to find the exact antigen that create the right antibodies to protect you from full blown Covid. Sinopharm and Sinovac instead, give you the whole antigenic surface and let your immune system have more choices. Hence more likely to work.
At this point it is likely that the Chinese vaccines will be better than the Western vaccines. If you think differently would love to hear your views as to why.
Photo: A medical worker shows the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by SinoPharm at the company’s vaccine candidate production plant on April 10 (Xinhua).
By Mark Zuckerberg
Between Covid and insufficient public funding for elections, there are unprecedented challenges for election officials working to make sure everyone can vote safely this year. Last month Priscilla and I donated $300 million to support election officials with the infrastructure they need to administer the vote – including voting equipment, PPE for poll workers and hiring additional poll staff.
We’ve gotten a far greater response than we expected from election officials needing funding for voting infrastructure, so today we’re committing an additional $100 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life to make sure that every jurisdiction that needs funding to help people vote safely can get it. So far, more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions have submitted applications to CTCL for support.
Since our initial donation, there have been multiple lawsuits filed in an attempt to block these funds from being used, based on claims that the organizations receiving donations have a partisan agenda. That’s false. These funds will serve communities throughout the country — urban, rural and suburban – and are being allocated by non-partisan organizations. The Center for Tech and Civic Life shared data on the grant applications so far that shows that while a number of large jurisdictions have applied, the majority of applications have come from jurisdictions with fewer than 25,000 registered voters. All qualified jurisdictions that apply for the funds will be approved.
Voting is the foundation of democracy. It’s how we express our voice and make sure our country is heading in the direction we want. Priscilla and I remain determined to ensure that every state and local election jurisdiction has the resources they need so Americans can vote.
To be clear, I agree with those who say that government should have provided these funds, not private citizens. I hope that for future elections the government provides adequate funding. But absent that funding, I think it’s critical that this urgent need is met.
Voting is voice, and we believe every American should have the chance to make their voice heard in this election.
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