Moderna begins study of Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents – health

Moderna Inc mentioned on Thursday it had dosed the primary participant in a mid-to-late stage study testing its Covid-19 vaccine candidate in adolescents aged 12 to lower than 18.

The study is being carried out in collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

“Our goal is to generate data in the spring of 2021 that will support the use of mRNA-1273 in adolescents in advance of the 2021 school year,” mentioned Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel.

The information comes because the United States prepares to start distributing the primary doses of Covid-19 vaccines from each Moderna and rival Pfizer/BioNTech to adults, upon regulatory nod for emergency use.

A panel of exterior advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet on Thursday to debate whether or not to advocate the use of Pfizer’s vaccine for individuals aged 16 and older. The same assembly of advisers to the FDA is scheduled for December 17 to debate Moderna’s vaccine.

Rival Pfizer can also be finding out its vaccine candidate in individuals as younger as 12.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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Ninth edition of International Sand Art Festival begins in Odisha’s Puri – art and culture

The ninth edition of the International Sand Art Festival has begun on the Chandrabhaga Beach of Konark in Odisha’s Puri district with adherence to authorities prescribed Covid-19 protocols.

About 70 artists from throughout the nation are set to participate in the a lot-awaited competition that gives a platform for each nationwide and worldwide sand artists to showcase their expertise.

The previous few years of the competition noticed enthusiastic participation from artists from nations just like the United States, Russia, Singapore and Italy. This yr, nonetheless, worldwide artists won’t be taking part as a result of ongoing world Covid-19 pandemic.

Sudarsan Pattnaik, world-famend sand artist and Padmashree Awardee, has been appointed as Chief Curator of the competition.

“I am grateful to the tourism festival for allowing the event to take place despite the pandemic. Visitors are being allowed to enter after thermal scanning and hand sanitisation. It is a matter of great joy to be able to host very talented artists from across the country. Although we are quite sad that we will not be able to host other artists, we are hopeful that we will see their participation next year,” Pattnaik advised ANI.

Several measures have been taken to make sure that protocol is adopted in mild of the coronavirus, together with thermal scanning of guests earlier than entry, hand sanitisation, social distancing and pre-registration of guests.

Artists create sculptures primarily based on related themes like surroundings, culture and nationwide and worldwide affairs. This yr, the principle themes of the sculptures are ‘Environment’ and ‘Covid-19’.

Artists current on the occasion expressed their gratitude to the State Tourism Department, saying they had been glad to have a platform to showcase their art.

“Odisha is the only state in the country that provides a national and international platform for this art form and gives us respect as sand artists. Other states should learn from Odisha and take more initiatives along similar lines to encourage artists,” stated Madurendra Kumar, a participant from Champaran.

Every yr, the competition is well known with nice fervour in the primary week of December as half of the Konark Dance Festival that’s organised throughout the identical time.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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Mamata Banerjee begins outreach in tribal belt days after Shah’s visit; BJP says it’s too late – kolkata

Seventeen days after Union house minister Amit Shah visited Bankura district in the western a part of West Bengal, mentioned elections with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the area and had lunch at a tribal house, chief minister Mamata Banerjee reached the district on Sunday afternoon.

Shah spent round eight hours in Bankura. Banerjee can be attending administrative conferences and public rallies until November 25, mentioned Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders.

“Mamata Banerjee is not a migratory bird who pays a visit once in a while to have lunch with people. She has done a lot for the tribal population. We are confident that she will do more in the future,” mentioned Jyotsna Mandi, the TMC legislator from Ranibandh which is reserved for scheduled tribe candidates.

Incidentally, all 13 meeting segments in Bankura district are a part of three Lok Sabha seats that additionally comprise some meeting segments from two adjoining districts. These Lok Sabha seats, Bankura, Bishnupur and Bardhaman-Durgapur, had been received by the BJP in 2019 when it received 18 of the state’s 42 seats.

Banerjee’s go to is important as a result of the TMC additionally launched its new outreach programme in Bankura on Saturday. All legislators in the state have been requested to go to their constituencies with native bureaucrats and work together with individuals about their issues and resolve these inside a stipulated time-frame.

Sampa Daripa, the legislator from Bankura meeting section visited a tribal village previous to the chief minister’s go to. “The villagers are having some problems getting subsidised ration. They also want a road repaired. These will be taken care of,” mentioned Daripa.

BJP state basic secretary Sayantan Basu, who visited Durgapur on Sunday to attend organizational conferences, scoffed on the chief minister’s go to to the tribal belt.

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“Banerjee is making desperate efforts but nothing can save her government. It’s like saying prayers for the dying. She should have reached out to these people when they needed her help. All these years the TMC delivered nothing but corruption. The tribal people want jobs and security that she cannot provide,” mentioned Basu.

The area can be a vital issue for the TMC in the meeting polls due in about 5 months as a result of voters expressed their confidence in the BJP in 2019.

Dr Subhas Sarkar wrested the Bankura Lok Sabha seat from the TMC by securing 49.2 % votes. Union minister S S Ahluwalia received from Bardhaman-Durgapur whereas TMC’s Saumitra Khan retained the Bishnupur seat after becoming a member of the BJP previous to the polls. Khan is now president of the BJP’s state youth entrance.

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