FLU NEWS SCAN: EU H1N1 response, flu vigilance in Europe, flu vaccine coverage, avian flu import rule

first_imgJan 25, 2011EU Parliament calls for steps to address ‘disproportionate’ H1N1 responseIn a resolution adopted today, a committee of the European Union’s (EU’s) Parliament recommended that the EU consider the expense of vaccination against the relative risk of a future influenza pandemic, as well as consider cooperative purchasing of vaccines and provide more safeguards against conflicts of interest. The author of the resolution, France’s Michele Rivasi, said in a press release, “This report is an important attempt to highlight the concerns that have been raised about the disproportionate response to the swine flu in Europe, as well as the potential influence of pharmaceutical companies in response processes.” The measure passed the Parliament’s Public Health Committee 58 to 2, with 1 abstention. The resolution recommends that member nations cooperate better to enable mass buying of vaccines, that the names of expert advisers should be published, and that “liability for vaccines” must remain with drug manufacturers. It also calls upon the World Health Organization (WHO) to review its definition of “pandemic” to include disease severity. Last June a health committee of the parliamentary body of the Council of Europe—which is a separate body from the EU—passed a harsh critique of the WHO’s response to the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.Jan 25 EU Parliament press releaseJun 24, 2010, CIDRAP News story on Council of Europe critiqueECDC calls for heightened flu vigilanceThe European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) urged taking precautions this year similar to those taken in an average seasonal flu, with some adjustments, given the predominance of the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus in Europe, including the fact that it has caused 90% of flu deaths. In a risk assessment released today, the ECDC said, “Many of the features and required countermeasures are the same as for the previous seasonal influenzas. However, there are important differences which Europe needs to take into consideration, notably the type of people who are most affected and experiencing severe disease.” Those disproportionately affected by severe disease this year, as during the pandemic, are those under age 65, the report says. In addition, some regions, such as the United Kingdom, are seeing more cases of serious illness than during the pandemic. The report recommends increased respiratory and hand hygiene, vaccination, use of antiviral drugs in those with severe flu-like illness, increased vigilance in the healthcare community, and broad sharing of clinical information.Jan 25 ECDC risk assessmentHispanic seniors less likely to get seasonal flu vaccineHispanic men and women 65 and older are less likely to receive the seasonal flu vaccine than their white contemporaries, according to a new Rand Corp. study in Archives of Internal Medicine. In addition, Hispanic seniors who prefer speaking Spanish and live in newer Hispanic communities where Spanish is predominant are least likely to be vaccinated. Researchers analyzed data from more than 244,000 seniors surveyed in 2008 as part of a federal project and found that 68% of English-speaking and 64% of Spanish-speaking Hispanic seniors had received flu vaccine, compared with 76% of matched white seniors. “These findings suggest new strategies may be needed to target an important problem,” said Rand statistician Amelia Haviland, the study’s lead author, in a press release.Jan 24 Arch Intern Med abstractJan 24 Rand Corp. press releaseUSDA posts more stringent avian flu import ruleTo prevent the introduction of avian flu into the United States, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday issued an interim rule prohibiting the importation of birds and poultry products from regions in which any highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype has been confirmed. The previous rule restricted entry of birds or products only from regions in which the H5N1 strain had been detected. The USDA also added restrictions for live poultry, hatching eggs, and other birds that have been vaccinated for any H5 or H7 subtype of HPAI or that have moved through regions where any HPAI subtype exists. Nonvaccinated birds or hatching eggs must be accompanied by a certificate verifying their status. Comments on the new rule will be received till Mar 25.Jan 24 USDA news releaseJan 24 Federal Register text of rulelast_img read more

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Tottenham transfer news: Five possible Alderweireld replacements for Spurs

first_img REVEALED Alderweireld has been a first team regular since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2015 playing 135 times for the North London club.If the 29-year-old does decide to leave, who can replace him that will come at a reasonable price? RANKED shining Latest Football Stories 6 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice At 19-years-old, Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most recognisable young names in both in the Netherlands and in Europe.Currently at Ajax, De Ligt has been linked with a whole host of names off of the back of an impressive 2017/18 season where he was voted into the Dutch team of the season and won the 2018 Golden Boy Award, coming top of 100 candidates.Officially named the best under-21 player in Europe, the Dutchman has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.He fits the bill perfectly for Mauricio Pochettino, De Ligt is a ball playing centre half that can command a defence – something Spurs will lack if they do lose Alderweireld.He wouldn’t come cheap and Spurs would more than likely have to break the bank with De Ligt having a market value of around £65million.Owner Daniel Levy is used to dealings with Ajax though which could smooth things over.They spent £42million on Colombian defender Davidson Sanchez from the Dutch club in 2017, and also sign superstars Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen from them.Joris Gnagnon (Sevilla) 6 For numerous transfer windows now, there has been speculation Belgian central defender Toby Alderweireld could be on his way out of Tottenham.These rumours have been dragged to the top of the gossip columns once again after the club activated his one-year contract extension.Due to Spurs exercising the option though, there is now a release clause which could see Alderweireld leave for just £25million. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 6 Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED MONEY 6 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Another Belgian to Tottenham perhaps? Nothing has been linked as of yet but Christian Kabasele is one of many players to step up this season for Watford.Javi Gracia’s team, who are eighth in the Premier League, have had a few stand out players this season with Kabasele and Abdoulaye Doucoure both being linked with moves to Chelsea and PSG respectively.The centre-back has made 15 appearances this season, but due to an injury picked up midway through the festive period against Chelsea, has been missing since Boxing DayBack in 2017, team-mate and defender Adrian Mariappa, praised Kabasele insisting he had the ability to go far in his career.“He’s had a little run and he’s thriving,” said Mariappa. “You can see how well he’s playing and he’s got all the attributes to be a real top player, especially in this league.”Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich): REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 6 BEST OF The Ivory Coast central defender is considered relatively small in his position at 6ft tall, but makes up for it in his ability to get back at pace as well as his reading of the game.Spanish side Sevilla completed the signing of Gnagnon at the start of the season but he has failed to break into a side who, with big investment in the summer, currently sit third, above Real Madrid, in LaLiga.The 21-year old has only made 10 appearances all season, and only had two league starts.His lack of game time doesn’t deter from the fact he is one of Europe’s hottest properties and he still possesses the potential to be a success story under the guidance of Pochettino at Spurs.Unai Nunez (Athletic Bilbao): Another born in the year 1997, Nunez is described by Bilbao as an ‘old fashioned central defender’ who came up through their youth system playing for Spanish Segunda Division side Bilbao Athletic 33 times.Nunez scored three goals for the Spanish B team set-up and has now gone on to represent the La Liga side on 42 occasions.Bilbao are renowned for being defensively strong, having produced world class defenders like Aymeric Laporte, who joined Manchester City for £57million and won the Premier League title in the same season.If Alderweireld leaves, and Pochettino decides to stick with a pairing of Davidson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen, Nunez would be a more than suitable third choice and potential starter in seasons to come.Christian Kabasele (Watford): Matthijs de Ligt was of four Dutch players on the Golden Boy Award shortlist for 2018 Hummels has had a frustrating relationship with Niko Kovac 6 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Alderweireld has long been linked with a move to Manchester United Nunez, 21, has a market value of £12.5million Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Gnagnon recently moved to Spanish side Sevilla who are third in the La Liga table Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Kabasele has been linked with a move away from the Hornets Perhaps a long shot, but there are rumours Bayern Munich’s German World Cup winner Mats Hummels is seeking a move to the Premier League.Reports from the Mirror suggest that Hummels has fallen out of favour with manager Niko Kovac, who prefers a defensive pairing of Jerome Boateng and Niklas Sule.The 30-year old has only featured nine times this season, being left out of the squad all together against Bayer Leverkusen at the start of the season.It is thought that Hummels’ agent Marc Kosicke has travelled to London for proposed talks with officials from both Chelsea and Tottenham.It is not a signing that would be top of Pochettino’s plans, as he is older than the majority of Tottenham’s transfer targets, but he does possess the qualities needed with his ability to play vertically.His experiences with Bayern and Germany could really boost their title challenge too.last_img read more

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