BPOM to visit Sinovac’s facility in Beijing as part of COVID-19 vaccine quality control

first_imgIndonesia’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) is set to visit the facility of China’s pharmaceutical company Sinovac in Beijing to assure the quality of a COVID-19 candidate vaccine currently being developed by the latter, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi has revealed.“It’s part of our efforts to carefully prepare COVID-19 vaccination in Indonesia,” Retno said through a teleconference on Monday. The country has secured priority access to the vaccine bulk produced by Sinovac, and will start to receive it in November. State-owned pharmaceutical firm Biofarma will then process the bulk, an aqueous form of the purified antigens, into smaller doses of ready-to-use vaccines in its facility in Bandung, West Java. Both companies have closely coordinated in developing the candidate vaccine, dubbed CoronaVac. They launched last month a late-stage human trial for the candidate vaccine involving at least 1,620 Indonesian citizens. Read also: Global coronavirus death toll passes one million“Sinovac visited Bio Farma’s facility in Bandung last week to check out the clinical trial results,” Minister Retno further said, adding that the results turned out to be “good and there were no serious side effects”.In its mid-stage clinical trial involving 600 participants in China, the candidate vaccine did not cause any serious side effects and the rate of fever was relatively low compared to other COVID-19 candidate vaccines, Reuters reported previously.Sinovac has to test its vaccine abroad because China is no longer a suitable site for late-stage trials due to the low number of new infection cases. CoronaVac has also undergone a late-stage trial in Brazil expected to involve 9,000 people.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District

first_img August 07, 2017 Governor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business District SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by state and local leaders today as his Jobs That Pay tour visited the Almono-Hazelwood Mill 19 redevelopment site, part of a massive revitalization of the largest remaining brownfield in Pittsburgh that has been made possible with significant state support, followed by a walking tour of the Hazelwood Business District.“The transformation from brownfield to a new opportunity at Almono will be a shining example of how state government, working with the private sector, non-profits, foundations, higher education and community groups, can lead on rebuilding communities and creating better opportunities for working families,” said Governor Wolf. “Once complete, this project will establish a new standard for urban riverfront property creating jobs and opportunities through high-quality design and sustainability.”The 178-acre LTC Steel Hazelwood site was purchased in 2002 by the Heinz Endowments, and the foundation of Richard King Melon, Benedum, and McCune. The project, named for the Allegheny, Ohio, Monongahela rivers, will transform the site into a vibrant job center with more than two million square feet of new office and research and development space.The cavernous Mill building, formerly Mill 19, is a centerpiece of the redevelopment, with an energy efficient structure constructed within the shell of the former steel mill building to house future research and development for advanced additive manufacturing and robotics research.“We are pleased to have Governor Wolf visit our site today, as we are preparing to launch one of the largest and most ambitious redevelopment projects in Pennsylvania,” said Don Smith, President of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC). “Our plan takes this Mill building which was the home of the last industrial revolution and positions it at the center of the next industrial revolution in robotics and manufacturing.  Critical funding from the Commonwealth allows us to reclaim and remediate this vacant industrial landscape and restore the family and community sustaining jobs it once hosted.”Redevelopment of the building is supported by a $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant, as well as investments through the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $5 million Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority loan and $562,500 from the Industrial Sites Reuse program.Following the visit to the Mill building, Councilman O’Connor lead a tour of the Hazelwood Business District with stops at several businesses.“Today’s tour is an opportunity to showcase the Hazelwood Business District and small business growth that has spurred from strategic collaboration between the public and private sectors,” said Councilman Corey O’Connor. “The redevelopment of the Almono site and the revitalization happening in the community have reignited excitement and hope throughout the community.”last_img read more

Fulton date is Friday for World Products Empire State Series

first_imgFULTON, N.Y. (Oct. 1) – Chris Fleming brings the point lead to town, when the World Products Empire State Series visits Fulton Speedway this Friday, Oct. 4.The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour feature pays $400 to win and a minimum of $75 to start. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for the Outlaw 200 weekend show. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $22. Pit passes are $35 and entry fee is $20. More information is available at the www.fultonspeedway.com website or by calling 315 593-6531. Seven different drivers have prevailed in the nine series events held at Fulton since the 2003 season. Kevan Cook became a two-time winner there last September. Following the Fulton date, the Empire State Series is at Black Rock Speedway on Oct. 26 before concluding Nov. 2 at Five Mile Point Speedway.World Products Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 153; 2. Mike Wilmot, Windsor, 146; 3. Brad Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 145; 4. Matt Roberts, Afton, 142; 5. Michael D. Smith, Arkport, 139; 6. Gary Roberts, Afton, 130; 7. Jared Spalding, Troy, Pa., 125; 8. Eddie Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 122; 9. Jacob Maynard, Wyalusing, Pa., 120; 10. Logan Terry, Towanda, Pa., 104; 11. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 99; 12. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 98; 13. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 86; 14. Kevan Cook, Constantia, and Craig Ward, Owego, both 83; 16. Jason Benjamin, Towanda, Pa., 79; 17. Jason Tuttle, Newark Valley, 75; 18. James Cornell, Port Crane, 69; 19. Matthew Jones, Cortland, 57; 20. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 56.last_img read more