H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Sanofi donates vaccine, cases soar in Chile, Australia ups alert level, more NYC deaths, antivirals safe in pregnancy

first_imgJun 17, 2009Sanofi donates 100 million pandemic vaccine doses to WHOA Sanofi executive announced today at a health conference in Seattle that the company will donate 100 million doses of novel H1N1 influenza vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support its efforts to help the world’s poorest nations respond to the pandemic, the company said in a press release. The company said that once vaccine production begins it will set aside 10% of doses to donate to the WHO. Novartis said recently it will provide discounted, but not free, vaccines.[Jun 17 Sanofi press release]Novel flu cases soar in ChileThe number of novel H1N1 cases in Chile surged to 3,125 today, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported, citing a government update. The number is 1,431 more than the total for Chile reported by the WHO on Jun 15. Chile has reported two deaths from the virus, which seems to be striking children the hardest: 64% of infections are reported in the 5- to 19-year-old age-group. Elsewhere in South America, Argentina reported three more deaths, according to media reports.[Jun 17 AFP story]Australia moves to new pandemic alert levelAustralian Health Minister Nicola Roxon today raised the country’s pandemic response level from “contain” to “protect,” according to a government statement. The level is a new phase that was created to address the moderate severity of the novel H1N1 pandemic and is in line with the WHO’s phase 6 declaration, the government said. The “protect” phase calls for an emphasis on treating people who have severe infections. Roxon said states will phase in the new response level by Jun 26.[Jun 17 Australian government statement]NYC reports 7 more H1N1 deathsHealth officials in New York City reported seven more novel H1N1 deaths, raising the total to 23, according to the city’s latest surveillance update. Few details were available about the latest victims, though the report said all were between the ages of 25 and 64 and that most were hospitalized in late May at the peak of the outbreak. Overall, of the 20 deceased patients whose history was known, 16 had underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk.[New York City Department of Health report]Tamiflu, Relenza appear safe for pregnant womenLimited data indicate that the flu drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are relatively safe for pregnant women, who are at increased risk for flu complications, says a review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Oseltamivir is preferable for pregnant women because more safety data are available, but either drug may be used. Both drugs are considered compatible with breastfeeding. The novel H1N1 virus is sensitive to both drugs but resistant to older antivirals.[Early-release CMAJ article]US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten report first casesTwo Caribbean island territories, the US Virgin Islands and Dutch St. Maarten, have reported their first H1N1 flu cases, according to the Associated Press (AP). In the Virgin Islands, a woman who recently returned to St. Thomas from a trip abroad had the virus but was doing well. On St. Maarten, a 22-year-old American student at the American University of the Caribbean was recuperating, the story said.[Jun 16 AP report]last_img read more

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Premier League schedule: What games are on today? TV channels, times to watch EPL soccer in USA

first_img• Every Aston Villa, Sheffield United player kneeled before Premier League restart in support for Black Lives Matter• Champions League set to restart in August as Lisbon plays host to remainder of tournament• The 100 most expensive football transfers of all time Here’s everything you need to know about the return of the Premier League, including a full schedule for Matchday 30 and how to watch the matches in the United States.MORE: Watch Premier League games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Premier League schedule: What games are on today?Here is the complete Premier League schedule for Matchday 30, which runs June 19-22:Friday, June 19TimeFixtureTV channel1 p.m. ETNorwich City vs. SouthamptonNBCSN, fuboTV3:15 p.m. ETTottenham vs. Manchester UnitedNBCSN, fuboTVSaturday, June 20TimeFixtureTV channel7:30 a.m. ETWatford vs. Leicester CityNBCSN, fuboTV10 a.m. ETBrighton vs. ArsenalNBCSN, fuboTV12:30 p.m. ETWest Ham vs. WolvesNBC, fuboTV2:45 p.m. ETBournemouth vs. Crystal PalaceNBC Gold, PeacockSunday, June 21TimeFixtureTV channel9 a.m. ETNew Castle vs. Sheffield UnitedNBCSN, fuboTV11:15 a.m. ETAston Villa vs. ChelseaNBCSN, fuboTV2 p.m. ETEverton vs. LiverpoolNBC, fuboTVMonday, June 22TimeFixtureTV channel3 p.m. ETManchester City vs. BurnleyNBCSN, fuboTVHow to watch Premier League soccer in USATV channels: NBC, NBCSNLive stream: NBC Sports App, fuboTV (7-day free trial)For those with a cable package, Premier League games can be found on NBC or NBCSN. You can also live stream EPL games with the NBC Sports App or on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.Premier League Matchday 30 resultsFixtureNorwich City vs. SouthamptonTottenham vs. Manchester UnitedWatford vs. Leicester CityBrighton vs. ArsenalWest Ham vs. WolvesBournemouth vs. Crystal PalaceNew Castle vs. Sheffield UnitedAston Villa vs. ChelseaEverton vs. LiverpoolManchester City vs. BurnleyMore soccer news• Premier League’s new five substitute rule, explained• Five things to watch as Premier League returns to work on completing 2019-20 season Soccer fans can finally rejoice: the Premier League is back.After three months without games due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the EPL returned Wednesday with a pair of matches to conclude the Matchday 29 schedule, which had been on pause. Play continues this weekend with 10 fixtures over four days, highlighted by the Merseyside Derby between league leader Liverpool and Everton.last_img read more

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IRS says stimulus payments will begin next week

first_imgThe Internal Revenue Service announced on Friday that some stimulus payments will start going out next week. People who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019, and have an authorized direct deposit on file will be the first to see the money.Social Security beneficiaries will also receive their payments automatically. Those payments will go out “in the near future,” the IRS said Friday.Those who have not filed their tax returns, or have authorized direct deposits will have to wait weeks or even months before seeing their money.The IRS also said next week they will launch a web portal that will give people whose bank account information is not on file with the agency the ability to submit it in order to get their stimulus payments faster, without waiting for paper checks. It will also help people check on the status of their payments.last_img read more

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