Panel urges HHS to prepare for H1N1 vaccine safety concerns

first_imgAug 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An advisory committee today called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be ready to respond quickly to safety concerns that may emerge during this fall’s novel H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign.The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) unanimously passed a recommendation that HHS “develop, and where possible test in advance, a strong and organized response to scientific and pubic concerns about vaccine safety that may emerge during the 2009 H1N1 vaccination campaign.””The challenge will be to communicate effectively and to differentiate rapidly between adverse events that may be causally related to the vaccine and those which would be expected by chance alone,” states the recommendation.The 17-member committee said HHS could prepare in two specific ways:Assembling information on background rates in the general population of anticipated adverse events following immunization. An HHS official at the meeting said such events might include, for example, heart attacks and shortness of breath.Organizing drills or practice scenarios for how the government will respond to concerns about adverse events temporally—but not necessarily causally—related to H1N1, including identifying data resources and strategies for communications messagesThe recommendations are specifically intended for Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, to whom the committee reports.The recommendation comes as clinical trials of H1N1 vaccines are just getting under way. HHS expects to launch the vaccination campaign in mid October, when only preliminary trial results will be available.Planners are mindful of the 1976 swine flu vaccination campaign, which reached more than 40 million people but was associated with an increase in cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome, a temporary paralytic condition. Officials say vaccine safety and purifications steps are much more advanced today than at that time.The NVAC also approved a separate recommendation today that HHS develop a detailed overall plan for communicating about the H1N1 vaccination program. The group urged HHS to develop a comprehensive plan for achieving at least the following aims:Delineating the difference between seasonal flu and pandemic H1N1 fluReaching out to healthcare providers who do not usually supply vaccination services, such as obstetricians/gynecologists and internistsIdentifying high-risk groups and groups that are targeted for both seasonal flu and pandemic flu immunization, and explaining why these groups may differDiscussing and responding to emerging news and events, such as vaccine supply and vaccine safety concernsThe two recommendations were passed the same day the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology called on the Obama administration to speed the development of strategies to communicate public health messages to help reduce the impact of the pandemic, among other steps. (See related CIDRAP News story.)At today’s NVAC meeting, Jenny Backus, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, outlined steps the agency is currently taking to communicate with the public about preparing for both seasonal flu and the novel H1N1 virus.Backus said HHS pushed hygiene steps such as hand-washing and cough etiquette during the spring and renewed that emphasis starting in July. From now into mid September the agency will be spreading the word about the importance of getting a seasonal flu shot. The third phase will be to urge target groups to get their H1N1 immunization.”That would begin probably a week or two before we get the big bulk of vaccine out the door,” she said. “I’m projecting starting it about the end of September. We need a little education period; we can’t just drop vaccine into the states and expect people to get the shot.”Noting that the target groups for seasonal and H1N1 immunizations don’t entirely match up, she said, “We definitely have our work cut out for us.”Among other things, HHS has lined up 44 Congress members of both parties to tape public service announcements about flu immunization, Backus reported. They will be posted on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site and used in the lawmakers’ districts.See also:Aug 24 NVAC meeting agendahttp://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/pastmeetings/2009/agenda20090824.htmlNVAC home pagehttp://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/index.htmllast_img read more

“Political Hour” of the XX Congress of Entrepreneurs in the Hotel Industry of Croatia

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Minister Cappelli visited the XX Congress of Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs organized by the UPUHH association and participated in a panel discussion “Political Hour” which aimed to generate proposals for long-term plans for tourism. In addition to Minister Cappelli, the panel discussion was attended by Dr. sc. Martina Dalić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts; Tomislav Boban, State Secretary at the Ministry of State Property; Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board and Zdravko Zrinušić, Assistant Minister of Finance and Director of the Tax Administration.Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalić assessed that Croatia’s attractiveness contributes to the success of tourism, that tourism is a healthy business and that next year, due to the expectation of a series of laws related to strategic investments, investment incentives and tourist land, some tourism problems could be solved more easily. investments and successful results. She told hoteliers to pay attention to the quality of the offer and services, and she also believes that it would be good for Croatia to have more global hotel brands. She announced that the Ministry of Economy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, and related to EU funds, will consider publishing calls for investments in tourism on the continent up to 100 million kuna, which would be good for Slavonia, for example. “We will not be enslaved to square footage but to quality, and we will do everything on deregulation and decentralization through changes in tourism laws. Next year we will certainly have a stronger pre- and post-season than this year, while in July and August we can expect similar results as this year, which means a large number of tourists. “, Cappelli said.Photo: MintAssistant Minister of Finance and Director of the Tax Administration Zdravko Zrinušić believes that more order should be introduced and the inspection of renting accommodation should be strengthened, and that tourism, in addition to VAT, should be met with other measures, such as reducing corporate income tax. Ronald Korotaj said that the current VAT rate of 25 percent for catering is not competitive and that hoteliers and the entire tourism have not felt much benefit from tax reforms.State Secretary for State Property Tomislav Boban explained that the new law on tourist land should help dispose of that land and stronger investments, while Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli pointed out that by 2020, if this pace continues, we will approach the planned investments in tourism of seven billion euros. He also announced the (re) categorization of family accommodation with the aim of increasing its quality and better market positioning.last_img read more

Croatian autochthonous wines presented to Berlin caterers

first_imgThe basic idea of ​​this promotion is direct contact of wineries with customers, distributors and restaurant owners, and exchange of information on supply and demand, and their wines in Berlin were presented by wineries Badel 1862, Belje, Dalmacijavino, PZ Vrbnik and Kutjevo. The fact that our wines are becoming more and more recognizable in Germany is supported by the numbers. In 2017, we exported 786 tons worth over 2 million euros, and in the first nine months of 2018 we exceeded exports of 700 tons and reached a value of 1,9 million euros. “I believe that indigenous varieties such as Teran, Pošip or Debit are a key factor for international positioning. Reasonable prices are also an advantage. But consumers need to be made aware, more educated about such events”, Said the presentation leader Suad Zlatić and pointed out that it is important to adapt to the market:”From experience I can say that if a foreigner cannot read č, ž or š, he will not order that wine”. Despite limited production and thus weak exports, Vrbnička žlahtina is well known to the Germans. “We account for only 10 percent of total exports, but we are here for promotion. Croatia is no longer an anonymous country, we are known in sports, tourism, so why not be by wine”, Said Marino Vladić, director of PZ Vrbnik. By branding Croatia as a wine country, we put the wind in the back of wine exports and that is why we insist on wine promotions. It is easy with the Germans, they are our loyal visitors during the tourist season so they have the opportunity not only to try our wines but also to tie memories”, Said Luka Burilović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.center_img The Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the Berlin restaurant Oxymoron organized a promotional dinner where wines gathered under the brand were presented Vina Croatia – mosaic wines. Luka Zadro, CEO of Dalmacijavina, said that this promotional dinner was an ideal opportunity to negotiate deals with new distributors, given that Dalmacijavina started exporting to Germany only at the end of last year.last_img read more

Invitation to the IQM Destination Lika project

first_imgCluster Lika Destination invites all interested tourism entities whose work contributes to the development and quality of tourism in the destination Lika to apply for participation in the project of integrated quality management –  IQM Destination Lika. Anyone interested can send their applications by Monday, March 02, 2020. to e-mail lika.destination@gmail.com, and find out more about the project and the details of the Call here. Participation in the project is free for all stakeholders, and includes activities that contribute to connecting entities, encouraging excellence and improving the tourist offer of Lika.center_img The project has been implemented since 2019 in cooperation with the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the company Feel IQM. That the first year of the project was extremely successful is proven by the fact that the project involved 96 partners from 7 different categories (attractions, hotels, caterers, camps, local products, private accommodation and travel agencies). The Lika Destination cluster is among the first in Croatia to implement a project aimed at encouraging mutual networking, synergy and raising the level of quality of each of the involved entities and the overall tourist product of the destination. last_img read more

In August, most tourists come from Germany, Croatia and Slovenia

first_imgPhoto: Solana Nin Germany remains our main emitting market Gledajući po destinacijama, u dosadašnjem dijelu kolovoza najviše je dolazaka ostvareno u Rovinju, Poreču, Splitu, Medulinu, Crikvenici, Dubrovniku, Umagu, Zadru, Puli i Novalji. U dosadašnjem dijelu kolovoza najviše je turističkih dolazaka ostvareno s tržišta Njemačke, njih oko 392 tisuće što u odnosu na isto razdoblje lani predstavlja rast od 1 posto. Prema prvim preliminarnim podacima sustava eVisitor, koji sadrži turistički promet ostvaren u komercijalnom i nekomercijalnom segmentu te nautičkom charteru, u Hrvatskoj je u dosadašnjem dijelu kolovoza (od 1. do 16. kolovoza) ostvareno oko 1,8 milijun dolazaka i 12,9 milijuna noćenja, što je gotovo 70 posto lanjskog rezultata ostvarenog u istom razdoblju u pogledu pokazatelja turističkih noćenja.center_img The highest number of overnight stays in the same period was realized in Istria (3,2 million overnight stays), Kvarner (2,6 million overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia (2,4 million overnight stays), Zadar (2,3 million overnight stays), Šibenik-Dalmatia Knin (1 million overnight stays), Dubrovnik-Neretva County (716 thousand) and Lika-Senj County (475 thousand).   During the last weekend (from 14 to 16 August), more than 312 thousand arrivals and almost 2,2 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. Zatim slijedi domaće tržište s kojeg je ostvareno 294 tisuće dolazaka što predstavlja rast od 22 posto u odnosu na isti period lani, tržište Slovenije s kojeg je ostvarena 221 tisuća dolazaka, što predstavlja rast od 6 posto te tržište Poljske s kojeg je ostvareno 193 tisuće dolazaka što predstavlja rast od 9 posto u odnosu na isto razdoblje lani. Nakon Poljske slijedi Češka sa 111 tisuća dolazaka (94% lanjskog rezultata) te Austrija sa približno 97 tisuća dolazaka (55% lanjskog rezultata).last_img read more

An important branch of Croatian tourism on the verge of collapse: Occasional carriers on St. Mark’s Square

first_imgAfter numerous meetings and many letters, the Government and the relevant ministries do not want to help the sector of occasional passenger transport, so today they point out the problem to all MPs because this important branch of tourism is on the verge of collapse. They hope that someone still cares about 20 people who lose their jobs, and because of leasing promissory notes, many of them have no roof over their heads, point out the Association of Voices of Entrepreneurs. Urgent grant award from European Union funds,Continuation of measures for preservation of jobs (HRK 4.000,00 + contributions),Ensure a moratorium on leases and loans for a minimum of one year with adequate interest for a shorter period (current interest on deferred principal is currently 18-35%),Accelerated procedure for obtaining liquidity funds from HAMAG BICRO and HBOR.  Povremeni prijevoz predstavlja neizostavni segment turizma i povezan je uz  obrazovanje (organizirani školski izleti, ekskurzije i svakodnevni prijevoz učenika na nastavu), sport (prijevoz sportskih klubova i navijača) i kulturu (prijevoz KUD-ova, zborova, plesnih skupina i sl.). Ističemo kako je ovaj sektor sastavni dio Ministarstva mora, prometa i infrastrukture koji je do pandemije koronavirusa poslovao samostalno te održivo – bez ikakvih državnih subvencija. Važno je istaknuti da se sektor povremenog prijevoza putnika sastoji od 2.000 tvrtki s više od 20.000 zaposlenih i više tisuća vozila visoke turističke klase (autobusi, minibusevi i kombi vozila).  A proposal for a concrete solution with leasing companies was submitted to the Government and line ministries in July, but the UGP points out that they have received an answer that the Government and the competent ministries simply do not want to help. We remind you that the occasional transport sector has a 95-98% drop in revenues and they become illiquid with foreclosures waiting for them after the legal activation period that is just around the corner. Photo: Pexels.comcenter_img The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association and members of the Occasional Passenger Transport Initiative have been warning for months about the inadmissible attitude of leasing companies towards clients and the key problems faced by entrepreneurs engaged in occasional passenger transport. After meetings with the competent ministries, a multitude of letters, as well as the submission of the required documentation, which was supported by other professional groups, all agreements were suspended. Occasional carriers are left to perish. “Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, this sector created exclusively added value and significantly influenced the filling of the state budget. An urgent grant is now needed in amounts sufficient to cover all of the company’s costs by the start of the 2021 tourist season. We must point out that almost all EU member states in this sector have awarded grants that are sufficient to cover operating costs. We believe that these countries are behind their entrepreneurs, taxpayers and workers because they know that saving industries means a faster way out of any crisis. Croatia did not do that. And next tourist season, passengers will no longer have anyone to transport because this important tourist branch will fail by then!”States from UGP. UGP’s proposals were as follows: That is why the carriers are pointing out their problems to the MPs on St. Mark’s Square today, and they hope that someone still cares about 20 people who lose their jobs, and because of leasing promissory notes, many of them have no roof over their heads.last_img read more