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 Web site and used in the lawmakers’ districts.See also:Aug 24 NVAC meeting agenda home page read more

Asset management roundup: Natixis launches infrastructure affiliate

first_imgCredit: Manuel JosephShanghai, ChinaAegon Asset Management has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Lujiazui Administration Bureau, a free trade zone in China, with a view to jointly supporting the establishment of a global asset management centre.Aegon said the agreement “signalled its intention” to set up a subsidiary in Shanghai to distribute products to China’s high net worth and institutional investor sectors.The company already has a partnership in China with Industrial Securities, known as Aegon Industrial Fund Management Company (AIFMC), which was set up in 2008. The new company in Shanghai would “complement AIFMC’s distribution strategy and investment capabilities”, Aegon said.Martin Davis, head of Aegon Asset Management Europe, said: “As signatories we will be one of an early group of global asset managers able to bring world class investment strategies to the domestic Chinese high net worth and institutional market.“As such we are extremely pleased to be working with the Shanghai Lujiazui Administration Bureau to establish this new centre of asset management excellence.” Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis Investment Managers, said: “At a time where the infrastructure investing market is growing significantly, creating a stand-alone specialised affiliate, with an entrepreneurial approach and proven track record, will enable global investors to more easily access the infrastructure investments fitting their specific needs and constraints.”The launch of Vauban follows a number of additions to Natixis’ line up of affiliates focused on real assets and alternatives, including the creation of Flexstone Partners in December 2018, the acquisition of MV Credit in June 2018, and the launch of a private real asset debt co-investment offering run by Ostrum Asset Management and Natixis’ investment banking arm.Aegon targets China onshore market Natixis Investment Managers, one of Europe’s biggest investment houses, plans to launch a new subsidiary focused on infrastructure.Subject to approval by the French regulator, Vauban Infrastructure Partners will oversee €2.8bn in assets and join Natixis’ network of asset manager affiliate companies. It has been spun out of Mirova, which Natixis established in 2014.The affiliate firm will be run as a partnership, Natixis said, with Gwenola Chambon as CEO and Mounir Corm as deputy CEO. The Vauban team has raised five funds and bought more than 50 assets during 10 years of operatons as part of Mirova.Corm said Vauban aimed to double its assets under management in the next few years, adding: “Our mission is to continue to deliver long-term sustainable value to all our stakeholders, including investors, local communities, public entities, employees, and industrial partners, with the highest quality of service.”last_img read more

Tyler Roberson has met Jim Boeheim’s desire for consistency in the NCAA Tournament

first_img Published on April 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman HOUSTON – Tyler Roberson sat three seats down from Jim Boeheim on the dais before the Elite Eight, barely cracking a grin while his head coach joked that Roberson doesn’t listen.That came just over a month after a scoreless, four-rebound performance against Pittsburgh, when Boeheim said Roberson wouldn’t play a minute if Syracuse had anyone to put in his spot. And after an 18-rebound domination of Dayton in the Round of 64, Boeheim still wanted more from the junior. If Roberson grabbed four rebounds the next game, the 18 wouldn’t matter to the 40-year head coach. Consistency would.In the following three games of Syracuse’s tear through the Midwest Region, Roberson has grabbed a combined 29 rebounds. Nine against Middle Tennessee State, 12 against Gonzaga and eight more against Virginia. The often reserved, level-headed forward may not have listened directly to Boeheim’s desires, but his ownership on the glass during 10th-seeded Syracuse’s (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) run to the Final Four has carried SU’s back line heading into a matchup with frontcourt-heavy North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) with a spot in the national championship at stake.“I think he’s learned to fight through adversity and maintain his consistency better this year,” Boeheim said. “Obviously I’d hope for that last year, sometimes it just takes a little bit longer.”In the Orange’s last six games before the NCAA Tournament, Roberson tallied four or fewer rebounds in five of them. SU dropped the same number of games in its final six before reaching the Tournament, with his only total higher than that coming against Syracuse’s next opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRoberson’s 11 rebounds against the Tar Heels on Feb. 29 (six offensive and five defensive) allowed SU, in part, to stay afloat before losing by five on the road. In the two teams’ first matchup this year, Roberson grabbed seven rebounds the game after totaling only four against Clemson the game prior.Down the stretch of Syracuse’s season, Roberson has held his own against two frontcourt-dominant teams and top rebounders in Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis and UVA’s Anthony Gill. Next up is a team anchored by Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks down low, and a frontcourt that UNC has predicated its success on.“I think I’ve been playing well lately,” Roberson said. “I wouldn’t say there’s one reason in particular, maybe I’m just growing as a player and a person.”Even if there isn’t something to pin his recent success on, Roberson’s resurgence on the glass couldn’t have come at a better time for a Syracuse team that seemed to have resurrected its inferior rebounding from early in the season.But with a margin on the glass of plus-20 in the last four games, including a net deficit of only two rebounds in the last two games against a pair of teams that came in with a seemingly clear advantage on the boards, SU has given itself a chance.It’s a chance provided in part by a player who may not have gotten another one if Syracuse had more depth. But Roberson did, and has given Boeheim what he wanted with Syracuse on the brink of history. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more