A passenger who recently traveled to China and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was escorted off a Southwest Airlines plane heading from the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport amid the coronavirus scare that has left thousands sickened and dozens dead in China. Medical officers removed the passenger off a Southwest flight from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Maryland “out of an abundance of caution,” the Maryland Department of Health said, according to NBC4. Video footage posted by the news outlet showed passengers on the plane wearing masks over their mouths as a health official told them: “Because of this heightened time, we are just using an abundance of caution.” The sick passenger “was referred to a medical facility for evaluation to determine whether additional follow-up is necessary,” the agency said, adding that…
Johnson & Johnson’s chief scientific officer said he is “pretty confident” that his company can create a vaccine for the new coronavirus, which is spreading to a growing number of countries from China.
No vaccine or cure currently exists for the coronavirus, which has been deadly for some people.
“We have dozens of scientists working on this so we’re pretty confident we can get something made that will work and stay active for the longer term,” Dr. Paul Stoffels said during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.
Johnson & Johnson is going to work in parallel with five different constructions with five different partners all over the world to see which part of the vaccine they can use to make an effective vaccine. If they find a vaccine, they’ll prepare to manufacture thousands of vaccines.
“We are pretty confident that we can get something made which will work and stay active for the longer term,” he said. “We’ll see in the next few weeks how this goes.”
Scientists around the world are racing to come up with a vaccine as case numbers soar in China and more countries report confirmed cases.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which was launched at Davos in 2017, said last week that it was giving three companies a total of $12.5 million to develop vaccines for the virus.
“The aim is to advance nCoV-2019 vaccine candidates into clinical testing as quickly as possible,” the nonprofit said in a statement.
Chinese authorities posted a sequence of the virus in a public database on Jan. 10, Science magazine reported. Representatives with Moderna and Inovio—both based in the United States and both of which received money from the coalition—told the magazine that they could have vaccines ready to start animal testing by Feb. 27.
“We’re starting at the exact same time and this is a great opportunity for us to go mano a mano with Moderna,” said Joseph Kim, Inovio’s CEO. “I like our chances.”
The University of Queensland in Australia is the third group to get money from the coalition. A vaccine could be available in as little as six months, according to Paul Young, head of the university’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.
“The team hopes to develop a vaccine over the next six months, which may be used to help contain this outbreak,” he said. “The vaccine would be distributed to first responders, helping to contain the virus from spreading around the world.”
“Barring any bureaucratic or regulatory holdups, which I don’t think will happen, we can almost certainly get into phase one in three months,” he said, adding that scientists still need samples of the virus from China to begin testing.
Commentary In November last year, China made the official decision to rewrite both the Bible and the Quran in order to “reflect socialist values.” Naturally, this is a political tool that is needed as part of the crackdown on the Muslim Uyghur minority that has been such a thorn in the side of the Chinese socialist regime. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) declared that the revision will make sure that the content of the Bible and Quran do not contradict socialism. One of the founding fathers of modern-day socialism, Karl Marx, wrote that “Religion is the opium of the people.” While this is often discussed, it’s not the full quote from the original German text. The full quote is commonly translated as: “Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature,…