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Results From First Human Trial Raise Hopes For a Vaccine Against COVID-19

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A glimmer of hope sparked following the first results from human trials of a vaccine against the novel Coronavirus, after US firm’s study saw positive results in a group of eight volunteers.

The hopeful results showed that each one of the volunteers produced an antibody response on a par with that seen in people who have had the disease.

Even though the results from this first-stage trial doesn’t necessarily mean that the treatment will work, it is a sign of a breakthrough in a battle that shall hopefully come to an end soon.

This US study is run by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, it showed that all eight volunteers made neutralizing antibodies which were tested in human cells in the lab and stopped the virus from replicating.

The higher the vaccine dose, the more antibodies the volunteer produced.

This isn’t the first trial for a vaccine that should give you hope, as the US National Institutes of Health Moderna is also planning to start a mid-stage study soon and then begin a late-stage trial in July.

The company also hopes to have the vaccine ready by fall for emergency cases, a timeline with no precedent in the history of vaccine development.

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Flights May Resume in The Second Half of June

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According to what Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said on Sunday, Egypt is considering a ‘gradual resumption’ of international flights in the second half of June or first half of July.

Saad explained that the Cabinet is planning on having a crisis committee meeting next week to discuss the measures that need to be taken in light of the pandemic. The meeting will also go over the resumption of flights.

“The gradual resumption of flights might be during the second half of June or first half of next July,” he said.

He also added that a number of global carriers are indeed ready to carry on with flight to Egypt as of next July, especially that they “predict that Egypt is among states which will gradually open airspace.”

For the last period of time, airports have been working on implementing the necessary measures that shall be applied on board or at departure or arrival halls.

“Such measures have been implemented at a pilot level in domestic travel flights”, he said.

The Cabinet’s spokesman statements come few weeks after Egypt said a suspension of international flights at all Egyptian airports will continue “until further notice,” according to a decree by PM Mostafa Madbouly.

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Why It’s A Bad Idea to Postpone the Olympics to 2022

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been the safest option to end up cancelling or even delaying worldwide events that were said to take place this 2020. We were told to practice and maintain social distancing as well as safety precautions in hopes of remaining safe from the novel virus.

One of the most important events that people were hoping to attend and watch live on TV is the “Olympics”. This 2020, the Olympics was going to take place in Tokyo this year since every year the Olympics is situated in a certain country. But now since the coronavirus pandemic has gone viral, it was best to momentarily postpone the event.

Since the virus sparked, it was decided that the Olympics will be postponed until July 2021 which is around a year from now. Today though, discussions are arising claiming that it is impossible and that they cannot delay the Olympics more than they already have.

The President of Tokyo, Yoshiro Mori, states that they won’t be able to postpone the games even more than they already have. Yes Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister, stated that it is best to start considering a two year postponement but he has officially decided that one year is the latest they could postpone the event.

According to specialists, it is said that the Coronavirus is to last at least another two years depending on each country and the situation of the virus then. Also, famous researchers are fearing that this is the Spanish Flu all over again.  If you guys are familiar with what happened back then, you would remember that the Spanish Flu lasted around two years.

In our opinion, the safest option is to keep cautious and maintain social distancing as well as precautionary measures for the next two years to be fully sure that we have beat the war against the COVID-19. Unless we’re lucky and someone finds an ultimate cure or antiviral, its best to be safe rather than sorry.

Unfortunately the Japanese organizers are under heavy pressure from both sports associations and athletes due to the year-long postponement, so imagine having to tell them that they’ve decided to postpone it for yet another extra year than what they have previously agreed upon.

“Also thinking about athletes and issues over Games management, it is technically difficult to delay it by two years,” Mori was quoted as saying.

A well informed professor refuted saying: “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year,” said Kentaro Iwata, a professor of infectious diseases at Kobe University.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out but for the time being let us remain optimistic.

 

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“Create Hope” Initiative to Save Lives

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In light of the Coronavirus that has struck us all pretty hard, many pioneers and ordinary people have been coming up with cool and creative ideas to keep us entertained. Not just that, but many people have been contributing to those who are greatly in need of help in desperate rough times like now.

Many Egyptian initiatives as well as many iconic people have donated millions in hopes of keeping people safe from the COVID-19 pandemic because unfortunately there are those who are incapable of keeping themselves or their family safe from what is going on. Besides, we need all the help we can get!

Which is why, we found it quite interesting that Egyptian well known singer, Malak el Husseiny, is collaborating with stylist Yasmine Kenawi to team up with “Radical Contemporary” to commence launching a completely new initiative that will help allow the whole creative industry to help the less fortunate in Egypt during the war against this dangerous pandemic.

What’s new and different about this initiative is that rather than sending these donations towards medical institutions just like any other, they have decided to support the underprivileged families who are suffering as well as help them to avoid the contagion as best and safely as possible.

This new initiative is titled “Create Hope”. With the help of “Misr el Kheir” ,the whole team is working on creating a realistic timeline as well as set up a donation page where all can contribute to. Their goal is to reach 25,000 Egyptian pounds as well as to provide at least 30 families with the hygienic products and food that will help them live better. This is crucially needed, especially since the Holy Month of Ramadan is to commence tomorrow.

So far, the group managed to gather have the donation amount over the time span of only two days, what a success! They may increase the number of donations needed if they keep progressing in this manner.

“We saw that people were hoarding products and that makes it more difficult for a lot of people to access supplies they need,” said the founder of Radical, Nour Hassan.

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