first_imgIn Switzerland, the Indonesian delegation met with GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI); and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to discuss equality between countries in the procurement of a hoped-for COVID-19 vaccine.During the visit to Switzerland, Indonesia said it would help ensure equal access to vaccines globally. Retno said Indonesia was able to participate in the provision of a potential future vaccine because state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma had a large production capacity.”A collaboration like this shows Indonesia’s commitment and leadership to support multilateralism and access to vaccines for all,” Retno said.Read also: Bio Farma teams up with CEPI to mass produce COVID-19 vaccine Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir visited the United Kingdom and Switzerland earlier this week to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation on COVID-19 handling and vaccine procurement.“Our trip to the UK and Switzerland adds to our efforts to secure vaccine cooperation, both bilaterally and multilaterally,” Retno said during a virtual conference from Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday.Indonesia met directly with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which is testing a COVID-19 candidate vaccine. “We will continue our coordination and communication with [the WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and the CEPI]. Once again, cooperation is key,” she added.Erick echoed Retno’s statement, saying the visit aimed to ensure a future vaccination program in the country and reiterate Indonesia’s global role in health efforts.“It is very important for us to take part in global COVID-19 handling to ensure safety for all Indonesian citizens,” he said in a press statement.Indonesia has been working with China to procure a potential vaccine through pharmaceutical companies Sinovac and Cansino, with the United Arab Emirates through the G42 in collaboration with Sinopharm and with the United Kingdom through AstraZeneca.Vaccine candidates from Sinovac, Cansino, G42 – Sinopharm and AstraZeneca are currently undergoing phase three clinical trials. The clinical trial for the vaccine candidate from Sinovac is being held in Bandung, West Java. (aly/dis)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ  3 July 2020The Road Transport Forum has sent a warning about the higher risks on roads – and to New Zealand truck drivers in particular – and the danger of higher insurance premiums if cannabis is legalised in New Zealand.Nick Leggett who is the CEO of the Road Transport Forum has written in transporttalk that the Road Transport Forum “believes the Bill, as drafted, gives no consideration to the principle of safety – on the road and in the workplace. We all share the roads – that’s pedestrians, cyclists, car and truck drivers – and everyone wants their loved ones to come home from work each day.”Leggett writes “Already the number of people being killed by drug impaired drivers on New Zealand roads is higher than those killed by drivers above the legal alcohol limit. There have been years and years of media campaigns to stop people drinking and driving, but still they do it. So, what is planned to educate people on taking drugs and driving? Higher risk on the roads automatically means higher insurance premiums across the board – insurance is risk priced and you pay on probability. When households and businesses are already managing tight finances, they shouldn’t be surprised by expenses that should be made clear up front.”SayNopeToDope campaign spokesperson Aaron Ironside says “The Road Transport Forum is right to be concerned. The rights of people to be safe on the road outweighs the right to smoke cannabis. If a person has THC in their system, we don’t want them on the road endangering other drivers and families. Since recreational marijuana was legalised in Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 151%, and doubled in Washington state. A quarter of Canadians aged 18-34 have driven after consuming cannabis or have been a passenger with someone who has, and a Colorado survey in 2018 found 69% of marijuana users have driven under the influence in the past year, and 27% admitted to driving high almost daily. A New Zealand study found that habitual users of marijuana have about 10 times the risk of car crash injury or death compared to infrequent or non-users.”Leggett concludes his article with the statement “We don’t want New Zealand’s truck drivers, who are just going about their work delivering all New Zealanders the goods they need, to be the casualty of poorly thought out laws.” READ MORE BACKGROUND & RESEARCH: read more

first_imgTencent is joining the likes of the Overwatch League and the LCS with its own franchised league, King Pro League, for the popular mobile MOBA game Honor of Kings.The franchising of the league means it will comprise of city-based teams, with twelve teams already competing in the Spring Split. This is divided into two divisions, Eastern and Western, in the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu respectively.The prize pool for the Spring Split, which started less than a week ago on March 21st, is 12,000,000 Yuan (£1,352,280). The tournament is organized predominantly by Versus Programming Network (VSPN) with assistance from China’s LPL (LoL Pro League).There’s no word as of yet as to which cities Tencent will be adding to the league, nor whether it’ll be more of a buy-in process such as the Overwatch League is. The Esports Observer cites a source which claims “this first year will be seen as an experiment for Tencent’s long-term plans, which includes increasing the city list to eight through 2019, and holding an international competition in Beijing this July.”The 2018 season of the King Pro League is sponsored by Vivo, a Chinese smartphone company, as well as McDonald’s and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. The team’s currently taking part in the King Pro League are as follows: X-QUEST, AG Super Play, Black Ananas, Edward Gaming.Mobile, eStarPro, GK Gaming, Hero, JC Gaming, QGhappy, Royal Never Give up, WeFun.D, and YTG Gaming.Esports Insider says: Franchised leagues such as the Overwatch League are still early in their inception, but so far they’re proving to be a success with big bucks committed, so it makes sense that Tencent would want to try this out for a popular game such as Honor of Kings.last_img read more