GAO urges HHS to speed antiviral, prepandemic vaccine plans

first_img Sep 30 GAO report In June HHS released draft guidance on the use of antivirals during an influenza pandemic. The agency’s goal is to place 75 million treatment courses in the Strategic National Stockpile, and draft guidance proposes that the private sector stockpile 110 million additional treatment courses. Investigators also said a public comment period after the draft prepandemic vaccine allocation plan is announced is a useful step. “Public participation is an essential component for acceptance of tough decisions that will be required unless and until greater capacity or a universal vaccine can be developed,” the report said. The 72-page report, focusing on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’) pandemic response plans, was published on the GAO’s Web site on Sep 30. See also: Oct 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In a recent progress report to Congress on federal influenza pandemic response planning, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recognized a host of obstacles but cited two areas that officials could make headway on: finalizing guidance on allocating antivirals and developing guidance on how to prioritize groups to receive prepandemic vaccine in the early stages of a pandemic. The proposed guidance, developed by an interagency task force, advised that antivirals in government stockpiles be used to treat people who are ill, especially when supplies are scarce, and that antivirals for preventive use be mainly drawn from private stockpiles. The draft document did not attempt to prioritize groups. “We believe that finalizing guidance on the use of pharmaceutical interventions will be crucial for responding to a pandemic outbreak and that the necessary guidance documents should be finalized as soon as possible,” the GAO wrote. Bill Hall, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News that the agency has been working on the draft allocation plan, but that it isn’t finished and the agency can’t yet say when it will be. In a letter responding to the GAO report, Vincent Ventimiglia, Jr, assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, wrote that the agency is in the process of updating the proposed guidance on antiviral use during a pandemic, on the basis of feedback it received during the public comment period. The comment period was set to end on Jul 3, according to a May 23 Federal Register notice. Investigators looked at three response components that the GAO and outside experts have said need improvements—pharmaceutical intervention, healthcare surge capacity, and public communications. Though the GAO gave detailed status reports for all three of the areas, it made recommendations only about pharmaceutical interventions. The GAO said establishing target groups in advance is a key component of pandemic planning and warned that HHS could encounter problems if it doesn’t issue graft guidance for prepandemic vaccines in a more timely manner. “This lack of essential information could slow the initial response at the state and local levels and complicate the general public’s understanding of the necessity for rationing these interventions,” the GAO wrote. Jun 3 CIDRAP News story “HHS offers pandemic guidance on masks, antivirals” In his response accompanying the GAO report, Ventimiglia wrote that HHS will release its proposed prepandemic vaccine allocation guidance “in the near future.” As for prepandemic vaccine stockpiles, the GAO report says HHS will oversee the distribution and administration to workers who are needed to keep society functioning until a pandemic vaccine becomes widely available. According to the report, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council has estimated that the critical workforce numbers about 20 million people, and HHS’ goal is to stockpile enough to cover that number. However, HHS has not yet released draft guidance on prioritizing target groups for prepandemic vaccines. HHS officials told GAO investigators that target groups for the prepandemic vaccine would likely resemble those for the pandemic vaccine, but would have more of a critical workforce focus. They also said that a tiered approach like that used for the pandemic vaccine would be needed only if a pandemic occurs before HHS reaches its goal of stockpiling enough for 20 million people. In its other recommendation, the GAO advised HHS to release guidance for using and prioritizing prepandemic vaccine designed to protect against a pandemic virus before a vaccine closely matched to the actual pandemic strain is available. Federal officials are already stockpiling a prepandemic vaccine based on the H5N1 virus. In June HHS released its official guidance on allocating pandemic vaccine, which would be developed after the start of a pandemic and designed to match the circulating strain. HHS officials project that it would take 20 to 23 weeks after the start of a pandemic to start producing the first doses. May 23 Federal Register noticelast_img read more

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Clarion Gaming announces new consolidated event iGB Live

first_imgShare StumbleUpon iGB Live postponed due to COVID concerns July 31, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Clarion Gaming has announced that the iGaming Super Show, EiG, and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference will come together for a new consolidated event, iGB Live. The creation of iGB Live is part of the commitment made by Clarion to streamline the events calendar and provide stakeholders with the opportunity to engage across the entire iGaming space at a single event.Event Director, Shona ODonnell, who brought the iGaming Super Show to market eight years ago said: “Our pledge is to deliver a global events, knowledge and training strategy to what is a global industry. This involves exploring how we can deploy the power and influence of our brands to best effect on behalf of our customers.“From speaking with the market we know how much importance it places on reducing the volume of business events currently on the calendar but at the same time raising standards and improving ROI. The iGaming Super Show, EiG and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference will retain their individual personalities, identity and vision that have made them three of the best known and respected brands in gaming. “This strategic move will enhance the value and appeal of attending what will be the biggest dedicated iGaming exhibition and conference for the industry and one which is guaranteed to meet stakeholder needs from a networking, education and business perspective.”She added: “The feedback to iGB Live from all sectors of the business – affiliates, operators, suppliers and regulators – has been extremely positive: our job now is to get on with the important business of delivering best value to our customers courtesy of a clearly considered and joined up strategy.  I am extremely passionate about the future of the brand and excited about overseeing its development. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported our events over the years and look forward to discussing the developments with them all at EiG where I will be available to discuss and take feedback.”Tom Light, Vice President of Business Development at SBTech said: “EiG and the iGaming Super Show have been high quality events for many years and bringing them together under one roof will enable delegates and sponsors to meet even more key players in the affiliate and B2B space. SBTech is delighted to support and sponsor the event and make it even more of a must-attend for everyone in the igaming sector.”The first iGB Live, incorporating the iGaming Super Show, EIG and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference, will take place 17 – 20 July 2018 at The Amsterdam, RAI.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma keeps churning through busy summer at Team USA camp

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAs Davis, the Lakers’ new star, works to ingrain himself into his new team and town, Kuzma, 24, has his eyes firmly set on a trip to China this summer for the FIBA World Cup. The roster practicing in Las Vegas this week under coach Gregg Popovich is characterized by who’s missing as much as who is available: Davis, James Harden, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love are among the players who declined invitations to play this summer. Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Kyle Lowry are the only 2019 All-Stars who are attending a camp typically defined by headliner talent.It’s surely a bit demanding: The 40-day experience will call for a trek through Southern California, Australia and eventually China, where a relatively untested group will be thrown in with the best competition international basketball can offer. Kuzma, who has gone from a fringe roster candidate to a near lock to make the final cut, is fully bought in.“At the end of the day, I love playing basketball,” he said. “Can’t take it for granted. When I’m 37, 38, I would look back and ask, ‘Why didn’t I play FIBA when I was 24?’ I want to live with no regrets.”Kuzma generally has few. But one thing he wished he hadn’t done last season was take too long off. This offseason has been a blur: Kuzma already has visited China this summer, on behalf of Nike and working on other business ventures. Beyond appearances at Summer League alongside Davis and LeBron James, he also headed up another year of his summer camp in Michigan, and has generally been jet-setting since April.Donovan Mitchell, another Team USA roster hopeful and a close friend, says Kuzma’s stacked schedule is something he admires. They take cues from each other: When Kuzma hired a personal chef, Mitchell decided he needed one, too. He saw Kuzma working out immediately after he came back from overseas last time, and it inspired Mitchell to jump back onto the court after he did some traveling himself, he said. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “We push each other to be better,” he said. “That relationship allows us to push each other in different ways. Not a lot of friends do that.”Team USA could be a watershed moment for not only Kuzma, but for the 2017 draft class. Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and Miami’s Bam Adebayo are also among the players in camp this week, seizing advantage of the stars’ absences.Related Articles LAS VEGAS – Though they’re all wearing the same jersey for the next few weeks, Kyle Kuzma has only started getting used to being surrounded by enemies.Not enemies per se — just NBA rivals. But it’s a pronounced imbalance: Between the Team USA senior men’s national team and the Select Team roster, the Celtics, Kings, Nets, Bucks, Nuggets and Hawks are among the teams with multiple players on the court at UNLV during training camp.As the only Lakers representative, he can feel a little outnumbered.“It’s lonely,” he said, with a hint of tongue-in-cheek. “My boy [Anthony Davis] was supposed to come, but he’s got other plans.” Kuzma said he thinks his all-around game has developed over the summer since the Lakers ended their season in April. Video clips of his improved shooting stroke have circulated online, and it could be a moment for him to showcase improved perimeter offense that he’s expected to bring next year.“Keeping it high, using my wrists and be strong flicking it, use my legs,” he said. “I don’t want to be overthinking it. Just those three things, and trust the process.”The early days of camp have helped Kuzma and the rest of his Team USA mates break down their NBA rivalries. He said over time, he expects to “smash” some of the walls between his regular season foes.But he’s taking notes as well: “You kind of get the tendencies for guys and what they wanna do. You see how a lot of that plays into guys getting recruited to play with each other, or scouting teams come playoff time.”last_img read more

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