Canadian advisors push seasonal vaccineCanada’s vaccine advisory group yesterday recommended against delaying seasonal flu shots, a move that many provinces made after an unpublished study suggested the vaccine might raise the risk of contracting pandemic flu, the Canadian Press reported. The panel concluded that even if the finding is valid, the risk of skipping the seasonal shot outweighs the risk seen in the studies. The group also endorsed giving both seasonal and H1N1 shots at the same time.Canada’s H1N1 vaccine production lagsGlaxoSmithKline is expected to ship far fewer doses of H1N1 vaccine to Canadian provinces this week than was expected, prompting provinces to postpone the rollout of the vaccine for at least 2 weeks, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. The company was expected to ship 436,000 doses this week, instead of the roughly 2 million previously anticipated, because it had to interrupt production to make an unadjuvanted version of the vaccine for pregnant women, the story said.http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-should-expect-depleted-stocks-of-h1n1-vaccine-next-week/article1346246/Oct 30 Globe and Mail reportSaudi Arabia to vaccinate hajj participantsSaudi Arabian health officials said the country will immunize healthcare workers, hajj workers, and domestic pilgrims who will attend the hajj against the pandemic H1N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Vaccination won’t be mandatory. About 1 million residents typically attend the hajj, which peaks near the end of November this year. The country recently received the first 11 million doses of its pandemic vaccine order.http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iCMtbri8Vh4wV9o79q6Siju7ZKKgNov 2 AFP storyTurkey launches vaccination campaignTurkey today launched its pandemic vaccination campaign with healthcare workers receiving the first doses, Today’s Zaman, an English-language newspaper based in Istanbul, reported. The country received its first 500,000 doses last week. The next groups slated to be immunized are the morbidly obese, pregnant women, children younger than 2, those with chronic lung or heart conditions, and people older than age 65.http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-191734-100-turkey-starts-vaccinations-against-killer-swine-flu.htmlNov 2 Today’s Zaman reportAfghanistan closes all schoolsThe Afghan government yesterday ordered the closure of all schools for 3 weeks in the wake of the country’s first death from H1N1 flu, AFP reported. Education Minister Farouq Wardak said the closure was ordered “to safeguard the health of all Afghans.” An engineer from Kabul was the flu’s first victim in Afghanistan.http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?col=§ion=international&xfile=data/international/2009/November/international_November46.xmlNov 1 AFP report
The first students are due to complete the course on Thursday and the response has been overwhelming.”We now have a long, long list of healthcare providers that are just waiting for them,” said Johanna Adami, principal at the University. Airlines in Australia, and the U.S. have also enquired about using the training methods for their staff.She said municipalities, hospitals and nursing homes have all been queuing up to employ the re-trained staff, who will number around 300 in the coming weeks. Adami said airline staff were particularly suited to helping in the healthcare sector.”They have basic healthcare education from their work. They are also very experienced to be flexible and think about security and also to handle complicated situations,” she said. Furloughed crew from crisis-hit Scandinavian airline SAS are taking a three-day course in basic hospital duties to help plug gaps in a Swedish healthcare system strained by thousands of coronavirus cases.The airline, part owned by the governments of Sweden and Denmark, temporarily laid off 10,000 staff – 90% of its workforce – this month to cut costs and ride out a plunge in air travel due the pandemic and related border closures.With Stockholm’s healthcare system in need of reinforcement as cases rise, Sophiahemmet University Hospital is teaching former cabin crew skills such as sterilizing equipment, making hospital beds and providing information to patients and their relatives. Sweden has around 4,500 confirmed cases of the virus and 180 deaths, with the capital especially hard hit. Healthcare officials in Stockholm have scrambled to set up a temporary hospital in a convention center and warned of a lack off staff and safety equipment to meet the crisis.Malin Ohman, 25, a airline stewardess from northern Sweden was in the first class of students.”In the a blink of an eye I decided – ‘yes of course, why wouldn’t I’,” she said of her decision to retrain. “I felt that we could just contribute with something,” she added.The course is free of charge and the companies involved with the training are not seeking to make a profit. Funding, about 7 million Swedish crowns ($698,000) is provided by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg foundation. Topics :
One of Polarcus’ vessels (For illustration)Marine geophysical company Polarcus has received a letter of intent from an unnamed client to pre-fund a multi-client XArray 3D seismic acquisition project in the Middle East. The project is due to start in the fourth quarter of this year and will run for approximately two months, Polarcus said in a statement on Friday.The seismic company added that it would be utilizing its XArray multiple source acquisition method during the project.According to Polarcus, XArray improves both in-line shots by 100- 250 percent and cross-line bin density by up to 400 percent on any streamer separation and can be tailored to provide higher fold data, increase crossline sampling and improve acquisition efficiency.The company did not reveal any financial details or the name of the vessel to be used for the project in the statement on Friday.Recently, Polarcus received a letter of award in late September for a broadband 3D marine seismic project in the Asia Pacific region. The project is also due to start in the fourth quarter 2017.