Warner Bros distributing Cyberpunk 2077 in North America

first_imgWarner Bros distributing Cyberpunk 2077 in North AmericaPartnership with developer CD Projekt Red continues after publisher distributed past Witcher games in the regionRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 3rd October 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleCD Projekt REDWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced today that it will distribute Cyberpunk 2077 in North America across all three platforms: PS4, PC, and Xbox One.Developer CD Projekt Red has worked with WBIE before to distribute both The Witcher 2 and 3 in North America. Its European partner for The Witcher 3 was Bandai Namco, though the publisher had recently been in a spat with CD Projekt Red over publishing rights due to a mix of partners between the Xbox 360 and PC versions in different regions. It has not yet been announced who will handle distribution for Cyberpunk in other areas.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “We’ve worked with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and both releases turned out to be really successful, so we’re entering this new stage of our cooperation with great confidence,” said CD Projekt Red SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski.”Cyberpunk 2077 is our biggest and most ambitious project to date, and I’m really looking forward to all the amazing things we can achieve together.”Update: A previous version of this article erroneously stated that Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed by CD Projekt Red’s Wrocław studio. In actuality, it is being developed in tandem by three CD Projekt Red studios: Warsaw, Kraków, and Wrocław.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCD Projekt has no plans to shelve Cyberpunk 2077CEO Adam Kicinski says abandoning the game is “not an option” By Danielle Partis 29 days agoCD Projekt staff reportedly locked out of computers after ransomware attackThe Cyberpunk 2077 developer had to push back the release of a patch following the cyber attackBy Marie Dealessandri 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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ABB sees a future market for 1000v and 1500v inverters

first_imgABB sees a future market for 1000v and 1500v inverterspv magazine’s Ian Clover was joined by ABB Head of Product Management Jyrki Leppänen and ABB product manager Marko Harju, to discuss the company’s latest inverter, the PVS980 central inverter. July 7, 2016 Sam Pothecary Markets Markets & Policy Share It is the company’s largest inverter to date, with an extended lifespan, which is helped by its self-containing cooling system and its strong design. The pair also give their opinion on the future of the inverter market in the face of 1500v inverters.You can view the full interview here.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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TOP 5 BEST COMEDY MOVIES 2019 BOLLYWOOD

first_imgTOP 5 BEST COMEDY MOVIES 2019 BOLLYWOOD1. GOOD NEWWZ :- This movie is the one of the block buster movie of the year and best comedy movies 2019. Due to the good comedy timing and acting skills it achieved the super hit status.2. HOUSE FULL 4 :- It’s a fourth movie of HOUSEFULL franchise. Last three movies of this franchise were did well in the box office.3. TOTAL DHAMAAL :- This movie is a based on the pure comedy platform due to it became best comedy movies 2019. Various actors are played different roles in this movie.To know more about the Top 5 best Ghost movies of 2019.4. DREAM GIRL :- This is a nice comedy movie with good comedy scenes. Its a one of best comedy movie for the actor Ayushmann Khurrana in his carrier.To know more about the Top 5 best Action movies of 2019.5. PATI, PATNI AUR WOH :- This movie is directed by Mudassar Aziz and released on 6 December 2019. This year so many comedy movies are released and few became block busters too.last_img read more

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‘Drone Drop Money’ through Fiscal Stimulus ,the Solution for Indian Economy During COVID19

first_imgThere has never been a crisis like the one human civilisation is facing now. It has brought the world’s most powerful nations to their knees. In many ways, it is similar to or worse than the ‘Great Depression’ of 1929. Any pandemic has a penchant to puncture the global economic growth as the human and healthcare costs are immense. World is in a tizzy with this double whammy, especially, as for last couple of years, the trade and tariff wars launched by the Trump Administration in USA and increasingly overt protectionist tendencies world over led to lower growth rates along with demand and supply contraction. Combined with lower oil prices, these have already engineered recession. The shadow of the 2008 financial crisis was still looming over global economies, when COVID-19 has struck the final nail with overall economic and industrial activity slowing down further. With increasing lock downs within the countries and border controls across the world to fight the virus, unemployment is growing exponentially which may cause further socio-economic crisis in the near term.However, for India, with businesses shut during prolonged lock down periods, the correction in downward slide is unpredictable. As such during the past several quarters Indian economy has been on a downward trajectory. It is important to realize that presently, the economic modelling for future forecast is likely to be very complicated as it needs to factor in the uncertainty in the economic scenarios and risk perception of the economic actors. Therefore, it is important to be conservatively positive about economy and analyse the situation at amore granular level for making timely public policy interventions.The Demand side impact – Due to lockdown and uncertainty, the demand has further contracted to a great extent. With widespread fear and panic now increasing among people, overall confidence level of consumers has dropped significantly, leading to postponement of their purchasing decisions. Consumption is also getting impacted due to job losses and decline in income levels of people particularly the daily wage earners. Manufacturing, Construction, Tourism, Hospitality and Aviation are among the worst affected sectors that are facing the maximum brunt of decreased demand in the present crisis. Declined footfall in shopping complexes, travel restrictions for tourism and transport sectors, low capacity utilization in manufacturing, automobile sector and construction sector has halted economy for now.  The financial market have become extremely volatile due to uncertainty, leading to huge crashes and wealth erosion, which in turn is impacting consumption levels. One of the major slides in the domestic equity markets was seen on March 12, when an estimated Rs 10 lakh crore of market cap was reportedly wiped off due to this single day fall. The fall has continued till date.The Supply side impact: Undoubtedly, COVID-19 will have deep and wide-ranging impact on key manufacturing industries like in the automobile sector, gems and jewellery, textiles, engineering, aviation, shipping and logistics, hospitality and tourism sectors and exports will be facing the  biggest brunt while the Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), food processing, Drugs and pharmaceuticals sectors might see an upward trajectory because of consumption patterns directly related to Corona compulsions. Shutdown of factories, unavailability of labour, the delay in supply of goods and raw material , stoppage of transport etc. have affected many  manufacturing sectors. Many Indian manufacturers source their intermediate and final product requirements from China and other countries of US, Europe, the Middle East etc. which is blocked now. The imminent raw material and component shortage is hampering business sentiment and affecting investment and production schedules of companies. With a favourable monsoon, agriculture might record reasonable and at least sufficient outputs, if labour constraint can be overcome.Trade Impact: In the present situation, India’s trade scenario is highly fragile. India’s exports are expected to decline between 18 per cent and 35 per cent in 2020, depending upon length of the lockdown period and coverage of sectors under restriction. China has been a major market for many Indian products like sea food, petrochemicals, gems and jewellery etc. Similarly, India exports 36% of its diamonds and 34% of its petrochemicals to China (FICCI). Due to exports restrictions to China, petrochemical products are expected to see a price reduction and other sectors will be affected badly. The fisheries sector is anticipated to incur a loss of more than Rs 1,300 crore due to fall in exports. The cancellation of four major trade events between February and April is likely to cause an estimated loss of Rs 8,000-10,000 crore in terms of business opportunity for Jaipur alone. Oil and Gas sector, due to low international prices will reduce the import bill which might give a cushion to the stressed economy. At the same time since the Services sector constitutes over 60-65 percent of GDP, which will have a direct correlation to the economic revival in the West (FICCI).Need for Policy Intervention: The UNCTAD said that in recent days, advanced economies and China have put together massive government packages. “This represents an unprecedented response to an unprecedented crisis, which will attenuate the extent of the shock physically, economically and psychologically,” it said.In India too, there is need to think and act unprecedentedly, way of traditional action and conservative policy won’t work during this period. A combination of monetary, fiscal and financial market measures is needed to help the businesses and people cope with the crisis. This might be taken as an opportunity to reorient the economy from urban centric approach to rural centric economic clusters. To frame correct policy measures, it is important to understand clearly the specific problems that people and businesses are facing currently. The Keynesian notion of Government intervention is crucial here and Expansionary Fiscal policy should be given importance in these crisis time.
 Several countries have come up with their own salvaging plans to fight the virus and revive the economy with injection of significant funds with US leading the pack announcing USD 2.2 trillion and European Union with a package of USD 300 billion in industry support. The Indian Government & RBI need to support the Indian industry and economy at this juncture in different ways. The FRBM Act (Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management) Act should be suspended. The fiscal deficit limit should not be the immediate concern as the sovereign government has all the powers to tackle it later.  PM Cares Fund, combined with huge savings from the reduced oil import bills and reduced scheme expenditure should be able to provide the requisite financial support. The Government should focus on creating trust and security of the citizens including all the sectors. For example, every employee whether in public or private sector should be ensured that no single person will lose job and their salaries will be kept intact. The government has given an initial package of 1.70 lakh crores, the next package should be planned taking into consideration the labour market, agriculture and allied sector, MSME, retail sector, corporate sector, service industry, aviation etc. The package of at least 10-11 lakh Cr. presently, aiming towards 10%of the GDP will be needed taking into consideration the huge and unprecedented uncertainties in the economy. The States should be allowed to do over-drafting up to good extent.Expenditure policies should re prioritise the spending areas. The workers in organised sector should get the salaries and workers in unorganised sectors and self-employed should be given monthly livelihood for next few months. This can be called the “Drone Drop Money(DDM)’ to the people while they are at home, a different approach of pump priming as per need of the times. This money should directly go to the individual .While ‘helicopter drop’ was first mentioned by noted economist Milton Friedman ,it gained popularity after Ben Bernake made a passing reference in 2002. The difference between DDM and Helicopter money  is that due to COVID 19 ,you cannot go for spending in public works.This crisis is a contest between COVID 19 and Economy also. The selective waiving of debt will extend the confidence in farming class and subverting of interest for the MSME should also be done.As for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the faith of Indians in Prime Minister Modi has helped a great deal and India’s record and the modus-operandi at least until now has been widely appreciated. It is important to realize now that we need huge investment in health sector. Self-reliance in the holistic health care sector may be the way to go and could even add to our soft power diplomacy armour.The increasing unemployment and consequent social dissent will be the biggest problems for the world during the currency and post COVID-19 scenario. Dole outs and subsidies and cash grants may be only temporary solutions and even then, is absolutely essential to keep the lid as well as to keep sentiments and future expectations positive. It is important to realize that this can be a demand side stimulus for times to come, when economy unlocks. Adequate financial resources and liquidity in the economy will be a major challenge.World is not going to be the same again. In his classic book, Robert Skidelsky suggested reintroduction of Keynesian economics of pump priming to the United States after the 2008-09 recession. The book basically redefined the relationship between State and market and how to arrive at a delicate balance through a Keynesian perspective.  The suggestion was to provide fiscal stimulus and expansionary monetary policy as two most important messages. This is true for India too. The Indian economy may have huge possibilities, if the proper and timely actions are taken.last_img read more

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TikTok Ban: Is there more to this than meets the eye, or are we just paranoid?

first_imgFive years ago if someone mentioned TikTok we would all be thinking of the sound a clock makes, or horror movies or the nursery rhyme. But mention TikTok to kids these days, most of us would receive a forlorn sigh. While there is no denying the app’s popularity, its ban had many left many questions unanswered. Is there any concrete proof that Chinese agencies have been mining data from the users? Why stop at TikTok, why not ban Huawei and Xiaomi which pose bigger data mining risks? Was it all just nationalistic propaganda? Why did the government decide to take action right after the Galwan attacks? Why did it not put a stop on it before it became popular, and thereby potentially “threatening” so many Indians? Should we expect more bans in the future?It has been more than three weeks since the Indian government put a ban on the app’s use everywhere in India and the much of the fuss about this decision has already died down.  The people have made their peace with its non-existence. TikTok is an app that was swirling in controversies ranging from objectionable content to promoting violence on women. It received flak from all around the world, for doing little to stop these kinds of content from circulating. Even amidst these myriad accusations, there is no denying that TikTok offered a livelihood to many of its users. The popularity and fame that some of its users received helped them financially through promotions, offers for ads and reality shows and even a few job opportunities. It provided a way for these common people to show whatever talent or interest they had to the whole world. Perhaps what worked most for TikTok was that it didn’t necessarily pander only to its English-speaking users but also to much of the population which is not so proficient in the language. Its interface is intuitive and doesn’t rely on a heavy text like Facebook and Twitter. The 15-60 second videos do not have to be polished to perfection as those on Instagram. People could enjoy being themselves without the fear of being judged.TikTok’s parent company Bytedance, based in Beijing, has members who are a part of the Chinese Communist Party. At least 60 of its employees who are part of the Chinese Communist Party hold “managerial posts”. This information was leaked in a document from Bytedance’s headquarters in Beijing. It is also worth noting that China’s National Intelligence Law mandates the citizens and organizations to “support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence”. This means that every citizen and organisation should comply with the orders of the Chinese government to share information about its users if it ever requires. Understandably when this law was passed in 2017 there were concerns that even subsidiaries which were owned by Chinese groups but were based elsewhere would have to release data to the Chinese government. There were concerns that this would further make espionage for the Chinese military much easier now that even the companies were under their control. Cyber attacks and espionage by Chinese hackers isn’t something new, for a long time, the US would be bombarded by attackers from China who would target its IT and hospitality industry. Even India has seen an increase in the number of cyber-attacks from China during the ongoing conflict in eastern Ladakh.It may not be entirely paranoid to assume that TikTok could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but the fact still stands that there are no concrete reports that revealed china was really in on stealing users’ data, all we have are accusations and sketchy Whatsapp chain messages, even professionals sound unsure about it as data-collection has become such a common practice among major companies that TikTok isn’t doing anything special when compared to bigger firms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and many more.  Further worth mentioning is a rising trend in our world leaders to shape the kind of content that people consume, for all we know the ban on TikTok may just be a plan to irk the Chinese with all the tension that is brewing near the border.TikTok on its own doesn’t have much investment in India, with India providing a measly 25 cores of revenue in 2019 compared to the US which generated 650 cores in the same period. With no major investment in India, losing the whole app wouldn’t hurt the Indian economy as much as it would to the company itself, now comparing these numbers to Huawei and Xiaomi which contribute immensely and invest in a lot of projects and subsidiaries in India, banning those would sting the economy, a lot. So banning the video-sharing app outright might not be as disadvantageous as it appears to be. This may also further The Make-In-India initiative by the prime minister but so far all we see are cheap imitations of TikTok with no inroads being made to a fully desi-styled innovative app. All in all, the ban hits two birds with one stone, making a public statement against China and rallying support for the current government which is seen as having a more aggressive approach against border skirmishes.We never really got any conformation whether TikTok was siphoning data from its users; just accusations, we were only told that the ban was to “ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”. The fact still stands that this app was funded by the Chinese, who have a long history of restriction of freedom of speech. Some major cyber-attacks were traced back to the Chinese military and Chinese hackers are notorious for their skills in getting across tough-to-crack databases.The general public does not have much help; we are at risk from both sides. Banning altogether shows a rising trend in world leaders to restrict technological freedom or influence it favourably, all the while leaving it unattended may pose data risks and information being stolen directly. The lines between the truth and the lie are blurring as we speak, it is nearly impossible to differentiate facts from the fabricated. Trust in our governments is running thin, people are beginning to riot, we can only hope the situation doesn’t worsen, which might be wishful thinking. The point of this article isn’t to provide a quick-fix solution but to inform. To encourage people to think for themselves, check that the information we receive is factual, and most importantly to question the motive behind every decision because as the age-old saying goes, “there are always two sides to a coin”.last_img read more

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NERC report addresses climate change and grid reliability

first_img By chloecox – Facebook Carbon-capture firm Akers pursuing projects with Siemens, Honeywell & Doosan Babcock Concrete solutions: Winners split $15M in carbon capture contest No posts to display Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin British carbon capture firm gains $11M in new funding EmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment Services NERC issues reliability study TAGSNationalGrid 10 November 2008 — Carbon emission reduction efforts and increased generation from renewables will determine the course of electric reliability across North America, according to a report published by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. “We are concerned that, when viewed from a continent-wide perspective, current climate initiatives do not adequately address key reliability objectives, particularly the need for a strong and robust transmission system,” said Rick Sergel, President and CEO of NERC. “As we consider our energy future, it becomes increasingly clear that our success in reducing carbon emissions and realizing energy independence will hinge on our ability to provide reliable, clean, electricity where and when it is needed.” The report identifies several key reliability issues associated with climate change initiatives that will need to be addressed as these policies progress.Broad-scale fuel switching from coal to natural gas — Coal-fired generation currently provides approximately 50 percent of North America’s electric capacity. Retirements of coal-fired plants over a short timeline could result in the loss of generation needed to support the integrity of the bulk power system and thus severely impact reliability across the continent, especially in those regions heavily dependent on the fuel. The broad-scale replacement and relocation of generating plants from current coal sites to sites that would be suitable for new or expanded natural gas-fired plants would require significant upgrades to existing transmission infrastructure. Transmission infrastructure and planning mechanisms — The existing bulk transmission network is inadequate to reliably deliver power from new renewable resources to demand centers. Innovative planning and operational mechanisms will be needed as states and provinces attempt to deliver “clean energy” over already heavily-loaded transmission lines to meet renewable portfolio standard requirements. Demand-side resources — Managing growing demand will be critical to meeting both climate and reliability goals, making demand-side resources a critical component of the resource mix. Dispatchable demand response will be particularly important as it adds needed system flexibility and supports the integration of new variable generation such as wind power. National climate change policy in the U.S. — A decision on national climate change policy is needed in the U.S. to provide regulatory certainty and support for industry action. Delay on this important policy is negatively impacting both reliability and climate objectives. Facebook NERC report addresses climate change and grid reliability 11.10.2008 Linkedin NERC issues worrisome assessment Previous articleStudy: Utilities must invest $2 trillion for continued reliabilityNext articleGerman consortium implements ‘E-Energy market’ project chloecox Twitter Stories of interest:last_img read more

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Former substitute teacher developing gunshot alarm for schools

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A former substitute elementary school teacher has developed a gunshot alarm system that would work similarly to a fire alarm inside a school building alerting teachers, students and first responders to an active shooter.Stacy Jax, a former substitute teacher in Wisconsin, first came up with the idea in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children dead in 2012.“When Sandy Hook happened, I really identified with my child being in that classroom or being in that classroom as a teacher, which made it really hit home,” Jax told ABC News.Jax is currently working with software developers to bring her idea to fruition in a system known as the Trinity Gunshot Alarm System, which she hopes will be ready to go live inside school buildings this summer.Sensors are placed throughout the building that constantly scan for the sound of gunfire, Jax explained. Once a sensor detects a gunshot, the system’s computer can differentiate and confirm that the sound is gunfire and not a different loud noise that is common in a school, like a locker slamming. If a gunshot is confirmed, the system sounds a building-wide alarm that allows teachers what may be valuable seconds to barricade their classrooms or evacuate their students. At the same time, it calls police, providing them with specific information about where in the building the shots were fired, according to Trinity’s website.“The alarm will be every bit as loud as a fire alarm,” Jax said. “I am hoping it will be a deterrent for a gunman.”Fire alarms are in fact ubiquitous in schools.“Just about every single state requires a fire alarm system of some sort in schools,” said Richard Rux of the National Fire Protection Association.According to data from NFPA, there has not been a school fire in which more than 10 kids were killed in the last 64 years.Such data sparks Jax’s hope that her technology can be just as successful as fire alarms at preventing students from dying in shootings, she said.“I love the idea of it,” Greg Shaffer, a former FBI special agent and member of the bureau’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, told ABC News.“When you pull a fire alarm in a school, the alarm, the alert, goes throughout the school. Having the same thing for an active shooter is an outstanding idea,” said Shaffer, the founder of Shaffer Security Group, which specializes in active shooter responses.However, Shaffer cautioned that an alarm system, like Trinity, is not enough on its own to protect schools, but instead should be part of a multi-prong attack involving more armed security personnel on school grounds, metal detectors, bag checks and better training for teachers on how to effectively barricade their classrooms or evacuate their students.“This is one piece of the puzzle,” Shaffer said. “It’s the communication aspect. You gotta communicate the problem to first responders.”Shaffer also noted that the location data transmitted by Trinity to first responders about where inside the school shots were fired is particularly valuable, as it could prevent confusion among first responders like the kind that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 students and teachers were shot and killed last month.However, Chris Grollnek, another active shooter expert, pointed to potential complications in using a system like this if all neighboring police jurisdictions that respond don’t have access to it.“If it doesn’t plug and play into police dispatch systems,” Grollnek said, “it’s not really a solution, it’s actually another potential problem.”Ultimately though, Shaffer believes the system has promise when used in conjunction with other proven methods to keep schools safe.“It’s saving minutes and minutes are lives,” Shaffer said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Sacramento officers involved in shooting of unarmed black man getting death threats, police say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The two officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California, have been receiving death threats, officials said.Hundreds of outraged demonstrators rallied Thursday to protest the shooting 22-year-old Stephon Clark, who was killed in his grandmother’s backyard. Police fired 20 shots at Clark.Linda Matthew, spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department, told ABC News the investigation into Clark’s death is expected to take two months at least. She would not confirm the names of the two officers involved.Matthew said while 20 shots were fired, police still do not know how many times Clark was hit by gunfire. She added that additional body camera video from responding officers will be released within the next 30 days.On Sunday night, police were responding to reports of a black male breaking into a car and hiding in a backyard, officials said.When the responding officers arrived at the scene, they said Clark advanced toward them with an object in his hand, police said. Initial reports said Clark was armed with a gun and then later a “toolbar.”But the only object found on Clark was a cellphone, police later said.Police released body camera footage from the shooting on Wednesday night as well as thermal-imaging video from a Sacramento Sheriff’s Department helicopter, which shows Clark running from a neighbor’s yard and onto his grandmother’s property.After police are seen running down a driveway after Clark and taking cover at the edge of the building, they yell several times for Clark to stop and show them his hands before several shots are fired.Chopper video shows Clark moving toward the officers before the shooting, but it is unclear whether his arms were extended.When asked if there’s any doubt as to whether Clark was in fact the suspect police were looking for, Matthew said police were still investigating.“That’s still part of the investigation, but that’s where our detectives come in, in contacting everyone along that street, all of the neighbors, to find out, you know, what his actions were prior to our officers’ arrival,” she said.The crowd at Thursday night’s demonstration first went into Sacramento’s City Hall, chanting “Stand up, fight back” and “No justice, no peace.The march then moved to Interstate 5 — which was shut down as a result — before protestors formed a human chain to block the entrance to Golden 1 Center, delaying a Sacramento Kings game. The basketball game eventually was played, but with few spectators as the doors to the arena were locked.Both officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: Leader of US vaccine push hopes for approval next week

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 63.7 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Dec 02, 9:08 amLarge-scale vaccinations to begin in Russia next week, Putin saysRussian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that large-scale COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Russia next week.Dec 02, 7:42 amOperation Warp Speed’s chief science adviser hopes Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved next weekDr. Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “to reach a similar conclusion” to the United Kingdom’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.“I hope by the 10th or 11th of December the Pfizer vaccine is approved,” Slaoui told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.Slaoui urged Americans to “listen to the experts” and trust the vaccine approval process.“No corners have been cut,” he said. “The [vaccine] development has been done very quickly because we had great science to allow us to do all the discovery work in weeks rather than in years. And then the clinical work, the most important part that demonstrates the effectiveness of the vaccine and its safety, has been done to a higher standard than what’s done normally in larger number of people but will be assessed and studied in an ongoing basis.”Slaoui described a vaccine as “an insurance against this virus.”“This is what will get us out of the pandemic,” he said.Dec 02, 4:54 amUS reports over 180,000 new casesThere were 180,098 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 29th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Tuesday’s count is down from a peak of 205,557 new cases last Friday.An additional 2,597 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Tuesday, just under the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 13,725,917 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 270,669 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Dec 02, 3:44 amUK authorizes Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, rollout to begin next weekA COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care announced Wednesday that it has accepted the recommendation from the country’s drug regulator to grant a temporary authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, called BNT162b2. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded that the vaccine met its standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.“The vaccine will be made available across the U.K. from next week,” a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the National Health Service, the publicly-funded healthcare system, “will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.”The United Kingdom is the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The companies said in a joint press release Wednesday that they are anticipating further regulatory decisions across the globe in the coming days and weeks and are ready to deliver vaccine doses pending authorizations or approvals.“Today’s Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19,” Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “As we anticipate further authorizations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world. With thousands of people becoming infected, every day matters in the collective race to end this devastating pandemic.”The MHRA made its recommendation based on a rolling submission, including data from the Phase 3 trial which demonstrated a vaccine efficacy rate of 95%. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was generally well tolerated, with no serious safety concerns reported to date.Pfizer and BioNTech had already agreed to supply the United Kingdom with 40 million doses of BNT162b2 once authorized for emergency use. Now that the vaccine is authorized, the companies will immediately begin delivering doses, the first of which are expected to arrive on U.K. soil in the coming days. The rest of the doses will arrive in stages, with complete delivery fulfillment expected in 2021, according to the press release.Pfizer and BioNTech said the distribution of their vaccine in the United Kingdom will be prioritized according to the populations identified in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, an independent expert group that advises the U.K. government on immunization.“The Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. will mark the first time citizens outside of the trials will have the opportunity to be immunized against COVID-19,” BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said in a statement. “We believe that the roll-out of the vaccination program in the U.K. will reduce the number of people in the high-risk population being hospitalized.”The companies have also filed a request for emergency use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have submitted an application for conditional marketing authorization with the European Medicines Agency.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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‘Jurassic Park’ Actor Sam Neill Shares “Uptown Funk” Ukulele Cover From Home Quarantine [Watch]

first_imgWhile the cover is impressive, it’s got nothing on David Gilmour‘s home quarantine performances, for which the Pink Floyd guitarist and his entire family put together an entire European bistro-like setup for the newly-launched Polly Samson’s A Theatre For Dreamers web series. With film projects and television show productions on hiatus for the foreseeable future, actors like Sam Neill find themselves just as bored as anyone else out of work at the moment. Thankfully, we all have our hobbies to keep us busy these days, and the Jurassic Park actor is no exception.Always the entertainer, even when he’s not being chased through the long grass by velociraptors, Neill took to his Twitter on Tuesday evening to share a video where he covers Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars‘ 2014 hit, “Uptown Funk” on his ukulele.Related: Chris Martin Covers Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm” With ‘SNL’ At-Home Performance [Watch]Neil’s relaxed take on the uptempo funk/pop song likely won’t earn him a recording contract anytime soon, but does make for a fun, two-minute escape from this dismal reality while watching the dude from Jurassic Park stum away on his miniature instrument. Quarantine is a real pain, and we feel your creative desperation, Sam.Watch Neill’s casual cover performance below.last_img read more

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