Made in Italy: ‘beIT’ campaign to promote Italy at 360° kicks off

ROME, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (LaPresse) – An extraordinary communication campaign to promote Made in Italy, entitled ‘Italy is simply extraordinary: beIT’, has been successfully launched. The campaign, launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE), will have a global dimension with […]

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Degreed named as a Core Challenger in the 2021 Fosway 9-Grid™ for Talent & People Success

The new position reflects Degreed’s continued investment in its product features, market potential, and leadership strength PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Degreed, the workforce upskilling platform, has been named as a Core Challenger in the Fosway 2021 9-Grid™ for Talent & People Success. The new positioning, up from Potential Challenger in 2020, […]

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CNH Industrial completes the acquisition of Raven Industries

London, November 30, 2021 CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Raven Industries, Inc., a U.S.-based leader in precision agriculture technology. The acquisition builds upon a long partnership and is an important milestone in CNH Industrial’s digital transformation. “Raven is a true pioneer in the […]

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Junshi Biosciences Announces Approval of Supplemental New Drug Application by NMPA for Toripalimab in Combination with Cisplatin and Gemcitabine as First-Line Treatment for Patients with Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

4th approved indication for toripalimab SHANGHAI, China, Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd. (“Junshi Biosciences”, HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180) announced today that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) of China has approved its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for toripalimab in combination with cisplatin and gemcitabine as the first-line treatment […]

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Bright Peak Therapeutics Appoints Jacob Chacko, M.D., as Chair of its Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO and BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bright Peak Therapeutics, a biotechnology company developing next-generation cytokine immunotherapies to treat cancer and autoimmune disease, today announced that it has appointed Jacob Chacko, M.D., as Chair of its Board of Directors. Dr. Chacko currently serves as President, CEO and member of the Board […]

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Let Bonifacio’s heroism be a guide in times of crisis: PRRD

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday called on the public to use the heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio as a “guiding post” in overcoming the nation’s challenges, including the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. In his speech at the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City during Bonifacio’s 158th birth anniversary, Duterte emphasized the importance of remembering Bonifacio’s heroism as it continued to provide a sense of hope, determination, and optimism for today’s generation of Filipinos. “The bravery and patriotism of Gat Andres Bonifacio and many of our forebears who…

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Ramp up vax, impose stricter border controls: DOH adviser

MANILA – An infectious diseases expert and member of the Department of Health (DOH) Technical Advisory Group is pushing for the ramping up of vaccination against the coronavirus amid the looming threat of the Omicron variant now wreaking havoc across Europe. During the Talk to the People of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Dr. Edsel Salvana said the newly identified variant may be less susceptible to vaccines in preventing infection but the efficacy would not be “zero”. “Mababawasan lang (It is reduced) if ever and we still expect that the…

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SC increases skeleton workforce starting Dec. 1

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) announced that workforce of courts in areas placed under Alert Levels 1 and 2 will increase beginning December 1. Circular No. 146-2021, signed by Deputy Court Administrator and Officer-in-Charge Raul Bautista-Villanueva, stated that “areas under Alert Levels 1 & 2 (will) maintain a skeleton workforce of at least 75 percent to at most 100 percent from Monday to Friday” and for Saturday duty, a skeleton workforce of at least 50 percent to at most 75 percent. Judges may opt to continue to conduct video…

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Solon opposes return of face shield policy amid Omicron threat

MANILA – A leader of the House of Representatives on Tuesday said the government should implement strict border control measures instead of re-imposing the mandatory wearing of face shields to directly address the spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. “Mandatory face shield use would be an overreaction and exaggeration at this point or in the near future because there is no confirmed local transmission of the Omicron and there is no confirmed entry of any Omicron variant infected person,” Deputy Speaker Bernadette Herrera said in a statement. She…

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Covid-infected priest credits vaccine for his ‘mild’ condition

MANILA – A 52-year-old Catholic prelate who is currently battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) urged those who have yet to get vaccinated to take advantage of the government’s free jabs. Boac Bishop Marcelino Antonio Maralit encouraged participation in the ongoing “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination drive that will end Wednesday. “Get vaccinated, not only for you but also for your loved ones,” he said in a video uploaded on the the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines website on Monday. “When you join the vaccination program, you are not only…

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2.5M doses administered in ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ first day

MANILA – Over 2.5 million doses of coronavirus jabs were administered on the first day of the government’s “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination drive, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday. The 2,554,023 doses of vaccines administered on Monday were 2.5 times more than the country’s average weekly rate of 900,000 to one million doses, DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, chair of the National Vaccine Operations Center, said at the virtual Laging Handa briefing. She said it is one of the highest recorded doses injected in a single day worldwide, next…

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UN backs nat’l vax days; reiterates Covid-19 support for BARMM

MANILA – The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday expressed its full support to the Philippine government’s three-day national vaccination drive, particularly the campaign in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) where the inoculation rate remains low. The agency said there is a need to scale up vaccination efforts in the region as it remains “disproportionately impacted by the pandemic” in terms of its socio-economic development. “This underlines the need for ramping up vaccination in the Bangsamoro,” UN Philippines Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez said a day after visiting Cotabato…

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Russia can fully raise oil output under OPEC+ deal

MOSCOW – Russia has the capacity to increase oil production by 400,000 barrels per day per month until May 2022 as part of the OPEC+ agreement, the oil companies have no problems to do it, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on the sidelines of the Russian-Chinese Energy Business forum on Monday. “I do not see any problem with it. All our companies confirm that they are ready to return to the volumes that were before the reduction. If we keep on increasing production by 400,000 barrels, then…

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Manila honors medical workers on Bonifacio Day

MANILA – The city government of Manila paid tribute to medical workers during the celebration of Andres Bonifacio’s 158th birth anniversary at Liwasang Bonifacio on Tuesday. The city again called medical front-liners the country’s modern-day heroes because of their sacrifices to help the country in the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso offered and asked for prayers for doctors and nurses who died in service. “Ngayon matuturing natin na mga bagong bayani ang mga doctor at nurse. Ngayong araw na ito ay kinikilala natin…

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Palace confident economy will reach growth target for 2021

MANILA – Despite the looming threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang on Tuesday said it is confident that the Philippines could still achieve its target of 4 percent to 5 percent economic growth by the end of 2021. In August, the government slashed its economic growth target to 4 percent to 5 percent from the previous 6 percent to 7 percent to reflect stricter mobility restrictions declared to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19. “Opo, nagsalita na rin po ang NEDA…

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Premature to return face shields policy amid Omicron threat

MANILA – Despite the threat posed by the Omicron Covid-19 variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said “it is still premature to reintroduce the face shields” with the “significant public discontent” on its mandatory use. At the Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday, WHO Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the mandatory use of face shields is not yet recommended amid the possible entry of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in the country. “WHO has right along said that this is a virus that is not airborne, right? It’s…

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Parañaque bettor 3rd lotto millionaire from NCR for November

MANILA – A ticket sold in Parañaque City bagged the PHP162 million jackpot prize draw of the 6/55 Grand Lotto on Monday night. In an advisory on Tuesday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the lucky bettor guessed the winning combination of 29-42-12-41-01-35 with a jackpot of PHP162,347,069.60. The ticket was purchased in Parañaque City. A total of 11 other bettors who guessed five out of the six winning combinations won PHP100,000 each, the PCSO said. About 941 bettors got PHP1,500 each for getting four of the winning combinations…

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Manila inoculates 27.6K on Day 1 of nat’l vax drive

MANILA – A total of 27,600 doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs were administered by the city government of Manila at the opening of the three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination campaign on Monday. Data released by the Manila Public Information Office showed 13,873 availed of the first dose, 6,968 got the second dose, and 6,759 were given booster or additional shots as of 8 p.m. Monday. For the pediatric vaccination, 7,566 aged 12 to 17 also availed of free vaccines — 3,635 for the first dose, and 3,931…

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LGUs can order mandatory vaccination: DILG

MANILA – Local government units (LGUs) have the authority to impose mandatory inoculation against Covid-19 and eliminate hesitancy and brand preference. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said local chief executives have autonomous power based on Section 16 of the Local Government Code. That is, to issue executive orders and ordinances. “So while we cannot really impose mandatory laws because we don’t have laws, national law, but at least through Section 16 of the Local Government Code, a local chief executive can issue executive order…

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PH halts inbound tourism for public health, safety

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday supported the pandemic task force’s decision to suspend the entry of foreign tourists to the Philippines, saying public health and safety remain a priority. The Philippines originally planned to allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreigners to the country from December 1 to 15 but opted to halt it amid the growing threat of the heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant. “The DOT understands the recent measures as necessary and prudent as there are still a lot of unknown about the new…

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No need for compulsory vaccination law if more get jabbed

MANILA – If more people voluntarily get inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), a new law that would compel vaccination might not be necessary, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles made this remark after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he favors mandatory Covid-19 vaccination. While the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) is currently discussing the possibility of requiring vaccination, Nograles said the Palace is encouraged by the support displayed by the public during the first…

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Eat healthy local produce, says advocacy group

MANILA – As the holiday season approaches, a food security advocacy group on Tuesday urged Filipinos to watch their diet and to consume fresh, high quality, and healthy local produce to ensure their safety and well-being. Due to the pandemic, the group said Filipinos should carefully choose what they eat to boost immunity. “The surest way to protect our health is to ensure that the meat and other ingredients we use to prepare our meals are safe. We should also check that perishable goods we purchase like fish, chicken, and…

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CA rules soda company followed retrenchment procedures

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed a suit filed by nearly 100 regular employees of a soda company after they were retrenched due to redundancy in 2018. The CA Special First Division dismissed the petition of 93 members of Coca-Cola Femsa Phils. Inc.’s (CCFPI) Manila Sales Force Union in a 16-page decision dated November 26 and uploaded recently, saying there was no proof that petitioners were coerced into signing the deed of receipt, release, waiver, and quitclaim. The appellate court said while the retrenched workers claimed they…

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Nat’l vax drive mindful of safety protocols: DOH

MANILA – The government assured that health and safety measures are in place as the national vaccination drive entered the second day on Tuesday amid the threat posed by the new Omicron coronavirus variant. National Vaccine Operations Center (NVOC) chairperson and Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said they are working closely with local government units. “Especially today (Tuesday) that we are expecting more vaccinees,” Cabotaje stressed during the Laging Handa briefing. She said marshals and ushers make sure that social distancing is always followed. About 8,000 vaccination hubs…

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PDP-Laban to hold series of meetings after Go backs out

MANILA – The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is set to hold a series of meetings to discuss its next move after the withdrawal of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go from the presidential race in the upcoming May 2022 elections, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles was mum on details, saying it is best to wait for the PDP-Laban to issue an official statement on the matter. “These are very new development kaya (that’s why) as far as PDP-Laban is concerned, alam ko…

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Gas drilling in Recto Bank should push through: solon

MANILA – The chair of the House Strategic Intelligence Committee on Tuesday said oil drilling activities in Recto Bank must proceed as scheduled amid rising tensions with China. Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said the Sampaguita gas field could yield up to USD18.2 billion, or around PHP910 billion, in future royalties for the government, based on a 60 percent net share. “We have no choice but to carry on with the drilling activities because the Sampaguita gas discovery in Recto Bank has the potential to energize the entire national…

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Safeguard PH freedom like Bonifacio did: DND chief

MANILA – As the nation commemorates the 158th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio Tuesday, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged Filipinos to follow the hero’s footsteps by safeguarding the country’s freedom. “Like Bonifacio, may we all become faithful stewards of our nation’s freedom and dedicate ourselves in the service of our fellowmen,” Lorenzana said in a statement. “The DND joins the nation in commemorating the life and legacy of Andres Bonifacio. He was a man of lowly beginning who dared to dream of a free and…

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DPWH receives new highway master plan from JICA

MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has received from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) the latest master plan for the development of High Standard Highway (HSH) in support of the country’s effort to invest in high-quality infrastructure that will improve connectivity and accessibility. DPWH Acting Secretary Roger Mercado, through Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, thanked the Japanese government, represented by Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko and JICA Philippines’ Eigo Azukizawa, for supporting the HSH Network Development Master Plan – Phase 2. The turnover ceremony at the DPWH central…

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Number coding in NCR resumes Dec. 1: MMDA

MANILA – The resumption of the modified number coding scheme in the National Capital Region (NCR) will start December 1, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Tuesday. In a press briefing, MMDA chair Benhur Abalos said a resolution had been signed by Metro Manila mayors to reimplement the scheme following an increase in vehicular traffic. The scheme covers private vehicles and will be implemented during rush hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Exempted from the number coding scheme are public utility vehicles (PUVs), including tricycles, transport network vehicle…

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Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or for 7th time

ISTANBUL – Argentine superstar Lionel Messi received the 2021 Ballon d’Or award Monday for a record seventh time. Messi was given the coveted award during a ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, beating Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea’s Jorginho and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. The Argentine player received the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019, adding one more Ballon d’Or for the Best FIFA Men’s Player in 2021. This year has been a challenging but successful one for Messi, who has scored 41 goals and…

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Weak explosion recorded in Mt. Pinatubo

MANILA – Weak explosion at Mount Pinatubo was recorded between 12:09 p.m. to 12:13 p.m., the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Tuesday afternoon. This generated a plume that was detected by Japan’s Himawari-8 Satellite. “The seismic and infrasound signals are not typical of known volcanic processes and are currently being evaluated together with other potential sources,” Phivolcs said in an advisory. It added that there has been very low seismic activity in the past days, discounting magmatic activity beneath the edifice. Phivolcs asks the public to refrain…

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Airport janitor turns over bag with $10-K

MANILA – A janitor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently turned over to authorities a bag containing USD10,000, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Tuesday. Jhun Telewik saw a bag on a gang chair at the NAIA Terminal 2 while he was collecting garbage last November 27. MIAA reported that Telewik saw the bag was still there while he was doing his rounds for the second time. Telewik sought the assistance of airline ground attendants to look for the bag’s owner via the paging system. As…

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Get inspiration from Bonifacio’s heroism, military told

MANILA – As the nation celebrated the 158th birthday of Gat Andres Bonifacio on Tuesday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, said he is hoping that all members of the military would draw inspiration from the patriotism and heroism of the Father of the Philippine Revolution. “To the men and women of the Armed Forces, may the patriotism and heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio empower us to remain faithful and steadfast in our mandate of protecting the people and securing the state, which…

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Go backs out; Comelec says bets must personally file withdrawal

MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday announced his withdrawal from the 2022 presidential elections during the 158th birth anniversary celebration of Andres Bonifacio at the Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan. Reading a statement, Go said he wants to serve the country but realized it may not be the proper time yet. He also affirmed his loyalty to President Rodrigo Durterte, whom he said he would serve for as long as he could. “In the past few days, I realized that my heart and my mind are contradicting…

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New guidelines for HSWs deployment to Saudi eyed next month

MANILA – Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard Olalia on Tuesday said they will try to come up with the new guidelines for the deployment of new household service workers (HSWs) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) next month. “We will try. There’s still a month but when we are short of time, we will finish that until early next year,” Olalia said in a virtual forum Monday. The POEA has temporarily suspended the deployment of newly hired HSWs to Saudi Arabia after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III…

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EJ Obiena stays loyal to PH

MANILA – Ernest John “EJ” Obiena has assured that he will continue to represent the Philippines despite offers to switch allegiances. The world number six pole vaulter confirmed late Monday night that there have been lucrative deals for him to consider naturalization, but maintained that “loyalty is a virtue”. “Mr. [Jim] Lafferty and I always agreed loyalty matters. I therefore said ‘no’ several years ago. I love my country. I am proud to compete for the flag of the Philippines. I get chills every time I hear our anthem played…

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Philips extends AI-enabled CT imaging portfolio at RSNA 2021

November 29, 2021 New CT 5100 – Incisive – with CT Smart Workflow applies artificial intelligence* (AI) at every step in the CT imaging process to help customers meet financial, clinical, and operational goals AI-enabled Smart Workflow is designed to streamline image acquisition and workflows, enabling more patient-centric care Philips’ industry-first Tube for Life guarantee […]

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LTO Network and FIA Formula 2 Driver Ralph Boschung Lead Motorsports Into the Metaverse Using NFT2.0 Technology

Dutch blockchain LTO Network and Formula 2 driver Ralph Boschung of Campos Racing, have partnered to showcase LTO Network’s recently unveiled NFT2.0 technology. Featured Image for LTO Network AMSTERDAM, Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Formula 2 team Campos Racing‘s Ralph Boschung and Amsterdam’s LTO Network announce a sponsorship and partnership that will use NFT2.0 technology […]

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Virtusa Signs Strategic Collaboration Agreement with AWS to Help Global Enterprises Get the Full Value of Cloud Investments

The collaboration will establish a dedicated Virtusa AWS Business Group with an added focus on strategic global accounts, ISV modernization and a solution enhanced Professional Services relationship SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Virtusa Corporation today announced that they are extending their Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to […]

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Adagio Therapeutics Reports That None of the Mutations Present in SARS-CoV-2 Variant, Omicron, Are Associated with Escape from ADG20 Neutralization In Vitro

Additional in vitro studies to determine neutralization activity of ADG20 against Omicron are ongoing ADG20 EUA submissions planned for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in mid-2022 Inventory build continues in anticipation of EUA in second half of 2022, with 4 million doses available for distribution over the next two years WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 […]

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Jeito Capital co-leads $156 million oversubscribed Series B financing in Quell Therapeutics

Jeito Capital co-leads $156 million oversubscribed Series B financing in Quell Therapeutics Quell Therapeutics is the world leader in developing engineered T-regulatory (Tregs) cell therapies for serious medical conditions driven by the immune system. Jeito continues to build a strong portfolio of companies with groundbreaking therapies in areas of high unmet need. Paris, France, 29 November […]

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UAE’s GreenDome Investments Acquires Elite Co. in Multi-Million Dollar Middle East Logistics Deal

UAE’s GreenDome Investments Acquires Elite Co. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GreenDome Investments announced today that it has closed on the acquisition of Elite Co. from Prama Holdings. Elite Co. is a leading fully integrated land freight and courier solutions providers in the Middle East. The transaction represents one of […]

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Legazpi City logs zero Covid-19 cases for 3 days

LEGAZPI CITY – The city government here on Monday said no new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases were recorded in the locality since Saturday. Mayor Noel Rosal, in an interview on Monday, said this welcome development is attributed to the massive vaccination campaign and sustained implementation of health and safety protocols across the city. “Our campaign for massive vaccination and strict implementation of the protocols are now paying off. We are commending our people and those implementing the safety protocols for their dedication,” he said. Rosal also lauded the private…

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Bacolod City opens 42 sites for 3-day national vax drive

BACOLOD CITY – Some 42 sites have been set up by the city government here to accommodate recipients of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs during the three-day National Vaccination Days, which kicked off on Monday. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who visited the various vaccination sites to signal the start of the roll-out, urged Bacolodnons anew to get vaccinated even with the declining Covid-19 cases in the city. Initially, the city government planned to open only 40 sites, but added an additional two to cater to more residents. Vaccination sites are…

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Lakers trio combine for 82 points to beat Pistons 110-106

ANKARA – Los Angeles Lakers defeated Detroit Pistons 110-106 in Sunday’s NBA matchup, behind their star trio’s 82 combined points. Lakers’ star forward LeBron James led his team to victory with 33 points, nine assists, and five rebounds while Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis contributed with 25 and 24 points, respectively. Pistons’ forward Jerami Grant finished with 32 points, four assists, and six rebounds but not enough to turn the tide for his team. This contest was also significant as Lakers’ LeBron James and Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart were on the…

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Iloilo City posts 112% Covid vax accomplishment

ILOILO CITY – The local government here has vaccinated 112.45 percent of its target eligible population against coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Iloilo City COVID Team spokesperson Jeck Conlu, in an interview with the local media on Monday, said those vaccinated are local residents based on the target set by the national office of the Department of Health (DOH). “If we base on the target population of the DOH, we are more than the herd immunity,” he said, noting that this highly urbanized city is number one in terms of accomplishment outside…

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