Live match preview – Chelsea vs Sheff Utd 07.11.2020

first_img There has been a debate this week about players going down in the penalty area and Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder admits there was an adjustment period for his side after they were promoted to the Premier League Saturday 7th November 5:00pm Winger Kai Havertz will also be missing as he continues his self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.Kepa Arrizabalaga is fit after shoulder trouble, though Edouard Mendy should remain in goal after six successive shut-outs.- Advertisement – Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 5.30pm.Team newsChristian Pulisic will miss Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge due to continued hamstring issues.- Advertisement – 2:48 A look at some of the key stats surrounding the fixtures in matchweek eight of the Premier League – Advertisement – Christian Pulisic made his first appearance of the season in Chelsea's last game before the international breakImage:Christian Pulisic is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem Pulisic pulled out of Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League win at Burnley but though he had returned to low-level training earlier in the week, the USA forward continues to struggle with the issue.center_img Kick off 5:30pm Jones Knows’ predictionMy timeline was not a pretty picture last weekend when the referee blew his whistle at the end of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley. Blues fans came at me, mostly in good spirits, cupping their ear in my direction after I had made a case for Burnley at 11/2. I will never apologise for having a pop at a price.Well, Sheffield United – a team that have played far better than their position in the Premier League table suggests – are even bigger in the market than Burnley this weekend. You can get 7/1 on an away win.The case can be made too. The Blades beat Chelsea 3-0 at Bramall Lane last season and dug out a deserved 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.Have they tempted me in? I would be in line for a bravery award if so.Edouard Mendy is going for a seventh straight clean sheet and his relationship with Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma in front of him is a trio to fear when it comes to defensive solidity. Chris Wilder’s men are the joint lowest scorers this season in the Premier League with Burnley – netting just three goals, and two of those were penalties.The Chelsea bandwagon still does not have me as a passenger but I do fancy them for a low-scoring home win this weekend against the blunt Blades.JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)Opta statsChelsea have conceded exactly twice in five of their last six home league games against Sheffield United (W2 D2 L2), keeping a clean sheet in the other (3-0 in March 2007).Sheffield United avoided defeat in both league games against Chelsea last season (W1 D1), coming from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 in this exact fixture in August 2019.Sheffield United are one of just four clubs against whom Chelsea have lost more Premier League games than they’ve won (W3 L4), alongside Oldham Athletic (W0 L3), Liverpool (W20 L23) and Arsenal (W19 L20).Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games (W2 D3), last having a longer run in the competition between September-November 2019 (6).One point from seven games marks Sheffield United’s joint-worst ever start to a league campaign in their history (level with 1975-76, when they finished bottom of the top-flight). Meanwhile, the Blades haven’t remained winless in their first eight games of a league campaign since 1990-91.Sheffield United have taken just one point from their last 30 available in the Premier League (W0 D1 L9). They last had a longer run without a league victory than their current run of 10 back in March 2011 (14).Sheffield United have scored with just 5.1% of their shots in the Premier League this season (3/59) – only Burnley have a lower conversion rate so far (5%). Meanwhile, Chelsea have converted 18.8% of their efforts (16/85), the third highest in the competition this season.Since beating Chelsea 3-0 in July, Sheffield United have netted just four goals in 10 Premier League games, with two of those coming from the penalty spot.Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy has kept a clean sheet in each of his three Premier League starts, and could become just the fourth keeper to keep a clean sheet in each of his first four in the competition after Alex Manninger, Pepe Reina and Anders Lindegaard.After failing to score or assist a goal in any of his first four Premier League appearances, Chelsea’s Timo Werner has been involved in four goals in his last three games in the competition (3 goals, 1 assist).Pitch to Post Preview Podcast: Jamie Carragher on Man City v Liverpool; Steve Bruce on Callum Wilson; Chelsea’s title chances assessedJamie Carragher and Steve Bruce are among the guests on this week’s Pitch to Post Preview Podcast.Sky Sports pundit Carragher joins Peter Smith and Adam Bate to look ahead to the big Super Sunday clash between Man City and Liverpool, while Steve Bruce is on the line to discuss Newcastle’s Friday Night Football trip to Southampton and the form of star striker Callum Wilson.Also on the show we analyse how Chelsea have turned around their defensive problems, how Leicester have coped with injury problems, and Adam makes a bold Pitch.Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox 0:28 Matchweek 8 Preview Chris Wilder– Advertisement – Sheffield United will be without Ethan Ampadu against his parent club.Chris Wilder could recall Oliver Norwood, or deploy Sander Berge in the centre of midfield and start contract rebel John Lundstram on the right.John Fleck (back) and Lys Mousset (toe) have boosted Wilder’s still winless side by returning to training but this game will come too soon. Chelsea vs Sheffield United will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 5pm on Saturday Night Football; kick-off at 5.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle. How to followlast_img read more

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The Masters: Best moments from the Par Three Contest at Augusta National | Golf News

first_img– Advertisement – This year’s Par Three Contest at Augusta National was cancelled but in its absence take a look some of the best moments from the event over the years; watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel from Thursday to Sunday with Featured Group coverage from 12.30pm on Thursday Last Updated: 11/11/20 3:04pm The best moments from the Par Three Contest at Augusta National, which usually acts as a curtain-raiser for The Masters – Advertisement – 3:02 – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The best moments from the Par Three Contest at Augusta National, which usually acts as a curtain-raiser for The Masters The Par Three Contest at Augusta National has been the traditional curtain-raiser for The Masters since 1960.However, the fun and family-friendly tournament was cancelled this year due to no patrons being in attendance, and there was no ‘competitive’ action at the course on the eve of the final major of the year, which gets under way on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.So in the absence of the usual Wednesday evening entertainment from the nine-hole course at Augusta National, we have compiled a video of some of the best moments from the Par Three Contest over the years, featuring stars of the past, the present and maybe the future. Get Sky Sports Golf for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. There are plenty of hole-in-ones (including from Jack Nicklaus and his grandson), lots of special family moments and the odd slip-up!To whet your appetite ahead of the start of The Masters, click play on the video above to watch the best of the Par Three Contest….Watch The Masters this week live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday. Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Irelandlast_img read more

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Needs More Time, Money to Bring Back Mars Rock Samples: Independent Panel

first_imgNASA is underestimating the amount of time and money it will take to bring Mars rocks back to Earth in the coming decade, an independent panel said Tuesday.The review board suggested that NASA and the European Space Agency consider bumping the next launches in the sample-return effort from 2026 to 2028, given all the technological challenges. These delays will increase costs, pushing the planning budget to $4 billion (roughly Rs. 29,800 crores) or more, $1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,400 crores) more than currently envisioned by NASA, the panel noted.- Advertisement – The chairman of the review board, David Thompson, retired chief executive of Orbital ATK, told reporters a two-year launch delay is advisable for the best chances of success. At the same time, however, no one is suggesting that NASA slow down, stressed panel member Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.NASA’s science mission chief, Thomas Zurbuchen, said the space agency will reassess the mission dates and consider all options. But for now, “it’s full steam ahead … we’re not taking a break in any fashion.”Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Already more than halfway to Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover will hunt for the best geologic samples, after landing in February. It’s aiming for Jezero Crater, believed to be an ancient river delta that may have once harboured microscopic life.Scientists want to analyse these samples in the best labs on Earth, in hopes of ascertaining whether life ever existed in the planet’s lush, wet past. The goal is to get the samples back in the early 2030s.In order to do that, the space agencies have teamed up to develop a lander to fetch the samples, a rocket to get them off the Martian surface and an orbiting spacecraft to accept them and return them to Earth. All this gear will require two separate launches from Earth.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Murphy eyes Haydock hurdles return for Kalashnikov | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “We’ll just take it as it comes for the rest of the season – if he loves it on Saturday he could stay over hurdles, but the plan is just to get him back on song – fingers crossed we have no more bleeding episodes.“Prior to those last two runs, he’d never been out of the first two (when completing) and both times he bled.“We’ve put everything into getting him back. We’ve given him plenty of time, we’ve freshened him up and please God it was something underlying rather than him having an issue.”- Advertisement – There are 24 still in contention for the £80,000 prize, which is no longer run over fixed brush hurdles.David Pipe’s prolific winner Main Fact is among the market leaders, having lost just once in nine outings for current connections.His last three wins have come on the Flat, seeing him rise from a mark of 60 to 78 – while his current jumps rating of 147 is 49lb higher than when he joined the yard. Pipe could also run Duc De Beauchene.There are two possible Irish contenders in Colm Murphy’s Relegate, winner of the 2018 Champion Bumper for Willie Mullins, and The Jam Man – trained in Northern Ireland by Ronan McNally.The Jam Man was last seen bolting up off a much lower mark over fences in the valuable Troytown Chase at Navan.Hughie Morrison’s Third Wind, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Wholestone, Royal Ascot winner Who Dares Wins and Fergal O’Brien’s Imperial Alcazar are just a few other potential major contenders in what is sure to be a competitive affair.Last year’s Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase winner Itchy Feet is among the entries for the Graduation Chase on the card – but he is also entered in a Grade Two at Ascot.Good Boy Bobby, Master Tommytucker and Windsor Avenue are possible opponents should he run on Merseyside. His form tailed off in the second half of the campaign, though, when he broke blood vessels, and he faces a step up in trip back over hurdles on Saturday.Murphy said: “We’re very much planning to run as long as it is not bottomless.“He stayed two and a half miles well last year. Obviously he’s had a few issues, so this is very much a starting point for him.- Advertisement – Kalashnikov is set to return to the smaller obstacles in the Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle.Amy Murphy’s star has proved himself a very smart performer over fences in the last two seasons, winning a Grade One as a novice at Aintree and finishing second in the Old Roan last year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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SpaceX Hints at Starlink Debut in India by Urging Government to Start Approving Satellite Technologies

first_imgSpaceX also asked for “blanket licensing” to allow multiple identical satellite terminals for broadband connectivity and urged utilisation of Ka-band frequencies that is used by fixed satellite services systems including Starlink. Similarly, it asked the regulator to consider the potential of satellite operations in V- and E-band frequencies.On spectrum allocation, SpaceX suggested TRAI to prefer a band-splitting model among NGSO satellite operators.SpaceX successfully deployed the initial 60 Starlink Internet-beaming satellites in space in May last year. The company also expanded its footprint in satellite broadband space in February by launching 60 additional satellites. However, it is likely to face a tough fight with Amazon that announced an over $10 billion (roughly Rs. 74,487 crores) investment in a satellite broadband plan in late July.- Advertisement – Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. SpaceX, an American aerospace company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, has urged the Indian government to kick off approvals for satellite broadband technologies. The move is aimed at expanding SpaceX’s satellite Internet constellation Starlink to the country. SpaceX has expressed its interest in launching Starlink in India in a filing submitted with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The company said it was on track with constellation deployments for continuous Starlink coverage throughout India by the end of 2021.Responding to a TRAI consultation paper, SpaceX Vice President for Satellite Government Affairs Patricia Cooper said that new technologies like Startlink might require consideration of updated rules, policies, and regulation. She also recommended suggestions including the encouragement of technology-neutral broadband definitions and assigning already-allocation frequencies for the use of satellite systems.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Starlink’s early performance tests demonstrate that NGSO (Non-geostationary) satellite technology is clearly capable of meeting not only the current broadband definition, but also those increased criteria recommended by TRAI,” Cooper wrote in the filing dated September 21, which has just been brought into focus by MediaNama.SpaceX also noted while responding to questions put by TRAI that policies constraining or deterring the use of advanced satellite technologies such as Starlink might be a contributor to higher costs of fixed broadband and slower speeds of existing broadband services. The company additionally mentioned that terrestrial fixed wired and wireless technologies came with an “inherent infrastructure expense based on a cost per kilometre” that made it difficult to scale.“SpaceX does not require expensive ‘last-mile’ fibre lines in order to deliver reliable high-speed broadband,” Cooper said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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CDC: no plans now to send 1918 virus to other labs

first_img Oct 21 CIDRAP News story on classification of the 1918 virus as a select agenthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/oct2105agent.html Nov 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has no current plans to release the reconstructed version of the virus that caused the 1918 influenza pandemic to other laboratories, the head of the CDC said yesterday, but she did not rule out the possibility. She said the virus currently exists nowhere else than the CDC, which is studying it in the hope of learning more about the biology of influenza and pandemics and helping to develop better vaccines and drugs. An unsigned editorial in Nature this week endorses research on the virus but says that sharing it with other labs would increase the risk of an accidental release. “The 1918 flu virus is hard to contain and is capable of spreading rapidly between people. The researchers who work with the reconstructed virus point out that current flu vaccines and drugs provide good protection from it—but these are in short supply, and the threat of an accidental release is real.” Some critics have said the 1918 virus should never have been recreated because it could cause another pandemic if it escaped, and that releasing it to other labs would compound the risk. At the end of a news conference on flu vaccine supply issues yesterday, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said, “There was an unfortunate report that appeared in a media outlet today that indicated that CDC was distributing its reconstructed 1918 virus to other parts of the country for scientific investigation. I just want to set the record straight on this. CDC has no plans currently to distribute the reconstructed virus anywhere. We’re working on it here in Atlanta. We have collaborations with investigators to come into our campus and work with the virus here.” Transcript of Nov 10 CDC teleconferencehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/transcripts/t051110.htm A report in Nature this week quoted CDC spokesman Von Roebuck as saying that labs that are registered to work with select agents—dangerous pathogens and toxins subject to special handling rules—could request the virus. No labs had made such a request yet, Roebuck told the magazine. The CDC classified the virus as a select agent Oct 20. The editorial suggests working toward an international agreement governing the distribution and handling of potentially dangerous reconstructed viruses. Governments should ask the World Health Organization to look into this possibility, the writer says. See also: The writer notes that other labs could reconstruct the virus themselves by using the published genomic sequence. That removes the risk associated with mailing the virus, but “still leaves the risk of an escape from labs that work with it.” The Nature report says that scientists at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg plan to work with the 1918 virus but will not request it from the CDC. Frank Plummer, the lab’s scientific director, said the lab would obtain constructs containing the virus’s DNA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Using those pieces, the Winnipeg lab will be able to recreate the virus in a few days, Plummer told the magazine. “We have to balance that with our overarching moral and scientific imperatives to make sure that virus is handled with the absolute best possible biocontainment and biosafety procedures,” Gerberding said. “We know we can do that at CDC and we probably will be able to assure that other investigators can do likewise, but until such time as we recognize the scientific merit and the adequacy of the biosafety containment procedures, that virus is not going anywhere and it’s not leaving the CDC without my express approval.” CDC scientists reconstructed the virus after a group at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) succeeded in sequencing its genome. The AFIP group had recovered fragments of the virus from preserved tissue samples from victims of the 1918 pandemic, which made the sequencing possible. The pandemic killed up to 100 million people worldwide. Last month the CDC reported that the reassembled virus was highly lethal to mice and grew explosively in lab cultures of human lung cells. The agency handles the virus under enhanced biosafety level 3 conditions and has said that other labs with the same level of security can work with it. BSL-3 is the second highest of the four biosecurity classifications.last_img read more

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2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: How will the infrastructure fare in a flu pandemic?

first_img Although telecommunications depend extensively on the power grid and therefore will be affected if the power goes out, Sanders emphasized that the industry can sustain capacity to serve customers for a limited period of time by, for example, relying on generator-based power. He also emphasized that the communications infrastructure is provided with priority assistance under the National Security Emergency Agency planning structure that was created under the Kennedy Administration in the 1960s. Echoing this concern, Anne Marie Kappel, Vice President, World Shipping Council, Washington, DC, reiterated the impact of a pandemic on a system (in this case, transportation) that is already stressed and that relies heavily on people. “If we talk about a pandemic that will impact 25% to 30% of the workforce and you have an industry that is structured with millions of dollars of assets, none of which can operate without people, this will have an impact on the system.” Any business that relies on goods has to factor this into their preparedness plans, she emphasized. “Can we handle unexpected demands on a system that is already stressed if a major global disruption occurs?” he asked. Among the most important areas of contingency planning for such an event is how to manage workers, both those who are ill and those who remain well. In addition, strong leadership is needed at all levels of government to help businesses prepare for such a pandemic, concluded participants in the panel, titled “Cross-Cutting Critical Infrastructure Availability and Business Continuity.” Feb 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Putting an additional stressor, such as a flu pandemic, on an infrastructure that is already stressed and running at a stretched capacity merits great concern, said experts convening yesterday at a national summit on business planning for pandemic influenza in Minneapolis. For Marshall C. Sanders, CPP, Vice President, Global Security, Broomfield, Colorado, a key point for businesses in pandemic planning is looking at the capacity requirements to support the 25% to 50% of the workforce that might be called upon to work remotely during a pandemic. Issues include identifying who the workforce is (eg, the percentage who need to work onsite, who can telecommute, and who need to be online), ensuring access to licenses in advance, making sure support services are available, and addressing privacy issues. Speaking on the vulnerability of the power grid to a pandemic flu outbreak, Massoud Amin, DSc, Director of the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, said that “the system is already close to the edge” in terms of available fuel sources as well as the entire infrastructure, including transmission, high voltage, and distribution. Former governor of Minnesota Arne Carlson agrees that leadership is key to successful pandemic planning. “The only institution that has the capacity to bring people together is government,” he said, adding that government needs to provide a clear, broad understanding about what the pandemic is, what its potentialities are, and what kind of role individuals need to play. As current chairman of RiverSource Funds, a large Minneapolis employer, Carlson said he has not yet received even one phone call regarding the pandemic. “That’s wrong,” he said, adding that businesses need to contact their state and federal government officials to get basic information about contingency plans in the event of a pandemic. According to Dr. Amin, one of the key concerns is the availability of enough people to operate systems if a pandemic occurs. “Organizations have gotten to a point where they have been downsized, right-sized, and they are nearly capsized,” he said. Given the already reduced workforce in businesses, what will happen in a pandemic that is projected to reduce the workforce by 35%? he questioned. Along with factoring in the reduced workforce because of illness, an equally important focus needs to be on how to manage workers who remain healthy. “Part of dealing successfully with the pandemic will be dealing with the healthy,” Kappel said, stressing the need for healthy transportation so workers can get to work. The message that it is safe for people to go to work in the midst of a pandemic must come from the government, according to Kappel, similar to what happened during the SARS episode when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stepped in to reassure cargo workers that they couldn’t contract SARS from handling cargo. She emphasized the need for strong leadership in mitigating this “fear factor” that would further reduce the workforce and slow operations. Steven Ross, MD, Director, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP, New York, commented that developing a plan for how to deal with employees working remotely underscores the need to focus on good management versus planning. “The point is [that] this is not a planning issue, it’s a management issue,” he said, adding that the workforce can be made much more productive if people are given the ability to work from wherever they are. Also, if connectivity slows down during a pandemic, he noted, businesses can try to stagger workers so that, for example, some workers work mornings and some work afternoons. To best prepare for a pandemic, the need for all sectors of infrastructure to work together was emphasized by Dr. Amin who reiterated the need for integrated assessments and collaboration among sectors to prepare and deal with a pandemic. The Business Planning for Pandemic Influenza national summit, held Feb 14 and 15, was hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site; the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; and the US Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 4,500, Deaths in US & Costa Rica, first Chinese case, Tamiflu issues

first_imgMay 11, 2009WHO’s novel H1N1 flu case count tops 4,500The global number of people infected with the novel H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus rose to 4,694 from 30 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 1,626 cases and 48 deaths in Mexico and the 2,532 cases and 3 deaths reported in the United States as of yesterday. Canada has reported 284 cases and one death. [WHO update 25]US case count rises to 2,600The US H1N1 case count reached 2,600 cases and 3 deaths in 44 states today, an increase of 68 since yesterday’s update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The number of states reporting confirmed cases stayed the same. [CDC swine flu page]Washington man is third US novel H1N1 fatalityOfficials from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH) announced on May 9 that a man in his 30s from Snohomish County died of complications from a novel H1N1 flu infection, raising the US death toll from the disease to three. The man had pneumonia and an underlying cardiac condition. The other two US deaths occurred in Texas. [May 9 WSDH press release]China reports first H1N1 caseAuthorities in China announced that a 30-year-old Chinese man who flew home after attending college in Missouri has the country’s first novel H1N1 case, and they are locating and quarantining passengers who traveled on two flights with him, Bloomberg News reported today. He reportedly had a fever and cough during a flight from Beijing to his home in Chengdu in Sichuan province. So far 130 passengers from 21 provinces have been quarantined at their local health facilities. [May 11 Bloomberg news story]Costa Rican case marks first H1N1 death south of MexicoCosta Rica reported that a 53-year-old man died of a novel H1N1 flu infection, marking the first death from the disease outside of Mexico, the United States, and Canada, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The health ministry said the man had underlying health conditions, including diabetes and chronic lung disease. So far officials don’t know how the man became infected, because he had not recently traveled out of the country.EU extends Tamiflu shelf lifeThe European Medicines Agency, the European Union’s pharmaceutical regulatory agency, on May 9 extended the shelf life of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) by 2 years to address potential shortages spurred by novel H1N1 flu outbreaks, the Financial Times reported. The extension increases the drug’s shelf life to 7 years.Critics say WHO should push manufacture of generic oseltamivirSome critics say the WHO is doing too little to promote the production of generic oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in the face of the H1N1 threat, according to an AP report. Groups such as the Third World Network say the agency should order supplies of the generic drug or encourage poor countries to do so, the story said, noting that World Trade Organization rules allow countries to override patent rights in a health crisis. A WHO official said the agency would work to obtain additional antivirals for needy countries, either through donations or through purchase at the lowest possible prices.last_img read more

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