Missing From State Plans to Distribute the Coronavirus Vaccine: Money to Do It

first_imgThe C.D.C. advisory group has also stressed the importance of a campaign to persuade the public to take the vaccine, noting that messages were likely to be more effective if they came from community leaders than from the federal government. North Carolina says its campaign will use “photos, video, and personal testimony of celebrities, leaders of historically marginalized populations, and other trusted messengers receiving vaccine as early adopters.” As soon as the F.D.A. approves a vaccine, the C.D.C.’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to issue recommendations, already in the works, on how it should be distributed. It will almost certainly say that health care workers should be the group with the highest priority for vaccination, followed by essential service workers, people with high-risk medical conditions and those older than 65.But states will be allowed flexibility within those guidelines; Maryland, for example, plans to include its prison and jail populations in its “Phase 1” priority group. State officials also have to figure out whom to focus on within priority populations if they get less vaccine than they need.During the C.D.C. advisory committee’s meeting last month, some members said they wanted to ensure that information about any safety problems would be made public quickly. The Department of Health and Human Services has said its goal is to start shipping a vaccine within a day of F.D.A. authorization. Until now, the F.D.A. and the C.D.C. have maintained one data system for patients or providers to report bad reactions to vaccines. They plan to supplement that system with a smartphone-based tool that checks in with individuals who have been vaccinated to see whether they have had any health problems.- Advertisement – Record-keeping requirements will also be an overwhelming task, officials said. The C.D.C. wants to track, in real time, the age, sex, race and ethnicity of everyone who is vaccinated — states usually provide such data quarterly, at best — so it can analyze how well the vaccination campaign is going among different demographic groups day by day and make adjustments if certain populations or regions have low vaccination rates. The C.D.C., which holds frequent planning calls with state and local health officials, is also still working on persuading states to hand over the personal data of their citizens. In its data use agreement with the states, the agency has requested each vaccine recipient’s name, date of birth, address, race, ethnicity and certain medical history.“States have never had to report that to the federal government,” said J.T. Lane, the chief population health and innovation officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, adding that his organization was seeking clarity on exactly how the information would be used. In particular, the organization’s members worry that the information could be used by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to track undocumented immigrants.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Manchester City’s ban from European football overturned

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s two-year suspension from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, allowing the club to compete in next season’s elite Champions League competition.CAS ruled that City did not breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship. Sport’s highest court also reduced a fine for failing to cooperate with UEFA to 10 million euros from 30 million euros.“Most of the alleged breaches reported by the (UEFA) Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB (Club Financial Control Body)were either not established or time-barred,” CAS said in a statement. European soccer’s governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious FFP breaches and failed to cooperate with its investigation.Missing out on the Champions League would have cost City, who have denied any wrongdoing, as much as 100 million pounds in prize money and broadcast revenue, as well as matchday and other revenues. The FFP regulations are designed to stop clubs running up big losses through spending on players. They also ensure sponsorship deals are based on their real market value and are genuine commercial agreements — and not ways for owners to pump cash into a club to get around the rules.CAS said its full legal ruling, with details of the case and the decision, would be published in the coming days.“Whilst Manchester City and its legal advisors are yet to review the full ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Club welcomes the implications of today’s ruling as a validation of the Club’s position and the body of evidence that it was able to present,” City said in a statement here “The Club wishes to thank the panel members for their diligence and the due process that they administered,” the Premier League club added.UEFA had said City had committed “serious breaches” of the FFP rule in information submitted to them between 2012 and 2016.However, Article 37 of UEFA’s own procedural rules covering the CFCB states that “Prosecution is barred after five years for all breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and FFP Rules”. UEFA said it remained committed to FFP.“UEFA notes that the CAS panel found that there was insufficient conclusive evidence to uphold all of the CFCB’s conclusions in this specific case and that many of the alleged breaches were time-barred due to the 5 year time period foreseen in the UEFA regulations. “Over the last few years, Financial Fair Play has played a significant role in protecting clubs and helping them become financially sustainable and UEFA and ECA (European Club Association) remain committed to its principles.”The decision led Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish league and long-standing critic of City, to question the role of CAS in such decisions.“We have to reassess whether the CAS is the appropriate body to which to appeal institutional decisions in football. Switzerland is a country with a great history of arbitration, the CAS is not up to standard,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Adequate Security Planned for Pele’s Visit

first_imgThe Legend Edition 2016 is a two-day event, from August 11 to12th, will focus on youth development and empowerment through a once-in-a-lifetime inspiring experience with Pele.The event will involve football loving teenagers and parents, key figures from various state governments, the corporate sector and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).This event will include; a sports clinic (Legend tournament), a Gala Night with Pele and other African football legends; including an auction of Pele memorabilia at the Gala night.Proceeds from the auction will be donated to an eligible local youth football academy.Pele is renowned for many achievements including scoring 1,281 goals in his professional career, receiving an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, named “Athlete of the Century” and “Player of the Century,” by the International Olympic Committee and FIFA respectively, amongst others.This is will be Pele’s second visit to Nigeria; the first in 1967, was occasioned by a two-day cease fire during the Nigerian Civil War, which allowed the warring sides to watch the Pele and Santos team play an exhibition match in Lagos.WJS is an organisation which provides engaging platforms to facilitate deeper understandings, through conversations that drive nation building consciousness, gender inclusiveness, community development, youth empowerment and ultimately transformative thinking.YEDA is structured to identify, encourage and develop high potential youth become responsible citizens of society as well as ascend to leadership positions within various sectors of the economy/society.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adequate Security has been put in place ahead of the August 10 visit to Nigeria of football icon, Edson Arantes do Nacimento, popularly known as Pele.At a press conference on Friday at the Astro Turf, Ikoyi, Lagos to herald the arrival of the Brazilian, who is regarded by many as the best footballer of all time, the organisers said everything had been put in place to make his visit a huge success.The Winihin Jemide Seris (WJS), along with Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA), will be facilitating the WJS/YEDA Legend Edition 2016 with Pele.last_img read more