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Trump hopes for COVID-19 vaccine by end of year, ‘maybe before’



United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday said he hoped a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and announced he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to spearhead the effort.

“We are looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before,” Trump said, as he delivered an update on the race for a vaccine.

“We think we are going to have some very good results coming out very quickly,” he told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.

The timeline projected by Trump is more optimistic than what Europe foresees.

The European Medicines Agency said Thursday a vaccine could be ready in a year’s time under an “optimistic scenario.”

Trump announced he would appoint Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GSK Vaccines, and four star army general Gustave Perna, to lead “Operation Warp Speed.”

“My administration is providing roughly $10 billion to support a medical research effort without parallel,” the president said, comparing the effort with the Manhattan Project during World War 2 that led to the development of nuclear weapons.

Trump added that when a vaccine was ready the military would be enlisted to distribute it — and evoked a spirit of global cooperation.

“We are working together with many different countries, and again we have no ego,” he said.

“Whoever gets it, we think it is great, we are going to work with them and they’re going to work with us. If we get it, we’ll be working with them.”

Scientists have cautioned that it is possible that despite worldwide efforts, it is possible that an effective vaccine may never be found — or that some vaccines could backfire and make people more, not less, susceptible to infection.

Trump also sought to temper expectations of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Again, it is not solely vaccine based,” he said.

“Other things have never had a vaccine and they go away. So I don’t want people to think this is all dependent on a vaccine, but a vaccine would be a tremendous thing.”

Scientists have never previously developed a successful vaccine for any kind of coronavirus that infects humans.

Efforts that were underway against the SARS coronavirus were halted early because that disease was contained after infecting about 8,000 people, and it was therefore not judged profitable to pursue.

Vaccines do exist for animal coronaviruses, for example a type of coronavirus that infects chickens — and this is used by farmers.

However, it also kills a certain percentage of chickens, and such an outcome would not be acceptable in humans.

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Pakistani Man Buys Land On Moon As Wedding Gift For His Wife (Photos)




A Pakistani man, inspired by late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, bought an acre of land on the moon as a wedding gift for his wife.

Rawalpindi: “Love you to the moon and back” is not just a saying for a Pakistani man anymore who has bought a one-acre plot of land on the moon as a wedding gift for his wife.

Sohaib Ahmed, a resident of Rawalpindi, bought the lunar land in the region called ‘Sea of Vapour’. The land was bought for $45 from the International Lunar Lands Registry.

Ahmed said that he was inspired by late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput to buy the piece of land on the moon. The land bought by Sushant in 2018 is part of a region called Mare Muscoviense, or the ‘Sea of Muscovy’.

Several celebrities including Tom Cruise and Shah Rukh Khan own land on the moon.

Ahmed’s wife Madiha said that her friends did not believe her when she told them about her unique wedding gift. “At first everyone thought it was a joke, but then I showed them the documents and then they believed it,” she told Samaa TV. She added that one of her friends also wants her fiancé to gift her a plot of land on the moon for their wedding.

The couple received the documents of the land on the moon at their home via US Postal Service.

Earlier, a Bihar businessman bought an acre of land on the moon after getting inspired by Rajput. Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Bodh Gaya, said that the cost of the land was not much, however, the process was difficult. He had contacted the US society ‘Luna Society International’ and applied for one acre of land in October 2019.

“I had given around Rs. 48,000 at that time… money was converted from Indian rupees to dollars. After a lot of online paperwork, I got a message on July 4, 2020, that my deed had been completed,” Kumar had told ANI.

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“It’s An Attack On The Erection Industry” – Reuben Abati Replies Ghana Police Commander On Sex Rounds




“It’s an attack on the erection industry!” – Dr. @abati1990 on the Ghanaian Police Commander’s advice that officials should reduce their involvement in “sexual activities” ahead of the country’s general election. � #TrendingWithOjyOkpe @OjyOkpe #TheMorningShow

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‘Reduce Your Sex Rounds’ — Ghanaian Police Officer Advises Personnel




Afful Boakye-Yiadom, the Accra region commander of Ghana Police Service (GPS), has enjoined officials of the agency to reduce their involvement in sexual activities ahead of the country’s general elections.

Boakye-Yiadom addressed the officials during a route march held by the police service to reiterate its readiness for the elections.

The Accra police commander said the measure alongside intake of good diet would enable them to discharge their duties effectively before, during and after the polls.

“Control yourself, we all need the energy to work during the election I, therefore, advise all of you to eat well, reduce your sexual rounds for you to get the energy to work well before, during and after 2020 elections,” he said.

Boakye-Yiadom also urged the police officers to desist from partisan politics at the polls.

According to him, this would enable them to maintain neutrality which is essential to their professional conduct during the election.

Ghana will hold its general elections on December 7.

Nana Akufo-Addo, the country’s incumbent president, is seeking re-election under the platform of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

He will be challenging John Mahama, a former president and candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to secure another term in office.

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