Day: May 24, 2021

HEALTH

Covid-19: ‘We are now in the third wave’ – Free State health dept


Free State says it has already entered a third Covid-19 wave.

  • Gauteng estimates that a third Covid-19 wave will start in the next few weeks.
  • In the Free State, it has already started. 
  • Free State recorded 427 new cases on Thursday, while 60 were yet to be allocated.

The Free State health department says the province is officially in a third wave of Covid-19.

“We are now in the third wave of the outbreak and have today [Friday] seen a shocking rise of infections, to 427 new cases, with 60 yet to be allocated to appropriate districts,” said spokesperson Mondli Mvambi.

Mvambi said Mangaung recorded 200 new cases, Lejweleputswa, 95, Thabo Mofutsanyana, 53, Fezile Dabi, 49, and Xhariep, 21.

The department appealed to communities to remain cautious, to avoid the spread of the virus.

It encouraged residents to play their role to prevent the health system from being overwhelmed.

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HEALTH

Covid-19: Third wave could be less severe – health department tells Parliament

  • It’s unclear when a third Covid-19 wave is expected to hit South Africa.
  • However, health Minister Zweli Mkhize has told Parliament that increased infections in the Northern Cape, North West and Free State are being closely monitored.
  • The health department’s director-general, Sandile Buthelezi, believes delaying the start of the third wave provides more time for vaccinations.

In the absence of a new Covid-19 variant, South Africans can expect the peak of a possible third wave of infections to be lower than what was seen during the second wave.

Although the timing of the third wave remains uncertain, the health department predicts that hospital admissions will be less for all age groups.

According to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, the department plans to vaccinate as many citizens as possible before the expected third wave hits.

During a briefing to Parliament’s health committee on Wednesday, Mkhize told MPs that officials specifically monitored infections

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THERAPY

CARISMA Therapeutics to Present Data at The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 24th Annual Meeting | Tradeshow News

PHILADELPHIA, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CARISMA Therapeutics Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative immunotherapies, announced findings from two studies accepted for virtual presentation at The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 24th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 11Friday, May 14. The findings mark the first time chimeric antigen receptor macrophages (CAR-Ms) have been assessed in a fully immunocompetent animal model and highlight the potential of CAR-monocytes (CAR-Mono) as an innovative and expedited immunotherapeutic pathway.

Dr. Stefano Pierini, Senior Scientist at CARISMA, will present findings from “Chimeric Antigen Receptor Macrophages (CAR-M) Induce Anti-Tumor Immunity and Synergize with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Pre-Clinical Solid Tumor Models,” which established a fully immunocompetent solid tumor mouse model and evaluated the interaction of CAR-M with the tumor microenvironment and the endogenous adaptive immune system. The findings demonstrate that CAR-M therapy showed

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HEALTH

Covid-19 vaccine rollout for ages 12 to 15 is ‘better than expected,’ health officials say

“As we’ve seen this new age category, from 12 to 15, it’s brought renewed hope. Many of the people who I know that work the various vaccine clinics, they’ve told me it felt like December when we were giving those first shots,” Costello told CNN on Tuesday. “People are so hopeful.”

“In less than one week, we have vaccinated more than 600,000 12- to 15-year-olds,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing on Tuesday.

About 3.5 million children ages 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine so far, according to the latest CDC data.

Walensky said that her own son was one of them.

‘A pretty brisk demand’

Both CVS and Walgreens pharmacies confirmed to CNN via email on Tuesday that their retail outlets are continuing to vaccinate adolescents ages 12 to 15, but neither company provided data on how many

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WEIGHT LOSS

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