According to the minister Luigi Di Maio the first doses of the Covid vaccine in Italy they could already arrive before the end of the year, thanks to an agreement with Oxford University. At the beginning of 2021, therefore, vaccinations can be started. L’EngageMinds of the Catholic University did a research on a sample of 1000 Italians to understand how many are in favor of this vaccine.
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Nobel Prize for Medicine to discover the hepatitis C virus: three virologists awarded
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine 2020 to three virologists. US scientists Harvey J. Alter (National Institute of Health) and Charles M. Rice (Rockefeller University, New York) and their British colleague Michael Houghton (University of Alberta, Canada) have been awarded for the discovery of the hepatitis virus C. Announcing the award in Stockholm on Monday, the Nobel Committee – led by Secretary Thomas Perlmann – highlighted that the work of the three scientists helped explain “scientifically” an important source of blood-borne hepatitis, which could not be explained by the hepatitis A and B viruses. “Their work makes blood tests and new drugs possible that have saved millions of lives”, wrote the committee in the motivation for the Nobel Prize. “Thanks to their discovery, highly sensitive blood tests for the virus are now available, which have essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, greatly improving global health.”, the committee explains. “Their discovery also allowed for the rapid development of antiviral drugs targeting hepatitis C”, motivated the Nobel Prize committee. “For the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, sparking hope of eradicating the hepatitis C virus from the world’s population”. Who are the three virologists In the late 1970s, 85-year-old Harvey Alter had identified a mysterious hepatitis contamination during transfusions, when it was neither hepatitis A nor hepatitis B. Years later, in 1989, to Michael Houghton and his team are credited with discovering the genetic sequence of the virus. Charles Rice, 68, spent many years unraveling how the virus replicated, work that led to a revolutionary new treatment in the early 1920s, the “sofosbuvir”. The award is the first directly linked to a virus after the 2008 award awarded to French AIDS discoverers, François Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier, and to a pioneer of papillomaviruses, the German Harald zur Hausen. From a first prize – for chemistry – to two virologists in 1946, this Nobel Prize joins the 17 Nobel Prizes directly or indirectly linked to work on viruses. Two more Americans and one Briton Last year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to Americans William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza and British Peter Ratcliffe. They had discovered, starting in the 1990s, how cells throughout the body detect and adapt to different levels of oxygen. The first therapeutic applications came to light in the mid-2000s, in particular against cancer. 70 million cases of hepatitis worldwide The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are over 70 million cases of hepatitis worldwide and 400,000 deaths each year. The disease is chronic and is a major cause of liver inflammation and cancer. The Nobel Prize is accompanied by a gold medal and a cash prize of 10 million Swedish kronor (over $ 1,118,000), thanks to a 124-year-old bequest bequeathed by the creator of the prize, the inventor Swedish Alfred Nobel. Special significance The Nobel Prize for Medicine has special significance this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which highlighted the importance that medical research has for societies and economies around the world. The Nobel Prize in Medicine is the first of six to be announced until 12 October. The other prizes will be awarded in the fields of physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics.
Lorenzin: “I tested positive for Coronavirus, thanks to doctors and nurses sure that I will win”
(Vista Agency) Rome, 05 October 2020 Lorenzin: “I tested positive for Coronavirus, thanks to doctors and nurses sure that I will win” Beatrice Lorenzin tested positive for Coronavirus, the same deputy Pd, former Minister of Health, announced in a video posted on twitter: “”Hello everyone, unfortunately I tested positive at Covid, I have a little fever and sore throat but the other functions are under monitoring and the situation is calm. I begin the treatments. Thanks to the help of doctors and nurses I am sure I will win. This virus is really a beast if I, who are particularly careful, have been infected. Being infected is really easier than we think, we all pay special attention and a hug to everyone”. Twitter Lorenzin Source: Vista Agency / Alexander Jakhnagiev
Donald Trump is doing better and joking with the doctors. Breathe on his own but stay hospitalized for now
He’s been fever-free for 24 hours. It has only mild symptoms, it doesn’t need oxygen. And he’s in a great mood too. That’s when the doctors made it known in the bulletin released by the Walter Reed military hospital, where Donald Trump is hospitalized. The American president, who tested positive for Covid-19, has started therapy with Remdesivir, the anti-viral drug used against the Ebola virus. “We monitored his heart function, his kidney function, his liver function, everything is normal”. specified Dr. Sean Dooley. “The president has no breathing difficulties. As we were completing our usual round of visits, smiling, he said he felt fine, as if he might be ready to leave the clinic right away. In a video released on Twitter, the president before the transfer to the hospital, complete with a mask this time, had wanted to reassure the nation by stressing that he will get away with it. The hospital where the Head of the White House was admitted, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, is located in Maryland, a short distance from the capital. It is considered one of the largest medical centers in the US Navy, a true excellence in the sector. Instead, the mystery remains about the diagnosis of her positivity, along with that of First Lady Melania, and four other staff members, including her personal assistant. Perhaps the American president had already made a swab last Wednesday, Perhaps he already knew he had the Coronavirus. Many perhaps. For now, the only certainty is that the outcome of the swab was known with a tweet on the American night between Thursday and Friday. A little yellow in the White House.
According to what emerged from this research, not everyone agrees with the arrival of this Covid vaccine. Indeed, the Italian people seem to be less and less inclined to undergo a possible vaccination. More than 1 in 10, or 11%, declared absolutely against it, 9% considered it unlikely, 28% are still in doubt. This means that almost half of the population is showing distrust of the future Covid vaccine. 48% of Italians are in doubt and this is a very high figure, which is increasing. The effectiveness of the vaccine may also depend on the percentage of people who will.
“It is very worrying that the number of those who do not intend to vaccinate against Covid-19 is high and increasing. Between May and September, a further 7.5 percent of the Italian population became skeptical or opposed to vaccination, when we know that the percentage of immunization needed to slow the epidemic is estimated at around 70 percent” has explained Guendalina GraffignaProfessor of Consumer and Health Psychology at the Catholic University and director of the EngageMinds Hub. The research did not reveal any differences for macro-geographical areas. Italians have one lack of confidence in the anti-Covid vaccine, but also in many other vaccines, such as influenza or measles.