Indonesia needs at least 340 million COVID-19 vaccine ampoules, minister says

first_imgIndonesia needs to secure a minimum of 340 million ampoules of COVID-19 vaccines to accommodate at least 170 million people – nearly two-thirds of the country’s total population – in the archipelago, a minister has said.“We need at least two vaccine shots per person for some 170 million people. So we need at least 340 million [ampoules] of vaccines,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto said on Tuesday. He said there was a relaxation on intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed globally, meaning that any country that successfully comes out with a proven vaccine would be able to share their findings with others.“Whichever country discovers it first can share it with other countries so that they can begin co-production,” Airlangga said as quoted by for Indonesia, he said a number of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had cooperated with several companies in South Korea to develop COVID-19 vaccines.Citing President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s order, the minister said the country prioritized cooperation in vaccine development with less-populated countries since those with populations bigger than Indonesia would need to prioritize their own citizens first. Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordableThe 2015 Intercensal Survey (SUPAS) projected Indonesia’s population in 2019 to reach up to 266.9 million people.Countries with a smaller population, such as South Korea, France and Denmark, were therefore considered ideal partners for vaccine co-production, he said.Separately, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head, said that COVID-19 vaccine development in Indonesia was spearheaded by a consortium involving a number of institutions, including state-owned pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma. Bio Farma previously said it was hoping to start a pre-clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine by 2021.“We hope we can acquire our vaccines in a relatively short time, which means we wouldn’t get behind other countries. We will develop an effective vaccine for the virus in Indonesia,” Bambang said. Bambang said Indonesia needed at least 250 million to 350 million ampoules to get at least two-thirds of the Indonesian population vaccinated. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

BP investors press company on climate change reporting, targets

first_imgBP investors yesterday overwhelmingly backed a shareholder resolution calling for the oil and gas major to describe how its strategy is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.More than 99% of votes cast were in favour of the resolution, which was initiated by investors acting as part of the engagement initiative Climate Action 100+.The resolution was expected to pass. Co-filed by nearly 60 institutions owning 10% of BP’s voting shares between them, including six of the UK’s 10 largest fund managers, it was also backed by BP itself.Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), said the ultimate level of support for the resolution at the AGM “sends a clear message that investors expect companies to act on climate change”. “With the resolution passed, BP is now legally bound to set out a strategy to ensure it is aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement,” she added. “The company believe they already meet this objective, so it’s now down to them to show this is the case.”According to Bruce Duguid, head of stewardship at Hermes EOS, which jointly led the IIGCC/Climate Action 100+ engagement group on BP, the resolution was “carefully designed to have the high ambition of a strategy consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, combined with robust reporting requirements by which to demonstrate this, while leaving flexibility for the company to set the precise strategy”.Scope 3 ‘heroes’Investors were also asked to vote on another shareholder resolution at the BP AGM, co-ordinated by Dutch campaign group Follow This.It called on BP to include within its targets emissions from the use of its energy products, which are known as Scope 3 emissions. The resolution was not backed by the company and received 8.35% of the vote; 6% of voting shareholders abstained.Follow This’s Mark van Baal said 8% was impressive for an NGO resolution, and noted that the resolution received more backing than when the equivalent resolution was first tabled at Royal Dutch Shell. Shell is the only oil and gas major to have set targets for Scope 3 emissions.Jeanne Martin, senior campaigns officer at pressure group ShareAction, said: “There’s clearly appetite for BP to set emissions reduction targets for its clients’ products, with some of BP’s largest investors already announcing that they would call for this if BP failed to deliver a Paris-consistent strategy in a year’s time.”Van Baal said the institutional investors that voted for the Follow This resolution were “climate heroes”.last_img read more

Mr. Steven Gayle Dilts

first_imgMr. Steven Gayle Dilts, age 54, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on December 17, 1957 in Madison, Indiana, the son of, Donald J. Dilts and Irma Ray (Courter) Conner. He was raised in Rockport, Rising Sun and Vevay, Indiana and was a 1977 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Steven was united in marriage on July 31, 1981, in Vevay, Indiana to Lonna Gulley and to this union arrived a daughter, Abby to bless their home. Steven was employed as a welder for Steel Construction in Atlanta, Georgia, for 4 years. He was also employed for Dayton Walther in Warsaw, Kentucky, for 12 years. Steven earned his minister’s license and was a Sunday school teacher and lay minister for the Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay, Indiana, New Life Tabernacle in Carrollton, Kentucky and for the Greater Augusta Apostolic Church in Augusta, Georgia. He was a member of the Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Steven enjoyed listening and writing music, fishing, target and trap shooting, but most of all, drawing. Steven will be dearly missed by his loving family. Steven passed away at 7:50 pm, Friday, June 24, 2016, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood, Kentucky.Steven will be dearly missed by his wife and best friend: Lonna (Gulley) Dilts of Moores Hill, IN; his daughter: Abby Michelle Paradise and her husband: Ron of Vevay, IN; his mother: Irma Ray (Courter) Conner of Vevay, IN; his sister: Cathy Manbeck and her husband: Todd Steven of Vevay, IN; his aunts: Linda Elam of Lawrenceburg, IN, Loretta Mounce of Greendale, IN and Patricia Courter of Lawrenceburg, IN and his uncle: Larry Courter and his wife: Delcina of Florence, INHe was preceded in death by his father: Donald J. Dilts.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Bro. Anthony Wilks, at the Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Rising Sun New Cemetery, Rising Sun, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mr. Steven G. Dilts Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Marian Academy Schools Relay Fair Registration period extended to tomorrow

first_imgSCHOOLS in Georgetown and the outlying regions have until tomorrow to register for this weekend’s Marian Academy Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Schools’ Relay Fair. The project, which is the brainchild of students using it as their Physical Education (PE) assessment during the 2017 examinations, will take place on Saturday at the Guyana Police Force ground, Eve Leary.According to PE teacher Keith Smith, 16 schools have already confirmed their participation for the event, but those interested can still contact him at 675-5566 or 650 -2928.“This is where we invite as many secondary schools as possible and it’s a relay championship. It’s not an ordinary championship,” he said, adding, “for children to pull off such a project for CSEC, it’s powerful.”The project’s Competitions Director Jahleel Young told Chronicle Sport that initially, the plan was to have a volleyball tournament but after consultations the relay fair was decided on.“This term we are really pulling a lot of the work; we were really behind but we’ve caught up to where we want to be,” He added.Competition manager Sheniah Grant spoke of early issues but commented on how the group progressed, dubbing them ‘peas in a pod’.“We didn’t get along at first but in order to get the work done we needed to hold one head and get all our priorities, brief everyone on what needs to be done in order to get where we want to go in terms of grades and CSEC projects,” added Grant.Alyssa Persaud, the project’s competition secretary spoke of the logistics of the event, with assurance, “We’ve done multiple letters to the AAG judges, the Red Cross and all of them who are going to help in the success of the competition and we’ve also organised all the equipment that we needed to get.”“What we are going to do on the day itself is try to get it broadcast on TV so people can see that a school is pulling off this event. We are also going to be livestreaming the event as it’s happening,” Leah Lachmansingh, the project’s Sport Journalist explained.There will be three age classes of action; the U-14 which will feature 4x100m males and females as well as a 1500m boys medley and a 800m girls; while the U-16 and U-18 classes will have 4x100m and 4x400m for both boys and girls.Trophies will be given to the top three overall schools as well as medals for individual race winners.The event is sponsored by Digicel, Fly Jamaica, Sterling Products, Banks DIH, Da Silva’s, BEV processors, Mr Gabriel Lall, the Hardware Depot and the Maharaj family.Admission for the 09:00-17:00hrs event is $100.last_img read more