Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine boxes are stored in the refrigerator at the vaccination site that appears at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center on Staten Island, New York. Photo / AP
European drug regulators have revealed that they are reviewing rare blood clots suffered by recipients of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the United States.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was investigating four serious cases but it was unclear at this stage whether the clot was related to vaccines or other medical problems.
Three of the cases occurred during the US launch in which nearly five million had been vaccinated by Thursday, while one case occurred during clinical trials.
In one case, the person died from complications.
Johnson and Johnson said they were aware of the review and were working with regulators to assess the matter, but insisted “there is no clear causal link between this rare event and the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine”.
The main medicinal injections are currently only available in the US and are scheduled to be published in the European Union in the coming weeks.
New Zealand has ordered up to five million doses of the Janssen vaccine but is still awaiting more data before approval.
Australia has yet to commit to Johnson and Johnson vaccines but complications have come amid concerns with AstraZeneca’s injections, which threaten to destabilize confidence in the launch.
Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an epidemiologist at the University of New South Wales, insists that the extremely rare complications of any vaccine far outweigh the threat of Covid-19.
“It’s all about placing a proportionate risk of death in our elderly cohort representing 100 percent of all coronavirus deaths in Australia,” he told NCA NewsWire.
“They only die if they catch Covid, so to prevent them from getting infected, we have to fence them off.
“In the context of a pandemic, there is a huge risk of death for this older group so you want to protect them by vaccinating everyone, but especially children who are at greater risk of catching and transmitting it.”
Although Australia has yet to commit to a Johnson and Johnson vaccine, a hiccup from this week’s EMA threatens to complicate already-increasing supply problems around the world.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday refused to commit to having the nation’s jab launch completed this year because Professor McLaws offers a much bleaker timeline – he expects vaccine supply delays to keep Australia’s borders closed through the end of 2022.
New Zealand has agreed to receive up to 7.6 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
AstraZeneca injections will not be offered to Australians under the age of 50 following the advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, which will free supplies for the older group.
“So now we have less people who need AstraZeneca, we have more space (supply),” said the professor.
“But if we want to open in the near future next year, AstraZeneca’s supply must be increased so that people get vaccinated on time because there is a three month delay between the first and second injections.
“So just because there are fewer people who need it doesn’t mean we’re out of the jungle because the government has to deploy two troops and they have to adjust the pace so we can open our borders.”
It is almost dinner time and Paul and John’s friends, who have been out looking for gold near Georgetown, Queensland, finish the day.
As she walks to meet John, Paul’s metal detector suddenly starts making a strong sound.
“I thought, ‘wow, that’s a good signal,'” he said.
“And I couldn’t get rid of it so I started digging and it kept digging deeper and the signal got better.”
Paul called John and asked him to come and help. The couple dug for two hours until they finally found the rock.
Covered in dirt, it didn’t look like anything special, but they knew it was definitely out of the ordinary.
“We broke the top of the rock and I thought, ‘there is no rock here like that … I don’t know what we got here’,” Paul said.
“When we went to get it out of the hole, it was very heavy. We knew it was more than just a rock.
When the couple finally managed to bring their findings to Geoscience Australia for examination, an immediate reaction emerged.
“It’s so funny, we often have people [who] come and visit thinking they have found a meteorite, and generally 99 times out of 100 it doesn’t happen, “said National Mineral Fossil Collection curator Steven Petkovski.
“We went to the back of their car and opened the trunk and immediately I was very excited to see, this is indeed an iron meteorite and these people are real, the real McCoy.”
How I wonder who you are
The romance of shooting stars seen from Earth is very far from the violent event of a meteor burning as it enters the atmosphere.
Most were destroyed upon entry, but a few were large enough to survive the long trip to the ground and smack into the earth’s surface.
At this point, the meteor becomes a meteorite.
John and Paul went out that day looking for gold, but what they actually found was an extremely rare iron-nickel meteorite, which scientists believe may have originated from the edge of the metal core of the former asteroid 4.5 billion years ago.
It is one of only six officially confirmed, named and classified in the world and the only one found in Australia. The other four are found in Antarctica and the fifth is stored in the US.
The meteorite John and Paul discovered is also the largest of the six meteorites weighing 24.3kg.
“It’s very rare, and very rare to find a meteorite of this type,” said Petkovski.
He said meteorites would help researchers understand more about the solar system.
“Scientifically there is a lot of discovery and work that needs to be done for this, and it will tell us a lot more about the building blocks of the solar system, planets, formations,” he said.
“Also because of the type of meteorite, it’s more about the mineralogy and chemistry of the solar system.”
Geoscience Australia visitors in Canberra can also see ancient rocks that tell a compelling story.
“The bronze-colored mineral is called troilite, and encased in it is a cut, branch-like alloy made up of nickel and iron. It’s spectacular to look at visually,” said Petkovski.
‘You don’t cut a good thing’
John and Paul were paid $ 200,000 for their efforts that day in cowherd country in 2016.
They decided not to break the meteorite into smaller pieces, which is often done to get more money through multiple buyers.
They said they wanted the meteorite to remain in Australia and be used for educational purposes.
“You don’t cut a good thing,” Paul said.
“We can cut it in half and have some latches,” said John.
“It’s an unreal feeling, that’s all we can say, once we know what we have. I have many grandchildren and they all want to see it.”
In a rare television interview, Te Ao Māori Television with Moana meets one of New Zealand’s funniest and most creative people, Jemaine Clement. They talk about their early memories of growing up in Wairarapa, the differences between Kiwis and overseas audiences and more in the exclusive video above.
Of all the viewers in the world, Jemaine Clement considers Kiwi to be the toughest.
“They don’t expect anything good. People in the early days would say, ‘oh I really wanted to laugh, but nobody else started, so I decided not to’.”
A lot has happened in Clement’s life since those early days – Grammy awards; several Emmy nominations; acting credits to major Hollywood productions, including Men In Black III and the upcoming sequel to Avatar.
He also recently wrapped up the second season of the American mockumentary series, What We Do in the Shadows, which was named one of the best shows of 2020 by the New York Times.
But Clement remains down to earth and less ego-like as ever, despite being named one of the 100 sexiest men by Australian Who magazine in 2008, and sometimes being mistaken for Benicio Del Toro.
Clement admits that he and his Flight of the Conchords bandmate, Bret McKenzie, were completely shocked when they became a hit with overseas audiences.
“When New Zealanders hear a New Zealand accent, they’re like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to hear this.’ But they don’t care [overseas]. So we were surprised… And when we played, our show got bigger and bigger. That was a big surprise. “
Clement spent his childhood growing up in Wairarapa, raised by Māori and kuia mothers.
She has fond memories of going on marae trips and meeting her Māori relatives at family reunions. But sadly, te reo wasn’t a big part of his upbringing.
“My grandmother doesn’t speak Māori. She’s from the generation who would be punished in school if she … that’s her first language, but, uh, you know, they’ll get hit if they talk,” he said, through tears.
Her kuia greatly influenced her in other ways, such as through her sense of humor.
“She’s a funny woman … sometimes on purpose, like she’s going to make a good joke, and sometimes downright unintentionally … I mean the basic idea of humor is to surprise, and she’s always surprising what to expect. he thought. “
Clement is still close to his mother – one year, he brought her to the Emmy as her guest, which he found very pleasant.
“He watches all these shows. I don’t watch them, I don’t know who the people are at the Emmy. But he knows all the shows.”
Over the past year, Covid has forced Clement to take stock and adopt a slower lifestyle, which is something he is grateful for.
“I think last year I realized I was pushing myself too much and doing too many things … So when everyone has to stop traveling, I appreciate it and take a step back and think, I don’t have to go too hard all the time,” he said. .
You can hear more about Clement’s thoughts on making fun of racism, when he meets the Prince in person, his writing process and more by watching the full interview with Moana Maniapoto in “Te Ao with Moana” at the top of this story.
If you don’t have a collection based on this iconic duo sitting on the shelf yet, you might be interested in the creation of this character from the Nintendo 64 era. In addition, there are characters from Bottles and Banjo’s sister Tooty.
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It started off with a bizarre chant, but it was only after DNA testing of dung that bird researchers were able to confirm Australia’s first record of an unknown Asian bird, rarely seen even in its native region.
The main point:
The first record for a brown line flycatcher in Australia has been confirmed by DNA testing
The small, brown bird was first seen in northwest Australia because of its unusual vocation
Confirmation comes after a researcher has noticed the bird droppings, and is able to collect the deposits
In October 2020, Parks and Wildlife conservation scientist Bruce Greatwich was at the Sandfire Roadhouse, a steep, heat-blasted spot on the edge of the Great Desert, 300 kilometers south of Broome.
He was taking a break from work when he heard an unusual tweet.
To the common man, what would have been another bird’s whistle was enough to excite Mr. Greatwich to take a closer look.
“It doesn’t sound like an Australian bird at all to me,” he said.
After searching the roadhouse mango grove, his suspicions were confirmed.
He knew he had found something quite interesting, but Mr. Greatwich had no idea that this was the start of months of research and much luck would finally confirm that he had found a bird that was almost unknown anywhere in the world.
An unusual song
There are few things more appealing to bird researcher Nigel Jackett than having a call that a rare bird has been spotted.
“About 10 minutes after Bruce saw the bird, we got a text message with a photo of the flytrap from Asia,” he said.
Within 10 minutes of receiving the news, Mr Jackett and two other hardcore birders began the 300 km drive from Broome to the Sandfire Roadhouse.
“Everyone carry their bags in case a rare bird appears, [their gear is] just sitting in front of the door, binoculars ready, cameras ready, “he said.
“You have to be prepared, and you need to react as quickly as possible because some of these birds don’t last long.”
While Mr Greatwich has the ability to hear a few tweets from a bird and knows the call is unusual in Australia, Mr Jackett’s ability to identify bird calls is on the next level.
His skill in identifying bird species from records makes him a sought-after expert, and his ears are capable of detecting something out of the ordinary about the bizarre Asian flytrap.
“As part of my profession, I do voice analysis for people who put out a voice recorder and then they send the data to me,” he said.
“I started listening to the Asian chocolate flycatcher, as we thought, and it didn’t sound right at all.”
The Asian brown flytrap is common and widespread in Southeast Asia, and although never seen on mainland Australia, it has been seen on remote islands and atolls not far from the coast.
Then there are some very similar but much less obscure Asian flytraps that Asian bird watchers hardly ever see, and one of those considered the most suitable.
“Most bird watchers have never heard of the brown-line flytrap call,” says Jackett.
The importance of dirt
When word came about about a new bird for Australia, if only it could be identified, bird researcher and guide Adrian Boyle got stuck in the Mitchell Plateau in remote northern Kimberley.
It becomes even more torturous for Mr. Boyle that he cannot rush the sight of the strange bird, as he moves on to the prearranged work of the Gouldian finches in the east Kimberley.
But amazingly, when he finally made the 1,300km journey to Sandfire, two weeks after the unusual bird was first spotted, he was still roaming the little mango grove on the edge of the desert.
“Nobody’s seen him for more than a week,” said Mr Boyle.
“So driving that far is a gamble.”
Despite calls for matching the brown-line flycatcher, ornithologists around the world remain divided over whether perhaps this lesser-known bird species has never been seen anywhere near Australia before, rather than the more likely and very similar Asian brown flycatcher.
Experts concluded that without DNA, the identity of these birds could not be determined, and that there was only one slim possibility of obtaining DNA.
“There’s talk that if you see an object fall, then just take it,” Boyle said.
“That’s a really serious comment, but if it happens, you have to watch the bird as it falls.
But after driving 1,300 km to find Australia’s only little brown bird of its kind two weeks after it was first spotted, Mr Boyle’s fortune was burning up.
“I saw him through binoculars at the time after taking a few photos, and saw him do this drop,” he said.
“Amazingly, it just landed on this little leaf, like it fell completely, so it’s not contaminated, I don’t have to scrape it off the ground, and it has good substance.”
Australia’s first DNA test
While this bird droppings have all the best features bird researchers might dare dream of, the best samples are still poop.
When it comes to DNA testing, the problem with feces is that there is usually more DNA from eaten food and gut bacteria, than from organisms that carry feces.
Due to these challenges, dung has only been used to identify bird species a few times before.
“This has never been done before in Australia, so we don’t know if we will ever be successful,” said Jackett.
There were financial challenges too, and a small group of keen bird watchers and researchers all donated to pay the $ 600 fee.
It took a while and when the results came in, the results were mixed.
The museum can sequence DNA showing that the bird is a flytrap, but they cannot match the sequence to a specific species.
But the problem isn’t the samples collected by one in a million shit, the problem is that there are no DNA records from the brown-striped flycatcher to compare them with.
“There’s no publicly available order for it, nobody’s ever working on it,” said Jackett.
But luck was on their side again.
‘Change the game’
Word is circulating in the scientific community again that the DNA sequence has been obtained from a strange flytrap in Australia.
“Someone in Singapore put us in the National University of Singapore and there is a researcher named Frank Rheindt who runs the bird evolution lab,” said Jackett.
“He’s actually currently sorting out the genetics of fly traps in Southeast Asia.”
Dr Rheindt only has two samples of the brown striped flycatcher, but that’s enough to confirm the unlikely fact that one of these rare birds made it to Australia.
“This bird is very unknown,” said Mr. Jackett.
“The call is unknown, very few people have seen it even in its original range, so we really need to get DNA to prove it is true.
“We talked to some ornithologists in Southeast Asia, and even they only saw it a few times in their life.
As well as confirmation that this small, obscure brown bird had wandered thousands of kilometers off its usual route and ended up in an equally unknown part of Australia, the work has produced the world’s best record of rare bird species and demonstrated new techniques for DNA identification.
“We email everyone who helps fund DNA analysis … they are very excited about the process and they want to see it tested in Australia,” said Jackett.
“To know that it works, I think it will change the game for the future of Australian birds.”