FDA clears Xofluza from Roche as preventative treatment for influenza

FDA clears Xofluza from Roche as preventative treatment for influenza

mardi, 24.11.2020

Roche is also very active in the field of diagnostics. (Keystone)

Roche’s US subsidiary, Genentech, has obtained clearance from the FDA for a new indication for the influenza drug Xofluza. The latter can now be prescribed as a preventive treatment for influenza, Genentech said Monday evening. This authorization is valid for patients from 12 years of age who have previously been in contact with a person with influenza.

The approval is based on the phase III “Blockstone” study which showed that people sharing the same roof as a person infected with influenza contracted it significantly less with preventive treatment with Xofluza. This approval is important because the flu season will coincide with the coronavirus pandemic, the FDA said in its own press release. The medicine from Genentech can now also be administered in the form of granules to be dissolved in water. Previously, it was only available in tablet form.

At this time, the drug cannot be prescribed to children, Genentech said. The company and the FDA are now working together to determine what to do next.
Xofluza (Baloxavir-Marboxil) was approved in 2018 in the United States for the treatment of certain forms of influenza. (awp)

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FDA clears Xofluza from Roche as preventative treatment for influenza

FDA clears Xofluza from Roche as preventative treatment for influenza

mardi, 24.11.2020

Roche is also very active in the field of diagnostics. (Keystone)

Roche’s US subsidiary, Genentech, has obtained clearance from the FDA for a new indication for the influenza drug Xofluza. The latter can now be prescribed as a preventive treatment for influenza, Genentech said Monday evening. This authorization is valid for patients from 12 years of age who have previously been in contact with a person with influenza.

The approval is based on the phase III “Blockstone” study which showed that people sharing the same roof as a person infected with influenza contracted it significantly less with preventive treatment with Xofluza. This approval is important because the flu season will coincide with the coronavirus pandemic, the FDA said in its own press release. The medicine from Genentech can now also be administered in the form of granules to be dissolved in water. Previously, it was only available in tablet form.

At this time, the drug cannot be prescribed to children, Genentech said. The company and the FDA are now working together to determine what to do next.
Xofluza (Baloxavir-Marboxil) was approved in 2018 in the United States for the treatment of certain forms of influenza. (awp)

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ABB launches collaboration with Google Cloud

ABB launches collaboration with Google Cloud

Monday, 23.11.2020

An ABB Switzerland test laboratory in Baden.

The Zurich-based electrical engineering giant ABB has chosen the Google cloud to consolidate its information systems services, as part of the “streamlining IT operations” program. Outline
The financials of this collaboration have not been disclosed. The Zurich specialist wants to take advantage of the American giant’s capabilities in “data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning” to simplify and improve its information systems, ‘after a statement released on Monday.

Google’s expertise would increase the scalability and resiliency of infrastructure services for all ABB businesses. Concretely, its partner across the Atlantic will ensure the data migration of the Zurich group by automating and
consolidating services, “both in strategic data centers and in remote offices”, in order to implement a “cloud first” strategy. (awp)

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Zurich confirms talks to acquire P&C division of MetLife

Zurich confirms talks to acquire P&C division of MetLife

saturday, 21.11.2020

Zurich. Its Farmers subsidiary confirmed the discussions.

Zurich Insurance is interested in certain activities of its American competitor MetLife. The Zurich insurer confirmed press articles on Saturday that reported discussions for the acquisition of MetLife’s damage and accident insurance activities.

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Spirit and Copa Airlines announce relaunch of some flights in Latin America

The airline Spirit Airlines announced that it will relaunch some of its flights from Latin American destinations to Orlando just before the holidays.

According to information from FTN News, the Florida-based airline is relaunching six international nonstop routes aimed at bringing More Go to vacationers and people visiting friends and family. It is the first time that Spirit aircraft will fly internationally from Central Florida since border closures began in March 2020.

According to the company, It seeks to reintroduce Latin American destinations from Orlando International Airport (MCO) gradually during December, starting with service to Colombia and Honduras. In fact, in a few weeks, the airline will add Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador along with additional Colombian flights. Also, in the Caribbean, people traveling to Puerto Rico will have more options in early 2021.

* Pending reopening of the airport after repairs due to damage caused by Hurricane Eta

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“The holidays are the time to see family and friends, and we are excited to offer so many international non-stop options from Central Florida,” said Spirit Airlines Vice President of Network Planning John Kirby.

And he added that “we are the only major airline based in Florida and the Orlando market is one of our most important gateways. We know how valuable it is for people to get on a plane and fly nonstop to their destination without having to connect through a busy hub. “

According to FTN News, Spirit, which carried 2.6 million passengers at Orlando International Airport in 2019, it reactivated most of its national network from the airport in July when demand for air travel began to pick up.

The resumption of international service in Orlando propels Spirit’s operation from the airport to 38 non-stop destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline will offer guests an average of 53 flights per day during the December travel period, which is a ten-fold increase compared to the five flights available each day when demand for air travel was at its lowest. in 2020.

On the other hand, according to an account by El Universal, Two new airlines resume their operations to and from Cartagena (Colombia) after the suspension of activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is Copa Airlines that reconnects the capital of Bolívar with Panama City, initially with three weekly flights. This company once again flies in Colombia to cities such as Bogotá, Cali, Medellín and now Cartagena.

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The airline also announced that since November 2, it operates three weekly flights to Barranquilla and Pereira and since November 17, a weekly flight to Bucaramanga. For these flights, Copa Airlines will operate the Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the capacity to transport 160 passengers, 16 in business class and 144 in the main cabin.

Finally, Gran Colombiana de Aviación (GCA Airlines), a company that had started operations between Cartagena and Cali since November 20, 2019, It also announced the restart of flights between those two cities from December 2, with five weekly frequencies.

(With information from FTN News and El Universal)

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Orkestra appeals to the «key» role of the Administration for the economic reactivation of the Basque Country

Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness, affirms that the role of public institutions will be “key” to get out of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Orkestra presented this morning at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) the report in which it annually analyzes the economic situation in the Basque Country. On this occasion, the document has had to focus on the impact of Covid and the measures to be put in place for reactivation. The rector of the University of Deusto, Jose Maria Guibert; the president of Orkestra, Iván Martén; the general director of the institute, Maria Jose Aranguren, and the research director, James Wilson.

Aranguren has highlighted that administrations will have an increasing role in the face of the need to face complex challenges. “There is no agent that is unilaterally capable of responding to the technological, business or social needs that we will have to face. The Administration must play a agile articulating role and close to citizens ».

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The document contains seven recommendations for the Basque Country to face the future. Among these are the digitization of companies and the commitment to business opportunities that will arise from the “Green transition”, the healthcare industry, the circular economy and biosciences.

Iván Martén has shown himself “optimistic” about the way out of the crisis, given that in his opinion the Basque Country has a «good technological and industrial base». However, he has warned that the other European regions’ are also making progressSo you have to keep working to be in the top positions ».

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Geneva-based SGS group inaugurates cybersecurity research center in Austria

Geneva-based SGS group inaugurates cybersecurity research center in Austria

mardi, 17.11.2020

Professor of Systems Security at the Technical University of Graz, Stefan Mangard and Martin Schaffer, Global Head of Digital Cybersecurity and Innovation Services at SGS.

Inspection and certification specialist SGS on Tuesday officially opened a cybersecurity research center with the Austrian Technological University of Graz. It was named Lamarr Security Research, in reference to the one who was both a brilliant inventor and famous Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr.

The Austrian-born scientist made telecommunications history. The transmission method that she developed, frequency hopping spread spectrum, is still used in GPS techniques, for Wi-Fi or for mobile telephony.

The new epicenter of the international cybersecurity campus in Graz aims to provide the public with solutions for system security and personal data protection. “Our research will cover a wide range of topics, from transistors to complex applications for the cloud, in order to make secure and private systems more efficient and verifiable”, describes Stefan Mangard, professor at the University of Graz, in a press release issued today. SGS provides core funding for this, and researchers are now looking for other partner sponsors who share their vision.

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Liberty Global to hand over Sunrise-UPC to its previous pilots

Liberty Global to hand over Sunrise-UPC to its previous pilots

monday, 16.11.2020

UPC Switzerland announced on August 12 the acquisition of its competitor Sunrise, and now holds 96.48% of its share capital. The characteristics of the union of the two companies are still unclear, in particular its consequences in terms of employment or the name of the company. The identity of the leaders is one of the first pieces of information to be discovered. (Keystone)

The British group Liberty Global announced on Monday the identity of the next duo to head the unified activities of Sunrise and UPC Switzerland. The rudder now falls to Sunrise Managing Director André Krause. He will be supported by the former boss of UPC, Severina Pascu, who will act as deputy and responsible for operations.

Severina Pascu is returning to Switzerland after a short-lived stint of a few months as financial director of Virgin Media in the United Kingdom, a statement said. She worked from September 2018 to January 2020 as Managing Director of UPC Switzerland. Previously, she held various management positions at Liberty Global, both in Central and Eastern Europe.

André Krause, the current Managing Director of Sunrise, worked for eight years as financial manager of the telecom operator. He has been instrumental in transforming Sunrise’s network, customer service, brand and corporate culture. In 2015, he contributed to the success of the group’s IPO, the press release explains.

As for Baptiest Coopmans, who has been Managing Director of UPC Switzerland for the past ten months, he will take on a high-level operational role within Liberty Global.

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The dollar is losing ground

The dollar is losing ground

monday, 16.11.2020

The result of a lack of interest in this safe haven while Pfizer’s vaccine is on track, or a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis which is hitting the United States head-on, the dollar is still falling. (Keystone)

The dollar fell a little against the euro and the yen in a market split between positive indicators in Asia and the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States. At around 10:00 a.m. GMT (11:00 a.m. in Paris), the dollar lost 0.09% against the euro, at 1.1845 dollars to the euro, and 0.10% against the yen, at 104.53 yen to the dollar. The greenback entered a third straight session of moderate decline against a basket of other major currencies.

The United States recorded one million new infections with Covid-19 in less than a week, totaling 11 million cases on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University. “The dollar is falling, in large part because it is now clear that this wave of Covid-19 is affecting the United States as severely as Europe,” commented Ulrich Leuchtmann, analyst at Commerzbank.

But other analysts see on the contrary in the fall of the dollar a disinterest of the forex traders for this safe haven, while the CEO of the German company BioNTech, which has developed with Pfizer a vaccine “90% effective” against the new coronavirus , estimated Sunday that “we could have a normal winter next year”.

“Investors are also encouraged by positive data from Asia,” said Ricardo Evangelista, analyst at ActivTrades. Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded 5% between July and September compared to the previous quarter, a stronger-than-expected recovery, “which relieved” Japanese investors, Sucden analysts say.

The British pound for its part was down slightly against the euro (-0.12% to 89.88 pence per euro) and the dollar (-0.09% to 1.3179 dollar per pound) . The pound fell back on news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in isolation, ”Sucden analysts said. (AFP / AWP)

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Asia with almost no duties – Newspaper Kommersant No. 209 (6930) of 11/16/2020

China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the ASEAN countries signed a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement. Its ratification will lead to the world’s largest free trade area – although the agreement provides for the preservation of selective trade restrictions and is generally less advanced than the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, initiated by the US, which subsequently withdrawn from it.

During the online summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ten countries of the association – Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines – as well as five partner countries – China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand – Signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The ratification of the document will lead to the creation of the world’s largest free trade zone (the participating countries together account for about a third of the world economy). At the same time, India withdrew from the RCEP negotiations a year ago, as reported, due to demands to lower duties on the import of agricultural products and fears of an influx of cheap Chinese goods.

Recall that the RCEP, since the beginning of negotiations in 2012, was viewed as a Chinese “counterbalance” to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which until the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election was one of the two main foreign trade initiatives of the United States (as a result, the agreement was signed without the United States in 2018 as Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, CPTPP).

Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang said that the conclusion of an agreement on the establishment of the RCEP “is not only a breakthrough in the economic integration of East Asian countries, but also a victory for multilateralism and free trade.”

The document provides for a reduction in duties on most categories of goods (only 92% of items), but with various reservations – for example, Japan will retain duties on the import of certain agricultural products. The agreement establishes rules in the field of intellectual property and e-commerce, and also provides for an increase in the share of possible foreign participation for companies providing services in 50 sectors (including telecom, finance, professional services). At the same time, unlike CPTPP, this agreement does not include requirements for the environmental friendliness of goods and the protection of workers’ rights.

Recall that Russia, as a member of the EAEU, already has a trade agreement with Vietnam (it entered into force in October 2016), as well as with Singapore (signed a year ago), negotiations with India are continuing. In addition, an agreement on trade and economic cooperation was concluded with China, but it does not provide for a reduction in tariffs – imports of energy resources around the world are almost free of duties, while on other items, in particular, on agricultural products, China very selectively opens its market, protecting its primarily not by duties, but by phytosanitary requirements.

The Ministry of Economy of the Russian Federation is still studying the final text of the agreement, but according to preliminary estimates, it is less ambitious than, for example, the conditions for the functioning of the free trade zone within the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Deputy Minister of Economy Vladimir Ilyichev told Kommersant.

“This will not affect our agreements with Vietnam in the sense that the EAEU-Vietnam agreement will continue to operate in full. At the same time, the entry into force of the RCEP will open up new opportunities for access to the markets of the signatory states for Russian businesses represented in the Vietnamese market, ”the official added.

Tatiana Edovina

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