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The oxford University team that is leading the global vaccine race against Covid19 has reached a breakthrough in the development of an antibody treatment targeted to the elderly and the particularly vulnerable.
The treatment involves injecting a patient with a combination of two cloned antibodies which allows the body to counteract Covid19. The treatment is especially effective for those in the early stages of infection.
In a further positive development, AstraZeneca in announcing the breakthrough reported that the Serum Institute of India is considering funding the antibody treatment as a stand alone project.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that countries that do not have a reliable electricity supply and cannot maintain an effective cold-chain delivery system account for more than 1.5 million deaths globally, because vaccines for treatable diseases are rendered useless on arrival.
The University of Birmingham and Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh with collaboration from leading international institutions have initiated a Covid-19 related investigation into finding the most efficient way to distribute future covid vaccines, which may be temperature sensitive, on a global scale.
Universal vaccines access has been a major concern affecting millions of people in low income countries especially where refrigeration logistics are sparse at best. The latest statistics from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization suggests that less then 10% of the healthcare centres in poorer counties have a reliable supply of electricity let alone adequate vaccine-qualified refrigerators.
The challenge to effectuate rapid mass immunisation and create a reliable and sustainable cold-chain logistics system offers a unique opportunity to solve the problems that continue to plague universal vaccines access.
One approach that is being considered is creating community cooling hubs which could help meet the different communities’ cooling needs in a clean, affordable and sustainable way while helping to safeguard people’s health.
Professor Phil Greening, from Herriot-Watt University, explained “… a vaccine is one of the very few exit strategies around which scientists and government are aligned. …. (and) we need a global effort to prepare the vaccine and in parallel a global strategy to develop the appropriate sustainable and legacy equitable cold chains and achieve this with minimum environmental impact.

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Sonovia, an Israeli start-up, has developed a reusable anti-viral fabric face mask which should be able to neutralize 99% of the Covid19 virus.
Unlike a regular disposable mask the SonoMask provides dual and durable protection both for the wearer and for those in close contact with the wearer.
The mask which can be washed multiple times is coated in zinc oxide nano particles that destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses. Most importantly it provides an effective shield for the wearer from contracting the virus.
The fabric which can be used in textiles for hospitals, PPE, and clothing is awaiting certification for use by medical professionals in emergency rooms and operating theatres.
In May of this year the fabric was tested at the Austria’s HygCen medical lab using the Vaccinia virus which is almost identical to the SARS-Covid virus. That test showed, “a good virucidal effect “according to the lab report.
Further tests have been conducted in the microspectrum, Weipu Jishu laboratory in China and an additional test is being carried out in Beijing, with a report due within the next few days.
If, as expected the results show a 99% efficacy, Sonovia will be partnering with strategic manufacturers around the world to create a full range of protective equipment including respirators and hazard suits.

The antimicrobial elements found in copper, which has been well established over the past 60 years and is now, finally, receiving intense interest among the so called international scientific community because has the potential of killing SARS-Cov-2 the new strain of CaronaVirus that causes the Covid19 infections.
More importantly given copper’s aggressive antiviral activities, we thought that it should be essential for healthcare professionals to know how they can advise patients to ingest copper as a primary weapon in preventing becoming infested. This information we believe is critical because Copper is an essential trace mineral that cannot be formed by the human body. It must be ingested from dietary sources.
In that vain we include below a list of foods that one should eat in order to ingest copper, it’s a list of healthy foods and its broad enough to include meat lovers and ardent vegans:-
The best dietary sources are seafood (especially shellfish), organ meats (e.g., liver), whole grains, legumes (e.g., beans and lentils) and chocolate.
Nuts, including peanuts and pecans, are especially rich in copper, as are grains like wheat and rye, and fruits including lemons and raisins.
Other food sources include cereals, potatoes, peas, red meat, mushrooms, some dark green leafy vegetables like kale, and fruits like coconuts, papaya, and apples. Tea, rice and chicken are relatively low in copper, but can provide a reasonable amount of copper when they are consumed in significant amounts.
Eating a balanced diet with a range of foods from different food groups is the best way to avoid copper deficiency. In both developed and developing countries, adults, young children, and adolescents who consume diets of grain, millet, tuber, or rice along with legumes (beans) or small amounts of fish or meat, some fruits and vegetables, and some vegetable oil are likely to obtain adequate copper if their total food consumption is adequate in calories.
We hope this list affords our members an opportunity to for members to revise their daily diets and we in turn will offer more supplementary advice as we receive it from the experts.

In 2008 the world’s largest study of hospital surfaces made up of copper materials proved conclusively that the anti-microbial properties in copper destroyed killer bacteria and stopped the spread of infections through touch and finger-tip contamination. (Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham).
The study headed up by Professor Tom Elliott found that copper taps, toilet seats, door push plates, door handles, handrails, switches, hospital carts and so on, all but eliminated infectious micro-organisms that existed.
Lab tests showed that copper kills off MRSA, C difficle superbugs and a range of other dangerous germs including flu virus and the E coli food poisoning bug. Addionally a study led by Professor Peter Lambert at Aston University, Birmingham showed the efficacy of copper when patients were treated in rooms where touch surfaces were copperized, compared to patients treated in regular rooms. The infection rates of the patients in the copperized rooms were reduced by 48% .
In spite of the overwhelming evidence that replacing stainless steel in key touch areas with copper, not one hospital made any significant changes. Five years later York Health Economics Consortium designed a business model that showed that projects for installing anti-microbial copper touch surfaces in just IC Units would pay for themselves in less then a year.
This study was recently underscored by a US study which showed that the direct cost of treating a single patient with a hospital-acquired infection is approximately $45,000 whereas 70% of hospital-acquired infections could be eliminated by rooms being refitted with copper replacements in key touch areas at a cost of $5000.
The anti-microbial activities of copper are effective against Covid19 and immediate steps should be taken to replace key touch areas in hospitals, schools, public buildings in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Using copper is as critical as washing hands, sanitisation, social distancing and wearing face masks.

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