kuzma/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Two men and one woman were charged by the Justice Department for allegedly fabricating a COVID-19 vaccine website.According to an affidavit unsealed Thursday, Olakitan Oluwalade, Odunayo Baba Oluwalad and Kelly Lamont Williams fraudulently replicated Moderna’s website, purporting to sell the company’s vaccine.The three were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries up to 20 years in jail.The fake Moderna homepage offered an opportunity to buy the vaccine, according to the affidavit.“YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BUY A COVID-19 VACCINE AHEAD OF TIME,” the website said.When a person contacted the phone number listed on the phony site’s homepage, he or she would be redirected to an encrypted messaging system, which asked for an email address, the affidavit said.The suspects wanted to charge $6,000 for 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine at $30 a piece, according to the court documents.An agent in the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative agency helped uncover the fraud.“As the public seeks vaccines to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19, fraudsters are waiting to take advantage of their desperation. We want to remind the public to exercise extreme caution online, especially when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and protective equipment,” special agent in charge, James R. Mancuso, of HSI Baltimore said.Currently, there is no way to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine. Each state has a process in which the public can receive doses of the approved vaccines.The suspects were caught because the undercover agent was told to allegedly transfer money to an account with Williams’ name on it.It’s unclear if the suspects have obtained a lawyer.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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A research team that reviewed studies on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a rare poliolike illness, and enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) found good evidence the virus causes the condition, according to a report published today in Eurosurveillance.In 2014, large outbreaks of EV-D68 occurred in the United States that predominantly affected children, followed by similar events in Canada, Europe, and Asia. AFM clusters—again, mostly affecting children—were simultaneously reported in the same regions, with 120 cases reported in the United States and smaller clusters reported in six European countries, raising the possibility of a link between EV-D68 and AFM.EV-D68 was first identified in 1962 and until 2014 had caused small, sporadic clusters of generally mild respiratory illness. In 2014, however, the outbreaks in the United States and Canada were marked by severe respiratory symptoms, piling up 1,153 cases in the United States, with neurologic complications seen in 120 US cases and 5 Canadian cases.CDC probe continues into AFM causeThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it is still concerned about AFM, because it is a serious condition, but officials don’t have a clear picture of a cause, and there are no known strategies for preventing it.The CDC is still actively investigating AFM cases. After the 2014 surge, the agency confirmed 21 cases in 2015, 149 cases in 2016, and 23 cases in 2017, based on reports received as of Jan 3. For the spike in cases in 2016, the CDC did not receive reports of large EV-D68 outbreaks, but it did get sporadic case reports.Based on its investigation into the US AFM cases, the CDC said EV-D68 wasn’t consistently found in patients’ spinal fluid, and it has noted that a wide range of pathogens can cause AFM.Good evidence for linkIn the new analysis, researchers from Australia and the Arizona State University used the Bradford Hill criteria to evaluate the evidence of a link between EV-D68 and AFM. The Bradford Hill criteria include nine factors that experts use to formally weigh causality between exposure and a disease. In 2016, the Bradford Hill criteria were one of the systems the CDC used to conclude that Zika virus was the cause of microcephaly.Of 123 studies that the experts identified in their literature review, they included 20 in their study, including 7 epidemiologic studies that allowed them to investigate the association’s strength or consistency.Overall, their analysis suggested good evidence for EV-D68 as being the cause of AFM. They noted that although enteroviruses are neurotropic, AFM had never been linked to EV-D68 before, possibly because the incidence of the virus had been much lower in the past, masking rare complications, similar to what may have occurred with Zika virus before it triggered large outbreaks.A change in virus or epidemiology?The team also suggested that, based on indications from animal studies, EV-D68 strains apparently evolved after 2000 into three clades that seem to be highly neurovirulent. “It appears that the incidence of this infection and the clade-specific epidemiology have changed,” they wrote.More studies are needed to identify the timing and geographic changes in the virus and to determine if the changes would explain AFM’s new association with it, the authors wrote—especially given the severity of AFM, ongoing outbreaks, and the lack of treatment or vaccine.See also:Jan 18 Eurosurveill reportCDC AFM page
[mappress]Press Release, January 16, 2014 The official opening ceremony of Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE – the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering – was held on Monday, January 13th 2014.In a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, the core activities at DSS will continue along the tried and trusted course of Damen new-builds and Albwardy’s conversions, dry-dockings and repairs.The spacious new yard, located in the Hamriyah Free-zone on a huge 284,000 square metre site, has direct and unrestricted access to the sea and meets the highest standards of modern ship construction and repair.The facility is equipped with a 120 x 26.5 metre ship-lift, with a 5,200 ton capacity and is connected to eight dry-berths, each of which is 125 metres in length. It also features a fully enclosed blasting and painting shed and an under-cover new build construction hall.Up and running for some time now, DSS has the facilities to repair and construct all type of vessels, and has recently delivered tugs, workboats, support vessels, dredgers, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons.The yard can proudly display a healthy order book that presently consists of contracts for two multicats, two shoalbusters, two barges, one aluminium crew boat and not less than ten ASD tugs.The cooperation between the two family-owned companies is further strengthened with three existing yards in Dubai and Fujairah that will continue their focus on repairs, conversions and dry-dockings. They will also undertake rig repairs and conversions for the oil and gas industry.With its 35 year history, Albwardy Marine Engineering is a well established name in the Gulf region.
After watching Vedat Muriqi in action against Genclerbirligi last week, Milliyet report Tottenham Hotspur have started to gather information about the Fenerbahçe forward. The former Caykur Rizespor player has been in impressive form since joining the Super Lig side in the summer, and the Turkish newspaper claims Spurs are now getting serious about the Kosovo international.Its reported Tottenham officials have been informed about the player’s life off the pitch, and the Premier League side will now continue to gather more information.Milliyet also claim Tottenham officials have held ‘unofficial’ transfer talks with Fenerbahçe, and they are preparing to make an offer to sign the 25-year-old.Despite the growing number of clubs who are following Muriqi’s progress at Fener, it’s reported Tottenham are the only club who have outlined their intentions for him. However, it’s unlikely the Süper Lig side will sell their star player in the January transfer window as they find themselves in the race for the league title.It’s understood the Turkish club will only listen to offers in the region of €20m.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo
Brentford players celebrate Nottingham Forest’s torrid recent form continued as they were beaten 3-1 by Brentford at the City Ground in the Championship.The Tricky Trees were without a victory in their last eight games in the league and their situation under Stuart Pearce was exacerbated by Mark Warburton’s Bees, who dispatched them easily.Arsenal loanee Jon Toral opened the scoring, hammering the ball into the roof of the net, after just 17 minutes and summer signing from Luton, Andre Gray, doubled their lead ten minutes before the break, capitalising on a poor back-pass.Alex Pritchard, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, extended their lead to three goals after the restart when he slotted home from the penalty spot.Michail Antonio did get one back for Nottingham Forest but with just eight minutes remaining they could not claw back their opponents and drop to 11th as Brentford climb to ninth.In the night’s other match, Fulham came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with basement battlers Blackpool.Under Kit Symons’ stewardship, the Cottagers looked to be moving away from trouble but goals from Ishmael Miller and Jacob Murphy had put them on the rack in west London.But the Tangerines saw Tony McMahon red carded after 41 minutes and in first half stoppage-time Scott Parker rifled home for the hosts to get them back into the game.Bryan Ruiz eventually got the leveller with 17 minutes remaining but Symons’ side could not force a winner, leaving them in 21st position while Blackpool continue to prop up the table. 1