Other precautions useful as vaccine distribution will take time

first_imgHis comments came one day after biotech company Moderna announced that trials show its vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19. Pfizer last week said its vaccine is more than 90% effective.Wong, who is also the country’s education minister, said the developments were positive, but there’s still “a long way to go” before the safety and efficacy of the vaccines are ensured. They will then need to be distributed and it will take time for a sufficient number of people to be vaccinated, he added. We really need all of these to come together – vaccines, testing, safe distancing, contact tracing.- Advertisement – People wearing face masks as a precaution walking along Orchard Road, a famous shopping district in Singapore.Maverick Asio | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Lawrence WongSingapore’s minister for education Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are currently considered the most accurate in detecting coronavirus infections, but can take a long time to return results.“Developing new rapid tests that are cheaper, simpler, easier to administer, that’s very important to ensure more comprehensive testing,” said Wong.He added that simple precautions such as wearing masks, keeping social gatherings small and maintaining safe distances are “highly effective” in keeping the infection under control.“We really need all of these to come together – vaccines, testing, safe distancing, contact tracing,” he said.Third phase of reopeningAsked when Singapore would enter the third stage of its reopening, the minister said the conditions have to be right.“This is like … a fire that has just been put out. The embers are still around, and it only takes a small spark to get the fire raging again,” he said. SINGAPORE – A coronavirus vaccine won’t be the silver bullet to end the pandemic, the co-chair of Singapore’s Covid-19 task force said this week despite “promising” news from pharmaceutical companies.“We’re certainly encouraged by it, it’s very promising, but I would say also that the vaccine is not a silver bullet to end the pandemic,” Lawrence Wong told “Squawk Box Asia” on Tuesday. “We should not put all our eggs into the vaccine basket.”- Advertisement – Singapore went into a partial lockdown in April and has reopened its economy in phases since June. Phase two started in mid-June.“When can we get to phase three? I’ve emphasized this, that it’s not about rushing into phase three, but making sure that we do it right,” Wong said.Singapore is likely to allow bigger social gatherings and increase capacity limits for public venues such as museums in the next step of reopening.The minister outlined three factors that need to be in place and where the country stands:Effective testing capabilities“On testing metrics, we are doing quite well,” Wong said. The country has reached its target capacity of 40,000 tests a day and is continuing to deploy both PCR tests and rapid antigen tests.Continued vigilance in the community “For the large part, I think we’re doing well,” the minister said, noting that there are occasional cases of people breaching the rules. He added that this is an ongoing measure of Singapore’s “continued cooperation and compliance.”Contact tracing abilitiesAround 50% of the population has downloaded the TraceTogether app or is using a token that allows Singapore to identify people who have been in close contact with confirmed coronavirus cases. “We aim to get that to around 70% or higher, and we think we can get there by the end of the year,” Wong said. “Perhaps it will take a bit longer, but that’s the current timeframe that we’re working on.”“We will do our darndest to go through phase 3, resume activities progressively without having to enter into another circuit breaker or lockdown,” he said. “I don’t think anyone wants to go through that again.” “We should not look only at vaccines,” he said. “We really need all the tools at our disposal, and that includes testing – having more effective ways of testing beyond the ‘gold standard’ of the PCR test.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Wellington boys baseball team sweeps Kansas City Turner and Ark City; WHS girls track team wins again

first_imgResults are here:http://www.directathletics.com/results/track/35793.htmlFollow us on Twitter. Track: The Wellington girls won the Chaparral Invitational with 180 points Friday.The individual highlights for Wellington at Chaparral: •Jaycee Schettler wins 100 and 200 meters.•Holly Wright wins High jump and 300 hurdles.•Jaedyn Ledesma wins 800 meters.•Cajen Shore wins triple jump and pole vault.•Girls win 4 x 800 meters (Roth, Haydon, Tracy, Treadway).•Girls win 4x 100 (Shore, Schettler, Sober, Wright).On the boys side, Colin Reichenberger won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. For the fourth time in  (Set new school record of 39.75)Brenton Troutman wins the long jump.Boys win 4 x 400 (Gilkey, Troutman, Rusk, Reichenberger) W – Nance    L – King      HR – Dunn, Nance 1 2 3 4 5 6 7     R   H   EWHS         0 0 3 3 0 2 1     9   8    1KCT          0 0 0 1 1 0 0     2   5    1 W – Condit    L – Potter      HR – Sobercenter_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys baseball team swept two games against Kansas City Turner and Arkansas City Saturday in Kansas City. The Crusader girls track team won another meet in Chaparral. The girls softball triangular at Valley Center has been postponed from tonight to Friday.Boys baseball: The Wellington boys improved their record to 10-8 with a sweep of  Kansas City Turner and Arkansas City, 9-2 and 14-4. Wellington closes out the regular season on Tuesday at home at Sellers Park against Andover at 4 p.m. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7     R   H   EACHS       0 0 0 1 3 x x     4    5   2WHS        0 2 6 1 5 x x     14  10 1last_img read more