A principal co-investigator of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL) has announced that Liberia is now opting for a regional approach for the third phase trial of the Ebola vaccines.Dr. Stephen Kennedy told a news conference yesterday that PREVAIL had made the decision because Liberia no longer has any confirmed Ebola case, therefore the third phase cannot go ahead in the country.He stated that it can only be carried out where there are confirmed cases of the virus transmission.After holding two meetings on how to solve the problem of phase three trial, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a senior official at the Incident Management System (IMS), led a team to Guinea and Sierra Leone to meet with authorities of both nations, on finding a way for the phase three trial to proceed.Dr. Kennedy stated that phase three trial is very important because it would reveal whether the vaccines truly work or not against the virus.“The window of opportunity is closing. Liberia no longer has any case and in the next few days could be declared Ebola-free. The infection rate in Sierra Leone is dropping and Guinea is showing some progress, too, so this is the time before we miss this opportunity for the trial,” he emphasized.According to him, if phase three, the last phase of the trial, does not happen while this outbreak is still ongoing, the world would have to wait for the next outbreak before beginning from “scratch” to find a vaccine for the virus.The virus has reportedly killed 11,005 in the three most affected countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. As of May 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there have been over 26,593 suspected, probable and confirmed cases in all three worst-hit nations.Dr. Kennedy stated that discussions with their colleagues in the other two nations have been fruitful but those technocrats will need to obtain their politicians’ approvals before the phase three trial can start in each of the two countries.He said he’s hoping that it can begin by July this year.Regarding the phase 2 study which was conducted in Liberia, he announced that PREVAIL had successfully completed vaccinating 1,500 volunteers.According to him, all of the volunteers, including himself, will be tracked for 12 months from the date of their enrollment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“The IVR, which was re-implemented in January 2018, is an interactive voice system that [eliminates] dealing with a person when you don’t have the time to wait for a response,” Mrs. Briscoe explained. Public Education and Public Relations Manager at the SLB, Olivia Briscoe, told JIS News that “we continue to listen to the feedback of our customers and have made some changes recently to our telephone lines, so it is now a lot easier for persons to get through to the SLB”. The Students’ Loan Bureau’s (SLB) new Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) has added a layer of ease and convenience for its customers.Public Education and Public Relations Manager at the SLB, Olivia Briscoe, told JIS News that “we continue to listen to the feedback of our customers and have made some changes recently to our telephone lines, so it is now a lot easier for persons to get through to the SLB”.“The IVR, which was re-implemented in January 2018, is an interactive voice system that [eliminates] dealing with a person when you don’t have the time to wait for a response,” Mrs. Briscoe explained.She said that the system serves both the repayment customers as well as the new and returning applicants.Existing customers can access their balance, and new applicants expecting funding from the SLB can check their status.She said that the IVR system is currently able to assist persons whose loans entered repayment in 2017/18.“To access their information, customers can simply call 876-619-4752,” Mrs. Briscoe noted.She said that the Bureau is working assiduously to ensure that the other years are uploaded.She explained that this is part of the SLB’s thrust to improve its customer service, highlighting that when interacting with the Bureau’s telephone service, persons will even be prompted and informed of their place in the queue or the estimated waiting time.The SLB, which provides loan funding for tertiary students in Jamaica, is now accepting application for the 2018/19 academic year. Applications close on May 31. The Students’ Loan Bureau’s (SLB) new Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR) has added a layer of ease and convenience for its customers. Story Highlights
APTN National NewsMontreal is gearing up to deal with its serious problem with intravenous drug users.For years community groups and public health services in the city have been trying to set up safe injection sites similar to what is operating in Vancouver.It was recently announced that four sites will soon be open in the city with the first expected to open next spring.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.