Random Covid-19 news: Signs of vaccine success, NSOs selling swag at big discounts, ANOC assembly moved due to pandemic

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The latest pandemic-related news starts down under in Australia, where the national governing body Athletics Australia are selling apparel from events that never happened due to social distancing. They are calling them collector’s items and are selling at greatly reduced prices.

“Take a piece of history home with you, with the BLK merchandise that would have been available at the 2020 Australian Track and Field Championships.”

Stock is now available online with discounted pricing at the link below:

https://blksport.com/collections/athletics-australia

Athletics Canada is selling some of its merchandise at reduced prices: https://shop.athletics.ca/

It’s a good time to buy.

Vaccine News: 

The first coronavirus vaccine tested on humans has apparently had positive results, with a small number of people who were tested showing immunity against the virus, drugmaker Moderna announced in a Monday news release.

Moderna, a Massachusetts-based company, said the vaccine called mRNA-1273 “was generally safe and well-tolerated.” The company said it plans to move ahead with the next two phases, in which larger numbers of people will be tested this year.

The news release said three different dosage levels — 25, 100 and 250 micrograms — were given to 45 participants, and all of them developed detectable antibodies.

But the eight people who received doses of 25 and 100 micrograms in March responded best, developing antibodies that were just as high or higher than the antibodies found in people who’d gotten the coronavirus and then recovered, the company said.

Click through to the Medscape Coronavirus Resource Center for more>>

From Inside the Games: 

ANOC General Assembly moved because of pandemic.

This year’s Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Seoul has been moved back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key meeting, which brings together all of the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOC), was due to take place in the South Korean capital on November 25 and 26.

ANOC and the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) said it was in the “best interests” of NOCs and other Olympic stakeholders to postpone.

The General Assembly will remain in Seoul, the 1988 Olympic host city, in 2021, with new dates due to be announced after “further review”.

Alternative ways for NOCs to express ideas and opinions are being assessed, ANOC said, while reports and updates that would have been heard this year will be provided.

“We are of course disappointed that we will not be hosting our General Assembly this year, but we believe that given the current global circumstances, it is the right decision to take,” said ANOC’s Acting President Robin Mitchell.

“We would like to thank our partners at the KSOC for all their hard work and for the flexibility they have shown.

“We will continue to work closely with the KSOC and look forward to welcoming the world’s NOCs to Seoul in 2021.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a state of lockdown in most countries around the world and major restrictions on international travel.

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According to Worldometer the global count of total positive Coronavirus positive tests is up to 4,951,761. From those tests there have been 322,949 death, however, a total of 1,939,068 people have recovered.

Read a fascinating perspective on the pandemic from athlete and clinical oncologist Dr. Kenneth Kunz: https://athleticsillustrated.com/dr-kenneth-kunz-interview-world-war-covid-the-olympics-and-the-biology-of-human-connection/