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Hackensack Meridian Health Enrolling Individuals for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

HACKENSACK, N.J., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network which treated more COVID-19 patients than any other health system in the state, is now enrolling individuals in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. The…

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HACKENSACK, N.J., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network which treated more COVID-19 patients than any other health system in the state, is now enrolling individuals in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial.

The national COVE Trial aims to study the mRNA-1273 vaccine, co-developed by Moderna and the NIH, in 30,000 individuals. Hackensack University Medical Center, the network’s flagship academic medical center, is one of the nearly 90 sites around the country assessing its safety and effectiveness.

“Hackensack Meridian Health has been at the forefront of delivering innovative breakthroughs in the pandemic and offering high-quality compassionate care in the most challenging circumstances,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are proud to support the development of a vaccine to fight this global menace.”

“Our health network has been involved in virtually every facet of COVID-19 research,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Northern Market, and the chief research officer of the network. “We’re eager to do our part with vaccines, which have such enormous potential for millions of people.” 

The SARS-CoV2 virus binds to the human cells via its spike protein, causing the viral fusion and cell entry that leads to infection. This novel vaccine candidate aims to capitalize on that spike protein. The vaccine uses a messenger RNA (mRNA) delivery system. The vaccine is expected to trigger the immune system to mount a response by encoding for a protein that targets against the binding receptor on the spike protein (the antibodies) and also stimulates the host T cells to clear the infection quicker. If the person who is vaccinated then gets exposed to the SARS CoV-2 virus, the immune system could potentially quickly recognize the virus and be able to prevent, and/or lessen, the intensity of the disease. 

The vaccines being tested are made from the genetic code of the virus copied from SARS-CoV-2, not the whole virus. Therefore, the vaccines cannot cause infection or cause COVID-19 illness. This is a phase III study to test the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. 

Hackensack Meridian Health investigators expect to enroll 300 individuals. These individuals are required to be older than 18 years of age, must not be pregnant or breast feeding, must not have had the SARS-CoV2 infection (COVID-19), and must not have some conditions like certain bleeding disorders, active infection or other immune disorders. The randomization of the groups will be stratified based on age and risk factors.  

Members of diverse communities are especially sought, to ensure the enrollment group is representative of a wide variety of people – in order to understand how it works in different groups, especially those at highest risk for COVID-19.  

Those anonymously selected will receive two injections in the arm muscle, 28 days apart. Half of the enrolled patients will receive the vaccine, and the other half will receive a placebo as part of the randomized blinded, Phase III trial. Safety calls will be made and electronic diaries will be given to the subjects, to monitor for adverse events, and to surveil for COVID-19 infection. Anyone who does become infected with COVID-19-like illness will be assessed further with lab tests and will be assisted in getting care with their primary care provider, who will be given the results. 

“We are eager to be a part of this very crucial and important work,” said Bindu Balani, M.D., senior attending physician at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Infectious Diseases, and a faculty physician at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. “I think social distancing and doing the due diligence of personal protection is very important throughout this pandemic, but this study has the opportunity of being one of the solutions to this pressing issue.

“Vaccine studies will work if vaccinations occur, and we thank the volunteers in advance for being a part of this important research,” Balani added. 

For more information about the trial, those interested can contact (551) 996-5977 or visit https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19/

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH 

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.  

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves. 

The network’s notable distinctions include having four of its hospitals are among the top hospitals in New Jersey for 2020-21, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the health system has more top-ranked hospitals than any system in New Jersey. Children’s Health is again ranked a top provider of pediatric health care in the United States and earned top 50 rankings in the annual U.S. News’ 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals report.   Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list.  

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions. 

Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.  

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  

To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org

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VDO360 Launches Latest Addition to the SEE Family, the SEEME Enterprise-Grade Personal Webcam

The new SEEME enterprise-grade personal webcam, with two microphone arrays, at an affordable, budget-conscious price.

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The new SEEME enterprise-grade personal webcam, with two microphone arrays, at an affordable, budget-conscious price.

Press Release updated: Nov 24, 2020 13:43 EST


VDO360 launches the new SEEME enterprise-grade personal webcam, with two microphone arrays, at an affordable, budget-conscious price.

“We created the SEEME for those that want a standard type of webcam/microphone unit with Full HD definition at a budget-friendly price,” says Dan Freeman, CEO at VDO360. “Our entire SEE line of products addresses the work-from-anywhere paradigm, and having a product like the SEEME fulfills the need for an economically priced solution that still has our enterprise-quality video.”

This SEEME webcam delivers a maximum resolution of 1080p30 and features auto exposure, white balance, and gain control, as well as dynamic black level calibration settings. Video is captured using a wide-angle lens with a 75° field of view, while the two integrated microphones pick up sound within a 26′ radius with automatic noise suppression.

Compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and Linux operating systems, the SEEME connects to your host system using plug-and-play USB 2.0 Type-A. It may be mounted on top of a monitor or other mount using the integrated clip mount.

To learn more about VDO360, please contact Kelly Perkins at social@vdo360.com or by phone at 612-298-7688. More information about the 3SEE webcam can be found at https://vdo360.com/camera/3see/

About VDO360
VDO360 continues R&D for the next generation of collaboration systems in consideration of not only the technology but how people are using it. Change is inevitable, and technology changes faster than people do. Our goal is to bridge the divide between how people use visual collaboration and the latest technologies available now and in the future. Innovation is key, from our entry into the market with the first affordable PTZ USB camera to our latest autonomous camera systems, we at VDO360 have consistently led the way in visual collaboration. The video experience provided by VDO360 products is unrivaled in quality. While many may think that “good enough” is fine, we feel this is why many users are unfulfilled when it comes to the other video collaboration peripherals available in the market today. Our cameras are designed to not only provide amazing video but to be comfortable and easy to use.

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CITGO Holds Annual Food Drive for Local Pantries

LEMONT, Ill., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, employees at the CITGO Lemont Refinery held their annual food drive benefiting six local pantries: Bethany Food Pantry, Day Break Shelter, DuPage Township Pantry, Fairmont Food Pantry, Lockport FISH Pantry and Romeoville Community…

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LEMONT, Ill., Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, employees at the CITGO Lemont Refinery held their annual food drive benefiting six local pantries: Bethany Food Pantry, Day Break Shelter, DuPage Township Pantry, Fairmont Food Pantry, Lockport FISH Pantry and Romeoville Community Pantry.

According to Dennis Willig, CITGO Lemont Vice President and General Manager, 2020 has been a difficult year for many and this was an opportunity for CITGO to stand in the gap and help the community.

It’s a fall tradition for employees to collect non-perishable food items in an effort to replenish community pantries prior to the start of the holiday season. The drive was another huge success.  In fact, donations doubled from the previous year and some employees and on-site contractor companies also made financial donations directly to the pantries.

“Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet is truly grateful for the generosity and compassion shown by CITGO. This is a difficult time for everyone and our food supply at the Day Break Shelter has been depleted over the past few months. CITGO has made a difference in the lives of each individual who receives the donated food,” said Glenn Van Cura, Executive Director.

About the CITGO Lemont Refinery
For more than 90 years, CITGO Lemont Refinery has employed more than 750 Chicago area residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. In addition to producing high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of more than 5,200 locally-owned CITGO stations across the country, Lemont Refinery employees also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. Operations at the Lemont Refinery began in 1925 and a major expansion doubled the facility in 1933. Over the years, new units were added to meet the demand for a better quality of gas for automobiles, aviation fuel for WWII, and the production of asphalt. For more information, visit www.citgolemont.com.

About CITGO
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 42 terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 769,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the sixth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 4,600 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains.  CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.

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Diageo lanza su nuevo plan de acción de sustentabilidad a diez años

Para 2030, el plan “ESPÍRITU DE PROGRESO: SOCIEDAD 2030” de Diageo le permitirá: Llegar a mil millones de personas con mensajes de moderación a través de sus marcas Alcanzar la meta de Carbono Neto Cero en todas las operaciones directas Incrementar a un 45% la representación de líderes de…

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Construyendo sobre un largo historial de progreso ESG a nivel mundial, Diageo enfocará sus acciones de los siguientes diez años en tres áreas centrales cuidadosamente seleccionadas para alinearse con los ODS: fomentar el consumo positivo de bebidas; defender la inclusión y la diversidad, y ser pioneros en la sustentabilidad del grano hasta la copa.  

Ivan Menezes, Director Ejecutivo de Diageo comentó: Como empresa global, estamos comprometidos con hacer nuestra parte para proteger el futuro de nuestro planeta y abrir el camino para que otros lo sigan. Estoy inmensamente orgulloso de los logros que Diageo ha tenido a la fecha en materia de sostenibilidad y responsabilidad y este nuevo y ambicioso plan de acción nos retará aún más para lograr mejores resultados durante esta década crítica para llegar al 2030″.

Los aspectos más destacados del plan “Espíritu de Progreso: Sociedad 2030″ incluyen:

Fomentar el consumo positivo de bebidas

  • Para 2030, Diageo llegará a más de mil millones de personas con mensajes de moderación a través de sus marcas;
  • Cambiará la actitud sobre el beber y conducir de cinco millones de conductores y
  • Educará a más de 10 millones de personas sobre los peligros del consumo de alcohol en menores a través de “SMASHED”, nuestro galardonado programa de educación sobre el alcohol, que actualmente opera en todos los continentes.

Defender la inclusión y la diversidad

  • Diageo construirá sobre su destacado historial de inclusión y diversidad, estableciendo una ambición líder en la industria de tener un 45% de líderes de diversas procedencias étnicas para 2030 así como mujeres en un 50% de los puestos de liderazgo y
  • Brindará preparación y capacitación a más de 1.7 millones de personas para ayudar en la creación de un sector de hospitalidad más incluyente y próspero.

Ivan Menezes agregó: “Al establecer objetivos de género y etnicidad para ser alcanzados por la empresa a más tardar en 2030, creo que realmente podremos romper barreras y ayudar a darle forma a un negocio y una sociedad más diversos y exitosos a largo plazo”.

Ser pioneros en sustentabilidad del grano hasta la copa

  • Diageo se ha comprometido a trabajar hacia un futuro libre de carbón aprovechando el 100% de las energías renovables para lograr un objetivo de carbono neto cero en todas las operaciones directas y a trabajar con sus proveedores para reducir las emisiones de carbón indirectas en un 50%
  • Como primer paso en su ambición de carbono neto cero, las prestigiosas destilerías escocesas de Diageo, Oban y Royal, alcanzarán la neutralidad de carbono para fines del 2020 y Diageo espera alcanzar el objetivo de carbono neto cero en la India para 2025
  • Para 2030 Diageo garantizará que cada una de las bebidas que produce utilice un 30% menos de agua de lo que actualmente utiliza, y tendrá un impacto positivo neto sobre el agua en las nuestras cuencas y comunidades clave que sufren de escasez de agua
  • También entregará más de 150 proyectos comunitarios de agua alrededor del mundo, incluyendo el dar acceso a agua limpia, sanidad e higiene
  • Diageo apoyará a más de 150,000 pequeños agricultores con técnicas de agricultura para regenerar la tierra y fomentar la biodiversidad
  • Para 2030, garantizará que el negocio utilice el 100% del contenido reciclado en empaque de plástico y de que el 100% del material de empaque de Diageo sea altamente reciclable

Hoy, también se lanza “Soluciones Sostenibles”, una plataforma global de Diageo que proporcionará financiamiento sin capital a empresas emergentes y empresas de tecnología con el fin de desarrollarlas para ayudar a Diageo a continuar integrando la sustentabilidad en su cadena de suministro y sus marcas. Diseñada para dar soporte a pequeñas empresas y empresarios para desarrollar y comercializar sus innovaciones, Diageo compartirá sus recursos globales y experiencia para desencadenar el potencial futuro de estos socios.

Ewan Andrew, Directo de Sustentabilidad y Presidente de Diageo Supply & Procurement comentó: “Es vital que actuemos ahora si queremos mantener el maravilloso mundo en el que vivimos.  Estoy orgulloso de que ya hemos reducido a la mitad nuestra huella de carbón y vamos a esforzarnos aún más para lograr la neutralidad de carbono para 2030. Se siente muy bien que estemos liderando el camino junto con las destilerías Oban y Royal Lochnagar, las cuales alcanzarán la neutralidad de carbono para finales de este año”.

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