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True to the Journey

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Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine deal with the U.S., announced last week with a $1.525 billion price tag, would be worth far more if all options are exercised—and if the mRNA biotech meets an aggressive timeline for the shot’s arrival.

The company stands to gain up to a whopping $8.125 billion, according to a Moderna securities filing that details the price for follow-up doses and the windfall for an early FDA approval.

The base agreement calls for 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, for $1.225 billion. But the drugmaker is eligible for a $300 million bonus if it’s able to score an FDA emergency use authorization or full approval by Jan. 31, the filing shows. 

Source: Fierce Pharma

As we get information regarding COVID 19 and on the many companies working on the vaccine, I am reminded of something my supervisor once said “the medical industry is a business like any other business”. A family friend recently shared that she tested positive for COVID 19. We prayed for her and offered her all the information we had about COVID 19. She was grateful, yet she stated that she would be seeking natural means for recovering from COVID 19. In the midst of a global pandemic it is easy to seek out the quickest solutions. She reminds us that through it all it is important to stay true to the ‘Organic Journey’. It is true in gardening and true with health. It may seem easier and quicker to grab the nearest chemical or drug for a solution. But, in our Organic Journey we have learned to first ask “what is the Organic Remedy to this problem. Who do you know that has been impacted by COVID 19? How has your family been impacted? How has your ability to work been impacted? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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COVID 19, The Cure

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  • The US government’s Operation Warp Speed anticipates it will take until March to deliver 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
  • The ambitious vaccine initiative has often suggested the goal is to deliver the vaccine doses by January.
  • Business Insider confirmed that OWS expects to have initial doses available by January, but it will take several more months to produce and deliver 300 million doses.

The Trump administration has laid out an extraordinarily ambitious timeline for a coronavirus vaccine.

Operation Warp Speed, the government’s initiative to speed up vaccine work, says it’s aiming to deliver 300 million doses of a safe and effective shot by January 1. Creating a vaccine in less than a year would be an unprecedented feat — under normal circumstances, it can take a decade to develop a new vaccine and bring it to market.

But even if Warp Speed accomplishes this goal, most of us won’t be getting coronavirus vaccines in January. When administration officials talk about Warp Speed, they usually don’t mention that it will take months to distribute the shots across the nation.

The US Department of Health and Human Services, for example, says Warp Speed “aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”

But Operation Warp Speed won’t really deliver those 300 million doses to people until roughly March, administration officials acknowledged.

An unclear timeline for Operation Warp Speed

The confusion is evident in a timeline published on Thursday on the Defense Department’s Operation Warp Speed website. (OWS is a collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services.)

The document, which Business Insider annotated below, says Warp Speed’s mission is to “deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccine by 1 January 2021.” But it also shows how it will take 14 months to test, manufacture, and distribute a vaccine — a timeline that would stretch into March.

Operation Warp Speed coronavirus vaccine timeline
A one-page graphic outlines Operation Warp Speed’s plan to quickly develop, manufacture, and distribute a coronavirus vaccine. 

To be clear, distributing hundreds of millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine by next March would be an unprecedented feat. Achieving that goal depends on a lot going right, including seeing success in clinical studies, ramping up manufacturing, and logistically executing the distribution of the shots across the nation.

It’s important to be realistic about when we’ll have a vaccine

As it stands, none of the coronavirus vaccine candidates that drugmakers are working on has shown that it can actually prevent infection or disease. Large-scale trials of vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and AstraZeneca have begun in recent weeks, with results likely to come later this fall or winter.

Stephane Bancel, the CEO of Moderna, recently estimated that in a best-case scenario — in which several of these leading vaccine candidates work — young and healthy people would likely receive their shots in spring 2021. If any of the leading shots fail in clinical trials, the timeline could be pushed into the second half of next year, Bancel said.

It’s important to be realistic about the timeline for a coronavirus vaccine, particularly as the US’s public-health response has become increasingly dependent on a vaccine to curb the pandemic. Shortcomings in testing, mask-wearing, and social distancing have laid bare the need for a vaccine, as more than 1,000 people in the US have died each day from the coronavirus in recent weeks.

Drug-industry CEOs have said we need to be cautious about the vaccine timeline

Some top drug-industry CEOs have also emphasized the need for caution on the most aggressive timelines.

Roche CEO Severin Schwan said in April that a vaccine would “most likely” not be ready before the end of 2021. Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan said on Thursday at a Bloomberg News event that he had “reasonable confidence” that a vaccine could be broadly used by the end of next year.

Roche isn’t working on a coronavirus vaccine, while Novartis is involved in an early-stage vaccine project. Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck, a drugmaker with a long track record of creating vaccines, has also urged people to be realistic about the timeline.

“I think when people tell the public that there’s going to be a vaccine by the end of 2020, for example, I think they do a grave disservice,” Frazier said in a recent interview with the Harvard professor Tsedal Neeley. “We don’t have a great history of introducing vaccines quickly in the middle of a pandemic. We want to keep that in mind.”

Merck is working on a coronavirus vaccine of its own but hasn’t provided a detailed timeline.

We asked the Trump administration to clarify Warp Speed’s goals

Business Insider asked Trump administration officials in recent days to clarify Warp Speed’s goals, because the recent timeline isn’t the only instance in which the administration has been unclear. For example:

  • Paul Mango, a senior administration official working on Operation Warp Speed and a deputy chief of staff at HHS, said on a press call on Wednesday, “I can tell you and reiterate we are on track to deliver hundreds of millions of doses by January 2021.”
  • President Donald Trump said earlier this month that a vaccine could be ready “right around” the November 3 election. “I’m rushing it. I am. I’m pushing everybody,” Trump told the radio host Geraldo Rivera, adding, “And we’re mass-producing the most promising candidates in advance so that we’re ready upon approval.”
  • HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in an interview with a local television station in August: “We now stand at a position where it is very credible that by the end of the year we will have in the high tens of millions of doses of FDA, gold-standard vaccine and, by the beginning of next year, hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines.”

Administration officials confirmed to Business Insider that it would take months after January to accomplish Warp Speed’s goals of injecting 300 million vaccine doses.

Here’s how Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, put it in response to a question about the timeline:

“That last three months is distribution of 300 million doses,” Collins said. “That is the process of getting a dose to every American, which we didn’t expect we could do by the first of January. That’s going to take the additional three months to do so.”

Source: Business Insider

As noted above many have stated that it will be at least March 2021 before a vaccine is available and January 2021 simply is not realistic. What do you think of the current administrations handling of the pandemic? Do you think they can deliver a vaccine by January 2021? What do you think of this administration current handling of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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COVID 19 Scams: Office of Inspector General

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COVID 19 has without a doubt presented many challenges across the globe. The fact that we are all in this together can not be understated. COVID 19 testing is key to personal and public safety. In fact we shared an article regarding COVID 19 testing for the Norfolk, VA, USA area. We want to thank the individuals and the City of Norfolk, VA for providing this resource during these times. We encourage individuals to contact their local and state government agencies for information regarding COVID 19 testing should one need it. Have you been tested for COVID 19? Do you know of anyone who has tested positive for COVID 19? Would you like to coordinate COVID 19 testing? Click the links above for information for Norfolk, VA. How can this article help you, your friends and family? Share your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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How to Celebrate Memorial Day

As COVID 19 lingered on, it left many of us with more questions than answers. Finally we could see the number of deaths begin to slow. While COVID 19 seemed to sweep the world in a matter of weeks brining things to a halt in the United States, we finally began to receive reports that we were effectively slowing the spread of COVID 19. While there is neither vaccine nor cure in sight yet, we could gather some satisfaction from the fact that things were beginning to work in slowing the spread of the virus. As we entered phase one of reopening and things seem to be returning to normal, in the back of our minds we know that things will inevitable not be the same. COVID 19 has caused us to rethink many things. How we work, socialize, shop and celebrate just to name a few. Many of us are sporting hair styles and facial hair that was totally different a few months ago because barber shops and salons are closed to the public.

As things reopen, we wonder what the new normal will be. We believe healthy will be the new normal. While many communities such as the African American and elderly communities got hit the hardest because of pre existing health conditions, many are left grappling with the fact that preexisting health conditions make them susceptible to disease and illness. So, one must reconsider having preexisting conditions at all and rethink how they define healthy. Preexisting health conditions cannot simply be left to linger. If we allow illness to linger, than we are not the fittest and many of them did not survive this pandemic.

Memorial Day is a day to celebrate those who have fallen in the line out duty. It is a time to gather and often eat. Many people have cookouts during this time. With Memorial Day just around the corner many of us are wondering just how to celebrate Memorial Day. The Military is huge in a town home to the largest Naval Base in the United States (Norfolk, Virginia), so is Memorial Day. While we are still in phase one of reopening, gatherings are still limited to just 10 people and we still have to be cognizant of the fact that COVID 19 can remain on surfaces for hours to days.

While we highly recommend following all the recommended and enforced guidelines, we recently had a cook out without any issue. Our gathering was about seven people and we were highly organized and clean when we cooked out. So, we believe that you can still celebrate Memorial Day with a traditional cookout but just on a small or smaller scale. You might have to forgo any traditions of fireworks or events with large gatherings as they are still being discouraged.

COVID 19 has caused many people to rethink how they stay connected and socialize with many people making use of software such as zoom and Google hangout. What are ways that you can celebrate and acknowledge Memorial Day here with us? What is your favorite salad recipe? Submit it via a comment or email it to us. Share your recipe with the community. How can you make your favorite recipes organic recipes? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Corona: The Environment

As we wrote to you about rethinking organic, it has come to us to rethink many things about this organic journey and the significance of our health. Environmentalists have a lot to think about as well. As the onset of COVDI 19 has caused many to self quarantine, be quarantined and rethink spacing in many facets, environmentalists have been watching from above. And what they can see is a significant reduction in pollution. Like many who have seen some positive changes in the midst of COVID 19, they want to hold on to the positive changes that have come out of all of this.

Organic growers are much attuned to their environment and the effects it has on what they grow. As we look at what and the ways we consume, essentially our diet, so too our avenues of thought about cause and effect are broadened. We can see how pollution has decreased when we see the need to reclaim space for public health safety has caused bike sales to rise and consequently having a positive effect on the environment by reducing smog. As we struggled with understanding the pests in our own garden and paying homage to our Organic Journey, we were perplexed how a seemingly healthy plant could get into trouble so fast. One day the plant looked lush and green and the next day it was withering and dying.

Most Organic growers will tell you that the signs of pest are the signs of an unhealthy plant and the best way to address pests is to promote plant health. While I think they are right to some degree, I believe there is another component we must flesh out more. What about its environment? If I put a healthy plant in an environment that is unhealthy how long will it stay healthy? Not long. So while our plants were healthy, underneath the ground where we could not see, we currently suspect, was a vole tunneling holes through root systems and munching on our plants from underneath the ground. This put our perfectly healthy plants in serious danger, which we could not see from above ground. The plants would then become unhealthy and susceptible to pests.

This observation gives us pause to think about our health from many directions as we consider the environments of our foods as well as ourselves. How do pests or culprits unknown, unseen and clandestine impact the health of the plants we grow to eat and our environment at large? What are some ways we can identify pests in the environment of our plants as well as the environments we live in? What are 3 things we can do today to start to have a positive impact on the environment around us and the environments in which our foods are grown? Leave your comments and questions so the whole community can benefit. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing! Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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When will Corona End?

In just the last few months the United States was hit hard and fast with a mired of COVID 19 challenges. It seemed to bring the world to a stop. There are still several questions as to how we will emerge from this pandemic. One thing almost everyone can agree on is that business will not be business as usual. We are sure to see several changes come out of this. 

Perhaps the most striking thing I have learned about the corona virus is that it has been around for sometime. We have heard several reports of corona virus cases in the poultry industry and the SBA has refocused some of its support to cover the agricultural industry as a part of the CARES Act. Corona viruses are not new to livestock nor poultry producers either, reports a Texas A&M AgriLife veterinary epidemiologist. Organic or not diseased food is an important and vital concern for the consumer.

In fact the CDC noted that corona viruses common to humans typically cause mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness similar to the common cold. Most people are likely to have had one or more of these viruses during their life time. What is different about COVID 19 is that it is a new strand or novel corona virus. As we all know this strand of corona virus (COVID 19) was first detected in Wuhan City of Hubei Providence of China.

The interesting fact about China and corona viruses is that wild life have been known to carry strands of the corona virus that can mutate, adapt and spill over into other species like human begins. Bats along with other wild life have been known to carry strands of the corona virus and are sold in live markets in China. While much is still under investigation and to be known about corona viruses, what we currently know is that domestic animals and live stock are not known to carry strands of the corona virus that spill over into human beings. Wild animals, however, do have such strands that can spill over to human beings. In fact wild civets are the sources of the corona virus that causes SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Civets are commonly found in southeast Asia. SARS, as you remember, was first reported around 2002 – 2003.

One notable difference in domestic animals is the camel. Domedary camels have been known to pass corona virus (MERS-COV) to humans. However, neither domestic animals nor livestock are known to pass corona viruses to humans. The respiratory and gastrointestinal systems of animals are typically affected by corona viruses as reported by Feedstuffs. So, we have been dealing with corona viruses for a long time. Should you have any questions regarding animals and livestock consult your veterinary. 

Naturally, we are just as concerned as you are regarding Corona. While the medical community may know a lot about corona viruses this virus is a new strand and it took the whole world by storm. We are waiting by cautiously, as are most, for more and up to date information. Our leaders feel confident enough that we have slowed the spread of COVID 19 to begin opening back up. However, this deadly virus is remains in our midst. We encourage you to err on the side of caution and to make informed decisions regarding your food consumption. There is, admittedly, a lot for the medical community to learn about COVID 19 as well as the community at large. What concerns do you have about COVID 19? What information can you share with the community? How has COVID 19 changed things for you? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Corona: Healthy is the New Normal

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As a state official stated, Corona brought everything to a screeching halt with in a matter of weeks. Having spent the last several weeks at home and some not able to work, many people are eager to see things get back to normal and to get back to work. Social distancing has heighten the importance of our connection to those people we consider friends and family as well as those we associate with on nearly a daily basis. All of us across the globe have suffered similar issues together. Loved ones on the front lines and those lost alone in hospitals to die without a final proper burial. No single event in modern history has been more galvanizing than Corona. As many of us are eager to get back to normal, we are revealed to see things opening back up slowly but surely. We are reminded and cautioned by leaders such as Governor Northam and T.D. Jakes that Corona is still indeed with us. We have simply slowed the spread of it. So as we begin to venture back out into our communities and return to work, we must be reminded that Corona is without a cure and remains in our midst.

Some of the hardest hit communities have been the elderly, African American and Hispanic communities. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) stated that 30 % of the African American population are Corona patients while they make up only 13% of the US population. There are many factors that contribute to these numbers. Population density is one. That can include a densely populated home or an urban environment that tends to be densely populated. Lack of paid sick leave and insurance is another factor the CDC is saying contributes to these numbers. Preexisting health conditions or concerns is another contributing factor and is why we write to you today. While we are passionate about gardening and cooking, it is because doing these things properly can lead to good health. With Corona in our midst and a matter of good practice, being healthy has become the new normal. Get hit hard by a pandemic and you will begin to refocus your health goals and what is important in life. As we can see from the CDC statistics being in good health is one way to combat Corona.

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  • Do an honest assessment of your current state of health
  • Do everything possible to be as healthy as possible that includes eating right (a diet appropriate to your specific needs)
  • Stay informed and follow the guidelines of each re opening phase
  • If you do not know where to get correct information, start with the CDC

This gives us pause to think critically about the social economical issues that minority populations face daily. The CDC numbers are alarming and illuminating to social economic issues which can neither be ignored nor accepted. How has Corona impacted you and your loved ones? What will you do differently since Corona? What re 3 things you will do today to improve your health? What questions do you have about the foods you consume daily? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. You are at the center of our thoughts and prayers.

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