People at high risk include those aged 65 years and up, nursing home residents, people with chronic conditions, babies and toddlers up to 2 years old, pregnant women, and healthcare workers with high-risk patients. But not everyone in those groups will want a flu shot. Despite a vaccine shortage in 2004-05, providers gave roughly the same number of flu shots to the high-risk groups as in previous years, the CDC reported previously. US health officials are preparing for a wide range of contingencies, and trying to prepare the public as well. “The worst-case scenario is we would have somewhere around 53 million doses. The best case would be about 98 million doses,” Gerberding said. About 57 million people got flu shots in the 2004-05 season, leaving about 3 million doses unused, according to the Associated Press (AP). Sanofi-Pasteur is planning to provide 50 million to 60 million doses this fall. In addition, MedImmune Inc. will make about 3 million doses of its nasal spray vaccine, Reuters reported. May 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Those deemed at highest risk from influenza should have priority for flu vaccinations this fall, federal health officials said yesterday. Gerberding’s comments reflect the unpredictability of the coming flu season and the US vaccine supply. It will be important for people to keep up-to-date on the flu vaccine supply, Gerberding told a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The message will evolve,” she said. Although authorities see progress at Chiron Corp.’s factory in Liverpool, England, it’s not clear whether the company will be approved to sell vaccine in the US, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We want flu shots in their arms first,” Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC), told members of Congress, according to several news reports. “If the vaccine comes through as expected, we’ll do the rest.” In addition, GlaxoSmithKline is seeking approval for its maiden foray into the US flu vaccine market in a licensing arrangement involving 10 million doses, Reuters news service reported.
What will the Hornets become as they transition into the next decade? “Even September workouts, we had most of our guys here, it just felt like something was missing,” Zeller said. “Kemba, Jeremy Lamb, [former Hornets forward] Frank [Kaminsky], those guys — it just felt like our team wasn’t there. This is the group that we’re gonna go into the season with, so it will be different for a while. But we’ll move forward.”Where that road forward takes the Hornets is anybody’s guess. “We gotta move forward,” Borrego said. “I honor [Walker]. Love that guy, but it’s our job — now my job — to move this organization forward. We’ll learn from last year, but this year is about this year’s team.”MORE: Opening Night schedule, first game for each NBA teamThe idea of moving forward is easier said than done. The team isn’t just looking to replace the 25.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds Walker, now a member of the Celtics, averaged last season — not to mention the production of Charlotte’s second-leading scorer, Jeremy Lamb (15.3 points), who signed with the Pacers in free agency. Walker was the clear face of the Hornets, the unquestioned leader within the walls of the Spectrum Center and a fixture in the community since his selection at the 2011 NBA Draft.”When you have a player of Kemba’s magnitude leave the locker room, let’s see who steps up, both on the floor and off the floor,” Borrego said. “Those guys in there should be salivating right now at this opportunity that’s in front of them.”Offseason acquisition Terry Rozier is the obvious choice given he will slide into Walker’s old spot. However, the former Celtic has never been the lead guard for a significant portion of the regular season (30 total starts from 2015-19 with Boston). Oddly enough, Rozier rattled off his longest streak of starts during the 2018 playoffs when he jumped off the bench to replace an injured Kyrie Irving, posting 16.5 points, 5.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 19 games. Rozier understands simply playing 30-plus minutes each night brings a new set of challenges without the additional pressure of replacing an iconic figure. He has already pushed back on Walker comparisons knowing that filling those shoes is an impossible task.”It’s annoying because I’m not him, and I don’t look to be him,” Rozier said. “I get it. He is Kemba. He did a lot for this organization. Leading scorer, that’s hard to replace… I’m looking to push this organization in a different way.”At the very least, Rozier knows he will play a prominent role in the Hornets’ future after agreeing to a three-year, $58 million deal this past offseason. The same can’t be said for much of the rest of the roster.Borrego’s group is a mishmash of youngsters with some potential (Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Malik Monk, first-round pick PJ Washington) and veterans who don’t make sense in a rebuilding scenario (Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller). Borrego said he has “no idea” about a starting five and expects a competitive training camp to determine who will play.MORE: Five under-the-radar NBA rookies worth watchingPerhaps the best illustration of a franchise-in-flux came when Williams and Kidd-Gilchrist offered different answers to similar questions about how they will be utilized as part of a youth movement.”I think [Borrego has] done a great job with the older guys, just trying to let them know where everything is at, where we stand with everything,” Williams said. “I think the biggest thing sometimes with players and coaches is just the communication factor. If you just kind of sit down and communicate and let a guy know what the situation is, that goes a long way.”And I think JB’s done a tremendous job of kind of letting everybody know what their role is gonna be and then what he expects of them, whether that be an older guy or a younger guy.”Shortly after Williams exited the podium, Kidd-Gilchrist entered the room. When asked about how he fits into the Hornets’ plans, the former No. 2 overall pick said, “I don’t know.” When hit with a follow-up question about the amount of communication he has received regarding his place on the team, he declined comment.With so much uncertainty hanging in the air and previous talent now wearing other jerseys, it would be unreasonable to expect Charlotte to compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Borrego defines success as hitting what he calls his four pillars: compete, player development, identity and winning habits.But again, that’s easier said than done. The third pillar could be the most important. There is no Kemba Walker in place, no Zion Williamson or Luka Doncic to inspire hope for the future. The vets will likely be on the move, whether that’s before the Feb. 6 trade deadline or after their contracts expire. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets coach James Borrego put a positive spin on a number of topics at Monday’s media day. Playing with pace, defensive strategies, ball movement — his voice was filled with excitement because that’s how these things usually go ahead of another season. Every team is tied for first place, after all.However, there is still a cloud hanging over Charlotte, one that will linger as the 2019-20 campaign kicks into high gear later this month. Without Kemba Walker, a three-time All-Star guard and the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, the Hornets lack any sort of identity.
This week’s weather report from Kabul, Afghanistan indicates night-time temperatures hovering just above freezing and a condition most Canadians have likely never seen in weather forecasts … “smoke”. As you enjoy a warm fireplace or central heating, along with the unforgettable scent of roasting turkey, remember our soldiers spending Christmas week sleeping in tents and in sparse conditions, especially those in forward operating bases, or worse, on the move nowhere near a base.Two years ago when I had the very rewarding privilege of serving Christmas dinner to Canadian troops in Afghanistan, I saw those rugged conditions first-hand. I knew that those soldiers were missing even the most chaotic and routine Christmas moments with their loved ones and friends.Yet they never complained. In fact, their firm belief in their mission and keen desire to help the people of Afghanistan was the most awe-inspiring manifestation of Christmas spirit I have ever witnessed. Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.The True Meaning of Christmas From Our Soldiers in a Foreign Land As Christmas Day 2008 approaches many of us are fortunate to look forward to the warmth, love and companionship of family and dear friends. – Advertisement -It’s also a busy time of year, especially for those with young families. The last minute shopping, the carols, the wrapping, the travelling for some, the baking and cooking, then the boisterous house as excited children and relatives gather together to share in this special celebration.Yet imagine if you couldn’t be here to experience it – any of it. Imagine what it would be like to be missing this because you were in the middle of a war-torn country braving the enemy and the elements at Christmas.This Christmas I ask that you please give a thought, and give thanks, for the Canadian soldiers who are currently serving our nation in Afghanistan.Advertisement Try as I might, I cannot hold a candle to the eloquent and moving words of gratitude that average Canadians have taken the time to convey to our troops in recent days. On a special Internet message board, hundreds of individuals and families have sent messages to Canadian troops overseas.One posting reads: “I think of you and hope your hearts have some Christmas joy in a strange land and different climate. You are a great gift to the future of all the Afghanistan children. Maybe they can sleep in heavenly peace. Know that your gift is acknowledged and more than any of us here could give to our children.”Another post reads: “Our prayers are with you always but especially during this Christmas season. We thank you for your protection of our way of life.”This is just a sampling of many touching messages you can find by linking to “Write to Our Troops” at www.forces.gc.ca