Gamesys suspends TV, radio ads amid Covid-19 lockdown

first_img The recently formed Gamesys Group has suspended all non-targeted customer marketing, including television and radio advertising, to protect customers and minors under lockdown as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Finance The recently formed Gamesys Group has suspended all non-targeted customer marketing, including television and radio advertising, to protect customers and minors under lockdown as a result of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).The group – created when JPJ Group acquired Gamesys last year – said it recognised that lockdowns to limit the spread of the virus could lead to vulnerable gamblers seeing many more advertisements, which could put them at greater risk.“The unprecedented Covid-19 crisis means that families across the UK are now spending the vast majority of their time living together at home, with the result that some children and some of those that may be at risk of gambling disorder, may be watching more television, listening to more radio and increasing consumption of other media platforms,” Gamesys explained.“In such an environment, the Gamesys board believes that it is prudent to suspend untargeted customer marketing and we have taken the precautionary decision to cease all TV and radio advertising in the UK until current social restrictions are eased.”As part of this suspension, the group’s Jackpotjoy brand will no longer sponsor ITV’s daytime chat show Loose Women. The show will instead be sponsored by domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid, to which Gamesys Group has also donated £200,000.“I am delighted to be able to announce our support for Women’s Aid to help it provide such a vital service during these extraordinary times,” Gamesys chief executive Lee Fenton said.“Like all businesses across the UK and those within our sector, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully and operate based on official Government guidelines until we are ready to return to a normal course of business.”The group will continue to use targeted online marketing, but will also suspend direct-mail marketing and non-targeted digital ads.“Our business purpose of ‘crafting entertainment with care; has never been more relevant and we remain committed to providing a fun, safe and entertaining environment for our global customer base to enjoy,” Fenton added.The news was announced alongside a financial update for the first quarter of 2020. The operator said revenue increased 19% to £155.3m for the three months ended 31 March.The group said revenue growth was down to progress Asia and continued success in the UK, as well as double-digit growth in the US. Gamesys also experienced growth in most mainland European territories, but this was offset by continued struggles in Sweden.Although many businesses have been heavily affected by the virus, Gamesys Group said the second quarter of 2020 looks similar to the first in terms of revenue so far.“The Group has made a good start to Q2 and although it is still early in the period, trends are so far broadly in line with those experienced in Q1,” it noted. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates 23rd April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Online Gambling Regions: UK & Ireland Gamesys suspends TV, radio ads amid Covid-19 lockdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Scientific Games joins “Gift Responsibly” holiday campaign against underage lottery play

first_img“Social responsibility, integrity and transparency are cornerstones of Scientific Games, and we are extremely proud to continue the support, and stand with our lottery customers and the National Council on Problem Gaming in maintaining responsible play throughout the lottery industry,” Schaefer said. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Scientific Games National Council on Problem Gambling Carla Schaefer – Scientific Games’ VP responsible gaming – said lottery games were not designed for children and so it was proud to support the initiative again. Topics: Lottery Social responsibility Problem gambling Responsible gambling Regions: Canada Europe US Australia Scientific Games has participated in the campaign since 2018, and is the only lottery supplier participant. The campaign is endorsed by the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA). “Thanks again to Scientific Games for their support of this important responsible gambling campaign,” NCPG executive director Keith Whyte said. “Vendors play an important role in providing responsible gambling services to their lottery customers and in educating their own employees.”  Gaming and lottery supplier Scientific Games has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)’s “Gift Responsibly. Lottery Tickets Aren’t Child’s Play” holiday campaign to discourage giving underage players lottery tickets as gifts.center_img “Lottery games are created to entertain, and intended to be played by adults. Lottery games are not child’s play, and we urge everyone to share this important message during the holiday season and always.” 4th December 2020 | By Conor Mulheir AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Responsible gambling All US and Canadian lotteries, as well as several in Europe and Australasia have joined the 2020 campaign to support responsible gambling and help raise awareness regarding the risks of underage lottery play. Scientific Games joins “Gift Responsibly” holiday campaign against underage lottery play Email Addresslast_img read more

House VMVK / dmvA

first_imgPhotographs:  Frederik VercruysseSave this picture!© Frederik VercruysseText description provided by the architects. How to build a single house in a wonderful environment of woods, just next to the ‘Nete-valley’ on a badly orientated site? Save this picture!© Frederik VercruysseExtremely profound form-studies, town-planning regulations and a respectful attitude to nature defined the design-attitude. Characteristic to the concept is the rural, amorphous form with a hipped roof with different angles of inclination, flattened on top, and ‘living the other way around’, meaning living on the upper floors and the big roof terrace in order to enjoy the splendid view. Save this picture!© Frederik VercruysseThe use of white lacquered zinc for both roof and walls reinforce the house as an icon in nature. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessLandmark Miami DawnTown Ideas CompetitionArticlesThe Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas CompetitionArticles Share Belgium House VMVK / dmvASave this projectSaveHouse VMVK / dmvA CopyHouses, Cultural Center•Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium Projects Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” 2011 Architects: dmvA Area Area of this architecture project Houses CopyAbout this officedmvAOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsCultural ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesCultural CenterSint-Katelijne-WaverWoodHousesBelgiumPublished on February 07, 2013Cite: “House VMVK / dmvA” 07 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Frederik Vercruysse+ 18 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/329264/house-vmvk-dmva Clipboard Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/329264/house-vmvk-dmva Clipboard House VMVK / dmvA “COPY” Area:  506 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Casa Moulat / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica

first_img “COPY” Casa Moulat / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica Save this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis Gallardo+ 21Curated by Clara Ott Share Projects Manufacturers: Lutron, Bisazza, Flos, KitchenAid, Kohler, Sunpower, Toto, Acor, Baldwin, Cristalum, DUCHATEAU FLOORS, Grupo Arca, Helvex, Hunter Douglas, Interceramic, Neko Lighting AG, cocinas sevilla CopyAbout this officeCCA Centro de Colaboración ArquitectónicaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHidalgoMexicoPublished on December 06, 2019Cite: “Casa Moulat / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica” [Casa Moulat / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica] 05 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?穆拉特住宅 / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Lead Architect: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929662/moulat-house-cca-centro-de-colaboracion-arquitectonica Clipboard Bernardo Quinzaños, Ignacio Urquiza Photographs:  LGM Studio – Luis Gallardo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Arquitectos: CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica Area Area of this architecture project Area:  570 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Houses Photographs Design Team:Eduardo de la Cruz, Jennifer Lamadrid, Claudia Gómez Farias, Francisco GallásteguiEngineers:M. Angel Baltazar, Carlos ArellanoLandscaping:Genford LandscapingStructural Consultant:Ricardo CamachoConstructor:CCA Infraestructura y Desarrollo: Santiago VélezInterior Design:Fernanda QuinzañosCity:HidalgoCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis GallardoRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. The Moulat House, located in the Amanali Golf Club subdivision represents the use of bare concrete. The project is based on the integration of the construction into the natural landscape and its contrast with the artificial landscape created for the golf course. It is a construction that explores the duality of open space and closed space, of interior and exterior.Save this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis GallardoSave this picture!Ground FloorSave this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis GallardoThe house, of a single level, is based on a carved stone basement, on which an apparent concrete structural basement was built that rises to the main level. The interior spaces are adapted to the topography of the terrain, revealing the foundation with its height-changes in the form of a skirting board.Save this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis GallardoSave this picture!Section 02Save this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis GallardoTwo bodies of bare earth-coloured concrete laid on the foundation house the private spaces of the building. Both bodies are connected by means of two gigantic concrete beams that support a large structured wooden roof with large frames. The main space of the house opens completely through huge windows, turning the interior space into a covered terrace.Save this picture!© LGM Studio – Luis GallardoProject gallerySee allShow lessWilliams Park Fieldhouse / STLarchitectsSelected ProjectsGreen House / AMZ ArquitetosSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Hidalgo, Mexico “COPY” Casa Moulat / CCA Centro de Colaboración ArquitectónicaSave this projectSaveCasa Moulat / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929662/moulat-house-cca-centro-de-colaboracion-arquitectonica Clipboard ArchDaily 2017last_img read more

Seattle teachers strike for better schools

first_imgSept. 12 — Fed up with a hail of attacks on public schools, 5,000 Seattle teachers and staff workers went on strike on Sept. 9. The strike remains strong heading into its fourth day. It’s the first contract strike in 30 years for the Seattle Education Association. The school board had voted to seek an injunction against the strike, but the Seattle School District hasn’t acted on this so far.Picket lines of dozens of teachers can be seen in neighborhoods all over the city at the more than 90 schools in the district. Outside West Seattle and Garfield high schools, the honks of passing vehicles seem to never stop. A teacher at Garfield, Jesse Hagopian, said the high school band had played for the teachers. A folk singer with other musicians played at the West Seattle picket line. “Strong support for SEA is coming in from across the country and the world,” reported Jonathan Knapp, SEA president.Hagopian also reported that teachers had found out that district superintendent Larry Nyland was having a meeting at the Lincoln building. A group of teachers went there and picketed, and when Nyland was leaving they surrounded his car with a picket line.The SEA says the school district seems to recognize only the wage demands, which the district basically opposes. The teachers also want more support staff hired, such as more psychologists and more secretaries. Those presently employed are overworked. They want race and equity teams in each building to deal with problems of disproportionate discipline actions and institutionalized racism. Teachers want the district to uncouple test scores from teacher evaluations. The teachers have forced the district to give students 30 minutes of recess when, before the strike, most poor and working-class schools gave only 15 minutes.The district wants teachers to work 30 minutes longer each day. The SEA has forced the district to agree to compensation for this. The administration doesn’t want teachers and staff to have anything more than a paltry raise. The SEA wants a 10 percent increase over two years, which is a compromise over what they asked for originally.The district seems to be following the lead of the state Legislature, which has disrespected the needs of teachers, students and communities to fund basic education in a state with the most regressive tax structure in the country. Due to the pressure of teachers and communities, the Legislature is now under a court order to provide more funds. But they haven’t released enough, so now the court is fining the Legislature $100,000 a day!Support continues to grow. On Sept. 10, a meeting called by City Councilperson Kshama Sawant was held to discuss the strike issues, especially getting the strike more support. There were 200 people there, including many teachers. Holding a citywide rally to support the teachers was discussed. A report was given by a Denny Middle School teacher about a delegation of striking Pasco, Wash., school teachers who drove more than 200 miles to picket and meet with Seattle school teachers. The 1,100 Pasco teachers represent an oppressed city of mostly Latino/a and Black people.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tigers outhit Cougars in 9-3 victory

first_imgMay 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tigers outhit Cougars in 9-3 victory FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah — Starting pitcher Ricky Reynoso held BYU baseball to one run through six innings Friday night to lead Pacific to a  9-3 win at Larry H. Miller Ballpark.“We came out a little bit passive and made mental mistakes early and got ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “It was a microcosm of the season tonight with Keaton Kringlen getting a triple and a single with nobody on and going 0-for-3 with guys in scoring position, but that’s kind of the way it’s been this year.BYU (22-27, 11-15 West Coast Conference) only managed to score three runs off of a total of 12 hits while Pacific (21-29, 10-16 WCC) blasted 16 hits for nine runs. David Clawson went 2-of-4 from the plate adding an RBI for the Cougars. Kringlen tripled on one of his two hits.In the second inning, the Tigers put two runners in scoring position with no outs. A sacrifice fly sent one runner across the plate for their first run. A single to left field sent the second Tiger home and was followed by an error and a sacrifice bunt for a 3-0 lead.A Pacific single down the middle in the fourth sent another runner home to increase the advantage to 4-0.The Tigers didn’t back down as Matthew Tarantino hit a three-run homer to left field in the fifth inning for a 7-0 lead.In the sixth inning, Kringlen bounced a triple off the fence in center field. With one out, Clawson singled to right field to send Kringlen home for the first run of the night to trail 7-1.Keaton Glover led off the seventh with a solo blast over the left field fence to extend Pacific’s lead to 8-1.Nate Favero gave BYU momentum in the bottom of the eighth with a single into right field. Clawson reached first on a fielder’s choice while Favero advanced to third on a Pacific error. Favero gave the Cougars their second run of the game and Clawson advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Casey Jacobsen.Koby Kelton came in as a pinch hitter for BYU and doubled to left center scoring Clawson to close the gap 9-3.The Cougars return to Miller Park for the final game of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m. MDT. Live coverage will be available through BYUtv and audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143) and ESPN 960.​ Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC Robert Lovell Written bylast_img read more

Snow Men’s Basketball Routs Casper Friday Night

first_img Brad James Written by February 6, 2021 /Sports News – Local Snow Men’s Basketball Routs Casper Friday Nightcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEPHRAIM, Utah-Ross Reeves netted 22 points and 5 rebounds and the Snow Badgers smacked Casper CC 104-84 Friday at the Activity Center in non-conference men’s basketball action. Travis Wagstaff added 20 points on 8-16 from the field for the Badgers, who improved to 5-2 with the win. Snow shot just under 55 percent from the game. John Hart led the Thunderbirds in defeat with 21 points on 8-16 from the field. Snow commences Scenic West Athletic Conference play Tuesday at 7:00 pm against the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes t the Activity Center.last_img read more

Enbridge provides update on Canadian Mainline open season process

first_imgThe open season is the first stage of Enbridge determining whether there is sufficient commercial interest for its offering to provide priority access on the Mainline for terms of 8 – 20 years Image: Enbridge provides update on Canadian Mainline open season process. Photo: courtesy of Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay. Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) (Enbridge or the Company) provided an update today on the Canadian Mainline open season regulatory process.On August 2, 2019, Enbridge commenced an open season, offering firm capacity on its crude oil Mainline system, effective upon expiry of the Competitive Toll Settlement that is in place until July 1, 2021. The open season is the first stage of Enbridge determining whether there is sufficient commercial interest for its offering to provide priority access on the Mainline for terms of 8 – 20 years.The Mainline offering is in direct response to customers’ desire for low cost transportation to important downstream markets and guaranteed access to the Enbridge Mainline, for the benefit of our industry and all stakeholders. The offering reflected in the open season terms is based on significant consultation with the entire industry over a period of 18 months and reflects numerous enhancements proposed by potential shippers.Since embarking on the open season, certain parties, including shippers and non-shippers, have filed letters and an application to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) requesting among other things that the CER declare that Enbridge may not offer contract carriage on the Mainline system until the terms, conditions and tolls of the contract offering are approved by the CER, and if it is not possible for the CER to issue such a decision by September 18, 2019, that it stay the open season pending a decision.The CER established an expedited process and timetable for other interested parties to submit comments by noon today and for Enbridge to respond to those submissions by September 11, 2019. The CER process centers around determining whether the CER has the authority to stay the open season pending the CER’s decision on the submissions and whether an open season should be held before or after the CER has decided on any future application that may be filed by Enbridge for firm service.Enbridge believes that its open season is entirely appropriate and consistent with a well-established practice of ensuring commercial support before seeking regulatory approval, a view that is shared by a range of customers who have submitted letters to the CER today. These letters indicate support for contract carriage on the Mainline, acknowledge Enbridge’s willingness to negotiate the terms and conditions of service in developing the open season offering, and support the open season proceeding as planned to ensure that its results can fully inform any application that Enbridge may file with the CER. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Libraries down 2.5 million

first_imgOther activities reported to have been undertaken by the Libraries in the past year are over 1000 document restoration projects, several exhibitions – including those for the Magna Carta and World Book Day – and the processing of what the report names “arguably the most significant modern literary archive to come to the Bodleian Library in thirty years”, the Alan Bennett archive.An expense conspicuously absent from the report was the cost to the libraries of books stolen or lost by borrowers. As any student who has used SOLO, the University’s online search catalogue, will know some books are consigned to the ambiguous fate of “Lost, presumed missing”, but it is unknown how much these lost texts cost the libraries to replace each year.The report mentions the implementation of “book detection systems” in the Old Bodleian Library throughout 2009, implying that there are some concerns over the security of the texts available on open access shelves.It has been suggested that the cost of lost and missing books is incorporated into the category of “Operational Expenditure”, which totalled over £8.8 million, a figure which could potentially be reduced – therefore tackling part of the total budget deficit – if tighter security measures were enforced.A member of staff at Library Services stated that the cost of replacing any missing books would fall on the individual faculties and come out of their general budget for purchasing new materials.The representative went on to explain that although problems can arise when the lost books are now out of print, the overall cost of this issue to the Libraries is relatively low compared to the total expenditure.However, the report forecasts a more positive financial outlook for the Libraries over the coming years, stating the Services’ trust in the University which “proposes to resolve the issue from 2010–11 when a new services funding mechanism will be introduced”, despite the likelihood that the Libraries of Oxford will be receiving less University funding in the coming years.A footnote of the report suggests that the Libraries will potentially be required to cut their reliance on the block grant by 10% over the next three years, although this is not yet confirmed.Nonetheless, the Library Services remain optimistic, highlighting their focus on “strategic priorities” to maintain financial equilibrium over the coming years. Oxford University Library Services revealed in last week’s Annual Report that they had a budget deficit of over £2.5 million for the year 2008-9, surpassing the previous year’s overspend by £1,000.Their overall income, of £31,756,183, provided mainly by a block grant from the University, fell far short of their expenditure of £34,292,288.The report admitted that “For some time the Libraries have laboured under a deficit, with insufficient revenue to cover the costs of their services”. It also reiterated the vital importance of donations in covering the shortfall not met by the University’s grant of over £21 million.However, the report also stated that the actual overspend of £2.54 million was less than the forecast £2.6 million, indicating the success of the “number of efficiencies and innovations to reduce expenditure” implemented by staff. By far the largest expense is staffing, which eats up £18.8m of the annual budget. With a total of 562 staff in July, this amounts to an average wage of £33,396 per member of staff.The section whose expenditure has increased by the largest proportion is Information Provision and Access, which saw an increase from £4,348,746 for 2007-8 to £6,083,212 for the previous year.Much of the increased expenditure has arisen from the drive to go digital, with the Library Services dedicating £4.4 million on acquiring electronic resources and back copies. These include the historical archives of the Guardian/Observer newspapers and the London Illustrated News, as well as resources such as ‘Cambridge Histories Online’ and the ‘Universal Database of Russian Military and Security Periodicals’.Among other online successes in the previous year has been the introduction of SOLO, enabling users to search a database of almost all University and College libraries, and the upgrade to OXLIP+, which allows remote access to the library catalogues. Downloads of online journal articles have almost doubled since 2005-6, rising from 3.3 million to 6.1 million, the Libraries have invested in an increasingly popular method of research.last_img read more

Student campaign for affordable access to Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgUAEM UK have requested that the full licensing terms of the Oxford University vaccine are made public, to clarify the safeguards in place and to prevent the creation of potential monopoly-generation protections. They also have requested that Astra Zeneca declare their manufacturing costs, to verify their commitment to pricing a vaccine product “at cost” during the pandemic.  The campaign has developed a mapping tool to track public funding of COVID-19 research and development in universities. It visualises information synthesised from government databases and publicly funded institutions. The tool is currently tracking the funding of university groups in 13 countries. UAEM UK told Cherwell that their tool aims to highlight the role of the public sector in research, because the “contribution of the public is virtually never reflected in the pricing, accessibility, and affordability of the final drug.” Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a global network of university students, is campaigning for affordable, global access to a COVID-19 vaccine. UAEM UK talked to Cherwell about their endeavours “to ensure that publicly funded COVID-19 vaccines developed in Oxford are widely and equitably accessible to those who need it most.”  AstraZeneca state they have the capacity to produce one billion doses through 2020 and 2021. UAEM UK note that agreements for “at least 400 million doses” have been made so far, 100 million for the UK and 300 million for the US: “That’s forty percent gone.” Oxford University have set out guidance to organisations about the licensing of University intellectual property about COVID-19 related products and services. It states that the default approach will be to “offer non-exclusive, royalty-free licences to support free of charge, at-cost, or cost + limited margin supply as appropriate, and only for the duration of the pandemic, as defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).” UAEM UK note that Oxford University and researchers have “said all the right things so far and made lots of positive steps”, but want this to turn “into concrete action that challenges the dominant model of excessive pharmaceutical profits and exclusivity.” UAEM UK have been assessing the licensing agreements for the University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. They have concerns about “potential stockpiling by rich countries, namely the USA and the UK, to secure access to the vaccine before others.” UAEM is campaigning for universities to sign the ‘Open COVID’ pledge. Developed by an international group of scientists and lawyers, this encourages organisations to commit to providing non-exclusive, royalty-free licenses for their products, processes, and information for up to one year after the pandemic.  Emily Swift, an Oxford medical student who is part of the UAEM UK campaign, told Cherwell: “It’s hard for people to access this information from fairly dense websites. The goal is to allowed people who are interested to find where their money is going… Hopefully this is a way to hold institutions a bit more accountable for what people’s money is being used for.”  A statement made by AstraZeneca this week states that it is “collaborating with a number of countries and multilateral organisations to make the University of Oxford’s vaccine widely accessible around the world in an equitable manner.” It also states that it is engaging with international organisations and governments “for the fair allocation and distribution of the vaccine around the world.” UAEM UK also wrote to the Jenner Institute, in collaboration with other organisations including Just Treatment and Global Justice Now, to request that the deal between Oxford and AstraZeneca be made public, and to explain how it safeguards fair access for all.  UAEM UK expressed concerns to Cherwell that this means non-exclusive licensing of the vaccine will be limited to the duration of the pandemic. Once the WHO downgrades the classification of the virus spread, prices may increase, which is “likely to disproportionately affect countries and parts of society which are unable to rapidly manufacture or access  vaccines and other treatments once they become available.” “The public deserves a return on public investment by ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are the global public goods which the UK public want – there was a recent survey by [the Wellcome Trust] which supported the overwhelming public majority behind universal equitable access to a vaccine.” They have not yet received a response to the letter. A University spokesperson recommended to Cherwell that questions about the University policy for licensing COVID-19 related intellectual property be directed to AstraZeneca, as they are handling manufacturing.  UAEM UK told Cherwell: “Given the state of global access to medicines, we feel that more is necessary and we need more information. We also want the companies involved, so far only AstraZeneca, to make good on their promises to make the vaccine affordable and accessible to everyone – we haven’t seen any concrete evidence of this yet. While everyone is saying the right things, these still need to be turned into actions.” Image from mapping tool created by UAEM student volunteers.last_img read more

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