National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has signed up to become a volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito announced on Thursday.“We would like to announce that the National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has registered for the clinical trials of the potential COVID-19 vaccine,” Wiku said during a press conference on Thursday. “This is part of the government’s commitment to provide the maximum protection for citizens against the danger of COVID-19.”Wiku said that the government was optimistic about the vaccine development in the country, referring to the phase III clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech in partnership with state-owned pharmaceutical PT Bio Farma. Topics : The trials started on Monday in Bandung, West Java, with 120 out of 1,620 volunteers scheduled to receive injections by the end of the week.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has also announced that he will volunteer in the vaccine’s clinical trials.Ridwan said that the West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Rudy Sufahriadi and Siliwangi Military commander Maj. Gen. Nugroho Budi Wiryanto had also volunteered for the trials.
KARACHI’S first ODI in over 10 years didn’t even get as far as the toss. Heavy rain in the days leading up to this match was already proving a challenge, with doubts arising over whether the outfield would dry in time.Then, on yesterday, more rain was delivered by towering dark clouds, forming large puddles on the outfield, and making even umpire inspections a challenge, once the rain did eventually relent. The severity of the downpour has prompted changes in the tour as well with the second game being postponed by a day to September 30. The final ODI will take place as originally scheduled on October 2.The National Stadium was heavily waterlogged with the covers never moving through the course of a gloomy Friday afternoon, and just before 16:30hrs local time the officials had little choice but to abandon this game.Karachi will need bright sunshine over the weekend in order to assist the drying of the outfield, but unfortunately, more rain is forecast for tomorrow.Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan consists of three ODIs and three T20Is. (ESPN Cricinfo)