The vaccine, which is transmitted through a small skin patch, will allow the user to build immunity to the novel coronavirus that is causing a global pandemic.
“We knew exactly where to fight this new virus,” said Dr. Andrea Gambotto, associate professor of surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine and co-senior author of the breakthrough research. “That’s why it’s important to fund vaccine research. You never know where the next pandemic will come from.”
The Pittsburgh Coronavirus Vaccine is called PittCoVacc. It showed positive results when tested on mice and is awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to Pitt scientists, the vaccine will enter human testing phases in the coming months.
“Testing in patients would typically require at least a year and probably longer,” said co-senior author Louis Falo, M.D., Ph.D., who serves as professor and chair of dermatology at Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC. “This particular situation is different from anything we’ve ever seen, so we don’t know how long the clinical development process will take. Recently announced revisions to the normal processes suggest we may be able to advance this faster.”
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Nevada Man Indicted in Killing of Rapper Tupac Shakur
In a significant development in the long-standing mystery surrounding the murder of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, a Nevada man, has been indicted on a charge of murder with the use of a deadly weapon. The indictment was officially announced by prosecutors during a court proceeding on Friday.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo disclosed that a grand jury had been convened to investigate the case for several months and that Davis, described as the “on-ground, on-site commander,” had allegedly “ordered the death” of Shakur.
The charges against Davis were unveiled just hours after his arrest while he was on a walk near his residence, according to DiGiacomo. It is worth noting that Davis has been a known figure to investigators.
According to reports, Davis had previously admitted, both in interviews and in his 2019 tell-all memoir titled “Compton Street Legend,” that he was present in the Cadillac during the fatal drive-by shooting of Tupac Shakur in September 1996.
Authorities took action on July 17, raiding the home of the suspect’s wife in Nevada. Video footage from the operation shows law enforcement officers instructing Davis to come out of the residence with his hands raised.
According to reports from Fox News, the search yielded various items, including a Pokeball USB drive, an iPhone, iPads, laptops, a tablet, a desktop computer, external hard drives, copies of Davis’ book “Compton Street Legends,” a Vibe magazine featuring Shakur, and two containers filled with photographs. Additionally, law enforcement sought “notes, writings, ledgers, and other handwritten or typed documents” related to Shakur’s murder.
Tupac Shakur’s murder has remained a high-profile cold case for decades. The prime suspect, Orlando Anderson, who was Davis’ nephew, had previously denied involvement in the shooting before he was murdered in Compton, California, in 1998.
On the fateful evening of September 7, 1996, tragedy struck as Tupac Shakur fell victim to a fatal drive-by shooting. Riding as a passenger in the black BMW owned by Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight, Tupac’s life was abruptly cut short when a white Cadillac pulled up alongside them at a traffic light.
This harrowing event, as detailed by Duane “Keffe D” Davis in a 2018 documentary, revealed that all occupants in the Cadillac that night were affiliated with the South Side Compton Crips gang. Shockingly, it was alleged that the gang sought retribution against Shakur, who had reportedly engaged in a physical altercation with one of its members just prior to the tragic shooting.
Tupac Shakur’s profound influence on the rap community, a legacy that would reverberate for years to come, cannot be overstated. Beyond his lyrical prowess and charismatic stage presence, Tupac’s music and message resonated deeply with a generation. He became a voice for his community, tackling pressing issues in his lyrics and interviews.
Moreover, his authenticity, unflinching honesty, and commitment to addressing the challenges faced by his community cemented his status as an enduring icon in the world of hip-hop. Even in death, Tupac’s impact on the genre and his ability to inspire change in society at large continue to be felt, leaving an indelible mark on the rap community for generations to come.
Tupac Shakur, a prolific rapper and influential figure in the hip-hop industry, was only 25 years old at the time of his death. His fourth solo album, “All Eyez on Me,” continued to dominate the charts with approximately 5 million copies sold, underscoring the enduring impact of his music and the ongoing intrigue surrounding his untimely demise.
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