News Sparks: Sotrovimab Effective Against Omicron; US Meets with Abbas; Torah Fragments Found; and Sketching on the Subway

News Sparks: Sotrovimab Effective Against Omicron; US Meets with Abbas; Torah Fragments Found; and Sketching on the Subway

By Yehudit Garmaise

New Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, Supplies of which are Running Low, Found Effective Against Omicron Variant

After running out of the monoclonal antibody therapies that have been successful in treating COVID patients, many large New York and New Jersey hospitals say that they are out of the one treatment that appears to be effective against the Omicron variant.

On Sunday, New York University Langone Health and Mount Sinai Health System notified their physicians that their hospitals, which were not sure when they would be resupplied, cannot offer treatments of monoclonal antibodies until they receive more shipments from state and federal health agencies. 

Hospitals nationwide have also reported very limited supplies of sotrovimab, said Dr. Marcus Plescia, the chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, however, he added that GlaxoSmithKline is trying to increase the production of the drug.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas 

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was hosted today in Ramallah, in the West Bank, by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who said he wanted President Joe Biden to “remove” what the PA president sees as specific obstacles to closer American-Palestinian ties.

For instance, Abbas asked Sullivan to allow the PA to reopen a mission in Washington and for the US to reopen the Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem: neither of which Biden has done.

Abbas’s other demands to Sullivan including instructions that Israel must stop expanding settlements, stop evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, respect the status quo at the Temple Mount holy site, and stop deducting funds from tax revenues it transfers to Ramallah.

German Protestant Minister Returns Segments of Torah that had been Missing Since Kristallnacht

Fragments of a Torah scroll that was lost from a shul in Görlitz, Germany, on Kristallnacht, the pogrom against Jews, shuls, and Jewish property that took place on Nov. 9 and 10 1938, have been returned by Uwe Mader, a 79-year-old German Protestant pastor.

Mader’s father, Willi Mader, who was a young police officer-in training at the time of the infamous pogrom, had “come into possession of the Torah scroll fragments,” and on Dec. 16, 83 years later, Uwe Mader returned them to the city of Görlitz, where now only 30 Jews live.

The city of Görlitz, which recently completed a refurbishment of its synagogue: the only one in the state of Saxony to survive Kristallnacht, plans to display, potentially restore, or perhaps, bury, the fragments.

Subway Rider Who Sketches Commuters Releases Art Manual: "Drawn on the Way"

Although Sarah Nisbett had never drawn anyone before she was inspired to draw an older gentleman one day on the F train, after making five-minutes sketches of other commuters on New York City subways for 10 years, she has now created a sketch art manual, called Drawn on the Way, that was released yesterday.

To share the creative fun Nisbett was having while riding to her destination, she had started posting her drawings on Instagram on an account that now 27,000 people follow.  

Recalling the first time she was inspired to draw on the train, Nisbett told the New York Post, “I saw this older gentleman wearing a three-piece brown suit with a fedora who was going into Manhattan when everyone else was leaving for the night, and I was just like, who is this guy? He must be such a New York story.” 

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