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Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine shows promising results in trial

It’ll now go for FDA’s review

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Pfizer experimental Coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19) is more than 90 percent effective based on initial trial results, the company has announced. The US drugmaker released preliminary data from late-stage human trials of the vaccine it developed along with German biotech company BioNTech.

The revelations are extremely important because the vaccine is now headed for a review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The analysis was conducted based on a trial that included 94 participants. Pfizer has confirmed it’ll continue the trail until there are 164 COVID-19 cases among volunteers.

The phase 3 trials of this vaccine candidate — technically called BNT162b2 — began on July 27 and has so far enrolled 43,538 participants, 38,955 of whom had received a second dose as of November 8.

However, the data is yet to be peer-reviewed and the company confirmed it’ll do so when the trial is complete. Experts say the vaccine is still far from commercial production. It’ll first have to demonstrate its capabilities, side-effects, complications, and extent of protection.

Following the news, markets around the world witnessed massive gains. Aviation, finance, and hospitality are the prime sectors leading this bullish trend.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they plan to apply to the FDA for emergency approval to use the vaccine by the end of the month. Post approval, Pfizer will have almost two months of safety data about the vaccine. The company expects to churn out 1.3 billion doses in 2021. It already has a contract with the US Government worth US$ 9.5 billion to deliver 100 million doses.

It’s worth noting that many other companies are also testing the vaccine in multiple countries. This is just one of many breakthroughs in the development of a Coronavirus vaccine and commercial production of the vaccine is still a couple of months away.

Read Also: How wearables are helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic

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Huawei unveils largest Health Lab facility

Customer health monitoring a key focus

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Health Lab

Huawei’s Consumer Business Group unveiled through a virtual tour its new Huawei Health Lab facility based in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China.

The lab is a SG$ 42.5 million research and development investment that supports more than 80 types of simulation tests targeted to improve Huawei’s smart wearable products in years to come.

These tests support and provide data for the R&D department that covers extensive research on human health and fitness, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.

Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including its lab in Xi’an, China which focuses on innovative applications for health and fitness.

The latest HUAWEI Health Lab in Dongguan, China aims to become a world class health and fitness technology institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.

Customer health monitoring a key focus

Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a SG$ 638,000 plateau blood oxygen simulation laboratory which replicates high-altitude environments up to 6,000 meters above sea level to test how oxygen saturation affects the human body.

Health Lab

The lab contains the facilities necessary for researchers to measure the changes in the human body under different altitudes and climate conditions and obtain more accurate data for analysis.

The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system which records a wide range of subjects including moving bullets with millimetre-level accuracy.

By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features it can add to its smart wearable products.

 Exercise lab for accuracy

The exercise physiology research area of the lab also comes equipped with cardiopulmonary function and metabolism meters, heart rate belts, and high-performance treadmills that researchers can use to monitor as VO2 max, calorie consumption, and workout heart rate.

Health Lab

This will be ideal in coming up with features for customers who use Huawei’s wearables primarily for fitness functions.

Thanks in large part to these labs, Huawei’s smart wearable products support more than 100 workout modes which include even rock-climbing, swimming, golf, and more.

Scenario-based health experiences 

Health Lab

The new HUAWEI Health Lab also serves as an incubator for scenario-based experiences and service packages that consumers can directly enjoy, including micro-physical examination, home fitness, and digital sports.

In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring.

In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision TV, and other third-party equipment.

Meanwhile, the digital sports area enables users to compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes.

The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3

The new Huawei Watch GT 3 will offer higher accuracy in monitoring their health and fitness performance backed by scientific data.

Customers in Singapore can look forward to experience the smartwatch in December 2021.

In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT Series is already available for pre-order now until December 9, 2021.

  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm – PHP 12,999 with freebies worth PhP 3,998
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm – Starts at PhP 8999 online exclusive with freebies worth PhP 2,490 during pre-order phase. The normal price starts at PhP 11,999.
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner – PhP 13,999 with freebies worth PhP 4,388
  • HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick – PhP 9,999 from its original price of PhP 11,999
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Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score will determine if you’re ready for a workout

A handy feature for Fitbit lovers!

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Heads up, Fitbit users!

Daily Readiness Score is now available in Fitbit Premium. Through the feature, your Fitbit device will be able to use insights from your body based on your activity, heart rate variability, and recent sleep patterns. This will help the device to determine if you should work out or prioritize recovery.

There’ll be a personalized score each morning that identifies the problems, together with suggestions such as recommended activity level, and Premium content to follow.

The feature will be accessible through the Fitbit app for Premium members with Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, or Inspire 2 devices. For Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3 users, the score will be available for preview right on your wrist.

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How the We-Vibe Melt helped with my insomnia

And fulfilled my sexual needs

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Ever since I was introduced to the world of sex toys, I have always used them for the obvious reason: sexual pleasure. As an advocate of sex positivity, sex toys allowed me to know myself and my body more, which helped me boost my sexual confidence.

But it was not until I owned a clit stimulator that I personally experienced the other benefits aside from fulfilling my sexual needs.

Sex toys promote good health

I was experiencing insomnia in the past few weeks and despite purposely tiring myself in the day or even increasing the dosage of my melatonin supplement, I still can’t get my eyes shut.

Studies suggest that masturbation/having orgasm helps in releasing hormones that can aid sleep. In my quest for natural remedies, I decided to give it a try.

So when I got my hands on We-Vibe’s Melt, a clit stimulator that uses air pressure technology, I tried using it mostly before bedtime. True enough, it took just a while to help me finally doze off.

How does We-Vibe Melt work?

Compared to other sex toys, the We-Vibe Melt is pretty discreet: it uses innovative pressure wave technology to arouse a woman’s clitoris or C-spot. Since it uses air for stimulation, the sound that comes off is not as loud as a vibrator.

The product is very easy to use–just place it right above the clit. It has 12 intensity levels, and it can be controlled with + or — buttons in the device, or through the app We-Connect. It looks small, but it guarantees big orgasms that will make you melt.

While it is advertised as a toy for couples, it can also be used for self-pleasure–a wild treat for those with a very sensitive clit a.k.a. me.

Perfect for beginners

The very first sex toys I owned are vibrating dildos, and I admit they can be intense for a first-timer, especially for those who are still intimidated in trying sex toys.

When I tried the We-Vibe Melt, I really thought: “Where have you been all my life?!” I wished I knew about it sooner.

We-Vibe Melt is the brand’s first dedicated pressure-wave/suction toy. It is less invasive yet very powerful. Perfect for beginners who are not comfortable with penetrative toys yet but want to achieve a mind-blowing orgasm. Yup, this little thing can blow your mind.

It looks and feels premium 

This is the most expensive toy I have owned to date, and I can say that you really get what you pay for. It’s silky smooth and has an easy grip. The quality is superb, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to malfunction any sooner. Not to mention, it’s also easy to clean and dry.

The buttons are easy to navigate too, and it comes with a magnetic charger that’s easy to remove.

One of my favorite things about this We-Vibe Melt is it’s waterproof–so yes, it’s safe to do the deed in the shower!

It’s a great option whether you’re single, or with a partner

While the product description says it’s made for couples, it’s satisfying enough for a solo sesh. I got multiple orgasms after using it for several minutes, and I didn’t even get a penetration!

The app also has a “Connect to Partner” feature, which is great news for LDR couples. Through this feature, the partner can control the We-Vibe Melt, whether they’re beside you or they’re on the other side of the world. There’s also a wide range of pressure levels to choose from, and believe me, it’s fun exploring the different sensations.

Is this your PlayMatch?

For the high-end quality, guaranteed sexual satisfaction, and of course, its health benefits, We-Vibe Melt is a must-buy.

The only thing I didn’t like about it is isn’t as quiet as it claimed to be. The higher vibration modes can be quite loud. But if you’re worrying someone might hear you from the other room, here’s a tip: turn up your room’s air-conditioning/electric fan plus air purifier and their sounds will overpower the sound of the device.

We-Vibe Melt is priced at US$ 149.00, quite pricey compared to other brands that provide similar products in the market, but for a product that will last long, the extra bucks won’t hurt.

Overall, We-Vibe Melt is a premium product that I would definitely recommend to my friends. I am actually excited to try other lineups of We-Vibe after this because when it comes to quality and aesthetics, the brand really delivers well.

Shop it on We-Vibe’s official website.

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