Top Headlines: Testing continues for Covid vaccine, Fitch withdraws BJCC rating

1st patient dosed with forerunner to a Covid vaccine UAB is testing
Altimmune said the first patient was dosed in the company’s Phase Ib clinical trial of NasoShield, an Anthrax vaccine whose intranasal delivery platform is the basis of a Covid-19 vaccine the company is working on, with tests on mice now ongoing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. —  Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

New Alabama prison sites could be announced later this summer
The Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) could announce new sites for three new men’s prisons later this summer, but the opening of the facilities may be two or three years away. — Montgomery Advertiser

Ørsted buys 227-MW solar project in Muscle Shoals
Ørsted A/S today said it has acquired a 227-MW solar project under construction in Alabama, for which Wells Fargo will be the sole tax equity investor. U.S. renewable energy developer and owner Longroad Energy sold the Muscle Shoals solar photovoltaic project at financial closing. It will manage the construction. Swinerton Renewable Energy is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor and First Solar is supplying Series 6 modules. — Renewables Now

Fitch withdraws Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center rating
Fitch Ratings has withdrawn the ‘BBB+’ rating on the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) Authority (AL)’s special tax bonds. Fitch has concluded that it does not have any basis for determining the operating risk or Issuer Default Rating of the BJCC under its existing criteria, as its operations are predominantly driven by the operation of several single-site hotels in addition to an arena. — Fitch Ratings

Command Alkon and Ruckit form collaboration partnership
Command Alkon, the Birmingham-based company that is a leader in supply chain management software for the construction industry, announced a collaboration partnership with Ruckit Inc., a transportation management software provider for the heavy materials and construction industries. — Globe Newswire

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West Alabama Works completes two virtual hiring events
West Alabama Works partnered with regional employers to host two virtual hiring events in June. One event was with DCH Health System, targeting entry-level positions in healthcare. The other event focused on the automotive industry, with participating employers including employers included Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, ARD Logistics, Lear Corporation, Schnellecke Logistics, Brose Tuscaloosa, Inc., ZF Chassis Systems, LLC, MacLellan Integrated Services, Gestamp and Bolta US, Inc. — Press Release

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