Coronavirus company news summary – UK Strategic Command supports NHS – Dover AFB selected as decontamination hub

21 May 2020 (Last Updated May 21st, 2020 09:29)

21 May

The US Dover Air Force Base (AFB) has been selected to serve as the sole hub for the Transport Isolation System (TIS) decontamination on the East Coast in the country. The TIS infectious disease containment unit is designed to offer medical care to Covid-19-positive patients being transported from Africa, Europe and the Middle East to the US. Two TIS units were delivered to Dover by a C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston. The units will remain at the AFB as part of the US Government’s response to the pandemic.

A Royal Navy cadet in the Cambridge area is producing protective face masks hospitals, care homes and emergency services across the UK. Georgiana Alpham serves with Southampton University Royal Naval Unit and is one of several volunteers that are producing masks on a series of 3D printers to help front-line members in the fight against Covid-19. Through a GoFundMe page, the 20-year old engineering undergraduate has raised nearly £3,000 for plastic filament to produce the parts and additional printers.

The UK's Strategic Command and the Ministry of Defence’s innovation hub is supporting the NHS’s digital unit NHSX by gathering and sharing Covid-19 symptom data from third-party apps. Known as jHub, the hub will support the data sharing under the NHSX initiative project OASIS. The data will be shared only after it is reviewed and checked for security issues by jHUB. jHub COO Natasha Gedge said: “At jHub, we are always working to deliver for UK Defence and we are proud to be able to take our approach, and apply it in support of the NHS and the people of the UK.”