Coronavirus company news summary – DoD selects five ventilators – Romanian personnel deploy to Alabama – USAF halts fitness tests

26 May 2020 (Last Updated May 26th, 2020 13:13)

26 May

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has selected five finalists for the Hack-a-Ventilator project. The DoD’s Vulcan Hack-a-Vent Challenge was launched in March to tackle the projected ventilator shortage due to Covid-19 pandemic. The group of finalists are named the “Vulcan-5” and the different scalable ventilators have been designed to help resuscitate a non-compliant lung. The shortlist includes the BLU3 Vent by BLU3, a division of Brownie’s Marine Group, Coridea’s Corvent, L3Harris i3 Breather, Northrop Grumman’s FieldVent, and NAVSEA PRE-Vent by the US Navy.

Romanian military medical personnel and experts in Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear (CBRN) have deployed to Alabama, US. They will support, share and learn expertise and experience from the US forces fighting against the Covid-19 infection in the state. The deployment is part of NATO Allies’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is for nearly two weeks. The medical staff includes five doctors and five nurses from Romania emergency military hospitals while the CBRN team consists of five officers from the Romanian Defence Staff and the Romanian Land Forces.

The US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has postponed all official fitness testing to October as part of efforts to ensure the health and safety of airmen while maintaining force readiness posture. The latest suspension is effective immediately and dependent on local health conditions and states. It was earlier announced in March that fitness assessments would be scheduled for June this year. Moreover, annual height and weight measurements have been temporarily suspended until further notice. The abdominal circumference component has also been temporarily cancelled through 1 October 2021 or until further notice.