Coronavirus company news summary – India, China and Pakistan militaries to participate in exercise

25 August 2020 (Last Updated August 25th, 2020 09:10)

The US Army has made mission adjustments to focus on protecting the force as the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the country. It is getting ready for operational readiness worldwide and supporting the national effort to fight the pandemic. A team from the Army Criminal Investigation Command's Defense Forensic Science Center's Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD) collectively identified the required skills, training and equipment that are needed to conduct testing for Covid-19. Forensic Exploitation Branch 2 chief Crystal Allen said: “At the early onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we understood the severity and global impact the virus would have.”

The militaries of India, China and Pakistan are set to conduct drills together as part of an exercise (Kavkaz 2020) that will be held in Astrakhan region of South Russia between 15 and 26 September this year. All participating countries are required to strictly follow Covid-19 protocols. They will spend 14 days preceding the departure in quarantine after a Covid-19 test and will undergo tests again once they reach Russia. The exercise is aimed at improving cooperation.

A flight supported by the US government is set to deliver critical supplies to help Pacific Island countries fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, the flight is carrying ten new ventilators donated by the government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to Kiribati. This move is part of President Donald Trump’s commitment to provide ventilators to countries in need. The ventilators will help build up the health infrastructure of Kiribati and certainly offer a vital tool for other patients who require respiratory intervention. The critical supplies delivery is part of the government’s $5m support to the World Food Program’s (WFP) logistics operation in the Pacific to support response efforts to the pandemic.