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December 3, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – Irish Defence Forces trial wearable Covid-19 tracker – US Navy to prioritise vaccines for health workers

By Matt Farmer

3 December

Digisoft and Accesso Technology Group have collaborated with Irish Defence Forces to develop a wearable Covid-19 tracker to manage disease protocols among its troops. The Irish forces have started investigating this approach to Covid-19 risk management, along with the technology firms. They are trialling the technology in military trainings and troop deployments in overseas peacekeeping missions.

A US Navy reservist from Ohio and two Navy civilians have contracted Covid-19 after suffering complications related to the disease last week. According to the Navy Reserve spokesman Cmdr. Ben Tisdale, the reserve sailor was assigned to the Navy Operational Support Centre (NOSC) at Akron, and was not activated when he died at the area hospital.

A number of Covid-19 cases have been reported among military personnel from Ioannina and Tripoli. Approximately 43 personnel tested positive for the coronavirus at the Katsimitrou camp in Ioannina. The infection appears to have been transmitted at a military camp in northwest Greece when enlisted soldiers reported Covid-19 symptoms.

According to a US Navy top officer, military healthcare workers will be the first to receive Covid-19 vaccines from the Defence Department, when approved. Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations, said: “If they were good at anything, it was mass immunisation in the US military”.

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