Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has deployed the state’s National Guard to help assist long-term care facilities in their fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. 1,350 National personnel will be working in facilities seven-days-a-week through December, at the moment personnel will be focused around the 133 worst-hit facilities.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced a $12.7m contract with InBios International to boost the domestic production of two rapid point-of-care tests for detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The SCoV-2 Ag Detect Kit identifies infections through antigens in a nasal swab sample, while the SCoV-2 Detect IgM/IgG Kit identifies antibodies for the virus with a finger prick test.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has called in the army to roll out a massive testing programme as England heads back into the second lockdown. Johnson is also hoping for a potential vaccine for Covid-19 in the early months of 2021.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has delivered 60 ventilators to hospitals in Skopje, the capital city of North Macedonia. NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) coordinated the deliveries in response to North Macedonia’s request for assistance to curb the high rates of infection.