Coronavirus company news summary – Second outbreak on USS Theodore Roosevelt

19 October 2020 (Last Updated October 19th, 2020 09:22)

19 October 

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will assist care facilities across the US in administering Covid-19 vaccines to residents. Care facilities have the option to sign up with two of the major US pharma companies to administer a vaccine to the most vulnerable people.

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has reported a second outbreak of coronavirus onboard after two sailors tested positive for the virus. The two sailors were immediately evacuated, while others who came in contact with them were quarantined. Earlier in March, hundreds of sailors were infected aboard the ship, forcing the vessel to dock in Guam.

The US Army Medical Research and Development Command is working on several therapeutic treatments and developing vaccines to combat the coronavirus. The organisation is developing its own Covid-19 vaccine candidate as part of its Operation Warp Speed. The main objective of the operation is to provide more than 300 million doses of vaccines by January 2021.

US Forces Korea (USFK) has adjusted its health protection condition to Bravo across the peninsula. Bravo signifies moderate risk of coronavirus infection, but an increase in community transmission. The status change was on account of a fall in coronavirus cases in the greater Seoul metropolitan area and lowering of social distancing rules to level one by to the South Korean government.