Coronavirus company news summary – UK military to support vaccine distribution – Australia announces $24m in defence grants

5 October 2020 (Last Updated October 5th, 2020 17:48)

5 October

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the military will play an active role in the distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine. At the virtual Conservative party conference, Hancock was quoted by The Guardian as saying: “The plans are in train, a combination of the NHS and the armed forces are involved in the logistics of making the [vaccine] rollout happen because it’s not just about developing and testing the vaccine.”

The Australian Government has announced an additional $24m in defence industry grants to support small businesses in the defence sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. The investment will be provided over the next two financial years. Australia Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said: “Supporting Australia’s military capability remains critical due to the important role this sector plays in the nation’s recovery. Supporting Australia’s military capability remains critical due to the important role this sector plays in the nation’s recovery.”

Members of the Alaska Air and Army National Guard have supported the Alaska State Public Health laboratory in Covid-19 testing. 103rd Civil Support Team’s officers Captain Roger Tran and Captain Jamie Bowden helped process Covid-19 samples for testing. The two officers tested 11,426 samples in around 21 days of testing totalling more than 148 working hours. Alaska National Guard Commissioner and Adjutant General major general Torrence Saxe said: “While we are proud of the whole team at Military and Veterans Affairs, these two individuals stand out for selfless service, innovative approaches, and going above and beyond.”