Coronavirus company news summary – US donates PPE to Sri Lanka – Lumen, US Army sign agreement to develop Covid-19 drug

25 September 2020 (Last Updated September 25th, 2020 09:29)

25 September

The US has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Sri Lanka as part of its on-going assistance to the country in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The donation includes 23,000 masks, 24,000 nitrile gloves, 600 isolation gowns with hoods, 60 infrared thermometers, 50 portable oxygen concentrators and disinfectants. The $191,000 donation, which was funded by the US Department of Defense, builds on more than $6m in Covid-19 assistance this year.

Lumen Bioscience and the US Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) have signed an agreement to develop a rapid, scalable, and inexpensive biologic drug cocktail to treat gastrointestinal (GI) infection in Covid-19 patients. The project includes funding for preliminary engineering work on a facility to manufacture more than one billion doses annually.

RevaComm and Galvanize are working with the US Air Force (USAF) to provide learning solutions to Airmen and contractors during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 11,000 members of the USAF workforce plan to use or have already started using the LEARN training and technology system. Galvanize CEO Harsh Patel said: “Covid has forced us all to think differently. With the help of RevaComm, this solution enables us to onboard, train and upskill active duty and civilian DoD members remotely, via synchronous or asynchronous learning, and at-scale.”

A total of 15 students from the Chilean Military School and the Army NCO School have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Chilean Army. Biobio.cl revealed that the cases are also present in other branches of the Armed Forces. Data released by the Ministry of Defense has revealed that some 1,574 officials are in quarantine and 580 coronavirus infections have been reported.