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June 5, 2020

Coronavirus company news summary – DoD contracts Novavax for vaccine delivery – Defence Logistics Agency (DLA) provides PPE

By Harry Lye

5 June

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a contract to biotechnology company Novavax to deliver Covid-19 vaccine. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Enabling Biotechnologies will grant up to $60m fund to support the production of Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX‑CoV2373. The company will work with an undisclosed US biologics CDMO to produce NVX-CoV2373 antigen component for at least 10 million doses of vaccine for the DoD.

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Yokosuka, Japan (DDYJ) has provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to 21 ships in the US Pacific Command area of responsibility to help contain the spread of Covid-19. DDYJ partnered with 7th Fleet Personnel for the distribution of protection items. More than 16,000 face coverings, 186,000 protective gloves, 1,000 protective Tyvek-like coveralls and 600 goggles were provided to ships from Forward Deployment Naval Force Yokosuka, Japan, FDNF Sasebo, Japan, the USS Nimitz Strike Group and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

The Michigan National Guard is supporting Covid-19 testing in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the State Emergency Operations Center. The voluntary testing for staff and residents was conducted at Riveridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, West Woods of Bridgman and Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Over 60 trained Covid-19 testing teams from the guard remain ready to support the initiative. About 15 of them are assisting the long-term care facility testing mission.

The Malaysian Armed Forces have received protective equipment from China to help its efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. The Chinese Defence Ministry provided 130,000 units of 13 types of medical items including face masks, medical goggles, isolation gowns, medical boots, disposable nitrile gloves and thermal smart helmets. China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian handed over the donation to Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

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