6 August

Soldiers from the US Army Reserve (USAR) are supporting Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force (UAMTF)-7452 to assist the state of Texas in Covid-19 relief efforts. The 85-soldier team consists of medical providers, nurses, respiratory specialists, an infectious disease specialist and behavioural health professionals. They will strengthen and expand the civilian medical community structure by delivering various medical capabilities. The task force includes soldiers from 14 US states. It is the third UAMTF mobilisation to support Texas.

The Israeli Military has announced the establishment of a new taskforce to combat the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, reported The Associated Press . The task force will be responsible for contact tracing and work in full cooperation with the Ministry of Health, all government ministries, and the local authorities. It will help enhance the testing systems, the epidemiological research, and quarantine methods, as well as develop a process that can reduce the Covid-19 related wait times effectively. Meanwhile, the elite IDF Intelligence Technological Unit, Unit 81 is working to find innovative technological solutions to battle Covid-19.

Michigan National Guard Task Force 182 has conducted hundreds of free Covid-19 testing in six counties of Upper Peninsula. The six counties are Kingsford, Crystal Falls, Menominee, Escanaba, Newberry and St. Ignace. The tests assist in tracing asymptomatic individuals who unknowingly spread the virus while in public. It also provides data that helps keep a check on increasing numbers of Covid-positive residents. The Michigan National Guard has been conducting tests at various locations in the US state.

The US Department of Defence has awarded $4.9m contract to Pall Corporation to build a new breathing filter manufacturing line within an existing Pall manufacturing facility to boost ventilator filter production. Once the new line becomes operational in the fall 2021, the ventilator filter production capacity will increase from 485,000 units per month to 650,000 units per month. This will allow Pall to help address the surging demand for ventilator filters driven by coronavirus.