June 11 Daily Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak.  Each day, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these daily round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our newly-released Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (June 11, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Amgen Enters Partnership to Develop Antibody TreatmentAmgen and Adaptive Biotechnologies are collaborating on a COVID-19 treatment that utilizes antibodies to potentially prevent and treat infection. In the partnership, Amgen will provide genetic insights from formerly infected patients to manufacture antibodies to provide immunity. Read more.
  • Using Hospital Record Data to Inform Studies Worldwide – Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare) is using its expansive biobank and provider network to disseminate relevant COVID-19 patient data to studies around the world. Mass General Brigham joins more than 150 programs sharing information to help researchers learn more about the virus and develop possible treatments. STAT

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • MIT Analytics Tool Providing Policy Proposals, Job Portal, and More to Massachusetts – A new initiative from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is using analytics to provide policy proposals to state and federal officials, connect out-of-work residents with job opportunities, and coordinate international protective equipment orders for the state. Originally designed to allocate limited supplies using data, the COVID-19 Policy Alliance has grown to a large network that has provided the state with useful resources and tools.y. Read more.
  • MassArt Showcases Graduates’ Work Virtually – The Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is displaying the thesis exhibitions of its new MFA graduates virtually this year. Using a digital interface, the school created a virtual exhibit that allows viewers to “walk” through the gallery and experience the graduates’ work virtually. WBUR
  • American Airlines Redesigns Airport Spaces for Passenger Safety – As American Airlines begins resuming more flight routes, it has also redesigned its airport space to increase customer safety and limit the spread of COVID-19. The airline has expanded its arrivals and departures areas and instituted new policies for passengers and staff to enhance and improve safety in airports. Read more.

Community Response

  • Massport Appropriates $2.5 Million to Nonprofit Supporting Local Relief Efforts – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has pledged $2.5 million to the Winthrop Foundation, a nonprofit supporting local efforts to provide emergency financial, mental health, food, and educational support. The foundation will also use the funds to launch a new grant program to support community and family development organizations. The Winthrop Transcript
  • People’s United Bank Extends Credit Offerings by $80 Million to Promote Flexible COVID-19 Response People’s United Bank is increasing its credit line to specialized companies to meet the specific and changing needs of the areas it serves. In addition, the bank has also offered a payment deferment program to alleviate some of the financial strain caused by the pandemic. Read more in Monitor Daily.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.


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