June 19 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 Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (June 19, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • BU Researchers Develop Nanotechnology to Prevent COVID-19 Replicating – The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) at Boston University (BU) has developed a new therapeutic countermeasure to prevent coronavirus infection. The new technology uses lung-cell-covered “nanosponges” to draw the virus away from real lung cells and prevent replication, which could prove important in developing a treatment. Read more.
  • Eli Lilly Begins Trials on Third Antibody Treatment Eli Lilly has announced a new clinical trial on a third potential antibody treatment for COVID-19. The new candidate will most likely be tested in combination with the company’s other potential treatments, and could receive emergency use authorization in the fall. Reuters reports.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • IBM Launches AI Platform to Facilitate Return to Offices IBM has developed a new, virtual initiative powered by artificial intelligence to help businesses make informed decisions on returning to work safely. Watson Works offers voluntary health tracking services, communication tools to answer employee questions, contact-tracing abilities, and more to minimize exposure to the virus as companies reopen. ZDNet has more.
  • Verizon Announces Mentoring Program for Women Entrepreneurs Affected by Pandemic Verizon has launched a program to mentor women business owners and entrepreneurs to provide resources and guidance as they navigate the current economy. The program will assign a business coach to each owner, and will offer restructuring and expansion advice, among other resources, to them. Read more in USA Today.

Community Response

  • MassMutual Donates $500,000 to Combat Racial Inequities – Insurer MassMutual has committed $500,000 to the Urban League of Springfield to further its racial equity efforts. MassMutual’s donation will be used to support the Urban League’s programs to increase access to health and wellness services in communities hard-hit by the pandemic. MassLive has more.
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Working to Improve Food Access Dartmouth-Hitchcock is working with community partners in the Manchester, NH, region to help address food insecurity and access in the region. The initiative, called Neighborhood Provisions, sources food deliveries from local restaurants to provide meals to food-insecure, elderly, or immunocompromised individuals. The Union Leader reports.
  • Novartis Pledges $1 Million to Worldwide COVID-19 Response Novartis has donated $1 million to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support the international community’s response to COVID-19. IRC will use the funds to reach the most vulnerable populations worldwide to prevent further spread of the virus. Read more.

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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