June 26 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 26, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Judge Baker Children’s Center Calls for Sustained Focus on Behavioral Health – The Judge Baker Children’s Center, a non-profit organization that serves children by promoting their developmental, emotional, and intellectual well-being, is speaking out on the importance of behavior health amid the pandemic. In a recent the Boston Business Journal feature, President and CEO Robert Frankis commended commend healthcare providers and employers for their focus on mental health, advocated for continued attention to these issues. Frankis offers innovative solutions and describes the importance of mental health work, especially within the context of Judge Baker Children’s Center.
  • Sanofi Accelerates Timeline for Vaccine Development Sanofi has announced plans to accelerate clinical trials on its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, aiming for a widely-available, successful vaccine by early 2021. Testing two types of vaccine candidates, the company aims to begin Phase I human trials by the end of the year. Read more in the New York Times.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • IBM Launches Free Data Analysis Toolkit IBM has created a new open-source service to help decision- and policy-makers identify and respond to trends in the spread of COVID-19. Through the Centre for Open-Source Data and AI Technologies (CODAIT), users can access important data and turn it into actionable plans. Read more.
  • Iron Mountain Offering Workplace Safety Services – Iron Mountain, through its Office Space Transformation service, is allowing businesses to properly manage and transform their workspaces to meet public health guidelines. As leaders consider the logistics of reopening, Iron Mountain will help them re-imagine a safe workplace. Read more here.

Community Response

  • JPMorgan Providing Additional $35 Million to Support Relief Efforts JPMorgan Chase is donating $35 million to assist an inclusive and swift recovery. Focusing on businesses most significantly affected by the pandemic, the donation will go to neighborhood development, job training, and financial health programs worldwide. Read more in the New Jersey Business Magazine.
  • Novo Nordisk Pledges $500,000 to National Relief Efforts Novo Nordisk has committed $500,000 to national organizations providing relief to hard-hit communities. In addition, the company is answering emergency assistance requests from communities to address the needs of families facing hardship. Read more in the press release.

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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