May 22 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 (May 22, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Sanofi Enters New Partnership for Vaccine DevelopmentSanofi is partnering with a Boston biotech company to develop a new potential COVID-19 vaccine. Translate Bio and Sanofi will use mRNA technology, one of the most promising methods currently in the race for a vaccine, to develop another candidate. Bloomberg has more.
  • Collaboration Among Major Healthcare Providers, Insurers Proves Key in Regional Response – Cooperation among major healthcare providers and insurers—some of whom have been competitors historically—including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Partners HealthCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association has proven essential in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The collaboration has allowed providers to dedicate personnel and resources to the hardest-hit communities and assist one another as they collectively fight the spread of the virus. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • MIT, Harvard Discuss Coordination in Reopening Plans – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University have published research supporting the importance of regional coordination in resuming economic activity and lifting stay-at-home orders. Research from the institutions shows the importance of communication among states within the region and details the benefits of such collaboration. The Boston Globe reports.

Community Response

  • MGH Providing Bilingual COVID-19 Updates – To reach Spanish-speaking communities in Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will begin providing COVID-19 updates in Spanish to complement state and local officials’ daily updates in English. Patients who speak only Spanish have less consistent access to reliable information about the virus and have been more hesitant to seek non-virus medical care. Read more from CBS
  • Maine State Chamber of Commerce Launches Public Awareness Campaign – The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has launched a new initiative launched to remind Maine residents to follow public health guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19. “ME Counting on You” seeks to inform Mainers of how their individual actions can hasten the reopening of the state’s businesses. MaineBiz has 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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