November 12 Weekly 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. Once a week, 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 weekly round-ups.
Eli Lilly Antibody Drug Granted Emergency FDA Authorization – Eli Lilly and Company has received an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for their COVID-19 antibody therapy. The experimental therapy, called bamlanivimab, has been authorized for use to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults as well as pediatric patients. Read more here.
Harvard Medical School Study Reveals Certain COVID-19 Patients Experience Fast Recovery, Sustain Antibodies – Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have discovered that a certain subset of patients recover quickly from the virus and sustain a high level of protective antibodies. The team has urged further research on this subgroup, which may provide insight on the production of more effective drug therapies. Read more here.
Mass General Brigham Recovery Coaches Adapt to Pandemic – Addiction recovery coaches at Mass General Brigham system hospitals rely on in-person meetings to get patients the services they need. In light of the pandemic, these recovery coaches have had to adapt, utilizing video conferencing to ensure that patients can continue their recovery process. Read more here.
Beth Israel Prepares for Possible COVID-19 Surge – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has spent months stocking up on personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as building social-distancing measures into hospital common spaces. Health care workers have stated that they feel far more prepared for an increase in cases than earlier this year. Read more here.