FCM is so proud to be working alongside a number of organizations who are supporting COVID-19 relief efforts through donations, extending resources, and fighting to develop treatments. Below serves to highlight just some of those initiatives and provide support for their causes.
Winston-Salem based Hanesbrands to produce masks during COVID-19 shortage
Hanesbrands Inc. will begin producing cotton surgical masks at some of its factories in Latin American as part of a federal contract to combat a national shortage of face masks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. At peak output, the company expects to produce about 1.5 million masks a week. Using U.S.-grown cotton, the masks are being produced in Hanesbrands' sewing factories in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. These factories would normally be producing T-shirts, underwear, socks, sweatpants and sweatshirts.
KLA Foundation creates $2 Million COVID-19 global relief fund
KLA Corporation created a $2 million fund through their KLA Foundation to focus on global relief efforts benefiting nonprofit organizations in regions with the highest number of individuals affected by COVID-19, and locations with high-risk populations. The two-phase charitable funding initiative provides support for food banks, elderly communities, public hospitals and medical units, and educational infrastructure. KLA has also increased the limit on corporate matching for employee contributions to $10,000 for non-profits in order to amplify individual employee efforts and empower and encourage donations to causes close to their hearts.
Vonage releases multiple free services to enable virtual environments
Vonage, a global business cloud communications leader, is releasing several new solutions for organizations that need to operate in remote environments during the COVID-19 health crisis. The solutions include new business continuity offer enabling seamless remote work, new standalone video collaboration product and new Vonage Instant Alert SMS service to distribute real-time updates on the COVID-19 pandemic from government agencies which Vonage will open source and share worldwide.
Stanford University supports multiple COVID-19 studies and relief efforts
From developing a first responder testing app to gathering resources for healthcare workers, Stanford University is involved in multiple initiatives to support the fight against coronavirus. The University has made strides in developing a test to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in blood samples as well as setting up a new clinic to provide specialized care for patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus but don’t need to be hospitalized.
Bosch develops rapid test for COVID-19
Bosch’s new, fully automated rapid test for COVID-19 can help medical facilities such as doctors’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, and health centers make fast diagnoses. Developed in just six weeks, the rapid test can detect a SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection in patients in under two and a half hours. The test for COVID-19 can help medical facilities make fast diagnoses and play a part in containing the coronavirus pandemic. The rapid molecular diagnostic test runs on the Vivalytic analysis device from Bosch Healthcare Solutions.
TerumoBCT are on the front line of finding a way to treat and prevent the virus
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval for a blood purification system developed by TerumoBCT. The product filters out proteins in the blood that controls a cells immune response. The filtered blood is then returned to the patient. The proteins that are removed are typically elevated during infections and can be associated with a “cytokine storm” that occurs in some COVID-19 patients.
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