Morroco suspends flights to UK, Germany, Netherlands due to Covid-19 fears

MOROCCO – Morocco has announced it is suspending, until further notice, all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries.  In a tweet, national carrier Royal Air Maroc said the move was due to the pandemic situation. It did not provide further detail. Morocco’s Health Ministry warned Monday of the threat of a new virus surge, stressing the need to avoid possible a relapse of serious and critical cases and COVID-19-related deaths. Recalling the continuous need for caution as the…

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Global Heart Hub and Novartis partner to ease burden of silent killer disease – ASCVD

SWITZERLAND – The Global Heart Hub has announced the launch of Invisible Nation, a program designed to expose and respond to the realities of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). ASCVD, a silent, chronic disease that affects 300 million people worldwide. Invisible Nation, created in collaboration with Novartis and a global network of heart patient organizations and advocates, aims to engage all stakeholders in cardiovascular diseases. Invisible Nation will bring together a global network of patient organizations and other cardiovascular (CV) stakeholders committed to bringing about systemic change in the management of…

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IXICO, Microsoft link up to enhance AI platform

UNITED KINGDOM – IXICO plc, the AI data analytics company that delivers neuroscience insights, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to develop its AI data analytics platform for the global pharmaceutical industry. IXICO is the proven partner of choice for imaging biomarker solutions in Central Nervous System (CNS) clinical trials, bringing together world-class therapeutic expertise, breakthrough analytics, and operational excellence. As a leading neuroimaging provider, IXICO assists biopharmaceutical companies in maximizing the value of their drug development pipelines by converting data into clinically meaningful insights. The combination of IXICO’s portfolio…

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Adventist Health and ADRA partner to supply medical aid to Africa

AFRICA – Adventist Health has inked a US$3 million deal with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the international humanitarian branch of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to send medical supplies to Africa to aid Covid-19 response. The partnership has already initiated the programme, with six shipping containers filled with medical supplies already in transit to Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each shipping container is filled with general medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), medication, operating room supplies, and mobile medical testing equipment…

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Ethiopian Airlines partners with Aero HygenX for deployment of aircraft disinfection

ETHIOIPIA – Ethiopian Airlines and Aero HygenX, inventors of RAY, an autonomous aircraft sanitization robot, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a plan for fleetwide deployment and regional marketing of Aero HygenX’s autonomous UV-C light disinfecting robot. The MoU marked a first foray into the African market for Aero HygenX, a Canadian technology company taking aviation by storm with its safe, efficient, and chemical free solution designed for aircraft cabins and rail cars. Ethiopian Airlines has become the first African carrier to roll out the new technology that…

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South Africa commences Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, with a goal of inoculating at least 6 million people from this age group. The country is trying to increase its rate of vaccinations which is running behind the target of 300,000 daily shots. Currently, South Africa is administering about 185,000 doses per day. The move is in line with decisions in other countries including Britain, the U.S., Canada, France and Germany, who all began offering COVID-19 vaccines to teens and even…

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AU announces plans to establish fund for future pandemics

ETHIOPIA – The African Union Health Commission has committed to establishing a response plan and fund as part of the overall strategy to tackle the risk of impending waves of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The decision was arrived at by the Secretariat and the Leads of the Working Groups of the Commission on Africa’s COVID-19 Response Strategy, having recognized the difficulties that Africa faced in a multilateral context. The fund will be powered alongside the African Pandemic Preparedness and Response Authority (APPRA), the African Union (AU) Champion on COVID-19, President…

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Medtronic to invest US$50 million in Open Innovation Platform for healthcare in APAC

INDIA – Medtronic plc, a global leader in healthcare technology, has announced the launch of the Medtronic Open Innovation Platform (OIP) for the Asia Pacific to advance the future of healthcare technologies. The OIP will bring strategic collaboration in healthcare technologies among various stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem through capability development, partnerships, and business organizations networking in medical technology and digital health in APAC, with Singapore as the epicenter. This first-of-its-kind platform will enable Medtronic to explore and advance partnership opportunities that can help it leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and…

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First US hospital installs Siemens Healthineers’ new imaging technology

USA – New York-based Long Island Jewish Valley Stream has become the first healthcare institution in the United States to install the LUMINOS Lotus Max, a premium 2-in-1 remote-controlled imaging system from Siemens Healthineers. The new imaging technology delivers enhanced patient care and streamlines the diagnostic imaging process with better outcomes for patients. The LUMINOS Lotus Max is a remote-controlled, two-in-one fluoroscopy and radiography imaging system that allows medical staff to perform two previously separate imaging tests with one machine and quickly switch between them in a truly integrative manner.…

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GE Healthcare unveils one of a kind Health Services Center in Uganda

UGANDA – GE Healthcare and medical group AFRIPHARMA have officially inaugurated the Afri-Egypt Health Services Center, a first of its kind in Uganda with lifesaving equipment from GE Healthcare. The Center is located in Jinja and is expected to serve to over 60,000 people from the region, allowing for improved accessibility in the surrounding communities. The facility is equipped with GE equipment including CT Scan Machine, Digital Mammography, X-ray, BMD, Ultrasound, and Life Care solutions. This technology is used in the diagnosis and treatment of various critical diseases, including in…

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