Every year, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as other related organizations.
This year, World Health Day i.e. April 7, 2020, will focus on the vital role played by nurses and midwives in providing healthcare worldwide. It will highlight the current status of nursing across the globe. WHO and its partners would make a series of recommendations to strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce.
This world health day, we pay tribute to the contribution of nurses and midwives for their vital role in keeping the world healthy. Nurses and other health workers who are at the frontlines in providing the treatment and care to patients suffering from novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by putting their own health at risk to protect the community.
We are thankful for their commitment and hard work for saving lives!
FDA Approves First Rapid Point-Of-Care COVID-19 Diagnostic Test
Sunnyvale-based molecular diagnostic company Cepheid received FDA approval for the first rapid coronavirus test with a 45-minute detection time. This test will be used primarily in hospitals and emergency rooms.
Abbott receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization and Launches Test to Detect Novel Coronavirus
Abbott has received FDA emergency
use authorization for a molecular test for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The
Abbott m2000 RealTime System is
a molecular solution featuring a broad menu of tests, including ones for
infectious diseases. The platform uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
technology, which amplifies a single piece (or few copies of a piece) of DNA to
quickly and accurately diagnose a patient. The m2000 is currently used in
labs around the world.
Roche begins shipments of first 400,000 COVID-19 tests to laboratories across the US to begin patient testing under FDA Emergency Use Authorization
Roche plans to ship an additional 400,000 tests per week to
the laboratory testing sites across the nation that are set up to run the test
immediately under the guidelines of the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
The Cobas SARS-CoV-2 Test provides
reliable and high-quality results for clinical decision-making for the improved
management of COVID-19 patients and to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2
(coronavirus) infection. These
highly automated tests provide results in 3-½ hours.
Eli Lilly teams with Indiana Health Agency to provide speedy Coronavirus Testing to Indiana Residents
Eli Lilly teams with the Indiana State Department of Health
(ISDH) to rapidly expand and accelerate testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
Thermo Fisher plans to produce up to 5 million of a new test to detect the Novel Coronavirus
Thermo Fisher, the largest maker of scientific tools, plans
to produce up to 5 million of a new test to detect the novel coronavirus that
causes Covid-19. The Food and Drug Administration granted the new test an
emergency use authorization status.
*Emergency Use Authorization (EUA): Under section 564 of the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), the FDA Commissioner may
allow unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical
products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or
life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by CBRN threat agents when there
are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.