Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 7

INDUSTRY NEWS

Vaccine milestone as global Covid jabs pass number of confirmed cases

By Clive Cookson and Alan Smith

FinancialTimes.com—The number of Covid-19 vaccinations globally has surpassed the total number of confirmed cases, a landmark moment that underscores progress made in taming the pandemic despite mounting concern about the threat of new variants.

According to the Financial times vaccine tracker, the total number of doses administered climbed to 105m late on Wednesday while the number of confirmed cases was 103.5m.

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Google Cloud launches vaccine management tools as tech giants jump into distribution efforts

By Heather Landi

FierceHealthcare.com—Google Cloud is the latest company to put its tech muscle behind efforts to vaccinate millions of Americans against the COVID-19 virus.

The company launches artificial intelligence and machine learning tools Monday to help organizations to forecast and model COVID-19 cases to better inform vaccine allocation. 

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Harnessing the power of a digital assistant to accelerate patient access

By Lash Group

FiercePharma.com—Technology in the healthcare landscape is evolving, and leading hub services providers are implementing solutions that help accelerate speed to therapy for patients.

One crucial portion of accessing medication is being able to receive benefit verification information in a timely manner.

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GSK inks deal to produce CureVac’s COVID-19 vaccine—and develop a next-gen version, too

By Angus Liu

FiercePharma.com—After a recent trial setback, GlaxoSmithKline and partner Sanofi’s COVID-19 vaccine program looks to be a more distant contender in the first wave of immunizations.

But as one of the world’s largest vaccine makers, the British pharma doesn’t want to miss out on this pandemic opportunity.

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New data shows many Black Americans remain hesitant to get Covid-19 vaccine

By Nicquel Terry Ellis

CNN.com—More than half of Black adults in the US remain hesitant to get the Covid-19 vaccine and experts say new data underscores the need to prioritize equitable access and redouble efforts to build trust within communities.

Respondents said they either don’t plan to get the shot or they are uncertain if they should or will get the shot, according to a new survey released Thursday by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

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Data privacy startup Skyflow jumps into digital health passport market to help public spaces reopen

By Brian T. Horowitz

FierceHealthcare.com—Data privacy startup Skyflow is entering the health care space to provide a way for people to go back to public spaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a digital passport.

The company launched Skyflow for Healthcare, which consists of digital passports for COVID-19 and vaccination.

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Hospitals Suffer New Wave of Hacking Attempts

By James Rundle

WSJ.com—Hackers are increasing their attempts to break into health-care companies, putting additional pressure on an industry already struggling with managing the coronavirus pandemic.

Persistent threats come from ransomware gangs, financial scammers and hackers backed by nation-states, current and former hospital security chiefs say.

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