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Global Biodefense – 6 February 2020


In This Edition

CMS Issues Guidance for Healthcare Facility Coronavirus Threat Preparedness

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced steps to ensure America’s health care facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to…

CDC Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic Ships Out to Public Health Labs

The CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel is ready for distribution to qualified laboratories for detection of 2019 novel coronavirus. The U.S. Food…

Why is the Defense Department Withholding Funding for USAMRIID and CCDC Chemical Biological Center?

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin as well as Congressmen David Trone, Dutch Ruppersberger, Jamie Raskin, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) raised…

HHS, Regeneron Collaborate to Develop COVID-19 Treatment Using VelociSuite Technology

To develop therapeutics to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly emerging coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of…

First-Ever Therapeutic Antibody Cocktail for Sudan Virus Shows Promise in Animal Studies

Army scientists working with partners from industry and academia have developed an experimental treatment that protects animals from Sudan virus, which is closely related to…

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for the First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic

The U.S Food and Drug Administration today announced issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) to enable emergency use of the Centers for Disease Control…

Shutdown of PREDICT Infectious Disease Program Challenged by Senators Warren and King

United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today requesting information regarding…

Barragán Calls for FBI Investigation into Misinformation Intentionally Spread About Coronavirus

Today, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán called for a full FBI investigation into those who intended to cause public panic by sending a fraudulent notice about…

Seqirus’ Pandemic Flu Vaccine Approved: Next Generation Technology Strengthens Preparedness

Seqirus, a global leader in influenza prevention and pandemic response, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AUDENZ™ (Influenza A…

BARDA Seeks Input from Suppliers on Potential SARS-CoV-2 Medical Countermeasures

To support U.S. government medical countermeasure research and development in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority (BARDA) is providing a…

Declaration of Public Health Emergency Clears Path for FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Rapid Diagnostic

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern…

Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency for United States for 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for the entire United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in…

U.S. Senators Demand WHO Give Taiwan Critical Coronavirus Information

A group of Republican Senators, led by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), today sent a letter to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concerning Taiwan’s…

Perspectives from Kenya and Ghana on Novel Coronavirus Preparations

Countries across the world have heightened their disease surveillance systems and, in some cases, issued travel advisories. These experts from Ghana and Kenya discuss their…

DoD: Take Common Sense Measures Against Novel Coronavirus

With news of the contagious and potentially deadly illness known as novel coronavirus grabbing headlines worldwide, military health officials say that an informed, common-sense approach…

“ As I look around me at the staff working on this outbreak here at CDC, I see a lot of people who worked on the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Rather than coming from abroad, that virus was on our doorstep when we recognized it. We didn’t have much chance to prepare. Today we are again seeing the emergence of the new virus that poses a very serious public health threat. This time we do have time to prepare, and we are preparing as if this were the next pandemic.”

  Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of CDC National Center for Respiratory Diseases

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PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS

Pandemic Preparedness Ready.gov

Preventing nCoV Infection from Spreading in Homes and Residences CDC

Travel Health Notices CDC

Travel Advisories State Dept

Myth-Busters WHO

Look Out for Coronavirus-Related Investment Scams – Investor Alert SEC

HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus HHS

Get Your Household Ready for Pandemic Flu CDC

Report a Fraudulent 2019-nCoV Product FDA


Headline News

Report on Asymptomatic Spread of Coronavirus Based on Faulty Information

Health Officials Confirm Second Case of Coronavirus in Bay Area

Washington State Preparing for Possible Coronavirus Repatriation Flights

UK Chief Medical Officer Confirms Cases of Coronavirus in England


Biosecurity + Biodefense Jobs

Biodetection Incident Response Lead

SAIC is seeking experienced personnel for the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Operations Support Directorate (OSD) program to provide administrative, programmatic, training and exercise, medical…

Vice President, Public Health Research

Battelle is currently seeking a for Vice President, Public Health Research position; located in Baltimore, MD (preferred) or Atlanta, GA. JOB SUMMARY Responsible for the general management of Battelle’s Public…

Chemical Biological Technical Editor/Writer

Battelle is currently seeking a highly skilled Technical Editor/Writer to support the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center (CCDC CBC) Technical Release Office.  CCDC CBC utilizes…

CWMD Intelligence Analyst, Senior

Critical decisions are made every single day in the DHS regarding counter-WMD (CWMD) programs to protect homeland security. What if you could use your analytical skills to help them make…

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SOCMED Highlights



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Contracts, Grants + Innovation Challenges

2020 NIAID Omnibus Broad Agency Announcement

Consider submitting a proposal through the 2020 NIAID Omnibus Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) if you can carry out research supporting program objectives of NIAID’s Division of Allergy, Immunology, and…

Influenza Data Processing and Outreach

If your small business has strong experience with scientific data processing and outreach, consider sending a contract proposal to establish an Influenza Data Processing and Communication Center…

Streamlined EZ-BAA Released for COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the opening of an Easy Broad Agency Announcement (EZ-BAA) for development of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) rapid…

NOSI – Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants, CRADAs to Support COVID-19 Response

A Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) was issued on Feb. 6 to highlight the urgent need for research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus jointly by National Institute of…

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Partners + Industry News

Insilico Medicine Publishes Molecular Structures for Key Protein Target of SARS-CoV-2

Insilico Medicine announced today that it will publish structures of small molecules targeting the key protein SARS-CoV-2 (formerly 2019-nCoV) 3C-like protease. It will synthesize and test up…

CureVac and CEPI Extend Their Cooperation to Develop a Vaccine Against COVID-19

CureVac AG, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering the field of mRNA-based drugs, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a public-private partnership set up to…

Roche Donates Diagnostics, Medical Supplies for 2019-nCoV

Roche statement on 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) Basel, 31 January 2020 The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in response…

UPS To Airlift More Than 2 Million Masks And Protective Gear To China

The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programs for UPS, announced today it is providing free air transportation of more than 2 million respirator masks and…

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Headlines

MERS Virus Protein Particles

Report on Asymptomatic Spread of Coronavirus Based on Faulty Information

A paper published on 30 January in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)  about the first four people in Germany infected with a novel coronavirus made many headlines because it seemed to confirm what public health experts feared: that someone who has no symptoms from infection with the virus, named 2019-nCoV, can still transmit it to others. That […]

Health Officials Confirm Second Case of Coronavirus in Bay Area

The Santa Clara Public Health Department said today that a second case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Bay Area and the ninth in the United States has been confirmed. “This Santa Clara County case is not related to the first case but they both had recently traveled to Wuhan, China,” officials said. “She is […]

Washington State Preparing for Possible Coronavirus Repatriation Flights

Karina Shagren with Washington state’s Emergency Management Division says the state is assessing airfields, housing and resources that could accommodate Americans being repatriated from regions abroad experiencing coronavirus outbreaks. The preparations are in response to a request from the federal government to be prepared to provide quarantine or housing areas. “Washington state right now is […]

UK Chief Medical Officer Confirms Cases of Coronavirus in England

In a 31 January statement, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty confirmed two cases of novel coronavirus in England. “We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control […]


PODCASTS + VIDEOS

Year of the Coronavirus This Week in Virology

How Will Coronavirus End? Today, Explained

The Manhattan Project Electronic Field Trip The National WWII Museum

Interview with Dr. Saskia Popescu Authors of Mass Destruction (AOMD) Podcast

M-m-m-my Coronaviruses This Podcast Will Kill You

New Virus Paralyzes Chinese Cities Science Friday

Tech Talks: Influenza and the DoD Homeland Defense & Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC)


Journal Watch

New Tool Monitors Real Time Mutations in Flu

A Rutgers-led team has developed a tool to monitor influenza A virus mutations in real time, which could help virologists learn how to stop viruses from replicating.…

Steroids Could Do More Harm Than Good in Treating Coronavirus

Steroids should be avoided in the treatment of the current novel coronavirus, experts have advised. A commentary article published in The Lancet concludes that, based on evidence from previous…

Antibody Mixture May Help Block Ebola Virus Infection

A research team led by scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has developed an antibody mixture that in animals is highly effective in blocking infection by the…


FEATURED EVENTS

Feb 6: Yale Forum on Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus

In response to news and concerns about the respiratory illness outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus initially identified in China, the Yale Institute for Global Health, Yale School of Public Health and the Global Health Justice Partnership will hold a discussion and question and answer session on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Learn more.

Feb 10: The Novel Coronavirus: What Do We Know and What’s Next?

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies present The Novel Coronavirus: What Do We Know and What’s Next?, a symposium and reception. Learn more.

Feb 10: Containing the Coronavirus: Challenges toThwarting the Outbreak

Hudson Institute and the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense will host a panel discussion on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and how the United States can respond to the growing outbreak effectively. Learn more.

Feb 12: Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee: Protecting the U.S. from Global Pandemics

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs will convene a Full Committee hearing on Feb.12 to examine protecting the United States from global pandemics. Learn more.

Feb 24: CDC National Call Series on Novel Coronavirus Monitoring & Preparedness

CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) response team will host a series of national calls to continue providing state and local partners with the latest information on the novel coronavirus outbreak and U.S. preparedness efforts. Learn more.

Feb 25-26: Developing MCMs to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity

A U.S. Trans-Agency Scientific Meeting on Developing Medical Countermeasures to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity will be held Feb 25-26, 2020 at the NIAID Conference Center in Rockville, Md. Learn more

Feb 26: Emerging Bioethical Issues in Biomedical Research: A Workshop

A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a one day workshop on Feb 26, 2020 to bring together stakeholders to discuss potential ethical issues that may arise from new and emerging trends in biomedical research. Event is also webcast. Learn more.

Mar 2: CDC National Call Series on Novel Coronavirus Monitoring & Preparedness

CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) response team will host a series of national calls to continue providing state and local partners with the latest information on the novel coronavirus outbreak and U.S. preparedness efforts. Learn more.

Mar 3-5: Mitigating the Impact of Blast-related Burn Injuries: From Prolonged Field Care to Rehabilitation and Resilience

The 9th DoD State-of-the-Science Meeting on Blast Injury Research will be held March 3-5, 2020 in Arlington. The meeting will address epidemiology and outcomes of blast-related burn injuries; prevention and acute management of blast-related burn injuries; prolonged field care and chronic care; and transforming research. Learn more REGISTRATION IS FULL

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Mar 18-19: Joint Civil + DoD CBRN Symposium

An annual gathering of the most respected minds in the CBRN defense community, including operational leaders, intelligence providers, key policymakers and solution providers from Industry and Academia. Register now

Mar 26-30: Decennial 2020 – International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections

Held once every ten years, the Decennial Conference reviews the advances of the previous decade and the opportunities and trends for the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infectious diseases, and infection prevention and control for the future. Learn more

Mar 31-Apr 3: Preparedness Summit 2020

The NACCHO will host this year’s 2020 Preparedness Summit from 31 March – 3 April 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Apr 20-24: Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories Training Event

This BSL-4 training event 20-24 April is co-sponsored by the FDA and UTMB Galveston National Lab. Learn more.

May 28-29: Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines in the Age of Pandemics

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Global Health will host a 1.5-day public workshop May 28-29 that will examine the current state of vaccine preventable diseases and the impact of vaccine access and hesitancy globally, and the multidimensional drivers and impacts of declining vaccine confidence. Learn more


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