DOD Awards $481 Million Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) to Cue Health to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Point-of-Care Testing > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Release

On October 13, the Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded an Other Transaction Agreement to Cue Health Inc., San Diego, California, to expand U.S. production capacity of point-of-care COVID-19 tests.

This industrial base expansion effort will allow Cue Health to increase production to 100,000 COVID-19 test kits per day by March 2021, and demonstrate this capacity through the delivery of six million COVID-19 tests to the U.S. Government to support the domestic COVID-19 response. The Cue COVID-19 Test is a molecular test that detects the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in about 20 minutes using a nasal swab sample taken from the lower part of the nose using the Cue Sample Wand.

Cue’s COVID-19 Test runs on the compact and portable Cue Health Monitoring System and a single-use COVID-19 test kit includes a COVID-19

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Government made mental health and domestic violence worse during COVID-19 pandemic

The U.S. reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected Americans more than the virus itself. It’s been well-documented that large percentages of businesses will fail, including some even in the medical profession due to the decimation caused shutdowns and essential procedure orders — but three of the most overlooked negative impacts of the shutdowns have been mental health, drug abuse and domestic violence.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the time period of April-June, nearly 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health of substance abuse. In a study published by the CDC on Aug. 14 due to stay at home orders, 40.9% of adults reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition, 30.9% reported either anxiety or depression and 26.3% reported having something called trauma- and stressor-related disorder (TDSR). And those numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.


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Poor domestic response to pandemic undermining UK’s global health announcements, experts say

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the U.N. General Assembly. Photo by: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street / CC BY-NC-ND

LONDON — As the U.K. seeks to expand its role as a global health leader under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it is being undermined by a poor domestic public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts.

The U.K. government has made a number of recent high-profile global health announcements. These have centered on increasing funding to the World Health Organization, along with calling for the agency’s reform, and joining the COVAX scheme for an equitable coronavirus vaccine, pledging to donate up to £571 million. Earlier this year, the U.K. was a leading donor to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

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Keep up to date on key issues surrounding U.K. aid, including the new FCDO, the future of the

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Nonprofits offer domestic violence aid, food, school supplies

Financial concerns and stress for some families continues growing during the ongoing pandemic.

Nonprofit and community organizations in Cy-Fair, such as Northwest Assistance Ministries and Cypress Assistance Ministries, have worked to fill in gaps for local families with food, school supplies, financial assistance and mental health services for all ages.

Food Assistance

Cypress Assistance Ministries,
a nonprofit for low-income families in need of assistance is seeking donations and volunteers in order to continue providing to the local community.

“In order to serve the people who find themselves in crisis we need the money to help them with their rent, mortgage or utilities, plus money to continue to pay the rent and utilities on our buildings and personnel costs,” said Janet Ryan, director of development for Cypress Assistance Ministries. “The community continues to be generous in their donations of food. CAM’s greatest need at this time is money and volunteers.”

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