Healthcare Media Report: 20th May 2020

Headline: Covid-19: Successful vaccination key to victory

Date: 19 May 2020

Source: New Straits Times

Monthly Visitors: 1,762,560



Summary:

  • Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) reported there are 73 vaccine candidates being explored, while 5 of them have already entered clinical trial.

  • The author emphasises that Malaysia should spend its time preparing for public mass vaccination when the vaccine becomes available.

  • There is a concern that the COVID-19 vaccines may go the highest bidder.

  • In the future, Malaysia must mobilise its drug manufacturing capabilities through private & public partnerships to produce affordable vaccines.



Headline: Tabligh cluster now responsible for almost half of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia

Date: 19 May 2020

Source: New Straits Times

Monthly Visitors: 1,762,560



Summary:

  • 927 cases have epidemiological links to the Seri Petaling tabligh gathering.

  • Health DG says this brings the number of cases related to the cluster to 3,347.

  • The Seri Petaling cluster and sub-cluster contributed 48% to the total number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia.

  • The Malaysian Islamic Development Department has urged 1,000 tabriz schools to undergo health screenings and tests.

  • 437 illegal foreigners are currently tested at the Kuala Lumpur detention centre, whilst another 1,000 detainees were placed in a separate block.

  • Malaysia's psychosocial hotline received 8,380 calls from people experiencing emotional difficulties caused by the MCO.



Headline: Execs share key trends in healthcare marketing amid pandemic: 3 insights

Date: 19 May 2020

Source: Beckers Hospital Review

Monthly Visitors: 756,180



Summary:

  • The following hospitals launched the programmes below to help the community during this COVID-19 period.

  • Children's Hospital of Orange County (California) launched: (1) education programmes to inform parents about the virus and ways to prevent it, (2) 24/7 nurse helpline for parents to ask questions about COVID-19, etc.

  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Hartford) launched: (1) helpful digital resources using videos and blogs to reassure families, (2) practical tips to help kids celebrate their birthdays during COVID-19, (3) virtual health visits, and (4) radio spots featuring infectious disease experts, etc.

  • Advocate Aurora (Illinois) Health launched: (1) virtuals check-ins, (2) universal masking, (3) social distancing through rearranged waiting areas, (4) sharing stories of how the hospital's frontliners (nurses and doctors) handled the virus, (5) listening tours and input sessions to understand gaps in the consumer's knowledge regarding COVID-19 and how develop informative content to fill those gaps, etc.


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