Healthcare Media Report: 21th May 2020

Updated: May 31, 2020

Headline: MHC calls for universal access to Covid-19 treatments, vaccines

Date: 20 May 2020

Source: The Malaysian Reserve

Monthly Visitors: 203,340



Summary:

  • Malaysian Health Coalition (MHC) urged for universal access to all types of technology to treat and cure COVID-19 for all countries.

  • US-based biopharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences Inc, signed a non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with 5 generic-pharmaceutical manufacturers, to supply experimental drug remdesivir to 127 countries.

  • Remdesivir is currently not exported to Malaysia and other middle-income countries.

  • MHC pushes for a change to allow Malaysia and other middle-income countries to import from VL-generic manufacturers.



Headline: A nurse struggled with COVID-19 trauma. He was found dead in his car

Date: 20 May 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 4,623,090



Summary:

  • West Palm Beach (Florida Hospital) nurse, William Coddington, was found dead in his car.

  • The victim's family suspects it is a case of drug overdose. The Broward County Medical's Examiners office and the Broward County Sheriff Office said the case is still pending.

  • Coddington's family said he was addicted to opioids since young.

  • Healthcare workers with a history of substance abuse have a harder time copying with fear, isolation and witnessing so many deaths during the pandemic.




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