The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has been busy expanding its private partnership portfolio in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Brief19 previously reported on the partnership with Empatica Inc.'s early detection physiologic monitor. BARDA's latest announcement involves a wearable patch manufactured by Sonica Health. Initially envisioned in 2019 as a tool to monitor cardiovascular health, this pivot focuses on using algorithms to analyze data collected from individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 to determine whether there are any patterns among infected patients who have not yet begun to notice clinical symptoms. BARDA's full portfolio of coronavirus-related partnerships is available on its website. The Department of Health and Human Services.
In late May, the Pentagon issued travel restrictions that applied to all employees of the Department of Defense in an attempt to limit spread of the coronavirus, with relaxation possible once the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House guidelines had been met. This week, the Pentagon has updated that status, effectively removing the travel ban in all states except Michigan, Florida, and California, due to their recent uptick in cases. Additionally, normal movement was granted for many service members stationed internationally. What remains to be seen is how the US Navy will respond to this decision, having recently implemented significant movement restrictions on all North American forces. Various.