MILAN (Reuters) – Leonardo Italia has signed a contract with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to provide cyber security services, the aerospace and defense group said on Wednesday.
Under the agreement, Leonardo will supply the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) platform to facilitate training of cyber security operators and enable the agency to assess the resilience of digital infrastructure to cyber attacks.
The Biden administration said it had reached a $ 230 million deal with Australian diagnostics firm Ellume USA LLC to produce an over-the-counter, home-based Covid-19 test.
Previous Food and Drug Administration certify the test. So far, the FDA has removed three Covid-19 tests that can be processed entirely at home, but Ellume is the only test that does not require a prescription. None are currently widely available.
The company is expected to produce 19 million tests a month by the end of the year, Andy Slavitt, senior adviser to the White House’s Covid-19 response team, said Monday. Under the agreement, 8.5 million tests will be guaranteed to the US government.
For months, public health authorities have been calling for a quick and easy-to-use test for Covid-19 that can be done anywhere, both to allow people to quickly determine whether they have Covid-19 or not and to allow for broader screening. Home tests are expected to be less precise than those performed in a laboratory and will likely require further testing in certain situations.
Ellume shipped the first batch of 10,000 tests to the US in the week of January 18, the company said last week. Ellume originally aimed to deliver 100,000 tests a day starting in January.
“We are working hard with our supply chain partners to find the materials needed to achieve our goals, but we share the same global challenges other leaders face in terms of raw material shortages,” a company spokesman said Monday.
Ellume has now increased its manufacturing capacity in Australia to 100,000 tests per day and is on track to produce 200,000 tests daily during the quarter, the spokesman said.
The company is looking in Maryland, Virginia, California and other states for the location of its first US production facility, a spokesman said earlier.
The Ellume test is estimated to cost around $ 30 and requires a smartphone, the company said. This test is approved for use by people with and without symptoms. It can also be used in children as young as 2 years.
Mr Slavitt said Monday’s government announcement was a step towards mass production and lowering prices. “There is a chicken and egg problem, which we have resolved today,” he said at a briefing.
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Company received before $ 30 million from federal authorities as part of a Diagnostic Rapid Acceleration initiative run through the National Institutes of Health.
To run tests, someone takes a nasal swab and puts the sample into the analyzer. The test looks for bits of viral protein, called antigens.
The test results are then sent to the person’s phone via Bluetooth, where the person can choose to share the results with a healthcare provider. The results cannot be accessed without downloading the app, the company said.
The mobile application requires users to enter their ZIP Code and date of birth. Name and email address are optional. The information is sent to public health authorities.
The export restrictions drew widespread criticism from British politicians
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has assured British Prime Minister Boris Johnson “there will be no interruption of the contracts we have with any (new coronavirus vaccine) producer in the European Union” after a notorious supply dispute.
Political storms erupted when vaccine producer AstraZeneca said it was unable to fulfill its contractual obligations to 27 EU members, and the commission responded by demanding that the company divert supplies set aside for Britain, whose own contracts were pre-agreed, and supply and use had already begun.
Tensions escalated when, less than a month after the Brexit process was completed, the Commission announced plans to introduce border checks between EU member states, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, part of the UK, whose avoidance was a key element. of the Brexit agreement. It drew international criticism and was later withdrawn.
Speaking on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, Britain’s international trade secretary, Liz Truss, said she was “very pleased” that the European Union had taken a step back and that Johnson had been told such behavior would not be repeated.
“What I want to do now is work with my fellow trade ministers to keep these supplies open and away from ideas of vaccine nationalism and protectionism, which we know only endanger our global health efforts and hurt our global economy,” he said.
Senior ministers have underlined the message of wanting to continue. Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the EU accepts that it had “made a mistake”, and after talks with the commission’s executive vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, Secretary of State Dominic Raab said he was “convinced that the EU has no desire to block suppliers that fulfill contracts for distribution. vaccines to the UK “.
The Irish Prime Minister, Micheal Martin, said the first thing he knew about the dispute was when the commission’s threat of border checks was announced, and that “there are many lessons to be learned” about the incident.
As soon as he heard, he called von der Leyen, said he should have been informed in advance, and explained to him the “very serious implications of the move,” information he had considered before announcing a change of heart.
Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, who opposes Brexit and is closely involved in the Northern Ireland peace process, told Sky News the commission’s behavior was “very stupid”.
“I am the one negotiating the Good Friday Agreement; it brings peace to the Irish island and it is very important for us to protect it and that is why what the European Commission is doing is unacceptable but … luckily they withdrew it very quickly,” he added. .
Scientists join politicians in their condemnation of the message of vaccine nationalism the commission threatens to send.
“Companies are working as quickly as possible to protect everyone. Export restrictions are of no use to anyone and we urge governments to avoid them,” wrote Richard Torbett, head of the British Pharmaceutical Industry Association of Britain, and Nathalie Moll, head of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, in Observer newspaper.
The UK vaccination program is ahead of the EU program, which only signed a contract a few months later.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi said Britain had “gone out of our way” to help the block with supplies and “will continue to do so”, but speaking on Sky News, Truss was a little more careful in his language.
“Of course, we first need to make sure that our population is vaccinated,” he said. “We have a target to get vaccinated for the most vulnerable by the end of February. It’s too early to say how we will deploy the vaccine, but we definitely want to work with friends and neighbors, we want to work with developing countries.”
The sudden crisis threatens to wipe out most of the $ 17 billion that companies and franchisees make in annual dinner sales at all KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 150 countries. Mr. Gibbs, a 31-year Yum veteran who became CEO a year ago, went from advancing the company’s expansion strategy to competing with thousands of closed restaurants.
Since then, many large fast food companies mostly recovered from the early pandemic close, and Yum’s comparable US sales rose in the third quarter from a year ago. But Mr. Gibbs said he was rethinking how Yum – which has more than 50,000 restaurants, more than any other fast food chain – could serve and deliver more food to carry over the long term.
He’s planning a future where pre-ordering fried chicken online is routine, and Pizza Hut customers can get their orders placed in their suitcases without having to walk into the restaurant.
Meanwhile, hundreds of his US Pizza Hut locations, most of which do dine-in businesses, have permanently closed.
The 57-year-old Gibb spoke to The Wall Street Journal via video from Yum’s largely vacant office in Plano, Texas. Below is an edited excerpt.
WSJ: What mistakes did Yum make at the start of the pandemic and how do you learn from them?
Mr. Gibbs: If I look back before the pandemic, I wish we had moved faster for Pizza Hut to be more delivery, run business and less dependent on on-site dining. We’ve talked about it for years. Sometimes large organizations can become bureaucratic. But I think we may be impressed even with ourselves in how fast we’ve spun.
“ I didn’t know that normal appearance was exactly like before the pandemic. Consumers may be more aware of cleanliness in restaurants, and we are looking for new ways to provide a safe environment. ‘ “
Mr. Gibbs: We’re working on a design that has multiple drive-throughs. The Australian business began building several test units with five drive-throughs in one building.
But the other part of the story is the roadside execution. You see it not only in the restaurant industry, but also in retail. This is good because of our peak drive-through constraints. No matter how hard you ride, you can still fit only X cars in a row.
Mr. Gibbs: We are very excited about this vaccine. When it’s my turn, I’ll be in line to get it. We hope all our employees get it. But we do know that there are others, such as frontline healthcare workers, who are ahead of us in the queue.
WSJ: Once a vaccine is more universally available, will you ask employees to get it or have your franchisor consider it?
Mr. Gibbs: We are studying the matter right now and haven’t made any decisions yet. It is important to remember that 98% of our stores are run by these franchisees. So it’s more complex than we just mandating that every store needs to get a vaccine.
WSJ: Even when vaccines start rolling out, it’s unclear when life will begin to return to normal. When did you anticipate this to happen in fast food?
Mr. Gibbs: I didn’t know that normal appearance was exactly like before the pandemic. Consumers may be more aware of cleanliness in restaurants, and we are looking for new ways to provide a safe environment.
WSJ: What management actions have you taken that will survive the pandemic?
Mr. Gibbs: One of the biggest lessons I learned is the power of authentic communication versus the formal written memos someone might send. We bring together various groups of franchisees, corporate teams from around the world in video calls. We get hundreds of questions via the chat function – real time, without filters. We learn from that.
WSJ: Do you support a $ 15 minimum wage at the federal level and for your employer and franchisees?
Mr. Gibbs: We support the national minimum wage, and we will work under whatever minimum wage the government makes.
WSJ: How do you expect the dynamics between the CEO and the White House to shift in the new government?
Mr. Gibbs: We are excited to work with the Biden government and share their goal of building back better especially on the economy and fighting inequality. We have been in more than a hundred countries around the world for decades – we have operated in any political environment.
WSJ: The pandemic’s theme is menu simplification, but some customers say Taco Bell went too far in removing options. Were you surprised by the commotion when Taco Bell removed Mexican Pizza?
Mr. Gibbs: I’ve never been surprised by the passion our customers – especially Taco Bell – have for our iconic products. We can always bring back the Mexican Pizza at some point if the request is there.
WSJ: What is your pandemic tranquillizer?
Mr. Gibbs: I often pass through Taco Bell drive-throughs. We introduced grilled cheese burritos during a pandemic, and that’s the definition of a product that was so coveted for me and my college son.
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