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  • CDC issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers| site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press release: November 22, 2020)

    On Saturday, November 21, CDC revised the Travel Health Notice system for COVID-19 and released new recommendations for testing before and after international air travel to help the public make informed decisions for safer, healthier, and more responsible travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CDC’s Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues in destinations around the world. For most diseases, the Travel Health Notices have 3 levels. This new 4-level travel health notice system is specific to COVID-19 and details the level of COVID-19 in international destinations and U.S. territories. The COVID-19 Travel Health Notices now indicate low, moderate, high, and
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  • HHS and DOD announce 12.7 Million Dollars Contract with InBios International to boost U.S. Production of Rapid COVID-19 Tests

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Defense announce $12.7 Million Contract with InBios International to boost U.S. Production of Rapid COVID-19 Tests | site |



    Number of diagnostic tests and antibody tests produced by Seattle company will expand by 20 times current capacity


    (October 31, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published today, October 31, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) jointly announced a $12.7 million contract with InBios International Inc., of Seattle, to expand domestic production capacity for two rapid point-of-care tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The first, called the SCoV-2 Ag Detect Kit, detects current infections by identifying antigens – genetic material – of the virus in a nose swab sample. The second test...
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  • Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies

    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies | site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated an emergency international airlift of 500,000 swabs and sample kits used in the COVID-19 testing process in an effort to increase diagnostic testing for Americans. Copan Diagnostics, Inc., located in Italy, recently informed U.S. government officials they were unable to ship their swabs and sample kits to distributors in the United States due to border closures and flight cancellations in Europe. Recognizing that the company is one of the major suppliers for the U.S. market for sample kits, and the risk this posed to creating a shortage of these critical supplies, the U.S. government took swift action. Sev...
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  • Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences addresses Quality of Medical Products

    Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences addresses Quality of Medical Products| site |




    (February 28, 2020) - - As the world rushes to discover and develop medicines and vaccines to fight Coronavirus COVID-19, the quality of the medicines and vaccines is an important consideration. In a special newsletter dated February 20, 2020 the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) addresses the quality issue. The special newsletter is located online at:

    https://cioms.ch/wp-content/uploads/...2020_Final.pdf or press HERE
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  • U.S. Department of the Treasury publishes Treasury International Capital Data for December

    U.S. Department of the Treasury publishes Treasury International Capital Data for December| site |



    (February 18, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information: Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for December 2019. The next release, which will report on data for January 2020, is scheduled for March 16, 2020. The sum total in December of all net foreign acquisitions of long-term securities, short-term U.S. securities, and banking flows was a net TIC inflow of $78.2 billion. Of this, net foreign private inflows were $134.2 billion, and net foreign official outflows were $56.0 billion. Foreign residents increased their holdings of long-term U.S. securities in December; net purchases were $60.7 billion. Net purchases by private foreign investors were $66.8 billion, while net sales by foreign official institutions were $6.1 billion. U.S. residents ...
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  • World Health Organization announces Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus Emergency

    World Health Organization announces Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Emergency| site |



    (February 11 - 12, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Emergency. The following (published by the WHO) is a brief description of the forum:

    The forum, to be held 11-12 February in Geneva, is organized in collaboration with the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R), and brings together key players including leading scientists as well as public health agencies, ministries of health and research funders pursuing 2019-nCoV critical research and the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, among other innovations.


    Draft agenda
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  • U.S. Postal Service temporarily suspending the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong

    U.S. Postal Service temporarily suspending the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong| site |



    (February 11, 2020) - - Today, the website of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) displayed the following alert message:

    Alert: USPS will be temporarily suspending the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined for China and Hong Kong, effective Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, due to widespread airline cancellations and restrictions into this area.


    The website of the U.S. Postal Service is located at https://www.usps.gov

    or

    Please press HERE



    Editor's note: It appears from the message that only the GUARANTEE is being temporarily suspended. It does NOT appear that the mail service is being suspended.
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Remarks at the International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo makes Remarks at the International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner| site |





    Washington, D.C. - - (February 5, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo making remarks in the Ben Franklin Room on the occasion of the International Religious Freedom Alliance Dinner:


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good evening, everyone. Welcome. This is a big moment, a long time in the making, a lot of work done – a lot of work by you all and our teams, and so I want to begin by saying thank you all for being here and joining us as we mark this very special occasion. It’s a truly great honor to welcome you in this beautiful room, the Benjamin Franklin Room – deeply historic. Lots of incredibly important things that have taken place in the world have been begun right here, and so we thought this was most appropriate that we...
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  • U.S. Department of State calls International Civil Aviation Organization alleged action Outrageous

    U.S. Department of State calls International Civil Aviation Organization alleged action Outrageous| site |



    (February 1, 2020) - - Today (February 1, 2020), Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, issued a statement titled, "ICAO’s Outrageous Practice of Blocking Twitter Users Who Reference Taiwan". The content of the statement is as follows: The United States is deeply concerned about actions taken by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to suppress freedom of expression and curtail important discussion of Taiwan’s legitimate role in international issues. Blocking Twitter users who make reference to Taiwan’s participation in international organizations, particularly given the global response to the coronavirus crisis, is outrageous, unacceptable, and not befitting of a UN organization. Taiwan has a relevant and credible voice on transnational health issues, and the United States has long supported its active ...
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  • World Health Organization Declares the new Coronavirus Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

    World Health Organization Declares the new Coronavirus Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern| site |




    Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)



    Geneva, Switzerland - - (January 30, 2020) - - Today (January 30, 2020), the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:


    Proceedings of the meeting

    Members and advisors of the Emergency Committee were convened by teleconference The Director-General welcomed the Committee and thanked them for their support. He turned the meeting over to the Chair, Professor Didier Houssin. Professor Houssin also welcomed the Committee and gave the floor to the Secretariat. A representative of the department of compliance, risk management, and ethics briefed the Committee members on their roles and responsibilities...
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  • International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on novel coronavirus in China

    International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on novel coronavirus in China| site |




    Geneva, Switzerland - -(January 30, 2020) - - Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information:

    The Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) will be reconvened by the World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday, 30 January.

    The meeting is planned to start at 13:30 Geneva time.

    The Committee will advise the Director-General on whether the outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and what recommendations should be made to manage it.

    The Director-General’s decision, following the Committee’s advice, will be made public on WHO’s website and via a press conference. The recommendations will also be made public.
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  • USDA says United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health

    USDA says United Nations Declares 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health | site |



    USDA Kicks Off Awareness Efforts in the United States


    (January 27, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information: WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2020 – Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year according to the United Nations (U.N.). That leaves millions of people worldwide without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture—the primary source of income for rural communities. To bring worldwide attention to this challenge, the U.N. has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. They are calling on people, organizations, industries, scientists, and governments to work together to pro...
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  • Global Tax Chiefs undertake Unprecedented Multi-country Day of Action to Tackle International Tax Evasion

    Global Tax Chiefs undertake Unprecedented Multi-country Day of Action to Tackle International Tax Evasion| site |



    (January 23, 2020) - - Today (January 23, 2020), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information: WASHINGTON — A globally coordinated day of action to put a stop to the suspected facilitation of offshore tax evasion has been undertaken this week across the United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), Canada, Australia and the Netherlands. The action occurred as part of a series of investigations in multiple countries into an international financial institution located in Central America, whose products and services are believed to be facilitating money laundering and tax evasion for customers across the globe. It is believed that through this institution a number of clients may be using a sophisticated system to conceal and transfer wealth anonymously to evade their tax obligations and launder the proceeds of crime. ...
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  • Remarks of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at the Hawaii International Conference on Science Systems

    Remarks of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at the Hawaii International Conference on Science Systems| site |




    (January 13, 2020) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following:



    REMARKS OF FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI
    AT THE HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE SYSTEMS

    MAUI, HAWAII

    JANUARY 10, 2020




    Thank you, President Lassner, for that introduction. And more importantly, thank you for inviting me. It’s clichéd for speakers to say they are “happy to be here,” but when you’re at a conference like this, you really, really mean it. How happy am I? Three days ago, the FCC’s headquarters closed early for a snowstorm. Today, I’m here in Hawaii celebrating my birthday with all of you. Hawaii is famously known as the 50th state. But, for me personally, Hawaii is the 49th state. Let me explain. Ever since I bec...
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  • UPDATE 1 - - -  National Transportation Safety Board Statement on Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 Crash Investigation

    UPDATE 1: National Transportation Safety Board Statement on Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 Crash Investigation| site |


    (January 9, 2020) - - Today (January 9, 2020), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: The National Transportation Safety Board’s Response Operations Center received formal notification from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran of the crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752. Under ICAO Annex 13, the NTSB has designated an accredited representative to the investigation of the crash, involving a Boeing 737-800. The NTSB continues to monitor the situation surrounding the crash and evaluate its level of participation in the investigation. As with any investigation in which the NTSB is involved, the agency will not speculate about the cause of the crash. Iran’s AAIB is the lead investigative agency and questions regarding the progress ...
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    CDC issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues revised COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels and Testing for International Travelers| site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) press release: November 22, 2020)

    On Saturday, November 21, CDC revised the Travel Health Notice system for COVID-19 and released new recommendations for testing before and after international air travel to help the public make informed decisions for safer, healthier, and more responsible travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    CDC’s Travel Health Notices inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues in destinations around the world. For most diseases, the Travel Health Notices have 3 levels. This new 4-level travel health notice system is specific to COVID-19 and details the level of COVID-19 in international destinations and U.S. territories. The COVID-19 Travel Health Notices now indicate low, moderate, high, and
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    11-23-2020, 08:25 AM
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    HHS and DOD announce 12.7 Million Dollars Contract with InBios International to boost U.S. Production of Rapid COVID-19 Tests
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Defense announce $12.7 Million Contract with InBios International to boost U.S. Production of Rapid COVID-19 Tests | site |



    Number of diagnostic tests and antibody tests produced by Seattle company will expand by 20 times current capacity


    (October 31, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published today, October 31, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) jointly announced a $12.7 million contract with InBios International Inc., of Seattle, to expand domestic production capacity for two rapid point-of-care tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The first, called the SCoV-2 Ag Detect Kit, detects current infections by identifying antigens – genetic material – of the virus in a nose swab sample. The second test...
    11-05-2020, 04:05 PM
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    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies
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    Health and Human Services and Department of Defense Coordinate International Airlift of COVID-19 Supplies | site |



    (March 20, 2020) - - Today (March 20, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) coordinated an emergency international airlift of 500,000 swabs and sample kits used in the COVID-19 testing process in an effort to increase diagnostic testing for Americans. Copan Diagnostics, Inc., located in Italy, recently informed U.S. government officials they were unable to ship their swabs and sample kits to distributors in the United States due to border closures and flight cancellations in Europe. Recognizing that the company is one of the major suppliers for the U.S. market for sample kits, and the risk this posed to creating a shortage of these critical supplies, the U.S. government took swift action. Sev...
    03-24-2020, 04:58 AM
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    Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences addresses Quality of Medical Products
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    Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences addresses Quality of Medical Products| site |




    (February 28, 2020) - - As the world rushes to discover and develop medicines and vaccines to fight Coronavirus COVID-19, the quality of the medicines and vaccines is an important consideration. In a special newsletter dated February 20, 2020 the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) addresses the quality issue. The special newsletter is located online at:

    https://cioms.ch/wp-content/uploads/...2020_Final.pdf or press HERE
    ...
    02-28-2020, 07:38 PM
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury publishes Treasury International Capital Data for December
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury publishes Treasury International Capital Data for December| site |



    (February 18, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information: Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released Treasury International Capital (TIC) data for December 2019. The next release, which will report on data for January 2020, is scheduled for March 16, 2020. The sum total in December of all net foreign acquisitions of long-term securities, short-term U.S. securities, and banking flows was a net TIC inflow of $78.2 billion. Of this, net foreign private inflows were $134.2 billion, and net foreign official outflows were $56.0 billion. Foreign residents increased their holdings of long-term U.S. securities in December; net purchases were $60.7 billion. Net purchases by private foreign investors were $66.8 billion, while net sales by foreign official institutions were $6.1 billion. U.S. residents ...
    02-19-2020, 06:22 AM

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