DOD News Covers Department’s Efforts To Address COVID-19 Internationally, Operation Warp Speed Progress

U.S. Department of Defense: DOD Uses International Contacts to Help Allies, Partners Combat COVID-19
DOD reporter Jim Garamone writes, “In January, when the first inklings of a new, dangerous virus in China was on the horizon, Defense Department personnel alerted a well-established and internationally connected departmental team to be prepared for a pandemic, said Stephanie Hammond, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs. Overall, DOD has provided more than $105 million to 139 countries to aid testing, diagnostic support, infection control, personal protective equipment, contact tracing, and more. This has been accomplished through the Humanitarian Assistance and Response Operations team within Hammond’s Pentagon office…” (10/9).

U.S. Department of Defense: Operation Warp Speed Makes Swift Progress
DOD reporter Terri Moon Cronk writes, “In a telephone briefing with reporters, HHS policy deputy chief of staff Paul Mango said, ‘We’re very, very pleased with where we are.’ He was joined on the media conference call by Dr. Janet Woodcock, M.D., the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation Research at the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Jay Butler, the deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…” (10/9).

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