Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 23

    February 12, 2020

    No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO has published key considerations for repatriation and quarantine of travellers in relation to COVID-19. More information can be found here. The UN activated a Crisis Management Team (CMT) on the COVID-19 outbreak, to be led by WHO. The WHO Director-General nominated Dr Mike Ryan, ...

  • UK calls virus “serious” health threat; will detain people

    February 10, 2020

    Britain has declared the new coronavirus that emerged from China a “serious and imminent threat to public health″ and announced new measures Monday to combat the spread of the disease. The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care said people with the virus can now be forcibly quarantined and will not be free to leave. It ...

  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation report 5 February 2020

    February 5, 2020

    Belgium reported its first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. WHO and partners have developed a global strategic preparedness and response plan, which outlines the public health measures that the international community can provide to support all countries to prepare for and respond to the 2019‑nCoV outbreak. The overall goal of the plan is to ...

  • Swiss humanitarian channel to Iran launches with medical shipments

    January 30, 2020

    A new Swiss payment mechanism has launched which allows humanitarian aid to be sent to Iran without falling foul of US sanctions. Cancer and transplant patients are the first to have benefited. The US said the channel was subject to “strict due diligence measures to avoid misuse by the Iranian regime”. Humanitarian supplies are exempt from the US ...

  • Lassa fever outbreak kills dozens in Nigeria

    January 27, 2020

    At least 29 killed and 195 cases of the disease confirmed in the latest outbreak to hit the country, government says. Nigerian authorities have announced increased emergency measures to contain the latest outbreak of Lassa fever in the West African country, following the death of 29 people this month from the viral disease. “As at 24th of ...

  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation report

    January 27, 2020

    WHO Director-GeneralDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and colleagues are in Beijing to meet with government and health experts supporting the response. The mission’s aim is to understand the latest developments and strengthen the partnership with China, in particular for the response. Current estimates of the incubation period of the virus range from 2-10 days, and these estimates ...

  • Critical, Unpatched ‘MDhex’ Bugs Threaten Hospital Devices

    January 23, 2020

    A collection of six cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a range of GE Healthcare devices for hospitals has been discovered. Dubbed “MDhex” by the researchers at CyberMDX who discovered them, the bugs would allow attackers to disable the devices, harvest personal health information (PHI), change alarm settings and alter device functionality. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland ...

  • China reports second death from Wuhan coronavirus as Thailand confirms another case

    January 17, 2020

    A second person has died after contracting the coronavirus found in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, while Thailand has confirmed a second case of the virus. A 69-year-old man died on Wednesday, Wuhan Health Commission said late on Thursday. He had shown symptoms on December 21 before being admitted to Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre – where ...

  • Cyber-security breaches at 67 percent of healthcare organisations last year

    January 16, 2020

    A survey has found that a large portion of healthcare organisations in the UK experienced cyber-security incidents last year, which were mostly due to employees sharing data. According to new research, in the last 12 months, 67 percent of healthcare organisations in the UK suffered a cyber-security incident. The data was compiled by Clearswift, which surveyed senior business decision makers ...

  • A mysterious virus is making China (and the rest of Asia) nervous. It’s not SARS, so what is it?

    January 7, 2020

    Chinese health authorities have not been able to identify a mysterious strain of pneumonia that has infected dozens of people and put the rest of Asia on alert — although they have ruled out a return of the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus. A total of 59 cases of unknown viral pneumonia have been ...

  • WHO: Pneumonia of unknown cause – China

    January 5, 2020

    On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. As of 3 January 2020, a total of 44 patients with pneumonia of unknown etiology have been reported to WHO by the national authorities in China. Of ...

  • Outbreak of SARS-like pneumonia being investigated in China

    December 31, 2019

    China is investigating an outbreak of atypical pneumonia that is suspected of being linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people in the early 2000s, state media reported Tuesday. A team of experts from the National Health Commission were dispatched Tuesday to Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province, and ...

  • Cyber attack plan aims to protect State hospitals, energy networks and security systems

    December 27, 2019

    A new plan to crackdown on cyber-crime, hacking and cyber-espionage has been published in a bid to protect the State. The new National Cyber Security Strategy sets out how to ensure the State’s infrastructure and computer networks are “resilient, safe and secure”. It contains proposals on how the Irish government can respond and manage cyber security incidents. Read ...

  • N.J.’s Largest Hospital System Pays Up in Ransomware Attack

    December 16, 2019

    New Jersey’s largest hospital system said that it has paid hackers a ransom after a ransomware attack disrupted its services earlier this month. Hackensack Meridian Health, a $6 billion non-profit health provider system based in Edison, N.J., operates 17 hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient centers, as well as psychiatric facility Carrier Clinic. The hospital system told ...

  • Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled

    November 13, 2019

    A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck’s jab has now been approved by the ...

  • CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year

    November 13, 2019

    An estimated 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year — one every 15 minutes — according to a stark new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that reveals that the problem is substantially greater than previously estimated. The new report, the first update of a landmark 2013 publication that estimated the scope of ...

  • TrickBot trojan named the most dangerous threat to healthcare

    November 13, 2019

    The infamous Emotet and TrickBot trojans have been named as the two most popular attacks on healthcare organisations in 2019. Emotet detections surged at the beginning of 2019 but a huge wave of TrickBot threats in the second half of the year has placed it as the number one threat to healthcare organisations today. The number of threats presented by trojans, hijackers ...

  • European drug regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine after its ‘success’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

    October 18, 2019

    An Ebola vaccine has been approved by European drugs regulators in a move hailed as a ‘triumph for public health’. The so-called Merck vaccine was given the green light this afternoon and is likely to get a full marketing licence from the European Commission within a few weeks. It is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to halt the ...

  • Alabama Hospitals Pay Up in Ransomware Attack

    October 7, 2019

    An Alabama hospital system has paid its attackers in a ransomware attack that knocked its systems offline on Oct. 1. Officials at the DCH Health System didn’t say how much the hospitals paid for the decryption key, but noted that they have started a “methodical” process of system restoration. “We have been using our own DCH backup ...

  • NHS staff issued with fresh cyber security guidance

    September 23, 2019

    NHS Digital has launched an organisation-wide cyber security campaign to provide staff with the most up-to-date guidance on how to avoid and mitigate potential cyber threats and data breaches. With the NHS being one of the biggest direct and indirect targets for cyber criminals, NHS Digital’s ‘Keep I.T. Confidential‘ campaign is hoping to educate the workforce on the ...