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Weekly COVID-19 Update: New Videocast on Safety during the Holidays and Colder Weather, Business Ethics in Medtech, and Health Systems Join New Mask Initiative


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AdvaMed Welcomes Vision 2025 Roadmap to Reinforce Business Integrity Across APEC Region amidst COVID-19

Recently, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) joined the medtech industry, government, and other health care stakeholders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Ethics for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Virtual Forum introducing the Vision 2025 roadmap for reinforcing business integrity across the APEC region amidst COVID-19.

Vision 2025 is a plan that aims to reinforce business ethics and integrity in the medtech and biopharmaceutical sectors. It builds on fundamental principles that the APEC has championed for more than a decade that have served as the basis for harmonized codes of ethics across the region. AdvaMed reports that Vision 2025 topics include code of ethics implementation, consensus framework formation, and government strategies that can incentivize high-standard ethical business practices.

“AdvaMed and the medtech industry are proud to join the U.S. Commerce Department and hundreds of other leading health care stakeholders to announce the launch of Vision 2025,” said Scott Whitaker, AdvaMed president and CEO. “Vision 2025 is about constantly setting and then doing everything we can to meet and exceed the highest ethical standards on behalf of the patients we serve. These efforts are particularly imporant as APEC economies and the medtech sector, especially our small- and medium-sized businesses, respond to the pandemic in order to save lives and serve patients.”

Read more in the Advamed news announcement.

Johnson & Johnson Releases New Videocast on Safety during the Holidays and Colder Weather

Johnson & Johnson has released its newest video as part of its dedicated pandemic coverage on the best ways to protect yourself—and others—from COVID-19. As the holidays are just around the corner, the U.S. is seeing its highest number of novel coronavirus cases to date. Experts Dr. Alison Schwartz and Johnson & Johnson’s Dr. Paul Stoffels share tips on staying protected and quarantining effectively, in season 2 of Johnson & Johnson's video series The Road to a Vaccine.

Access the latest video on Johnson & Johnson's webpage, hosted by journalist Lisa Ling.

Mayo Clinic Joins Other Health Systems to Encourage Everyone to Mask Up

Mayo Clinic, among other health systems, has announced that it has joined in on the effort in supporting, a collaboration of 100 leading health systems representing thousands of hospitals across the U.S. joining together to create messages for the betterment of communities they serve.

Its public service campaign statement reads:

“As the top nationally-ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. But, here’s what we also know: The science has not changed. Masks slow the spread of COVID-19. So, please join us as we all embrace this simple ask: Wear. Care. Share with #MaskUp. Together, wearing is caring. And together, we are saving lives.”

Read more about the effort and access the list of participants in the recent press release.

See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response





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