Ideas to boost philanthropy

The year 2019 was completed on a trend sullen for the non-profit world, with a decline in donations and the voting in Parliament of a shot of a plane on the tax benefit available to business patrons. In an attempt to reverse the situation, a report is expected for months and finally surrendered on Tuesday, June 9, the government suggests several provisions that are likely to encourage generosity.

More simple and more readable

“Philanthropy at the French is a chance for our country. It works well but it needs to be reinforced. This is what we want to do with these proposals to help to organise themselves and to find new funding to develop “says the mp MoDem Sarah El Haïry, co-author of the report with his colleague LREM Naïma Moutchou.

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The two deputies draw up a long list of 35 proposals structured around two priorities. First, make generosity more simple and more readable, editing the legal framework that organizes it. In this domain, the main idea would be the creation of a national body bringing together representatives of the State and associations, to support the evolution of philanthropy and establish the major rules.

Control the excesses

We lack of place to discuss the main issues and to prepare for the reforms to come. The idea of having a single place to the place of our multiple current counterparts is something very interesting , “said a delighted Pierre Siquier, president of France’s generosity, the “union” that brings together the major associations.

This new instance would be mainly in charge of defining what is in the general interest, and should also “be better able to control some of the drifts “, writes Sarah El Haïry. A response to the recent reports of the Court of auditors very critical of the cost of the Foundation Louis Vuitton or the operation of the Foundation act against exclusion (Face).

The other major change proposed by the report is to foster the emergence of foundations land,” mini-Foundations in France at the local level “explains Sarah El Haïry. These structures would have the vocation to bring the good wishes and the generous donors at the service of projects anchored on a municipality or a department. An idea that is not unanimously on the side of the existing associations.

Amendment of succession act

In terms of funding, the report suggests numerous alterations of existing devices. For example, it proposes to encourage the rounding on salary, and to extend the patronage to the jurisdiction of the officials, or to open the civil service to seniors.

The proposal of the most visible is that of a change in the law of succession. Beyond provisions to secure gifts and bequests of associations, the report suggests to reduce the reserved portion (the part of the inheritance which must go to the descendants) in the case of a bequest to an association.

The proposed change is first to limit forced heirship to 66 % in the presence of three and more children, compared to 75 % currently. For estates exceeding 10 million euros, this share would be reduced to a third party with an only child, the half with two and more.

No spoliation

Conservative, Sarah El Haïry stresses that these new rules are only meant to find solutions to some particular cases :” it is a change that relates to the very large legacies which legacies are made in the framework of a project supported by the family. It is not a question of organizing the theft of children.

If securing donations or legacy is a strong demand of the non-profit world, the idea of going beyond is less consensus. “ In fact, this is not a real drawback since the donors with children already give not all of what they could give “ensures a responsible NGO. The idea has most all of the chances of encountering a great reluctance on the part of government, be unwilling to engage on this topic symbolically and politically flammable.


Coronavirus. An association requests the creation of a compensation fund for victims of the

The Coronavictimes association has asked the government to create a compensation fund for victims of Covid-19 along the lines of that of asbestos victims, to go further than recognition as an occupational disease.

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The current discussions on the initiative of the government relate only to the recognition as occupational disease of certain victims, regretted the young association in a press release published Monday.

Gold, the concept of occupational disease is unsuitable for an epidemic like that of Covid-19 because it concerns only the person infected in the workplace and not the members of his family, who cannot be compensated by this system, she believes.

“A stack of state faults”

Created on March 27 at the initiative of the Jussieu Anti-Asbestos Committee, the Coronavictimes association intends to regroup and defend the victims and families of victims of Covid-19.

In a letter of April 29 to the Prime Minister, she asked that all victims of the coronavirus be compensated by a specially created fund.

She denounces a fault of the state, and even a stack of faults of the state, which did not put in place the necessary protective measures and did not even ensure access to hospital care for all patients and claims a fund modeled after the Asbestos Victim Compensation Fund (FIVA) established in 2001.

The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, said at the end of April that Covid-19 would be automatically recognized “as an occupational disease for nursing staff”, but not for other categories of workers, who will have to undergo conventional procedures.

This decision was strongly criticized by several unions and associations, including Fnath (accident victims) and Andeva (National Association of Asbestos Victims).


Following the Oscars, Golden Globes changed the rules for selecting films :: Society :: RBC

For the first time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) will select films for the Golden Globe Award that have been screened online. This decision was made due to the closure of cinemas against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the association’s website.

The HFPA statement said that the mandatory requirement to show a movie in a movie theater is temporarily canceled. In accordance with the previous rules, all members of the association who have the right to vote must be invited to an official show in Los Angeles.

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In accordance with the new rules, distributors will have to provide HFPA members with a link to the screening or DVD copy of the film so that the jury can watch it at home and also agree with the association on the date of viewing. It is noted that the alternative procedure is valid from March 15 until the date when the movie theaters in Los Angeles reopen.

The 78th Golden Globe Award Ceremony is slated for January 2021.


The MainTenir association rewards the involvement of its employees

A letter of thanks, then another, before a bounty in due form. Since the start of the crisis, MainTenir has been stepping up its efforts towards its 280 employees, mainly made up of carers working with disabled or elderly people. Most employees remained at their posts, despite the difficulties of organizing at home and the risks involved in the field.

Valuing employee involvement

A first letter was written by the management. Another was signed by the association’s board of directors in mid-April to recall the social role of home help and to mention a possible bonus. “It is necessary at some point to give financial value to the involvement of employees, explains its director, Nicolas Claye. The state is timidly beginning to consider it. But whatever happens, we believe that this premium must fall. If the state is also committed, all the better for carers. “

A war treasure

The amount of the bonus should be validated by Friday 24 April by the association’s office. It will be paid at least in part with April’s salary. In total, this will represent several hundred euros for a full-time employee. To finance the premium, no question of touching the operating budget. MainTenir will have to draw on the associative funds, constituted for forty years that the structure exists. Used to ensure financial security and settle wages in the event of a hard blow, this war chest is rarely mobilized, for a surplus of investment, or to make up a deficit. “Exceptional situation, exceptional measure”, sums up Nicolas Claye.

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The fact remains that the employees are always as mobilized. In recent days, some carers have postponed their holidays. Mastering the endotracheal aspirations, a nursing intubation gesture necessary to relieve many patients with respiratory disabilities, they volunteered to strengthen the troops, rather than remain confined to their homes.

Masks are no longer lacking

This mindset is helping the MainTenir team get through the crisis. After more than a month of mobilization, routines have been put in place. There is no shortage of masks. A thousand disposable gowns and as many charlottes must be delivered in early May. The health situation is improving, even in terms of screening.

At MainTenir, the epidemic has united employees

Since the start of the crisis, at the slightest outbreak of fever, employees have been on sick leave, as a precaution. This is the case for around ten of them on average. For the past week, they have almost systematically benefited from a Covid-19 test, at the hospital, or in a medical analysis laboratory. “This allows us to provide precise and reassuring medical information for our beneficiaries visited by a caregiver with symptoms, underlines Nicolas Claye. The management of the crisis has been streamlined ”.


An association of victims of terrorism renounces public subsidies in the face of the coronavirus crisis

Dignidad y Justicia asks that this money be used to help those who suffer most from the Covid-19 pandemic

Restrooms applaud at the door of the Hospital de Henares, in Coslada ...

Sanitarians applaud at the door of the Hospital de Henares, in Coslada (Madrid).

The Association of Victims of TerrorismDignity and Justiceshe becomes the first to decide to forgo all public subsidies in the face of the coronavirus crisis. In a statement, the association chaired byDaniel Goalkeeperhe renounces this type of public funds “so that they can be used to fight this pandemic.”

Dignidad y Justicia explains that the decision has been agreed with the associates and workers: “It is a major effort for all of them and we want to thank them publicly.” This association of victims calls on the public powers “to carry out an exercise of institutional responsibility and to eliminate from their subsidies destined for this group all superfluous expenses that are not essential for the victims of terrorism.”

The group of victims of terrorism “has always been characterized by its generosity and resilience, knowing how to face all adversities,” says the statement, stating that “in the face of this new challenge,” once again “demonstrate that capacity for sacrifice, effort and of overcoming, and giving back to society, the ordinary citizen who has been unconditionally at our side, that altruism, that support and selfless help. “

Dignidad y Justicia demands that the call for subsidies for non-profit entities, whose purpose is the care of victims of terrorism in any Administration, planned for the year 2020, and that the amount budgeted be allocated to associations that do not approve They are focused “on social aid, due to financial difficulties, to families, the self-employed, or they detect greater psychological needs due to the fear that the Covid-19 is causing”.

The association expresses its condolences for all those killed by Covid-19 and encourages citizens to continue in this fight.

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How Jörg Asmussen navigates GDV through the crisis

In the past few days, the pressure from Asmussen’s former colleagues from politics has become too great. The insurers – known for their still well-stocked coffers – should not steal their responsibility for the economy with reference to different contractual arrangements, the statements of governments were not only in Germany.

Since then, the insurance industry has faced a huge image problem. Many critics confirmed their view that the industry would always withdraw with reference to the fine print if there were expensive costs. The insurers shifted responsibility to the industry association GDV, which should look for a uniform solution.

For Jörg Asmussen, it was the first major test in the new environment. There was considerable pressure on the 53-year-old, since even healthy companies have faced financial difficulties in recent days.

Above all because many business partners, some of whom had long trading relationships, no longer dared to do so, and the internationally secured trade in goods at home and abroad threatened to stall.

A quick and surprising solution, in which Jörg Asmussen also played a key role, came on Thursday. The Federal Government and the German credit insurers agreed on the establishment of a protective shield in the amount of 30 billion euros to secure the movement of goods. This gives suppliers the certainty that they will also receive money, even if their customers cannot pay in times of tight budgets.

High loss is programmed

For Jörg Asmussen and the insurers, however, the deal was not in vain. Not only do they commit to largely maintaining their previous credit limits of around € 400 billion, they also transfer 65 percent of their premium income to the federal government this year. Last year, the total amount was a remarkable 817 million euros.

A loss is almost inevitable for the successful industry this year. Nevertheless, praise comes from the industry for what the association has negotiated in the shortest possible time. “Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures”, Ron van het Hof evaluates the deal between Asmussens Verband and the German government.

The Dutchman is the CEO of Euler Hermes in the German-speaking countries and refers to the eminent importance of such security chains for the German middle class. With a market share of almost 50 percent allianceSubsidiary, known for its Hermes loan guarantees, by far the largest credit insurer in Germany.

For Asmussen, whose path at the GDV from the Presidium member to the General Manager is already planned for October 1, quite different priorities are emerging than he formulated when he became known when he joined the association in January.

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The graduate economist emphasized that insurers could make a major contribution to private retirement provision and in dealing with risks such as climate change and cyber security. All these issues will still be overshadowed by the corona crisis when Asmussen takes over the management of the association in autumn.

There is no doubt in the association that he will continue to be available for quick and sometimes extraordinary solutions. “With his extensive experience, Mr. Asmussen will give the German insurance industry a powerful voice as future general manager,” says Wolfgang Weiler, the long-time boss of Huk-Coburg and current president of GDV.

The industry association has known that Asmussen, who is known as a string puller, does not need a long familiarization period since this week at the latest.

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Chaos, inconsistency Marks the launch of the Drive-thru Virus – NBC Los Angeles test

Drive-thru sites have been opened in the United States to make testing the new coronavirus faster and safer. But just like the rest of the United States’ response to the pandemic, the system has been characterized by inconsistencies, delays and shortcomings. Many people who have symptoms and a doctor’s order have waited hours or days for a test.

More than a week after President Donald Trump promised that states and retail stores such as Walmart and CVS would open drive-through test centers, few sites are active and are not yet open to the public. Some states are leaving the test sector open to the private sector; others are coordinating efforts through state health departments.

Patients complained that they had to jump through bulky red tape and wait for days to get tested, then wait even longer for a result. The test centers were opened in some places to be closed shortly afterwards due to the shortage of supplies and staff. And while the drive-through test centers that have been opened are generally sorted, in some there have been long lines.

The slow increase in COVID-19 tests and the unpredictable nature of the system make it difficult for public health officials to track the spread of the disease and bring it under control.

“We need to do more extensive testing to fully understand the scale of the public health situation we are facing,” said Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Dr Brett Giroir, the federal health officer in charge of overseeing the tests, said on Saturday at a White House briefing that approximately 195,000 people have so far been tested in the United States. This figure does not include some people who have been tested in private laboratories.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness can take anywhere from three weeks to six weeks to recover.

Drive-through test sites have sprung up in places in over 30 states: in state parks and parking lots, near medical centers and universities, the Mississippi state fairgrounds, and near where the Jacksonville Jaguars play. The governor of Maryland last week ordered the stopping of vehicle emission inspection programs across the state, so that the offices could be used as drive-thru centers to test the virus.

But as of Friday, there were no open drive-through tests available in Maryland inspection centers.

The Utah health department said it is not responsible for the sites and is not monitoring them. The North Carolina health director said the state is leaving the tests to the private sector and declined to say how many sites there are. In contrast, in Rhode Island, health organizations manage the sites in collaboration with the state health department.

On Thursday, cars lined up for more than a mile outside a hospital in Houston when the first drive-through test site was opened. U.S. representative Sheila Jackson Lee said she administered fewer than 200 tests in the first six hours.

Elsewhere, at various sites visited by Associated Press reporters, the scenes were well controlled and sometimes quite silent.

Dozens of people waiting by car in a downtown Homestead, Florida on Wednesday waited for their turn to speak with a screener who was wearing a suit and mask and carrying notes. Some were apparently removed. Others were stirred, checked their temperatures, and swabbed for the samples.

But the shortage of supply has stopped the thrusters in several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Utah. A Las Vegas site was shut down because it didn’t have enough workers.

New York state opened several centers with great fanfare on Tuesday. By Friday, however, the New York City health department issued a warning saying that only people requesting hospitalization should be tested, due to a shortage of protective equipment such as face masks. Drive-thru sites in New York State remain open, but only to people who meet certain criteria.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said he had asked the federal government for additional test kits and supplies, but the state received a warning Thursday that all of its requests for drive-through test pods and test kits “are undefined arrears, without any estimate of a timeline for delivery. “

“This is our unfortunate Nevada reality. It depends on us, “he said.

The sites themselves are dotted with tents and traffic cones. The most important features are medical personnel who wear masks, gloves and protective vests or other clothing. They take nose and throat swabs from people sitting in their cars or help people get in for the test.

Some states have only one drive-thru site. Montana’s only site is in Billings, the largest city in the state. Others have a dozen.

Security guards have been reported on many sites, but an AP survey of states did not reveal any security concerns. In Rhode Island, the National Guard was on hand to set up the state’s three drive-thru sites and even to buffer patients.

The vast network of drive-thru sites in retail chains that Trump claimed was coming over a week ago has not materialized yet. CVS has opened a site in Massachusetts that defines a “test model”. Walmart launched two sites on Sunday and Walgreens said it will launch one, all three in Illinois. Only healthcare professionals and first responders are allowed, and Walmart said that a maximum of 150 tests per day could be performed on its federal sites.

The patchwork of approaches has caused confusion for patients. Caroline Mauldin was sentenced to get tested by her doctor in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday after suffering from pain and chills for several days.

To make an appointment at a center in a medical center, she had to fill out a long online questionnaire and spent two days calling a number that went to voicemail and did not answer messages. He resorted to tweets in the hospital several times just to get things going.

Finally, on Thursday, he had an appointment for Monday. And she was told that the results would not return until after 4-5 days. The visit will cost you $ 25, he said. Complicating things, he doesn’t have a car and has to borrow it from a friend.

“Here we have a lot of older, low-income people who don’t have Internet access and who don’t have access to transportation. And since they’re the highest risk population, how are we testing for them?” She asked.

In urban areas such as New York and Philadelphia, some sites offer “walk-up” dating for people without cars.

At the Penn Medicine test site in West Philadelphia, two security agents were late on Thursday to make sure that people arriving by car or on foot had an appointment. For about 40 minutes that evening, the line of cars never grew to more than six or seven. But Patricia Sullivan, Penn Medicine’s quality manager, said every morning last week, 25-35 cars were lined up and six or seven standing patients were 6 feet apart on a porch waiting to be seen.

The 20 sites in Greater Philadelphia are testing around 1,000 people a day, but that hasn’t eliminated pent-up demand.

Rosanne Tanner’s 79-year-old mother has been suffering from fever and chest pain since returning from a visit to Tanner’s brother and wife, who had recently been on a cruise ship.

His doctor ordered a test on Tuesday, but when he tried to make an appointment at a drive-through site in a hospital outside of Philadelphia, he was told that “they are overloaded, they are bogged down,” Tanner said.

Medical staff told her that they are scheduling 15 minutes apart, so there are no bottlenecks on the test site.

Finally on Thursday his mother made sure of an appointment for the following Tuesday. Then, he will have to wait another five days for a result.

“The delay in these tests is putting people at risk,” said Tanner.

In Rhode Island, state officials said they are testing 100 to 200 people per day at all test sites, including three drive thrusters.

Governor Gina Raimondo said they want to perform 500 to 600 a day, but they don’t have the supplies they need.

“It is our top priority to reach a place where everyone who needs it can be tested and you will get results very quickly,” said Raimondo during a press conference held on Facebook Live on Friday on Friday. “So if you’re positive, we can quarantine you.”


Associate press writers Michelle L. Price in Las Vegas, Lynne Sladky in Homestead, Florida, Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia, Chris Ehrmann in Hartford, Connecticut, Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Jonathan Drew in Raleigh, North Carolina and Anne D ‘Innocenzio and Mike Sisak in New York contributed to this report.


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NHL pushes back the chronology on the potential recovery of the season – NBC Los Angeles

Don’t count on hockey being played early.

NHL has significantly scaled back its timeline to when it can potentially resume playing for several weeks, if not a month or more, following the new coronavirus pandemic.

The league and the NHL Players’ Association told players on Monday that they can return home – even outside of North America – and must self-isolate until March 27 while the season is pending. But the NHL also warned that it will not be able to give indications of the potential reopening of team practices for another 45 days, which could push any potential return to play in May.

The new directives follow the CDC’s recommendation for gatherings of 50 or more people in the United States for the next eight weeks. NHL said that “depending on world developments”, consideration will be given to reopening facilities after the end of the self-quarantine period in late March, but practices for the 31 teams would not occur at the end of April – soon.

“I think in light of the CDC’s recommendations, it’s hard to predict that we’re looking at many events here in March or even April, in my opinion,” said NHL player agent Jay Grossman.

This is a big move from Friday, when the league gave players the opportunity to return to the team’s facilities and train and skate in small groups.

The latest decision leaves open questions about whether NHL can complete its regular season, which was suspended Thursday with 189 games left, and whether it might be necessary to change its playoff format to prevent the postseason from going into the summer months. .

Last week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he remained optimistic about the resumption of the game and the concession of the Stanley Cup, which has been delivered every year since 1893 except for 1919 due to the Spanish flu epidemic and the 2005 when a blockade canceled the whole season.

Although NHL followed the NHB’s lead in suspending its season, Bettman declined to set a time frame on how long the “break” would last. Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said his league break will likely last at least a month.

“The pause will be until it is appropriate, prudent and safe to start the backup,” said Bettman. “Nobody knows how long the break can be. Nobody, not even the medical community, can predict it with certainty.”

Bettman, the executive director of NHL and NHLPA, Don Fehr, each stated that they were not aware of positive results for the coronavirus.

Arizona defender Coyotes Aaron Ness became the first publicly known NHL player to be tested for COVID-19 on Monday. Ness’s agent, Neil Sheehy, said the results turned negative after his client followed NHL guidelines to look for tests for flu-like symptoms.

The NBA released a statement on Wednesday saying it would suspend the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player has tested positive for coronavirus.

“He never thought he would have it initially, to be honest,” said Sheehy. “What happened was that the championship was saying if you have a sore throat, if you have a runny nose, if you have a cough, call the coach and don’t come on the track, and so he did.”

The new NHL directive to allow players to return home has led players and coaches to make plans to travel.

In Buffalo, New York, Sabers striker Marcus Johansson initially hoped to return home to Sweden on a flight from nearby Toronto. These plans changed when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country was closing its borders except for Canadians and Americans, also imposing a 14-day self-quarantine on those entering the country.

Johansson was attempting to book a return flight to New York City.

The organization said Thursday that it is canceling tournaments due to the “evolution of the COVID-19 threat to public health”.

In an email to The AP, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there was little that the league could do with travel restrictions.

“It’s a consequence of where we are. Nobody is to blame,” Daly wrote.

The U.S. government has imposed a travel ban on non-citizens from Europe that runs until mid-April. There are currently 233 European players on the NHL lists, including scorer Leon Draisaitl from Germany, and there are under contract for minors. How many could go home is unknown.

“I’ve talked to some players who are doing their best to climb obviously to return to the safest and most comfortable environment they can reach at this point,” said Grossman.

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Meanwhile, the American Hockey League has followed NHL in a decision taken on Monday by its executive committee. The 31-team league has announced that the indefinite suspension of its regular season will not be lifted before May and also recommended that its teams work to return the players to their main homes.

Abroad, the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League paused for a week during its playoffs to determine a new format and schedule for the six remaining teams. The decision came after the Finnish Jokerit and Barys Nur-Sultan, based in Kazakhstan, withdrew from the playoffs amid the pandemic.


Those who “fix the world with low noise”

The reports are overwhelming – there would only be a few years left, says the UN, to initiate a systemic transformation of our economies and avoid the climate catastrophe. In response, how many sterile hassles, simplistic debates over the length of Twitter thread and TV platforms? Are you “for” or “against” nuclear power? “For” or “against” glyphosate? Meat ? The wolf ? Wind turbines ? Macron? … And how many contradictory injunctions: you have to eat organic, but it is found mainly in plastic, from the other side of the world. Pause. Sometimes we would like to curl up in a corner, away from the hubbub.

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And then there is life. And all those, far from the media platforms, “Fix the world with low noise”, as the philosopher Corine Pelluchon (1) says with her beautiful expression. Like this seabird lover in Brittany, who has been talking for months with the authorities and the population to extend the nature reserve for which he is responsible. Puffins and Northern Gannets need a whole marine ecosystem to live. But the Conservative faces the understandable fears of fishermen, who fear losing their freedom.

More than 300 kilometers away in Sarthe, a director of an agricultural cooperative is fighting to produce quality chickens. This has a cost, reflected on the sale price, because it is necessary to enlarge the hangars, give time and care to the breeding, etc. The director is aware of a raw reality: “How to do it, when a large part of the French are at 10 € to do their shopping?” “, he wonders.

AT The cross, over our reports, we often meet them, those who repair and wonder. They are in businesses, schools, laboratories, natural parks, inter-municipal unions, associations, everywhere, finally. Each time, they inspire the same feeling: that they are a peaceful army of “doers”, who do not pay for words, know their subject and avoid as much as possible ideological rifts. Who, above all, in no way underestimates the sometimes colossal difficulties that there are in transforming our lifestyles to limit our carbon footprint and restore nature to its place.

On the banks of the Maroni river in Guyana, a doctor from Maripasoula has been educating Amerindians for twenty-five years about mercury pollution. From small children to old people, these populations are sick of this metal which poisons the entire food chain, via fish such as the amara which the villages are fond of along the river. Opposite, the gold panners keep the gold fever. It’s written in reports and theorists know that. The doctor is still there. And we suddenly want to believe it.


Life science research and diagnostics industry in the fight against the coronavirus –

(Berlin) – “The life science research and diagnostics industries are ready to fight the further outbreak of the coronavirus.” This explains Ulrich Schmid, CEO of the Association of the Diagnostics Industry (VDGH) in view of the current situation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 90,000 people worldwide are currently infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is responsible for more than 2,900 deaths. The pathogen is likely to spread worldwide.

The availability of precise, quick and easy-to-use laboratory tests is a prerequisite for identifying cases of infection, initiating medical measures and reducing further spread. The diagnostics industry is developing corresponding tests at full speed. Around ten companies are now producing tests for the corona virus. These are made available to the healthcare system through the normal way of placing them on the market (CE marking), through a national special approval from the Federal Office for Medical Devices and Drug Safety (BfArM) or as research reagents.

A sufficiently large number of medical laboratories in Germany can detect the virus. If there is a corresponding indication, the statutory health insurance companies will reimburse you to carry out a laboratory test for the coronavirus. “Our industry is prepared to ramp up production capacity should this become necessary due to a significant increase in testing,” says Schmid. The companies deliver detection methods and test kits to the affected areas – worldwide.

Technologies from the life science research industry (LSR) have enabled researchers to quickly characterize and classify the corona virus. The Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) developed by LSR companies plays a central role here. The test kits of the diagnostics industry contain u. a. So-called “primers”, artificial, precise building blocks for the genome of the corona virus, which were derived from the original viral genome sequencing and enable the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2. Based on the saliva or cough secretion of the patient, the pathogen is tested using the “real-time RT-PCR” (reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction), a molecular diagnostic method of detection that was also developed by the LSR industry and is good for everyone equipped laboratory is possible. Researchers or medical professionals can use fluorescence-labeled PCR products to identify in real time whether a chain reaction is being triggered while the test is running and in the shortest possible time. It is the confirmation that it is actually SARS-CoV-2.

By promptly researching the corona virus, the LSR industry also supports the development and manufacture of a possible vaccine.
“Immediately after the first infection in China became known, the LSR and diagnostics industry demonstrated their innovative strength and speed of reaction,” said Schmid. The VDGH guarantees close cooperation between industry and national and international authorities when it comes to the provision of reagents and test equipment.

Source and contact address:
(VDGH) Association of Diagnostics Industry e.V.
Gabriele Köhne, Head of Press and Communication
Neustadtische Kirchstr. 8, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: (030) 20059940, fax: (030) 20059949

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