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Alabama companies pivot to produce supplies for health care workers

Alabama industries large and small are coming together to support health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Boeing in Huntsville and Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa County are among the state’s biggest employers that are deploying resources to produce face masks and face shields for hospitals...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Gov. Ivey launches state’s guide to COVID-19 relief efforts

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey today announced the launch of, an online resource that will serve as a hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. The site becomes the state’s official guide to COVID-19 relief efforts, to help...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama automakers lend a helping hand in COVID-19 battle

Alabama automakers are stepping in to aid their communities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, including support of crucial testing services and production of protective face shields for healthcare workers. Toyota’s Huntsville engine factory is producing 7,500 protective face shields for local hospitals.

Written by Dawn Azok

Auburn engineers repurpose CPAP machines into emergency ventilators

Auburn University engineers have developed a way to convert CPAP machines into emergency ventilators, a valuable tool in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The design, called RE-InVENT, is one of several efforts at Auburn to aid healthcare workers in Alabama and beyond. Faculty...

Written by Dawn Azok

3-D printers join race to produce face shields for healthcare workers

Doctors and nurses caring for COVID-19 patients at Birmingham’s UAB Hospital will soon receive protective face shields thanks to 3-D printing technology and a partnership involving the Alabama Productivity Center at The University of Alabama, Alabama Power and UAB’s School of Engineering. Alan Hill,

Written by Jerry Underwood

SBA Paycheck Protection Program will help small business keep paying workers

Small businesses across Alabama can benefit from a U.S. Small Business Administration program that is designed to help these enterprises keep their workers on the payroll during the coronavirus crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program provides a direct incentive for small businesses to maintain their workforces...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Friends launch Local Distancing to support Birmingham businesses

Three friends in Birmingham were wrestling with a major dilemma created by the coronavirus pandemic: How can you lend support to your favorite restaurants and local businesses while maintaining the proper social distancing practices? Their solution -- a pay-it-forward approach. Local Distancing, an online...

Written by Jerry Underwood

UAB teams with biotech firm Altimmune to test potential COVID-19 vaccine

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced today that it is launching a collaboration with biopharmaceutical company Altimmune for preclinical testing of a potential vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease. The testing at UAB will investigate immune responses to the vaccine in mice — a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

UAB to participate in global clinical trial for coronavirus treatment

The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced that it will take part in an NIH-sponsored global clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of novel therapeutic agents in hospitalized adult patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The drug remdesivir will be the first agent evaluated in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

UAH lab joins supercomputing effort to find drugs against COVID-19

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville is joining an effort involving the world's fastest supercomputer to screen compounds that could be effective against the pandemic COVID-19 virus. Dr. Jerome Baudry, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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