J&J launches live COVID-19 web series

April 23, 2020
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Today, we have an update on the global food supply chain and why One Health matters, plus links to Johnson & Johnson’s new web series about a COVID-19 vaccine, in around 715 words, or 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

J&J launches live COVID-19 web series

Have you already gone through your Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu queues? BIO member Johnson & Johnson has launched a must-watch web series on the work to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. 

Johnson & Johnson and journalist Lisa Ling have teamed up for a live, eight-episode web series, The Road to a Vaccine, examining the latest efforts to respond to the pandemic and break down the complex process of developing a vaccine. 


Lisa talks to leading scientists and researchers, health care workers on the front lines, and public health experts around the world working collaboratively to bring an end to the deadly pandemic. 

Where, when, and how to watch: Every Tuesday at 12 PM ET, live online via JNJ.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter

Can’t watch live? After the episodes air, they will be available for viewing anytime at JNJ.com/roadtoavaccine and archived on all platforms.

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What does COVID-19 have to do with food?

The G20 ag ministers met (virtually) this week to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the global food supply—and it’s clear that One Health is critical to ensure our supply chains can remain resilient in the face of this pandemic, or whatever comes along in the future.  

The meeting: The G20 agriculture ministers met Tuesday, April 21, in an “extraordinary” meeting, where they agreed “that emergency measures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus must not upend global food supply chains,” reports Reuters.

What they said: “We agree that emergency measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic must be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary, and that they do not create unnecessary barriers to trade or disruption to global food supply chains, and are consistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.” 

What does COVID-19 have to do with food? “Restrictions on movement within and across countries can hinder food-related logistic services, disrupt entire food supply chains and affect the availability of food,” said the UN FAO, International Fund for Agriculture Development, World Bank, and World Food Program in a joint statement after the meeting

In other words, we don’t need to worry and hoard—individually, or as a country—but the pandemic can affect supply chains if we’re not careful. “Impacts on the movement of agricultural labor and on the supply of inputs will soon pose critical challenges to food production, thus jeopardizing food security for all people, and hit especially hard people living in the poorest countries,” they continued.

How can the supply chain remain resilient? We, collectively, must invest in recovery efforts (particularly for vulnerable populations), and strengthen the sustainability and resilience of food systems against future pandemics or pests.

And One Health is key. “The devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 reinforce the need for investments that prevent future outbreaks of such infectious diseases, recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment—the One Health approach,” they said.

What’s BIO got to do with it? BIO supports the One Health approach and the establishment of an interagency One Health Program to better safeguard human, animal, and environmental health. With industry-wide collaboration, we can better understand these links and find solutions to problems ranging from pandemics to the sustainability and resilience of our food supply.

Learn more:


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BIO Beltway Report

President Trump’s Thursday: The Coronavirus Task Force is scheduled to hold a press briefing at 5 PM ET.

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: The House is expected to vote on the Senate’s $484 billion relief package today.

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