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"More people will die from the virus in the coming year than from wars. It's time to treat the virus like a war"

This is what Terry Newman, owner of the MMC Group company that produces equipped temporary hospitals, says at the "Corona Wake Up Call #2" conference. The initiator of the conference, businessman Arel Margalit: "We are establishing an arena for an interactive connection between the heads of the health systems in the world, multinational companies, international pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies and the Israeli startups - to save the health system which in most places is on the verge of collapse. Israeli innovation can be the one that will save lives and rebuild health systems in the entire world."

Arel Margalit at the Corona Solutions Conference. Photo: Eli Mandelbaum
Arel Margalit at the Corona Solutions Conference. Photo: Eli Mandelbaum

At the initiative of the Jerusalem investment fund JVP and the founder, Arel Margalit, an interactive international emergency conference was held this week (Monday) that mobilized the innovation community with the aim of finding solutions that would stop the collapse of the global health system following the corona crisis. The conference was held from six main centers: Spain, Italy, USA, China, Brazil and Israel.

In the online conference that took place using Cisco's Webex platform, the Secretary General of Industry and Procurement at the Ministry of Economy of Spain responsible for medical equipment in the country, the Italian member of parliament, the president of the Brazilian Trade and Industry Agency, a senior doctor from New Jersey, the head of the School of Management and Health at the University of Miami, director The Center for Disaster Medicine, Emergency and Humanitarian Aid at the Sheba Medical Center, the intensive care team from Rambam Hospital, and dozens of groundbreaking startups that presented their solutions.

The initiator of the conference, Arel Margalit, chairman and founder of JVP, opened the conference by announcing a platform that will connect the leaders of global health with Israeli startups: "The health system is at the forefront of the struggle. It faces countless problems, from a shortage of ventilators and equipment to protecting the medical teams. The world is facing a huge challenge today: the corona virus requires us all to cooperate, only together can we defeat the virus. Today we are establishing an arena for an interactive connection between the heads of the global health systems and the pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies and the Israeli startups in order to save the health system that is on the verge of collapse. Israeli startup companies are at the forefront of medical technologies in the world. Israel has accumulated a lot of knowledge that gives significant value to hospitals and international health institutions that are collapsing these days due to the corona virus. Israeli innovation can be the one that will save lives and rebuild health systems in the entire world. It is a great privilege to connect the excellent technologies we have in the State of Israel with the main players in the international arena."

The speakers focused on the four main challenges of the heads of the health system in the world during the crisis: the lack of medical equipment, the preservation of medical teams, temporary emergency facilities and remote care.

The conference opened with a report from Italy by a member of the Italian Parliament, Mattia Moore: "We have a historically good health system, we have always spent a lot on it, so we were surprised. The numbers in recent days are crazy. The lockdown that started a month ago is starting to work. The quarantine works but what we need to do now is connect innovation to the virus. We are now planning how to reopen the economy while ensuring the health of the workers. We can't stay in quarantine for a whole year. This is a predicament that must be mobilized from all over the world and we are looking for innovative solutions."

The heads of medical procurement of Spain and Brazil also participated in the conference, who commented on the severe crisis in their countries:

Raul Blanco Diaz, Secretary General of Industry and Procurement at the Ministry of Economy of Spain, who is responsible for medical equipment in the country: "To get through the crisis we will have to share goals, objectives and policies. We will not be able to overcome the crisis without public private cooperation and connections between the countries. We can't go through what we went through alone in the last few weeks again. In order for us to be able to provide ourselves with what we need to produce in the local industry, we must share knowledge with countries like Israel."

Igor Nogueira Calbet, president of the Brazilian Trade and Industry Agency: "Our main challenges are to increase the capacity of our health system and the ability to produce medical equipment. We need technological solutions to monitor and manage disease outbreak prevention. We have a weak population far from the centers.

Prof. Elhanan Bar-On, head of the Disaster Medicine Center at Sheba: "Our line is to monitor and treat patients and staff. To keep the hospital functioning at the same time as the emergency. We kept the hospital working with the conversions we made to the buildings around the hospital. We increased the use of telemedicine and made sure that the teams work in regular small groups. It is important for me to emphasize that we also share knowledge and information with the Palestinians in the West Bank. You have to understand, we are all in the same boat."

Terry Newman, owner of the MMC Group company that manufactures temporary hospitals equipped as an alternative solution: "More people will die from the virus in the coming year than from wars. It's time to treat the virus like a war. The weapons warehouses are full but the medical equipment warehouses are empty. We need to practice war simulations against bacteria more than against alien armies. This is our new reality and the decision makers need to take it into account."

Gal Goren, founder and CEO of the company TEMI develops a personal robot that knows how to treat patients autonomously which prevents the need for a medical staff member spoke from China: "China is improving every day thanks to its policies. We have the ability to significantly reduce contact between the patient and the doctor. Every hospital can implement our product and thus reduce human contact. We are currently in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the USA and soon in Israel."

Rom Eliaz, chairman of the Sonovia company, presented the development of an anti-bacterial fabric with which gowns, medical clothing and sheets are produced, which was developed in collaboration between Israeli and European scientists.

The Thermogate company measures heat on a regional basis within two seconds based on facial recognition at the entrance to public places: schools, stadiums, cinemas, hospitals. Matan Melamed, founder and CEO of the company: "We are creating a new standard for safety in crowded places and our technology will be significant for the new reality of the day after."

At the end of the conference, JVP's virtual meeting platform was launched under the name Corona Wake Up Call, which will focus on a quick and efficient connection between heads of hospitals, medical equipment companies, pharmaceutical companies and public health systems and Israeli and international startup companies.


Video: Eli Mandelbaum

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  1. Yaron
    I can think of two explanations.
    The first is that these countries have much less mobility and therefore the virus did not reach there. If this is true - we will see a big eruption in the near future.
    The second explanation is that they are simply lying.

  2. What is the explanation for the fact that in the countries of the third world we do not see such a high mortality? For some reason the mortality in Western Europe and North America is high despite the quarantine and security measures and an advanced medical system. Precisely in countries where it is difficult to impossible to enforce a lockdown and where the hospitals are not prepared to handle the masses of emergency cases, there are almost no reports of deaths. The virus should have already spread enough in these countries to cause noticeable damage.

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