Notification of Application of Public Medical Insurance to the New Gene Detection Kit “SARS-CoV-2 RT-qPCR Detection kit” for Coronavirus that Greatly shortens PCR Test Time

We reported on April 3, how Fujifilm was developing a fast test for Coronovirus. Here are the latest updates form Fujifilm.

Notification of application of public medical insurance to the new gene detection kit “SARS-CoV-2 RT-qPCR Detection kit” for coronavirus that greatly shortens PCR test time (Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical)

translated from Japanese

May 1, 2020 FUJIFILM Wako Pure Chemical Industries, Ltd.

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FUJIFILM Teams Up with Bill Gates’ Therapeutics Accelerator Foundation to Battle COVID-19

Fujifilm continues to work on solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic. This time they announced they have teamed up with “COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator to reserve manufacturing capacity and provide technical expertise to deliver future COVID-19 therapies“.

The Therapeutics Accelerator is an initiative launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to speed-up the response to the global pandemic.

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FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies teams with COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator to reserve manufacturing capacity and provide technical expertise to deliver future COVID-19 therapies

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Fujifilm Photography in Times of COVID-19 Quarantine, the FujiRumors Lockdown Diary and the Revival of the XF 55-200

I read somewhere, that about 4 billion people are forced to stay at home now to slow down and hopefully stop the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

In my country, the stunning Dolomites in Italy, we are locked in since over 1 month now. Of course I strictly follow the rules and never leave my apartment, except to buy food 1 or 2 times a week, and to quickly bring out my old dog in the fields just under my home.

Teaching Online

I continue to teach. Just online! With live streaming lessons, videos I upload on youtube [does this qualify me as a vlogger now??? ;) ], material I send to students via email and more. I try to do my best.

But the more I do it, the more I miss it to enter a classroom, write on a blackboard, smell the chalk, but most importantly, interact with my students.

But hey, these days there are people, who live far bigger challenges than me. So no complaint here. Just a wish that everything goes back to normal soon.

Lockdown Photography

The first weeks all went into figuring out how to do this online teaching. Trying different platforms for online live lessons, adapt my material to make it online teaching fit, figure out how to reach the various students best (some have only a smartphone, no computer, no printer, etc), and more practical issues to sort out.

But now that I have some sort of workflow, I can start thinking at my lockdown photography.

In my small rented apartment, I am running out of subjects rather quickly.

What I did now, is I started to take out my Fujinon XF55-200 lens, a lens I hardly use anymore since I own the Fujinon XF18-135mm (which never stops to surprise me, as you can see here).

The goal?

Get a decent shot of the little birds flying around my balcony, and the XF55-200 is the best lens in my arsenal for that. So it gets its revival now!

So far I have failed, though, not for the limits of the gear, but because of my lack of skills. But I have time to practice, improve, and I will upload an image on my instagram if I get a decent shot.

Inspiration

Another thing I like to do, is to check out all our facebook groups, and see how other fellow Fujifilm X and GFX shooters deal with these lockdown days and what they shoot.

I have picked out some images and shared them below. May them motivate you (and me) to stand up, and do the best out of this situation, also photographically speaking.

COVID-19 Image Roundup

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FUJIFILM Announces Start in USA of Clinical Phase II Trial of Antiviral Drug AVIGAN for COVID-19 Patients

Fujifilm has just issued a press release, where they officially announce that their anti-influenza virus drugs “Avigan ® Tablets” has started a clinical phase II study in patients new coronavirus infection in the United States.

The purpose of this study is to confirm the therapeutic efficacy and safety of Avigan.

The study is scheduled to be conducted at three facilities: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Massachusetts State University Medical School.

In case you are unaware of the different phases, down below is a table taken from wikipedia.

In Japan, they are at Phase III of the tests already, as we reported here.

Press Release

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