May 17, 2020

The December edition of Healthcare Global is live

Catherine Sturman
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The December edition of Healthcare Global is live.

This month, we spoke with Dr Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business (NSB) regarding the o...


The December edition of Healthcare Global is live.

This month, we spoke with Dr Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business (NSB) regarding the organisation’s non-financial collaboration with the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP), to develop a dispersible tablet formulation of the most impactful antibiotics currently in the pipeline. With a mission to cure, discover, develop and successfully market innovative products to prevent and cure diseases, NSB has combined its social and business aspirations to drive both profit and purpose.

However, throughout the industry’s efforts to promote engagement and develop essential treatments on a global scale, it is vital that citizens are able to access essential treatment at affordable prices. As healthcare costs continue to escalate, we spoke with Mitesh Patel, Medical Director at Aetna International, regarding the company’s development of world-class health management solutions for governments, corporations and providers worldwide, providing health benefits to more than 800,000 members worldwide.

Consumers are increasingly wanting affordable treatment which is accessible, anytime, anywhere. Technology is playing a key role in fully disrupting traditional models of care, leading us to take an extensive look at the top 10 medical innovations which will gain further traction in 2019, as well as showcase essential healthcare events across the upcoming year.

Don’t forget to also check out our company profiles with Microsoft Canada and PetalMD.

The issue can be read here.

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May 19, 2021

Vaccine rollout spurring dark net activity, McAfee finds

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Research by McAfee has found illegal sales of fake COVID-19 vaccines and tests on the dark net

A report by security software company McAfee has found a huge rise in the availability and demand for illegal COVID-19 vaccines. 

The research by McAfee Advanced Threat Research found evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are currently available on at least a dozen dark net marketplaces. Vaccines allegedly made by Pfizer-BioNTech are being sold for $600 to $2,500 per dose, with vendors using channels such as Wickr, Telegram, WhatsApp and Gmail to advertise and communicate. 

Some of the supposed vaccines are imported from the US, while others are packed in the UK and shipped all over the world, according to the listings.

Moderna vaccines, potentially fraudulent antibody tests and fake vaccine cards are also being increasingly sold on the dark web, on at least 10 different underground markets. 

Anne An, senior security researcher at McAfee’s Advanced Programs Group, told us that with the increased global demand for COVID-19 vaccinations, the demand for illegal vaccines, fake test results and vaccination record cards has also grown. "Consumers who are buying these items pose a serious threat to public health and spur the underground economy" she said. 

"Opportunistic cybercriminals capitalise on public interest in obtaining a COVID-19 immunity passport. These bad actors can also benefit by reselling the names, dates of birth, home addresses, contact details and other personally indefinable information of their customers." 

As well as cyber security measures, An says education is necessary to stem the rise in these illegal sales. "Dark net selling of illegal COVID-19 vaccinations, fake test results and vaccination record cards is both a cybersecurity issue and an educational issue.

"On the one hand, channels being used as a means of business have the responsibility to monitor and mitigate cybercriminal activity on their platforms. On the other, the ongoing efforts of government and medical officials to provide factual information on COVID-19 and vaccinations is critical to discouraging the demand for fraudulent alternatives."  

Read McAfee's report Fool’s Gold”: Questionable Vaccines, Bogus Results, and Forged Cards

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