Grant Sarver July 16, 2020

The US, UK, and Canada have accused Russia of trying to hack into and steal information related to a coronavirus vaccine. The group accused of the attack was also blamed for the cyberattack against the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The attack underscores the world’s desperate attempts to find a cure for COVID-19 which can result in the use of illegal means to obtain information. Medical data is paramount during the pandemic and is one of the most valuable things at the moment.


New Jersey’s Department of Human Services and Department of Health are looking for consultant pharmacists. The hired vendor will work with, “State developmental center facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and veterans memorial homes,” for a total of 12 facilities with about 3,500 clients. Duties of the consultant pharmacist include monitoring clients’ charts and doing medication regimen reviews. Bids for this four year contract are due by October 28.


COVID-19 isn’t the only epidemic in the United States. HIV/AIDS has been in the US as early as the 1960s. The County of San Bernardino’s Human Services is requesting proposals for their Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America program which aims to reduce new HIV infections by 75% within five years. The county will provide funding to nonprofits that can perform activities such as, “increasing organizational capacity; information dissemination and public outreach; evidence informed and/or evidence-based interventions, particularly around linkage to care, retention in care, reengagement in care, and adherence counseling.” Emerging intervention strategies are also welcome in the continuing effort to end HIV/AIDS. Bids for this opportunity are due July 30.

The medical field is one of the most crucial industries, especially in times like these. Russia’s latest attempt to obtain medical data is not a surprise as countries are doing all they can to find a safe vaccine for COVID-19 in the quickest way possible. This information is critical to save countless lives around the world.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in December 2020. He is most interested in human rights and social equality and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.