PDA Letter Article

PDA Responds to the Novel Coronavirus Situation

by Richard Johnson, PDA President

Richard Johnson MediaLike me, you have probably been monitoring the developing novel coronavirus situation. We are all worried about the impact to our families and our communities. We are especially concerned about those whose health has been impacted, and all whose daily routines are being disrupted. Every day, we are busy checking the latest updates, so that we can assure we are taking appropriate steps to safeguard the health and safety of our global members and staff.

Our community has a unique challenge; while we are protecting ourselves and our community, many of you have the responsibility to continue to provide critically needed healthcare products. On behalf of PDA, we want to thank you for your efforts!

Some of the actions that PDA and our partners are taking include:

  • Close and regular monitoring of the situation, adherence to recommendations from global regulatory bodies and official travel warnings.
  • Rescheduling events or changing the format from in-person to virtual events.
  • Accelerating the development of online and virtual training for our community.
  • Implementing a pandemic preparedness plan for our global staff, including expanding our Work from Home program, and assuring accurate and timely information according to CDC and WHO recommendations.

Regarding other PDA events in the United States and Europe, we will continue to monitor the situation and make additional announcements as the conditions require. If you have any questions, please contact us.

I also encourage our members to follow updates and announcements from their countries’ public health agencies. WHO, EMA and the U.S. CDC, among others, are sources of additional information. A series of links are posted on the PDA website.

Please continue to check the PDA website, PDA Connector email, news uPDAte and PDA Letter for further information about the impact of COVID-19 on PDA activities.