The deactivating effects of heat and sunlight on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, are consistent across different variants of the virus, according to new research from DHS S&T.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that DHS’s Operation Vaccinate Our Workforce (Operation VOW) has vaccinated more than 58,000 DHS mission-critical 1A and 1B employees—up from 5,074 employees at the beginning of February.
To develop capabilities to monitor the current COVID-19 pandemic and other future biological events, DHS S&T has awarded $199,648 to Mesur.io Inc., for analysis and reporting of outbreak-related data.
On January 21, 2021, President Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, which outlined a new plan to administer COVID-19 vaccinations across the United States to protect workers while safely reopening schools, businesses, and resuming travel. This comprehensive plan begins with restoring public trust and mounting an aggressive, safe, equitable, and effective vaccination campaign.
DHS S&T awarded $959,305 to the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (UW-APL) to bring together a group of experts and trusted entities to develop digital contact tracing (DCT) application (app) testing criteria.
Since the first indications of a viral pneumonia circulating in Wuhan, China, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken on the challenges presented by COVID-19. Thanks to the efforts of our mission and operational experts across DHS, we have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-Department response to mitigate the spread of this disease and its impact on our employees
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is at SXSW 2021 to enhance relationships with the innovation community and help the tech community get more connected to federal government-led, COVID-response R&D initiatives. We know we cannot fully recover from the pandemic until our people are protected from the virus and feel safe enough to resume their normal lives.
Our theme at this year’s SXSW event, “The Road to Reopening: Recovery through Research,” answers the call about what is needed from a governmental R&D organization to improve security, restore public confidence and keep our front-line workforce safe and protected.