COVID-19 Public Policy Alert

 
Executive Order 109 Calls for Inventory of PPE
Donations for Relief Effort Launched
Call for Volunteers and Child Care Facilities
 
Thank You to the Governor's Office, the PhRMA Task Force and the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey for Their Contributions to This Alert.

Yesterday, First Lady Tammy Murphy announced the launch of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (a 501c-3) seeking contributions for COVID-19 relief.   

Meanwhile, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 109  intended to assess the availability of PPE as we move forward in the current situation. The EO requires that all life sciences companies compile an inventory of their personal protection equipment (PPE), ventilators, respirators and anesthesia machines "that are not required for the provision of critical health care services." (Reference paragraph 7 in EO 109)
 
In an effort to prepare for the months ahead and the continued battle against COVID-19, the Executive Order calls for an inventory of those supplies to be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and provided to the State Office of Emergency Management. BioNJ is monitoring this closely and will keep you apprised as soon as that procedure is available.

Guidance from the Governor's Office:
  • Right now, the Governor's Office is looking at ramping up the manufacturing of supplies that wouldn't normally be produced in mass quantities during normal times. The intent of this process is to know what inventory is available. 
  • Many manufacturers in the State are reaching out to the Governor's Office to volunteer their facilities to manufacture needed supplies.
  • The Governor's Office understands that life sciences companies have their own need for PPE, and has no plans to take life sciences companies' supplies and impact their ability to operate, although they noted that not all life sciences companies are the same.
  • Please note that there is no plan at this time to require companies to donate their PPE or other equipment, nor to confiscate such supplies, although the Governor reserves that right (even from life sciences companies) should the situation deteriorate to a point that difficult decisions need to be made.
  • In compiling your inventory, it was suggested that you be as specific as possible about the following:
    • Explain your operation.
    • Segment out how much of your inventory you have and how much you need to maintain your operation over different periods of time.
    • Indicate excess surplus you have after subtracting your needs. 
Please note that these submissions are not subject to public release under any law, rule or regulation and will be kept as confidential as possible, although several people in the Administration will have access to them.

BioNJ can provide contact information for the Governor's Office if you have any proprietary questions.
 
Also, please note that the Governor's Office is requesting Volunteers and will deploy them accordingly. Any individual or company who would like to volunteer in any capacity to lessen the burden of COVID-19, please email BioNJ@BioNJ.org and we will get you to the Governor's Office
 
Additionally, the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) are urgently seeking childcare facilities for children of health care workers so the workers can go to work during the COVID-19 crisis while schools and other childcare facilities are closed. If your company has childcare facilities that remain open, have excess capacity and can be made available for this purpose, email BioNJ@BioNJ.org and we will connect you with MSNJ and NJHA.
 
Thank you for your continued efforts during these trying times. New Jersey's vibrant life sciences ecosystem is second to none. We'd like to again thank our colleagues at BIO, on the PhRMA Task Force and at the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey as we all work together to support our health care professionals and institutions who are working tirelessly on behalf of Patients.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to BioNJ President and CEO Debbie Hart at DHart@BioNJ.org or Vice President, Government Affairs, John Slotman at JSlotman@BioNJ.org, should you have any questions.  
Useful Contact Information
  1. To volunteer, such as at testing sites or in a hospital, please email BioNJ@BioNJ.org
  2. To donate personal protection equipment (PPE), please email PPEdonations@njsp.org.
  3. To make a donation, visit www.NJPRF.org. (The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund launched by First Lady Tammy Murphy.)
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