United Airlines debuts cleaning protocols with Clorox to lure back flyers

Dive Brief:

  • United Airlines unveiled new cleaning protocols and travel safety measures in a move to rebuild trust in flying, the company announced in a press release.
  • The airline partnered with Clorox and medical experts at Cleveland Clinic to develop its new United CleanPlus program. The platform will serve as a guide for United’s new cleaning, safety and social distancing measures.
  • Clorox products will be used at United’s hub airports, and touchless kiosks will be available in select locations. Baggage check-in will have sneeze guards. Crew and customers will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. As
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Japan shortens ventilator screening to days to lure newcomers

TOKYO — Seeking to put more ventilators into hospitals as fast as possible for coronavirus patients, Japanese regulators are streamlining quality screening for carmakers and other newcomers seeking to enter the field.

Initial on-site checks will be deferred for ventilators assembled by nonmedical manufacturers in partnership with ventilator producers, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Monday. So the process will be completed in days via document-based reviews, instead of the four months or so typically needed.

Quality checks under the law on medical device safety will still be carried out later. The hope is that the accelerated process

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Thailand cuts taxes to lure investment in masks and pharma

BANGKOK — Thailand will deploy targeted tax cuts to encourage investment in face masks and other crucial items that are in short supply due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s Board of Investment said on Monday.

A 50% corporate income tax cut lasting three years will be available for projects that involve the manufacturing of medical devices, diagnostic test kits, pharmaceuticals or mask materials.

The reduction covers projects applying for governmental approval during the first half of 2020, and which start production by year-end. The cuts apply in addition to the existing three- to eight-year tax exemption.

In addition, equipment

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