World Bank Approves $12B to Finance Virus Vaccines, Care | Business News

The World Bank has approved $12 billion in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments, aiming to support the vaccination of up to 1 billion people.

The $12 billion “envelop” is part of a wider World Bank Group package of up to $160 billion to help developing countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank said in a statement late Tuesday.

The World Bank said its COVID-19 emergency response programs are already reaching 111 countries.

Citizens in developing countries also need access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, it said.

“We are extending and expanding our fast-track approach to address the COVID emergency so that developing countries have fair and equal access to vaccines,” said the bank’s president, David Malpass, said in the statement.

“Access to safe and effective vaccines and strengthened delivery systems is key to alter the course of the pandemic and help countries experiencing catastrophic economic and fiscal impacts move toward a resilient recovery,” he said.

The International Finance Corporation, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank is investing in vaccine manufacturers through a $4 billion Global Health Platform, the statement said.

Development and deployment of vaccines is crucial to helping stem outbreaks of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1 million people and sickened more than 38 million, while devastating economies and leaving many millions jobless.

The World Bank said it will draw on expertise and experience from its involvement in many large-scale immunization programs and other public health efforts.

The funding is meant to also help countries access tests and treatments and to support management of supply chains and other logistics for vaccinations in developing countries, the bank said.

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Six iCoreConnect Products Selected for the Missouri Dental Association Perks Dentist Business Ally Program

Windermere, FL – ( NewMediaWire ) – October 07, 2020 – iCoreConnect, Inc. (OTCQB: ICCT) announces the Missouri Dental Association’s (MDA) acceptance of six iCoreConnect SaaS products into the association’s Perks Dentist Business Ally Program: iCoreRx, iCoreExchange, iCoreDental, iCoreHuddle, iCoreIT, iCoreCodeGenius.

The MDA is a non-profit, professional organization with more than 2,000 members statewide, representing all areas of dentistry. “These six, interconnected products set up dental practices to increase operational speed, gather in-depth analytics for business growth and incorporate managed IT services specific to the dental industry,” explains iCoreConnect President and CEO Robert McDermott.

Members and consumers call on the Missouri Dental Association because they need help finding a resource for a specific situation. “We initially looked at iCoreRx for its integrated e-Prescribing functionality,” states MDA Treasurer Dr. Jon Copeland, DDS. “Once we understood the depth of services offered by iCoreConnect, we wanted to expand the offerings to make each of these resources accessible to our members.”

The MDA Perks Program Dentist Business Ally partnership includes:

–       iCoreRx: Electronic prescribing software

–       iCoreExchange: HIPAA-compliant email 

–       iCoreDental: Practice management system 

–       iCoreHuddle: Practice revenue optimizer

–       iCoreIT: Managed IT services

–       iCoreCodeGenius: Dental medical cross-coding 

iCoreConnect’s entire platform of enterprise software solutions are cloud-based, designed to solve specific business problems and drive revenue. iCoreConnect builds and improves all of its software based on the feedback of currently-engaged healthcare providers. 

iCoreConnect recognitions include:

– Top 25 IoT Solution Providers 2019 by CIO Applications Magazine

– Top 10 Encryption Solution Providers 2018 by Enterprise Security Magazine

– Top 10 Dental Solutions 2018 by Healthcare Tech Outlook

– Top 50 Products of 2017 by Dental Products Report Magazine

iCoreConnect’s unequivocal commitment responding to the market has resulted in agreements with the following organizations:

–       Colorado Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       Florida Dental Association Crown Services (iCoreExchange, iCoreDental)

–       Georgia Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       Louisiana Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       Maine Medical Association (iCoreExchange, iCoreMD)

–       Michigan Dental Association (iCoreExchange, iCoreRx)

–       Mississippi Dental Association (iCoreRx)

–       Missouri Dental Association (iCoreRx, iCoreExchange, iCoreDental, iCoreHuddle, iCoreIT, iCoreCodeGenius)

–       Montana Dental Association (iCoreRx, iCoreDental, iCoreExchange, iCoreHuddle)

–       New Orleans Dental Association (iCoreDental)

–       New York State Dental Association (iCoreExchange)

–       North Carolina Dental Society (iCoreRx, iCoreExchange)

–       Oklahoma Dental Association (iCoreRx)

–       Oregon Dental Association (iCoreRx)

–       South Carolina Dental Association (iCoreExchange, iCoreRx)

–       StartUp Health (iCoreExchange, iCoreMD, iCoreDental, iCoreCodeGenius, iCoreHuddle, iCoreFlex, iCoreRx, iCoreIT)

–       Texas Dental Association Perks Program (iCoreExchange, iCoreDental, iCoreHuddle, iCoreRx)

–       Virginia Dental Association/VDA Services (iCoreExchange, iCoreRx)

–       Wyoming Medical Society (iCoreExchange, iCoreMD, iCoreCodeGenius)

About iCoreConnect

iCoreConnect is a cloud-based software and technology company focused on increasing profit and operational speed in high-compliance industries. iCoreConnect is most notably known for its innovation in solving healthcare business problems. The company’s philosophy is built on a high level of customer feedback, allowing iCoreConnect to respond to the market’s needs. iCoreConnect touts a platform of more than a dozen SaaS enterprise solutions and more than 40 agreements with state or regional healthcare associations. iCoreConnect is a member

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Cobb dentist sues insurer over lost coronavirus business

A Cobb County dentist has filed a class-action lawsuit against insurers that have denied his and other business owners’ claims for lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, is being pursued by Dr. Roy H. Johnson and his practice, Windy Hill Dentistry. It was brought against The Hartford Financial Services Group and eight of its insurance subsidiaries.

The dental practice has lost business by having to suspend operations during the pandemic through no fault of its own, the suit said. But Hartford is denying its lost business claims, saying COVID-19 is not a covered loss.

“I vigorously disagree with their position,” said former Georgia governor and Marietta attorney Roy Barnes, whose law firm represents the Cobb dental practice.

“The insurance company is saying that a business interruption has to be accompanied by a physical loss — like from a fire,” Barnes said Saturday. “But there has been a physical loss here.”

As for Johnson and his dental practice, Barnes added, “They denied him coverage even though he had to close his business. He had damage to his business because he had to shut it down.”

The suit notes that he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended on March 18 that dentists delay elective and non-emergency procedures. A further mandate to postpone such work was issued by the American Dental Association.