Swe-Cham Patron Member AstraZeneca to donate 9 million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world in the fight against COVID-19
AstraZeneca is donating nine million face masks to support healthcare workers around the world as they respond to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) global pandemic. AstraZeneca has partnered with the World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform, created with the support of the World Health Organisation, to identify countries in greatest need. Italy will receive the first shipments this week with other countries to follow.
In addition to these donations, AstraZeneca is accelerating the development of its diagnostic testing capabilities to scale-up screening and is also working in partnership with governments on existing screening programmes to supplement testing. To help ensure the continued supply of its medicines to patients, AstraZeneca will screen employees across its manufacturing and supply network. AstraZeneca’s Research and Development (R&D) teams have also been working expeditiously to identify monoclonal antibodies to progress towards clinical trial evaluation as a treatment to prevent COVID-19. More than 50 virology, immunology, respiratory, and protein engineering experts across research, clinical, regulatory, and manufacturing are placing the highest priority on developing a treatment to minimise the global impact of the disease. Read more:
Swe-Cham Patron Member AstraZeneca initiates a new clinical trial, following the science and working with the medical community to address the urgent need of patients
AstraZeneca is starting a new clinical trial evaluating how one of our existing medicines might help alleviate the exaggerated immune response that can result in pneumonia, respiratory failure and death of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 infections. The trial design is based upon strong scientific evidence supporting the role of the Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) pathway in the production of inflammatory cytokines, and on encouraging early clinical data. This trial will assess how one of our existing medicines might help alleviate the “cytokine storm” associated with the disease – when the immune system can overreact and attack vital organs like the lungs and the liver. This large, multicentre, global, randomised trial uses a two-part patient-centric design developed in record time to accelerate data capture and analysis. José Baselga, Executive Vice President, Oncology R&D, said: “With this trial we are responding to the novel insights of the scientific community and hope to demonstrate that adding our medicine to best supportive care reduces the need to place patients on ventilators and improves their chances of survival. This is the fastest launch of any clinical trial in the history of AstraZeneca.” Read more:!
The Government presents the 2020 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious threat to people’s lives and health. Serious economic consequences will follow in its wake. In five additional amending budgets, the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party have presented proposals for active measures to limit the spread of the virus and mitigate the economic effects on society. Today, the Government presents the 2020 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and the Spring Amending Budget for 2020 with additional measures. All of these measures total over SEK 100 billion.

During the spring, the Government presented a large number of measures to stop the spread of the virus and mitigate the economic effects on society of the outbreak. The measures are intended to provide greater security for those affected by the pandemic by limiting the spread of the virus, combating the effects on businesses and jobs and providing financial security and transition opportunities for those who become unemployed. They are also intended to create the conditions for recovery after the crisis.
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Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden
“Appathon” – a digital event to test and improve the operation of the corona apps

On Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19, 7 teams will participate in the "appathon", a digital event to test and improve the operation of the corona apps. According to experts, the apps of these 7 teams best match the working process of the GGD for doing source and contact research, while at the same time meeting requirements that are set in areas such as privacy, data and information security and ease of use. This weekend's 'appathon' can be followed by interested parties via the website .

Who are the 7 participants?

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  • DDT Consortium (
  • Accenture B.V. (
  • Capgemini Nederland BV (
  • ITO (
  • DEUS BV (
  • Sia Partners (

How were the 7 participants selected?

After the invitation this weekend, more than 700 responses were received, of which 660 actually contain a proposal. On Tuesday 14 April, all these proposals were processed and administratively assessed for, among other things, completeness and focused on the support for the work of the GGD mentioned in the invitation. After this, 63 proposals remained. These were reviewed today by 67 experts in the field of epidemiology, health care, privacy, information security and ICT. These 7 participants are based on their advice.

The preparation of the 'appathon' starts today, where the participants have to provide the source code of their apps. It will also start with an assessment of data protection, an analysis of the source code and an investigation into information security.

Program appathon April 18 and 19

The "appathon" starts on Saturday morning at 10:00 with online presentations from the seven different teams to scientists and experts from both within and outside the government. The teams are then tested and questioned by the experts from various angles. Anyone who wants to can follow the presentations online at  and email questions and suggestions.

The teams then work on incorporating the feedback from the experts and the public into their solution, so that it is even better suited to the source and contact research of the GGD and meets the strict requirements that are set. The first day of the "appathon" will be concluded at 17:00 with a question session and afterthought and a short presentation by the teams.

The participants start again on Sunday morning at 10:00 with a presentation of Saturday night's work. They then have until 4:00 PM to further improve their solution. On this Sunday, experts will again give feedback and scientists will discuss the meaning of digital support for source and contact tracing. The 'appathon' will be concluded on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm with final demonstrations by the teams.

More information about the program, how to follow the presentations and how to submit questions or advice can be found at .

Based on the expert and public advice and the advice of the Dutch Data Protection Authority, it will be announced next week whether and how apps can contribute to the work of the GGD and can be used safely and reliably.

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing our society. In recent weeks, the Swedish Government has presented a range of different measures to safeguard people’s lives, health and jobs. “Our government agencies and our health care system are doing everything they can. But every person in Sweden needs to take individual responsibility. If everyone takes responsibility, we can keep the spread of the virus in check. Follow the authorities’ advice: if you have even the slightest symptoms, do not go to work and refrain from meeting other people,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Click here to read more
AKD Becomes Official Sponsor Swedish Chamber 60 Years
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very honored to welcome AKD as Official 60 Year Anniversary Sponsor together with Handelsbanken and Inter IKEA Systems. We cordially thank them and all other sponsors for their great support for the Anniversary year and we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration
Follow a free seminar by Apsis and learn about Marketing Automation
Why not take the opportunity to learn something new and follow a free seminar on Beginner's Guide to Marketing Automation by Swedish Chamber member Apsis. Delivering the right message to the right person can be tricky. That’s why this webinar will start by answering the most burning questions around marketing automation, followed by the crucial steps you need to take to become a true marketing automation hero. Click here to go to the Webinar:   More free webinars by Apsis:  
Someone to talk to

The new situations that are at hand and the uncertainty we all live under for the moment is stressful for many people. Sometimes it can help to talk to someone who is listening.

Welcome to contact Swedish Chamber of Commerce Member Maria Scharffenberg. Maria, senior pastor of the Swedish Church in the Netherlands  welcomes you to give her a call if you would like to talk, about concerns of your own, your business or family related.   Maria has over 20 years of experience as a priest and is trained in both crisis management and communication strategies. As a priest, she is bound by the professional secrecy. You can contact Maria by mail, phone or WhatsApp. The languages are Swedish or English. Mail: Phone/WhatsApp: +31 6 23 33 36 33