WANAQUE, NJ, September 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Hetherington Group and the Healthcare Distribution Alliance will recognize more than 75 industry leaders and public agencies who collaborated during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Composed of health, pharmaceutical, transport, cybersecurity and Ministry of Defense personnel C-Suite, Operation Vax (OPVAX) helped ensure the safe and secure transport, storage and distribution of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the United States and internationally.
This operation grew out of a simple phone call between two good friends: Chuck Forsaith of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance and Hetherington Group President Cynthia Hetherington, and turned into a distinguished collaborative effort that contributed to ensure the safe and secure movement and delivery of Covid. -19 vaccinations to millions of Americans and foreign nations.
“We are proud to stand alongside some of the country’s brightest leaders, who have been called upon to help protect our global community from a deadly virus and nefarious actors seeking to prevent the vaccine from reaching those most in need.” , said Hg President Cynthia Hetherington.
âI cannot be more grateful for the efforts of Cynthia, her team and those she contacted, to help with this very important and very critical effort,â said HDA’s Chuck Forsaith. âThe incredibly generous offers given to help the industry better protect the integrity of the COVID vaccine supply chain are truly remarkable. While I always knew my good friend was “connected,” what I didn’t fully understand was how vast those connections were – and how much goodwill they could generate. ”
Operation Vax has relied on security experts, open source intelligence collectors, and field surveillance to identify and help thwart people and entities seeking to disrupt, destroy or steal vaccines. During bi-monthly meetings, Operation Vax members shared vital information that allowed security experts to monitor groups and individuals of interest, conduct location-specific event searches, and to track risks on open and deep web sources. Global cybersecurity providers Echosec Systems, Ltd, iThreat, and DarkOwl have donated their services and platforms to the collaborative effort.
During OPVAX, analysts collected more than 105,000 open and dark web sources reporting potential threats to the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine. From there, analysts sorted 45,000 of those reports for further analysis, resulting in perpetual risk and vulnerability notifications to the OPVAX team.
About the Hetherington Group (Hg)
Hg provides online information to the finance, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries. With over 20 years of global experience, we conduct online investigations and provide risk intelligence for corporate due diligence and fraud, asset recovery and background checks.
About the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HAD)
HDA is the national organization representing major pharmaceutical distributors – the vital link between the country’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide.
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