PharmaLedger Association Launches Digital Trust Ecosystem in Healthcare

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The PharmaLedger Association™ (PLA), a not-for-profit based in Switzerland, announces the endorsement of its 3-year strategic plan to implement and promote a Digital Trust Ecosystem in healthcare (DTE-H) at its Annual General Meeting held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 March 2023. The member organizations also confirmed the appointment of eight Directors to its board, delivering on PLA’s core value of “Ecosystem Leadership.”

Representing the diversity of healthcare, PLA’s founding members comprise of large and small pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, patient representative organizations, non-profit organizations, technology, and healthcare service providers. PLA has confirmed its mandate as a pre-competition umbrella organization delivering common and interoperable digital solutions in the areas of Product TrustDecentralized Clinical Trials, and Supply Chain Traceability.

  • Products & Project: In Q1 2023, PLA will release the first qualified product, electronic Product Information for implementation by its members.
    In Q2 2023, the Association will continue with the development of new products in its innovation xLab, including of a product digital twin, decentralized identities, and verifiable credentials to facilitate visibility, security, traceability, and trust in all areas of healthcare.
  • Governance & Compliance: PLA will leverage its capability to develop, qualify, launch, and maintain products in healthcare’s highly regulated environment by ensuring continuous adherence to antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy, and Computerized System Assurance guidelines.
  • Ecosystem Engagement & Growth: The association will continue to onboard new members and engage with authorities, trade associations and standards development organizations, ensuring growth and financial viability.
  • Platform Technology & Security: PLA will focus on easing adoption of new solutions with its members and users while maintaining the cybersecurity benefits of its architecture.

The formation of PLA and the endorsement of its mission by diverse members of healthcare is a major milestone. This paves the way for delivery of widely trusted blockchain-based platforms with new open-source healthcare solutions to create value for patients and ecosystem stakeholders. PLA is grateful to its 20 founding members and invites all healthcare related organizations to learn more and engage towards the realization of a trusted Healthcare 4.0.

“Blockchain is a team sport. PLA has started with a diverse and strong team of members with a common vision and who believe in real change. With PLA we have the right vehicle, resources, and roadmap to take patients to a better place in healthcare,” Daniel Fritz, Executive Director, PharmaLedger Association.


PLA is the result of the successful completion of the PharmaLedger research project, a €22 million, 30-member consortium with 12 large pharma companies and 18 public partners, funded under the European Union (EU) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)’s Innovative Health Initiative.

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US CENTCOM commander Erik Kurilla pays visit to northeastern Syria

Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla last Thursday paid a visit to northeastern Syria.

In a written statement, CENTCOM said Saturday: "General Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla, commander of the U.S. Central Command, traveled to northeast Syria to speak with American troops and visit sites critical to the ongoing effort to ensure thee during defeat of ISIS."

This was his sixth visit to Syria in the past 11 months, according to the statement.

The statement said that Kurilla also "visited the SDF, the U.S. partner force" and it claimed that the PKK terror group’s Syria extension SDF "conducts daily missions against ISIS."

The US has partnered with the YPG-led SDF in its efforts to counter Daesh/ISIS in northeastern Syria, drawing Ankara's anger in a major strain on bilateral relations.

Kurilla, according to the written statement, paid a visit to "a detention facility for ISIS fighters in Hasakah" - the region currently occupied by the YPG/PKK terror group - adding that Raj and Hol Camps where families of Daesh/ISIS terrorists are being held.

Recently, on March 4, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley visited the regions occupied by the YPG/PKK terror group in northeastern Syria.

Over Miller’s visit, Türkiye demanded an explanation for his visit to regions occupied by the YPG/PKK terror group in northeastern Syria.

US Ambassador to Ankara Jeff Flake had been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry over the visit.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Germany’s Scholz insists that military support to Ukraine necessary for peace

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday voiced skepticism about proposed peace talks with Russia and pledged Germany's continued military support to Ukraine.

'The Russian war of aggression is continuing. They are recruiting new troops and sending them to the front,' Scholz told a news conference in Berlin, adding that one cannot talk about negotiations under these conditions.

His remarks came in response to a question about veteran German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger's recent proposal to launch a peace initiative to end the war.

'Ukraine is ready for peace, but of course that cannot be a dictated peace. You cannot negotiate when somebody points a gun at your head. But that is what the Russian president still intends to do,' Scholz said.

He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of waging a cruel war against Ukraine that resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians and soldiers.

'In Russia, too, many mothers and fathers mourn for their children who died for this disastrous war, for the imperialist plans of the Russian president,' he said.

Scholz underlined that Germany will continue providing military support to Ukraine together with the allies.

'What we are currently doing aims at changing the situation and make a just peace possible for Ukraine,' he said.

Ischinger calls for peace process

Ischinger, former head of the Munich Security Conference, warned on Monday that one cannot end the war by providing further military support to Ukraine and called for stepping up diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution.

'We should initiate a process to work out a peaceful solution for Ukraine. And we should do this now,' he wrote in a guest article for the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

He also proposed setting up a 'political-strategic contact group' among countries that can contribute to a peaceful solution.

Ischinger said this group should examine elements of a possible peace plan, develop negotiation strategies, and prepare draft texts in coordination with the Ukrainian authorities.

Source: Anadolu Agency

France’s groundwater situation is alarming, official report shows

The situation of France's groundwater is sounding alarm, an official report revealed on Monday.

The Bureau of Geological and Mining Research said in a statement that the groundwater levels were below the monthly normals as of March 1 due to the lack of precipitation in February.

The rain infiltrated during fall is not sufficient to compensate for the deficits accumulated during 2022, nor to improve the situation of the groundwater, according to the French geological survey.

France is in a "state of alert" over drought risk this summer, Ecological Transition Minister Christophe Bechu said on Feb. 22. He then met local authorities to discuss the situation.

He also said the groundwater has a two-month delay in terms of replenishment.

On March 11, Bechu said he will soon unveil a water sobriety plan.

France's weather authority Meteo France said on Feb. 22 that the country recorded a historically severe drought this winter, with no precipitation for 32 days since Jan. 21.

"This causes soil to dry up, which was already weakened by the drought in summer 2022," it said in a statement.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Ukraine rejects accusations by Georgian officials of Kyiv preparing a coup

Ukraine on Monday rejected accusations made by top Georgian officials, including the premier, that Kyiv is preparing a coup in the country.

'Almost verbatim repeating the thesis of Russian propaganda, representatives of the Georgian authorities accused Ukraine of preparing a coup d'etat in Georgia, drawing it into a war with Russia, and sending forces to incite a civil war,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a statement on Facebook.

Nikolenko said Ukraine 'categorically rejects such insinuations, which have nothing to do with reality,' noting that the statements made 'will not be able to shake the strong relations of friendship between the Ukrainian and Georgian peoples.'

'We highly appreciate the support of Georgians at a time when Ukrainians are fighting for their independence. For its part, Ukraine has been and will remain a friend of the Georgian people, whom we wish not to stop in building the European future,' Nikolenko further said.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Sunday described protests last week in the capital Tbilisi over a controversial bill on "foreign agents" as "a provocation' against the country, while also slamming Ukraine's support for the demonstrations.

Georgian lawmakers on Friday voted down the draft bill on "Transparency of Foreign Influence" in a second reading after mass protests were triggered by the proposed legislation.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Ukrainian president awards Hero of Ukraine title to soldier executed on camera

Ukraine's president has named Oleksandr Matsiievskyi, a soldier who was allegedly executed on camera last week after being captured by Russian forces, a "Hero of Ukraine."

"Today I conferred the title of Hero of Ukraine upon Oleksandr Matsiievskyi, a soldier. A man whom all Ukrainians will know. A man who will be remembered forever. For his bravery, for his confidence in Ukraine and for his 'Glory to Ukraine'," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late on Sunday in an evening address.

Earlier, the State Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) confirmed that Matsiievskyi was the person shot after "a complex of investigative actions, which included communication with relatives and relatives of the deceased, as well as the processing of photo and video materials."

"In addition, the SBU received the conclusion of a forensic portrait examination, which confirmed that the soldier in the video is exactly Oleksandr Matsiievskyi," the security agency said in a statement on Telegram.

Ukraine's land forces previously declared that preliminary information identified the person shot to be Tymofiy Mykolayovych Shadura, a serviceman of the 30th separate mechanized brigade considered missing since Feb. 3.

Last Monday, a 12-second video appeared on social media showing the alleged execution of a captured and unarmed Ukrainian soldier who refused to remove his insignia with a Ukrainian flag and was later shot after saying: "Glory to Ukraine!"

Source: Anadolu Agency

Russia’s position to extend grain deal ‘only for 60 days contradicts document’ signed by Türkiye, UN: Ukraine

Russia’s position to extend the Black Sea grain deal "only for 60 days contradicts document" signed by Türkiye and the UN, said Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov on Monday.

“#BlackSeaGrainInitiative agreement involves at least 120 d. of extension, therefore Russia’s position to extend the deal only for 60 d. contradicts the document signed by Turkey & the UN," Kubrakov said on Twitter.

"We’re waiting for the official position of @UN & Turkey as the guarantors of the initiative,” he added.

Kubrakov’s remarks came after Russia earlier on Monday said it does not object to another extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative "but only for 60 days."

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin's remarks came in a statement following a Russian delegation meeting with UN Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths.

The deal was set to complete its second term on March 18.

Last July, Türkiye, the UN, Russia, and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports which were paused after the Russia-Ukraine war began in February 2022. The deal was extended for 120 days in November.

Source: Anadolu Agency