AACI COVID-19 Resources

AACI continues to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak. To facilitate communication around this rapidly-evolving topic, AACI will share news, guidelines, and cancer center policies to keep our members informed on COVID-19 as it relates to cancer research and treatment. 

COVID-19 Discussion Forum

On March 16, AACI launched a Slack workspace as a forum for AACI cancer center members and National Cancer Institute leaders to share challenges and best practices related to COVID-19 and cancer. To ensure confidentiality and encourage open discussion, all requests to join the forum require administrative approval from AACI. 

Press Release and Letter to Congress
AACI Urges Immediate Implementation of Defense Production Act 
In a March 23 letter to President Donald Trump, the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) implored him to immediately invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) to marshal American manufacturing to forcefully confront the COVID-19 emergency. 
The association also called for military mobilization to help build temporary hospital facilities and to assist hospital personnel.

"[T]he situation is already desperate in many of our hospitals,," cancer center directors wrote. "Failure to act decisively and immediately will undoubtedly result in the tragic, massive, and ultimately avoidable loss of many American lives."

In a March 27 presidential memorandum, President Trump directed his administration to use "any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators." 

As of April 2, the president expanded the DPA order to include General Electric, Hill-Rom Holdings, Medtronic, ResMed, Philips, and Vyaire Medical, all device companies that already produce ventilators.

Read the Full Press Release
Read and Share the Letter 
AACI Commentary 
What AACI Cancer Centers Are Doing to Mitigate Risks

By AACI Staff

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic on Wednesday, March 11; two days later, President Donald Trump proclaimed a national emergency in the United States. AACI members have been taking measures to limit exposure to the coronavirus in order to protect cancer patients, their families, and the community at large from infection with COVID-19. 

The following AACI Commentary provides an overview of members’ current COVID-19 activities, although it may not fully reflect the efforts of AACI’s 100 members. For real-time updates, AACI is launching a platform for members to discuss how they are addressing this evolving public health crisis.  

Read the March 2020 Commentary.

Last updated April 7, 2020