|Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)|
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update
White House and Federal Agencies
- CMS announced that Medicare will pay an additional $35 for vaccines administered in a patient’s home.
- Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy participated in an interview about the COVID-19 response going forward.
- OSHA released a new workplace safety regulation to protect frontline healthcare workers and other workers from COVID-19.
- The CDC and State Department downgraded the “Do Not Travel” warning to a lower warning level for dozens of countries.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates
- The CDC published the following reports and website updates.
- Overall US COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Administration Update as of Wed, 09 Jun 2021 06:00:00 EST
- Genomic Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 Variants Circulating in the United States, December 2020-May 2021
- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Administration of Selected Routine Childhood and Adolescent Vaccinations - 10 U.S. Jurisdictions, March-September 2020
- Decreases in COVID-19 Cases, Emergency Department Visits, Hospital Admissions, and Deaths Among Older Adults Following the Introduction of COVID-19 Vaccine - United States, September 6, 2020-May 1, 2021
- Health Equity in Action
- Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People
- COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
- Communication Resources for COVID-19 Vaccines
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
Economy, Vaccines, Testing and Treatment
- It appears increasingly unlikely that the U.S. will achieve President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of Americans with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by July 4th.
- Moderna asked the FDA to authorize its vaccine for adolescents ages 12-17.
- The FDA approved an extended shelf life for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine ahead of thousands of doses facing expiration before this extension.
- The Department of Defense (DOD) and FEMA will begin phasing out the mass vaccination sites they have been operating.
- States are beginning to phase out enhanced unemployment benefits.
- The U.S. purchased 500 million more doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine which it will distribute to other countries. The U.S. is also in discussions with Moderna to purchase 500 million doses of its vaccine for the same purpose.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) believes a global vaccination rate of 80 percent is needed to prevent the proliferation of new COVID-19 variants.
- NIAID Director Anthony Fauci gave remarks to the same effect.
- The World Trade Organization (WTO) will begin considering proposals for how it could waive international intellectual property (IP) protections for COVID-19 vaccines.
- The J&J vaccine is showing positive results against certain variants.
- The U.S. will purchase 1.7 million doses of Merck & Co.’s COVID-19 treatment.
- New research shows that a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine is only 51 percent effective.
- Canada could loosen its travel restrictions with the U.S. as early as June 22nd.