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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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06/25/2021

White House and Federal Agencies

  • The White House acknowledged that it will not achieve its goal of having 70 percent of eligible adults receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4th.
  • Healthcare employers must comply with the new OSHA COVID-19 requirements by July 6th.
  • The CDC extended the eviction moratorium from June 30th through July 31st. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the CDC intends for this to be the final extension of the moratorium.
    • The White House is convening meetings with stakeholders to help mitigate evictions after the moratorium ends.
  • The White House will send 3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Brazil.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

 
Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) acknowledged a “likely association” between COVID-19 vaccines and a rare heart inflammation condition in young adults – especially men under 30.
    • The CDC is aware of 323 cases of this condition. While most of these cases resulted in hospitalization, 295 of the cases were discharged after recovery.
    • Given how rare these cases are, the ACIP reaffirmed the safety of the vaccines.
    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will begin carrying warning labels about this condition.
  • ACIP said it does not have enough data to make a recommendation on booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against the dangers of the Delta variant and how it threatens our chances of eliminating COVID-19 in the U.S.
    • Dr. Fauci said that regions with low vaccination rates could face localized outbreaks.
    • While the Delta variant is more transmissible and can cause more severe symptoms, vaccines are highly effective against this variant.
  • New research suggests mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines could produce a stronger immune response.
  • The NIH began a new study on how COVID-19 vaccines effect pregnant and postpartum women and their babies.
  • The NIH believes there may have been 17 million undiagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) says poor countries are not receiving enough vaccines.
  • Testifying at a Congressional hearing this week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said the Fed will not respond to rising inflation until it has more evidence that the inflation we are experiencing is more than “transitionary.”