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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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09/17/2021

Congress

  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations subcommittee will hold a hearing on COVID-19’s health impacts on children on September 22nd.

White House and Federal Agencies

  • The Biden Administration announced new details about the new vaccine mandate for most federal employees, clarifying that federal employees must be vaccinated by November 22.
  • The four military branches set vaccination deadlines for their personnel.  
  • HHS is changing its methodology for distributing monoclonal antibody drugs to states.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new large-scale study on the long-term effects of COVID-19.
  • Starting October 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination as part of certain immigration applications.

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • Moderna officially asked the FDA to authorize a third “booster” dose of its COVID-19 vaccine.
  • FDA regulators are pushing back against the booster dose recommendations from the CDC and White House. New and conflicting testimonials concerning a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine were publicized.
    • Meanwhile, Moderna and Pfizer released data illustrating that a vaccine booster shot is necessary because the effectiveness of their vaccines decline over time.  
    • The FDA’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products will meet tomorrow to vote on recommendation of a third dose of the vaccine.
    • The CDC also announced a meeting of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to discuss COVID-19 booster shots on September 22-23.
  • Pfizer/BioNTech expects to apply for FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of six months and five years old as early as November. The clinical trial results for this age group could be released by the end of October.
  • New research shows the COVID-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective in preventing ICU admission.
  • NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said COVID-19 case rates are 10 times higher than required to control the pandemic.
  • Data from the Labor Department show prices for consumer goods rose less than expected last month, signaling a decline in inflation.

 
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