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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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09/24/2021

White House and Federal Agencies

  • President Biden announced new plans to address the global spread of the coronavirus at an international COVID-19 summit with the UN General Assembly.
    • The primary plan is for the U.S. to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to low and lower-middle income countries.
    • The U.S. will also form a partnership with the European Union to enhance the global vaccination effort.
  • Vice President Harris announced $250 million in federal grants for community organizations that work to address COVID response inequities.

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced their authorization of a third dose Pfizer vaccine for individuals at high risk, including healthcare workers and those over 65.
    • The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice voted in agreement with these guidelines, and even widened their recommendation to include individuals over 50 with weakened immune systems.
  • Johnson & Johnson announced that their two-dose version of the COVID-19 vaccine provides 94% protection from the virus. 
  • A recent COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub, which combines the results of multiple models, predicts a decline in cases and deaths through the fall and winter seasons.
  • A World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the Delta variant as the most dominant variant of the coronavirus.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported 226,000 child COVID-19 cases from September 9 to 16, representing 25.7% of the weekly reported cases.
  • Trials from a COVID-19 immune therapy based on the immune systems of llamas yielded positive results.
  • A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine study on pregnant women has been delayed by slow enrollment and new vaccination guidelines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates