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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update


White House and Federal Agencies

  • President Biden will visit Chicago today to discuss vaccine mandates and recognize airlines that have implemented vaccination requirements.
  • The White House announced a $1 billion purchase of at-home COVID-19 testing kits.
    • The administration also stated that the U.S. is on track to quadruple the number of at-home testing kits by the end of the year.
  • The White House COVID-19 Response Team held a briefing on Wednesday to give updates on COVID-19.
  • The White House released a report about the effectiveness of vaccine mandates.
  • The Office of Management and Budget released new guidance regarding vaccination exemptions for federal employees.
  • The Pentagon announced that all civilians working for the Department of Defense and military services must be vaccinated by November 22. 
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) held a listening session to gain feedback on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) began sending vaccine supplies to North Korea.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance that protects unvaccinated individuals from being denied coverage, but allows discounts for those that are vaccinated.
  • The WHO published the definition of “long Covid.”

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • The FDA received the following requests for authorization this week:
    • Johnson & Johnson asked for authorization of their COVID-19 booster vaccine for individuals ages 18 and older.
    • Pfizer/BioNTech asked for authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.
    • AstraZeneca asked for emergency authorization of their COVID-19 antibody treatment.
  • The FDA authorized emergency use of Labcorp’s combined flu and COVID-19 at-home testing kit.
    • The FDA also authorized ACON Laboratories new at-home COVID-19 test.
  • HHS released a study showing that vaccines have potentially saved the lives of 39,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Research found the Pfizer vaccine to be less effective against the delta variant overtime. It was found to be 53% effective after four months against delta compared to 67% effective after four months against other variants. 
  • Moderna plans to spend up to $500 million to build a new vaccine factory in Africa.
  • A new survey shows that nearly 1 in 5 U.S. healthcare workers have quit their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A modeling study predicts that COVID-19 reinfection will become more common under endemic conditions.
  • Ellume COVID-19 testing kits, the first FDA authorized at-home kits, have been recalled due to higher-than-anticipated false positive results.
  • A study finds over 120,000 children lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19.
  • A new study reveals that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death of police officers.
  • A study found drug and alcohol abusers to be more prone to a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.
  • A study finds patients with Irritable Bowel Disease have higher incidences of COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates