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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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10/22/2021

White House and Federal Agencies

  • The White House released a fact sheet with operational plans to distribute COVID-?19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11, which are expected to be authorized by the FDA in the coming weeks.
    • It stated that the U.S. has secured enough supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine for all of the country’s 28 million children aged 5-11.
    • It outlined the large number of locations where the vaccine will be available for children in order to increase accessibility nationwide.
    • It announced a national education campaign run by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide parents with COVID-19 vaccination information for 5-11 year olds. 
  • Today, the White House announced it donated its 200 millionth COVID-19 shot to help vaccinate the rest of the world.

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • The FDA officially authorized the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster vaccines.
    • The Moderna booster shot is only half of the original dose and is to be administered six months after the completion of the original series. It is approved for those 65 and older as well as those younger than 65 with increased risk of infection. 
    • The Johnson & Johnson booster is authorized for adults 18 and over two months after the first single dose shot. 
  • The FDA also authorized mix and match booster vaccines, allowing an individual to receive a different brand booster shot than the original vaccine they received. 
  • A CDC study showed that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 93% effective against COVID-19 hospitalizations for 12-18 year olds. 
  • Research shows that asymptomatic COVID-19 cases could be significantly increasing transmission of the virus. 
  • A study demonstrates that obesity is linked to increased ICU stays and mortality rates from COVID-19 infections. 
  • Pope Francis urged drug makers to release COVID-19 vaccine patents so that other companies can manufacture shots for countries with less access to vaccines. 
  • A study reveals patients may begin owing thousands of dollars for COVID-19 treatments because many insurance companies recently removed waivers originally protecting patients from COVID-19 treatment costs. 
  • A study shows approximately one in seven eligible seniors have received their COVID-19 vaccine booster. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates