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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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10/29/2021

White House and Federal Agencies

  • The White House is signaling it will allow for some enforcement leniency regarding its December 8th employer vaccine deadline.
  • This article summarizes the U.S. government’s efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to other countries.
  • The FCC awarded $40 million in grants to 71 health systems to help them improve their telehealth capabilities in response to the pandemic.

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted to recommend the FDA authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.
    • Pfizer agreed to provide 50 million additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for kids by April.
    • This article provides information about the COVID-19 vaccine dose for kids.
  • Moderna says its vaccine is safe and effective for children between the ages of 6 and 11.
  • The CDC says some people with certain immunocompromising conditions might receive a fourth dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky expressed optimism about improving COVID-19 case numbers but also cautioned to remain “vigilant” to prevent a new increase in cases.
  • Merck outlined how it will share its COVID-19 treatment pill with other countries.
  • New data shows COVID-19 vaccination disparities based on income.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates