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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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09/11/2020

Congress

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that no shortcuts will be taken in the COVID-19 vaccine approval process.
  • The Senate failed to pass the COVID-19 relief bill introduced by Senate Republicans.

White House and Federal Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Economic Recovery, Testing, Treatment and Vaccine

  • AstraZeneca provided new information about the patient who experienced a suspected adverse reaction to the company’s COVID-19 candidate that recently began phase three trials.
  • The CDC is planning to pilot its vaccine distribution plan in five states.
  • Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci believes it is unlikely that a COVID-19 vaccine will be approved before the November 3rd election.
  • A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found that over 500,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • A new poll published Wednesday by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that high rates of minorities are reporting financial problems as a result of the pandemic.
  • A new study believes that U.S. COVID-19 cases are undercounted.