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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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02/12/2021

Congress

  • Congressional Committees continue to work on their portions of a budget reconciliation bill that will be used to pass new COVID-19 stimulus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) intends to pass this bill before federal unemployment assistance expires on March 15th.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Economy, Vaccines, Testing and Treatment

  • According to the CDC, 46.3 million vaccine doses have been administered. Of that total, 11.1 million people have received two doses while 34.7 million people have received their first dose.
  • A new study found that Pfizer’s vaccine is effective against new COVID-19 variants from the U.K. and South Africa.
  • These new variants are more contagious and more resistant to vaccines. These variants are also becoming more prevalent in the U.S.  
  • CDC has published a study that shows how wearing two masks (layering a cloth mask over a disposable surgical mask) is effective at preventing COVID-19 infection.
  • The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab treatment for COVID-19.
  • The federal government will begin distributing vaccines directly to community health centers in an effort to increase vaccinations for vulnerable communities.
  • This article explores how vaccines can adapt to respond to new variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
  • A new study shows that common asthma drug budesonide is an effective treatment for COVID-19.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s CEO says COVID-19 vaccines might be needed annually.
  • The federal government is planning to open mass vaccination sites in Texas, New York City and California.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reiterated that the Fed intends to keep interest rates at their current levels for the foreseeable future.
  • The federal government is investigating a massive counterfeit N95 mask scheme.