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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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03/30/2021

HBMA COVID-19 Federal Response Update

White House and Federal Agencies

  • The IRS is continuing to distribute stimulus checks to individual and family taxpayers as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • After meeting his goal of 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, President Biden now hopes to double that goal to 200 million doses.
  • AstraZeneca released results from phase three clinical trials in the United States for its COVID-19 vaccine that shows the vaccine was 79 percent effective against symptomatic cases and 100% effective against hospitalization and death. The results also did not show a relationship between the vaccine and blood clotting – a concern held by some countries in Europe.
  • This article compares the three vaccines that have received emergency approval from the FDA.
  • NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that a variant of COVID-19 first identified in the United Kingdom accounts for 30 percent of infections in the U.S. and could become  the dominant strain in the coming months.
    • As cases in some states continue to increase, Dr. Fauci said that we are in a race to vaccinate everyone before the next surge in cases.
  • The number of U.S. air travelers reached its highest number since March of 2020.