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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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05/25/2021

HBMA COVID-19 Federal Response Update

Congress

  • On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on building COVID-19 vaccine confidence.
  • On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee’s Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the White House budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The White House will issue its full budget request to Congress later this week.
    • The Subcommittee will also hold a CDC budget request hearing on Wednesday.
    • The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will hold its own NIH budget request hearing on Wednesday.
  • On Tuesday, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold its semiannual hearing with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. 

White House and Federal Agencies

  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the Administration’s support for an independent investigation into the origin of COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • Twenty-five states plus the District of Columbia have vaccinated at least 50 percent of their population. Those states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and Wisconsin.
  • The CDC is investigating reports of myocarditis in adolescents and young adults who are fully vaccinated.
  • NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci believes a 70 percent vaccination rate is needed to avoid a fall surge in cases.
    • Dr. Fauci also believes there is a chance that students will not need to wear masks if they return to in-person learning in the fall.
  • New research shows that two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine can provide up to 90 percent protection against symptomatic COVID-19.
  • New research shows that about one in four Medicare beneficiaries used telehealth during the summer and fall of 2020. Most of those beneficiaries used audio-only telehealth.
  • The White House is partnering with dating apps to encourage vaccinations.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) wants countries to vaccinate at least 10 percent of their populations by September.