Category: Federal


CDC Announces One Million Have Received First COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield announced the U.S. jurisdictions have now reported that more than one million people have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine since administration began 10 days ago. During a press conference today, California Governor Gavin Newsom indicated nearly 130,000 Californians have…

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COVID-19 Variant Reported in U.K., CDPH Issues Health Alert

Reports recently emerged about a new variant of the COVID-19 virus spreading rapidly in the United Kingdom. According to the U.K. government, the new virus variant appears to transmit more easily than the previous COVID-19 strain, but no evidence exists indicating the new variant causes more severe disease or mortality. The U.S. Centers for Disease…

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TFAH Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Brief

This week, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued a policy brief on the COVID-19 vaccine entitled, “Building Trust in and Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine Among People of Color and Tribal Nations.” The policy brief follows a convening this fall among 40 leading health equity, healthcare, civil rights, and public health organizations. The purpose…

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Pfizer Vaccine Arrives in California, Moderna Vaccine Secures EUA

Following the issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late last week, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has begun arriving at dispensing points nationwide, including in California. Over the past weekend, the Western States Scientific Review Workgroup confirmed the Pfizer vaccine is safe and efficacious for distribution in…

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FDA Issues EUA for At-Home COVID-19 Test

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for an at-home COVID-19 test, available to individuals without a prescription. The at-home test, Ellume, can be used by individuals ages 16 and older and children over the age of two if administered by an adult. The tests are rapid…

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HHS Issues First National Strategic Plan to Address STIs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week released its first national strategic plan to address the public health crisis caused by alarming increases in rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States over the past six years. The STI National Strategic Plan 2021-2025 sets national goals, objectives and strategies…

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FDA Anticipated to Issue EUA for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is widely anticipated to issue its first emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at any point in the coming days. Yesterday, during a day-long meeting, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) deliberated the safety and efficacy of the vaccine candidate, ultimately…

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President-Elect Biden Rolls Out Health Team, Becerra Nominated HHS Secretary

On Monday, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris announced their selections to lead their health and human services team, including response efforts to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The following were named to posts in the incoming federal administration: Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was…

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