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  • National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers

    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers | site |



    (Information included in a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) news release dated: January 18, 2021)

    Healthcare providers must be able to explain the latest data supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so they can strongly encourage vaccination when appropriate while acknowledging that uncertainty and unknowns remain. This message comes from a new commentary co-authored by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and other leading NIAID scientists in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The commentary provides an overview of the seven COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in development in the United States. For each vaccine candidate, the authors des
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and Veteran volunteers from the Atlanta and San Antonio VA medical centers were part of a recently published study that yielded crucial insights into COVID-19 treatment.

    The study published Dec. 11, 2020, by the New England Journal of Medicine, showed the drugs baricitinib and remdesivir combined were far better at improving and reducing recovery time of COVID-19 patients than treatment with remdesivir alone. “Safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are being rolled out in VA and other health care settings, but finding treatments remains crucial,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA researchers and all the Veterans who volunteer for studies are contributing to steady p
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  • FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 19, 2021

    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 19, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 19, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 19, 2021)


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:...
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 15, 2021

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 15, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
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  • VA begins administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Department of Homeland Security Mission-essential Personnel

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs begins administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Department of Homeland Security Mission-essential Personnel | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: January 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began administering COVID-19 vaccinations to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees Jan. 6, through an interagency agreement to support DHS’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

    The agreement was initiated in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of COVID-19 as a national emergency and falls under the Economy Act, which authorizes federal agencies to provide services or supplies to other federal agencies on a reimbursable basis. As part of the agreement, trained VA medical professionals at certain VA medical centers are vaccinating DHS employees using DHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine allocations. “This is a
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  • CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: January 12, 2021) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans. Variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus continue to emerge in countries around the world, and there is evidence of increased transmissibility of some of these variants. With the US already in surge status, the testing requirement for air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public. Before departu...
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  • Veterans Affairs, Fitbit help support Veteran Health and Wellness during COVID-19 Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Fitbit help support Veteran Health and Wellness during COVID-19 Pandemic | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: January 11, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new initiative with Fitbit that will provide eligible Veterans, caregivers and VA staff with access to Fitbit programs and services to help manage stress, improve sleep and increase physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will be focused on participants who currently use Fitbit devices. VA has contracted with Fitbit to initially provide 10,000 eligible Veterans, caregivers and VA staff a one-year free membership to Fitbit Premium. This includes access to guided programs, hundreds of workouts, mindfulness content, a wellness report and a health metrics dashboard. Participants will also have access to Fitbit Health Coachi...
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  • HHS Launches Web-Based Locator for COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment Sites for Monoclonal Antibodies

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Web-Based Locator for COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment Sites for Monoclonal Antibodies | site |
    • System helps doctors and patients find locations for COVID-19 outpatient treatment
    • Use of monoclonal antibody treatments could help reduce need for hospitalization in high-risk patients


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 11, 2021)

    A web-based COVID-19 outpatient treatment locator maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now available to assist healthcare providers and patients in finding potential locations for treatment with monoclonal antibody therapeutics. These medicines are authorized for emergency use in treating patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing severe symptoms and requiring hospitalization. "We are focused intently on supporting healthcare providers in their efforts to save liv
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  • Walgreens Expects to Complete Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine First Doses in Skilled Nursing Facilities by January 25

    Walgreens Expects to Complete Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine First Doses in Skilled Nursing Facilities by January 25 | site |


    Walgreens continues to accelerate access to COVID-19 vaccinations among additional vulnerable populations as part of state and local jurisdictions distribution plans


    (Information contained in Walgreens press release dated: January 6, 2021)

    Deerfield, Ill., January 06, 2021 - Walgreens expects to complete the administration of COVID-19 vaccine first doses in skilled nursing facilities by Monday, Jan. 25. The company is also rapidly expanding access to vaccinations among assisted living facilities and additional vulnerable populations outlined by states and local jurisdictions as part of expanded distribution plans. “Since receiving our first allotments of vaccines in late December, Walgreens has remained on track in vaccinating our most vulnerable populations, and we are steadfast in our comm
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  • Veterans Affairs expands Access to Telehealth Services during COVID-19 Pandemic for Older, Rural and Homeless Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs expands Access to Telehealth Services during COVID-19 Pandemic for Older, Rural and Homeless Veterans | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 6, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its Digital Divide Consult has helped more than 12,000 Veterans obtain internet access or a video-capable device for their health care needs.

    As part of the program, VA providers refer Veterans to a VA social worker, who determines eligibility for various programs to assist with getting the internet service or technology needed for VA telehealth — ensuring older Veterans, those living in rural areas and Veterans who are homeless or in temporary housing have the opportunity to participate.

    According to the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Veterans with lower incomes, more severe
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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 8, 2021

    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 8, 2021

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 8, 2021 | site |



    (The following is part of the information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 8, 2021)


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • The FDA alerted clinical laboratory staff and health care providers that genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2 may lead to false negative results with molecular tests for SARS-CoV-2. The Letter to Clinical Laboratory Staff and Health Care Providers includes important information about potential false negative results with molecular tests, including:
      • Details on the effect of genetic variants on test performance.
      • Recommendations for clinical laboratory staff and health care providers.
      • Actions the FDA has taken.
      • Instructions for reporting problems with a test.
    • This week, the FDA posted a new webpage, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Continues Community Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 7, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the extension of the Community Based Testing Site program for COVID-19 testing, through partnership with national pharmacy and retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest (through services at Walmart) and service provider eTrueNorth (through services at Health Mart and Topco locations). The partnership has resulted in establishing more than 3,300 COVID-19 testing locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To date, more than 5.6 million tests have been conducted as a result of this partnership. The Community Based Testing Site program began in the spring of 2020 and includes a large percentage - over 70% - of testing sites located in communities ...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers over 146,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to date

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers over 146,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to date | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 5, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has administered initial COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 14,000 Veterans at high risk of getting COVID-19 infection, and more than 132,000 health care employees as of Jan. 4.

    In accordance with VA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan, the department started vaccination efforts at 37 initial VA medical centers, following the Food and Drug Administration’s Dec. 11 decision to issue an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. The 37 initial sites to first receive the vaccine were selected based on several factors, including having the capacity to store the vaccine at extremely cold temperatures and the ability to offer hi
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  • Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - January 6, 2021

    Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - January 6, 2021

    Transcript of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Update on COVID-19 - - January 6, 2021 | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: January 6, 2021)




    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.


    OPERATOR: AT THIS TIME, ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ON LISTEN-ONLY MODE. SO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION, PLEASE PRESS STAR AND THEN ONE.

    TODAY’S CONFERENCE IS BEING RECORDED. IF YOU HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS, YOU MAY DISCONNECT AT THIS TIME. AND NOW I WOULD LIKE TO TURN THE MEETING OVER TO MR. BENJAMIN HAYNES. SIR YOU MAY BEGIN.

    HAYNES: THANK YOU, BRITTANY. AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS JOINED US FOR TODAY’S BRIEFING TO DISCUSS VACCINE SAFETY. WE ARE JOINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CDC’S NATIONAL CENTER AND IS SENIOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL LEADING TODAY’S VACCINE EFFORTS. WE WILL BE JOINED BY DR. TOM CLARK,
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  • NIH says Large Clinical Trial will Test Combination Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for mild/moderate COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health says Large Clinical Trial will Test Combination Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for mild/moderate COVID-19 | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: January 5, 2021)

    A Phase 2/3 clinical trial has begun to evaluate a combination investigational monoclonal antibody therapy for its safety and efficacy in people who have mild or moderate COVID-19. The two experimental antibodies, BRII-196 and BRII-198, target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The trial, known as ACTIV-2, is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

    NIH’s Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) program is a public-private partnership to develop a coordinated research strategy for speeding development of the most promising treatments and vaccine candidates. ACTIV-2 is a master protocol
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    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers
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    National Institutes of Health Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers | site |



    (Information included in a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) news release dated: January 18, 2021)

    Healthcare providers must be able to explain the latest data supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so they can strongly encourage vaccination when appropriate while acknowledging that uncertainty and unknowns remain. This message comes from a new commentary co-authored by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and other leading NIAID scientists in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The commentary provides an overview of the seven COVID-19 vaccines furthest along in development in the United States. For each vaccine candidate, the authors des
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    01-21-2021, 04:03 PM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says VA plays Crucial Role in COVID-19 Treatment Study | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release dated: January 19, 2021)

    Washington - - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and Veteran volunteers from the Atlanta and San Antonio VA medical centers were part of a recently published study that yielded crucial insights into COVID-19 treatment.

    The study published Dec. 11, 2020, by the New England Journal of Medicine, showed the drugs baricitinib and remdesivir combined were far better at improving and reducing recovery time of COVID-19 patients than treatment with remdesivir alone. “Safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are being rolled out in VA and other health care settings, but finding treatments remains crucial,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA researchers and all the Veterans who volunteer for studies are contributing to steady p
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    01-20-2021, 10:37 AM
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    FDA Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 19, 2021
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 19, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release: January 19, 2021)


    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:...
    01-20-2021, 12:14 AM
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - January 15, 2021
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: January 15, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: January 15, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:
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    01-17-2021, 05:15 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    VA begins administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Department of Homeland Security Mission-essential Personnel
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs begins administering COVID-19 Vaccines to Department of Homeland Security Mission-essential Personnel | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: January 12, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began administering COVID-19 vaccinations to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees Jan. 6, through an interagency agreement to support DHS’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

    The agreement was initiated in response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of COVID-19 as a national emergency and falls under the Economy Act, which authorizes federal agencies to provide services or supplies to other federal agencies on a reimbursable basis. As part of the agreement, trained VA medical professionals at certain VA medical centers are vaccinating DHS employees using DHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine allocations. “This is a
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    01-13-2021, 10:29 AM

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