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  • CDC Awards 3 Billion Dollars to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Programs

    CDC Awards 3 Billion Dollars to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Programs

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Awards $3 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Programs | site |



    CDC says Funding can be used for innovative partnerships with community-based organizations to increase vaccine uptake, including in underserved populations


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded funding to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding COVID-19 vaccine programs and ensuring greater equity and access to vaccine by those disproportionately affected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The awards are part of $3 billion in funding that CDC has granted to 64 jurisdictions to bolster broad-based vaccine distribution, access, and administration efforts. The funding was made available by the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response an...
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: March 2, 2021)


    Washington - - FEMA continues its push to speed up vaccinations across the country, supporting states as they open additional community vaccination centers this week. In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to three federal pilot community vaccination centers in California, Florida and Texas, helping to bring this unprecedented pandemic to an end. FEMA continues increasing vaccine allocations to states, tribes and territories, ensuring everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index, the agency is partnering with state leaders to identify community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations. Today, a comm...
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  • FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

    FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    FDA says "Action Advances Fight Against COVID-19, Follows Comprehensive Evaluation of Available Safety, Effectiveness and Manufacturing Quality Information by FDA Career Scientists, Input from External Experts"


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press released dated: February 27, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. “The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against...
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  • Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    Update Provides Alternative Temperature for Transportation and Temporary Storage for Frozen Vials Before Dilution


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is allowing undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be transported and stored at conventional temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for a period of up to two weeks. This reflects an alternative to the preferred storage of the undiluted vials in an ultra-low temperature freezer between -80ºC to -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF). The change is being reflected in updates to the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers)....
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  • Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees

    Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees | site |


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

    Washington - - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities are receiving a one-time supplemental allocation of 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    This distribution is in addition to VA’s normally scheduled delivery of approximately 125,000 doses of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines each week.

    “In accordance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s phased allocation considerations, VA has worked diligently to offer and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to Veterans who receive care at VA,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Health, Richard Stone, M.D. “The additional doses will help us to
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  • Walgreens and Uber Join Forces to Address Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

    Walgreens and Uber Join Forces to Address Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

    Walgreens and Uber Join Forces to Address Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccine Equity | site |



    Announcement says companies will work together on programs that address vaccine hesitancy and access


    (Information contained in Walgreens press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Deerfield, Ill. & San Francisco, February 9, 2021 — Walgreens and Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER), a global leader in ridesharing and on-demand delivery technology, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to help drive equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines among underserved communities. Together, Uber and Walgreens will combine their expertise to address common barriers to health equity including education, access and technology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to many interrelated factors that hinder vaccine access for communities of color, including vaccine hesitancy and lack of access to transportation.[1] Walgreens a
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has now provided more than $3.15 billion to states, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia for expenses related to COVID-19 vaccination at 100% federal cost share and deployed 752 incident management and 317 incident support staff across the nation to support vaccine centers with federal personnel and technical assistance. Additional FEMA staff across the country are supporting virtually. FEMA is supporting vaccination centers by providing expedited financial assistance, federal equipment and supplies, and deploying federal personnel to states, tribes, territories and other eligible applicants for vaccination efforts. This assistance is processed when a request is submitted. As the number of states with obligations increases, ...
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  • NIH calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research

    National Institutes of Health calls for greater inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating People in COVID-19 Vaccine Research | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press releases: February 10, 2021)

    Longstanding obstacles to include pregnant and lactating people in clinical research have led to this population now deciding whether or not to receive a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine without the benefit of scientific evidence, writes Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, and colleagues. Their viewpoint article appears online in JAMA. The manufacturers of currently available vaccines excluded pregnant and lactating people from the clinical trials needed to obtain Emergency Use Authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now that the vaccines have been distributed, the U.S. Center
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  • FDA Announces Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Janssen Biotech Inc.’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Announces Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Janssen Biotech Inc.’s COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 4, 2021)

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has scheduled a meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on Feb. 26, 2021, to discuss the request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 vaccine from Janssen Biotech Inc. “A public discussion by the advisory committee members about the data submitted in support of safety and effectiveness of Janssen Biotech Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine will help ensure that the public has a clear understanding of the scientific data and information that FDA will evaluate in order to make a decision about whether to authorize this vaccine,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “The FDA remains committed t...
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  • FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update

    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: February 1, 2021)

    Washington - - FEMA has now obligated more than $1.7 billion to states, tribes and territories, and Washington, D.C., for vaccination sites and deployed more than 300 staff to 10 states and one territory to support vaccination centers with personnel and technical assistance. Additional staff across the country are supporting virtually. In the last 48 hours, the following obligations over $1 million were made:
    • $51.6 million to Alabama.
    • $5.9 million to California.
    • $245 million to Florida.
    • $104.6 million to Georgia.
    • $46.9 million to Kentucky.
    • $15 million to Minnesota.
    • $32 million to Mississippi.
    • $103 million to North Carolina.
    • $2.5 million to South Carolina.
    • $68.5 million to Tennessee.
    • $3.2 million to Virginia.
    • $47 million to Wisconsin.
    As of Jan....
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  • DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 1, 2021) DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines. DHS carries out its mission, including all areas within its COVID-19 response, without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, or other protected class, and in compliance with law and policy. Further, DHS supports the equitable and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to all populati...
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  • Janssen Investigational COVID-19 Vaccine: Interim Analysis of Phase 3 Clinical Data Released

    Janssen Investigational COVID-19 Vaccine: Interim Analysis of Phase 3 Clinical Data Released | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release dated: January 29, 2021) An investigational COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals appears to be safe and effective at preventing moderate and severe COVID-19 in adults, according to an interim analysis of Phase 3 clinical data conducted Jan. 21. The vaccine, called Ad.26.COV2.S or JNJ-78436725, requires only a single injection and can be stored in a refrigerator for months. The interim analysis assessed 468 cases of symptomatic COVID-19 among 44,325 adult volunteers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. The investigational vaccine was reportedly 66% effective at preventing the study’s combined endpoints of moderate and severe COVID-19 at 28 days post-vaccination among all volunteers, including those infecte...
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  • FEMA Obligates Nearly 1 Billion Dollars in First Days of Vaccine Mission

    FEMA Obligates Nearly 1 Billion Dollars in First Days of Vaccine Mission

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Obligates Nearly $1 Billion in First Days of Vaccine Mission | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: January 26, 2021) Washington - - FEMA has obligated nearly $1 billion to costs related to the COVID-19 vaccine mission and continues to work with states throughout the nation in funding costs related to the COVID-19 vaccine mission. The award provides over $988 million in federal funding to Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. These funds are being provided to reimburse costs associated with emergency protective measures taken by governments to store, handle, transport, distribute and administer vaccines to reduce the spread the of the virus. Emergency protective measures include providing emergency medical supplies, commodities, transportation, staffing for medica...
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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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  • 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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    CDC Awards 3 Billion Dollars to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Programs
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Awards $3 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Programs | site |



    CDC says Funding can be used for innovative partnerships with community-based organizations to increase vaccine uptake, including in underserved populations


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: April 6, 2021)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded funding to support local efforts to increase vaccine uptake by expanding COVID-19 vaccine programs and ensuring greater equity and access to vaccine by those disproportionately affected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The awards are part of $3 billion in funding that CDC has granted to 64 jurisdictions to bolster broad-based vaccine distribution, access, and administration efforts. The funding was made available by the American Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus Response an...
    04-09-2021, 06:13 AM
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    FEMA Supports Vaccine Distribution - - - COVID-19 Response Update
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    Federal Emergency Management Agency Supports Vaccine Distribution: COVID-19 Response Update | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: March 2, 2021)


    Washington - - FEMA continues its push to speed up vaccinations across the country, supporting states as they open additional community vaccination centers this week. In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be delivered to three federal pilot community vaccination centers in California, Florida and Texas, helping to bring this unprecedented pandemic to an end. FEMA continues increasing vaccine allocations to states, tribes and territories, ensuring everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. Using data from CDC’s social vulnerability index, the agency is partnering with state leaders to identify community vaccination centers where they will be able to do the most good for the most vulnerable populations. Today, a comm...
    03-03-2021, 04:26 AM
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    FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    FDA says "Action Advances Fight Against COVID-19, Follows Comprehensive Evaluation of Available Safety, Effectiveness and Manufacturing Quality Information by FDA Career Scientists, Input from External Experts"


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press released dated: February 27, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. “The authorization of this vaccine expands the availability of vaccines, the best medical prevention method for COVID-19, to help us in the fight against...
    03-03-2021, 03:17 AM
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    Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - - - FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: U.S. Food and Drug Administration Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | site |



    Update Provides Alternative Temperature for Transportation and Temporary Storage for Frozen Vials Before Dilution


    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: February 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is allowing undiluted frozen vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be transported and stored at conventional temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for a period of up to two weeks. This reflects an alternative to the preferred storage of the undiluted vials in an ultra-low temperature freezer between -80ºC to -60ºC (-112ºF to -76ºF). The change is being reflected in updates to the Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers)....
    02-26-2021, 06:08 AM
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    Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees
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    Veterans Affairs receives additional 200,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to administer to Veterans, Employees | site |


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

    Washington - - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities are receiving a one-time supplemental allocation of 200,000 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    This distribution is in addition to VA’s normally scheduled delivery of approximately 125,000 doses of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines each week.

    “In accordance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s phased allocation considerations, VA has worked diligently to offer and administer the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible to Veterans who receive care at VA,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Health, Richard Stone, M.D. “The additional doses will help us to
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    02-11-2021, 05:27 PM

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