COVID-19 Federal Responses: Monday, January 4, 2021

COVID-19 Federal Responses: Monday, January 4, 2021
  • CDC treatment guideline update; vaccine dosing and delivery

White House and Federal Agencies

  • President-elect Biden announced three new COVID-19 response advisors:
    • Dr. Bechara Choucair, a Kaiser Permanente executive and family physician, will be the national COVID-19 vaccine coordinator.
    • Carole Johnson, the commissioner of New Jersey’s human services department and a former White House senior health adviser, will be the national COVID-19 testing coordinator.
    • Tim Manning, former deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be the national COVID-19 supply coordinator.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • “Anyone who receives the Moderna or Pfizer [coronavirus] vaccine must get two full doses”, two top U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said Monday. Additionally, FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., and Dr. Peter Marks, who heads FDA’s vaccine division, “dismissed other ideas for stretching the vaccine supply and said people who are speculating about the possibility of making do with just one dose or cutting doses in half are misinterpreting the data.”
  • As of Jan. 2, 13 million COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed, of which, 4.2 million have been administered. This includes both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who leads the White House Operation Warp Speed Initiative, said he believes AstraZeneca’s vaccine will receive an emergency use authorization by early April.
  • Pfizer and BioNTech will offer its vaccine to its clinical trial participants who received the placebo by March 1st.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said he believes life will not return to “normal” until the fall of 2021.