Coronavirus Roundup: A New COVID-19 Response Coordinator, New Reentry Guidance for Civil Defense
Coronavirus Roundup: A New COVID-19 Response Coordinator, New Reentry Guidance for Civil Defense

Coronavirus Roundup: A New COVID-19 Response Coordinator, New Reentry Guidance for Civil Defense

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, will replace Jeff Zients as COVID-19 Response Coordinator. “Jeff has spent the last 14 months working tirelessly to help fight COVID,” President Biden said in a statement Thursday. “He is a serviceman and an expert leader. I will miss his advice and I am grateful for his service.” Zients’ deputy, Natalie Quillian, will also be leaving.

“Despite all the progress we have made in this pandemic (and there is a lot), we still have important work to do to protect the lives and well-being of Americans,” Jha said in a tweet. “So when [the president] asked me to serve, I was honored to have the opportunity. ” Here are some of the other recent headlines you may have missed.

Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Tuesday, they submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for another COVID-19 booster shot for adults aged 65 and up. “The submission is based on two real data sets from Israel analyzed at a time when the Omicron variant was widespread,” a press release said. “These data showed evidence that an additional mRNA booster increases immunogenicity and lowers the number of confirmed infections and serious illness.”

So Modern announced On Thursday, it submitted an application to the FDA for another booster shot for all adults 18 years and older, which was “partly based on recently published data generated in the US and Israel following the advent of Omicron,” the company said in a press release.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Defense issued new guidance for re-entry for civilian employees to the Armed Forces’ workplaces. “This updated guide does not instruct a ‘one size fits all’ plan to return to the workplace, but rather instructs supervisors to begin discussions with civilian employees in these categories to plan a return to the workplace or make sure to work after a customized schedule, “it said in a press release. “Specific re-entry plans will depend on organizational needs, the framework of the health protection conditions and guidance on health protection.” Unless there is an urgent mission need, departmental components must give their employees 30 days notice of changes.

There is no update on the timing of the forthcoming executive order aimed at combating identity theft in public benefit programs, That is what White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during the briefing on Thursday. The executive order was part of the White House’s executive order in front of the state of the Union on ways in which the Biden administration is cracking down on fraud in pandemic aid programs.

Late. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Introduced legislation Thursday, who would “restore” the Special Inspector General of Pandemic Recovery Jurisdiction following a legal opinion narrowed it last year, and would give IG more funding after the office warned it was running out of money. Head of Government recently reported on the implications of financial 2022 funding for the special IG, created by the CARES Act in March 2020.

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which was also established by the CARES Act, is seeking to hire a senior management executive. “You will be part of an exciting mission with the ability to deliver an impact by overseeing and coordinating all administrative and operational areas for [committee] and serves as senior adviser to the CEO in administrative policy and procedural matters, “he said job postings. “This work includes management analysis, budgeting and financial management, workforce forecasting, property and space management, procurement and contracting, and other related administrative and operational activities.”

The White House is resuming tours for the public after stopping them due to the pandemic. The White House will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation with guidance based on recommendations from [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]”and other public health officials and medical experts, and reserves the right to adjust the availability of public tours as needed to comply with the latest health guidelines,” said one executive order on Tuesday. “Within the 10 days prior to the public tour, anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should have had any COVID-19 symptoms or been in close contact with anyone who has been confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. , stay home.” There will also be face masks available at entry for anyone who wants to wear them.

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