Coronavirus Roundup: Trump Officially Sued Over COVID-19 Procurement; FDA Greenlights More boosters – Community News

Coronavirus Roundup: Trump Officially Sued Over COVID-19 Procurement; FDA Greenlights More boosters

Rep. James Clyburn, DC, chairman of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, has subpoenaed Peter Navarro, former director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and aide to President Trump, over his pandemic response.

“Documents previously released by the Select Subcommittee show that Mr. Navarro and other officials of the Trump administration shifted responsibility to states and took a haphazard and ineffective approach to procurement, contributing to severe shortages, rather than a coordinated national strategy to fill the critical gaps. of much-needed supplies and endangering American lives,” Clyburn said in a statement. “White House officials, including Mr. Navarro, also appear to have sidelined career procurement officials and undue influence over contract award, leading to contracts being awarded without due diligence or competition. ”

Navarro failed to comply with the selected subcommittee’s earlier request for documents and information. With this summons, he is forced to submit various documents before December 8 and to appear for a statement on December 15. Here are some of the other recent headlines you may have missed.

Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suspending enforcement and implementation of the vaccine rule for private companies while a lawsuit is pending, “we’re still moving toward the same timeline” with a Jan. 4 deadline, Press Secretary Jen Psaki of the United States Press Secretary said. White House during the information session on Thursday. “The Justice Department is vigorously defending the temporary emergency standard in court. And we have confidence in OSHA’s authority.”

Ninety-four percent of healthcare workers in the Department of Veterans Affairs have submitted information about their vaccination status or waiver request, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said during a briefing on Thursday. He added that the counseling process, which is the first part of the progressive discipline process, “helps push the numbers.” Also: “we plan in case we need to relieve people in certain sensitive areas, [so] that we have capacity throughout the system where we can deploy people to absorb shortages.” Healthcare workers had an earlier deadline than other federal workers.

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that all adults who have received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine will be eligible for booster shots six months after their second dose. dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a briefing Wednesday that once the FDA acts, “we at CDC will act quickly.” The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Friday afternoon to discuss and vote on boosters.

Richard Arnholt, a member of the law firm Bass, Berry & Sims, appears to be trying to plug “some holes in the legal basis” of the vaccine mandate for federal contractors. after on Thursday. “Probably in response to flurry of lawsuits challenging government contractor mandate for vaccines, Nov. 16” [OMB] published a new notice of determination and request for comment in the federal registry,” which “revokes and replaces the Sept. 24 prior notice,” he continued. “Part I published in the federal registry for the first time the whole [Safer Federal Workforce] Task Force Guidance” and the other parts include a comprehensive economic analysis and “attempts to address procedural problems”.

The Department of Health and Human Services is asking for public comment on its website that centralizes information and resources on coronavirus news, vaccines, treatments and research. The aim is to collect feedback on the initiative’s two target groups (the general public and healthcare providers) to identify evolving needs and better disseminate relevant information related to COVID-19 treatment and accelerate COVID-19 therapeutic interventions and vaccines clinical research sources, in particular,” said a message in the Federal registry. The department previously asked for comment but received no response, so extends the deadline by 30 days.

Robin Carnahan, administrator of the General Services Administration, said earlier this week at an event that GSA is launching new assessments for American Rescue Plan spending to assess equity in programs. Federal News Network reported.

Expectant: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gives a briefing at 1 p.m.

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Eric Katz contributed to this report

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