By Capitol Associates, Inc.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) officially the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act as the Republican COVID-19 relief bill. This legislation will not become law. Rather, it will serve as a starting point for Republicans in their negotiations with Democrats on bipartisan relief legislation.
As of the time of this update’s distribution, the complete bill text has not been released. Sections of the bill are trickling out.
On Wednesday, July 29th, the House is expected to vote of two pieces of legislation aimed at providing relief for child care providers and facilities during the pandemic:
White House and Federal Agencies
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) for another 90 days. The PHE declaration gives federal agencies broad authorities to issue regulatory flexibilities for the duration of the PHE. Extending the PHE also extends those flexibilities.
The first webinar will be held on July 29th at 2:00 p.m. ET
Following recent spikes in COVID-19 cases among military service members, 21 military bases have their health protection requirements including: restricted in-person gatherings, recommended social distancing, etc.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) by the CDC found that, among the 3,142 U.S. counties surveyed, nearly 50% of adults had underlying medical conditions associated with risk of severe COVID-19 infection.
A MMWR released by the CDC that, in a multi-state survey of outpatient, COVID-19 positive adults, 35% of infected adults had not “returned to their usual state of health” 2-3 weeks after they were confirmed positive.
Reopening, Vaccine and Treatment
Moderna Inc., a biotechnology company developing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, $472 million in additional funding from the federal government to support their Phase 3 study, set to begin today, July 27th.
The U.S. Justice Department has information sharing between six drug manufacturers in the hopes that, by sharing manufacturing and supply-chain information, they will be able to accelerate the production of antibody treatments for COVID-19.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is a hearing on Tuesday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m. to review the use of telecommunications in the workplace and private sector telework policies.
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