Overnight health care: White House rejects call to send more vaccine doses to certain states | White House warns states to expect low weekly J&J vaccine shipments

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Today: The White House has pledged to send an increase in resources to Michigan and other states hardest hit by a new wave of COVID-19 infections – but not a vaccine surge. States should expect much smaller shipments of J&J’s vaccine in the future, and new documents obtained by House Democrats show how much former Trump officials have been involved in the CDC.

We will start with vaccines:

White House in Michigan: Sorry, no extra doses for you

On Friday, the White House announced that it plans to send additional staff to help with immunizations in hard-hit states, but rejected calls to send more doses of the vaccine.

“We will offer states with a significant increase in cases an additional set of tools to help them stem the spread,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff ZientsJeff Zients Why Some Republicans Think Vaccine Passports Will Backfire on Democrats Arkansas Ends Mask Tenure, But Expands Vaccine Eligibility To All Adults Overnight Health Care: More Johnson & Johnson Doses Coming Weekly next | This is where the schools are back in session | WHO asks rich countries to donate 10 million doses of vaccine READ MORE said Friday.

This includes additional federal staff to help with vaccinations, as well as greater testing capacity and more therapeutics to treat people with the virus.

However: The offer will not include more doses of the vaccine itself, which Michigan officials in particular have called for.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen Whitmer Biparty lawmakers urge Biden to send more vaccines to Michigan amid peak Biden rolls back Medicaid work requirements approved by Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin Five states account for nearly 44% of new COVID-19 cases in the United States United PLUS (D) called President BidenJoe Biden Anne Frank’s Half-Sister: Trump’s Biden-GOP Infrastructure “Obviously Admired Hitler” Tells of Tough Start We Must Stop Cutting China off the Climate MORE to send more doses given the worrying spike in cases in the state, as have several prominent public health experts and members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Zients argued that the vaccine is still needed across the country.

“There are tens of millions of people across the country in every state and county who have yet to be vaccinated and the fair and equitable way of distributing the vaccine is based on the adult population by state, tribe and territory.” , did he declare. .

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Democrats say: Documents show Trump officials helped suppress CDC coronavirus reports

Top former Trump administration advisers helped suppress scientific information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) they deemed harmful President TrumpDonald Trump First GOP lawmaker calls on Gaetz to step down from Katie Hill over Matt Gaetz: “I feel betrayed by him” Anne Frank’s half-sister: Trump “obviously admired Hitler” MORE, and attacked the agency’s credibility, according to documents obtained by House Democrats.

“Our investigation has shown that Trump administration officials have engaged in a persistent pattern of political interference in the country’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, overriding and intimidating scientists and making decisions harmful effects that allowed the virus to spread faster, ”said Representative James. Clyburn (DS.C.), chairman of the subcommittee.

Specifically, the committee found that former science adviser Paul Alexander attempted to modify or block at least 13 CDC reports related to the coronavirus.

Hooray: When it worked, as in the case where CDC leaders changed the first sentence of a report on the spread of the virus among young people, Alexander bragged about it.

“Small victory but a victory all the same and yippee !!! He reportedly wrote in an email.

The Trump administration has denied any political interference that impacted the CDC’s reports and claimed that Alexander’s emails “had absolutely nothing to shape departmental policy or strategy.”

Learn more here.

Vaccines for young people: Pfizer-BioNTech requests emergency authorization to vaccinate 12-15 year olds

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have applied to change their emergency use authorization with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain approval to administer their COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 12 to 15.

The move would expand the FDA’s emergency clearance for the vaccine, which is currently only available to people 16 and older. Along with the other two vaccines authorized in the United States only for adults, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would become the first available for 12 to 15 year olds in the United States.

Both companies said they plan to seek similar age extensions from other regulatory authorities around the world in the coming days.

Suit: Publication of Pfizer and BioNTech search last month who have determined that their vaccine is 100% effective in the age group. At the time, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he hoped to start immunizing children ages 12 to 15 before the start of the next school year. This could go a long way in achieving this.

Learn more here.

Bye bye bye: White House warns states to expect low weekly J&J vaccine deliveries

White House officials said on Friday that states will receive significantly fewer doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine over the next few weeks, until the Food and Drug Administration can clear the company’s production facility at Baltimore.

“We expect a relatively low level of weekly doses distributed to states, tribes, territories and our federal chains” until the manufacturing plant is cleared, Jeff ZientsThe White House coronavirus response coordinator said on Friday.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that the Johnson & Johnson doses sent will drop from about 4.9 million this week to 700,000 next week, an 85% reduction.

According to CDC data, only 5 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been administered nationwide, compared to 170 million vaccines for the other two licensed vaccines.

Objectives not achieved? J&J had previously said it plans to deliver 24 million doses by the end of April, but it’s not clear if that can happen without permission from the Baltimore plant. But the last time she mentioned those numbers was on March 31. Since then, the company has publicly stated that it will meet, or nearly meet, a target of 100 million delivered doses by the end of May.

Learn more here.

Variant Concerns Rise: CDC Documents Raise Brazil’s Tension in US

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that cases of the COVID-19 variant first detected in Brazil are on the rise in the United States.

Data published Thursday showed 434 reported cases of variant P.1 in 28 jurisdictions.

States seeing variant: Most cases are reported in Massachusetts, where there are 102 cases. The other states hardest hit by the P.1 variant are Illinois with 93 cases, Florida with 87 cases and California with 39.

The P.1. is the second most common variant in the US behind variant B.1.1.7 first identified in the UK, which the CDC Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyOvernight Health Care: Biden Cancels Medicaid Work Requirements Approved by Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin | CDC Director Says Racism “Serious Public Health Threat” | Current Worst COVID-19 Hotspots: CDC Director in Brazil and India Says Racism a ‘Serious Public Health Threat’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden: Let’s Deal on Infrastructure, Taxes MORE said Wednesday is the dominant strain in the country. A total of 19,554 strains of variant B.1.1.7 have been reported in 52 jurisdictions in the United States.

The United States has recorded 424 cases of the third variant, B.1.351, which was first discovered in South Africa.

Learn more here.

What we read

CDC Steps Up Review of Rare Post-Vaccination “Breakthrough Infections” (Washington Post)

To speed up vaccination, some call for delaying the second vaccine (New York Times)

Scientists are working on an elusive dream: a simple pill to treat COVID-19 (New statistics)

They have tested negative for COVID. Still, they have long COVID symptoms (Kaiser Health news)

State by State

Wisconsin reports most daily cases of COVID-19 in nearly 2 months; deaths, hospitalizations also on the rise (Wisconsin State Journal)

Switching to phase 2 could mean lower doses of vaccine sent to Northern Virginia (WTOP)

New proposed tax on Indiana vaping products called ‘miserable’ (Chicago Tribune)

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