A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, July 23, 2020 | comments


July 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

This morning, I joined WBAP 820 to discuss this week’s Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing with five companies working to develop COVID-19 vaccines.

National Updates
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense announced a $1.95 billion agreement with Pfizer to support the production and delivery of the first 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine upon successful FDA approval. Should this vaccine obtain approval, this agreement will speed the process of making the vaccine available to the American public.

The National Institutes of Health published a framework for increased quantity and quality of COVID-19 tests.

The Department of Justice has charged two hackers, both nationals and residents of China, for breaching the computer systems of hundreds of companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, and others, targeting intellectual property and confidential business information, including COVID-19 research.

The FDA published results on a study on cancer patients with COVID-19.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced initiatives designed to protect nursing home residents from COVID-19, including $5 billon in funding, increased testing, technical support, and weekly data reporting.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reported that COVID-19 binds tightly to the blood thinner heparin. As a result, heparin is a potential decoy that could serve as a way to neutralize the virus before it can infect healthy cells.

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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