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A Doctor's Note on Coronavirus

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Washington, July 28, 2020 | comments

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July 28, 2020

Dear Friends,

COVID-19 has affected more than Americans’ health. America’s energy independence and position of global leadership in energy is being threatened by COVID-19. I joined Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to pen an op-ed for the Midland Reporter-Telegram about the importance of passing the SAVE Jobs Act.

National Updates
Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases have initiated a Phase 3 clinical trial for their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense invested $7.6 million in Hologic Inc. to expand production of critical supplies that can increase the availability of tests that can run on high-capacity machines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on underlying medical conditions associated with an increased risk for severe COVID-19 related illness, showing that those with underlying medical conditions are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized.

The Department of Energy, Department of Veterans Affairs, and HHS announced the formation of the COVID-19 Insights Partnership, an initiative to coordinate and share health data as well as research and expertise to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a monthly update of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population, confirming that the virus is disproportionately affecting racial and ethnic minorities.

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

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Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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