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Washington Update April 20, 2022
Congress remains on Easter/Passover recess until the end of the week. Read the full newsletter here
Washington Update April 13, 2022
Congress has adjourned for a two-week state work period for the Easter and Passover holidays. The Senate will return on Monday, April 25, with the House returning a day later on Tuesday, April 26. Congratulations Justice Brown Jackson!! On April 7, 2022, Judge...
Washington Update April 1, 2022
Build Back Better - the revival? Work in DC requires keeping your ear to the ground and listening/reading what people are saying. This week a lot was said about renewed discussions for Build Back Better. Although details are not known, several reports indicate that...
Older adults can get second coronavirus booster to strengthen waning protection (Washington Post, March 30, 2022)
Older adults can get second booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, federal agencies announced Tuesday as they expanded access to additional shots to help shore up protection against severe illness. Read more here.
CDC Releases New Quarantine and Isolation Calculator (March 28, 2022)
CDC’s new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation calculator takes the stress out of deciding when, and for how long, people with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask. Read more here.
Washington Update March 23, 2022
Spring has Sprung! The Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing. For the next 4 weeks, trees along the tidal basin and throughout the city will be filled with pink blossoms; their petals carried all over the District. The planting of cherry trees in Washington DC...
Preparation, Not Panic: Health Officials Address Next Possible Covid Surge. (Kaiser Health News, March 21,2022)
With another potential covid spike on the horizon, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says the U.S. has tools in place to weather the coming months of covid ebbs and surges. And Dr. Anthony Fauci says the BA.2 omicron strain will likely become dominant but does not appear...
Pfizer CEO Pushes Yearly Shots for Covid. Not So Fast, Experts Say. (Kaiser Health News, March 21,2022)
When Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said March 13 that all Americans would need a second booster shot, it struck many covid experts as a self-serving remark without scientific merit. It also set off spasms of doubt over the country’s objectives in its fight against the...
Washington Update March 16, 2022
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a budget! Late last week, the Senate passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package (text; summary). The 2700 page bill combines 12 appropriations bills and will fund the federal government through the end of its fiscal year in September...
New Vaccine Findings Pose Tough Questions for Parents of Young Children (NYTimes, March 10, 2022)
The F.D.A. temporarily halted efforts to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for young children amid several unexpected findings. The coming weeks should bring clarity. Read more.