May 19, 2020
@MyKitchenTable: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Mahatma Gandhi: “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory."
Our two pictures today are indeed very special. The first is Amey wearing a mask made by a Niles HS employee’s spouse reminding us to protect ourselves and others if we can. The second photo is a New Buffalo resident putting on a livestream blues concert for folks — I am hoping he’ll provide us a link where we can all listen. If you’d like to send a photo of your day, send it HERE for us to consider... TY
- More than 11.8M tests for COVID-19 have been done in the U.S. —> 750K in the last 2 days. HHS is delivering $11B to support testing of which more than $350M will be coming to Michigan. You can see more details and the state by state total breakdown HERE.
- The NIH and Johnson & Johnson co-authored an article to speed the development of vaccine and therapeutic candidates. Some 18 biopharmaceutical companies are involved and some of their accomplishments are listed HERE. I did a video last week for our Portage/Kalamazoo Pfizer employees thanking them for their work, and, in this uncertain world, the “certainty” of their positive work for the planet. You can watch it HERE.
- The CDC released a report on the decline in child vaccination coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic here in Michigan. Vaccination coverage declined in all milestone age groups, except for birth-dose hepatitis B which you can see HERE.
- The FDA issued a Supply Chain Update on the importation of food and medical products. The Office of Regulatory Affairs protects the supply chain in two ways — ensuring that safe products enter the U.S. and keeping illegal, dangerous, and fraudulent products out. You can see more details HERE.
- Project Air Bridge has completed 147 flights with an additional 69 scheduled. As of 5/17, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined havecoordinated the delivery of more than 83M N95 respirators, more than 133M surgical masks, more than 11M face shields, more than 24M surgical gowns, and more than 989M gloves.
- Moderna announced positive interim Phase 1 data for its vaccine candidate against COVID-19. As reported, the data indicates that the candidate elicits an immune response similar to that caused by natural infection. The study also found that the vaccine was generally safe and well-tolerated, and that patients developed binding antibodies against the virus within 2 weeks of receiving the first dose. You can see more HERE.
- Michigan received its allocation of remdesivir today. We just heard from HHS. They got a shipment of 128 cases of the drug, which works out to 5,120 doses. Their total allocation so far has been 285 cases (11,400 doses).
The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC) held a couple zoom calls today covering a variety of subjects. Some very good news is that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, which extends the deadline for small businesses to comply with certifying that 75% of their loan went to employees during the 8 weeks since they received the loan to hopefully be converted to a grant, apparently may be scheduled for a House Floor vote as early as next week when the House reconvenes. I am one of the Republican leads for the legislation and heard from many, many small businesses and lenders that early-on accepted the loan with the hope/expectation that by the end of May, we would be more opened up than we are today. By not being fully operational again, those small businesses may miss out on converting that loan to a grant whether they be a restaurant or a doctor’s office.
Wednesday morning at 8 AM I will be live on C-SPAN from my side porch taking questions from their listeners on zoom - another reason why I decided to shave last week, but I can hardly wait until the Governor releases my good barber back to his profession with proper social distancing!
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