Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis offered an update on the matter after speaking with federal officials and executives from CVS and Walgreens.
"This legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise its Guidance on Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission (HIV) by Blood and Blood Products based on an assessment of current testing accuracy and individual risk-based analysis, rather than categorization."
The trial is the first of multiple studies in VA Coronavirus Research and Efficacy Studies (VA CURES), a master protocol that offers a standardized framework for studying potential treatments for COVID-19 without the need for a new study design and protocol each time.
Specifically, the four members of Congress who sent the letter--U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-WV, and Susan Wild, D-Penn., also signed the letter--urged the administration to proactively study the most efficient way to distribute a vaccination once developed, which would save lives and help life return to normal.
At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., to successfully amend the $259.5 billion package with funds for the U.S. State, Interior, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Departments as well as other federal agencies, to help bolster supply chains as the nation deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
“More than a year ago, I warned that our nation has critical vulnerabilities and supply chain risks in key sectors of our economy, including in pharmaceuticals, as a result of decades of lost industrial capacity to China,” Rubio said.
The convalescent plasma therapy program involves giving patients with coronavirus an infusion of antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19. People who've recovered from COVID-19 -- such Klobuchar’s husband, John Bessler -- have antibodies to the disease in their blood, which may help fight the virus.
Winning an open seat in 2018, Waltz is the first Green Beret to serve in Congress. He sits on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. McCarthy stressed Waltz’s background when he named him to the task force on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a $2 trillion federal stimulus package to support the economy which has been hit hard by the coronavirus.
At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., unveiled his “30-Day Plan” which, he insists, will “help get America back to normal following the spread of the coronavirus.”
Rubio and Waltz are championing the “Strengthening America’s Supply Chain and National Security Act.” The bill would have the U.S. Defense Department study how dependent it is on foreign drugs and determine if it represents a security threat. The bill would also have drugmakers to provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with information on how dependent they are on active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from other countries.
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued additional guidance regarding COVID-19 for the agriculture industry, consumers, and regulated industries.