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Biden White House Establishes National Covid-19 Response Priorities In an effort to better coordinate efforts to respond to a pandemic that has now resulted in more than 400,000 deaths, President Biden, within 24 hours of taking office, set out a Read More
MUST READ POLICY PIECES: This week, the New Yorker published “The Plague Year” by Lawrence Wright, a tour-de-force piece of reporting on the nation’s pandemic response. Having read a great deal of policy-related reporting on the outbreak, I believe this Read More
CDC 10-Step Pandemic Policy Response Plan, Recommends Enforcing Mask Mandates On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control released a new, evidence-based “urgent battle plan” offering recommendations to local policymakers and public health agencies on how to respond to a COVID-19 Read More
Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Recommendations Friday, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) issued the final version of its Framework for Equitable Allocation of Covid-19 Vaccine. Recognizing that once a vaccine is approved (in some form or another), demand Read More
Nationwide Eviction Freeze The CDC issued an Emergency Action this week implementing a nationwide temporary freeze on evictions. The freeze runs from September 4 through December 31, 2020. Here is a link to the CDC’s Declaration Form which must be filled Read More
COVID-19 Policy Playbook Released This new report from 50 leading experts on public health law, health care law, and global health law and policy analyzes developments in U.S. law and policy during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report, which was sponsored Read More
Mental Health, Substance Use & Suicidal Ideation: A Parallel Crisis? While it is too early to have comprehensive data, a new CDC report  signals that we are seeing rising rates of depression, substance use and a continued rise in suicides Read More
Essential Workers – Processing Plants Tyson workers file suit following employer gaining waivers in April from the US Department of Agriculture to allow work to proceed faster at Kentucky and Corydon, Indiana poultry processing plants despite Covid-19 outbreak among employees. Read More
Reopening Primary Schools During the Pandemic An important perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Indiana is one of the earliest states to start the new school year. However, school districts around the country are struggling with the Read More
Is Contact Tracing Working? Contact tracing is a race. But few U.S. states say how fast they’re running. Excellent Washington Post report on the lack of publicly-available data on state and local contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing is a central Read More

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