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Bloomberg reports that the United States is on pace to administer three million doses of COVID-19 vaccine daily as supplies increase and states widen eligibility.

The Wall Street Journal adds that

Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc. and from Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE are highly effective in preventing infections in real-world conditions, federal health officials said, further evidence that vaccinations can slow the spread of the virus.

The vaccines were 90% effective at reducing the risk of infection two weeks after a second dose, according to a study of nearly 4,000 healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday.

In addition, the data indicated the vaccines can reduce the risk of coronavirus infections whether or not they cause symptoms, the CDC said.

As of today, 49.2% of the U.S. population over age 65 is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 72.8% of that population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. What’s more, the Department of Health and Human Services announced issuing grants to help public agencies bring this age group and disabled people as close as possible to 100% vaccinated. “Older adults are more likely to have a severe illness, be hospitalized, or die from COVID-19; adults 65 and older account for 8 of every 10 COVID-19-related deaths. People with disabilities also often are at increased risk; in fact, a recent study found that intellectual disability is the greatest risk factor after age.” 

In relevant business news —

  • Healthcare Dive reports that “The U.S. Department of Justice is embarking on a deeper review of UnitedHealth Group’s $13 billion acquisition of data analytics company Change Healthcare following entreaties from powerful hospital lobby the American Hospital Association over anticompetitive concerns.”
  • The Society for Human Resource Management shares HR professional views on how the pandemic has changed the workplace over the past year. The FEHBlog particularly likes this one :

“We definitely learned that it’s not enough to just set people loose in a work-from-home environment. This isn’t about trusting employees to do their work unsupervised, either. We have complete trust in our employees, and this was never brought into question. The problem is that people have different proficiencies with tech and different abilities to work without guidance.”
—Carter Seuthe, CEO of Credit Summit, based in Austin, Texas  

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