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News by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

Jun 15, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold a virtual meeting on June 18, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on COVID-19 vaccine safety and booster doses. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required, and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 14, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing additional exemptions from a temporary final rule that was published on December 31, 2020, that listed scarce materials that should not be exported from the U.S. without FEMA approval. This notice is effective June 11, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 4, 2021 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) held two meetings in May 2021 to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. This notice summarizes the objectives of those meetings, which were closed to the public.
Source: Federal Register
May 28, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing the formation of four Plans of Action under the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic: 1) Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Diagnostic Test Kits and other Testing Components to Respond to COVID-19; 2) Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Drug Products, Drug Substances, and Associated Medical Devices to Respond to COVID-19; 3) Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Devices to Respond to COVID-19; and 4) Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Gases to Respond to COVID-19. This notice contains the text of all four Plans of Action.
Source: Federal Register
May 27, 2021 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several guidance documents related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These guidances have been implemented without prior comment but are subject to comment per FDA policies. Includes details on how to submit comments and indicates that there is no deadline for comments.
Source: Federal Register
May 21, 2021 - Notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announcing a virtual meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic on May 25, 2021. The meeting will be open to the public from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Meeting objectives include updating interested parties on the status of the implementation of FEMA's Voluntary Agreement.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announcing the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Individuals with Disabilities and Disasters (NACIDD). The Advisory Committee will advise and consult with the Secretary of HHS regarding the medical, public health, and accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities related to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards emergencies. The Office of the Secretary of HHS is accepting applications from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NACIDD. Applications are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 13, 2021 - Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announcing the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters (NACSD). NACSD will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS to support and enhance all-hazards public health and medical preparedness, response activities, and recovery aimed at meeting the unique needs of older adults. The Office of the Secretary of HHS is accepting applications from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NACSD. Applications are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
May 10, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 4, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of nearly $1 billion to strengthen the COVID-19 response in rural communities. Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan will be used to increase the number of vaccines sent to rural communities, expand COVID-19 testing and prevention services, and increase vaccine confidence by empowering local, trusted voices to assist with vaccine outreach and promotion efforts.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services