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February 12, 2021

In This Issue
MMA Weekly State Vaccination Plan Update
MMA Leadership & Staff Share Condolences on Passing of George Smith
Maine PMP to Stay with Appriss System
Next Maine CDC COVID-19 Update for Clinicians with Stephen Sears, MD scheduled for Feb 25
Federal Government Finalizes Purchase of 200M COVID-19 Vaccines Doses
US CDC: Fully Vaccinated Meeting Criteria No Longer Required to Quarantine After Exposure
AMA President: Physicians & Medical Societies Can Play Vital Role Advocating for Strong Public Health
NEJM: The FDA’s Experience with Covid-19 Antibody Tests
NEJM: Efficacy and Safety of the mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
Monoclonal Antibody Authorization from the FDA (Updated 02/09/21) & MaineCare Reimbursement
Guidance for Industry: Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (Updated 02/11/20)
Maine Legislative Leadership COVID-19 Bill Set for Public Hearing Tuesday
Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Wednesday, February 17th
Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership’s Renowned Physician Executive Leadership Institute – The Advanced Course Enrollment is OPEN
PPE Available Through the MMA & ActionPPE
A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
MAINE LEGISLATURE
Maine Legislature Week 5 Update
Upcoming Public Hearings & Work Sessions; New Bills Introduced
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Maine CDC Physicians To Host Regular Clinician COVID Vaccine Info Sessions
Suicide Prevention and Management in Healthcare Practice Settings: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach
MOA VIRTUAL Midwinter Symposium - February 12th-14th
Maine CDC Annual Prevention Professionals Conference - March 2nd-3rd
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
Nursing Director
Medical Director - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Rangeley Family Medicine seeks Physician

 
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Federal Government Finalizes Purchase of 200M COVID-19 Vaccines Doses

President Biden announced this week the federal government has finalized deals to buy 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of July, a major step to widespread national vaccination efforts to attack the current pandemic.

The deal includes 100 million more doses from Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as 100 million more from Moderna. The extra doses will not be immediately available, meaning that the existing supply shortages are likely to continue in the short term. However, Dr. Fauci recently stated he thinks that by April it will be "open season" for vaccinations in the country, and anyone who wants a shot will be able to get one. That doesn’t mean everyone will be vaccinated before the summer as he added that logistically it will still take "several more months" to get the vaccine into people's arms, possibly leading to an overwhelming majority of people in the US will be vaccinated by the end of the summer.

Media reports (Bloomberg) that if the additional vaccine doses are delivered in the timeframe outlined, it “would give the U.S. enough doses for 300 million people by the end of July – a number that could increase if other vaccine candidates, such as one from Johnson & Johnson, are approved.” But the process of giving people shots “could stretch into late summer and early fall.”


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