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Monday, May 18, 2020

HHS COVID-19 Update, 5/18/2020

Today, HHS Secretary Azar released a strongly worded statement to the World Health Assembly, noting “a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed, and that failure cost many lives.”

On Friday, an important RFI (Request for Information) was released asking for input from external audiences on HHS ASPR’s proposed strategy and structure of the Strategic National Stockpile, particularly the role of public-private partnerships in making sure the nation has the right items and quantities accessible for SNS 2.0. Input is also being sought to understand the constraints associated with meeting pandemic demand and how the U.S. Government can contribute to improving supply availability. Responses are due by 5/29 at 2pm. Many of you have expertise that should be shared so we can learn from this pandemic and be better situated for the future.

Today, HHS ASPR notified State Health Officers and other stakeholders that Gilead plans to provide an additional donation of remdesivir in June, taking the total supply of remdesivir up from 607,000 vials to a total of 940,000 vials. This is very good news.

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