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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Approaching A Year of Shutdowns, COVID-19 Still Dominates Policy Landscape

  • 2021-02-25T16:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Jimmy Jackson

As we approach the one year anniversary of the onset of the pandemic shutdown, it is truly astounding to see an ever-growing percentage of the population being vaccinated following an unprecedented mobilization of research, resources, and information sharing as the life science industry united in the fight against COVID-19.

The most frequent question we hear at Biocom California is “when can my essential employees get vaccinated?” This is determined on a county-by-county basis, taking into consideration recommendations made by federal and state entities and committees. Tracking eligibility updates and advocating for clear vaccination policies has been a primary focus of the policy team since vaccine planning began in earnest in November. In this edition, we share a comprehensive update on the status of vaccine prioritizations for life science workers in Bay Area and in Southern California counties.

In Sacramento, we tell you about the comprehensive COVID-19 relief package signed into law by Governor Newsom on Tuesday. With the 2021 state bill introduction deadline behind us, we also spotlight an important bill introduced on behalf of small and mid-size Biocom California members by Senator Patricia Bates.

In Washington D.C., key Biden Cabinet nominees are starting to begin their confirmation hearings. One of the candidates being vetted now by the Senate is current California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s choice to lead the Health and Human Services Agency. Finally, we give you a first look at the progress Congress is making on its next COVID-19 relief package, which they are hoping to pass by March 14 and will contain $1.9 trillion in spending to continue the fight against COVD-19 and provide additional relief to people and businesses from its continued effects.