Secretary Azar Statement on Launch of Phase 1 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

17. March 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Monday, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health announced that a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19 has begun at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, funded by NIH. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: ...

Statement from Secretary Azar on President Trump's National Emergency Declaration

14. March 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Friday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s declaration that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States represents a national emergency: “President Trump continues to take smart, aggressive, and comprehensive steps to protect the American people from the threat of COVID-19. His travel restrictions worked at slowing the spread of ...

Secretary Azar Designates Admiral Giroir to Coordinate COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Efforts

14. March 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
On Thursday, March 12, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar designated Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health and head of the Public Health Service, to coordinate COVID-19 diagnostic testing efforts among Public Health Service agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as ...

HHS funds development of COVID-19 diagnostic tests

14. March 2020 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Two diagnostic tests that may detect severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in approximately one hour will receive advanced development support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within ASPR will provide approximately $679,000 ...