December 11 Weekly Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak. Once a week, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these weekly round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (December 11, 2020) roundup:

  • UMass Medical School Vaccine Expert Urges Vaccines to be Distributed to Communities Most Susceptible to COVID-19 – Dr. Robert Finberg, a professor at UMass Medical School who specializes in infectious diseases, expects multiple vaccines to be ready to be ready by summer, allowing even low-risk populations to receive the vaccine. Dr. Finberg also stated that he’d like vaccines to be available to the most at-risk communities. Read more here.
  • BIDMC Finds Remote Care for Pregnant Patients with COVID-19 to be Efficient and Effective – Physician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center designed a remote care system for pregnant and postpartum COVID-19 patients, early in the pandemic, and have reported that the system has been highly effective and efficient in recent months. Using this system, obstetricians have provided 135 patients with remote care, while also preserving hospital resources and preventing further spread of the virus. Read more here.
  • Health Leads Hosts Webinar on Overcoming Barriers to Equitable and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine DistributionHealth Leads is hosting a webinar featuring health experts who will discuss how to ensure vulnerable and underserved populations are able to access COVID-19 vaccines. The panelists will examine community engagement strategies to address vaccine hesitancy, acceptance, and access. The webinar will take place on December 17, 2020. Read more here.

Stay tuned for more updates each week, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for other updates.



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