American Oversight’s Covid-19 Oversight Hub provides news and policy resources to help you keep track of investigations into the government’s pandemic response. The project brings together a public documents database, an oversight tracker of important ongoing investigations and litigation, regular news updates, and deeper dives into key issues.
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State of the Pandemic
In the last two weeks, coronavirus cases in the U.S. have nearly tripled, and the Delta variant now accounts for more than 80 percent of these cases. Vaccine hesitancy is fueling the rise of this variant, as around 30 percent of adults haven’t received even one shot and nearly half of the population is not fully vaccinated.
According to a new Associated Press poll, most of these Americans seem unlikely to get vaccinated: 45 percent of adults who haven’t received the vaccine say they definitely will not do so, and 35 percent say they probably will not. This dwindling demand may also cause millions of unused vaccine doses to expire, going to waste even though state health departments have requested that this excess supply be redistributed to other countries.
Report: Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force
The House Armed Services Committee’s Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force published a report of findings from its review of supply chain vulnerabilities. The task force noted that the pandemic exposed the risk to economic and national security from weakened supply chains and recommended that the Defense Department treat supply chain security as a strategic priority, better understand supply chain vulnerabilities, develop risk mitigation strategies, and reduce reliance on foreign adversaries for resources.
Report: Recommendations for Enhancing Federal Pandemic Preparedness
The Government Accountability Office published its seventh report on how federal agencies can improve their pandemic response and preparedness for future public health crises. The GAO urged the CDC to improve collaboration and communication with stakeholders regarding testing. It also asked the Department of Health and Human Services to update its policies for the Strategic National Stockpile, and to develop a supply chain strategy for pandemic preparedness. In addition, the GAO recommended that the Internal Revenue Service update its website and add alerts that clearly explain the nature and extent of tax refund delays during the pandemic.
Investigating Trump Administration Interference at the CDC
The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis has expanded its investigation into political interference at the CDC under President Donald Trump. The committee will especially focus on the political appointees’ efforts to alter or undermine the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. The subcommittee is requesting interviews with multiple current and past CDC staff members, including Anne Schuchat, a former CDC deputy director.
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