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More than half of all American adults have now received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 100 million are fully vaccinated. But with daily vaccinations slowing and continued vaccine hesitancy, scientists and public health experts believe that widespread herd immunity — when at least 80 percent of the population is immune to the virus — may not be achieved in the foreseeable future. Experts are now focused on limiting the hospitalizations and deaths caused by Covid-19, with the long-term goal of transitioning the coronavirus to a seasonal disease, similar to the flu.
Indian Education Schools Need Assistance
Following a review, the Government Accountability Office found that the Bureau of Indian Education did not provide schools with comprehensive guidance and support to develop and implement distance learning programs during the coronavirus crisis. Further, when BIE issued a school reopening guide for the 2020–2021 school year, the guidance focused primarily on preparations for in-person instruction, despite the fact that nearly all schools were still providing distance learning during the fall of 2020.
SIGPR Oversight Limited
In its quarterly report to Congress, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) reported that the Department of the Treasury and the Treasury Inspector General (OIG) have for months resisted oversight of several pandemic-related relief funds, claiming SIGPR lacks jurisdiction over these programs. Last week, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel published an opinion agreeing with the Treasury’s narrow interpretation of SIGPR’s authority, which SIGPR argues limits its ability to conduct oversight as intended by Congress.
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