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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Legislative and Policy Update

On April 24, the President signed H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law. This legislation provides an additional $75 billion to hospitals and healthcare providers, $25 billion to increase testing for COVID-19, and $310 billion for small business aid through the Paycheck Protection Program, among other provisions.

Additionally, on April 21, the U.S. Department of Education announced that they would begin releasing $6.2 billion in funding to colleges and universities. These funds were part of what was allocated in H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and can be used to offset some of the costs incurred by colleges and universities, such as the move to online education. More information on these grants can be found on the Department of Education website.

AACN will continue to monitor the federal response and work with Congress and the Administration as they address this public health challenge. For additional updates and information, please visit AACN’s Advocacy and Policy COVID-19 Efforts webpage and follow us on Twitter at @AACNPolicy.

Research!America Discusses Potential COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Options

On April 22, AACN staff attended a Research!America webinar titled, Understanding the Landscape of COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment R&D. This discussion focused on key studies that are currently underway for a COVID-19 vaccine. Panelists discussed research efforts by organizations across the nation who are working to achieve efficiency and coordination. The process of making a vaccine available for public use is lengthy as safety measures, immunity levels from those infected, and manufacturing play a critical role. Though lengthy, panelists agreed that scientific integrity cannot be sacrificed. For more information, view the full recorded webinar here.   

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