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COVID-19 update: July 21, 2022

COVID-19 update: July 21, 2022

New FDA announcements:

  • FDA authorizes state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe Paxlovid to eligible patients, with certain limitations to ensure appropriate patient assessment. Read the release.
  • FDA authorizes use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, Adjuvanted for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older. Read the release.

Summer 2022 regional meetings to be in-person

Thank you for your support of virtual Regional Meetings over the past two years – we had record attendance. To continue maximizing accessibility for attendees, a virtual option will remain available as we return to meeting in-person. Learn more and register for your region’s meeting.

Summer 2022 public comment will be open Aug. 3 to Sept. 28

Learn more about public comment.

The latest data on organ donation and transplant in the U.S.

Find high-level data on transplants, deceased donors recovered, patients added to the waitlist and patients temporarily moved to inactive waitlist status.


Reminders

CDC releases interim recommendations for use of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children from 6 months of age

  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has issued interim recommendations for the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children from 6 months of age. Read the release.

FDA recommends inclusion of Omicron BA.4/5 component for COVID-19 vaccine boosters

  • An FDA advisory committee voted in favor of including a SARS-CoV-2 omicron component in COVID-19 vaccine boosters in the U.S. beginning in fall 2022. Read the release.

New resources

COVID-19 and the transplant community: Answering your questions on treatment and prevention

The American Society of Transplantation (AST) hosted a virtual event on July 7, 2022 to share the latest updates on COVID-19 and transplantation. Watch recording.


Questions

  • For COVID-19 related policy and operational questions, email member.questions@unos.org
  • For information and updates about the status of in-person vs. virtual OPTN committee meetings, check the OPTN calendar of events.

Patient-friendly information for members to share

Scan this QR code to find COVID-19 resources for patients at TransplantLiving.org including:

QR code to Transplantliving.org

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Vaccine and treatment updates
  • Webinars
  • Spanish-language resources

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