GAO Calls For Increased Federal Effort To Shore Up Pandemic Response, Supply Chains As U.S. Records Highest 1-Day COVID-19 Death Toll

The Hill: U.S. reports 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in one day, surpassing previous record by 20 percent
“The U.S. saw its highest single-day coronavirus death toll to date on Wednesday with 3,157. The number was 20 percent higher than the previous single-day high of 2,603 on April 15, and brings the total U.S. death toll to 273,799, according to data from Johns Hopkins University…” (Budryk, 12/3).

MedPage Today: GAO Calls for Urgent Federal Action on Pandemic
“The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Monday calling for swift action by the federal government to shore up its response to the coronavirus pandemic, particularly with regard to taking a bigger role in medical supply chains. ‘[A]s the end of 2020 approaches, urgent actions are needed to help ensure an effective federal response on a range of public health and economic issues,’ it stated…” (Phend, 12/1).

USA TODAY: How a third wave of COVID-19 engulfed the US
“America faces outbreaks of coronavirus in most communities as waves of disease strike places blasted by earlier surges and those previously spared. … Forty-five states reported more cases during one week in November than in any other week since the start of the pandemic, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University coronavirus data shows. Only Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, New York, and South Carolina had worse peaks in prior months…” (Haseman/Stucka, 12/2).

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