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Warren makes case to Fed chair for canceling student loan debt

TheHill.com – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday pressed for President-elect Joe Biden to take executive action to cancel student loan debt during an exchange with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell at a Senate hearing. “All on his own, President-elect Biden will have the ability to administratively cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt using the authority that Congress…

Potential Side Effects from Moderna, Pfizer Vaccines

The Boston Herald – A coronavirus vaccine could be approved for distribution in priority groups as early as this month, according to health officials, but the desperately needed vaccine does not come without side effects. Moderna and Pfizer are the only two companies that have submitted data for their mRNA vaccine candidates to the Food…

High-Risk Groups Await State Vaccine Plan

The Boston Globe – With the first COVID-19 vaccines on track to arrive in Massachusetts in less than two weeks, thegroups most vulnerable to the deadly virus — from front-line health workers to residents of hard-hit communities — are awaiting thestate’s plan for allocating the initial doses in what’s shaping up as the largest vaccination program…

First COVID Vaccines Could Arrive in State within Weeks

WCVB – The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are just a few weeks away from arriving in Massachusetts, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. On Tuesday, Baker revealed what he learned about the highly-anticipated doses during a phone call with federal officials. “They would begin the distribution process for Pfizer some time in mid-December, and the…

Moderna’s Vaccine Will Come from Massachusetts

WGBH – The COVID-19 vaccine that was dreamed up and developed by Massachusetts-based Moderna will also be manufactured in the state. “The vast majority of the U.S. production will be done in Massachusetts,” Moderna co-founder Noubar Afeyan told GBH News. Afeyan is the founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, a biotech venture capital firm that founded…

Governor Says ‘Too Many’ COVID-19 Clusters Stem from Religious Gatherings

Boston.com – During his first press conference following the Thanksgiving weekend, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he has no plans to implement additional restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. But with more holidays on the horizon, Baker cautioned residents about in-person religious gatherings, which state officials have linked to hundreds of coronavirus…

Insurers Launch Major Study of Telehealth Inequities

Massachusetts health insurers are launching a new research project that aims to get a handle on inequities in telehealth usage and recommend ways to bring down barriers to access. Telehealth has surged in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a way for patients to keep up with their care without leaving home and risking exposure to the…

It’s Long Overdue, But Rodrigues Not Rushing Budget

State House News – As state government rolls into the sixth month of the fiscal year still operating on stopgap spending authorizations, the Senate’s budget chief said Tuesday that while a resolution to the fiscal 2021 budget could be close at hand he does not want to “rush” finalizing the bill. Lawmakers tasked with writing…

COVID-19 Cape Cod Chamber Policy Pod Update

As Cape Cod businesses head into December, they continue to deal with COVID-19 and the implications the virus will have in the weeks and months ahead. With cases on the rise around the state and nation, local business leaders say there should not be a concern about a broad shutdown. Since the outbreak and shutdown…

Bipartisan Senate Group Revives Coronavirus Relief Talks

Politico – A bipartisan group of senators is trying to jump-start stalled coronavirus stimulus talks during the lame duck, with congressional leaders still at odds over providing more relief as cases and deaths spike ahead of the coming winter. The effort is an uphill battle given the entrenched positions of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his…
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