Biden Administration Announces Historic Manufacturing Collaboration Between Merck and Johnson & Johnson to Expand Production of COVID-19 Vaccines

President Biden Invokes Defense Production Act to Support Measures to Accelerate Vaccine Development

President Biden announced today that his Administration has helped forge a historic manufacturing collaboration between two of the largest U.S. health care and pharmaceutical companies, Merck and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), to expand the production of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine. The collaboration will increase the manufacture of vaccine drug substance, as well as its fill-finish capacity – two of the biggest bottlenecks facing J&J in the production of its vaccine.


Implications of Coronavirus for People Living with HIV/AIDS


It is unknown how many people living with HIV/AIDS have tested positive for Covid-19 in the United States. The ADAP Advocacy AssociationCommunity Access National NetworkCommunity Education GroupHealthHIV, and the Legacy Health Endowment are working in collaboration to gain a greater perspective on this issue. As such, if you are HIV-positive and reside in the United States, then please take one minute to complete our very brief survey.



Not Throwing Away Our Shot – Video Now Available

When it comes to COVID vaccines, we all have unanswered questions.

Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is a side effect scientist at the University of North Carolina. He will provide plain language interpretations of the approval process and what to expect from side effects. He sees vaccine hesitancy as a rational reaction to mistreatment by and suspicion of medical systems.

We can return a sense of control back into vaccine decisions through respect for choice and autonomy.

He will provide links and tools to help you start that conversation.

Call for COVID-19 innovations

Call for Innovations


Share Your Community’s COVID-19 Innovations Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
RHIhub has received requests for examples of how rural communities and healthcare providers are addressing vaccine hesitancy and distribution. Please consider sharing your experiences. You can see recent submissions from RHIhub This Week readers in the Rural COVID-19 Innovations collection under COVID-19 Vaccination. We will also be featuring more in-depth information in the new COVID-19 Innovations section of the Rural Monitor. Email your examples to Kristine Sande at with the subject line: COVID-19 Innovations.

New, Three-Month Special Enrollment Period!

Today, President Biden took executive action to reverse several policies that have undermined the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, and have made it harder to enroll in coverage. The President also announced a new, three-month Special Enrollment Period, allowing anyone to sign up for health coverage. Groups like YI and advocates like you have been pushing for this kind of Special Enrollment Period since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, so this is a big win.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Sign up at Govanytime between February 15th and May 15th
  • You do NOT need to prove a loss of coverage, if you’re uninsured and want to sign up for a plan, you should
  • Coverage is more affordable than you think. In fact, a recent study found that 4 million Americans could qualify for a $0 plan – and a disproportionate amount of them are young people
  • Need help enrolling in a plan? Help is still available! Find a Navigator or assister near you with our Connector tool.

Click here to read more about this new opportunity and how to get covered.

Please help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity. It’s never a good time to go without health insurance, but now more than ever, it’s important to get covered.

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