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Coronavirus Roundup: “Bright Spots” of the Federal Pandemic Response; FDA Addresses COVID Variants

February 23, 2021

The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service compiled a list of 65 “bright spots” in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus. “Telemedicine expanded to more veterans. Legacy paper processes went digital, giving rise to more effective services. Federal employees got remote access to agency systems to retrieve data and information, even at high-security organizations, opening opportunities for telework few had imagined,” said PPS. “Government adapted and kept delivering, often in new and better ways, whether it was managing loan applications for small businesses, processing veterans’ benefits or distributing millions of vaccine doses to the public. People throughout the country are the beneficiaries of a trial by fire, a test that would have been impossible for government to conceive and plan under normal circumstances.” Here are some of the other recent headlines you might have missed.