Legislative Update – Week of September 12, 2022

Sep 13, 2022

Last week:

Last week Massachusetts voters cast their ballots in the Democratic and Republican Primary Elections. The winners of these races will face off in the General Election on November 8. Read more about the election results in our recent blog.

The Biden Administration announced last week that COVID-19 vaccination boosters will become annual, like the flu vaccine. Dr. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, expects “a path with a vaccination cadence similar to that of the annual influenza vaccine, with annual updated Covid-19 shots matched to the currently circulating strains for most of the population,” according to Politico.

This week:

President Joe Biden visited Boston on Monday to discuss the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, an initiative developed during the Obama Administration to encourage and accelerate research to treat and end cancer. President Biden announced his choice of Dr. Renee Wegrzyn, vice president of business development at Ginkgo Bioworks, as Director of ARPA-H (Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health), a new agency aimed to advance biomedical research and science. Massachusetts is among several states vying to host ARPA-H headquarters. MassBio is a member of CHARM, a coalition of public officials, hospitals, academic institutions, and businesses working to promote Massachusetts as home to ARPA-H.

On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation holds its second oversight hearing of the MBTA. Officials from the Federal Transit Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities are expected to testify. Livestream the hearing here.

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