Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 11/17/2021

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Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
November 17, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • Boosters for all adults in U.S. is closer — possibly as early as this weekend.
  • Pfizer asks U.S. officials to okay promising COVID-19 pill.
  • First-ever statewide Diversity Gala attracts 300 leaders who desire a more inclusive and equal New Jersey, and a more competitive one too. 
Boosters for All Adults in U.S. is Closer with Panel Meeting Set
An influential U.S. advisory panel will discuss expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults Friday, a move that could make the shots available nationwide as early as this weekend. Some cities and states already allow all adults to get boosters of Pfizer’s vaccine, but it is not yet official U.S. policy. (The Associated Press)
Pfizer Asks U.S. Officials to Okay Promising COVID-19 Pill
Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to authorize its experimental pill for COVID-19, setting the stage for a likely launch this winter of a promising treatment that can be taken at home. Pfizer’s pill has been shown to significantly cut the rate of hospitalizations and deaths among people with coronavirus infections. The Food and Drug Administration is already reviewing a competing pill from Merck and several smaller drugmakers are also expected to seek authorization for their own antiviral pills in the coming months. (The Associated Press)
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Gateway Tunnel Construction Could Start in 2023, Officials Say
Federal financing to build the $11.6 billion Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River could be in place by the end of 2022, with construction possibly starting 2023, said officials of the bistate agency tasked with building it. Estimated completion date: 2035. (
First-Ever Statewide Diversity Gala Attracts 300 Leaders who Desire a More Inclusive and Equal N.J., and a more competitive one too
The Nov. 10 event at the Pines Manor in Edison, hosted by the N.J. Chamber and the African American Chamber of N.J., was a call to action. It featured a roster of rousing speakers who discussed the imperative of equality in New Jersey – and in America. "The question we have to answer is: Do we have the will for change?" leaders asked. For a recap and photos, click here.
Thanksgiving Air Travel to Rebound to 2019 Levels, TSA Says
The number of airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving this year is expected to rebound to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, but the Transportation Security Administration says it is ready to handle the surge. Travelers should expect long lines at airports and plan to spend a little more time getting through security, the TSA said. (The Associated Press)
Schools, Food Banks Wrestle with Shortages and Supply Problems
Keeping properly stocked with food is particularly critical for schools, food banks and pantries, which have seen spikes in hunger due to the pandemic. Also in short supply — funding to pay for rising food costs. (NJ Spotlight News)
U.S. Offering Investment to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Capacity
The Biden administration is making billions of dollars available to drugmakers to scale up domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines in the hopes of building capacity to produce an additional 1 billion shots per year to share with the world. (The Associated Press)
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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Business Resources
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
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N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,401
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,062,640
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,137,930
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