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COVID-19 Update
February 1, 2021
IowaBio wants to provide our members useful information during the COVID-19 pandemic. This newsletter compiles information on state, federal and industry action to combat the virus and its impacts.

If your company is helping respond to COVID-19, IowaBio wants to know about it. Please, send any information about what your biotechnology company or organization is doing to help, to Jessica Hyland at

If IowaBio can assist you in getting information out, connecting with public officials, or support your company in another way, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Past IowaBio COVID-19 Update newsletters are now available at and can be found under the Industry News tab on the IowaBio website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

On Friday, Johnson & Johnson released its phase 3 clinical trial data on its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The Vaccine Candidate showed:
  • 72% Effective in the US and 66% Effective Overall at Preventing Moderate to Severe COVID-19, 28 Days after Vaccination
  • 85% Effective Overall in Preventing Severe Disease and Demonstrated Complete Protection Against COVID-19 related Hospitalization and Death as of Day 28
  • Protection Against Severe Disease Across Geographies, Ages, and Multiple Virus Variants, including the SARS-CoV-2 Variant from the B.1.351 Lineage [1] Observed in South Africa
The vaccine is administered as a single-shot compatible with standard vaccine distribution channels, providing an important tool in pandemic setting.

Read the full press release here.

The Vaccine Information Dashboard is now live via the website by clicking here. The dashboard contains vaccine and vaccine provider information by county and broken down by important demographics. IowaBio will now include some of these statistics in this report each day.

Key Statistics
The overall number of Iowans vaccinated is 254,043 with 133,895 receiving their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 60,074 receiving their second dose. To find vaccine providers in your county, click here or scroll to the bottom of the vaccine dashboard.

Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 319,495 Iowans have tested positive, up 2,317 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 1,474,033 tested. 369 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 4,901 deaths. Now 283,039 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 9.9% the past 7-day average is 7.5%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 368 hospitalized patients.

School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. According to guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Education, schools may petition to go to hybrid or online learning with less than 50 percent in-person instruction when the per county percentage positivity rates are above 15 percent in a county on average over the past 14 days (rolling average) AND 10% absenteeism among students is expected for in-person learning. School district waiver requests and whether they are granted or denied are listed here.

Currently 6 (of 99) counties are at or above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.

Total Cases 25,921,703
Total Deaths 438,035

Total Cases 103, 034,951
Total Deaths 2,229,565

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815 Unique compounds in development
201 vaccines
232 antivirals
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Jessica Hyland, J.D.
Executive Director
Iowa Biotechnology Association
Cell: (515) 822-1315
Office: (515) 327-9156
Fax: (515) 327-1407
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