AUGUSTA — Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah briefed lawmakers Thursday on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting took place online with members of the legislature’s Health and Human Services committee.
Topics addressed by Shah included expanded testing, vaccinations, and the Omicron variant.
Shah also discussed the state’s ability to address other areas of concern during the pandemic, including forever chemicals and the HIV crisis.
“Maine CDC staff have not missed a beat on other public health challenges. I also want to note that we ourselves have not taken the focus off of those other challenges. We have been able to simultaneously address needs surrounding and presented by COVID-19, while also ensuring we focus on other public health challenges at this time.
Shah said it’s possible we could be nearing a point where COVID will be endemic.
He said the state is also waiting for more shipments of Paxlovid, the anti-viral oral medication developed by Pfizer.