COVID-19 Report for Life Sciences and Health Care Companies (5 - 9 October 2020)

The COVID-19 Report is a compilation of coronavirus news, analysis, and insights from around the world to help life sciences and health care companies stay current in this challenging time.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

  • The Hogan Lovells Government Relations and Public Affairs group is tracking all of the latest developments in the U.S. Congress and relevant news stories. After halting coronavirus stimulus negotiations on Tuesday afternoon, President Trump hours later signaled he would support specific coronavirus relief measures on stimulus checks, help for the airline industry, and small business loans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published guidance Tuesday detailing what's required for the emergency authorization of a coronavirus vaccine. Drugmakers must provide data showing they followed clinical trial participants for a median of two months after their final vaccine injection, according to guidelines posted on the FDA's website. Hospitals will lose Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements if they report incomplete COVID-19 data reporting, said Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in a call with reporters Tuesday. The penalty could go into effect as early as mid-January. The White House rejected the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer to lead the effort to track and notify citizens that were exposed to the coronavirus outbreak linked to President Trump and the many White House officials and staff. White House adviser Stephen Miller has tested positive for the coronavirus. Read about these and other updates here: Oct 6Oct 7 (Authored by Ivan Zapien)

  • On 30 September, President Trump issued an executive order on “Addressing the Threat to the Domestic Supply Chain from Reliance on Critical Minerals from Foreign Adversaries.” The purpose of the executive order is to reduce U.S. reliance on imports of “critical minerals,” which are key inputs for the technology, defense, and energy sectors. The executive order declares U.S. undue reliance on foreign adversaries for critical minerals a national emergency and directs relevant federal departments and agencies to take a series of actions to prioritize the expansion and protection of the domestic critical mineral supply chain. These include, but are not limited to, directing relevant federal departments and agencies to: recommend executive action, such as tariffs, to address these threats; accelerate the issuance of permits and the completion of projects to expand and protect the domestic mineral supply chain; and submit various reports on how to best protect the domestic supply chain. Read more here. (Authored by Kelly Ann Shaw)

  • The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued revised guidance in the form of three new Q&As on its website further clarifying when employers must inform OSHA if employees are hospitalized or die due to COVID-19. Read more here. (Authored by George W. Ingham)


Tuesday, 6 October 2020

  • The Hogan Lovells Government Relations and Public Affairs group is tracking all of the latest developments in the U.S. Congress and relevant news stories. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus and was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Hospital after experiencing shortness of breath and fever. The President’s health continues to be in question after a weekend of conflicting news and information being released by the White House and his team of doctors. The medical team has received significant criticism after admitting to giving a misleading report on Saturday and continue to be evasive in their answers about the President’s test and treatments. The President tweeted Monday that he will be discharged from Walter Reed Monday even though his doctors say he “may not be entirely out of the woods yet.” The news prompted concerns because of the number of risk factors of severe coronavirus symptoms that remain. The White House has become a COVID-19 hotspot and a contact tracing debacle as staff and the White House’s top circles are testing positive. Furthermore, the Vice President, cabinet members, congressional leadership, former Vice President Joe Biden, and even Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett may have now been exposed to the virus through the White House. Read about these and other updates here: Oct 5Oct 2Oct 1. (Authored by Ivan Zapien)

  • Partner Samaa A.F. Haridi and senior associate Samuel L. Zimmerman, members of our New York International Arbitration practice, are featured authors in Kluwer Law International's recent publication, International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution. This publication, which is available online and in hardcopy, is the first book to describe and analyze how the COVID-19 crisis has redefined the arbitral practice, including the pandemic's effects on substantive and procedural aspects from commencement to enforcement. The chapter authored by Samaa and Sam specifically focuses on COVID-19 and energy disputes and provides a detailed overview on how the global pandemic has impacted the energy sector. The chapter also explores the impact of COVID-19 on investor-state arbitrations, commercial arbitrations, and settlement negotiations within the energy sector.


Compiled by Aaron Armstrong



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