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Today in Washington – May 21, 2020: COVID-19 Updates

Posted on May 21, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Thursday, May 21 Update

Our Federal Advocacy Team is dedicated to providing frequent COVID-19 updates as they develop. Going forward, these updates will be distributed as developments warrant instead of nightly. These updates along with other resources can be found ​on the COVID-19 ​Resource ​Center page ​of Hall Render’s website​.

Note – ​we believe this is the most up-to-date information available at this time.

Congressional Outlook

  • Today, Sen. Marco Rubio, co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), released a copy of draft legislation to make program changes found here. The measure would:
    • Extend the period for making PPP loans from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020;
    • Increase the period to spend to funds from 8 weeks to 16 weeks;
    • Add a new category for “covered worker protection expenditures”;
    • Add an “8-week safe harbor period” that would be used to calculate the PPP loan reductions.
  • Unfortunately, the Senate went into recess until June 1 without taking action on the legislation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still plans to hold a vote in the House next week on PPP legislation that has not yet been released.

From the FDA

Trump Administration Announces AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to Be Available in October

  • HHS announced collaboration with AstraZeneca to make available at least 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine called AZD1222, with the first doses delivered as early as October 2020.

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