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EU Commission strengthens transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines

Today, the European Commission has introduced the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered for authorising exports under the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports. This system has significantly improved the transparency of exports. Nevertheless, the objective to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for EU citizens is still not met. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “The EU is proud to be the home of vaccine producers who not only deliver...

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CEA Legal | The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Eligibility and Next Steps

In the gigantic $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act signed by President Biden last week, $28.6 Billion have been allocated to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRV), a tax-free grant program that will be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to save the hospitality industry. Eligible restaurants and other food service and drinking establishments will not be required to pay back the funds received as long as used for qualifying expenses incurred from 02/15/2020 through 12/31/2021, such as payroll and...

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Coronavirus: EU Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate

Today the European Commission is proposing to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. It will be available, free of charge, in digital or paper format. It will include a QR code to ensure security and authenticity of the certificate. The Commission will build a gateway...

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Troutman Pepper | COVID-19 and Border Crossings: Considerations and Best Practices for Global Constructors and Suppliers who Cross United States, Canadian, and European Borders

Who Needs to Know Any company with cross-border supply chains or employee travel. Why It Matters COVID-19 related travel restrictions may slow employee travel and logistics, and disrupt global suppliers and supply chains. The decision whether a worker is critical or essential and will gain admittance is often made on a case-by-case basis and can differ based upon the specific worker, the worker’s job functions, and the country. Reviewing restrictions and exceptions of the intended country of travel and ensuring your work...

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International Women’s Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for gender equality

Ahead of International Women's Day, the Commission published its 2021 report on gender equality in the EU, that shows the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women. The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities between women and men in almost all areas of life, both in Europe and beyond, rolling back on the hard-won achievements of past years. At the same time, gender equality has never been so high up on the EU's political agenda, and the Commission has made...

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AlixPartners | COVID-19’s impact on aircraft lessors: Are the dominoes starting to fall?

Aircraft lessors have been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the air travel boom of the last three decades, becoming a powerful force and an essential link in the aviation value chain. In 2019, lessors made up 50% of Airbus and Boeing deliveries through either direct contracts or sale-and-leaseback transactions. Lessors provide airlines aircraft financing in various forms and act as a buffer between aircraft OEMs and operators. This position helped them weather some of the initial shock of...

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Hogan Lovells | COVID-19 Report for Life Sciences and Health Care Companies

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. In Tuesday's Report: U.S. Senate to vote on relief package, an analysis of how data protection principles relate to vaccine passports, and a preview of a webinar series on the FinTech Strategic Review in the UK. Tuesday, 2 March 2021 The Hogan Lovells Government Relations and Public Affairs group is tracking all of...

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ECB | Speech: Macroprudential policy after the COVID-19 pandemic

Panel contribution by Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the ECB, at the Banque de France / Sciences Po Financial Stability Review Conference 2021 “Is macroprudential policy resilient to the pandemic?” | Introduction It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon and share some thoughts on the future of macroprudential policy in the euro area after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. About one year ago, the euro area was hit by a major unexpected shock: the COVID-19 pandemic. While this health and...

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Cozen O’Connor | I-9 Documentation Review Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we approach April 1, 2021, employers should be aware of the ever-changing policies and procedures surrounding their requirements to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (and E-Verify if they have registered to use it or are required to use it by law) for all new hires. Traditionally, the document inspection requirements of Form I-9 were completed in person when the new hire was going through the onboarding process of a new position, requiring the employee to complete...

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MPC | It’s not the vaccines it’s the vaccinations

Covid-19 has killed 480,000 people in the United States and 2.39 million worldwide, while infecting 27 million people in the United States and approximately 109 million people worldwide.  Though at the moment, hospitalizations, deaths and new cases are fortunately dropping, it does not mean we are out of the woods just yet, especially with variants increasing in the U.S.  Although masks and social distancing are effective in slowing the spread of the virus, vaccines are a more effective means...

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