On 23 December 2020, Judge Catherine Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) a 14-day nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing and enforcing its Most Favored Nation (MFN) interim final rule (MFN Rule) scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2021.
Following earlier announcements as to the efficacy of vaccine trials by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Inc. (Pfizer) and Moderna, Inc. on November 20, 2020, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted applications for emergency use authorization to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Australian Government has announced a number of changes to its migration policies in September in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This alert collates some of the recently announced changes that are most relevant to employers in Australia.
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