Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force

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Alston & Bird’s Coronavirus Task Force has been working to advise clients on the business and legal implications of the coronavirus. We are also deeply involved in assisting our clients as they prepare for and respond to the CARES Act funding, and other relief mechanisms.

Our multidisciplinary team can assist and advise a broad range of economic sectors on responses to coronavirus news and proactive steps to ensure business continuity, supply-chain alternatives, data security if remote access for all employees is required, and new product development. We regularly work on coronavirus-related issues with the gamut of relevant regulatory bodies as well as congressional policymakers who are leading the response to this fast-moving event. Our team includes members with experience in regulations for employment issues, medical product development, and pharmaceuticals, as well as every type of business interruption scenario. Members of our team have previously worked for, or represent clients before, the White House, Congress, HHS—especially staff and operating divisions such as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)—FDA, CDC, CMS, USDA, EPA, DEA, DOD, SEC, DHS, DOS, and OSHA.

We bring focused experience in these sectors:

  • Hospitals, physicians, home health, nursing homes and clinical laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, pharmacies, distributors and supply chain managers
  • Hospitality, events, and entertainment 
  • Public companies, industrials, and manufacturing
  • Public and private employers 
  • Travel, transportation, shipping, and logistics
  • Food, beverage, and agriculture
  • Import and export of items regulated by the EPA
  • Emergency response and planning
  • Colleges, universities, and other educational institutions

Exposure risk may be increased for some workers who interact with potentially infected travelers from abroad, including workers in:

  • Health care
  • Clinical laboratories
  • Airline operations
  • Border protection
  • Import/export
  • Solid waste and wastewater management
  • Businesses deemed essential
  • Travel to certain areas, including mainland China

Spanning several Alston & Bird practices – including health care, public policy, corporate governance, capital markets and securities, labor and employment, litigation, global services, privacy, and environmental – the Coronavirus Task Force can give insight and guidance to clients facing immediate questions and challenges about planning for or responding to the threat posed by the coronavirus.

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