Federal Update: CDC’s Eviction Ban Leaves Renters at Risk, U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims were Worse than Expected Last Week, FDA Chief has ‘No Intention’ of Overruling Staff on Vaccine Decision

September 10, 2020

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has made it illegal for landlords across the U.S. to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent. But the measure doesn’t relieve tenants of their obligation to pay rent or offer any rental assistance, making it likely that many will rack up debt during the reprieve. If they can’t pay it once the protection lifts in January, they could lose their homes anyway. 
  • The U.S. Labor Department reported 884,000 people made first-time filings for unemployment insurance, compared to the 850,000 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The total was unchanged from the previous week. Continuing claims from those filing for at least two weeks hit 13.385 million, an increase of 93,000 from a week ago, indicating the strong jobs improvement through the summer may be tailing ahead of the fall.
  • Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said he has “no intention” of overruling career scientists at the agency on an approval of a coronavirus vaccine even though he has the authority. Hahn said vaccine data will be adequately reviewed publicly by a group of outside experts. His remarks come as infectious disease experts and scientists say they have concerns that President Donald Trump is pressuring the FDA to approve a vaccine before it’s been adequately tested.

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