Coronavirus company news summary – Raytheon Technologies plans 15,000 job cuts across

17 September 2020 (Last Updated September 17th, 2020 09:27)

17 September

US defence contractor Raytheon Technologies has revealed plans to implement 15,000 job cuts at its Pratt & Whitney, Collins Aerospace and corporate organisations. The decision was announced by president and CEO Greg Hayes during the company’s presentation at the Morgan Stanley Virtual 8th Annual Laguna Conference. The plan, blamed on the decline in the airline industry, will affect employees in the US and certain locations overseas.

The US Air Force (USAF) has again delayed its official physical fitness assessments from October this year to 1 January 2021. The decision has been taken in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and reduce close contact among personnel. USAF deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services lieutenant general Brian Kelly said: “This delay gives our folks extra time to prepare for January, while also ensuring units have more time to implement additional Covid precautions.”

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has issued documents that details strategy for the rapid distribution of Covid-19 vaccine doses to the American people. The documents will guide state, tribal, territorial, and local partners, other stakeholders, and the public on how to plan and operationalise Covid vaccination response. The strategy has been developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with DoD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).