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Israel: With Half the Population Vaccinated, Ministry of Health Issues COVID-19 Certificates of Vaccination or Recovery and “Green Passes”

(Mar. 25, 2021) On March 15, 2021, Israel became the first country to have fully vaccinated more than half its population using the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccinated Israelis and those who have recovered from COVID-19 may apply to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery, as well as for […]

Liechtenstein: European Court of Human Rights Rules Whistleblower’s Dismissal Did Not Infringe Freedom of Expression

(Mar. 17, 2021) On February 16, 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held in Gawlik v. Liechtenstein (application no. 23922/19) that the dismissal of a doctor without notice for reporting that his superior allegedly performed illegal euthanasia did not violate his right to freedom of expression under article 10 of the European Convention […]

England: Restrictions on Privacy in Parole Hearings Loosened

(Mar. 15, 2021) On February 8, 2021, England’s government announced its intention to amend rule 15 of the Parole Board Rules 2019, which provide that, with limited exceptions, all parole hearings should be held in private, to provide transparency and confidence in the parole system. Changes to the rules will end what is effectively a […]

Germany: Higher Regional Court Rules Agreement between Google and German Ministry of Health on “Knowledge Panels” Violates Competition Law

(Mar. 4, 2021) On February 10, the Higher Regional Court Munich I (Landgericht München I, LG München I) granted two applications for preliminary injunctions against the German Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG) and Google Ireland, Ltd. (Google) requested by NetDoktor.de GmbH (NetDoktor). The court held that the agreement between the BMG and Google […]

England: New Restrictions for UK and Irish Travelers Returning from High-Risk COVID-19 Countries

(Feb. 16, 2021) On February 15, 2021, England established increased testing, stronger enforcement, and more stringent quarantine requirements to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The U.K. government banned entry to all but U.K. and Irish citizens and residents from 33 countries considered “high risk” for transmitting new variants of COVID-19. These countries are […]

Australia: Bill Making Vaccination Reporting Mandatory Passed

(Feb. 11, 2021) On February 4, 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2021 (Cth), which amends the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (Cth) (AIR Act) to “require recognised vaccination providers to report certain information in relation to certain vaccinations administered both within and outside Australia”; “authorise the collection and use […]

Australia: Privacy Protections Applicable to COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Enacted

(May 29, 2020) On May 15, 2020, the Privacy Amendment (Public Health Contact Information) Act 2020 (Cth) was enacted in Australia. The act adds a new part to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) that specifically regulates the use and disclosure of data collected when people download and use the Australian government’s COVID-19 contact tracing mobile phone […]

Chile: Ministry of Health Announces Issuance of COVID-19 Immunity Card, Easing Restrictions for Some

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 9, 2020, Chile’s minister of health, Jaime Mañalich, announced the issuance of a document to those people who have recovered from COVID-19 as indicated by antibody testing, releasing them from quarantine and other restrictions. The “COVID Cards” will be issued to individuals who have recovered from the disease 14 days after […]

Uruguay: New Law Authorizes Telemedicine

(Apr. 30, 2020) Responding to the COVID-19 health situation, Uruguay’s Parliament recently passed Law 19869, providing a legal framework for telemedicine. The measure was published in the Diario Oficial on April 15, 2020. The new law is in line with the National Health Board’s recommendations that health care providers prioritize alternative means of access to […]

Israel: Police and Ministry of Health Will Jointly Supervise Mandatory Quarantine for Designated Persons; Interactive Countrywide Coronavirus Exposure Map Posted

(Mar. 12, 2020) Israel’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has posted an interactive map of areas in Israel and the West Bank indicating places exposed to the coronavirus by patients in the 14 days before their diagnosis with the disease. The map enables Israeli residents to check the exposed places by address. The MOH website also […]