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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait: Authorities Impose New Preventive Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19 Virus during Ramadan

(Apr. 15, 2021) Between March 30 and April 7, 2021, authorities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Kuwait announced new preventive measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the Islamic holy month of the Ramadan. The month of Ramadan began on April 12 and runs through May 12. Saudi Arabia On April 7, […]

Israel: Supreme Court Voids Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions Limiting Demonstrators to 1,000 Meters from Residence

(Apr. 15, 2021) On April 4, 2021, Israel’s Supreme Court voided a regulation that had been in effect from October 1 to 13, 2020, and served as a basis for issuing fines against persons who participated in demonstrations against the prime minister and the Israeli government in violation of its conditions. (HC 5469/20 National Responsibility […]

New Zealand: Government Indicates that “Drug Checking” Law Will Be Made Permanent

(Apr. 14, 2021) On April 9, 2021, New Zealand’s health minister, Andrew Little, stated in a press release that interim legislation set to expire in December 2021 that enables illegal substances to be tested to verify their contents would be made permanent through legislation passed during this year. The Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Act […]

Denmark: Corona Passport Requirement Enters into Force

(Apr. 13, 2021) On April 6, 2021, a Danish government requirement for patrons entering “nonessential” businesses to present a “Corona Passport” (Coronapas) indicating their current COVID-19 status took effect. The Corona Passport is part of an expedited planned reopening of Danish society that was agreed to by the nine largest parties represented in the Danish […]

Finland: Municipality Elections Postponed Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 5, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the Finnish Parliament voted to approve a two-month postponement of the country’s municipal elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The elections, originally scheduled for April 18, 2021, will now be held on June 13, 2021. In accordance with the decision, early voting was also rescheduled for May 26 […]

European Union: Commission Amends Authorization Mechanism for Exports of COVID-19 Vaccines

(Apr. 1, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the European Commission’s Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/521, which amends the authorization mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines adopted on January 30, 2021, entered into force. The regulation adds the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered when a European Union (EU) member state authorizes […]

New Zealand: Bill Providing for Bereavement Leave Following Miscarriage Passed

(Mar. 26, 2021) On March 24, 2021, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2). The Bill “makes it clear that the unplanned end of a pregnancy by miscarriage or still-birth constitutes grounds for bereavement leave for the mother and her partner or spouse, and that the […]

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 […]

International: WTO Considers Waiving Certain Intellectual Property Protections for the Prevention, Containment, and Treatment of COVID-19

(Mar. 24, 2021) At a meeting on March 10-11, 2021, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council (TRIPS Council) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) continued its consideration of a waiver from the implementation, application, and enforcement of several sections of the TRIPS Agreement in relation to the prevention, containment, and treatment of COVID-19. […]

England: Permission to Appeal Granted in Case Requiring Court Order for Puberty-Blocking Treatment for Transgender Teenagers

(Mar. 19, 2021) On January 18, 2021, the High Court in England granted the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust permission to appeal a High Court ruling that children under 16 cannot give informed consent to receive puberty-blocking treatments, which effectively stopped both treatment and referrals for children under the age of 16 to the trust’s […]