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The French National Assembly passed Bill 609 Wednesday, “relating to the management of the exit from the health crisis.” The bill provides that, beginning on June 9, France’s Prime Minister may “ake the access of people to certain places, establishments or events involving large gatherings of people for leisure activities or trade fairs or exhibitions subject [...]

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The High Court of Karnataka in India observed Thursday that not providing a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine would amount to a violation of the right to life enshrined under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Aravind Kumar has issued the order in a [...]

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Australia’s Federal Court rejected the first part of a challenge to the Australian government’s India travel ban on Monday. The ban on travel to and from India was introduced last week by Health Minister Greg Hunt in response to the developing COVID-19 crisis in the country. Any individual found guilty under the determination faces up [...]

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The Texas House of Representatives backed a bill Friday that would prohibit election officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to voters. During the November 2020 general election, mail-in voting was very popular because of COVID-19. However, following the election, many states have considered imposing or have passed stricter restrictions, including Florida, Georgia and Iowa. On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron [...]

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The Archdiocese of Wisconsin filed suit Friday against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), alleging that the department’s COVID-19 policy restricting ministers’ access to prisoners violates state law. To address COVID-19 concerns, the Wisconsin DOC adopted a policy temporarily suspending all visits. This blanket ban also prevents all volunteer religious ministers from visiting inmates. There [...]

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The Supreme Court of India on Saturday formed a 12-member national task force to formulate a scientific, rational and equitable methodology for the allocation of medical oxygen to states and union territories. Since the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus infections in India the country has been facing an acute shortage of supply of [...]

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US Trade Representative Katherine Tai Wednesday announced the Biden-Harris Administration’s “support for waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines.” These extraordinary times and circumstances of call for extraordinary measures. The US supports the waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines to help end the pandemic and we’ll actively participate in @WTO negotiations to make that [...]

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A two-judge division bench of the Supreme Court of India on Thursday denied relief in a petition by the Election Commission of India seeking to restrict media coverage of open courts.  The petition was made by the Election Commission on account of the oral remarks of the High Court of Madras that had compared the [...]

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A federal judge struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) moratorium on evictions Wednesday, finding that the agency exceeded its authority under the Public Health Service Act in establishing the ban. In response, the Department of Justice filed a request for a temporary administrative stay on the order, which was granted Thursday morning. [...]

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The Canadian government is being sued over its pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum seekers attempting to enter the country at official border crossings. The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) filed a legal challenge on Tuesday against the Federal government’s decision to restrict access through the Canada-US border, citing in a statement “the severe harm [...]

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