03 Feb 2021

Singapore passes bill governing police use of contact tracing data

On Tuesday, Singapore passed new legislation that restricts law enforcement’s ability to access Covid-19 contact tracing data after extensive public backlash. The bill, called the Covid-19 Temporary Measures Amendment Bill, was passed under a Certificate of Urgency, which allows the government to speed up the adoption process for legislation considered

Read More
02 Feb 2021

Japan set to extend state of emergency for another month

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga is expected to announce that the state of emergency enacted in Tokyo and other regions with high Covid-19 cases will extend until March on Tuesday. Mr. Suga is seeking to maintain the upper hand over another Covid-19 outbreak even as daily case numbers continue

Read More
01 Feb 2021

Vaccination Delays Put Global Rebound at Risk

Vaccination timelines set forth by various countries are all falling by the wayside as vaccine makers fail to meet deadlines, creating shortages in countries such as Germany and Mexico. This is raising fears that many people will be unable to receive the vaccine, pushing the pandemic or its economic effects

Read More
29 Jan 2021

Thailand arrests 89 foreign tourists for violating Covid-19 rules

On Tuesday night, Thai law enforcement arrested roughly 89 foreigners for breaching Covid-19 restrictions after raiding a party at a bar on a popular resort island. The raid also included the arrest of 22 Thais. The bar in question, 360 Bar on Koh Phangan, is located on the Gulf of

Read More
28 Jan 2021

Germany facing ’10 tough weeks’ of vaccine shortages

Germany is currently facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines that could last up to ten weeks, according to the country’s health minister Jens Spahn. The pace of Germany’s vaccine rollout has been less than ideal, failing to meet many of its own daily vaccination targets. Mr. Spahn’s commentary on Twitter

Read More
27 Jan 2021

AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage

The European Union is calling on pharmaceutical company and vaccine producer AstraZeneca to publish their vaccine contract. The move comes amid frustration at the vaccine vendor due to delivery shortfalls. The EU has been dissatisfied with the production delays but is unable to release details of the deal due to

Read More
26 Jan 2021

U.K. Coronavirus Variant Probed for Increased Risk to Younger People

In the UK, doctors have noticed a significant change in the demographics of people receiving medical treatment for Covid-19. In critical care units, more young people and women with serious cases of Covid-19 began to come in. The virus so far has proved to hit older patients and men the

Read More
25 Jan 2021

Dutch PM Mark Rutte condemns curfew riots as ‘criminal violence’

Over the weekend, thousands of Dutch protestors gathered in the southern city of Eindhoven to express discontent with new curfews enacted to restrict the spread of Covid-19. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte condemned the riots, calling them an act of “criminal violence.” Protestors looted supermarkets, smashed shop windows, and threw

Read More
22 Jan 2021

Studies of South African Coronavirus Strain Raise Concerns About Immune Response

Three new studies have raised concerns over the immune response triggered by the new strain of Covid-19 originating in South Africa. The studies found that the vaccine may be less effective at protecting against the new and more transmissible strain. The findings are a result of experiments done in laboratory

Read More
19 Jan 2021

Italy PM Conte faces crucial Senate vote to stay in power

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister, is facing a crucial Senate vote amid struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Senate vote will occur after the vote in the Chamber of Deputies, which Mr. Conte already won by 321 to 259. Last week, former PM Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the

Read More