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If the majority of people doesn't want to comply to a measure that is supposed to be taken for their own good can the measure be made obligatory? [closed]

I read the question of why vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine is not made obligatory. I think this would be different if fewer people were willing to take the vaccine. Or would this still be the ...
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Why is there so much reluctance to make the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults?

For all the talk on how its important for everyone to get vaccinated, not a single country has so far made the COVID vaccine mandatory for adults. Some states are making it mandatory for college ...
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To avoid another Covid-like fiasco, have any countries made any actual changes or preparations for the next pandemic? [closed]

Although huge resources were expended for the current pandemic, when the next highly transmissible virus appears will we all be caught essentially unprepared again? For example, it would seem ...
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What in “Fauci's emails” do Republicans consider to be damning?

Fauci emails A lot of right-wing people I know seem so vindicated in their conspiracy theories but never explicitly state which ones. I've read Why is the lab leak theory such a big deal? and I doubt ...
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Why is the lab leak theory such a big deal?

I don't really understand what is the point fighting over about the lab leak theory. Certainly other virology labs should care, they want to be sure they don't make the same mistake. And certainly ...
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Has any high official promoted reaching herd immunity through getting sick for a disease other than COVID-19?

I know this is quite old, but the question struck me only recently during a discussion. Applying the herd-immunity concept to humans is about 100 years old, so clearly it made sense to come into the ...
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Is there an international norm which requires all countries to open their labs should a certain situation occur?

Is there an international norm which requires all countries to open their labs should a certain situation occur? The U.S. is asking China to open its labs, but the U.S. won't do so in return, but is ...
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What caused Canada to change their stance on the “lab leak” theory of COVID?

On May 27th 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau said: “We support the call by the United states and others to better understand the origins of COVID-19,” Trudeau told reporters. “I know there are a lot of ...
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What's the rationale of EU Covid passports when EU seems to be near herd immunity level?

Judging from plummeting cases in spite of slowly lifted restrictions EU reached herd immunity somewhere (guesstimate) around late April. Simultaneously, EU wants to implement Covid passports from 1st ...
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Negationism and polarization in Brazil [closed]

More than half of the comments in covid publications follow the same model: offensive comments and "I took chloroquine when I had covid and I was cured, so chloroquine works". These people ...
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Why are Scandinavian countries promoting wearing masks so little compared to the rest of Europe?

Living in a Scandinavian country, I have been surprised to see how little people wear masks, both in public transports (no more than 10% wear one there), supermarkets and offices. I know that the ...
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Does the Japanese government not have the authority to cancel the Olympics?

An article talks about how Japan recently declared a third state of emergency due to the pandemic, most people in Japan don't want the 2020 Olympics to take place, and how their health care system is ...
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Why doesn't India mass-produce COVID-19 vaccines?

I read (mirror): [January 5, 2021] India has one of the largest vaccine manufacturing capacities in the world (including the largest vaccine producer - Serum Institute of India) and has secured ...
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Why has the response from the Thai government to the third COVID-19 wave been much more measured than at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand in March 2020, the Thai government introduced curfews, travel limitations and other restrictions rather promptly and harshly. However, during the ...
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Have any public figures faced any consequences for breaking pandemic rules, especially their own?

I know worldwide many leaders have been caught hypocritically breaking their own pandemic rules or ignoring their own guidelines. I won't name names to keep this neutral, but I'm sure we can all ...
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Right of attendance at a Parish Council Meeting [closed]

My Parish Council has chosen to hold a face to face meeting on 12th April in the village hall. Parishioners have been sent an email saying that it is probably not legal for them to attend due to covid ...
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What political factors led to the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada?

Among the G7, Canada ranks second to last in terms of COVID-19 Vaccine rollout, only ahead of Japan (where Vaccine rollout only began in March). Additionally, Canada was the only G7 member to tap into ...
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Why won't China allow an independent investigation on the origin of COVID-19? [closed]

Why won't China allow an independent investigation on the origin of COVID-19? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-statement/u-s-13-countries-concerned-who-covid-19-origin-study-...
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Has OSHA discussed why it missed Biden’s mask mandate deadline?

The day after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order instructing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider instituting a mask mandate in workplaces: The ...
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Are autocratic countries handling COVID-19 better than democratic countries?

From the answer to one of my previous questions: It's an old saw in political science that if one wants a just society one has to surrender to having an inefficient society. Autocrats and dictators ...
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Have any anti lockdown protests been successful?

Over the past year, there have been numerous protests against Covid related lockdowns in various countries around the world. But did any of them manage to achieve their goal of convincing the ...
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How can the UK government have spent £37 billion (US $51 billion) on the “Test & Trace System”? [closed]

Whether £37 billion be the amount that has been spent, or simply the Test & Trace budget for the first two years as this site suggests, I find it inconceivable that such amounts are remotely ...
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To what extent have developed European countries utilized strategies that Australia utilized against Coronavirus?

Compared to Europe, Australia has had a low rate of coronavirus infections and deaths. There are a large number of differences between Australia and Europe, such as population density, the ease of ...
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Privacy-wise what are risks of Israel-type deal to share anonymized vaccine data IF a country is using nationalized health plan?

Israel has one of the fastest Covid vaccine rollouts in the world right now. To get it so many doses they signed a sweetheart deal with Pfizer to share anonymized, but highly detailed data with Pfizer ...
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What is preventing UN from playing a more assertive role atleast in Global Pandamic situation?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN member nation's response was more or less defined by the country leaders' personality. WHO guidelines were generally followed and acted upon. However, few ...
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Why hasn't the EU approved Russia's COVID vaccine yet? [closed]

Hungary started to administer the Russain-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines recently while the EU did not authorize it yet (see e.g. https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/20/sputnik-v-why-hasn-t-the-eu-...
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EU Vaccine export controls - what actually happened?

I've seen quite a few news reports recently over the EU's introduction of new export rules to control vaccines leaving the bloc. The BBC is a British outlet and perhaps, given Brexit, may put a more ...
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100 million people vaccinated in 100 days? [closed]

article here The Biden administration is trying to dampen expectations about the vaccine. But, the numbers still don't add up. If 100 million shots are administered, some of those shots will go to ...
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What is the Biden administration's position on the WHO investigation into the origins of coronavirus?

Has the Biden administration expressed support of the World Health Organization investigating the origins of COVID-19 in China? The Wikipedia article on the WHO investigations only mentions the views ...
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What are the main criteria used by the European Commission to compute the COVID-19 vaccines to be received by the member state?

I have recently seen an interview with a Romanian State Secretary at Health Ministry about the COVID-19 vaccination. The interview touched on the sensitive point of insufficient vaccine doses and the ...
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What did the Trump White House have as written rules regarding mask wearing on WH premises?

I'm aware of photos like these: (Source: BBC --more photos therein. That event had been criticized by Fauci as a "superspreader".) But it's also been said in a comment to another q that ...
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As of 2021-01-20, which Federal facilities did not require wearing a mask on premises?

President Biden signed an executive order today titled "Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing": Accordingly, to protect the Federal workforce and ...
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How will the vaccine be given in the US? [closed]

The UK decision has been to go for one-jab followed by a 12-week wait for the second - based on the theory that it is better for overall public health to begin by getting one-shot into twice the ...
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Can states buy vaccines directly from the manufacturers?

New York and Michigan have been requesting to purchase vaccines directly from the manufacturers. From NBC News' reporting: No can do, Pfizer replied. While the company is ready to collaborate with ...
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Is there any example of multiple countries negotiating as a bloc for buying COVID-19 vaccines, except for EU?

The European Union started negotiations with vaccine producers back in July 2020 and that means that more than 25 countries acted as one for buying the vaccine. This clearly helps the countries with a ...
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Given Covid, why will Biden's inauguration not be virtual?

No matter the social distancing practised, there will inevitably be some spread of Covid at any large gathering such as an inauguration. Add the crowds of people who always come to DC, just because of ...
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How did Canadian politicians bypass the Canada U.S. border closure in December 2020, to vacation in the U.S?

I'm referring to https://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/a-violation-of-trust-alberta-doctors-decry-government-vacations-abroad. I know there are exceptions to the Canada U.S. border closure, like ...
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Why does the Czech government need EU permission to change the way vaccines are administered?

According to the Twitter of Andrej Babiš (Czech prime minister): This evening I have asked the EC President @vonderleyen to explore and approve together with @EMA_News as soon as possible the ...
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What is this stalemate on Covid relief payments all about? [duplicate]

Trump said he wants to raise the size of payments to $2,000, the Democrats are all for it, but the Republicans still block it. What is the disagreement? There was also something with foreign aid that ...
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How many people received stimulus (in the full amount) under the CARES act?

Looking at rules for he proposed new $600 stimulus checks passed by Congress (that Trump said is insufficient though), I see a lot of inclusion and exclusion criteria, e.g. Many students, for ...
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In the US, have COVID deaths been evenly distributed among registered party voters?

In the US, have COVID-19 deaths been evenly distributed among registered party voters? That is, early in 2020 the blue states were the first to suffer. Later in 2020, the red states are suffering. ...
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Will the COVID vaccines from China be unavailable in the US for political reasons?

I've so far never read any news stories about the "old-fashioned" inactivated-virus vaccines from China, such as Sinovac and Sinopharm, being made available in the United States, even once ...
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What's with the threatened Trump veto due to insufficient individual covid relief?

According to Reuters: Trump said he wants Congress to increase the amount in the stimulus checks to $2,000 for individuals or $4,000 for couples, instead of the “ridiculously low” $600 for ...
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Is the COVID relief package the same legislation as the omnibus bill?

There is a lot of news about the $900 billion COVID relief package passed by Congress on 12/21/2020. There is less news about the $1.4 trillion spending bill that was passed. However, a lot of people ...
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Coronavirus vaccine distribution restrictions in the USA

Each US state is required to develop a detailed plan for distribution of Coronavirus vaccine. Those plans were due on Nov 1 2020. It appears that the vaccine distribution to the more generalized ...
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Has Biden or his staff/selectees discussed plans of how to handle the physical White House and Secret Service, re: COVID?

By this, I don't mean how the President-Elect plans to handle COVID, big-picture, but rather how he and his staff are planning on dealing with the actual physical White House, the West Wing and the ...
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Is there a way for the EU except for Hungary and Poland to use Pandemic Relief Funds without approval coming from Hungary and Poland?

According to npr.org, the EU has a hard time passing the EU Budget which contains the pandemic relief funds for hard-hit nations. The European Union's landmark stimulus plan to assist member states ...
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COVID-19 Vaccine: State Distribution plans versus Federal Distribution Plans

HHS 10/16/2020 To meet the Trump Administration's Operation Warp Speed (OWS) goals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense today announced agreements with ...
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What is the reasoning behind nighttime restrictions during pandemic?

Many countries apply different forms of nighttime restrictions during pandemic: curfews, early restaurant closings. What is the reasoning behind that? Intuitively it seems to me that people are less ...
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With Covid-19, what governments/societies pose the lowest restrictions for their people?

With Sweden being the obvious first choice, I wonder what other (specifically developed countries) governments/societies choose not to react to the virus in the "usual" extent (i.e. lock-...

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