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To what degree are safety standards relaxed when FDA Emergency Use Authorization replaces FDA approvals?

It is generally assumed the FDA approval is conditioned on the demonstrated safety and effectiveness of a product. However, when the FDA authorizes the use of a product due to an emergency condition, ...
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Is there an explanation for why ~20% of Americans think the US's response to Covid-19 has been better than South Korea's?

In this article, it's claimed that 20% of the US thinks the US is handling the Covid-19 outbreak better than South Korea, 21% think it's about the same, 26% think it's worse, and 32% aren't sure. This ...
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Why are US airlines being bailed out using loans instead of equity injections?

The bailout request by US airlines has been approved. About half the bailout ($25 billion) is in the form of loans. But why is the bailout in the form of loans? This kind of bailout fails to punish ...
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Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19?

Why have some governments banned outbound international flights in response to COVID-19? For example, the Philippines initially announced (but later reversed) a ban on outbound flights: Airports ...
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What sustainable options do poorer non-first world countries have against COVID-19?

In wealthy first-world countries, although social distancing hurts on a social and economic basis, it is at least feasible for a certain time. Basically every country world-wide has now implemented ...
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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?

Today, Hungary's parliament voted by 137 to 53 to enact the new COVID-19 bill, which apparently grants Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping powers, in order to allow Hungary to deal with the crisis. ...
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Does the US President have the power to quarantine a state or other locality?

On Saturday, March 28th, President Trump told reporters that he was "considering imposing a quarantine on New York state". He later tweeted that he was giving consideration to a quarantine of "hot ...
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Have any countries that are currently in lockdown published a detailed long-term exit plan?

Currently almost every country around the world is in a state of lockdown. However all of them seem to be in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown, with no long-term plan published anywhere. Has any ...
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Has the WHO said anything about travel restrictions since the end of February?

The WHO was against travel restrictions as they detailed in a press release at the end of February. But in the month past (March) practically every country on earth has instituted travel restrictions, ...
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Is forming a caretaker government in Singapore unconstitutional and can the constitution be broken in light of the crisis?

I thought on giving some context about Singapore elections: Singapore’s next general election must be, under the constitution, held by April 2021. However, on March 13 2020, the Electoral Boundaries ...
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Can the European Central Bank “print money” to partially mitigate the economical effects of the coronavirus infection spreading?

SARS-CoV-2 infection managed to bring a significant part of the economy to a halt and it is expected for lots of companies to have cash flows problems (e.g. impossible to pay the suppliers). I have ...
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How has the handling of the coronavirus outbreak (CoViD-19) affected Donald Trump's approval ratings?

From the outside it appears that the coronavirus (CoViD-19) outbreak has caught the USA off guard and that it's been handled quite poorly to date. So my assumption is that this would have a negative ...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?

This question posted recently makes a lot of assumptions, including the US President is currently making a trade-off of human lives for the economy or Trump's pro-economy death-permissive ...
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How have US pro-life groups responded to Trump's COVID-19 crisis response, given that it could permit more deaths?

I would expect US pro-life groups to simultaneously support Trump (as they're typically right-leaning), yet simultaneously strongly against his death-permissive approach to bolster the economy during ...
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What measures has Romania taken to contain the returning diaspora?

News about Romania's COVID-19-driven, reverse diaspora: Over 200,000 Romanians who worked abroad have returned to the country since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, with many of them coming ...
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Are there any surveys in the US on whether “preserving the American way” is worth the risk of sacrificing their elderly to COVID-19?

CNBC reported that: [Dan] Patrick, the Texas lieutenant governor, said Monday on Fox News, “As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the ...
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Have any countries or regions announced coronavirus control plans other than quarantine/contact tracing?

So far the Western nations I'm aware of seem to be trending towards the Chinese/South Korean plan for coronavirus containment: Lockdown the entire country until the number of new cases is manageable ...
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Is it possible for a country to ask China for compensation over damage done by SARS-CoV-2 epidemic that most likely started in China?

A part of this answer got me wondering if another state can request compensations over the huge economical cost of SARS-CoV-2 epidemics: (..) the region (HK, Singapore, SK?, China) was hit much ...
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How could Bernie Sanders stall the $2tn economic rescue package?

I'm finding it hard to grasp the current status of the $2 trillion stimulus bill because news about the approval process frequently seem to contradict each other. As far as I'm aware, Bernie Sanders ...
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What are the objections to Pelosi's COVID-19 Bill?

Subsequent to the Democrats blocking the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines, Nancy ...
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What is the current paid leave system in the United States given the COVID-19 outbreak?

The US has enacted law H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act which seems to mainly tackle elementary/secondary students' food availability, but also expanded FMLA among other things. I've ...
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Will you have to prove US citizenship to receive the COVID-19 bailout money?

As we know that US government announced $2T Covid-19 stimulus package on March 24. It includes a payout of $1200 to all taxpayers. Who are the individuals who will get that benefit? Is it all US ...
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Has the effect of crises on leaders' approval ratings been researched?

In the last few weeks, the leaders of practically every country I've looked at have seen their approval ratings improve significantly. An obvious conclusion to draw is that this is due to the COVID-19 ...
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Which right has priority in a shut down in states of emergency: the emergency law or the asylum law (international refugee law)?

Refugee law is the branch of international law which deals with the rights and duties States have vis-a-vis refugees. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugee_law Refugees are protected by the refugee ...
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Why was the World Health Organization against travel restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization initially opposed countries instituting travel or trade restrictions. Why did they oppose these policies at that time? Is ...
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Is there a limit to how long the second round of French mayoral elections can be postponed?

Coronavirus has forced the French government to postpone the second round of local elections: France will postpone the second round of mayoral elections to June 21 due to the coronavirus outbreak, ...
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What non-public information could Senator Burr have obtained when he decided to sell his stock? [closed]

Senator Burr is currently being accused of using insider information to sell his stock in advance of the coronavirus epidemic: Burr had been receiving daily coronavirus updates from the ...
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Will Trump accept help from China? [closed]

China is sending beds and staffs to Italy and Spain. The USA are 2-3 weeks delayed but the virus will “explode” too. Will the authorities accept help from China? (I know you’ll say this question is ...
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Can the Chinese or S Korean COVID approaches be implemented in the US (or Europe)?

The "Daily" NY Times podcast for 3/12/20 described two effective management schemes for handling the epidemic. Briefly: Chinese: Check everyone's temperature frequently on a massive scale. Track ...
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Can Romanian politicians, army, police, etc be held accountable for decisions taken while in a “state of emergency”?

Romania has declared a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has a few effects. Two of which I consider relevant for this questions are: they limit some of people's rights (like ...
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How much of the US media referred to the COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” until it received an official designation from the WHO?

It has been claimed in a fairly upvoted answer here (which is why this not a notable-enough claim for Skeptics SE) that For a fun exercise, put a news organization into google's search along with "...
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Why does the USA offer help to combat the coronavirus to Iran and North Korea if Italy is hit worse? [closed]

It seems Iran has turned down the offer but why Italy is helped only by China, Cuba and Russia, and not Germany or the USA?
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

In the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, Democrats blocked the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines. McConnell indicated that he ...
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Are there any EU/NATO/Atlantic help programs for Italy?

Italy now has the most deaths from COVID. It's even above China in that list. Italian government asked for international help, some countries responded: At first, China provided huge help then, ...
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How can Italy make the statement that 651 died on March 21 at 5:30 PM of the same day? [closed]

Can anyone explain to me how Italy was able to announce 651 COVID-19 deaths at 5:30 PM local time? How does the toll work? Isn't a "daily death toll" supposed to be from midnight to midnight? Best ...
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Political cost of choosing the safest option early in case of health threat [closed]

This article in the Guardian argues that most European countries were not as well prepared as some Asian countries because: (1) There was no recent experience of a serious epidemic in the country, ...
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What can governments do right now to prepare for the next global pandemic? [closed]

I have not seen articles or information on how governments - behind the scenes or in public - reflect and set up analytics and systematic information collection to prepare for the spread of a new ...
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How did the US administration usually refer to COVID-19 before the Chinese foreign ministry started claiming the virus is of US origin?

It's been recently reported that Trump's administration (Trump himself, but also Pompeo) has been referring to COVID-19 as "China virus" or "Wuhan coronavirus" etc., emphasizing the Chinese origin of ...
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Why is Trump dubbing COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” considered offensive, while many past epidemics have had similar naming schemes?

To preface this, I'm not a supporter of Trump, but I disagree with the way some major media outlets have criticized him over his nickname for COVID-19, the "Chinese virus". In addition, it is not ...
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Are the number of COVID-19 testing being reported to some central agency?

While watching the 3/20/2020 Presidential & COVID19 Task Force press conference there was a lot of questions and answers about the access, availability of COVID-19 testing. Unfortunately many of ...
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Why can one still buy newspapers during lockdown?

In the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown, at least in France and in Italy newsagents are in the list of first-necessity stores that remain open. "To go buy a newspaper" is a legitimate reason to leave ...
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When was the last time the Canada–US border closed to visitors?

Multiple sources have reported that Canada and the United States have announced that the Canada–United States border is about to close to non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the spread of ...
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Does the FDA regulate off-label use of pharmaceuticals?

In today's press conference (3/19/2020) the President is touting the FDA's approval of using (for example) an anti-malarial as a treatment for COVID-19. This drug has been in widespread use and has ...
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Why are Central Banks cutting interest rates in response to COVID-19?

Central Banks around the world have cut interest rates in the past few days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the US Federal Reserve (0-0.25%), the Bank of England (0.1%), and the ...
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How fast can the US increase its capacity for COVID-19 testing? [migrated]

Can the US increase its capacity for COVID-19 testing fast enough to accomplish simultaneously: 1) allowing hospitals to provide care to the infected (e.g. mechanical ventilation) without being ...
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How can a ban on people gathering be enforced when it is imposed for an epidemic?

I noticed that a lot of countries introducing quarantines and other measures to fight COVID-19 also included a ban on people gathering. I am wondering, how can it be enforced? When a government wants ...
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Why do Western countries seem to be less efficient than Asian countries in fighting against COVID-19?

So far it appears that Western countries especially in Europe (e.g. Italy, Spain, UK, France, Germany) struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19. This is in contrast to most Asian countries (China, ...
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Is there a specific etiquette officials are following in this picture? [closed]

I was watching President Trump's white house daily briefing for Coronavirus and I see officials standing too close to each other which is a different issue. But one thing I am wondering is everyone ...
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Does the World Health Organization have the power to impose sanctions?

In the last couple of days, WHO officials have criticised the UK government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, describing the government's reliance on developing herd-immunity amongst the British ...
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Why did the French government not cancel elections because of Covid-19?

France held local elections even after coronavirus related restrictions had to be put in place. The article mentions only this rather general and vague reason for holding them: Macron decided to ...