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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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To what extent can the Australian government deport people on temporary visas for breaking lockdown restrictions? [migrated]

From Immigration Minister Alex Hawke vows to deport temporary visa holders who breach COVID rules The Minister said he had “asked the Department of Home Affairs to work closely with NSW agencies and ...
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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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How are pharmaceutical companies dealing with people who received a placebo vaccine? [migrated]

The reason why I am posting this question on the politics stack exchange is because the topic of coronavirus has become extremely politicized and is really in the global spotlight. I would like to ...
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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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What powers, if any, does the US federal government have to introduce coronavirus restrictions?

Does the US federal government have the power to introduce any restrictions relating to the coronavirus, be it anything from a mask mandate to a full lockdown? Or does the Tenth Amendment mean that ...
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Does the US Federal Government have a plan to vaccinate citizens?

It appears that several Coronavirus vaccine manufacturers may only be weeks away from FDA approval (Moderna expects December results). It is also reported by the US-HHS that some vaccine manufacturers ...
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What were the wait times at polling places in other elections in 2020?

I'm looking to put the wait times at polling places during the 2020 US Presidential election in context. So for comparison I'd like any information about wait times for voters in other elections ...
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Why are masks a political topic in the US?

Why has coronavirus become such a political topic? What I mean by this - why are things such as mask wearing so political? Shouldn't we know whether or not wearing masks work? Why does the answer to ...
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Why did China actively help Tymoshenko with her disease of COVID-19?

According to the report of CGTN, Tymoshenko's well again from COVID-19, mainly because some tranditional Chinese medicine(TCM). Chinese embassy gave it to her and most likely it's proactive. After ...
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Why is nobody in the Amy Coney Barrett hearings wearing masks?

I was watching the Amy Coney Barrett hearings yesterday (October 12; today is October 13th 2020), and I noticed how none of the senators present were wearing masks. In her address, Kamala Harris, ...
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Is Michigan the only US state without a State of Emergency (or similar type of order)?

On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC) released an opinion regarding the Governor's state of emergency renewals. The syllabus of the opinion states that: The Governor did not have ...
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How did various governments come to decide to implement lockdowns and travel restrictions to combat COVID-19? [closed]

Recently in an interview a Doctor from the World Health Organisation said that the WHO doesn't support lockdowns: “We in the World Health Organisation do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means ...
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Can I confirm my identity at the polling station without taking off the mask?

My country has an upcoming elections soon. On the polling station I will need to confirm my identity with photo ID; this implies taking off the mask in a crowded place. I take social-distancing ...
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Does John James support Trump walking away from corona relief negotiations?

I was reading about a US senate candidate for Michigan named John E, James. A campaign website paid for by the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee makes the claim that he supports Trump ...
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Why wasn't Justin Trudeau, Canada Prime Minister, tested for COVID19 when his wife caught it? [closed]

Why wasn't Justin Trudeau tested, when his wife tested positive in Mar 2020? I'm not referring to his negative test in Oct 2020. On Mar 28 2020, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says she has recovered from ...
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What additional measures, within presidential authority, do people say the president should take against Covid-19?

It seems Donald Trump is under heavy scrutiny from a lot of the media and his political opponents for failing to appropriately respond to Covid-19. My question is: what more could he have done that ...
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Why was the Amy Coney Barrett event in the White House done without masks/social distancing? [closed]

In other countries, leaders set an example by maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. I don't understand why it is different when it comes specifically to Republicans and Trump. During the ...
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Are any nations in discussions with China to prevent any further dangerous viruses from becoming pandemic? [closed]

Has the US (or any western government) made any representations to China concerning responsibility regarding Covid-19? And is anyone in discussions with China, or any other country, as to how to ...
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When was the last time that Donald Trump tested negative for COVID19?

Trumps tweet at 1AM Friday October 2, said that he and had tested positive for COVID19. Presumably that test was administered some time Thursday. His personal physician dodged a question from the ...
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Would it be economically beneficial for Canada to relaunch its once-abolished Immigrant Investor Programme as a Pandemic recovery solution?

As the title says, would it be helpful for a low population country like Canada to get financial aid in the form of Investment in return for PR? Canada used to have such a programme but it was ...
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With Trump in isolation, does the Constitution require transfer Commander-in-Chief powers to the Vice President?

The US President, Donald Trump, has announced that he has contracted COVID-19. Apparently, his physical capacity to execute his duties is unchanged at this time, but he went into isolation to not ...
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What are the options for the debates if Trump is still contagious with COVID? [closed]

Donald Trump just announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. If he is still contagious during on Thursday, October 15th, what are the options for the 2nd Presidential Debate? Can someone else ...
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Why are Democrats blocking COVID-19 pandemic relief bills with the objection that it's not enough instead of passing it and then passing another?

I read an article that said that the most recent COVID-19 relief bill was not passed because Democrats didn't think it was enough. The article is here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/11/gops-coronavirus-...
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How has the support for integration within the EU changed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I'm interested in any surveys studying the popular support for EU and EU integration done in the EU memberstates within the period of the coronavirus. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the EU's ...
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Are there any estimates how may US citizens (or residents) have traveled to the EU after the Covid-19 “travel ban” was imposed?

Politico reported in August that numerous loopholes apparently existed in the EU's (Covid-19) travel "ban" that supposedly kept out US citizens/residents. Among these loopholes were (fake) ...
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What is Vietnam's Covid-19 strategy?

Introduction: Vietnam has a very low number of Covid-19 cases. If I remember it correctly, back in around March-April while talking to a Vietnamese friend, she told me that they didn't have any deaths ...
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What are the financial arrangements for COVID-19 vaccine purchases given there is no proven vaccine anywhere yet?

It seems like many governments are in the Covid vaccine purchase business. Hardly a week goes by without purchase announcements ranging from 100M+ to several billion $. UK 60M doses US $1.5B Canada ...
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What have been the dates on which the state of alarm in Spain for Covid-19 has been extended?

The pandemic began in March 2020 and I know that the state of alarm has been extended 6 times. I would like to know the dates on which the government has announced an extension of the state of alarm ...
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Why is there a delay between the UK government announcing a change to quarantine rules, and said change taking effect?

On Thursday evening (13 August), the UK government announced that six countries would no longer be exempt from the country's quarantine rules, and that arrivals from those six countries would have to ...
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As of August 2020, are Social Security Offices in the US closed due to COVID-19?

Are all social security offices around the country (USA) closed? I can't find a clear answer. Also, if yes, why? In many states things are really up and running again.
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Which US states forced nursing homes to bring in COVID-positive patients?

I was doing some digging on why a large portion of the COVID deaths were from elderly citizens and I found out that governors like Cuomo (Gov of New York) were forcing nursing homes to take infected ...
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Which factions in Chinese politics are pushing for more hawkish/dovish post-COVID international policy?

In the months following the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, China has launched territorial disputes with India, imposed direct control on Hong Kong, and is generally being much more confrontational ...
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What is the Victorian government's long-term COVID-19 strategy for reopening borders?

The Victorian (Australia) government is enforcing strict quarantining rules to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases. The short-term strategy detailed in the daily press release, published on YouTube, ...
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Why hasn't the USA done a statistical sampling of COVID cases?

In all the media reports I have seen over the past few months with respect to the COVID pandemic, I have never heard about any statistically random testing done at any level (state, federal). From my ...
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Why does the US force citizens and US permanent residents located in countries with no and almost no COVID-19 cases to come back to the US?

I read on https://th.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-bangkok-thailand-july-31-2020/ (mirror): We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond ...
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How/why was the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation set at a flat $600/week?

A major provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was to give a $600/week payment (known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC) to anyone ...
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What was the US government's official plan for dealing with future pandemics prior to 2020?

Pandemics are not a new phenomenon and people like Bill Gates have been talking about preparing for the next one for many years now. Did the US government have an official plan in place for what they'...

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