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129. Jay A Aquino, Jeffrey T Banal, etc., From leisure to isolation: a call to explore hotel sectors’ role during COVID-19 pandemic, 2021.05.21, This paper supports the invitation for companies to act in accordance with their CSR and by emphasizing the various roles of companies just like what selected hotels do as isolation and quarantine facilities during the pandemic. However, certain considerations and issues must also be addressed by hotel sectors in accomplishing their CSR especially in time of public health crisis.

128. Maryrose C Macaraan, Mental health and legal education in the time of pandemic, 2021.05.21, This paper explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of the law students. It addresses the impact of transition from physical face-to-face classes to a virtual online platform on their psychological wellness and coping mechanism. In the end, the paper mentions strategies that the law students may adopt amid the lack or absence of physical interaction with professors, classmates and friends.

127. Jeff Clyde G Corpuz, Building vaccine confidence through public participation, 2021.05.21, This article raises awareness that vaccine hesitancy could undermine the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination programs. This article proposes the idea of public participation: dialog-based approach, incentive-based (non-financial) approach and reminder-recall approach based on the World Health Organization guidelines.

126. Sacha Alanoca, Nicolas Guetta-Jeanrenaud, etc., Digital contact tracing against COVID-19: a governance framework to build trust, 2021.05.05, This article points out that in order to deal with concerns raised over the adoption of digital contact tracing applications, there is a pressing need to co-design governance mechanisms that capture the health benefits of contact tracing applications while mitigating their potential risks and adverse effects. The article finds that the widespread adoption and efficacy of contact tracing applications is reliant on public trust and social acceptability, further reinforcing the need for ethical and legal frameworks governing their development.

125. Sarah Matheson AM, Artemis Kirkinis, Compulsory licence and Crown use provisions in the Covid-19 pandemic—the Australian perspective, 2021.05.03, This article contends that, at least in relation to the Australian context, neither the compulsory licence nor the Crown use regimes ultimately provide the optimal measure to ensure supply of vaccines or treatments in this pandemic. Rather, the current collaborative approach is more effective to achieve this objective. In light of these considerations, this article concludes that the primary utility of the compulsory licence and Crown use provisions is not their deployment but their potential to drive collaboration.

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