377. Adelaide Madera, Governments’ Legal Responses and Judicial Reactions during a Global Pandemic: Preliminary Remarks, 2022.11.15, https://academic.oup.com/jcs/article/64/4/551/6825766 . The remark tends to put forward a key question in the “culture wars”: whether and to what extent religious freedom still deserves special protection or whether it should be put on an equal footing with secular interests.

376. Vana Sypsa, Ioannis Mameletzis, Sotirios Tsiodras, Transmission Potential of Human Monkeypox in Mass Gatherings, 2022.10.25, https://academic.oup.com/ofid/article/9/11/ofac501/6770666 . The research aims to assess the potential for monkeypox transmission under various scenarios concerning number of contacts and discuss the implications for transmission in venues and settings where conditions are conducive to amplifying spread.

375. Victoria L Moore, Luke D Graham, R (Gardner and Harris) v Secretary of State for Health and Social care and Others [2022] EWHC 967: Scant regard for Covid-19 risk to care homes, 2022.11.08, https://academic.oup.com/medlaw/advance-article/doi/10.1093/medlaw/fwac044/6809926 . This commentary presents a discussion of the heads of claim and the potential implications upon the upcoming public inquiry into the government’s pandemic response in the case of R (Gardner and Harris) v Secretary of State for Health and Social care and Others [2022] EWHC 967.

374. Nasiya Daminova, Shisong Jiang, The First Working Draft of the WHO’s ‘Pandemic Treaty’: attempting to cover normative gaps indicated by the COVID-19 pandemic?, 2022.10.13, https://www.ejiltalk.org/the-first-working-draft-of-the-whos-pandemic-treaty-attempting-to-cover-normative-gaps-indicated-by-the-covid-19-pandemic/ . This post aims to provide a brief overview of the first working draft of the WHO pandemic treaty and to indicate the key issues which appeared during the negotiation process. It mainly argues that the drafters attempted to cover the vast majority of the normative gaps indicated by the COVID-19 outbreak, while striving to consider the simultaneous revision of the International Health Regulations which still retain their force as a legal instrument of global pandemic governance.

373. Houriiyah Tegally, Kamran Khan, etc., Shifts in global mobility dictate the synchrony of SARS-CoV-2 epidemic waves, 2022.11.11, https://academic.oup.com/jtm/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jtm/taac134/6823497 . The research finds that as air travel increases at the end of 2021, epidemic peaks around the world are more synchronous with one another, both globally and regionally. This suggests that the rebound in human mobility dictates the synchrony of global and regional epidemic waves.

372. Lala Muradova, Jane Suiter, Public compliance with difficult political decisions in times of a pandemic: does citizen deliberation help?, 2022.11.09, https://academic.oup.com/ijpor/article/34/3/edac026/6814459 . Bridging deliberative democracy and crisis management scholarship, the research constructs theoretical expectations about the role of deliberative minipublics in fostering public compliance with difficult political decisions.

371. Liz Green, Kathryn Ashton, etc., Predicted and observed impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns: two Health Impact Assessments in Scotland and Wales, 2022.11.11, https://academic.oup.com/heapro/article/37/6/daac134/6823570 . Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an approach used to identify positive or negative impacts of policies, plans and proposals on health and well-being. In 2020, HIAs were undertaken in Scotland and Wales to identify the potential health and well-being impacts of the ‘stay at home’ and physical distancing measures which were put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper evaluates whether these assessments were correct in their predictions.

370. Konrad v Boyneburgk, Francesca Bellazzi, COVID-19 Vaccines and the Virtues, 2022.11.14, https://academic.oup.com/phe/advance-article/doi/10.1093/phe/phac027/6827161 . This paper explored whether virtue ethics supports an individual in the choice of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and a virtuous ruler or legislator in rendering such vaccination mandatory for her citizens.

369. Adan Silverio-Murillo, Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar, Alejandra Martínez-Alfaro, Non-COVID-19 deaths in times of pandemic, 2022.11.14, https://academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pubmed/fdac115/6825554 . This paper analyzes the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-COVID-19 deaths in Mexico. Using a difference-in-differences methodology and event study, findings point to an increase on deaths related to diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, bronchitis-asthma, anemia and prostate cancer, during the pandemic. Furthermore, there is a decrease on deaths related to traffic accidents and HIV after the onset of the pandemic.

368. Bruce Chen, COVID-19 Stay at Home Restrictions and the Interpretation of Emergency Powers: A Comparative Analysis, 2022.11.15, https://academic.oup.com/slr/advance-article/doi/10.1093/slr/hmac012/6827718 . This article undertakes a comparative analysis of the common law jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. It discusses the imposition of ‘stay at home’ restrictions pursuant to public health legislative frameworks, focusing on judicial scrutiny in the context of statutory interpretation.

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