WHO launches Covid-19 law lab for implementing legal frameworks to manage pandemic

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News: The World Health Organization(WHO) has launched COVID-19 Law Lab initiative.

Facts:

  • COVID-19 Law Lab: It is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic.It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing and access to medication and vaccines. 
  • Purpose: This database will be shared across the world to help countries establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic and also ensure that laws adhere to international human rights standards.
  • Bodies Involved: It is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.