World leaders and Nobel laureates call on Germany to waive IP rules for Covid vaccines

More than 140 former heads of state and government and Nobel laureates today called on the candidates to be the next German chancellor – Annalena Baerbock, Olaf Scholz, and Armin Laschet – to declare themselves in favour of waiving intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines and transferring vaccine technologies and “to make these the policies of any future coalition government”.

Published 14 September 2021

Vaccine passports to be required at nightclubs and music festivals

So-called "vaccine passports" will be required to enter certain events and higher risk venues, such as nightclubs, music festivals and some football grounds under plans being put to MSPs next week.

Published 2 September 2021

Canada: Defence lawyer praises judge’s decision to exclude unvaccinated jurors

A defence lawyer in Canada has praised a judge's decision to exclude unvaccinated jurors – because he "wants intelligent people on the jury".

Published 31 August 2021

International travellers to be allowed to use private sector Covid tests

International travellers to Scotland will be able to use private sector Covid tests when arriving from green or amber list countries under a change to international travel restrictions.

Published 30 August 2021

Human rights watchdog welcomes announcement of Covid inquiry

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Scottish government's committent to a "human rights-based" inquiry into its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 25 August 2021

Judge-led public inquiry to probe Scottish government handling of Covid crisis

A judge-led public inquiry into the Scottish government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic will be established by the end of the year, ministers announced today.

Published 24 August 2021

Police have been ‘fair and proportionate’ in policing Covid-19 crisis

Police have been "fair and proportionate" in their enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions, according to new research published by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

Published 24 August 2021

Consultation seeks views on recovery from pandemic

A new consultation launched today seeks the public’s views on legislative reform to support Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic.

Published 17 August 2021

Anti-vax solicitor dies of Covid

A solicitor who refused the Covid vaccine has died after becoming infected with the virus.

Published 6 August 2021

Holyrood approves expiration of certain Covid measures

Measures no longer necessary to support the ongoing public health response will be removed from the Scottish Coronavirus Acts after Holyrood approved their expiration.

Published 25 June 2021

Labour calls for judge-led inquiry to examine Scottish and UK governments’ Covid response

Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray MP has called on the UK government to support a judge-led inquiry into the handling of Covid-19 in Scotland.

Published 24 June 2021

Six-month extension of emergency coronavirus legislation to be debated at Holyrood

A six-month extension of emergency measures granted under the Scottish Coronavirus Acts will be debated in the Scottish Parliament next week.

Published 21 June 2021

Lords: Use of emergency powers during pandemic has significantly impacted legislative scrutiny

The range of new laws introduced to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic have not been subject to adequate parliamentary scrutiny, with government guidance and ministerial statements often failing to set out the law clearly, misstating the law or laying claim to legal requirements that did not exist, according to the House of Lords Constitution Committee.

Published 10 June 2021

Study: Legislation should ensure Covid-19 status certificates are temporary

Lawmakers around the world should include “sunset clauses” in legislation to ensure Covid-19 health status certificates are only used during the pandemic, a new study says.

Published 28 May 2021

Families call for public inquiry into Scottish Covid-19 care home deaths

Calls have been made for an inquiry to address how failings by the Scottish government led directly to Covid transmission in care homes and the death of residents.

Published 13 May 2021