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Guide on COVID-19 Vaccination: Regulatory Issue

COVID-19, the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has spread across the globe causing severe economic and social disruption worldwide. While the world continues to see the detrimental effects of COVID-19, it also begins to welcome the unfolding global endeavour of vaccine development and deployment. The global pharmaceutical industry has announced its commitment towards developing vaccines for COVID-19, and several vaccines have since been authorised by various national regulatory authorities for public use, with vaccinations taking place in several countries across Southeast Asia.

This quick guide explores the various regulatory issues arising in different parts of Southeast Asia, briefly covering vaccine registration and administration, as well as each country's regulatory framework, as of 20 April 2021.

Regional Shipping Update: Shipping Law Updates – First Quarter 2021

This is the First Quarter 2021 issue of the Regional Shipping Update of Rajah & Tann Asia’s Shipping & International Trade Practice, a publication that provides a snapshot of the key legal issues in various jurisdictions where our member firms have regional presence.

In this issue, we provide an overview of the procedures for arresting a vessel in Vietnam. We also report the measures that Singapore has recently introduced to ensure safe and responsible practices in the maritime and shipping sector amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

State of Emergency in Myanmar – Two Weeks On

A one year state of emergency commencing from 1 February 2021 ("Emergency") pursuant to Article 417 of the Myanmar Constitution 2008 has been declared in Myanmar, and the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the country have been transferred to the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

In this article, we provide updates to some of the frequently asked questions regarding the situation on the ground in Myanmar at the time of writing, which has seen significant developments since our initial article of 3 February 2021 on the Emergency. This includes questions on protests, sanctions, border/movement controls, essential utilities and services, and the effect of the Emergency on business contracts.