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Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Success Is an Opportunity for Global Leadership
August 31, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Success Is an Opportunity for Global Leadership

By James Gannon and Kazuyo Kato
Tokyo is battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, but its initially slow vaccination campaign has surged ahead too. 

Bangladesh’s ‘Fake News’ Law Is Used to Stifle Dissent
August 18, 2021

Bangladesh’s ‘Fake News’ Law Is Used to Stifle Dissent

By Saad Hammadi
Bangladesh’s crackdown on dissent tests the human rights commitment of all states.
How Australia’s COVID Policy Backfired
August 17, 2021

How Australia’s COVID Policy Backfired

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australia’s initial successes against the virus may have rendered it complacent, impacting its vaccination campaign.

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan
August 12, 2021

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan

By Lorena Cotza
The World Bank approved a COVID-19 loan for Turkmenistan, despite journalists reporting on the pandemic there being thrown in jail.

Japan to Limit Hospital Care as COVID-19 Cases Hit New High
August 04, 2021

Japan to Limit Hospital Care as COVID-19 Cases Hit New High

By Mari Yamaguchi
The home isolation policy is meant to ensure that hospital care is available for seriously ill patients.

Refugees Pushed to Back of the Line Amid Vaccine Shortages
August 02, 2021

Refugees Pushed to Back of the Line Amid Vaccine Shortages

By Victoria Milko and Aniruddha Ghosal
"The virus doesn't distinguish between a national and a refugee.”

Thai AstraZeneca Vaccine Production Falls Short of Target
July 15, 2021

Thai AstraZeneca Vaccine Production Falls Short of Target

By Tassanee Vejpongsa
Siam Bioscience was awarded a license by AstraZeneca last year to be a regional production hub supplying eight other countries despite having no experience in manufacturing vaccines.
Desperate Indonesians Search for Oxygen as Virus Cases Soar
July 08, 2021

Desperate Indonesians Search for Oxygen as Virus Cases Soar

By Niniek Karmini
Hospitals are bursting beyond capacity and oxygen supplies are running out, leaving people desperate.

What We Can Learn From Australia’s Sikh Community
June 07, 2021

What We Can Learn From Australia’s Sikh Community

By Grant Wyeth
Australia’s Sikh community has been providing thousands of free meals a day to those whose incomes have been restricted by lockdown measures. 

Spotlight on Sri Lanka’s Women-Headed Households Affected by COVID-19
June 04, 2021

Spotlight on Sri Lanka’s Women-Headed Households Affected by COVID-19

By Lihini Ratwatte
A quarter of households in Sri Lanka are headed by women, yet there is no comprehensive national strategy to address their needs, particularly during times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden Asks US Intel Officials to Investigate COVID-19 Origin
May 27, 2021

Biden Asks US Intel Officials to Investigate COVID-19 Origin

By Zeke Miller and Aamer Madhani
Biden in a statement said the majority of the intelligence community had "coalesced" around two possible scenarios.
Why Humanitarian Assistance Matters: The Case of Climate Disaster and COVID-19 in Timor-Leste
May 11, 2021

Why Humanitarian Assistance Matters: The Case of Climate Disaster and COVID-19 in Timor-Leste

By Fidelis Magalhães
In April, after a devastating cyclone and spike in COVID-19 cases, Timor-Leste made a formal appeal to international partners for support. The significance of such aid extends far beyond the amount pledged. 

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