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Ongoing coverage of COVID–19 in Asia is brought to you by Diplomat Risk Intelligence, The Diplomat’s consulting and analysis division.

New Tokyo Olympic President Tries to Assure Japan on Safety, Even as PM Extends State of Emergency
March 06, 2021

New Tokyo Olympic President Tries to Assure Japan on Safety, Even as PM Extends State of Emergency

By Associated Press
With polling showing strong opposition to holding the Games this summer and COVID-19 cases holding strong, Hashimoto Seiko has an uphill battle to win public support.

Vaccine Diplomacy in Central Asia: Russia vs. China?
March 05, 2021

Vaccine Diplomacy in Central Asia: Russia vs. China?

By Catherine Putz
Can “vaccine diplomacy” change any minds in Central Asia when it comes to the Russia vs. China equation?
COVID-19 Threatens to Waste India’s Demographic Dividend
March 04, 2021

COVID-19 Threatens to Waste India’s Demographic Dividend

By Mohamed Zeeshan
The impacts of the pandemic on India’s youth threaten to last for years to come, undoing decades of progress on multiple fronts.

The Politics Behind China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Choices
February 26, 2021

The Politics Behind China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Choices

By Bonnie Girard
China is keeping its vaccination campaign homegrown -- despite some reservations from the public.

Mongolia Starts Its COVID-19 Vaccinations
February 26, 2021

Mongolia Starts Its COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Uranbileg Tumurkhuyag
New Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene became the first to get his shot, kicking off Mongolia's vaccine campaign.

Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine
February 24, 2021

Japan’s Struggle for a Home-Grown COVID-19 Vaccine

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan's lagging vaccine roll-out draws attention to the barriers in commercializing domestic vaccine production.

India Sees New Lockdowns as Coronavirus Cases Rise Again
February 22, 2021

India Sees New Lockdowns as Coronavirus Cases Rise Again

By Associated Press
The spike has been most pronounced in the western state of Maharashtra.
A Trust Deficit Is Hindering Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Response
February 22, 2021

A Trust Deficit Is Hindering Hong Kong’s COVID-19 Response

By Jessie Lau
In the wake of the national security law, public trust in the government has reached new lows. That is inevitably impacting Hong Kong's pandemic response.

WHO Team Wraps up COVID-19 Origins Probe in Wuhan
February 09, 2021

WHO Team Wraps up COVID-19 Origins Probe in Wuhan

By Associated Press
As expected, the team made few definitive pronouncements – other than ruling out the theory that the virus originally leaked from a lab in Wuhan.

Lack of Transparency Complicates Japan’s Handling of COVID-19
February 06, 2021

Lack of Transparency Complicates Japan’s Handling of COVID-19

By Xiaochen Su
Best practices for containing COVID-19 include widespread testing, aggressive contact tracing, and open public communication. The Japanese government does none of these.

Taiwan Will Restrict Lunar New Year Activities Due to COVID-19 Threat
February 05, 2021

Taiwan Will Restrict Lunar New Year Activities Due to COVID-19 Threat

By Nick Aspinwall
The country could also receive its first vaccine doses in February, although it must work around its exclusion from the World Health Organization.
China Gifts Pakistan 1.2 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses 
February 04, 2021

China Gifts Pakistan 1.2 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses 

By Eleanor Albert
Pakistan was the first country to receive donations of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, reflecting the countries' warm bilateral relationship.

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