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Thailand to Cease Using Sinovac Vaccines After Supplies Are Exhausted
October 20, 2021

Thailand to Cease Using Sinovac Vaccines After Supplies Are Exhausted

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement follows queries about the efficacy of the Chinese vaccine, the world’s most widely used COVID-19 jab.

Can the COVID-19 Playbook Prepare Nations For the Next Pandemic?
October 19, 2021

Can the COVID-19 Playbook Prepare Nations For the Next Pandemic?

By Alifah Zainuddin
The fight against the coronavirus pandemic is often likened to a war, and every war needs a plan.
Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth
October 15, 2021

Why Vaccine Hesitancy is Rising Among Thailand’s Youth

By Wichuta Teeratanabodee
Many young Thais are deeply suspicious of the current government and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Made Life Even Worse for Japan’s Foreign Trainees
October 15, 2021

COVID-19 Made Life Even Worse for Japan’s Foreign Trainees

By Moeka Iida
The situation of technical interns in Japan was already hard. For many, the situation has now become desperate.

Singapore and the Philippines: From Zero-COVID-19 to Living With COVID-19
October 14, 2021

Singapore and the Philippines: From Zero-COVID-19 to Living With COVID-19

By Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go and Ronald U. Mendoza
Though at opposite ends of the spectrum in their COVID-19 performances, both countries are feeling pressure to find a way to live with the virus.

Thailand to Introduce Quarantine-Free Travel for Selected Visitors
October 12, 2021

Thailand to Introduce Quarantine-Free Travel for Selected Visitors

By Sebastian Strangio
The move marks an acceleration of the country’s timetable for the restart of its economically pivotal tourism industry.

Malaysia Lifts Ban On Interstate, Overseas Travel In Transition To Endemic Phase
October 11, 2021

Malaysia Lifts Ban On Interstate, Overseas Travel In Transition To Endemic Phase

By Alifah Zainuddin
The next few weeks will reveal if the country is prepared for a COVID-19 endemic phase, or if it will experience another wave of hospitalizations.
COVID-19 Is Reshaping Global Pharmaceutical Competition – to Asia’s Benefit
October 08, 2021

COVID-19 Is Reshaping Global Pharmaceutical Competition – to Asia’s Benefit

By Hannah Elyse Sworn
The valuable experience gained by Asian companies during the pandemic could upset the West’s monopoly in high-value drugs more generally, with implications for global access to medicines.

What’s Behind North Korea’s Extreme Vaccine Hesitancy?
October 08, 2021

What’s Behind North Korea’s Extreme Vaccine Hesitancy?

By Thomas Byrne
North Korea is one of the few countries in the world not to have started a COVID-19 vaccine program.

Ramping up Inoculation Drive, Indonesia Approves Fourth Chinese Vaccine
October 08, 2021

Ramping up Inoculation Drive, Indonesia Approves Fourth Chinese Vaccine

By Sebastian Strangio
The approval of the Zifivax jab is set to add further momentum to the country's vaccine rollout, but serious obstacles remain

WHO Starts Shipping COVID-19 Medical Supplies to North Korea
October 08, 2021

WHO Starts Shipping COVID-19 Medical Supplies to North Korea

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Pyongyang has finally accepted international aid meant to combat the pandemic.
From Delay to Desperation: The Story of Sinophobia and COVID-19 Vaccines in Vietnam
October 06, 2021

From Delay to Desperation: The Story of Sinophobia and COVID-19 Vaccines in Vietnam

By Travis Vincent
During its recent COVID-19 outbreaks, the Vietnamese government has found itself trapped between the virus and a Sinophobic public.

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