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China Courts Vietnam With More COVID-19 Vaccines, Mistrust Remains
September 24, 2021

China Courts Vietnam With More COVID-19 Vaccines, Mistrust Remains

By Hai Hong Nguyen
China’s actual donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam has already been outmatched by the United States.

China Aiding Myanmar Armed Groups in Their COVID-19 Fight
September 24, 2021

China Aiding Myanmar Armed Groups in Their COVID-19 Fight

By Sebastian Strangio
Beijing has long maintained close relations to the ethnic armed groups lying along its borders with Myanmar.
Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB
September 22, 2021

Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB

By Sebastian Strangio
According to the bank, the uneven progress of vaccinations is "contributing to the divergence of growth paths in developing Asia."

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak
September 22, 2021

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak

By Sebastian Strangio
Like many of its neighbors, the nation has struggled to contain recent outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Vietnam Signs Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal
September 21, 2021

Vietnam Signs Cuban COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal

By Sebastian Strangio
The deal will see Vietnam purchase 10 million doses of the communist state's homegrown Abdala vaccine.

In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction
September 20, 2021

In Southeast Asia, Privatized Vaccination Schemes Gain Traction

By Simon Tran Hudes and Estey Chen
Governments struggling with under-capacity have turned to the private sector for assistance in distributing vaccines.

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia
September 17, 2021

The Forgotten Vaccine: Russia’s Sputnik V in Thailand and Southeast Asia

By Tita Sanglee
Despite all the hype and promises, Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has made few inroads in Southeast Asia.
Why are Schools Still Closed in the Philippines?
September 13, 2021

Why are Schools Still Closed in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
The decision reflects the highly centralized nature of decision-making under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Gender Responsive Budgeting Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in India
September 11, 2021

Gender Responsive Budgeting Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in India

By Akanksha Khullar
The pandemic exacerbated pre-existing economic inequalities within India’s patriarchal society.

The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response
September 10, 2021

The Politics of Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response

By Brian Hioe
Taiwan's first real COVID-19 outbreak engendered fierce political debates between the DPP and the KMT.

Rampaging COVID-19 Cases Expose Flaws in Kerala’s Healthcare Model
September 09, 2021

Rampaging COVID-19 Cases Expose Flaws in Kerala’s Healthcare Model

By A. Harikumar
While cases across India have declined after a devastating surge in April and May, the situation in Kerala remains serious.
What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Success?
September 08, 2021

What Explains Cambodia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Success?

By Sebastian Strangio
The country is outpacing most of its Southeast Asian neighbors – and many of the world's wealthiest nations.

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