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Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports
June 16, 2021

Japanese Corporations Get VIP COVID-19 Vaccine Treatment Ahead of Immunity Passports

By Thisanka Siripala
Despite a lagging vaccination rollout, Japan has set its sights on issuing vaccine passports and ensuring corporations get priority jabs.

Amid COVID-19, Fake News Crackdowns Do Damage Across Southeast Asia
June 16, 2021

Amid COVID-19, Fake News Crackdowns Do Damage Across Southeast Asia

By Karen Lee and Andreyka Natalegawa
Multiple governments in the region have used misinformation laws to suppress critical reporting on COVID-19.
What Explains Vietnam’s Current COVID-19 Struggles?
June 15, 2021

What Explains Vietnam’s Current COVID-19 Struggles?

By Zachary Abuza
Once considered the gold standard for COVID-19 response, Vietnam is now battling rising infections and a glacial vaccine rollout.

Bhutan’s Health Minister on Navigating the Pandemic as a Small State
June 15, 2021

Bhutan’s Health Minister on Navigating the Pandemic as a Small State

By Bansari Kamdar
Dechen Wangmo, the 44-year-old health minister of Bhutan and the newly elected president of the World Health Assembly, shares her goals for advancing world health.

Nepal’s Leaders Must Put Aside Differences Amid COVID-19 Crisis
June 12, 2021

Nepal’s Leaders Must Put Aside Differences Amid COVID-19 Crisis

By Nirajan Thapaliya
For now, instead of endless politicking, Nepal’s leaders must put their differences aside and work together

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam
June 11, 2021

Japan’s COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Is Quietly Picking Up Steam

By Thisanka Siripala
Vaccinations for the elderly are in full swing, but the current pace means Japan won’t see a return to normal life until the end of the year.

Malaysian King Holds Unusual Meetings With Political Leaders
June 11, 2021

Malaysian King Holds Unusual Meetings With Political Leaders

By Eileen Ng
The king is to continue meeting other political leaders over the next few days before hosting a gathering of state rulers next Wednesday.
Indonesia Targets 1 Million Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations
June 10, 2021

Indonesia Targets 1 Million Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Sebastian Strangio
Southeast Asia's largest nation once again stands on the brink of a fresh wave of infections.

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia
June 09, 2021

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Although forecasts have improved slightly, the World Bank warns of considerable uncertainty when it comes to post-COVID recovery in the Europe and Central Asia region.

Vietnam Approves Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine, Reluctantly
June 09, 2021

Vietnam Approves Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine, Reluctantly

By Sebastian Strangio
Struggling to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, Vietnam's communist government swallows its pride.

Thailand Begins Mass Vaccination Campaign Amid Reported Supply Shortages
June 08, 2021

Thailand Begins Mass Vaccination Campaign Amid Reported Supply Shortages

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's health authorities are relying heavily on the local production of AstraZeneca vaccines.
Malaysia Aims to Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign
June 08, 2021

Malaysia Aims to Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

By Alexandra Radu
With cases soaring, Malaysia hopes to quicken the pace of vaccinations and head off further deaths from the virus.

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