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North Korea Says It Won’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics
April 06, 2021

North Korea Says It Won’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Pyongyang cited concerns over COVID-19 for its decision. Its absence from the Games further dims hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.
Thailand Confirms Coronavirus Outbreak in Nightspots, Prison
April 06, 2021

Thailand Confirms Coronavirus Outbreak in Nightspots, Prison

By Associated Press
The possibility of a new upsurge in COVID-19 cases comes as the government is trying to finalize plans to gradually reopen the country to foreign tourists.

Putting the Serum Institute of India’s Success in Perspective
April 05, 2021

Putting the Serum Institute of India’s Success in Perspective

By Krzysztof Iwanek
AstraZeneca’s cooperation with the Serum Institute of India is a success for the Make in India campaign, but not necessarily the idea of a self-reliant India.

Heavy Rains Over Easter Weekend Flood Timor-Leste’s Capital
April 05, 2021

Heavy Rains Over Easter Weekend Flood Timor-Leste’s Capital

By Joshua Mcdonald
Skies cleared in time for the country’s first delivery of COVID-19 vaccine, but the lasting devastation may complicate distribution.

Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay Under Threat From COVID-19 Rebound
April 03, 2021

Japan’s Olympic Torch Relay Under Threat From COVID-19 Rebound

By Thisanka Siripala
A resurgence of cases in Tokyo and Osaka casts doubt on the idea of a coronavirus-proof Olympic Games.
Taiwan Begins Slow Early Rollout of AstraZeneca Vaccines
April 02, 2021

Taiwan Begins Slow Early Rollout of AstraZeneca Vaccines

By Nick Aspinwall
The country, which has been a model in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, has turned its focus to getting its population vaccinated.

Japan Puts Osaka, 2 Other Areas Under Virus Semi-Emergency
April 01, 2021

Japan Puts Osaka, 2 Other Areas Under Virus Semi-Emergency

By Mari Yamaguchi
Infections are rising in parts of Japan, including a worrying increase in new variants.
WHO’s COVID-19 Origin Report Leaves Everyone Unsatisfied
April 01, 2021

WHO’s COVID-19 Origin Report Leaves Everyone Unsatisfied

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. led its allies in issuing a statement of concern, while China attempted to push back on pointed comments from the WHO’s director general.

Kyrgyzstan Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign With Free Chinese Doses
March 31, 2021

Kyrgyzstan Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign With Free Chinese Doses

By Catherine Putz
The gifted 150,000 doses will be enough for 75,000 people to be vaccinated. While it’s a start, Kyrgyzstan’s population exceeds 6.4 million.

Why Is Australia’s Vaccine Campaign Moving So Slowly?
March 22, 2021

Why Is Australia’s Vaccine Campaign Moving So Slowly?

By Joshua Mcdonald
More than 6 million Australians are currently eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A mere fraction have received it.

Taiwan, Palau Say They Will Open Travel Bubble Next Month
March 20, 2021

Taiwan, Palau Say They Will Open Travel Bubble Next Month

By Nick Aspinwall
The diplomatic allies will open a travel bubble starting on April 1, potentially creating a framework for similar arrangements with other countries.
Indonesian Muslim Body Clears AstraZeneca Use in Emergency
March 20, 2021

Indonesian Muslim Body Clears AstraZeneca Use in Emergency

By Niniek Karmini
Indonesia aims to inoculate more than 181 million of its 270 million people by March 2022.

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