COVID-19 Vaccine

Economic Costs of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Mount

Shanghai lockdown; cc The Stand News, modified,

There’s no end in sight to restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing as economic indicators continue to slide across-the-board.

US-Vietnam COVID Cooperation Hits a Snag

Citizens in Phu Yen Province wait for their turn to get COVID-19 vaccine injections (August 2, 2021). Photo: VNA

Washington and Beijing are actively competing to bolster soft power via vaccine deliveries to Southeast Asia. Yet countries like Vietnam are still lacking jabs.

China Fights Its Largest Delta Outbreak Yet


Wednesday numbers reveal how the outbreak is spreading to more populated provinces.

What’s Behind Vaccine Hesitancy in Bulgaria and Romania?

Protests in Sofia, 2013 (not vaccine related), cc Flickr Georgi C, modified ,

Vaccine hesitancy is a complex and worrying phenomenon, and in Eastern Europe and elsewhere it could well stem from long-running political issues.

COVID-19 Savages Thailand’s Tourist-Dependent Economy

An abandoned Thai tourist town under lockdown in 2020, cc Per Meistrup , modified,

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire in Thailand, and the political and economic consequences are beginning to mount.

Delta Outbreak Imperils China’s Economic Recovery

COVID-19 testing in Haidian in January 2021 / cc N509FZ, modified,

China’s Delta outbreak can still be contained, but it will come at an economic cost.

South Africa Reaches a Breaking Point

an anti-Zuma protest from 2017, cc Discott, modified,

A week of violence and looting poses a serious threat to South Africa’s long-term stability.

Vaccine Shortages in Focus as COVID-19 Surges in Southeast Asia

cc USAID, modified,

Tried and tested containment methods are failing against new COVID variants in Southeast Asia. It’s time for ASEAN to step in and overhaul the regional response.

India Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Far from Over

cc Wikicommons Sumita Roy Dutta, modified,

Variants have altered the COVID risk dynamic, and emerging economies are uniquely vulnerable to severe outbreaks. This article highlights some of the most at-risk countries.

India: New Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic

cc Flickr Gwydion M. Williams, modified,

Variants, complacency, and policy missteps have transformed one of the developing world’s COVID-19 exemplars into a cautionary tale.

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