COVID-19 Vaccine

Beginning of the End for Zero-COVID in China?

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As new cases pop up around the country, Beijing signals new preparations for the inevitability of living with COVID-19.

China: The Winding Road to Zero-COVID

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A new outbreak in the Beijing area is the latest blow to China’s ‘dynamic zero-COVID’ strategy, as economic costs from lockdowns and mass testing continue to mount.

Economic Costs of China’s Zero-COVID Policy Mount

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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

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

What’s Behind Vaccine Hesitancy in Bulgaria and Romania?

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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

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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

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

South Africa Reaches a Breaking Point

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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

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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.

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