COVID-19

Global Forecast (9-6-2021)

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New dreams of an EU army, a humanitarian disaster brews in Ethiopia, and the contest to replace Suga Yoshihide heats up in Japan.

COVID-19: Mu and C.1.2 Variants

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Two new variants have been identified, one of which has been dubbed a variant of interest by WHO. But can they put a dent in Delta’s global dominance?

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.

China’s Delta Outbreak Mapped

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Mapping the latest case data from China's Delta outbreak.

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.

COVID-19: The Deglobalization Amplifier

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COVID-19 didn’t start the recent deglobalization trend, but it’s certainly contributing to it.

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.

Reputations at Stake in Post-Covid Asia Supply Chain Shakeup

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Companies that fail to adapt to the new normal of ESG standards face considerable reputational risk.

India Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Far from Over

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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.

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