COVID-19

Resurgent COVID-19 Looms over Asia’s Economic Recovery

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Asia is expected to lead the way in a post-COVID global economic recovery, but a new upsurge in COVID-19 cases highlights how the region is not out of the woods yet.

Outlook 2021: COVID-19 Vaccines and Global Economic Recovery

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Vaccines might not be a panacea for all that ails the global economy in 2021.

How Small States Are Setting the Bar in the Fight against COVID-19

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Small states seem better equipped to fight COVID-19 by design.

UK Sounds Alarm over New COVID-19 Variant

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A new COVID-19 variant in the UK is ushering in a new – and potentially longer – wave of lockdowns across Europe.

Will China’s COVID-19 Vaccine Gamble Pay Off?

Flu shots sit on a table ready to be dispersed in the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Nov. 2, 2020. The table was disinfected and masks were worn to ensure proper adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf), modified, public domain, https://www.goodfellow.af.mil/Newsroom/Article-Display/Article/2441503/covid-19-vaccine-update/

In China, a COVID-19 vaccine is as much a matter of public diplomacy as it is public health.

Unearthing the Secret to COVID-19 Successes in New Zealand and Taiwan

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These two island democracies share several features that allowed them to weather the COVID-19 storm better than their peers.

UK Economy Battered by Dual Reckoning of COVID-19 and Brexit

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson pushes the opening bell at NASDAQ the morning of 9/14/09 as part of Think London's digital breakfast.cc Flickr Think London, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/thinklondonevents/3919827072/in/photolist-6Yo92o-4PpYva-UnJvd5-5NHpq4-W5yxy2-cCdaXW-cCdaLC-2h5PSg9-J6Wtnb-hDfSP2-2gdT5Q5-2gFRENT-9oTK3U-Ka35St-2gHmhVR-2jdHZUg-58L4Mx-2iHUfKZ-bCHbSz-2gLQQAV-2gLQQpn-2gLQQvp-2iGnDHp-2gLRBcK-2hAp5yR-2gHmhSj-2hmvArX-4KDYDW-KgtJoC-2hAp5xi-6Ypvrs-2gLRBg7-e4SttF-2iGnDFq-YdncbS-2gLQS8x-NJNKMW-L4J27Y-Yhvp1i-2gLQQMX-2gLQQWV-2gLRBMc-2gLRByX-2gLRBWf-2gLQRnE-2gLRBnu-2gLQRLW-2gLRCxq-2gLQRUw-2gLQQtf

Recent data paints a bleak picture of economic recovery in the United Kingdom.

Will the Road to a COVID-19 Vaccine Bring Boom or Bust?

Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020., cc Flickr Governor Tom Wolf, modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/130921112@N07/49628500797/

Vaccine-related optimism might be peaking about six months too early.

COVID-19: Impediment or Opportunity for Authoritarian Leaders?

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Exploring the motivations behind various authoritarian responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Coast Rail Link: Full Steam Ahead for China’s Belt and Road in Malaysia

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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has vowed to go ahead with large-scale Chinese-backed infrastructure projects, notably the renegotiated East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), to boost Malaysia’ COVID19-hit economy.

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