COVID-19

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.

Malaysia: New Prime Minister, Familiar Challenges

Empty Singapore-Malaysia Causeway during the Malaysia COVID-19 lockdown., cc Lionel Lim, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Empty_Singapore-Malaysia_Causeway_2.jpg

Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Malaysia’s fourth prime minister since 2018, must fix the COVID-hit economy and heal political divisions if he is to avoid the fate of predecessors Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

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

An abandoned Thai tourist town under lockdown in 2020, cc Per Meistrup , modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TH-COVID19_Abandoned-tourist-town_IMG_9872e.jpg

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.

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