Hari Kumar

Hari Kumar

Hari Kumar is a journalist based in Hong Kong since 2003.

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Larry Brilliant, eradicator of smallpox, proposes ‘ring vaccination’ to combat coronavirus, says herd immunity is not achievable

Leading epidemiologist says mass vaccination against coronavirus cannot work and will not achieve herd immunity, and urges more judicious use of available jabs together with various methods of surveillance.

Leading epidemiologist says mass vaccination against coronavirus cannot work and will not achieve herd immunity, and urges more judicious use of available jabs together with various methods of surveillance.

11 Aug 2021 - 10:48AM
Opinion | How lack of medical research regulation raises risk of fraud and harm

At a time of higher scrutiny over the ethics of medical experiments, reports on new breakthroughs highlight gaps that could be exploited. Experts must come together to develop a comprehensive, universally applicable ethics code.

At a time of higher scrutiny over the ethics of medical experiments, reports on new breakthroughs highlight gaps that could be exploited. Experts must come together to develop a comprehensive, universally applicable ethics code.

8 Jul 2021 - 4:12AM
Opinion | Hong Kong coronavirus fight must not overlook airborne transmission

There are worries about Covid-19 being transferred through the air as entertainment venues reopen and workers return to their offices. Hong Kong should implement air circulation regulations for buildings and ease up on other measures to allow more outdoor activities.

There are worries about Covid-19 being transferred through the air as entertainment venues reopen and workers return to their offices. Hong Kong should implement air circulation regulations for buildings and ease up on other measures to allow more outdoor activities.

2 May 2021 - 8:57AM
The anti-vax movement is as old as vaccinations themselves, and was spreading long before social media

Conspiracy theories propounded by the anti-vax movement are as old as vaccinations themselves, from 19th century cartoons to modern-day hysteria on social media.

Conspiracy theories propounded by the anti-vax movement are as old as vaccinations themselves, from 19th century cartoons to modern-day hysteria on social media.

21 Mar 2021 - 4:15AM
Opinion | Hong Kong is heading for coronavirus fatigue if ‘suppress and release’ policy is not reviewed

The authorities should adopt a targeted approach instead of sticking to the all-enveloping measures drawn up when we weren’t sure how Covid-19 was spreading.

The authorities should adopt a targeted approach instead of sticking to the all-enveloping measures drawn up when we weren’t sure how Covid-19 was spreading.

27 Feb 2021 - 9:00PM
Opinion | Modi’s mistake is in trying to turn the Indian economy into a Chinese dragon

As India watches the Chinese economy pulls farther ahead of its own, it must realise a growth model built on a one-party system is a poor fit for India’s diverse democracy. Policies formulated in the comfort of government offices cannot be pushed through with brute force.

As India watches the Chinese economy pulls farther ahead of its own, it must realise a growth model built on a one-party system is a poor fit for India’s diverse democracy. Policies formulated in the comfort of government offices cannot be pushed through with brute force.

16 Jan 2021 - 11:30PM
Opinion | For the world to trust Chinese coronavirus vaccines, transparency is vital

As a country that has seen vaccine scandals in its recent past, China has to take a transparent approach to vaccine development. The advantage it has as a leading economy will not be enough to convince the world of the safety of its treatment.

As a country that has seen vaccine scandals in its recent past, China has to take a transparent approach to vaccine development. The advantage it has as a leading economy will not be enough to convince the world of the safety of its treatment.

19 Dec 2020 - 2:08AM
Opinion | A shot of vaccine trust will really help in the fight against the coronavirus

Fears about vaccine safety and scepticism about health policies are bound to become hurdles for governments everywhere. Fortunately for Hong Kong, people’s trust in public health experts has remained largely unscathed.

Fears about vaccine safety and scepticism about health policies are bound to become hurdles for governments everywhere. Fortunately for Hong Kong, people’s trust in public health experts has remained largely unscathed.

6 Dec 2020 - 11:06AM
Indian film singer Yesudas to perform in Hong Kong

K.J. Yesudas is the epitome of the Indian film singer after his early years of hardship and prejudice, writes Hari Kumar.

K.J. Yesudas is the epitome of the Indian film singer after his early years of hardship and prejudice, writes Hari Kumar.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:13PM
My Take | Trolls highlight the dark underbelly of the internet

It has been around for less than three decades, but the internet has changed our lives vastly. But even as we laud the progress the worldwide web has bestowed on us, every now and then we are reminded of its dark underbelly.

It has been around for less than three decades, but the internet has changed our lives vastly. But even as we laud the progress the worldwide web has bestowed on us, every now and then we are reminded of its dark underbelly.

16 Aug 2014 - 3:00AM
My Take | Push Up Drink was bound to be a bust with its breast boosting claim

It was a claim that was bound to go bust in the face of scientific evidence. A local company's assertion that its dietary supplement drink can help women develop a perfect heart-shaped chest has been deflated by experts, who say there is no scientific evidence to support this.

It was a claim that was bound to go bust in the face of scientific evidence. A local company's assertion that its dietary supplement drink can help women develop a perfect heart-shaped chest has been deflated by experts, who say there is no scientific evidence to support this.

15 Aug 2014 - 3:40AM
My Take | Is Hong Kong unprepared for the Ebola crisis?

The suspected case of Ebola in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm, though the person in question came from one of the affected countries and displayed symptoms similar to the deadly disease, like vomiting and diarrhoea.

The suspected case of Ebola in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm, though the person in question came from one of the affected countries and displayed symptoms similar to the deadly disease, like vomiting and diarrhoea.

13 Aug 2014 - 4:19AM
My Take | Hong Kong's women's rights body appears to have lost its way

When the UN General Assembly adopted the international treaty on discrimination against women in 1979, it was hailed as the bill of rights for women aimed at ending all acts of prejudice by persons, organisations or enterprise.

When the UN General Assembly adopted the international treaty on discrimination against women in 1979, it was hailed as the bill of rights for women aimed at ending all acts of prejudice by persons, organisations or enterprise.

11 Aug 2014 - 4:08AM
My Take | Could cyberspace turn into empty space?

The way things are going, one shouldn't be surprised if cyberspace ends up as empty space soon. From one end it is leaking like a sieve.

The way things are going, one shouldn't be surprised if cyberspace ends up as empty space soon. From one end it is leaking like a sieve.

9 Aug 2014 - 7:04AM
My Take | Ordinary Hong Kong people will be paying for minimum wage increase

Business owners in Hong Kong will have to find another HK$1.4 billion if the minimum wage goes up by HK$3 an hour. Wait a minute. You are saying the business owners will dip into their own pockets to find this money? You must be from some other planet if you think so.

Business owners in Hong Kong will have to find another HK$1.4 billion if the minimum wage goes up by HK$3 an hour. Wait a minute. You are saying the business owners will dip into their own pockets to find this money? You must be from some other planet if you think so.

8 Aug 2014 - 3:59AM
My Take | Occupy Central issue putting police impartiality under threat

Hong Kong is a safe place to live, if nothing else. Our police force has kept crime rates relatively low and maintained law and order without an intimidating presence.

Hong Kong is a safe place to live, if nothing else. Our police force has kept crime rates relatively low and maintained law and order without an intimidating presence.

5 Aug 2014 - 6:35AM
My Take | Marauding macaques: a monkey business we could do without

This is the last thing we need in Hong Kong right now. Soaring political temperature, skyrocketing rents, pollution - and now a rising population of monkeys has been added to the list.

This is the last thing we need in Hong Kong right now. Soaring political temperature, skyrocketing rents, pollution - and now a rising population of monkeys has been added to the list.

8 Aug 2014 - 4:29PM
My Take | Time to spend money on an Ebola vaccine

One suspected Ebola case in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm. But officials say they will still be on high alert.

One suspected Ebola case in Hong Kong turned out to be a false alarm. But officials say they will still be on high alert.

2 Aug 2014 - 5:03AM
My Take | Titillation takes on a new taste in Hong Kong

A word of caution to those heading to a new eatery which opened yesterday. It's owned by the famous "Naked Chef".

A word of caution to those heading to a new eatery which opened yesterday. It's owned by the famous "Naked Chef".

30 Jul 2014 - 6:28AM
My Take | Why the brutal war in Gaza can have no long-term winner

As millions of Muslims celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, a pall of gloom hangs over a world that has been witnessing the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza by the Israeli army.

As millions of Muslims celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, a pall of gloom hangs over a world that has been witnessing the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza by the Israeli army.

29 Jul 2014 - 5:24AM
My Take | McDonald's delay over tainted meat scandal is hard to swallow

Not sure whether it was his penchant for investigative journalism or mere pangs of hunger which drove him there. But a colleague ventured into a local McDonald's outlet last week, only to be utterly disappointed.

Not sure whether it was his penchant for investigative journalism or mere pangs of hunger which drove him there. But a colleague ventured into a local McDonald's outlet last week, only to be utterly disappointed.

28 Jul 2014 - 3:08AM
My Take | Despite huge profits, Gilead Sciences defends price of its hepatitis drug

Champagne corks were doubtless popping in the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences on Thursday as its quarterly earnings were announced.

Champagne corks were doubtless popping in the California headquarters of Gilead Sciences on Thursday as its quarterly earnings were announced.

26 Jul 2014 - 6:05AM
My Take | Taking an unusual holiday in the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

There's nothing like going on a sightseeing trip to have a blast. Whatever your beliefs and convictions, this holds true. That's probably why the newly founded Islamic State, the caliphate declared in some parts of Iraq and Syria, is now into that business too.

There's nothing like going on a sightseeing trip to have a blast. Whatever your beliefs and convictions, this holds true. That's probably why the newly founded Islamic State, the caliphate declared in some parts of Iraq and Syria, is now into that business too.

25 Jul 2014 - 10:46AM
MH17 crash a wake-up call to stop the supply of weapons to insurgents

The crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine has brought into focus the horrors of a conflict in which powerful countries play proxy games.

The crash of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine has brought into focus the horrors of a conflict in which powerful countries play proxy games.

24 Jul 2014 - 1:40AM
Panama TR4 fungus threatens to wipe out 90pc of world's bananas

If you are reading this at your breakfast table, with a bunch of bananas in front of you, you should consider yourself lucky. Because bananas may soon disappear from your life, say some scientists.

If you are reading this at your breakfast table, with a bunch of bananas in front of you, you should consider yourself lucky. Because bananas may soon disappear from your life, say some scientists.

29 Apr 2014 - 1:19PM
In debate on price of new medicines, a middle ground needs finding

An announcement of a cure for a disease that affects millions across the globe is naturally greeted with relief and enthusiasm.

An announcement of a cure for a disease that affects millions across the globe is naturally greeted with relief and enthusiasm.

20 Apr 2014 - 5:53AM
My Take | Vladimir Putin's strongman tactics make Barack Obama look weak

You can call him Vlad the bad, you can ridicule his penchant for bare-chested bravado and criticise his lack of tolerance towards any opposition. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is proving to be the top dog on the world stage as he moves in to snare Crimea.

You can call him Vlad the bad, you can ridicule his penchant for bare-chested bravado and criticise his lack of tolerance towards any opposition. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is proving to be the top dog on the world stage as he moves in to snare Crimea.

14 Mar 2014 - 5:28AM
Opinion | Culling animals for conservation fails the morality test

Going to the zoo on a Sunday with your children is usually a pleasant activity – unless you were in Copenhagen recently. The children who went there on a recent Sunday were witness to the carcass of a culled young male giraffe skinned in front of them.

Going to the zoo on a Sunday with your children is usually a pleasant activity – unless you were in Copenhagen recently. The children who went there on a recent Sunday were witness to the carcass of a culled young male giraffe skinned in front of them.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
My Take | New apps will keep us up at night

Technology getting too invasive is a complaint that has been around for a while. The weird gadgets that were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show that just concluded in Las Vegas do little to belie this refrain. What else can you say when they put technology right into your mouth, through a toothbrush which collects and sends data about the way you brush to your smartphone?

Technology getting too invasive is a complaint that has been around for a while. The weird gadgets that were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show that just concluded in Las Vegas do little to belie this refrain. What else can you say when they put technology right into your mouth, through a toothbrush which collects and sends data about the way you brush to your smartphone?

13 Jan 2014 - 6:19PM
10 Jan 2014 - 11:50PM