Swee Kheng Khor

Swee Kheng Khor

Dr Swee Kheng Khor is a Malaysian physician specialising in health policies and global health, with fellowships in three international think tanks.

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Opinion | Malaysia cannot hope to overcome Covid-19 without a plan

The government’s bungling efforts so far have led to a growing perception that it is hypocritical, unsympathetic and disconnected from the reality on the ground. A coherent strategy is needed combining sensible health, social and political responses.

The government’s bungling efforts so far have led to a growing perception that it is hypocritical, unsympathetic and disconnected from the reality on the ground. A coherent strategy is needed combining sensible health, social and political responses.

Malaysia cannot hope to overcome Covid-19 without a plan
14 Jul 2021 - 4:49AM
Opinion | Coronavirus vaccine hoarding: three reasons it’s in rich countries’ own interests to be generous

Wealthy nations and big pharma must realise that their inaction on vaccine equity will cost lives, but action will cost them almost nothing. If they continue to hoard vaccines, they are undermining the fundamental principles of their rules-based world view.

Wealthy nations and big pharma must realise that their inaction on vaccine equity will cost lives, but action will cost them almost nothing. If they continue to hoard vaccines, they are undermining the fundamental principles of their rules-based world view.

Coronavirus vaccine hoarding: three reasons it’s in rich countries’ own interests to be generous
6 May 2021 - 3:02AM
Opinion | Covid-19 vaccine visas risk dividing the world into East vs West ‘vaccine blocs’

If more countries follow China in tying entry to specific vaccines, the existing vaccine ‘spheres of influence’ could easily coalesce into opposing blocs. To avert this outcome, the world must adopt universal vaccine approval and efficacy standards.

If more countries follow China in tying entry to specific vaccines, the existing vaccine ‘spheres of influence’ could easily coalesce into opposing blocs. To avert this outcome, the world must adopt universal vaccine approval and efficacy standards.

Covid-19 vaccine visas risk dividing the world into East vs West ‘vaccine blocs’
31 Mar 2021 - 4:00AM
Opinion | Coronavirus ‘travel bubbles’ must be rooted in science, not politics

Nations looking to safely open their borders must have frank private discussions followed by full transparency, and prioritise public health.

Nations looking to safely open their borders must have frank private discussions followed by full transparency, and prioritise public health.

Coronavirus ‘travel bubbles’ must be rooted in science, not politics
7 Jul 2020 - 12:55PM
Opinion | Until there’s a Covid-19 vaccine, here are three ways governments can make decisions to restart their countries

With no end in sight until a Covid-19 vaccine is developed, here are three ways governments can restart their economies and societies as quickly and safely as possible.

With no end in sight until a Covid-19 vaccine is developed, here are three ways governments can restart their economies and societies as quickly and safely as possible.

Until there’s a Covid-19 vaccine, here are three ways governments can make decisions to restart their countries
12 May 2020 - 2:38PM
Opinion | Coronavirus: are travel bans an effective way to curb Covid-19’s spread?

Politicising an outbreak is irresponsible. Viruses have no passports and those who want to travel will find a way, says Swee Kheng Khor.

Politicising an outbreak is irresponsible. Viruses have no passports and those who want to travel will find a way, says Swee Kheng Khor.

Coronavirus: are travel bans an effective way to curb Covid-19’s spread?
10 Mar 2020 - 7:17AM
Opinion | How will Malaysia fight the coronavirus with no health minister amid political turmoil?

Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad currently has no cabinet but Malaysia’s health system is resilient enough to excel despite the upheaval.

Interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad currently has no cabinet but Malaysia’s health system is resilient enough to excel despite the upheaval.

How will Malaysia fight the coronavirus with no health minister amid political turmoil?
19 Mar 2020 - 12:39AM
Opinion | Doctors aren’t enough – to fight the new coronavirus, we need an all-of-science response

Fighting a species-level threat like Covid-19 requires the best brains from disciplines as varied as chemistry, AI, sociology and psychology.

Fighting a species-level threat like Covid-19 requires the best brains from disciplines as varied as chemistry, AI, sociology and psychology.

Doctors aren’t enough – to fight the new coronavirus, we need an all-of-science response
17 Feb 2020 - 7:43AM
Opinion | Coronavirus fight is between species, not countries – we need science and solidarity to beat it

This current outbreak will burn itself out eventually, but it won’t be the last one our world has to face. More science and truth is needed if we want to triumph quicker next time, says Dr Swee Kheng Khor.

This current outbreak will burn itself out eventually, but it won’t be the last one our world has to face. More science and truth is needed if we want to triumph quicker next time, says Dr Swee Kheng Khor.

Coronavirus fight is between species, not countries – we need science and solidarity to beat it
8 Feb 2020 - 10:47AM