Analysis & Opinion

Opinion | China’s ‘zero Covid’ vs Singapore’s ‘living with it’: do we have to choose?

Eliminating the virus completely, through stringent lockdown and quarantine measures, and treating it as endemic are often discussed as mutually exclusive strategies. Yet, frequent and widespread adoption of at-home antigen rapid testing could offer the best of both worlds.

14 Oct 2021 - 4:52AM
Opinion | As Covid-19 deepens inequality, mental health care must be a focus

The World Health Organization’s mental health action plan sets out clear actions for member states, including priorities around suicide prevention. Increasing suicide rates among the youth, under-reporting of suicide among refugees, and the criminilisation of suicide in some countries are areas of concern.

13 Oct 2021 - 4:30AM
politico | ‘President’s decline is alarming’: Biden trapped in coronavirus malaise

Democrats are ringing alarm bells and coming to the simplest of conclusions: It’s the pandemic, stupid.

12 Oct 2021 - 10:23AM
Opinion | Give Asian youth a voice to decide their post-pandemic future

Young people are struggling with online schooling, a volatile job market and mental health challenges. Their impulse to help their communities should be encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in policymaking.

9 Oct 2021 - 7:40AM
Opinion | Unvaccinated athletes find themselves thrust into public debate on vaccine mandates

Vaccine mandates have become a public issue in professional sport as unvaccinated players are questioned by the media on what some believe is a personal issue.

5 Oct 2021 - 9:00PM
Destinations known | Thailand wants Indians to hold big fat destination weddings in the country

The relaxing of stipulations in Thailand means no quarantine for vaccinated tourists and reduced quarantine nationwide for any visitors. Chief among those they want to attract? Big-spending Indian travellers.

6 Oct 2021 - 2:56PM
Macroscope | How a post-pandemic US can revive its prosperity

Increasingly dominant companies and outdated corporate governance practices are undermining the foundations of prosperity. Fortunately, there are simple steps regulators and educators can take to put the economy and society on a sounder footing.

30 Sep 2021 - 2:30AM
Macroscope | Inflation is not the worry the Fed, and the markets, suppose

The rise in US CPI unexpectedly slowed in August, which will ease pressure on the Fed to cut short its support for the US economy earlier than planned. Given the pandemic’s lingering impact on demand and the global supply chain, inflation is unlikely to wreak havoc the way it did four decades ago.

21 Sep 2021 - 6:01AM
Opinion | Covid-19 origins: China and the world need to cooperate more on biosafety

Chinese scientists fear the space is narrowing to pursue normal collaboration on biosafety both in China and outside. Chinese access to scientific knowledge, research materials and lab equipment with both civilian and military applications is becoming more restricted.

14 Sep 2021 - 4:32AM
Editorial | Give Hong Kong elderly the facts to raise jab numbers

Those who are the most vulnerable to becoming sick and dying from Covid-19, are also the biggest group in the city putting off being immunised.

14 Sep 2021 - 7:32AM
‘A bitter pill to swallow’: uncertainty as Singapore tries living with Covid-19

A milestone in vaccination efforts has been marred by rising virus cases and words of caution from authorities, raising questions of whether the country is on the cusp of further reopening or a return to pandemic-fighting mode.

8 Sep 2021 - 10:20PM
Eye on Asia | Why global investment in Asian property will become more local

Investors without local offices have been forced to switch to fund vehicles but non-fund vehicle investment will return, as more major investors add Asian expertise on the ground.

5 Sep 2021 - 6:30PM
Opinion | Time to end Hong Kong’s vaccine dithering and get on with the jab

It is clear that under Hong Kong’s present policies, we will never reach herd immunity and resume normal life. Our urgent priorities should be new, cogent measures to drive up first vaccinations and booster shots for those already vaccinated.

5 Sep 2021 - 1:15PM
Outside In | Chance to offload BS jobs is an upside to pandemic

There is a tectonic shift occurring in labour markets worldwide as we reassess jobs and which ones are actually worthwhile. Discovering and deleting non-essential jobs might play an important role in improving productivity as the world emerges from recession.

3 Sep 2021 - 8:30PM
Editorial | Victory over leaded petrol a lesson for world in coronavirus fight

Struggle to eliminate the toxic fuel was a long one and countries needed to cooperate to succeed, just as they will have to if Covid-19 is to be beaten.

4 Sep 2021 - 4:02AM
View From The Edge | Nicole Kidman skips quarantine as local, trail-running role model suffers

Hong Kong’s top trail runner, who finished 11th at the UTMB and is also a local firefighter, now faces 21 days of quarantine as he tries to recover while Nicole Kidman roams free.

3 Sep 2021 - 12:21AM
Opinion | What if a Covid-19 vaccination could give you a better, happier life?

Vaccinated people surveyed in Tokyo, New York and Shanghai report better social and psychological well-being and expect better earnings than the unvaccinated. Such findings, while far from conclusive, do add to the moral impetus to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible.

2 Sep 2021 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Pandemic survival: G20 must help small businesses transform digitally

Digital transformation in the corporate world has yet to realise its full potential for boosting global economic recovery. It is vital for the G20 to help small businesses understand the benefits of digitalisation, and offer training and funding aid.

2 Sep 2021 - 2:37PM