Health & Environment

Indians cheer, pray as jabs ‘like gold’ arrive for massive vaccine drive

Health workers will be some of the first to receive the jabs in the first phase of the drive, which aims to inoculate some 300 million people starting on Saturday.

15 Jan 2021 - 3:29PM
Bio Farma sets sights on making China’s Sinovac vaccines for Asean

The Indonesian firm began life 130 years ago in the Dutch colonial era. Several world class vaccines and a few name changes later, it is fighting both Covid-19 and a sceptical public.

15 Jan 2021 - 1:16PM
Quiet falls over Malaysia as strict lockdown comes into effect

Roads were packed before the order came into effect at midnight on Tuesday, with some rushing to stock up on groceries or spend time with family before travel was banned.

13 Jan 2021 - 8:30PM
As Widodo kicks off Indonesia’s vaccine drive, a shot for ‘influencer’ backfires

The inclusion of social media influencer Raffi Ahmad, who has been criticised for not wearing a mask, in Indonesia’s first set of inoculations has been panned online.

14 Jan 2021 - 9:14AM
Explainer | Malaysia’s new Covid-19 lockdown and state of emergency

How will Malaysia’s lockdown affect daily life, what happened to its earlier success and is there a political angle to all of this?

13 Jan 2021 - 9:55AM
Malaysia’s emergency over Covid-19 offers PM Muhyiddin reprieve

The emergency could last until August 1 and will give PM Muhyiddin Yassin the ability to govern by fiat, helping to preserve his political future.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:36PM
Philippines looks to start Covid-19 vaccine drive with Sinovac doses

Filipinos will not be able to choose which vaccine they get, and trust over vaccine safety may be another hurdle as the country looks to inoculate more than half the population by 2021.

11 Jan 2021 - 9:31PM
Malaysia declares targeted lockdowns to fight pandemic

The country’s 13 states and three federal territories will be put under some form of lockdown starting Wednesday. All inter-state travel is banned.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:45AM
Is India jumping the gun with its ‘vaccine diplomacy’?

India aims to roll out its Covid-19 vaccines to its neighbours to boost its regional importance, but analysts say New Delhi must tread cautiously.

9 Jan 2021 - 3:47PM
Spectre of lockdown looms again in Malaysia after record coronavirus surge

The country recorded 3,027 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, its highest ever total, prompting experts to recommend swift action.

8 Jan 2021 - 7:05PM
Do you smell? Japanese entrepreneur’s T-shirt will tell you

Company called Odorate launches home-use kit that measures a person’s smell and provides potential solutions to the problem

8 Jan 2021 - 4:33PM
Vietnam’s tight lid on Covid-19 leaves many citizens desperate to return

Since it sealed itself off from the world last March, Vietnam has recorded just over 1,500 Covid-19 infections – but many of its nationals are stranded abroad, facing job and income losses as well as scanty information about repatriation.

9 Jan 2021 - 3:37PM
As coronavirus resurges in Thailand, tourism businesses stagger on

Just 30 per cent of businesses are still operating in the country after a long initial Covid-19 lockdown, with more suffering expected to come.

8 Jan 2021 - 3:49PM
Thailand: outbreak among migrant workers highlights rampant people smuggling

Experts say efforts to register workers and trace infections are being undermined by smugglers taking advantage of migrants desperate for work.

7 Jan 2021 - 4:19PM
Covid-19: US diplomats cautiously praised China’s transparency in early days

Diplomatic cables sent soon after the first Covid-19 cases emerged in Wuhan – and obtained by This Week in Asia – credited Chinese officials for releasing ‘timely and open general information’.

6 Jan 2021 - 5:25PM
Chinese vaccine makers to apply for emergency use in Philippines

Sinopharm and Sinovac have said they will request this week that their vaccines be cleared for emergency use, according to Manila’s ambassador to China.

5 Jan 2021 - 11:31PM
Singapore police used TraceTogether Covid-19 data in murder case

Police access to the programme has stirred controversy, as the Singapore government has previously stressed it would be used only for coronavirus contact tracing.

5 Jan 2021 - 10:34PM
In Modi’s India, political row erupts over home-grown Covid-19 vaccine

Knives are out for the Covaxin vaccine after it was granted emergency approval before final-stage human trials had been completed.

5 Jan 2021 - 6:13PM
As Thailand lines up Covid-19 jabs, doubts weigh on timetable

Health officials’ attempts to quell Thais’ confusion over vaccination drive leaves many questions unanswered.

5 Jan 2021 - 5:59PM