Health & Environment

Thailand begins vaccine roll-out with jabs from China’s Sinovac

A group of health care workers received the first shots, with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha not being inoculated as earlier planned because the Sinovac vaccine is not recommended for people his age.

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Work from the beach: Philippine resorts target local long-stay tourists

As the Covid-19 pandemic decimated tourism, resorts in places like Boracay and Palawan started offering monthly packages to digital nomads.

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Chinese dams, pollution give Vietnamese the Mekong Delta blues

Local communities fear diminished prospects as the country’s agricultural powerhouse loses steam amid China’s upstream energy ventures.

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As Asia puts electric vehicle revolution in gear, are Musk & Co all hype?

Electric vehicle sceptics like Japan’s Toyota chief point out that on some measures electric vehicles produce more carbon dioxide than traditional cars.

27 Feb 2021 - 9:15AM
Philippines to roll out Sinovac jabs, but some businesses can’t wait

Although 600,000 Sinovac doses will be given starting next week, private firms throughout the country have secured their own vaccines.

26 Feb 2021 - 6:00PM
Amid political dysfunction, how did Malaysia pull together its vaccine plan?

Science minister Khairy Jamaluddin has become the face of Kuala Lumpur’s public health drive, and he – and PM Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – stand to benefit from its success.

24 Feb 2021 - 12:18AM
Philippines gets Sinovac jab, but vaccine roll-out stalls on liability fears

One step forward as Chinese jab is authorised, two steps back as Pfizer and AstraZeneca demand indemnification clauses.

23 Feb 2021 - 2:31AM
Thailand NGO pushes for halt to Mekong dam project in Laos

Laos has seen a dam-building boom in recent decades - funded in part by China, Malaysia and Thailand - but it has come at a cost for both the environment and local communities.

19 Feb 2021 - 7:03PM
Opinion | Why Facebook’s news ban days before Australia’s vaccine drive is dangerous

By minimising the media’s role at this moment, the US firm will make it harder for people to access good information, at a time when they need it most.

19 Feb 2021 - 7:21AM
Analysis | Where did the Philippines’ pandemic response go wrong?

With more than half a million cases and nearing 12,000 deaths, the country’s approach to curbing Covid-19 has been marked by missteps and confusion.

19 Feb 2021 - 1:00PM
Malaysian PM will be first to receive vaccine when roll-out starts

Malaysia will get its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines on Sunday, and a national immunisation plan will kick off on February 26.

16 Feb 2021 - 6:05PM
Korean women’s volleyball twins dropped after bullying pasts emerge

Lee Jae-yeong and Lee Da-yeong were banned by the national team and their V-League club after they admitted to abusing teammates a decade ago.

16 Feb 2021 - 7:22AM
#TakeUsBackToChina: a plea from Indian medical students

Thousands of Indian medical students who returned home from China during the pandemic are struggling to finish their degrees amid the countries’ fraying diplomatic ties.

15 Feb 2021 - 10:59PM
Way the music died: can Asia’s nightclubs survive Covid-19?

Nightclubs from Singapore to Hong Kong are suffering. Will the arrival of vaccines be music to their ears?

13 Feb 2021 - 8:33AM
Coronavirus Malaysia: mental health issues grow with few solutions in sight

Although one woman is making an effort to provide mental health resources via her Instagram page, the country’s overall strategy on the issue is said to be lacking.

12 Feb 2021 - 11:21PM
Philippines Covid-19 enforcement: brutal for the poor, but the rich?

Ordinary Filipinos have been beaten for not wearing face masks, while the rich and well-connected attend illegal parties and are pictured flouting Covid-19 rules with impunity.

12 Feb 2021 - 8:20PM
Why do South Korean churches attract Covid-19 and conspiracy theories?

The backlash against a pastor who claimed a pocket card gave protection against the virus is just the latest controversy to hit the country’s faith groups.

12 Feb 2021 - 5:35PM
Lunar New Year: the Chinese left ‘trapped and helpless’ overseas

Uncertainty and loss linger for mainland Chinese working abroad, as the annual ritual of returning home for the holidays has been put on hold yet again.

11 Feb 2021 - 12:04PM
Malaysia’s Muhyiddin taking flak again over Covid-19 double standards

A ruling under which ministers returning to the country only have to quarantine for three days was met with fierce public criticism, if not ridicule.

10 Feb 2021 - 9:45PM