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China has adopted a right path since the COVID-19 outbreak, criticizing the politicization of origins tracing: top expert Zhong Nanshan

Global Times – 3 October 2021 A ‘zero-Covid’ strategy has been the right path for China, according to top respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan. Zhong noted that “China’s COVID-19 control reflected the principle of “healthy China” that is achieved not via treatment but by prevention. It is also in line with traditional Chinese medicine’s philosophy —…

China will have to learn to live with COVID-19 too

East Asia Forum – 27 September 2021 China’s no-tolerance approach to Covid-19 is a safe but unsustainable strategy when it comes to returning to a level of normality in future, according to this article on East Asia Forum. No plans for living with an endemic disease means the country is not yet ready to put…

Thailand legalises early abortions; pro-choice groups want more

Zsombor Peter, Aljazeera – 9 February 2021 Until now in Thailand, women were only permitted to have an abortion if the pregnancy was a result of rape or posed serious mental or physical risk to either the mother or the baby. This law makes Thailand one of the most progressive states in the region considering…

How to manage a pandemic

How to manage a pandemic

Coronavirus was a test, and many of the world’s most advanced nations have all too visibly failed. What can we do better? Author: James Crabtree’s essay, published in MIT Technology Review, is here: https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/04/14/999239/how-to-manage-a-pandemic-covid-asia-vs-west/ James Crabtree is a British author and journalist living in Singapore. He is currently an associate professor of practice at the…

Webinar: Fighting COVID-19: Experiences and lessons from the frontlines in Asia

Webinar: Fighting COVID-19: Experiences and lessons from the frontlines in Asia

The Asia Scotland Institute has highlighted the effective use of public health policy, technology and medical approaches to slow the spread of the virus within Asia but the same have not been adopted so aggressively in the ‘West’.  The Brookings Institute conducted two webinars with Asian experts to discuss and evaluate methods that have worked…