Coping with COVID-19 the ASEAN way

Authors: Haridas Ramasamy and Wendy He, RSIS COVID-19 has called into question the practice of regionalism in Southeast Asia. The seemingly slow and reactive responses by ASEAN member states when the virus first hit Thailand on 13 January have led many to wonder if this regional multilateral organisation is up to the task of dealing […]

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Safeguarding food security amid COVID-19

Authors: Kijin Kim, Sunae Kim and Cyn-Young Park, ADB The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the entire food value chain from farm to fork as lockdowns and export restrictions hit food supply chains across the Asia Pacific. This is adversely affecting consumers’ choice of food and posing immediate threats to food security for the poor and […]

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Coronavirus: Health Canada issues warning over counterfeit N95 respirators

Health Canada is warning the public after identifying counterfeit N95 respirators, which the agency says may not provide proper protection during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The safety warning issued Monday evening said that the respirators, sold by Shanghai Lansheng Light Industrial Products, were falsely labelled as being approved by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational […]

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Sustainable development is key in responding to COVID-19

Author: Aekapol Chongvilaivan, ADB Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. During the COVID-19 pandemic, governments should spare no effort to strengthen public health systems and shield the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable. But for developing countries, fiscal and borrowing headroom were already limited before the outbreak. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should therefore […]

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