Global players will gather online from Monday to brainstorm ways to rapidly boost vaccine production and fight a still-virulent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that has hobbled the world for 14 months. Giving impetus to the meeting is a warning from the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) that the pandemic will not end unless poor countries can keep up with accelerating mass vaccination campaigns in rich nations. Meeting online Monday and Tuesday will be partners of the Covax vaccine distribution initiative, led by the Gavi vaccine alliance and backed by research arm the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, as well as the WHO. Government delegates, scientists and representatives of the pharmaceutical giants as well as smaller drug makers from developing countries will also participate. The aim is “to shine the light on the gaps that we have currently in the supply chain, of reagents, of raw material, of products that you need to make vaccines,” WHO’s ... » Learn More about Global players find ways to boost vaccine output
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Experts from various fields are dissatisfied with the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, urging it to prioritize health care in tackling the crisis, a recent survey reveals. Pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia conducted the survey in July involving 304 opinion leaders in 20 cities, including academicians, business people, journalists and NGO activists. Among them are Nadhlatul Ulama’s (NU) Mustofa “Gus Mus” Bisri, former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Busyro Muqoddas and Persahabatan Hospital pulmonologist Erlina Burhan. Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi emphasized the importance of the survey, saying that experts tended to be more critical of the government’s efforts as they have better knowledge and understanding of relevant details that the general public may not be aware of. Released on Thursday, the survey revealed that 36.8 percent of respondents approved of how the government is dealing with the pandemic — less than 51.5 ... » Learn More about Experts disapprove of govt’s COVID-19 handling, survey says
U.S streaming giant Netflix is ramping up its mobile-only subscription plans in Thailand and expanding local content, as arch-rival Disney Plus arrives in the fast-growing market. The world’s biggest video streaming platform by paid customers, Netflix told Reuters more than a million of its nearly 200 million subscribers around the world are in Southeast Asia, home to around 655 million people. But the market is ripe for rapid growth, analysts say, with the Disney+ Hotstar launch in Indonesia next month set to become a key battleground. “What we see in Southeast Asia is that it’s a very mobile-centric market”, Netflix director for product innovation Ajay Arora said in a recent interview. That’s led the company to push cheaper mobile plans and adapt its product to fit lower-end smartphones, Arora said. Southeast Asia is estimated to have generated $600 million in overall subscription music and video revenue in 2019, according to a study by Google, Temasek Holdings and Bain ... » Learn More about Netflix Steps ups its Game in Thailand as Disney Plus Enters Market
The political gathering on Saturday in Bangkok was the largest street demonstration against Thailand’s government over the past six years, since the 2014 military coup. This points to a momentum for new political forces driven largely by the young generation. Over a 1,000 youth and pro-democracy alliances joined the protest organised by Free Youth movement and the Student Union of Thailand at Democracy Monument in Bangkok. Many observers were of the view that the turnout was larger than expected. The large political protest gains significance as it was against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and threw a challenge to authorities to use their power under the emergency decree. It was also the first major street protest following several flash mobs organised in universities and secondary schools in February, before the coronavirus started spreading. Students paused their political activities during the pandemic, and the government, due to fears of the infection spreading ... » Learn More about Protest Against Thailand’s Ruling Government Getting Louder
Srongpol Chantharueang remembers his parents telling him as a boy always to protect the local wetland forest when he grew up. They told him that the ecosystem would be important for his life and that of his community. “I didn’t understand what they meant at the time,” he told Mongabay via a video call. “I didn’t understand what the true value of the wetland forest was.” Srongpol chairs the Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group, which partnered with international nonprofits, civil society organizations and local academic institutions to share evidence of the importance of the wetland forest for biodiversity and the local community A village leader, Srongpol lives in Ban Boon Rueang, a town in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai province. Nestled between the Doi Yao mountain range and the lower reaches of the Ing River, a 260-kilometer (160-mile) tributary of the Mekong, Ban Boon Rueang is an unassuming town with an agrarian lifestyle that goes back generations. But in recent ... » Learn More about Chiang Rai Community Continues the Fight to Save its Wetland Forest
People are looking to invest in cryptocurrency these days, and it has more value than the regular one. With the help of cryptocurrency, people can get many advantages, which is what people want these days, which is a better fortune. The best and most famous cryptocurrency on the internet and financial world today is bitcoin . It has never left the headlines, and you would know about it if you are interested in this type of currency. There are many benefits and uses of a currency available on the internet, which is worth many thousands and tens of dollars. Not everyone is aware of the reality, though, and many people just know the overview. By the time people get to know more about it, they will have a different aspect of their minds and what it is. What is meant by bitcoin? Many people have heard about this and the news that is on the internet. There are various amounts of things that people get to know about it from the news, but it is not easy to get to know the actual ... » Learn More about What is Bitcoin? What are the Uses Of Using Cryptocurrency?
The Tourism Authority has said Thailand should have a clear-cut plan on a vaccine passport by June if plans to reopen the international market by the fourth quarter are kept. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) deputy governor told the Bangkok Post that the government policy would have a tremendous effect towards international market plans. Particularly on the long-haul market, which is progressing rapidly in terms of mass vaccination programmes. The opinions of overseas agents and recent surveys in key markets showed tourists are ready to be inoculated or participate within a vaccine passport policy if this would allow them to travel abroad once again, he said. “TAT plans to bring back international tourists by the fourth quarter but that will depend largely on our policy development too,” Mr Siripakorn said. In order to achieve the target, the country should start soft launches in two phases. Marketing campaigns launched before the third quarter, ... » Learn More about Tourism Authority to Have Clear-cut Plan on a Vaccine Passport by June
Seven months since Donald Trump was inaugurated as leader of the most powerful country, we are still left wondering how it happened. A little over three weeks ago, Democrats were once again forced to witness a gut-wrenching defeat in what was called the most important special election in history in which Democrats’ Jon Ossoff lost to GOP’s Karen Handel. Two massive defeats raise questions about Democrats viability and just how long can GOP maintain their dominance. However, let’s just talk about the financial aspect of the elections. Money is a huge part of politics and democracy. After all, political candidates need to get their faces and ideas out there, and candidates with more money are thought to have more chance of winning. Three elections I’d like to highlight here might have proved otherwise. The US presidential election is arguably the richest race in the world, attracting billions of dollars in donations from corporations and average Joes. Hillary Clinton raised over ... » Learn More about Is money still relevant in politics?
SINGAPORE: At his wits’ end, Mr Danny Raven Tan, 53, once threatened his dementia-stricken mother with a chopper because she was “driving him nuts”. Since she was diagnosed with the illness that causes impaired intellectual functions and personality changes in 2015, his mother, who is now 88, would tiresomely ask him about his father and godmother, both of whom had died, frequently raise her voice at him and accuse their helper of stealing her money. “At that time, I didn’t know anything about dementia and it was eating me up,” said Mr Tan, who quit his full-time job in marketing to be the primary caregiver for his mother and now runs an art gallery. In 2018, Mr Tan founded Enable Asia, a platform that focuses on dementia awareness and respite for caregivers. While Mr Tan has found support through the platform, homemaker Fadilah, who declined to give her full name, was pushed to the brink caring for her 86-year-old mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s disease during the circuit ... » Learn More about The Big Read: As Singapore society ages, who will care for the caregivers?