Regional Alerts

Unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated persons account for 75 percent Covid deaths

23 November 2021. Head of the Office of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health said that in three concessive days from November 19, 20 to 21, the southern largest city registered 151 deaths. Among those who died of Covid-19, those who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated represented 75 percent. https://www.sggpnews.org.vn/health/unvaccinated-not-fully-vaccinated-persons-account-for-75-percent-covid-deaths-95983.html

Covid outbreak at cop training site

23 November 2021. More than 180 people at a police training centre in Ratchaburi have tested positive for Covid-19, in a major new cluster of infections. Most of those infected are students. Surrounding communities have been informed about infections at the centre and advised to heighten their Covid-19 prevention measures.https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2219759/covid-outbreak-at-cop-training-site

Chinese doctors query Beijing’s Covid contact tracing policy

23 November 2021. Three leading Chinese health scholars have challenged government monitoring of mobile phone location data to identify close contacts of Covid-19 cases.https://www.ft.com/content/526bd4c5-de2d-48ca-a8c6-2470d79484af

HIV/AIDS still burden of disease in Vietnam

23 November 2021. HIV/AIDS is still a burden of disease in Vietnam as it continues to have devastating health effects countrywide, with over 2,000 HIV/AIDS-related deaths a year and more than 12,000 people who newly acquired the HIV virus annually.https://www.sggpnews.org.vn/health/hivaids-still-burden-of-disease-in-vietnam-95990.html

Thailand recorded 5,126 Covid-19 cases and 53 deaths on Tuesday

23 November 2021. Thailand Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 5,126 new patients who tested positive for Covid-19, 104 of whom have been found in prisons. Cumulative cases in the country are at 2,076,135 with 20,489 total deaths.https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40009140

Cambodia recovers quickly after COVID-19 pandemic

23 November 2021. Nine months after the February 20 community event, COVID-19 in Cambodia has been brought under control. Vaccines have played a major role in driving the Kingdom to the point where country is fully reopening in almost all sectors. https://www.khmertimeskh.com/975635/cambodia-recovers-quickly-after-covid-19-pandemic/

Vietnam expects to fully vaccinate all adults by year’s end

22 November 2021. Vietnam Prime Minister directed local officials to accelerate Covid-19 shots in order to fully vaccinate all adults aged 18 and older this year, surpassing the nation’s inoculation target.https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/2219579/vietnam-expects-to-fully-vaccinate-all-adults-by-years-end

COVID-19: Laos vaccinates children, Thailand prepares vaccines

22 November 2021. The Lao Government has allowed the vaccination of children aged between 12 and 17 against COVID-19, while a Thai health official has reported that the nation will procure at least 90 million doses of vaccines for next year.https://en.vietnamplus.vn/covid19-laos-vaccinates-children-thailand-prepares-vaccines-for-2022/215890.vnp

PM: ASEAN, China could enhance public health cooperation, prepare for future emergencies

22 November 2021. During the ASEAN-China Special Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Asean-China Dialogue Relations, Malaysia has called on Asean and China to enhance cooperation in public health and pharmaceutical capabilities through the sharing of technology, know-how and intellectual property.https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/11/747650/pm-asean-china-could-enhance-public-health-cooperation-prepare-future

PM, defense minister urge vaccinations for eligible kids

22 November 2021. Cambodia Minister of National Defence has called on all parents who serve in military to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19. As of November 21, over 14 million people aged five and older out of Cambodia’s total population of around 16 million people have been vaccinated. https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-defence-minister-urge-vaccinations-eligible-kids

No pig-to-human coronavirus transmissions in Thailand

22 November 2021. No pig-to-human transmission of Covid-19 has been found in Thailand. To date, more than 4,477 samples of meat collected from businesses and fresh markets have been tested since the onset of the outbreak. None of the samples have been found contaminated with Covid-19.https://www.nationthailand.com/in-focus/40009127

Laos to Produce Molnupravir Antiviral Medication to Treat Covid-19

22 November 2021. The Laos Ministry of Health has given the green light to produce Molnupravir for the treatment of Covid-19 in Laos. The manufacture of molnupiravir in Laos and the pilot program will be under supervision of World Health Organisation.https://laotiantimes.com/2021/11/22/laos-to-produce-molnupravir-antiviral-medication-to-treat-covid-19/

China’s anti-COVID-19 drug enters late-stage human trial

22 November 2021. A Chinese antiviral medicine for COVID-19, called JS016, has commenced phase-3 clinical trials overseas. The drug has been used for emergency treatment in 15 countries, and more than 500,000 doses have been sent overseas.https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202111/22/WS619b3d10a310cdd39bc76c0a.html

Can we afford to lose effective drugs?

22 November 2021. In Thailand, 1,400 cases of drug-resistant TB were found last year, while antiretrovirals are at risk of becoming less effective due to the emergence of drug-resistant HIV. Resistance to chloroquine has also been reported all across Greater Mekong Sub-region, of which Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are a part of.https://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/2219207/can-we-afford-to-lose-effective-drugs-

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City orders shutdown of bars, spas again over Covid fears

19 November 2021. Vietnam’s commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City has ordered bars, spas and karaoke clubs to shut two days after allowing them to reopen to stem another coronavirus surge as cases climbed anew.https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/travel/vietnams-ho-chi-minh-city-orders-shutdown-of-bars-spas-again-over-covid-fears-101637301949002.html

Thai vaccine to enter third phase of trials

19 November 2021. Thailand Chulalongkorn University’s Centre of Excellence in Vaccine Research and Development expects to register its mRNA Covid-19 vaccine, known as ChulaCov-19, in the middle of next year. ChulaCov-19 is about to enter its third phase of human trials with jabs scheduled to be administered early next year to March.https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2217851/thai-vaccine-to-enter-third-phase-of-trials

China’s new COVID-19 treatment approved by 15 countries

19 November 2021. JS016, a COVID-19 treatment with China’s independent intellectual property, has been approved for emergency use by 15 countries, with the combination of another neutralizing antibody.https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202111/19/WS61970fbea310cdd39bc76513.html

Thailand reports six out of 15 imported cases of COVID-19 are from Cambodia

19 November 2021. Out of the 15 imported cases of COVID-19 reported by Thailand, six were from Cambodia. The rest were  from Singapore (1), the United States (2), the United Kingdom (1), the United Arab Emirates (1), Qatar (1), Malaysia (1) and Myanmar (2).https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50973554/thailand-reports-six-out-of-15-imported-cases-of-covid-19-are-from-cambodia/

Campaign launched to raise public awareness on responsible antibiotic use

19 November 2021. The Ministry of Public Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in coordination with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) on November 18 launched a campaign to raise public awareness on responsible use of antibiotics in Vietnam.https://en.vietnamplus.vn/campaign-launched-to-raise-public-awareness-on-responsible-antibiotic-use/215763.vnp

Taiwan study shows AZ-Moderna mix is 5 times better than 2 AZ shots against Delta

19 November 2021. Taiwan study (led by the National Taiwan University Hospital) has found that the combination of AstraZeneca (AZ) and Moderna doses performs five times better than two AZ doses in fighting the highly-contagious Delta variant.https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4350203