China says US Covid origins report is without credibility

The P4 laboratory of Wuhan Institute of Virology is seen behind a fence during the visit by the World Health Organisation (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on Feb 3, 2021.Reuters file A declassified US intelligence report saying it was plausible that the Covid-19...

US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?

Lau Ka-kuen The United States was largely absent in vaccine diplomacy early this year but entered the arena when President Joe Biden announced in May that the US would distribute 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses worldwide. Biden did not hide his intention: The US wanted to counter the influence of China and Russia by using the...

Malaysia to procure 12.8m more doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Vials with a sticker reading, "Covid-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken Oct 31, 2020.Reuters Malaysia will procure an additional 12.8 million doses of coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech in a bid to ramp up...

German researchers tie cold viruses used to deliver Covid-19 vaccine to rare blood clot risk

A new paper suggests that vaccine makers using adenovirus vectors could modify the sequence of the spike protein.Reuters German researchers on Wednesday (May 26) said that based on laboratory research, they believed they have found the cause of the rare but serious blood-clotting events among some people who received Covid-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and...

Indian BTS fans quickly raise cash to combat country’s growing coronavirus crisis

Amid India’s growing coronavirus crisis, BTS fans took action to raise funds to help those in need. Last week, the Covid-19 relief efforts coordinated by a group from the BTS fan club known as Army, had raised over two million rupees (S$35,500). Coordinated on the Indian crowdfunding site Milaap, the social media account known as “Covid...

Ultra-rich Asians and Chinese citizens eye Singapore luxury homes amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the latest big-ticket property deals in Singapore, a sea-facing bungalow in the exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove was reportedly bought in recent weeks for more than $39 million by a Chinese national from Fujian Province. Closer to the city, This Week In Asia understands that a 5,070 sq ft luxury penthouse at South...

‘Hunger Games-style’ fight for flights for Hongkongers stranded by coronavirus travel ban to get home from Britain

  Travellers walk through Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak on Feb 14, 2021.Reuters Hundreds of seats on two special flights intended to bring stranded Hongkongers home from Britain after the end of a coronavirus travel ban were snapped up in two hours on Thursday, in a process marred by a...

South Korea orders closure of nightclubs, karaoke bars amid concern over fourth Covid-19 wave

People walk past closed pubs and restaurants as tougher social distancing rules to prevent the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) that have been announced on the last Friday (April 2) continue, in Seoul, South Korea, Aug 31, 2020.Reuters South Korea will reimpose a ban on nightclubs, karaoke bars and other nightly entertainment facilities, authorities said on Friday...

Pfizer begins early-stage study of oral Covid-19 drug

The Pfizer candidate is a protease inhibitor that prevents the virus from replicating in cells.Reuters Pfizer has started an early-stage US trial of an oral Covid-19 antiviral therapy that could be prescribed to patients at the first sign of infection, the company said on Tuesday (March 23). The drugmaker, which developed the first authorised Covid-19 vaccine...

Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine appears safe, triggers antibodies in trial in children: Researcher

The preliminary data was from Phase I and II clinical trials involving over 500 people.Reuters Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine appears to be safe and able to trigger immune responses among children and adolescents, according to preliminary results from early and mid-stage trials, the company said late on Monday (March 22). The preliminary data was from Phase...