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    Cambodian migrants arriving by train at Anranya Prathet, Thailand. Photo by Joe Lowry via IOM - UN Migration (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) © IOM 2014

    Health workers and Thailand's universal healthcare system. Photo: Public Services International (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Thailand Shares Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Global COVID-19 Index recognized Thailand as the top country in making the most progress toward curbing the spread of the pandemic. In a report published by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health,Thailand shares its experience in addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and provides policy lessons to help other countries overcome this disease.


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    Photo by Dennis Sylvester Hurd via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

    Cambodia and Lao PDR Report Continuous Drop in COVID-19 Cases in April Amid Festivities

    Cambodia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic have reported a steady drop in average COVID-19 cases per day in April 2022, according to a report on “Vaccination Rates, Effectiveness, and Safety” by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In Cambodia, the average COVID-19 cases per day dropped from 164 to 18.4, and deaths decreased from 1 to 0.06, marking a fall in case fatality rate from 0.43% to 0.35%. In Lao PDR, daily infection rates declined steadily, averaging at 986 for April 2022 from 1102 in March 2022, while average deaths per day plateaued between 1 to 3.

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    Thailand, ADB hold First Policy Platform Meeting on COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) Program

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Thailand held the first Policy Platform meeting as part of the Thailand: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) program on 9 August. The meeting was led by Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Finance Minister of the Government of Thailand and Asian Development Bank (ADB) Governor, and Mr. Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice-President (Operations 2), ADB.

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    In Thailand, women accounted for 60% of all job losses, including 90% in manufacturing. Photo credit: ADB

    Job Losses in Southeast Asia Peak during Strictest COVID-19 Curbs

    The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic pummeled Southeast Asian economies, leading to major job losses across many sectors due to government lockdowns and movement restrictions in 2020, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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    The ASEAN universal verification mechanism will use digital technology and ensure data privacy protection and security. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

    ASEAN to Develop One System for Verifying Vaccinated Travelers

    Health ministers of Southeast Asia have agreed to work toward mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates to facilitate travel across the region as countries reopen their borders. This will involve putting in place an ASEAN universal verification mechanism that uses digital technology while ensuring data privacy protection and security.


    Passengers at the Yangon Myanmar Railway Station in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by ADB.

    $30 Million ADB Loan to Scale Up Myanmar’s COVID-19 Health Response

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $30 million loan to boost Myanmar’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, especially in areas with a high minority population but inadequate access to health care and other essential services.

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    $95 Million ADB Loan to Help Cambodia Purchase Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

    $95 Million ADB Loan to Help Cambodia Purchase Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccines

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $95 million loan to help the Cambodian government vaccinate Cambodians against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from 2022 to 2023, including annual booster shots for those already vaccinated and primary doses for children under 5.

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    Scenes of healthcare workers at Thailand Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute, Ministry of Public Health. Photo: UN Women/ Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Greater Mekong Subregion Senior Officials Convene Meeting on COVID-19 Response

    Senior officials of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) met to discuss responses to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the GMS, focusing on regional approaches to promote recovery and resilience. The meeting was held via videoconferencing on 2 June 2020, with participation from all GMS countries and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).  


    Officials view trolley robots donated by the Ministry of Education while smaller photo shows a drone with a loud speaker. Photo: Eleven Myanmar

    Myanmar Universities Invent Robots that Reduce Contact between Health Workers and COVID-19 Patients

    Robots are helping keep medical workers in Myanmar safer and lowering the risk of further spreading the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by reducing contact with COVID-19 and COVID-19-suspected patients.  

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    A reinvigorated multilateralism can and must respond faster to take on new challenges and expand provision of public goods.

    Combating COVID-19 and Ensuring No One is Left Behind - Bambang Susantono, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Kanni Wignaraja

    If the world wants to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure no one is left behind in the recovery, two issues thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic need attention: digitalization and regional cooperation.

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