Malaysia buys 150,000 courses of Merck's COVID-19 pill

Malaysia buys 150,000 courses of Merck's COVID-19 pill

Malaysia has struck a deal with US drug maker Merck & Co to buy 150,000 courses of its experimental antiviral pill, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said on October 7, joining other Asian countries in a rush to secure supplies.
Vietnam calls for strengthening inter-sectoral, inter-pillar coordination in ASEAN

Vietnam calls for strengthening inter-sectoral, inter-pillar coordination in ASEAN

Vietnam suggests ASEAN enhance coordination between sectors and pillars, and its response capacity to such challenges as COVID-19, climate change and maritime issues, Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son said on October 4.
Thailand backs ASEAN’s priorities under Brunei’s chairmanship

Thailand backs ASEAN’s priorities under Brunei’s chairmanship

Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai has voiced Thailand's support for priorities and key deliverables of ASEAN in 2021 under Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship.
End of the Merkel era ushers in new journey for German leaders

End of the Merkel era ushers in new journey for German leaders

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is the strongest force in the newly-elected Bundestag with 25.7 per cent. The party improved its results by 5.2 per cent compared to four years ago.
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals to take place this week

ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals to take place this week

The 8th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals (AMMin 8) and related meetings will be held in the form of teleconference in Hanoi from October 6-8.
Thailand begins vaccination for children from 12-17

Thailand begins vaccination for children from 12-17

Thailand began a vaccination drive targeting children from 12 to 17 with the aim of inoculating 5.4 million students in the country in preparation for the reopening of educational institutions in November.
Malaysia tourism sector sees positive signals

Malaysia tourism sector sees positive signals

The Langkawi Island of Malaysia has earned 15.97 million RM (3.82 million USD) in tourism revenue after just two weeks of reopening.
Malaysia: Foreign tourists to be allowed only in endemic phase

Malaysia: Foreign tourists to be allowed only in endemic phase

A decision on the opening of Malaysia’s borders to foreign tourists will only be determined after the country moves into the COVID-19 endemic phase, according to the national news agency Bernama.
RoK considers joining CPTPP

RoK considers joining CPTPP

The Trade Ministry of the Republic of Korea (RoK) on September 30 said that it is reviewing joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in line with its goal to play a leading role in trade in the region.
Europe's industrial air pollution costing hundreds of billions: report

Europe's industrial air pollution costing hundreds of billions: report

Air pollution from industries in Europe causes health and environmental damage estimated at up to 430 billion euros ($500 billion) for a single year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Wednesday.
US, EU pledge joint action on tech issues, semiconductors, China

US, EU pledge joint action on tech issues, semiconductors, China

US and EU officials on Wednesday pledged to join forces to deal with a host of technology and trade issues to secure semiconductor supplies and counter China's dominance.
Implications of China’s application to join the CPTPP

Implications of China’s application to join the CPTPP

China has submitted a formal letter of application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Now, after years of speculation, it is decision time.
Vietnam welcomes agreement on resuming talks in Syria

Vietnam welcomes agreement on resuming talks in Syria

Vietnam welcomed the agreement just reached on the working methodologies of the Constitutional Committee in Syria and underscored the importance of rebuilding trust and confidence to overcome long‑standing differences between the sides in the country.
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