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Malaysia – SDGs can guide our Covid-19 recovery (ISIS)

Alizan Mahadi writes: Last week, amid the record number of Covid-19 cases, Malaysia presented its progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the United Nations. While some may question the relevance of long-term and lofty targets when Malaysia and the world are grappling with a crisis, it would be myopic if the link between the current crisis and development is not made.

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Why China and the United States aren’t cooperating on COVID-19 (East Asia Forum)

Xirui Li writes: Intergovernmental cooperation between the United States and China was an important part of the fight against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003. Yet serious collaboration to combat COVID-19 is yet to materialise. The state of US–China bilateral relations and the failure to cooperate has arguably worsened the pandemic.

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What lessons can Africa learn from India’s COVID-19 crisis? (Brookings)

Jamie MacLeodVera SongweStephen KaringiHopestone ChavulaJean Paul Boketsu BofiliSokunpanha You, and Veerawin Su write for Brookings: India is unlikely to be the last country encountering catastrophic outbreaks as the COVID-19 pandemic persists and evolves. The lessons from India’s experience are especially relevant to other developing countries, like those in Africa, that will not benefit from the shield of mass vaccination in the near term. The overarching lesson is that COVID-19 is a “complacency virus”; its surveillance and suppression must be continually adapted.

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Making waves in India: Media and the COVID-19 pandemic (Brookings)

Mudit Kapoor and Shamika Ravi write for Brookings: India has been struck hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic—daily cases and deaths peaked at more than 400,000 cases and 4,000 deaths, respectively, almost four to five times higher than the peak number of cases and deaths in the first wave.[1] The second wave was largely attributed to complacency by the Indian government.[2] As important as this may have been, it is crucial to examine the role of the media during the pandemic. In particular, what were the discussion topics on the eve of the second wave, and was COVID-19 a fading topic of discussion when the tragedy struck? In this paper, we answer this question and discuss how inadequate media coverage may have slowed India’s COVID-19 response.

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(Argentina/Russia) Argentina complains to Russia over vaccine delivery (Euractiv)

Euractiv writes: Argentina has complained to Russia about delays in delivering second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a letter warning of breach of contract repercussions, the government in Buenos Aires said Thursday (22 July).

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(Europe/Germany) Half of Europeans vaccinated as Germany warns on rising virus cases (Euractiv)

Euractiv writes: More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday (22 July), as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.

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(India) Trust and crisis management in India under COVID-19 (East Asia Forum)

Oindrila Dey, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and Debalina Chakravarty, St Xavier’s University, write for East Asia Forum: Over the past year, India has gone through several lockdowns, resulting in the collapse of market operations and the almost complete cessation of all major economic activities. On 10 June 2021, the monthly moving average urban unemployment rate was 15.4 per cent. This severely jolted GDP growth, which fell to a four decade low of -7.3 per cent.

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(India/Africa) What India’s COVID-19 crisis means for Africa (Brookings)

Jamie MacLeodVera SongweStephen KaringiHopestone ChavulaJean Paul Boketsu BofiliSokunpanha You, and Veerawin Su write for Brookings: By May 9, 2021 India accounted for 57 percent of new COVID-19 cases anywhere in the world. This phenomenon rippled through the interconnected economies of the world, including those in Africa. Indeed, India has risen over the past decade to become Africa’s thirdmost-important trading partner, after the European Union and China. In fact, the African market is precariously dependent on Indian suppliers for certain products, notably pharmaceuticals and rice. This is especially the case of East Africa, in which 35 percent of pharmaceutical imports come from India, and 20 percent of rice.

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(Tunisia/Pandemic) Tunisia health minister sacked as COVID-19 cases surge (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Tunisia’s Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has sacked Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi amid spiralling coronavirus cases in the North African country. The ministry said earlier this month that Tunisia’s health system had “collapsed” under the weight of the pandemic, which has caused more than 17,000 deaths in a population of about 12 million.

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