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How a Chinese firm jumped to the front of the coronavirus vaccine race

Straits Times Asian News - 39 min 54 sec ago
July 02, 2020 4:28 PM

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - When a group of Chinese scientists gathered over barbecue and beer in a Toronto backyard a decade ago, talk drifted to their homeland's vaccines, which had long lagged the developed world on quality and safety. Four of them decided to act.They left top positions at global pharmaceutical companies in Canada to set up a biotechnology firm half a world away in Tianjin, China, hoping to produce vaccines on par with Western countries. Now, that company, CanSino Biologics, is vaulting into the global spotlight as connections on both sides of the Pacific make it one of the front-runners in the race for a coronavirus vaccine.
Categories: Asian News

Goo Hara suicide: Late K-pop star's ex-boyfriend jailed for sex video blackmail

Straits Times Asian News - 47 min 59 sec ago
July 02, 2020 4:20 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - The ex-boyfriend of late K-pop star Goo Hara was jailed by an appeal court Thursday (July 2) for blackmailing her over sex videos that played a part in her apparent suicide.
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At least 100 dead in landslide at Myanmar jade mine: Officials

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 17 min ago
July 02, 2020 3:50 PM

YANGON (REUTERS, XINHUA) - The death toll from a landslide in northern Myanmar jade mine on Thursday (July 2) has risen to 100, as more bodies were being recovered.
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Inter-agency panel on drug war should be given a chance, Guevarra says

Philippines Star - 1 hour 21 min ago
“It will be for everyone’s good to allow this inter-agency panel to do what it has set out to do, and reserve judgment at proper time."
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Solon urges DOH to ensure PPEs, higher pay for new Covid frontliners

Cebu Sun.Star - 1 hour 43 min ago

BEFORE authorizing the deployment of fresh medical graduates in Central Visayas to assist in the government’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in the region especially in Cebu City, the Department of Health (DOH) should make sure that it has the funds to properly compensate them and the equipment to fully protect them, Congressman Ronnie Ong of the Ang Probinsyano Party-list said Monday.

Ong said that although these medical graduates are considered as greenhorns in their respective fields, they do not deserve to be treated like one when they become part of the elite army of medical frontliners who are putting their lives on the line just to help their fellowmen.

He said that they do not deserve the measly P500 a day, below-the-minimum wage rate previously offered to Covid-19 medical frontliners and should be compensated based on the pay grade of their regular counterparts.

“These are extraordinary times and we should treat these extraordinary people with all the financial support and all the protection that they truly deserve. Huwag naman po natin silang baratin at ituring na second-class citizens dahil hindi pa sila nakakapasa sa board,” Ong said.

Ong said the DOH should stop penny-pinching when it comes to the well-being and the welfare of the medical frontliners especially now that there is obviously a shortage of people who are willing to put their lives on the line without any proportionate compensation.

Ong added that the DOH should also make sure that they have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for these new nurses, medical technologists and hospital support technicians who would volunteer as medical frontliners.

"They are putting their safety, health and lives on the line. The least we can do is properly compensate them for the heroic act they are doing. After all, these health workers have families to support too. And let's be rational here, no one wants to put their life on the line for a meager income that cannot put food on the table. Let us stop romanticizing the sacrifices of our health workers and properly support them and recognize their hard work. They are our Covid-19 heroes after all," Ong said.

“The government must learn from its past mistakes in treating our medical workers. The DOH should make sure that not one of these new recruits would fall ill because of they had no PPEs. One case of a new recruit getting exposed to the virus would definitely destroy the entire recruitment program of the DOH,” he added.

Ong noted that the DOH’s reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of the hundreds of doctors, nurses, medical technologists and other hospital supports personnel caused their untimely and unnecessary demise.

Since the Covid outbreak until May, it is estimated that that are more than 2,300 medical personnel who died because they got infected with the coronavirus.

Apart from PPEs, the DOH should also make sure that these new recruits will undergo regular swab tests and they are housed in comfortable quarantine facilities.

“They are our heroes and they are not just ordinary sweatshop workers. We should give them all the protection and the support that they need so they can continue helping us in defeating this Covid-19,” Ong said. (PR)

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Australia to open borders for one group: International students

Straits Times Asian News - 1 hour 45 min ago
July 02, 2020 3:22 PM

SYDNEY (BLOOMBERG) - While Australia's borders remain firmly closed to overseas visitors, the government plans to make a notable exception as it races to save its fourth-biggest export: Education.
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South China Morning Post scoops five prizes at prestigious WAN-IFRA Asian Media Awards

SCMP Asian News - 1 hour 52 min ago
The South China Morning Post has won six awards, including three golds, at this year’s prestigious WAN-IFRA Asian Media Awards.It won in a total of five categories, including a silver award for best overall newspaper design, for the September 1 edition with the headline “The night the city was set ablaze” on the previous day’s violent protests in which live rounds were shot, multiple fires lit and the MTR paralysed.The Post’s This Week In Asia magazine took gold for best magazine cover design,…
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Parties in Malaysia's ruling bloc will back its Sarawak ally in coming polls, in show of unity

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 5 min ago
July 02, 2020 3:02 PM

KUCHING - Two political parties in Malaysia's ruling alliance won't be contesting in the upcoming state elections in Sarawak, in a display of unity within Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's Perikatan Nasional (PN) alliance.
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China gives Japanese man jailed for spying early release

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 12 min ago
A Japanese man who was sentenced to prison in China in 2018 for spying and other charges has been released, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday.Among Japanese citizens detained in China on espionage and other similar charges since 2015, the 59-year-old will be the first to return to his home nation after completing a full sentence.Japan almost a ‘sixth eye’ as Five Eyes keep closer watch on ChinaThe Japanese government has denied he committed acts of spying. Details of the…
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Coronavirus: South Korea's Gwangju city fears becoming next Daegu

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 16 min ago
July 02, 2020 2:51 PM

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Concerns are mounting in Gwangju that it could emerge as a new hotbed for the spread of the new coronavirus, as sporadic infections continue to grow in the southern city with a population of 1.5 million.
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Indian policemen arrested over custody deaths of father and son

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 21 min ago
July 02, 2020 2:46 PM

CHENNAI (REUTERS) - India has arrested five policemen over the deaths of a father and son in custody, a senior investigating official said on Thursday (July 2), following outrage that drew comparisons to the death of Mr George Floyd in the United States.
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Check in but never leave: Taiwan offers fake flights for travel-starved tourists

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 30 min ago
July 02, 2020 2:37 PM

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Starved of the travel experience during the coronavirus lockdown? One Taiwanese airport has the solution - a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security and even board the aircraft. You just never leave.
Categories: Asian News

Covid-19 strain in Beijing outbreak may have come from SE Asia: Harvard study

Straits Times Asian News - 2 hours 31 min ago
July 02, 2020 2:36 PM

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - A strain of Covid-19 that has infected more than 300 people in Beijing since early June could have originated in South or Southeast Asia, according to a study by Harvard University researchers.
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Hontiveros calls for 'extensive reform' after police shoot 4 soldiers in Jolo

Philippines Star - 2 hours 33 min ago
"The police gunned down unarmed plainclothes soldiers, who could easily have been innocent civilians. We also know that so many civilians have died at the hands of police. How many more need to die — whether civilian or soldier, in Manila or in Jolo — for this injustice to end?" She pressed in a mix of English and Filipino.  
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Myanmar jade mine landslide kills dozens

BBC Asia News - 2 hours 51 min ago
Heavy rain triggers a wave of mud, engulfing workers at the site in Kachin state, officials say.
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Why India’s growing economic reliance on China makes it hard to quit

SCMP Asian News - 2 hours 57 min ago
India’s economic ties with China run deep, making the recent escalation in political and trade tensions between the two powerful neighbours all the more worrying for businesses.Following a border clash in which several soldiers on both sides were killed, calls have been growing in India for a boycott of everything Chinese. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this week banned the use of 59 Chinese apps. Goods bought from China are being delayed at Indian ports, and authorities are planning…
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India's tally of coronavirus infections crosses 600,000

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 4 min ago
July 02, 2020 2:03 PM

MUMBAI (REUTERS, XINHUA) - India's coronavirus infections surpassed 600,000 on Thursday, with 17,834 deaths, as authorities battled to contain the pandemic while easing lockdown rules, officials and the health ministry said.
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Australia considering 'safe haven' offer to Hong Kongers

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 5 min ago
July 02, 2020 2:02 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said on Thursday (July 2), a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing.
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Hong Kong police arrest suspect at airport after officer assaulted in security law protests

Straits Times Asian News - 3 hours 19 min ago
July 02, 2020 1:48 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Hong Kong police arrested a 24-year-old man at the city's airport in the early hours of Thursday (July 2) on suspicion of attacking and wounding an officer during protests against a new national security law Beijing imposed on the financial hub.
Categories: Asian News

PNP coronavirus cases still rising, now at 754

Philippines Star - 3 hours 22 min ago
According to the PNP Health Services latest tally, there are also 1,162 suspect cases within the organization to go with 677 probable ones. 
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