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Fact check: Post wrong to link vaccinations to a COVID-19 spike in Cambodia

The claim: Cambodia did not have a COVID-19 outbreak until vaccines arrived Vaccine opponents are looking to Cambodia to falsely assert that vaccines may actually make COVID-19 more dangerous. “Cambodia is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world: 81.3% of its population has received at least ...

Devon Link

Laos highlights need for digital transformation

A senior Lao leader has highlighted the need to accelerate digital transformation in line with sustainable development, while attending the ITU Digital World 2021 conference from Oct 12-14. A ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the first ITU Telecom meeting, the forerunner of this year’s largely ...

Mekong Delta localities join forces to fight pandemic, restore economy

Seven delta localities will cooperate to prevent Covid-19, protect people’s health and develop production and business. Authorities in Can Tho City and six provinces of An Giang, Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau are expected to join an online meeting on ...

Cuu Long

New World Heritage Site forest imperils Thai indigenous people

When Gib Tonnarmpech and her family were forced to leave their home in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park by authorities, they walked more than two days in dense forest with about 60 other families to get to their resettlement site. They named the new site Bang ...

Rina Chandran

Mass vaccination boosted in Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta localities are accelerating Covid-19 immunization now they have access to more vaccines. On Tuesday, Can Tho City allocated 500,000 Sinopharm and 40,000 Pfizer doses to its nine districts for mass vaccination. As planned, from now until December, the city will administer at least 36,000 vaccine ...

Huy Phong, Ngoc Tai

Proper nutrition feeds into safer pregnancies and healthy children

Every day families welcome new life into the world. New parents and caregivers want to ensure each child gets the best start but the most basic of needs, proper nutrition, is not equitably accessible. This has devastating effects. Nearly half of all deaths in children under ...

STÉPHANE VIDRY AND BOON YEE YEONG

Asia: Malaria in the Greater Mekong subregion

According to 2nd Quarter 2021 data from the World Health Organization (WHO) Mekong Malaria Elimination Program published October 1, the Greater Mekong subregion (GMS) reported 12,454 malaria cases from April to June 2021. The data shows Plasmodium falciparum and mixed cases were down 69 percent from the same ...

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Myanmar seizes over 510 tonnes of illegal timbers over one month

Myanmar authorities seized over 510 tonnes of illegal timbers across the country over one month, according to a release from the Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation on Wednesday (Oct 6). The seizures were made in the country’s regions, states and ...

Carbon pricing insights from Vietnam

A relatively low but increasing carbon price could play an important role in helping Vietnam meet its emission reduction targets, Thang Nam Do and Paul Burke write. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a matter of national interest for Vietnam, one of the most vulnerable countries to ...

THANG NAM DO, PAUL BURKE

Untold impact on northern Thailand’s wildlife from Mekong dams

About a year ago, the Boon Rueang Wetland Forest Conservation Group began a survey of wildlife in the 483-hectare community forest in northern Thailand. “We have recorded some leopards, otters and other animals,” says Songpol Chanruang, chair of the group. Though only around 130 kilometres long, ...

Tyler Roney, Piyaporn Wongruang

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