In April 2020, the APEC Policy Support Unit issued Policy Brief No. 31 of April 2020 on “APEC in the Epicentre of COVID-19" The Policy Brief also recommends that APEC Member Economies should work to ensure an uninterrupted supply of medical goods and food. This includes eliminating trade-restrictive measures on essential goods to help with the response to the crisis and eventual recovery. Key...

No new Covid-19 case was recorded Wednesday morning, marking day 27 straight that Vietnam has gone without community transmission of the disease. The nation’s Covid-19 tally has remained at 288 since last Thursday, with active patients down to 36 after three relapsed patients, all Brazilian, were discharged on Tuesday. The remaining 252 have all recovered.As of Wednesday, Vietnam has not...

On April 27, the Government of Myanmar issued its Economic Relief Plan to Mitigate the Economic Impact from the COVID-19 Pandemic. The plan aims to improve the economic environment and ease the strain on businesses and households. The Economic Relief Plan outlines seven broad goals (for example, “Ease the Impact on the Private Sector”) supported by 76 action plans covering a range of...

HCMC's Hospital of Tropical Diseases, where Covid-19 patients are being treated
The Health Ministry confirmed no new Covid-19 case Sunday morning, marking Vietnam going 24 days free of community transmission. The nation’s infection tally stood at 288, with the latest infections being 17 Vietnamese citizens repatriated from UAE last Thursday evening. Currently, 241 have recovered. Of the remaining 47 active cases, 13 have tested negative twice or more. Vietnam has more...

Workers produce anti-bacterial masks
Vietnam's Covid-19 record could make it an attractive investment destination as economies seek to make their supply chains less dependent on China. Despite a population of over 96 million and sharing a land border with China, Vietnam has recorded only 288 Covid-19 cases so far and zero deaths. Meanwhile, China, where the disease was first reported last year, has recorded nearly 83,000 cases and...