Tag: covid-19

CHINA: New virus outbreak threatens economic recovery and vaccine diplomacy

China is suffering its worst Covid-19 outbreak since July, prompting authorities to re-impose lockdowns in several regions and threatening to derail the recovery of consumer spending. Though authorities are likely to succeed in containing the latest outbreak, in a worst-case scenario, new lockdown measures and weak consumer sentiment could linger for months.… Read the rest

JAPAN: Suga, under fire as Diet reopens, seeks new powers to combat pandemic

  • The ordinary session of the Diet opened on Monday, 18 January, as the Suga administration tries to contain the still-widening third wave of Covid-19.
  • His approval ratings plummeting, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is trying to reverse the impression that his response to the pandemic has been overly reactive by seeking more robust public health controls and tapping a popular minister to oversee vaccine distribution.
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JAPAN: Surging caseload suggests new state of emergency is only the beginning

On Thursday, 7 January, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga officially declared a month-long state of emergency for Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa. The announcement came as the country set new records for case numbers nationwide – 7,571 new cases – and in 20 prefectures, including Tokyo, which reported 2,447 new cases, significantly higher than the previous record of 1,591.… Read the rest

EUROPE/MACRO: Balancing the vaccines-lockdown-economics triangle

  • While planning and logistical challenges might explain the variation in vaccination rates across Europe, it is too early to draw conclusions about these differences.
  • A majority of the population still supports lockdowns, but compliance with restrictions and certain groups’ opposition are rising challenges.
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MACRO: Policy responses to Covid-19

Below is this year’s first summary table on the health and economic policies that selected governments around the world are implementing to counter the fallout from Covid-19. The updated table includes information about each country’s vaccination strategy.… Read the rest


Two Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccines will be scrutinized by the WHO. Italy’s prime minister could resign in the coming days. The popularity of Brazil’s president has declined amid a worsening of the pandemic.… Read the rest


China is fighting the worst Covid-19 outbreak since March 2020. Italy’s Prime Minister faces a tougher test in the Senate after winning a confidence vote in the lower house. In Germany, Armin Laschet is expected to be confirmed as the new leader of the Christian Democrats.… Read the rest