China’s last-gasp bid to curb the great migration as Covid spreads 

China’s last-gasp bid to curb the great migration as Covid spread

(ATF) China is pleading with its migrant workers to stay where they are for the New Year Festival and to not travel home, in a desperate bid to halt the spread of Covid-19 across the country. Officials announced on Wednesday that people in high-risk areas must celebrate the New Year …

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China should focus on unemployment not growth, says PBoC member

China should focus on unemployment not growth says PBoC member

(ATF) China should focus on stabilising employment and controlling inflation as its main macroeconomic policy goals, rather than focusing on economic growth, an adviser to the country's central bank says. Ma Jun, an influential member of the People's Bank of China Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) said s etting a specific …

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Malaysia fast-tracks vaccine deals as coronavirus cases surge

Malaysia fast-tracks vaccine deals as coronavirus cases surge

(ATF) Malaysia’s science, technology and innovation minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, recently wrote on social media that 2021 would be the country's "year of vaccination". As Singapore and Indonesia kickstarted their vaccination programmes earlier this month, Malaysia has invested 3 billion ringgit ($743 million) in three major Covid-19 vaccines to cover at …

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Chinese media launch negative attacks on foreign vaccines 

Chinese media launch negative attacks on foreign vaccines

(ATF) China’s state-run media is running a blitz of negative articles about foreign Covid-19 vaccines while touting its indigenously developed products as safer, more reliable and cheaper. While mostly developing countries have bought or ordered China’s three coronavirus vaccines – made by Sinovac Biotech, Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics – developed …

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Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

Beijing to track down visitors as new wave of coronavirus strikes city

(ATF) Officials in the Chinese capital said on Wednesday (Jan 20) they would track down anyone who has entered the city from overseas in the last six weeks after reporting the biggest daily jump in new Covid-19 cases in more than three weeks. The measures to be enforced in Beijing …

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China hopes staying power can see it through Covid-hit New Year 

China hopes staying power can see it through Covid-hit New Year 

(ATF) Chinese authorities are desperately trying to discourage the millions set to travel home for New Year’s as a second wave of Covid-19 spreads out across the country. Annually, Chinese citizens usually rack up around 3 billion trips during the New Year Festival, which takes place in mid-February this year. …

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China allies back its vaccines despite doubts over safety and reliability

China allies back its vaccines despite doubts over safety and reliability

(ATF) China's Asian allies have rallied around its Covid-19 vaccines despite increasing doubts over their safety, efficacy and even price. Its two leading manufacturers, Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech, have signed deals with more than a dozen countries including the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as many buyers outside …

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