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Here's a look at the news highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Tuesday (Feb 23)
BANGKOK, Feb 23 (Bloomberg): Thailand may scrap its two-week mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors with proof of Covid-19 vaccination as the South-East Asian nation seeks to revive its pandemic-hit tourism industry.
BANGKOK, Feb 23 (Xinhua): Thailand has approved Sinovac Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, paving the way for the country to receive its first vaccine shipment of 200,000 doses from the Chinese biopharmaceutical firm on Wednesday (Feb 24).
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Dewan Negara Caucus on People's Well-being proposes that the government formulate a National Vaccine Development Roadmap as a plan for the country to produce locally made vaccines which comply with international guidelines.
MANILA, Feb 23 (AP): The Philippine president will reject recommendations to further ease coronavirus quarantine restrictions across the country until a delayed vaccination campaign kicks off, his spokesman said.
Emerging markets: Philippines stocks recover from early losses on Covid-19 curbs; Asian bond yields elevated
MANILA Feb 23 (Reuters):Most Asian equities rose while bond yields remained elevated, as investors awaited US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's Congressional testimony later for clues into the central bank's thinking on inflation expectations and rising yields.
MANILA (The Straits Times/ANN): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (Feb 22) rejected his own Covid-19 pandemic task force’s calls to ease quarantine curbs to revive a stalled economy, unless the government could get a vaccine roll-out going.
News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Monday (Feb 22)
HONG KONG (China Daily/ANN): Chief Executive Carrie Lam was inoculated on Monday (fEB 22) afternoon with a shot of Sinovac Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine as the city reported 16 new Covid-19 cases.