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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian Senate panel probing the government's pandemic response on Wednesday presented the prosecutor general's office with recommendations to criminally charge President Jair Bolsonaro for alleged errors that cost Brazilian lives.
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): A Singaporean businessman is being accused of "planned plunder" and allegedly profiteering from the pandemic by inflating prices of medical supplies in the Philippines.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): The government is planning to make polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests mandatory for travelers across all modes of transportation, officials say, in a bid to prevent another wave of Covid-19 infections amid increasing public mobility ahead of the year-end holiday season.
Facebook in Vietnam has turned into a propaganda tool of the country’s authoritarian government, activists told AFP on Oct 26, after a report said CEO Mark Zuckerberg had personally signed off on a push from Hanoi to limit “anti-state” posts.
HANOI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính wants an environment of peace, security, stability, and cooperation for Asean to continue focusing on pandemic response, post-pandemic recovery and regional prosperity.
PUTRAJAYA: Calling for vaccine inequity to be immediately addressed, Malaysia has proposed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) move towards a new equitable plan to distribute antivirals and Covid-19 vaccines for children.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has called on vaccine inequity to be addressed immediately with more equitable distribution and dose delivery swapping by countries that have excess supply.
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss voters look set to support the government's pandemic response plan in a binding referendum next month, a poll for broadcaster SRG showed on Friday.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has consistently prioritised economic development in his seven years of leadership, but Indonesia’s economic growth has remained below target.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's lack of a vaccination passport and limited testing capacity is threatening ambitions to reopen the economy at a crucial year-end period when restaurants earn up to a half of their annual revenue and travel agencies are at their busiest.