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Sinovac drug 78% effective in Brazil trial; experts say more details needed

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

SAO PAULO • A coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech was 78 per cent effective in a late-stage Brazilian trial, with no severe Covid-19 cases, researchers said, although a lack of data details stirred calls for more transparency.

China seals off two cities to suppress new outbreak

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

BEIJING • China has sealed off two cities south of Beijing, cutting transport links and banning millions of residents from leaving, as the authorities move to stem the country's largest Covid-19 outbreak in six months.

Mountain of masks: Growing environmental problem emerges amid Covid-19 pandemic

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

It is estimated that billions of masks are used daily across the globe.

Indonesia's top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir released from prison

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

Indonesia's top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of South-east Asia's terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was released from prison early yesterday.

Concerns as Malaysia schools set to reopen

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

Eleven-year-old Hakim has not gone to school since it was closed in October last year after a third wave of Covid-19 hit Malaysia.

Beijing records coldest morning in more than five decades

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

BEIJING • The mercury dipped to minus 19.6 deg C at a meteorological station in the south of Beijing as a strong cold wave swept the city, marking the coldest morning in the Chinese capital since 1966.

Australia to roll out vaccinations from next month

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

CANBERRA • Australia is on course to begin administering the first Covid-19 vaccines next month, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday, as the country moves to accelerate its inoculation programme while two states try to contain outbreaks.

Outrage over adopted girl's death, S. Korea police chief apologises

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

SEOUL • South Korea's police chief has apologised amid an outpouring of grief and anger over the death of an adopted child in a country with a long history of adoption, both domestically and abroad.

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