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BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than Sinovac
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BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than Sinovac

BioNTech produces 10 times more antibodies than Sinovac - study A Hong Kong study suggests people who received the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine had ten times as many antibodies as those who got Sinovac. HONG KONG: People who received BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine had ten times the amount of antibodies than those given China's Sinovac, a Hong Kong study has shown, adding to growing data on different jabs' effectiveness. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) research, based on a study of 1,442 healthcare workers, was published in Lancet Microbe on Thursday. Researchers said antibodies are not the only measure of a vaccine's success at fighting a particular disease. But they warned that "the difference in concentrations of neutralising antibodies identified in our study could translate into...
Participatory democracy: A way forward for Thais
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Participatory democracy: A way forward for Thais

Participatory democracy: A way forward for Thais Students at a school in Phichit province join a recent campaign to promote democracy in schools. (Photo: Sitthipoj Kebui) A functional parliament is a strong foundation of a participatory democracy. Globally, the governing bodies of the socio-economically and politically advanced countries operate under some form of participatory democracy. In comparison, the parliamentary system in Thailand, which has been guided by constitutions written to benefit the elites, is still operating under a nominal representative democracy, effectively representing only the few. The 1997 constitution was the one and only constitution, among the 20 since 1932, that was drafted by the people and was known as the "people's constitution". This constitution prom...
Japan approached Australia to deal with China
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Japan approached Australia to deal with China

Japan has urged Australian government to join hands and deal with China and its invocation in the respective country’s waters.   Shingo Yamagami flagged the proposal in Canberra on Wednesday while pushing for Japan and Australia to lift their overall defence ties to “unprecedented” levels. The Japanese ambassador to Australia told the National Press Club like-minded countries had to “join forces” to address challenges caused by the rise of China, which has adopted an increasingly assertive posture in both the South and East China seas. And he dismissed the argument advanced by some analysts that the Japanese government had a more nuanced and effective strategy than Australia did when it came to dealing with China, insisting that “each and every day Japan is struggl
‘Revolution Love’ sweeps Myanmar protest barricades
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‘Revolution Love’ sweeps Myanmar protest barricades

'Revolution Love' sweeps Myanmar protest barricades "Taw Lan Yay Puu Sar" -- "Revolution Love" in Burmese -- is thriving alongside the anger and despair in Myanmar, making and breaking relationships. With bars shuttered, universities empty and hook-up apps poleaxed by internet blackouts, dating got much harder in post-coup Myanmar, but young people are still finding love -- often in the heady rush of anti-junta protests. Since the military seized power in February, ousting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ending a decade-long experiment with democracy, outrage on the streets has been met with a brutal crackdown on dissent. Among protesters who came of age during Myanmar's flirtation with parliamentary rule, "Taw Lan Yay Puu Sar" -- "Revolution Love" in Burmese -- is thriving alongs...
China’s Yantian port witnesses coronavirus outbreak, pause in trade might increase inflation
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China’s Yantian port witnesses coronavirus outbreak, pause in trade might increase inflation

Coronavirus cases have been found in Chinese port of Yantian which might cause more disruption than the blockage of Swiss canal and the shortage might the increase the already existed inflation. Up to 5% of global freight capacity is being held up in China following a recent COVID-19 outbreak at the country's largest container terminal, a German think tank warned this week. The bottleneck comes as the global economy is already smarting from major delays to shipping caused by coronavirus lockdowns around the world. Yantian port, in China's southern trade hub Shenzhen, stopped accepting export containers last month after a local COVID infection cluster involving port workers. New data from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) published Tuesday showed the...
Chinese domination in the South China Sea not acceptable.
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Chinese domination in the South China Sea not acceptable.

China claims over the regions of Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam but today, Manila and China captured region has also asking for sovereignty in the South China sea. Manila has repeatedly protested what it calls the "illegal" and "threatening" presence of hundreds of Chinese "maritime militia" vessels inside its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Manila's Top Diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a statement: "The Award conclusively settled the status of historic rights and maritime entitlements in the South China Sea. "It declared as without legal effect claims that exceed geographic and substantive limits of maritime entitlements under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea." He added: "It dashed among others a nine-dash line; and any expectation t...
Dame Meg Taylor warned 18 nationals of Pacific Islands
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Dame Meg Taylor warned 18 nationals of Pacific Islands

Dame Meg Taylor while ending her term as leader of the Pacific Islands Forum warned 18 nationals about the geopolitics and the political grouping. Taylor added that she was concerned about how the geopolitics playing out in the region could be divisive and undermine their collective interests. “And what is it that we’re going to owe them? Are we going to owe them places for military bases? Are we going to owe them places for their influence and control of the Pacific Ocean?” Jonathan Pryke, head of the Pacific Islands Program at Australian think tank Lowy Institute, said Taylor’s views were shared by many regional leaders. “Her points about geopolitical interference in the region are a position she, and indeed many Pacific Islanders, have felt for some time. This is not a new
Palestinian refugees hope Gaza solidarity boosts cause
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Palestinian refugees hope Gaza solidarity boosts cause

Palestinian refugees hope Gaza solidarity boosts cause Palestinian student Mira Krayem, in the refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut, where she has been busy protesting and gathering support for the Palestinian cause. SHATILA CAMP, Lebanon: From marching in rallies to posting live updates on social media, Palestinian refugee Mira Krayem has barely slept since conflict gripped her ancestral homeland earlier this month. But the 24-year-old university student, who lives in Lebanon, said she felt solidarity messages for the Palestinian cause from across the world have made her and fellow activists feel reenergised after years of crushing defeat. "It makes us feel like we have a voice," said Krayem, on a rooftop overlooking Shatila, the tightly packed refugee camp in Beirut where she was born, ...
Myanmar Covid-19 outbreak hits health system shattered after coup
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Myanmar Covid-19 outbreak hits health system shattered after coup

YANGON (REUTERS) - Breathless, fevered and without the extra oxygen that could help keep them alive, the new coronavirus patients at a hospital near Myanmar's border with India highlight the threat to a health system near collapse since February's coup. To help her tend the seven Covid-19 patients at Cikha hospital, day and night, chief nurse Lun Za En has a lab technician and a pharmacist's assistant. Mostly, they offer kind words and paracetamol. "We don't have enough oxygen, enough medical equipment, enough electricity, enough doctors or enough ambulances," Lun Za En, 45, told Reuters from the town of just over 10,000. "We are operating with three staff instead of 11." Myanmar's anti-Covid-19 campaign foundered along with the rest of the health system after the military seized power...
Sri Lanka expressed gratitude for India’s support to douse MV X-Press Pearl fire
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Sri Lanka expressed gratitude for India’s support to douse MV X-Press Pearl fire

Colombo, Sri Lanka: India extended its supported to Sri Lanka for douse the fire on vessel X-Pearl for which Defense Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) expressed his gratitude to the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. The gratitude was conveyed by the Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay in Colombo on Friday as Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary also recalled the long-existing bilateral ties and cooperation between the two countries, Colombo Page reported. The X-Press Pearl reported an onboard acid leak and caught fire just as it was due to enter the Colombo harbour on May 20. The fire was put out only after 13 days. Besides X-Press Pearl, Defense Secretary Gunaratne also discussed matters of defense cooperation with the Indian envoy in Sri Lanka. According to the Sri Lankan