Phnom Penh (FN), Jun. 23 – Countries have taken various measures to contain and mitigate the pandemic outbreak. Some have effectively curbed the spread, while others have failed. In some cases, public trust in the government is in deep decline. In Southeast Asia, the national emergency responses and their effectiveness vary across the region, depending on political leadership and governance capacity, healthcare system, financial reserve, and the level of social resilience.

“ASEAN member countries are facing unprecedented multiple, systemic crisis stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the policy coordination and actions on the ground remain limited, ASEAN has shown a leadership role in forging regional dialogue and cooperation,” argued Dr. Chheang Vannarith, president of the Asian Vision Institute.

Read in full his article “ASEAN’s Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic”.