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Responses to COVID‐19 in Southeast Asia: Diverse Paths and Ongoing Challenges


  • Gianna Gayle Amul
  • Michael Ang
  • Diya Kraybill
  • Suan Ee Ong
  • Joanne Yoong


Due to geographical proximity and trade links with China, Southeast Asian countries were among the first to be exposed to and affected by COVID‐19. However, despite shared challenges including protecting population health and economic security, policy responses by national governments have been varied and remain so a year into the pandemic. This article critically reviews Southeast Asian countries' approaches to COVID‐19 with reference to individual country experiences and Association of Southeast Asian Nations. We discuss key policy responses: leadership, public risk communications, health system preparedness and resilience, economic support and social protection, aid and global health diplomacy, digital technologies, and the region's multilateral response.

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  • Gianna Gayle Amul & Michael Ang & Diya Kraybill & Suan Ee Ong & Joanne Yoong, 2022. "Responses to COVID‐19 in Southeast Asia: Diverse Paths and Ongoing Challenges," Asian Economic Policy Review, Japan Center for Economic Research, vol. 17(1), pages 90-110, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:asiapr:v:17:y:2022:i:1:p:90-110
    DOI: 10.1111/aepr.12362

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    1. Nada Wasi, 2022. "Comment on “Responses to COVID‐19 in Southeast Asia: Diverse Paths and Ongoing Challenges”," Asian Economic Policy Review, Japan Center for Economic Research, vol. 17(1), pages 111-113, January.

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