While pandemic is weakening in Western countries, other parts of the world are not as able to fight Covid-19, mainly because of the spread of the Delta variant. The currently weakest link in an otherwise strong global economic recovery is Asia which still suffers not only from the delta variant of Covid-19 but also production and export restrictions.
Due to the slower vaccination progress that is lagging behind the West, Asia is reaching a new pandemic peak and the Delta variant is also to blame. While 40% of the population in advanced economies has already been fully vaccinated, in emerging economies is less than 20%. Countries that are hit the hardest belong to Southeast Asia resulting in new social restrictions. You can read more about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Asian economy in the Wall Street Journal .
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