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COVID vaccines

Southeast Asia races to give boosters before new COVID wave hits

Omicron variant threatens to reignite infection rates seen last summer

Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque inoculates a health worker with a booster shot Nov. 17 in Manila.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Southeast Asian countries are moving to administer coronavirus vaccine boosters as quickly as possible before the omicron variant reverses their progress on keeping infection rates in check.

The risk of a new wave of infections matters for a region where pandemic lockdowns caused global supply chain disruptions in 2021.

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