COVID-19 Update

“Some have asked whether there’s a limit to what we can achieve.
My answer is that limit does not exist.”

Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland


June 25, 2020

Our report this week surveys the steps toward economic recovery across the Asia-Pacific. Recent projections released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) reflect the growing consensus that the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will be both deeper and longer-lasting than originally hoped. They dashed a belief in some quarters that a “v-shaped” recovery would inevitably follow the sudden crashes seen earlier this year. However, the economic projections nearly uniformly predict a return to growth next year even in the markets most strongly affected by the outbreak.

A common thread across even our best-performing markets is the growing risk of second and third waves of the disease. From China to Korea, outbreaks have emerged in areas previously deemed under control, causing governments to reevaluate their pace of lifting restrictions. While the rolling eruption and suppression of local outbreaks in the United States has captured much of the global media’s attention with the unparalleled scale of the American outbreak, the same pattern is being replicated on a smaller scale across the world.

However, policy responses have evolved to reflect our growing understanding of the disease and its spread. Even in areas with surging cases, governments are reticent to reimpose economically devastating lockdowns, instead relying on social distancing measures and increased use of personal protective equipment. While some countries, like New Zealand, are strictly sticking to their positions of continued isolation, many more markets are cautiously but firmly moving to reopen the movement of goods and people internationally.

Next week, BGA will run a special report on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the pharmaceutical industry in the Asia-Pacific.Questions and comments are welcome and can be directed to BGA Head of Research Murray Hiebert at


Best Regards,

Murray Hiebert,
Director of Research, BowerGroupAsia

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Excerpt from June 25 Report:

Covid-19 Recovery Across the Asia-Pacific

BGA in the News:

Will Heidlage, moderator
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June 20, 2020

Jim Carouso,
A Singapore of Greater Certainty is What Businesses are Hoping for, Today
June 8, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas,
COVID-19’s Origins Maybe in Asia but its Breaking Point has been in the West, Observer Research Foundation
May 28, 2020

Murray Hiebert, COVID-19 Threatens Democracy in Southeast Asia, East Asia Forum
May 25, 2020

Prashanth Parameswaran, The Challenge of Grading Asia on COVID-19, The Diplomat
May 12, 2020

Adib Zalkalpi interview on
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May 4, 2020

Ernie Bower, as quoted in
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May 3, 2020

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, as quoted in Taiwan Emerging From Pandemic With a Stronger Hand Against China, Bloomberg
April 29, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas and Vaman Desai,
After COVID–19: Manufacturing India’s New Economic Potential, The Diplomat
April 29, 2020

Adib Zalkalpi, as quoted in
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Justin Sosne,
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April 20, 2020.

Akshobh Giridharadas,
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April 10, 2020

Justin Sosne,
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April 7, 2020

Sujeev Shakya,
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April 6, 2020

Akshobh Giridharadas,
From a Seafood Market to Global Markets: 2020 Has Become the Year of COVID-19, Observer Research Foundation
March 17, 2020