Dr Khor Swee Kheng

The COVID-19 Pandemic

This page lists my op-eds, media interviews, lectures, panels and joint statements, specific to the Covid-19 pandemic.

OPINIONS & EDITORIALS

  1. The Politics of Coronavirus (Council on Foreign Relations, 24 Jan 2020)
  2. Science & Unity will Save Malaysia (The Star, 29 Jan 2020)
  3. A War Between Species (Bloomberg, 31 Jan 2020)
  4. Science & Solidarity to Fight Coronavirus (South China Morning Post, 8 Feb 2020)
  5. The Coronavirus Fight is a Marathon, not a Sprint (The Star, 12 Feb 2020)
  6. The Coronavirus that can change China (Straits Times Singapore, 15 Feb 2020)
  7. All-of-Science Response (South China Morning Post, 17 Feb 2020)
  8. We Must Understand and Harness Fear (The Edge Weekly, 18 Feb 2020)
  9. How will Malaysia fight Covid-19 without a Health Minister? (South China Morning Post, 26 Feb 2020)
  10. Politicians are the new threat to public health (The Star, 26 Feb 2020)
  11. Why is Southeast Asia Responding Differently to Covid-19? (Council on Foreign Relations, 28 Feb 2020)
  12. Travel Bans Don’t Work (South China Morning Post, 10 Mar 2020)
  13. Here are Your Priorities, Health Minister (The Star, 11 Mar 2020)
  14. Covid is a National Security Issue (Malaysiakini, 15 Mar 2020) – with Ivy Kwek
  15. Social Distancing, Together (The Star, 18 Mar 2020)
  16. How to Use PPE for General Practitioners (Malaysian Family Physician, 18 Mar 2020) (Academic Paper)
  17. Non-Medical Experts to Fight Covid (The Star, 25 Mar 2020)
  18. The Rights and Duties of Doctors during Pandemics (Berita MMA, 29 March 2020)
  19. Three Priorities: Procure, Test & Public Health in NSC (The Star, 1 April 2020)
  20. Unintended Consequences of Decisions (The Star, 1 April 2020)
  21. Alternative Face Masks from Textiles Industry (Malaysiakini, 3 April 2020) – with A/Prof Dr Mohamed Faizul Yahya (textiles technologies scientist)
  22. Surge Hospital Construction (Malaysiakini, 5 Apr 2020) – with Eunice Lim
  23. Outbreak Procurement (The Star, 5 Apr 2020) – with Fara Sheyna Zaid Lam
  24. Avoiding Domestic Abuse during Covid (Malay Mail, 7 April 2020) – with Lean Ong (crisis counsellor)
  25. Balancing Regulatory Safety & Speed (The Star, 7 April 2020) – with Dato’ Madani Sahari and Ken Chiew Leong (engineers)
  26. Uniting for Better Health after Covid (The Star, 8 April 2020) – final Vital Signs column
  27. Ramadan and MCO can Co-exist (The Star et al, 11 Apr 2020) – with Islamic scholars, doctors, public health physicians
  28. Malaysia needs a Pandemic Production Act (AEI et al, 15 Apr 2020) – with Distinguished Professor Dato’ Dr Rajah Rasiah
  29. How to Make Predictable Long-Term Covid Decisions (South China Morning Post, 11 May 2020)
  30. Predictable Ultra-Long-Term Strategy Needed (Malaysiakini et al, 14 May 2020)
  31. Health Reforms during Pandemics (The Star, 15 May 2020) – with Nazihah Noor
  32. Re-evaluating SEA Public Health Policies to Prepare for Second Covid Wave (Penang Institute, 26 June 2020) – with Choong Pui Yee
  33. Southeast Asia needs its own CDC (Council on Foreign Relations Think Global Health, 2 July 2020) – with Drs Jeremy Lim, Hsu Li Yang and Jemilah Mahmood
  34. Malaysia & Global Health Security (The Edge, 4 July 2020)
  35. Covid Travel Bubbles must be Rooted in Science (South China Morning Post, 7 July 2020)

LECTURES & PANELS

  1. The Science, Politics and Geopolitics of COVID-2019 (ISIS Malaysia, 17 Feb 2020)
  2. Assessing the Impact of Coronavirus in China & Beyond (University of Oxford, 4 Mar 2020)
  3. Beating Covid with the Whole of Malaysia (Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce, 26 April 2020)
  4. Constructing our Post-Covid Future (REFSA, 6 May 2020)
  5. COVID-19 vs MALAYSIA: The New Normal & The Path to Recovery (Malaysian Health Diplomacy Foundation, 8 May 2020)
  6. Fighting Extremism during Disaster Planning (Southeast Asia Women Peacebuilders Network, 15 May 2020)
  7. Covid-19 and Southeast Asia’s Haze (CERAH Anti-Haze Group, 7 June 2020)
  8. Malaysia & the Politics of Global Health during Covid-19 (ISIS, 11 June 2020)
  9. The Impact of Covid-19 on Health & Health Equity in ASEAN (SingHealth-Duke Global Health Institute, 1 July 2020)

BROADCAST INTERVIEWS

  1. Do Border Controls Work? (BFM, 28 Jan 2020)
  2. A War between Species (Perlawanan Antara Spesies) (Astro Awani, Malay language, 28 Jan 2020)
  3. Who calls the shots in outbreaks? (Astro Awani, 29 Jan 2020)
  4. The Politics and Geopolitics of COVID-2019 (Astro Awani, 17 Feb 2020)
  5. Social Distancing (Astro Awani, 14 Mar 2020)
  6. Movement Restrictions in Malaysia (Astro Awani, 17 Mar 2020)
  7. “Movement Restrictions are Drastic, but Reasonable” (The Star Video, 17 Mar 2020)
  8. “Two deaths in Malaysia” (BFM, 17 Mar 2020)
  9. “An Extended MCO” (BFM, 27 Mar 2020)
  10. “Public Health in Malaysia” (Sin Chew, 29 Mar 2020, in Mandarin)
  11. “Crisis Procurement” (Astro Awani, 30 Mar 2020)
  12. “Covid and Digitalization” (MARii Mobility World podcast, 1 Apr 2020)
  13. “The WHO Solidarity Trials” (Astro Awani, 6 April 2020)
  14. “Pandemic Production Act” (BFM, 21 Apr 2020)
  15. “Ways to Celebrate Eid in the New Normal” (Astro Awani, 20 May 2020)
  16. “ASEAN’s response to Covid-19” (BFM, 3 June 2020)
  17. “Vaccines are Global Public Goods” (Astro Awani, 8 June 2020, in Malay)
  18. “Migrant Housing must be Improved (Channel News Asia, 8 June 2020, Singapore)
  19. “Vaccines are a Human Right” (BFM, 1 July 2020)

QUOTED IN MEDIA

  1. “Don’t spread rumours” (The Star, 29 Jan 2020)
  2. “Fear is natural, but trust is essential” (Tuoi Tre Vietnam, 8 Feb 2020)
  3. “Travel bans lead to false sense of security” (NST 17 Feb 2020; TMI (in Mandarin) 17 Feb 2020)
  4. “Watch for fatigue in health professionals” (NST 17 Feb 2020; MSN News 18 Feb 2020)
  5. “Transparent information” (Bernama, 17 Feb 2020)
  6. “Entire education systems must be revamped to train the population how to search for, verify and use information” (China Daily, 18 Feb 2020)
  7. Fact-checking maps and disinformation (First Draft, 27 Feb 2020)
  8. ASEAN responses (China Daily, 3 March 2020)
  9. Social Distancing (Astro Awani, 14 Mar 2020)
  10. “Biggest test of legitimacy” (Asia Times, 16 Mar 2020)
  11. “Need to act now” (South China Morning Post, 16 Mar 2020)
  12. “Movement restrictions are necessary” (South China Morning Post, 16 Mar 2020)
  13. “Complacency is broken” (LA Times, 18 Mar 2020)
  14. “Watch for unintended consequences” (New Straits Times, 20 Mar 2020)
  15. “Social distancing works, but carries cost” (Al Jazeera, 20 Mar 2020)
  16. “Covid is worse than SARS, so MCOs are necessary” (South China Morning Post, 21 Mar 2020)
  17. “Malaysia’s Political Transition and Covid” (Foreign Policy, 26 Mar 2020)
  18. “Third Wave” (South China Morning Post, 27 Mar 2020)
  19. “Doctors are at higher risk” (Anadolu News Agency, 3 April 2020)
  20. “Health and Political Transitions” (Taiwan Reporter, 8 April 2020) – in Mandarin
  21. “Health Reforms must Survive Political Transitions (The Sun et al, 6 May 2020)
  22. “We must have global access to vaccines” (South China Morning Post, 25 May 2020)
  23. “Risk of Covid during Eid” (China Daily, 28 May 2020)
  24. “Careers in Public Health” (Sin Chew Daily, 1 July 2020) – in Mandarin

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