SINGAPORE — Asia’s financial restoration might decelerate as extra international locations droop the usage of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the College of Oxford, warned the chief Asia-Pacific economist of Moody’s Analytics.
“It provides some modest danger to the position that Asia performs when it comes to the worldwide financial turnaround,” Steve Cochrane advised CNBC’s “Squawk Field Asia” on Tuesday.
Reviews of blood clots in some individuals who obtained the AstraZeneca-Oxford shot led a number of international locations — lots of them in Europe — to briefly cease utilizing the vaccine. The World Well being Group mentioned there isn’t any hyperlink between the shot and an elevated danger of creating blood clots and is investigating.
Vaccine affect on world commerce
Cochrane mentioned points surrounding the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine might damage world commerce — and that is dangerous information for Asia the place many economies are depending on buying and selling exercise.
“There is a risk it might put a dent when it comes to world commerce if the vaccine rollout is delayed in Europe and that had been to imply that there have been some extra in depth lockdowns on the financial system in Europe — then that might decelerate the tempo of worldwide commerce,” he defined.
Asian international locations have been relatively successful in containing the virus, and that’s helped their economies recover quicker than those in Europe and the U.S.
Fortunately, renewed lockdowns in some parts of Europe have not hit manufacturing, said Cochrane. He added that “almost all” of the impact from those lockdowns have affected the services sector.
“So, right now, it’s not that big of an issue and global trade still looks like it’s very, very strong,” said the economist. “The vaccine is a risk, of course. It’s one of the critical risks, we still have to see vaccines roll out over the course of this year for the global economy to get back on its feet.”
Thailand briefly halts AstraZeneca vaccine
Thailand briefly halted the use of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine on Friday, but authorities said on Monday they would go ahead with administering the shots.
Elsewhere in Asia, Indonesia said Monday it will delay the rollout of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine while waiting for the review from WHO, the news agency reported.
— CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed to this report.