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Thailand signs deal for advance procurement of COVID-19 vaccine

Thailand signed deal with AstraZeneca today, to secure COVID-19 vaccine for Thai people, with the first lot of about 26 million doses expected to be available in the middle of next year.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the signing of the agreement, between the Thai Ministry of Public Health and AstraZeneca Thailand, representing British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant, at Government House.

In his address, the prime minister said that, although Thailand has been successful in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, its economy has been hard hit and advance procurement of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca will be a sustainable approach to preventing a new outbreak of the contagion and will allow Thai people to have access to a safe and effective vaccine.

Engie kicks off new Singapore research project to make net zero carbon happen

On a small island south of Singapore, a green hydrogen-powered electric vehicle rolls past a solar farm leisurely soaking up the sun’s energy. Towering over the scene is Singapore’s tallest wind turbine, humming quietly as its blades rotate in a gentle, tropical breeze.

What sounds like the next weekend getaway for energy geeks is Singapore’s biggest microgrid at the nation’s Pulau Semakau landfill, commissioned this month by French multinational electric utility company Engie to demonstrate how to generate clean power from multiple sources and test energy-efficient industrial solutions in tropical conditions.

Technology plays a pivotal role in the fight against climate change. But despite the great strides that renewables have made in recent years, some low-carbon solutions needed to power the world’s industries sustainably while curbing energy use have yet to mature.

To fast-track the global transition to a carbon-neutral economy, research and d


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