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Coronavirus: Working towards a shared Asean response

But big challenges loom amid disruption to health, trade and travel; some call for collective, top-level message

Video conferences are taking hold in Asean's traditionally meeting-heavy schedule as the bloc tries to muster a regional response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Friday, senior health officials from the region held a special video conference to discuss the critical gaps in national and collective efforts, the latest in a series of digital meetings since last month to try and coordinate responses. China's health experts have also taken part.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 15, 2020, with the headline 'Working towards a shared Asean response'. Subscribe