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Heatwave bonus does little to keep Asia’s delivery drivers safe

Food delivery and motorcycle taxi firms are levying heatwave and rain surcharges as extreme weather events rise, but gig workers need more protection, say experts • Users query firms' policies to help riders and drivers adapt HO CHI MINH CITY/BANGKOK, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a heatwave engulfed northern and central Vietnam earlier this month, customers reaching for their phones to order food or a ride on the Grab app learned they would have to pay a surcharge. The extra fee,

A Tale of Many Turns: Lessons from Vietnam’s Pandemic Response

Vietnam’s battle against Covid-19 has been a classic case of rapid government response to the pandemic’s changing demands on the healthcare system. Rather than adhere to a rigid approach throughout the crisis, policy has changed with circumstances. It has been a difficult and arduous journey, but the country has made significant progress. At the same time, the pandemic has brought to light systemic problems with social inequalities, particularly involving migrant workers
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