I initially selected 14 countries for the first annual overview of the Far East. In my mind, a particularly interesting group had emerged that combined geographic location with a similar policy ideal while still encompassing major cultural differences. Looking at the graphs briefly, I considered removing Thailand and Indonesia from this collection and to add them to the countries around India. What remains is a collection of 12 countries in which COVID has never caused more than 50 victims per million inhabitants in an entire year. An indication that the pandemic is under long-term control?