01 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A new coronavirus vaccine could be on its way from France (9News.com.au)
  • After masked bunnies, Belgian artisan shifts to chocolate syringes (Mail Online UK)
  • Brazil coronavirus variant spreads more easily, researchers say (Washington Times)
  • COVID-19 in India: a timeline (Deutsche Welle)
  • China to stand with India in fight against Xi Jinping (Livemint.com)
  • Coronavirus pandemic in Germany: Big company doctors start vaccination on site (France24)
  • Fine for entering Australia from India? Canberra considers penalties for returning citizens (TheWeek)
  • France’s COVID-19 figures keep going down (Mail Online UK)
  • Germany battles with a protracted slump as woes keep mounting (Telegraph)
  • Germany pledges aid to India for COVID crisis (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany: Police on alert for possible May Day violence (Deutsche Welle)
  • Is Spain ready to open its borders to British tourists? (The Independent)
  • Over half say Japan needs to amend Constitution for virus response (News On Japan)
  • Pakistan to reduce inbound flights by 80 per cent (Khaleej Times)
  • Risk Factors for Mortality in COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients in Piedmont, Italy: Results from the Multicenter, Regional, CORACLE Registry (MDPI)
  • Terraces of France’s cafes, restaurants, to open next month (France24)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, May. 1, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Turkey’s tourism revenues drop 40% in first quarter amid Covid-19 pandemic (Abu Dhabi National)
  • UK – ‘There is ZERO chance of NHS overwhelmed’: Pub chain boss says SAGE models underestimated vaccine (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson prepared to take SNP to Supreme Court to stop second independence referendum (Telegraph)
  • UK – Britain’s Boris Johnson under fire (CBS News)
  • UK – MPs urge UK Government to fix ‘historic injustice’ in miners’ pensions (itv.com)
  • UK – What’s the point of hotel quarantine? Matt Hancock won’t say (The Independent)
  • US – CDC reports anxiety-related fainting following Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine (Boston Herald)
  • US – COVID-19 surges in Oregon, sickening younger adults and forcing a return to restrictions (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California has given 30 million COVID-19 vaccinations, but demand may be dropping (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Daily COVID-19 vaccinations nosedive across Illinois: ‘We’re doing everything that we can to reach out’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – FRIDAY, APRIL 30: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas (Arkansas Online)
  • US – Georgia’s Kemp lifts many COVID-19 rules on businesses (Tri-City Herald Online)
  • US – Hawaii reports 118 new COVID infections; no additional fatalities (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Mississippi lifts most capacity limits and other COVID-19 restrictions (The Hill)
  • US – Opinion: The heroism of those in health care was vital in navigating the coronavirus pandemic in Connecticut (Hartford Courant)
  • US – U.S. fully vaccinates 101.4 million people for CDC (Reuters)
  • US – Vermont to relax outdoor mask mandate Saturday (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – What opens May 1? Here’s what to know about Connecticut’s easing COVID-19 restrictions (Hartford Courant)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What Canada can learn from India’s (Global News Canada)
  • all responsible for India’s devastating second wave (Nagaland Post)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘6 hours of liquid oxygen backup left…’: Delhi’s Fortis Hospital seeks urgent aid amid rising COVID-19 cases (The Freepress Journal)
  • A side effects study into Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs in the UK is giving different results to Australia (ABC Online)
  • Amazon Made $26.9 Billion Profit In 2020, More Than Last 3 Year’s Total (Indiatimes)
  • Apollo, Fortis to start Covid vaccination of 18-44 age group at limited centres (Livemint.com)
  • AstraZeneca jab-linked clots and deaths slow as scientists race to understand condition (Telegraph)
  • AstraZeneca makes $275m in sales from COVID vaccine (Gulf News)
  • AstraZeneca records $275m vaccine sales (Calcutta Telegraph)
  • Auto Sales April 2021: Tata Motors Records 41 Per Cent Month-on-Month Decline (NDTV)
  • Barclays and BNP Paribas report bumper Q1 profits (Arab News)
  • Boeing flies in with $10 million emergency assistance package for India (Times of India)
  • Boeing to give $10 million Covid aid to India (Times of India)
  • Cop who got 1st Sinovac dose dies of COVID-19 (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Covid-19 peak likely by mid-May: SBI report (India Blooms)
  • DOH-CHD 1 adheres to suspension of AstraZeneca vaccination (Philippine Information Agency)
  • Facebook pledges commitment towards helping communities in India as Covid cases rise (Economic Times)
  • Google doodle urges people to get vaccinated and wear masks (Times of India)
  • ICICI Bank shares tips to stay financially safe and secure during the pandemic (Times of India)
  • IndusInd Bank posts 193 pc jump in Q4 net profit at Rs 926 cr (Outlook India)
  • Petrobras workers plan to strike for coronavirus containment measures (Reuters)
  • Pfizer Says Covid-19 Treatment Pill Should Be Ready By 2021 End (Indiatimes)
  • Pfizer to export U.S.-made COVID-19 shots to Canada starting next week (NationalPost.com)
  • Qantas resumes Mystery Flights (9News.com.au)
  • Qualcomm pledges Rs 30 cr to help India fight Covid 2.0 (IANS Live)
  • Reliance Industries Generates 75,000 Jobs in Covid-19 Pandemic Year (News18.com)
  • Reliance largest producer of liquid oxygen from single location, says company (Hindustan Times)
  • Results: Reliance Industries reports consolidated revenue of Rs 4.86 lakh crore; PAT at Rs 53,739 cr in FY 2021 (The Freepress Journal)
  • Risk from COVID-19 variants remains after first Pfizer shot: study (Global News Canada)
  • South African Airways exits administration after 17 months (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain to extend gap between AstraZeneca doses to 16 weeks (NationalPost.com)
  • Swiss Re ‘cautious’ about types of reinsurance gains over pandemic, CFO says (CNBC)
  • Walmart, Boeing, top global banks provide Covid relief (Times of India)
  • Yes Bank posts Q4 loss of Rs 3,788 cr (Outlook India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A corrida por vacina contra covid-19 capaz de vencer qualquer variante (BBC)
  • Coronavirus weekly need-to-know: CDC guidelines, vaccine demand, hospitalizations & more (star-telegram.com)
  • First coronavirus vaccine for older children could be approved in June, BioNTech founder suggests (The Independent)
  • Hepatitis C antivirals synergize with remdesivir to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in vitro (News-Medical.Net)
  • La respuesta de los seguidores de Trump cuando les preguntan por la vacuna contra el covid-19 (CNN)
  • New studies examine antibody response and natural immunity length to covid-19 (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
  • Number of people hospitalised with Covid after first vaccine dose is ‘tiny’ (Mail Online UK)
  • To find a vaccine for coronavirus, pharmaceutical companies will have to abandon the race for profit (The Independent)
  • UK reports 15 more COVID deaths and 2,381 new cases as second vaccine doses pass 14.5 million (Sky News)
  • ¿Hay riesgo de transmitir el covid-19 luego de ser vacunado? El Dr. Huerta responde preguntas de la audiencia (CNN)
Societal & Economic Impact
‘A fierce activist, loving mother’: Ontario nurse dies after contracting COVID-19CTV NewsTORONTO — A 55-year-old registered nurse from Peel Region has died after contracting COVID-19, according to a health-care union. SEIU Healthcare, a union representing more than 60,000 front-line health-care workers in the province, confirmed the death…
25-Year-Old Woman Dies Of Covid At Farmers’ Protest SiteNDTVThe dead woman has been identified as Ms Momita from West Bengal, said the Haryana government.
Director James Cameron vows to repay Covid-19 wage subsidyDominion PostDirector James Cameron, creator of the highest-grossing film of all time, has pledged to repay $126,532 his Wairarapa organics farm received in wage subsidies during the Covid-19 lockdown. But he has also confirmed his Greytown, Wairarapa organics…
Duterte urged to call for special Congress session to pass ‘ayuda’, wage subsidy billsManila BulletinHouse deputy minority leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate on Saturday, May 1, called on President Duterte to call for a special session of Congress to fast track the approval of their so-called P10,000 ‘’Ayuda Bill” and the bill…
Europe’s recession shows it pays to unleash money on pandemicBrisbane TimesEurope ended up in a pandemic-induced double-dip recession, the US economy grew 1.6 per cent. The difference? Cash mostly.
Eurozone suffers double-dip recession as pandemic impact continuesSaudi GazetteBRUSSELS — Europe's economy officially entered a double-dip recession in the first three months of the year, as it struggled with a surge in COVID-19 cases and a slow vaccine rollout. GDP shrank by 0.6 percent across the Eurozone in the first quarter,…
Kurl: What we’re learning from COVID-19 could help us confront climate changeOttawaCitizen.comAs Canadians navigate byzantine vaccination systems, fight for paid sick days, and grieve for otherwise healthy loved ones some of whom are now, horrifyingly, dying alone in their sleep, COVID-19 robs us of something more still: the mental and…
Stimulus powers US economic growthTaipei Times OnlineSEASON CHANGE? Economists said the economy might go from a ‘spring bloom’ to a ‘summer boom,’ although it would still be a few years before employment recovers Reuters, WASHINGTON US economic growth accelerated in the first quarter as the government…
US To Restrict Travel From India From May 4 Amid Covid CrisisDaily Excelsior.comThe post appeared first on J
Geopolitical Impact
China assures India of smooth medical supplies without delayIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) China on Friday assured India that it would do everything to support the latter's fight against the second wave of Covid pandemic which has taken a heavy toll on the country. To get full access of…
China reaches out amid surge, but India waryChandigarh TribuneTribune News Service New Delhi, April 30 China on Friday made a major reachout to India through a letter from its President Xi Jinping to PM Narendra Modi followed by a telephonic conversation between Foreign Ministers Wang Yi and S Jaishankar….
China ready to offer support, assistance to help India fight FMPekingpress.comBEIJING, May 1 (Xinhua) — China is ready to provide support and assistance to the best of its capability to help India fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wan
China stands by India: Xi Jinping message to PM Modi on Covid-19Livemint.com'China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with the Indian side in fighting the pandemic and provide support and help,' Jinping said. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sent a message of sympathy to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jinping said…
China’s Xi offers more help to India in message to ModiSan Antonio Express-News.comHealth workers install oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients at a makeshift hospital in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 30, 2021. Indian scientists appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to publicly release virus data that would allow them to save…
China’s Xi offers more help to India in message to Modi amid COVID-19 outbreakChannel NewsAsiaBEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Friday (Apr 30) offered additional assistance to India in battling the COVID-19 outbreak ravaging the country, putting aside a simmering rivalry and tensions along their disputed border. State media reported that…
Covid Crisis: China Assures Support To India With Timely Supplies, Calls Pandemic ‘Common Enemy Of Mankind’ABP LiveNew Delhi: China on Friday expressed support to India in the battle against Coronavirus pandemic while assuring that it would do everything to help the neighboring country. An official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said that…
The geopolitics of
climate change
Taipei Times OnlineThe road toward a world run on clean technology is fraught with risks and obstacles By Frans Timmermans and Josep Borrell The EU is emerging as the world’s climate trailblazer. Last week, EU lawmakers and European governments agreed on the European…
The government’s epic pivot erased the last decade of debt warfare this weekABC OnlineIn the early days of the Hawke Government, when Labor and a dynamic young treasurer, Paul Keating, kept confounding a hostile and suspicious business community with market-friendly policies, the cartoonist Patrick Cook would draw the then former…
Why China’s Economic Recovery Is Outpacing the U.S. – 4/30/2021BloombergBloomberg New Economy Editorial Director Andrew Browne discusses how the economic recovery in China is outpacing the U.S. as the world battles back from the pandemic. Browne says that even though China was the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak, the…
Cybersecurity Impact
Anti-vax Hijack Shows QR Code VulnerabilityInformation Security BuzzQuick-response (QR) codes used by a COVID-19 contact-tracing program were hijacked by a man who simply slapped up scam QR codes on top to redirect users to an anti-vaccination website,… The ISBuzz Post: This Post appeared first on Information Security…
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Dutch Government Pauses Coronavirus App Over Data Leak Fears | hxxp://SecurityWeek[.]Com hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/dutch-government-pauses-coronavirus-app-over-data-leak-fearsSecurityblog – TwitterDutch Government Pauses Coronavirus App Over Data Leak Fears | hxxp://SecurityWeek[.]Com hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/dutch-government-pauses-coronavirus-app-over-data-leak-fears
Hackers are attacking the COVID-19 vaccine supply chainOffice of Inadequate SecurityDan Patterson reports: Hackers have targeted companies that distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to a degree previously…
Hackers are attacking the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain – CBS News hxxps://www[.]cbsnews[.]com/news/covid-19-vaccine-hackers-supply-chain/Secnewsbytes – TwitterHackers are attacking the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain – CBS News hxxps://www[.]cbsnews[.]com/news/covid-19-vaccine-hackers-supply-chain/
L&T Finance Q4 Review – Asset Quality Vulnerability Increases: Prabhudas LilladherBloomberg-QuintBQ Blue’s special research section collates quality and in-depth equity and economy research reports from across India’s top brokerages, asset managers and research agencies. These reports offer BloombergQuint’s subscribers an opportunity to expand…
RT @ChuckDiRaimondi: I’m hiring 2 entry level cyber threat hunters in Greece for our growing threat hunt team. Come join an amazing organization and company battling COVID and creating breakthroughs that change patients’ lives!

hxxps://pfizer[.]wd1[.]myworkdayjobs[.]com/en-US/PfizerCareers/job/Greece-Thessaloniki-Chortiatis/Associate-Cyber-Hunting_4812563Securityblog – TwitterRT @ChuckDiRaimondi: I’m hiring 2 entry level cyber threat hunters in Greece for our growing threat hunt team. Come join an amazing organization and company battling COVID and creating breakthroughs that change patients’…

Task Force delivers strategic plan to address global ransomware problemMalwarebytes UnpackedThe Ransomware Task Force (RTF), a think tank composed of more than 60 volunteer experts who represent organizations encompassing industries and governments, has recently pushed out …
Why Cybersecurity Needs To Be A Top Priority For The C-Suite TodayForbes.comBob Bailkoski, Chief Executive Officer of  Logicalis Group , International IT Solutions and Managed Services Provider. Remote working, at least in some form, is here to stay. Tech giants such as Facebook , Shopify and Twitter , to name a few, have all…

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