02 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Belgian Rambo’ feared to have ‘drawn up a 10-man hit list of targets before he vanished’  (Mail Online UK)
  • Cautious China keeps borders shut despite mass Covid-19 vaccination drive (The Straits Times All News)
  • Fuel sales plunge to lowest in year in India as states lock down for Covid (Business Standard India)
  • Germany lowers coronavirus risk level to ‘high’ (The Hill)
  • Hospitality reopens in Republic of Ireland (BBC)
  • India records rise in daily count at 1,32,788 (India Blooms)
  • Ireland extends main COVID-19 supports for firms,… (Mail Online UK)
  • Israel lifts almost all Covid restrictions (Nagaland Post)
  • Macron Runs Into Trouble With Push for German Pharma Alliance (Bloomberg)
  • Made in Germany – The changing world of work (Deutsche Welle)
  • Netherlands Tax Agency Announces Further Extension of Tax Relief Measures Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • Now anti-mask too, far-right AfD eyes upset in Germany regional vote (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • PM thanks Malaysia’s civil servants for three-months allowance cut in solidarity with Covid-19 fight (Malay Mail)
  • Singapore pledges reopening over mass vaccination (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Spain’s coronavirus rules in full as Ibiza, Tenerife and Majorca set to go on green list (Liverpool Echo)
  • Spain’s primary healthcare centers buckling under pressure from pandemic (El País)
  • Sweden’s Billionaire Boom Sparks Pandemic Tax Dilemma (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, June 2, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson under growing pressure to lift lockdown on June 21 (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s lockdown options for 21 June (Sky News)
  • UK – Coronavirus latest news: We started work on a vaccine before UK’s first case, says Matt Hancock (Telegraph)
  • UK – Furious MPs and tourism chiefs urge Rishi Sunak to axe VAT on holiday tests (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Scottish Government confirms more than 470 new Covid infections in 24 hours (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Blood donations ARE safe amid pandemic: NIH finds 0.001% risk of receiving a COVID-19 transfusion (Mail Online UK)
  • US – CDC Touts Smell Training After Covid-19, But It Might Not Work (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – COVID-19 hospitalizations at their lowest level in Wisconsin (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – California Bill Eases Tax Collection From Home Rental Platforms (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Coronavirus politics to take center stage in next year’s Florida gubernatorial race (Washington Times)
  • US – Fauci: Emails highlight confusion about Trump administration’s mixed messages early in pandemic (The Hill)
  • US – New York State: COVID-19 levels stay low in Memorial Day test results (Newsday)
  • US – Pennsylvania tax collections continue rebound from pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Rural Maine counties lag state in COVID-19 immunizations (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Sacramento, 3 other California counties could join orange tier of COVID restrictions (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – West Virginia invites residents to win guns with a Covid-19 shot (Financial Times – Asia homepage)
  • US – West Virginia invites residents to win guns with a Covid-19 shot hxxps://on[.]ft[.]com/3ySpJ33 (FT – Twitter)
  • US – West Virginia is organizing a gun giveaway to convince people to get their COVID jabs (Business Insider)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Zimbabwean scientist sets up private research institute in home country on return from Germany (Times Live South Africa)
Actions by Companies
  • Airbus sends more Covid aid to India in its new Airbus 350 (Economic Times)
  • Almarai agrees to buy UAE Binghatti drinks factory for $58.5m (Arab News)
  • Amazon’s Big Pandemic Investment Spending Helped Set The Stage For Economic Recovery, Report Argues (Forbes.com)
  • Amazon’s Australian growth beating expectations thanks to COVID (Melbourne Age)
  • Amid Covid, HDFC Bank deploys mobile ATMs across 50 cities in India (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca announces first lot of Covid jabs ready for rollout (The Nation – Thailand)
  • Brace for stage 2 loadshedding until Friday night, Eskom warns (IOL)
  • Britain seeks extra AstraZeneca shots to combat ‘beta’ COVID-19 variant (NationalPost.com)
  • British Columbians who got AstraZeneca dose can choose another vaccine for their second shot (VancouverSun.com)
  • COVID-19 second wave raises risks to India’s credit profile, says Moody’s (Business Today India)
  • China’s first Covax vaccines roll off Sinopharm factory lines (South China Morning Post)
  • Cisco recognises Ooredoo as a key growth driver with 2 awards (Qatar Tribune)
  • Dismissed 3M Product Liability Case Can Resume, 8th Circuit Says (Bloomberg Law)
  • Eli Lilly’s antibody drugs against Covid-19 receive ’emergency’ approval in India (Business Today India)
  • Exxon Mobil Vs Chevron: Which Is The Better Buy? (Seeking Alpha)
  • Federal Government Invests In Samsung Air Purifiers For COVID-19 Quarantine Hotels (Channel News Australia)
  • Green list sees flights at Ryanair and Wizz Air soar as holidays resume (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • India Covid crisis: Pfizer, Moderna vaccines may be granted indemnity (Khaleej Times)
  • Infosys brings fans closer to the action at 2021 French Open amid Covid (Economic Times)
  • Israel finds probable link between Pfizer Covid shot and heart inflammation (Business Standard India)
  • Lonza to up Moderna Covid jab output with Dutch production line (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Lufthansa to resume India-Germany nonstop flights from today, no second crew layover (Livemint.com)
  • Moderna says different doses likely for Covid-19 variants, kids with new Lonza deal (The Straits Times All News)
  • NACI to recommend mixing AZ, Pfizer, Moderna vaccines (CTV News)
  • P.E.I. to give AstraZeneca recipients choice for 2nd vaccine dose (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Reliance BP Mobility to provide free fuel to coronavirus ambulances (Business Standard India)
  • Reliance to provide free fuel to Covid ambulances in Gurugram (Livemint.com)
  • Rex takes on Qantas over COVID refunds with newspaper ads (9News.com.au)
  • Sinovac coronavirus vaccines create ‘immunity barrier’ in Brazilian town: Study (Asiaone)
  • Sinovac coronavirus vaccines create ‘immunity barrier’ in Brazilian town: study (South China Morning Post)
  • Sinovac obtains WHO emergency use listing for COVID-19 shot (Seeking Alpha)
  • South Africa’s Eskom Extends Power Cuts to Friday as Plants Fail (Bloomberg)
  • Turkish Airlines resumes B737 MAX 9 operations (CH-Aviation)
  • Walmart to expand hours starting Saturday (Indianapolis Star)
  • World Health Organization Approves China’s Sinovac Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use (Forbes.com)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 6 países de la UE ofrecen certificados de vacunación COVID (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • Compelling evidence of SARS-CoV-2 exposure and neutralizing antibodies in domestic cats in Peru (News-Medical.Net)
  • Hong Kong Virus Panel Agrees to Lower Vaccination Age to 12 (Bloomberg)
  • Mass. reports 13,904 new COVID-19 vaccinations (Boston Globe)
  • U.K. Deaths at Zero; WHO Backs Sinovac Vaccine: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • UK set to hit vaccine milestone a day after reporting zero new deaths (The Independent)
  • UK to reach vaccine milestone after zero deaths (BBC)
  • US launches study mixing COVID-19 booster vaccine regimens (FOXNews.com)
  • Vaccine misinformation travels many times faster than Covid – and it will continue to cost lives (The Independent)
  • What do under-30s need to know about the vaccine? (BBC)
Societal & Economic Impact
At 1.2%, Brazil’s economy grows more than expected in first quarterBusiness Standard IndiaBrazil's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter of 2021, continuing its rebound from pandemic recession as many declined to hunker down amid COVID-19's brutal second wave Brazil's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter of…
Aussie economy casts pandemic asideHeraldSun.com.au BusinessAustralia’s economic activity has recovered from the pandemic, with latest figures revealing the nation’s strong rebound from the virus.
Economy grows faster than expectedGoldCoastBulletin.com.au BusinessAustralia’s economy expanded faster than expected in the March quarter as unprecedented fiscal and monetary policy stimulus continued to fuel a strong rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic.
European Countries Begin Using Digital Coronavirus Travel CertificateUS News & World ReportSeven countries began using the European Union's digital certificate on Tuesday, allowing for fully vaccinated people to travel. The Digital Green Certificate began operating ahead of schedule this week in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark,…
Furloughed worker numbers rise amid virus restrictionsTaipei Times OnlineStaff writer, with CNA The number of workers placed on furlough by their employers has increased slightly in the past week amid a nationwide level 3 COVID-19 alert, the Ministry of Labor said yesterday. Ministry data showed that 4,125 employees were on…
Gun sales up 66 percent in California during pandemic: nonprofitThe HillGun purchases in California skyrocketed since March 2020 — a 66 percent increase from the previous 14 months, according to a report from thetrace[.]org, a journalism nonprofit. California residents purchased approximately 920,000 handguns between…
Public transport fares to rise as $850m coronavirus black hole is revealedTheAge.com NationalPublic transport fares will be increased next month as the NSW government faces a significant deficit in lost revenue from coronavirus restrictions.
Seven European Countries Begin Issuing Covid Travel CertificatesNew York TimesThe European Union plans to roll them out to all member states by July 1, and to eventually make them available to travelers from outside the bloc.
Unemployment rises to 13-year high in the first quarter on impact of Covid-19Cape Times E-ditionTHE COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc on the South African economy as the unemployment rate rose to a 13-year high in the first quarter, threatening the predicted economic recovery. Data from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) yesterday…
Geopolitical Impact
BRICS will assist India to fight COVID-19, says China MinisterThe HinduBRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs express ‘grave concern’ with regard to COVID-19 The Foreign Ministers of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping on Tuesday expressed “grave concern” with regard to the global COVID-19…
China Outraged at Growing ‘Lab Leak Theory’ Speculation by U.S., U.K. IntelligenceUS News & World ReportChina has expressed outrage at growing speculation in Western countries that the coronavirus may have originated in a Chinese laboratory, slamming new – and unproven – intelligence assessments and saying its scientists plan to rebut a theory Beijing…
China stands with India amid COVID-19 pandemic: FM Wang YiPekingpress.comNew Delhi [India], June 1 (ANI): Asserting that Beijing stands with New Delhi amid the COVID-19 crisis, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday said all BRICS member countries including China will
DNA Special: Is China ahead of India in vaccinating its citizens?DNA IndiaIndia stands at third number in the whole world in terms of vaccination so far, while China is at number one. There is a lot of politics in our country about vaccine at this time. The opposition alleges that the central government has failed in the…
Emerging countries like China and India can lead global governanceGlobal TimesChina India. Photo: VCG China and India are two neighboring nations with major ancient civilizations. Both are important engines of economic growth, as well as the main forces driving the world's processes of multi-polarization and economic…
Entry ban from india, Pakistan and Bangladesh extendedTimes of OmanMuscat: The Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19 has decided to extend the suspension on entry into the Sultanate for travellers from India and other countries. This decision will come into effect from 2 PM on Saturday (June 5). A statement issued…
Globalization, deepening political divide bring test for PancasilaAntara NewsThe prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has once again forced the Indonesian people to commemorate Pancasila Day virtually. Wearing the traditional attire of South Kalimantan, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) led the commemoration ceremony, held in a "hybrid"…
The COVID-19 variant found in India is surging in ChinaDeseret NewsChina has seen a coronavirus surge, specifically from the variant first seen in India Monks get tested for the coronavirus in a district in Guangzhou in southern China’s Guangdong province on Sunday, May 30, 2021. The southern Chinese city of…
Trade war continues, but it’s not as bad as it could have beenFOXBusiness.comFox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram has the details on 'Cavuto Coast to Coast' Booze drinkers along with restaurant and bar owners face steep prices as a trade war continues between the United States and European Union. But it’s not as…
Cybersecurity Impact
Covid and HSE hacking are harming cancer services, TDs warnedIrish TimesRecent events crippling system ‘already on its knees’, Irish Cancer Society chief warns Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google…
Cyberattack on meat plants threatens global food supplyIrish IndependentJBS canceled shifts at large US and Canadian meat plants yesterday after the company was hit by a cyberattack over the weekend, threatening to disrupt food supply chains and further inflate food prices. T he attack caused JBS's Australian operations…
Govt urged to expand roles in cyber defence mechanismBernamaKUALA LUMPUR, June 2  — The government should expand its role from only securing public networks to encompass both public and private networks in order to mount a proper national cyber defence mechanism, said Deloitte Malaysia. Its cyber risk…
Hackers hit JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, in ransomware attackBoston GlobeWASHINGTON — JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, was the target of a ransomware attack, the White House said Tuesday, in what company officials believe to be an extortion attempt perpetrated by a criminal group likely based in Russia. Cyberattack…
How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic

hxxps://www[.]cyberscoop[.]com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ hxxps://twitter[.]com/CyberScoopNews/status/1399768215748743169/photo/1CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic

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Meat Is Latest Cyber Victim as Hackers Hit Top Supplier JBSDataBreaches.netMarcy Nicholson, Fabiana Batista, and Sybilla Gross report: The world’s biggest meat supplier has become the latest casualty of a cybersecurity attack, posing a fresh threat to global food security already rattled by the Covid-19 pandemic. JBS SA…
Ramsey County poised to spend $18.8M in tech upgrades. Data has been target of recent hackersTwinCities.comAfter having its data hacked at least twice in recent years, Ramsey County is switching up its strategy and looking to outside vendors to help keep its information secure. On Tuesday the county discussed investing $18.8 million in technology updates….
Some US meat plants stop operating after JBS cyber attackChannel NewsAsiaBusiness Several major U.S. meat plants run by JBS USA were not operating on Tuesday after the company reported a cyber attack over the weekend, according to company Facebook posts and unions. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the JBS USA Worthington pork…
Sweden’s Public Health Agency Shuts Down Online Diseases Database Following Hacking AttemptTechNaduSweden had to shut down its COVID-19 cases portal to prevent a hacking intrusion from happening. There are no signs of successful data exfiltration or even access, but the investigation is ongoing. The portal will return online and available to the…

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