03 December 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Austria to open ski resorts on Christmas Eve, but for locals only (Telegraph)
  • Brazil’s health officials \”learned from mistakes\” in dealing with COVID-19, says minister (Xinhua News Agency)
  • China orders inspections to prevent Covid-19 spread via cold chain (The Straits Times All News)
  • Germany extends partial lockdown into 2021 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany is now seeing MORE Covid-19 infections than Britain (Mail Online UK)
  • How did Covid REALLY spread around the world? Coronavirus found in US blood samples from December (Mail Online UK)
  • India working towards return of workers to UAE (India Blooms)
  • India’s coronavirus tally surges over 95 lakh (India Today)
  • Indias coronavirus infections below 40,000 for fourth day in a row (Reuters)
  • Indonesia struggles to contain Covid-19 (The Straits Times All News)
  • Is South Korea doing enough to tackle its new COVID-19 wave? (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Medical expert shares Taiwan’s pandemic prevention efforts with Poland (Taiwan News Online)
  • Pressure from Germany, Italy and France led the Alpine nation of Austria to pledge to keep its hotels and restauran… https://t.co/O0qn5Baxx6 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • South Korea: The life-changing exam that won’t stop for a pandemic (BBC News – Asia)
  • Sweden has not achieved herd immunity, is not proof that lockdowns are useless (Reuters)
  • Switzerland cuts new COVID-19 infections in half without national lockdown (New York Post)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • Trucks begin departing Belgium for the UK as a coronavirus vaccine is approved (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says 1st phase of Pfizer vaccine distribution in UK will start next week (Global News Canada)
  • UK – Health sec Matt Hancock says he would take vaccine despite having had Covid-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – M&S says won’t return pandemic business rates relief to UK government (Reuters UK)
  • UK – Scottish Government fails to ‘answer legitimate questions’ on Covid-19 risk, claims MSP (The Scotsman)
  • UK – UK Government ‘must work more closely and collaboratively with devolved nations’, Covid report urges (Herald Scotland)
  • US – 8 things to know about COVID-19 in Oregon right now (Oregonian)
  • US – Alabama mom raising 12 kids after sister died from Covid-19 (CNN)
  • US – Arizona coronavirus patient, 23, goes viral after detailing illness: ‘COVID-19 is no joke’ (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC chief warns Americans face ‘rough times’ from COVID-19 through winter (NationalPost.com)
  • US – CDC chief warns Americans face ‘rough’ winter from COVID-19 surge (NationalPost.com)
  • US – CDC sets risk of COVID-19 in Mexico at highest level (The Hill)
  • US – California business owner on COVID-19 restrictions: ‘We are definitely not complying’ (FOX Business – Video)
  • US – Coronavirus hospitalizations surge to unprecedented heights as California considers drastic steps (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Craft brewers, bar owners slam Louisiana virus restrictions (seattlepi.com)
  • US – Do NOT travel for Christmas amid coronavirus pandemic, CDC warns Americans (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Indoor pools unlikely to spread coronavirus, small New Jersey study suggests (Cleveland.com)
  • US – November is deadliest coronavirus month to date for Indiana (Indianapolis Star)
  • US – Pandemic’s ongoing budget crisis puts Hawaii’s educators on edge (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Rhode Island facilities moving COVID-19 patients to field hospital to free up beds (The Hill)
  • US – Transcript for CDC Telebriefing on the COVID-19 Outbreak (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – U.S. CDC set to shorten recommended length of coronavirus quarantine (Global News Canada)
  • Virtuous Italy. Reckless Italy (New Statesman)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • AIB moves to cut a sixth of its workforce in three years (Irish Independent)
  • Alibaba’s Cainiao says it is in talks with Chinese vaccine makers over COVID-19 logistics (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Amid uncertainties, Samsung leaves key CEOs unchanged (The Korea Times News)
  • AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial participant experienced ‘limited’ side effects after first dose (FOX Business – Video)
  • AstraZeneca’s application for COVID-19 vaccine trials in PH now with FDA (CNN Philippines)
  • Australias Qantas to lift domestic capacity, repair finances as state borders reopen (Reuters)
  • Boeing’s 737 Max set to resume commercial flight with United delivery, Gol on-board (Seeking Alpha)
  • Boris Johnson says 1st phase of Pfizer vaccine distribution in UK will start next week (Global News Canada)
  • Britain Approves Pfizer Vaccine for COVID-19 (Irrawaddy.com)
  • Deutsche Telekom survey shows Covid-19 crisis a driving force for SME digital transformation (Telecompaper)
  • FDA approves Roche test that detects antibodies that fight coronavirus (UPI)
  • Gift of the Givers steps in at Settlers (Grocott’s Mail Online)
  • ICICI Bank, Indian Bank at risk of becoming ‘fallen angels’, warns S&P (Business Standard India)
  • Indian shares hit all-time high as banks, Reliance gain (Mail Online UK)
  • Infosys Prize 2020: ‘Pandemic has given repository of virtual meets’ (The Hindu)
  • Lufthansa sees surge in Christmas holiday flight bookings (Reuters UK)
  • M&S says won’t return pandemic business rates relief to UK government (Reuters UK)
  • Pfizer CEO confident supply will exceed needs by end of 2021 (Business Today India)
  • Pfizer vaccine in UK next week, but NZ waits until March (New Zealand Herald)
  • Pfizer’s first coronavirus vaccine doses to arrive in UK in ‘coming days’ (FOXNews.com)
  • Qantas back to 70 per cent of local flights, international in ‘standstill’ (WA Today)
  • S. Korea inks coronavirus vaccine deal with AstraZeneca (Yonhap News Agency)
  • S.Korea reaches deal to buy AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate -media (NationalPost.com)
  • SA’s Exxaro Resources sees 5% rise in annual coal production (Nasdaq)
  • South Africa’s Sasol to cut annual capex in turnaround strategy (Nasdaq)
  • South Korea reaches deal to buy AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate – media (Yahoo! India)
  • Tata Motors Goes Extra Mile to Save Cars from Virus, Parks Delivery Vehicles Inside Safety Bubbles (News18.com)
  • Tee Yih Jia stays the course in Europe despite pandemic (Business Times Singapore)
  • U.K. approves Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine (CBS News)
  • U.K. becomes first country to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine (Global News Canada)
  • U.K.’s Johnson stresses global co-operation following approval of Pfizer vaccine (Global News Canada)
  • US set to approve Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine by next week (Irish Times)
  • Volvo CEO says negotiations to combine with Geely to resume in first quarter (Reuters)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Federal reserve to keep interest rates low until US economy no longer threatened by pandemic, chairman saysThe IndependentFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The Federal Reserve intends to keep interest rates low as long as the US economy is slowed and further threatened by the coronavirus pandemic , Chairman Jerome Powell told a…
If people can ‘engage in protests’ then they can go to Christmas parties, says White House press secretaryGlobal News CanadaWhite House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday that if people can “loot businesses” and “engage in protests,” they can also have Christmas parties, responding to a question about the White House planning a party, as CDC officials ask…
Mask mandates can actually spur the economy – depending on who enforces it, study saysstar-telegram.comNew research on preventive measures for COVID-19 found that mask mandates across the U.S. are not only effective at preventing new coronavirus infections, but they also “persistently” promote economic activity. ……
Pandemics, climate change ‘intensify’ global health threats: studyThe Straits Times All NewsDecember 03, 2020 8:20 AM PARIS (AFP) – From small island states to urbanised powerhouses, every country on Earth faces "multiplying and intensifying" threats to human health as climate change renders future pandemics and system collapses ever more…
Prince Harry conflates COVID-19 with climate changeGoldCoastBulletin.com.auSky News host Chris Smith has suggested Prince Harry has been "brainwashed by his woke wife" after suggesting COVID-19 was some sort of cosmic retribution for man's failure to take meaningful action in combatting climate change.
S. Korean economy tipped to retreat 1 pct this year: finance ministerYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) — The South Korean economy is expected to contract around 1 percent this year, bracing for the fallout of the new coronavirus outbreak, the finance minister said Thursday. But Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said that Asia's…
The shadow pandemic: COVID-19 has resulted in a rise of violence against women in the CaribbeanWorld Economic Forum, three political activists, the Mirabal sisters, were brutally killed in the Dominican Republic. To mark this day, raise awareness, and encourage action, the world now observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women…
Violence vs children up during pandemicManila BulletinThe incidence of violence against children has increased globally amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Save the Children reported Wednesday. (Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA / STAFF / AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The child rights group said at least one in six…
What could coronavirus vaccinations from next week mean for the UK economy?The IndependentAfter the worst hit to the UK economy in 300 years, just how much of a shot in the arm will the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine be? Ben Chu explains Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile he news that the Pfizer /…
Geopolitical Impact
China and Russia using vaccines to expand political and economic influenceCBS NewsChina and Russia have a head start in the race to offer coronavirus vaccine options for mass distribution in developing countries. A Washington Post report looks at how the two countries are using their vaccines to expand their political and economic…
China dumps traditional suppliers, orders import of 5,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice from IndiaDNA IndiaChina placed orders for shipment of about 5,000 tonnes of non-basmati rice due to competitive prices offered by India compared to other nations. Even as neighbouring countries China and India face border issues, trade between the two world's most…
China, Russia eye closer cooperationChina GovernmentPremier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Mishustin, co-chaired the 25th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government via video link on Dec 2. Vice-Premier Han Zheng, Chinese head of the China-Russia Investment…
Despite mounting protest: City retains border control until Dec 4Baguio Midland Courierby Rimaliza A. Opiña BURDENED RESIDENTS — Aside from the hassle of securing medical clearance from the Provincial Health Office as one of the requirements when entering Baguio City for essentials, residents of La Trinidad and Tublay have to bear with…
EU rebukes UK’s Pfizer coronavirus vaccine approval as FDA stands firm on timelineFOXNews.comIn the race to get a coronavirus vaccine into the hands of those who need it most, the U.K.  jumped out in front on Wednesday by granting approval to Pfizer and BioNTech’s two-dose jab. The approval comes more than a week before the U.S. FDA is…
Minitrue Diary, March 3, 2020: Xinjiang, South China Sea, COVID Evacuations, Wasted DonationsChina Digital TimesCDT has recently acquired and verified a collection of propaganda directives issued by central Party authorities to state media at the beginning of this year. These directives were issued on an almost daily basis in early 2020, and we will be posting…
Opposition fails to stop RM1.2b allocation for International Trade and Industry MinistryThe Sun DailyKUALA LUMPUR : The opposition narrowly failed to stop the allocation of RM1.2 billion for the International Trade and Industry Ministry after a bloc vote was taken in the Dewan Rakyat. The allocation was passed after 110 MPs voted in favour and 104…
Why COVID-19 shows the future not the end of globalizationWorld Economic ForumThe COVID-19 pandemic shows us that global connectedness is not a problem, but a solution that can benefit us all; Despite the pandemic, globalization has proved far more robust than expected. The DHL Global Connectedness Index 2020 suggests the…
Why the UK beat the EU to approving a Covid-19 vaccineNew StatesmanUK regulators have become the first in the Western world to authorise a coronavirus vaccine, but the head-start may make little difference. The UK has become the first country in the Western world to approve the roll-out of a vaccine for…
Why trade wars are dumb and we don’t need one with ChinaSydney Morning HeraldTrade wars are dumb. That’s why it’s usually politicians who start them. Don’t forget it was Donald Trump who fired the first salvos in America’s still-raging trade war with China. American businesses and consumers are paying higher prices as a…
Wildlife Conservation Act being reviewed to ensure survival of zoos, says Natural Resources Ministerthestar.com.myKUALA LUMPUR: The Wildlife Conservation Act 2020 is being reviewed to find ways on how zoos in the country will become more self-sufficient in the future, says Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah. "For the long term…
‘China de-risking is an opportunity for India’Hindu Business LineLeading auto component house Rane Group is cautiously optimistic about the demand outlook in the automobile sector even as it continues to attract new business orders. L Ganesh, Chairman of the ₹4,300-crore Rane Group, spoke to BusinessLine about the…
Cybersecurity Impact
DarkReading – The COVID-19 pandemic drove a massive spike in “fearware,” a subset of phishing lures that aim to exploit targets’… https://t.co/PmOrQj6ge5DarkReading – TwitterThe COVID-19 pandemic drove a massive spike in "fearware," a subset of phishing lures that aim to exploit targets' curiosity and concern around the virus. What the trend means for your email security strategy: http://ow.ly/9qN950CAG91?
Hackers Are Targeting US Think TanksInfosecurity – Latest NewsHackers Are Targeting US Think Tanks Think tanks in the United States have been cautioned that they are being actively targeted by advanced persistent threat (APT) actors. The …
Healthcare 2021: Cyberattacks to Center on COVID-19 Spying, Patient DataThreatpost.comThe post-COVID-19 surge in the criticality level of medical infrastructure, coupled with across-the-board digitalization, will be big drivers for medical-sector cyberattacks next year.
IBM warns hackers targeting Covid-19 vaccine ‘cold chain’ supply processThe Straits Times All NewsDecember 03, 2020 6:33 PM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – IBM is sounding the alarm over hackers targeting companies critical to the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, a sign that digital spies are turning their attention to the complex logistical work…
North Korea-linked hackers targeted J&J, Novavax in hunt for COVID researchReuters UKWASHINGTON/LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Suspected North Korean hackers have recently tried to break into at least nine health organizations, including pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and vaccine developer Novavax Inc, revealing a broader effort…
Taiwan is crucial to global fight against cybercrimeThe Korea Times NewsSince emerging in late 2019, COVID-19 has evolved into a global pandemic. According to World Health Organization statistics, as of Sept. 30, 2020, there were more than 33.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 1 million related deaths…
The painful calculus of ransomware paymentsOffice of Inadequate SecurityDennis Fisher writes: The pandemic has disrupted, and in some cases destroyed, the business models of many companies, but it…
avast_antivirus – RT @shaneliamconway: 2020! How #COVIDー19 affected the entire world, both online and offline. @avast_antivirus observed cybercriminals using…avast_antivirus – TwitterRT @shaneliamconway: 2020! How #COVIDー19 affected the entire world, both online and offline. @avast_antivirus observed cybercriminals using the pandemic to their advantage, spreading scams and phishing attacks to exploit people’s weaknesses during…
cybersecboardrm – Cyberattacks to Center on COVID-19 Spying, Patient Data #CyberAttack #health #healthcare https://t.co/U0NQ862bVUcybersecboardrm – TwitterCyberattacks to Center on COVID-19 Spying, Patient Data #CyberAttack #health #healthcare https://threatpost.com/healthcare-2021-cyberattacks-covid-19-patient-data/161776/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
opexxx – How COVID-19 has altered the Future of Cyber-security https://t.co/Y8GINQ3vWuopexxx – TwitterHow COVID-19 has altered the Future of Cyber-security https://itsecuritywire.com/featured/microsoft-study-how-covid-19-has-altered-the-future-of-cyber-security/

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