03 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia’s second phase of the vaccine rollout (9News.com.au)
  • COVID-19 claims 110 lives in India, 11,039 positive (Kuwait News Agency)
  • Caution Urged for Nigeria on Eve of Covid-19 Vaccine’s Arrival (AllAfrica.com)
  • China slams the US lack of transparency to coronavirus response (Mail Online UK)
  • Coronavirus digest: Germany sends army medics to Portugal (Deutsche Welle)
  • Full force of third virus wave breaks over Portugal (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Hancock hails ‘superb’ vaccine news, while France stops Oxford jab for over-65s (BBC)
  • Italy’s president seeks a ‘non-political’ government to lead during pandemic (TheAge.com)
  • Missing customers, Belgian restaurateur serves mannequins (Mail Online UK)
  • Netherlands extends lockdown, curfew at least a month (The Hill)
  • Netherlands set to reopen schools after finding children not more likely to spread UK Covid variant (Telegraph)
  • New Zealand approves its first coronavirus vaccine (Hindustan Times)
  • Norway MOF Announces Further Extension of Temporary Tax Payment Deferral Regime Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • Poland decides against using Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for over 60s (FT.com – Health)
  • Report says internet empowers China’s battle against COVID-19 (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • Saudi Arabia bans entry of 20 countries, including India (Indian Express)
  • Spain the latest country to restrict entry from SA passengers over new Covid-19 strain (IOL)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE schools reopening rules across country (Khaleej Times)
  • UK – 13 Times Boris Johnson Definitely Didn’t Follow The Science On Coronavirus (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • UK – Boris Johnson under pressure to reopen schools after Scotland announces phased return (Telegraph)
  • UK – Matt Hancock urges people in new variant areas to get tested (BBC)
  • UK – When will schools go back? Scottish Government’s plan explained (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Why Boris Johnson can’t claim to have “followed the science” on Covid-19 (New Statesman)
  • US – COVID-19 in Ohio: Gov. Mike DeWine gets first coronavirus shot, gives update on vaccine rollout (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • US – California coronavirus hospitalizations are plummeting (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Coronavirus Tuesday update: Eight more Minnesota fatalities and 633 more infections (TwinCities.com)
  • US – Fauci Says CDC May Recommend Wearing Two Masks to Fight Virus (Bloomberg)
  • US – Idaho moves up to Stage 3 in governor’s COVID-19 plan, increasing gathering sizes (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Kentucky COVID-19 briefing moved to Wednesday (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • US – Kentucky wants to limit drive time for COVID-19 vaccinations (star-telegram.com)
  • US – New lawsuit seeks to force Kentucky public schools to reopen during the pandemic (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • US – Officials say the new variant of COVID-19 may be in Hawaii (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Political storms swirl around California’s Newsom amid virus (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Will California’s improving COVID numbers lead to reopenings? (Sacramento Bee)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Democrats could push COVID-19 relief package as Republicans propose smaller stimulusCBS NewsDemocratic leaders in Congress are taking steps to push through President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion plan without the support of Republicans, as the parties remain at odds following a Monday meeting between a group of Senate Republicans and the…
Ed Perkins on Travel: COVID-19 Check: February 2Chicago TribuneSo far, I haven’t seen much in the way of a concerted effort by either the government or the travel industry to organize some sort of universally accepted pre-flight testing system that’s cheap, rapid, and convenient. Currently, some big drugstore…
Households left better off as a result of pandemic – Central BankIrish IndependentMass unemployment left year has left households better off and a savings glut means we’ve never been richer. N ew data from the Central Bank shows Irish households suffered a €1bn reduction in wages in the three months to the end of September 2020…
How does Alberta’s economy move forward in the middle of a pandemic?Global News CanadaWith some restrictions being lifted and businesses able to reopen next week, what will this mean for Alberta’s economy? Economist Moshe Lander joined Global News Morning Edmonton to talk about whether businesses can recover and what happens if we have…
Latvia extends state of emergency over COVID-19 until AprilXinhua News AgencyRIGA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) — The Latvian government decided Tuesday to extend the state of emergency in the country until April 6, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins. The state of emergency was declared on Nov. 9, 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19 in…
Morning digest: Police block access to sites of farmers’ protests in Delhi border, U.K. reports new coronavirus mutation, and moreThe HinduA select list of stories to read before you start your day. The United Kingdom has reported a key mutation in the coronavirus variant called B.1.1.7—or more colloquially the ‘U.K. variant’ – that studies say makes it more infectious, better equipped…
Sales tax revenue drops 10% in NY, more than 2009 recessionNew York Daily News“This report shows how deeply the COVID-19 pandemic cut into municipal finances,” DiNapoli, a Democrat, said. “Local governments depend heavily on sales taxes as a major source of revenue, but as New Yorkers stayed home and bought less in their…
Senators call for judicious action plan to avert PH ‘sinking’ economy amid pandemicPhilippine Daily InquirerMANILA, Philippines — Some senators on Tuesday expressed concerns over the country’s “sinking” economy amid the pandemic, with one lawmaker saying that the Philippines lost at least P4 billion a day because of the 2020 health crisis. Senate Minority…
Shelby County health officials hope to cut out the middleman in COVID-19 contact-tracing effortsMemphis Commercial AppealMemphis and Shelby County are set to debut a new, text-message-based contact tracing program this week. Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter told reporters Monday that the new program would allow local labs, such as Poplar…
US mandates masks on public transport a year into pandemicShenzhen DailySTARTING yesterday, Americans are required to wear face masks while traveling on domestic public transport as part of a national strategy to curb the spread of COVID-19. The mask-wearing rule which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday makes refusal…
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit and Pandemic Double Whammy Hit Ireland at Start of 2021BloombergIreland’s economy took a double hit in January as the impact of renewed pandemic lockdowns was aggravated by post-Brexit trade chaos. A measure of service-sector activity plunged to an eight-month low, with transport, tourism and leisure services…
Budget 2021: Curing and vaccinating India’s international tradeEconomic TimesFinance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman , has presented the first post COVID-19 budget. With the economy still recovering from the impact of the contagion, the annual fiscal tool needs to be both a curative medicine and a vaccine. As the contagion has…
Can Vaccines from Russia and China Be a Game Changer?Spiegel OnlineChina and Russia have been exporting their vaccines for months, despite a lack of data on safety and efficacy. On Tuesday, though, it was announced that Sputnik V from Russia is both. If the Chinese vaccines likewise stand up to rigorous examination,…
China strips license from second lawyer for Hong KOng activistsAsahi.comTAIPEI–A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist was stripped of his license on Tuesday as Beijing attempts to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Ren Quanniu, who represented one of 12 Hong…
EU could approve Russia and China’s Covid jabsMail Online UKEU chief said Russian and Chinese jabs could be approved 'like the other ones'  Angela Merkel says she has spoken to Vladimir Putin about the Russian product Hungary broke ranks and approved the Chinese-made Sinopharm jab last week Brussels could…
Saudi Arabia suspends travel from UAE, Pakistan, India…Khaleej Times(Reuters file) This is a developing story. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior said it is temporarily suspending entry to the Kingdom for non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families from 20 countries to curb the spread of Covid-19…
Travel ban imposed on flyers from UAE, Pakistan, India…Khaleej TimesThis is a developing story. Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior said it is temporarily suspending entry to the Kingdom for non-citizens, diplomats, health practitioners and their families from 20 countries to curb the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus. Th…
Trump’s trade war on China a failure in every possible way: Axios reportsXinhua News AgencyWASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war on China was a failure in every possible way, U.S. news website Axios has reported. Commenting on U.S. President Joe Biden administration's announcement to review the phase…
US demands China end military, economic pressure on Taiwan, engage in talksBusiness Standard IndiaAccording to South China Morning Post, foreign policy leaders and professionals in the United States support the use of American troops to defend Taiwan The United States has urged China to end its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against…
Cybersecurity Impact
Concern over hackers, data leakage on internetThe Sun DailyPETALING JAYA: The government, businesses and individuals have been advised to play their respective roles in ensuring security for their online presence. Cyber-security testing firm LGMS Group chief executive officer Fong Choong-Fook told theSun that…
Cyber Group Hires Its First Chief Innovation Officer for New Innovation LabInformation AgeCyber Group Inc. has announced the hiring of Rob Palacios as its first Chief Innovation Officer. [Photo: Cyber Group] Cyber Group’s innovation lab was created in late 2020 to help its clients find new markets and build deeper relationships. It also…
Hackers and spies are scrambling to steal information on vaccine programs, sources sayBusiness InsiderJessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via State actors and criminal hackers are scrambling to access information about vaccine programs around the world. Countries want to see if their allies or enemies are handling vaccinations well or badly, and weaponize…
Hospitals suffer new wave of hacking attemptsFOXBusiness.comUniversal Health Services president Marc Miller provides insight into handling surging cases of coronavirus and aid from the federal government. Hackers are increasing their attempts to break into health-care companies, putting additional pressure on…
Live: NSW Now: Major concern as cyber attacks increase 50 per cent, NSW Government accused of ignoring warningsABC OnlineHere's what you need to know this morning. NSW Government under fire for cyber attacks The NSW Government "can't be trusted" to protect the personal information of residents from cyber attacks, the Opposition says. The number of cyber security incidents…
Operators of the ‘SMS Bandits’ Services Arrested in the U.K.TechNaduThe young operator of the ‘SMS Bandits’ smishing service has been arrested, and more may follow up soon. The hacker wasn’t careful enough with his online presence, especially on the clearnet side of the web. The smishing campaigns backed by the service…
PNPA database hacked, website defacedManila BulletinShare it! [mashshare] The hacking group that successfully defaced the website of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) last year has shifted its focus from attacking government sites into attacking educational institutions to force website owners…
Palo Alto Networks Up; Credit Suisse Sees Higher Cybersecurity OutlaysTheStreet.comPalo Alto Networks  ( PANW ) – Get Report  is well-positioned heading into a strong spending environment, according to a Credit Suisse analyst, who upgraded the cybersecurity company to outperform from neutral and raised his price target to $425 from…
The Cybersecurity 202: Experts push Biden to establish presidential commission to boost trust in electionsWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer After a volatile election cycle marred by unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, a group of experts is recommending that President Biden form a commission to boost Americans' confidence in elections and to propose ways…

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