04 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Argentina’s president tests positive for COVID-19 (Al Jazeera)
  • COVID: How Germany forgot its most important agency (Deutsche Welle)
  • Canada’s 3rd wave of COVID-19 is ‘killing faster and younger’ and fueled by new variants (Business Insider)
  • Chile’s rapid vaccination programme hit buy new virus surge in warning to UK (Telegraph)
  • China to promote COVID-19 vaccinations on campus (Chinanationalnews.com)
  • Community Risk Factors in the COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in Catalonia (Spain). A Population-Based Study (MDPI)
  • Covid Tracker | India Enters Second Wave (Deccan Herald)
  • Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy (The Guardian)
  • France’s Asian community fights back against racist attacks during pandemic (France24)
  • Germany considers more freedoms for vaccinated people (Deutsche Welle)
  • In another locked down, disrupted Easter, a tired Italy can’t escape the virus (Washington Post)
  • India reports 93,249 new Covid-19 infections (Deccan Herald)
  • Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown (EFE)
  • Italy enters three (London Evening Standard)
  • Japan governors seek boosted screening for coronavirus variants (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Opinion: Germany has let me down on COVID-19 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Pakistan records over 5,000 fresh COVID-19 infections again (Ani News)
  • Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2–Specific Antibodies in Cancer Patients Undergoing Active Systemic Treatment: A Single-Center Experience from the Marche Region, Italy (MDPI)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, April 3, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson urged to sack Tory peer who denied Covid pandemic and said Chinese ‘fake videos started this’ (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement – everything we know from holidays to vaccine passports (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says UK can look forward to ‘brighter days ahead’ in Easter message (Telegraph)
  • UK – Coronavirus latest news: ‘Brighter days ahead’, Boris Johnson says in Easter message (Telegraph)
  • UK – Scottish Government confirms almost 400 new coronavirus infections during past 24 hours (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Amid a lingering pandemic, Christians in Connecticut find hope this Easter in the story of Jesus’ resurrection (Hartford Courant)
  • US – CDC director walks tightrope on pandemic messaging (The Hill)
  • US – California churches seek emergency reprieve from state’s pandemic restrictions (Washington Times)
  • US – Death of Alabama superfan prompts COVID-19 tracing in Indiana (New York Post)
  • US – Hogan’s risky reopening in Maryland has backfired. He should rethink it. (Washington Post)
  • US – How a rock named “Bob” became a symbol of solidarity against anti-Asian hate in Colorado (Business Times Singapore)
  • US – Texas to receive 2.5 million more coronavirus vaccine doses (star-telegram.com)
  • US – U.S. reaches 100m vaccinations Europe struggles speed up roll-out with just 10 per cent of EU jabbed (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Where are Colorado’s COVID-19 hotspots? The answer is more complicated than it seems. (Business Times Singapore)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘Win-win’: Airbus aims to expand in Britain post-Brexit (Telegraph)
  • 1,500 get Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • 285 Quezon City health workers get second dose of Sinovac vaccines (Philippine Star)
  • ADIB provides financing for Albilad Capital’s £87M landmark acquisition of PWC HQ in Northern Ireland (Zawya.com)
  • Amazon Apologizes for Tweet, Vows to Improve Driver Conditions (Bloomberg)
  • AstraZeneca: Govt prepares vaccine backup plans – Khairy (Borneo Post Online)
  • Bharat Petroleum conducts online lucky draw at Ghagwal (Daily Excelsior.com)
  • British services firm Serco eyeing growth in Saudi Arabia (Arab News)
  • Indonesia to receive 10 million doses of Sinovac vaccine this April (Antara News)
  • Japanese megabanks on the defensive as Rakuten internet bank accounts top 10 million (Mainichi JP)
  • Lenovo Legion 2 Pro gaming smartphone to have bigger battery: Report (Business Standard India)
  • Microsoft is not going to fully reopen its offices till September 7 at the least (Hindustan Times)
  • Microsoft’s Build 2021 developer conference will kick off on May 25 (Indian Express)
  • Millennials could be offered single shot of Johnson & Johnson Covid jab in July (Mail Online UK)
  • Ooredoo demonstrates support for education and learning in collaboration with MoEHE (Gulf Times)
  • Ooredoo strikes gold for innovation with Three Stevie Award® wins (Zawya.com)
  • Private lender Yes Bank targets startup sector, ties-up with GVFL (Business Standard India)
  • STADA Philippines shows resilience with triple-digit growth in 2020 (Manila Bulletin)
  • Suzuki Motor Gujarat starts third plant with 2.5-lakh-units capacity (Hindu Business Line)
  • TUI, easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair issue update on flights restarting (Liverpool Echo)
  • Talking Tech: More NFTs on the way. Apple, Facebook and CVS want to help you get your COVID-19 vaccination (USA Today)
  • Tech Wrap: Microsoft Build dates announces, Vivo X60t launched (Hindustan Times)
  • Tesco’s F and F ‘lush’ £16 spring pyjamas shoppers are searching stores to find (Liverpool Echo)
  • U.K. Says AstraZeneca Shot Safe Even After 7 Blood Clot Deaths (Bloomberg Law)
  • U.S. Taps Johnson & Johnson to Run Troubled Vaccine Plant (NYT.com U.S.)
  • UAE government, Microsoft advance women’s empowerment efforts (WAM.ae Emirates)
  • UK regulator reports 30 clot cases linked to AstraZeneca jab (Mainichi JP)
  • US puts J&J in charge of plant that botched COVID-19 vaccine, removes AstraZeneca (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Undermining the AstraZeneca jab is a dangerous act of political folly (The Guardian)
  • Whole Foods And Headspace Team Up In A Mindful Eating Series (Forbes.com)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Coronavirus in Oregon: 476 new cases, 6 new deaths reported as state nears 2 million vaccine doses administered (Oregonian)
  • Johnson & Johnson says it will take full control of its coronavirus vaccine production at Baltimore plant (Washington Post)
  • Maryland gives record number of coronavirus vaccine shots (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Mass. reports 97,690 new COVID-19 vaccinations (Boston Globe)
  • Texas to receive 2.5 million more coronavirus vaccine doses (star-telegram.com)
  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine protects against symptomatic Covid-19 for at least six months, according to new findings released by the companies hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3ueBqhg (WSJ – Twitter)
  • The techniques used to make a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine could one day help tackle malaria, some cancers and many other diseases hxxps://econ[.]st/3w3DtXq (TheEconomist – Twitter)
  • U.S. Halts Vaccine Plant: U.K. Cites 7 Clot Deaths: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. reaches 100m vaccinations Europe struggles speed up roll-out with just 10 per cent of EU jabbed (Mail Online UK)
  • Ukraine approves Chinese vaccine as COVID-19 cases hit new record high (Mail Online UK)
Societal & Economic Impact
2 COVID-19 tickets issued at Regina protestCTV NewsREGINA — Two people were fined for participating in a protest which exceeded the 10 person outdoor gathering limit, according to a release from the Regina Police Service (RPS). Around 2 p.m. Saturday, police monitored the protest in the 2100 block of…
COVID-19 ‘third wave’ a threat for global economyQatar TribuneTribune News Network Doha Over the last few months, a decline of new Covid-19 cases and the beginning of mass immunization campaigns across several countries fuelled the world with optimism about a durable solution for the pandemic. However, a “third…
German youngsters at greater risk of homelessness amid pandemicIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Berlin, April 4 (IANS) Children and adolescents in Germany are at an increasing risk of homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was revealed on Sunday. To get full access of the story, click here to subscribe to IANS…
Germans protest in thousands against coronavirus curbsThe Straits Times All NewsApril 04, 2021 1:10 AM STUTTGART, GERMANY (AFP) – Thousands of people protested in Stuttgart on Saturday (April 3) against virus restrictions amid a heated debate throughout Germany on tightening the measures in the face of a third wave of Covid-19.
Gov’t draws up 3-stage plan to bail out economyJordan TimesAMMAN — The Economic and Social Council on Saturday revealed additional details pertaining to the economic recovery plan submitted to Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Bisher Al Khasawneh a month ago, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. The…
Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial strugglesHawaii News NowLAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A Las Vegas man says he had no choice but to move into his van, rather than continuing to rack up debt, after he struggled to get financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brian Ward worked as a delivery driver prior to…
TRICKY QUESTION FOR PM: Health of economy hangs on the answerGoldCoastBulletin.com.auJobKeeper was so successful AT cushioning the blow of COVID-19 that it’s going to pose some very awkward questions for government going forward.
Vaccination Need to be Accelerated to Revive Jakarta’s Economy: Deputy GovernorTempo.coTEMPO[.]CO , Jakarta – T he Jakarta provincial government pledges to accelerate the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination program in its endeavors to restore public trust and revive the capital city’s economy. “By doing so, we hope Jakartans will get…
Veterinarians face increased risk of suicide amid pandemic: ReportsABC NewsAlex Stone reports for ABC News Radio's "Perspective" podcast. On Location: April 2, 2021 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines. STOCK IMAGE/Thepalmer/ The pandemic has been a challenge for many people, but for one group of professionals…
World economy risks ‘dangerously diverging’ even as growth boomsBusiness Standard IndiaWhile America's booming economy will undoubtedly act as a driver for the rest of the world by sucking in imports, there could also be some grumbling about the higher market borrowing costs The world economy is on course for its fastest growth in more…
Geopolitical Impact
India Inc in China concerned over China’s Covid-19 travel restrictionsBusiness Standard IndiaThe CEOs of a host of Indian businesses and industries in China have expressed concern The CEOs of a host of Indian businesses and industries in China have expressed concern over the continuing COVID-19 related visa and travel restrictions being…
India has key first-mover edge on China in IranAsia Times OnlinePESHAWAR – When China clinched a massive $400 billion bilateral investment pact with Iran, a 25-year deal that seeks to revive the heavily sanctioned and economically isolated nation, few noted that India was already well-engaged. By the end of May,…
The U.S. called for a transparent and independent inquiry into Covid-19’s origins, saying a WHO-led mission to China lacked access to pertinent data hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2Pm45m3WSJ – TwitterThe U.S. called for a transparent and independent inquiry into Covid-19's origins, saying a WHO-led mission to China lacked access to pertinent data hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2Pm45m3
US meets with South Korea, Japan to discuss approach to North KoreaThe HillPresident Biden 's national security adviser  Jake Sullivan met with representatives from Japan and South Korea to discuss an array of issues including North Korea, COVID-19, climate change and the situation in Myanmar. Sullivan met with South Korea's…
Cybersecurity Impact
Businesses and governments must face hard facts and cooperate to deal with escalating cyberattacksThe HillWhen the chips are down, we find that governments, businesses, communities and individuals all depend upon each other. We need look no further than our collective successes and failures in managing the COVID-19 pandemic to see this. And the same is…
Expenses watchdog refers fraud concerns involving Alba candidate to Met PoliceHerald ScotlandExpenses watchdog refers fraud concerns involving Alba candidate Lynne Anderson to Met Police Exclusive by Hannah Rodger @HRwritesnews Westminster Correspondent, The Herald PREMIUM Lynne Anderson, and Alex Salmond launching Alba 0 comment A HIGH-PROFILE…
Icelandair is warning travelers they can’t use the country as a backdoor into EuropeBusiness InsiderEurope is not open to Americans. IanC66/Shutterstock[.]com and Shutterstock[.]com Iceland is opening to vaccinated American tourists, one of the first European countries to do so. Americans without residency in the Schengen Area, however, can't travel…
Inside the HQ of the Chinese cyber ransom gangMail Online UK: It looks like a trendy start-up but they take over computers – then charge a fortune to unlock them With a young man in shorts strumming his guitar and desks littered with water bottles and coffee cups, it could be a scene from any trendy tech…
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