05 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Belgian broadband growth accelerates, Voo sale main focus for 2021 (Telecompaper)
  • COVID-19 cluster brings about new measures for China city (Al Arabiya)
  • China won’t reach pre-pandemic conditions for a few months, despite strong pandemic recovery throughout most of 2020 (Business Insider)
  • Experts across Canada call on government to step up sanitary measures (Global News Canada)
  • First found in Britain and South Africa, Covid-19 variants have been detected across the world (The Straits Times All News)
  • Germany To Prolong Shutdown As Vaccine Row Intensifies (International Business Times Australia)
  • Germany and Denmark consider delaying second Covid vaccine dose (The Guardian)
  • Italy’s 5Star Movement learns to love coronavirus vaccines (Politico.eu)
  • Japan to halt business travel from S. Korea, China, elsewhere (Asahi.com)
  • Netherlands refuses entry to UK nationals for non-essential travel (The Guardian)
  • Pakistan decides to reopen educational institutions in phases from Jan.18 (The Gulf Today)
  • Pandemic rains on Spain’s glittering Epiphany parades (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Police break up church service in Germany with over 100 maskless worshippers (The Independent)
  • Questions about the origins of the coronavirus in China (CBS News)
  • Singapore firms’ payment performance hits all-time low in 2020 amid Covid-19 (The Straits Times All News)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada on Jan. 4, 2021 (Winnipeg Free Press)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown for England as coronavirus cases surge (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s dithering over Covid-19 has left the UK fatally exposed – again (New Statesman)
  • UK – British public backs new lockdown as two thirds say Boris Johnson has handled school openings badly (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • UK – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders new national lockdown as Britain faces ‘critical moment’ in coronavirus pandemic (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • UK – UK government unveils £4.6 billion in new lockdown stimulus for businesses hard-hit by COVID-19 (Business Insider)
  • US – 2020 is when private spaceflight just got started. In 2021 it will shoot for the stars (CTV News)
  • US – CDC says Arizona has US’s highest rate of new COVID-19 infections (The Hill)
  • US – California’s COVID-19 numbers grow with hospitals swamped (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut stuck in COVID-19 holding pattern as positivity rate dips but hospitalizations increase (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Global polio surveillance declined amid coronavirus pandemic: CDC (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Indiana leaders stress mental health awareness amid pandemic (Chicago Tribune)
  • US – Kentucky governor vows to pick up COVID-19 vaccination pace (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Kentucky lawmakers set to convene amid COVID-19 challenges (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Massachusetts coronavirus data dashboard goes interactive (Boston Herald)
  • US – New York state leaders have moved ahead with minimum-wage increases over objections from some groups who said busin… https://t.co/5xappbNaVV (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Prosecutor: Wisconsin pharmacist intended to destroy coronavirus vaccine doses because he believed they were not safe (STLtoday.com)
  • US – Taiwan ‘best at early action’ on coronavirus: Former American CDC director (Taiwan News Online)
  • US – Texas sees coronavirus hospitalizations record just days into new year (FOXNews.com)
  • US – ‘We have to do better’: California Democrats say COVID pandemic highlighted their failures (Fresno Bee)
  • USAF Personnel in Germany Begin Getting COVID-19 Vaccine (NewsMax.com)
  • Under fire, France extends Covid-19 vaccine rollout to firemen, aid workers over 50 (France24)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • ‘Scandal!’ Fury in France at slow rollout of Covid-19 vaccine programme (The Independent)
Actions by Companies
  • 1st person to receive Pfizer vaccine in U.S. gets booster shot (Global News Canada)
  • Applied Materials Lifts Bid for Kokusai Electric to $3.5 Billion (Bloomberg)
  • Coronavirus pandemic- Indonesia starts Sinovac rollout this week (indonesianews.net)
  • Etihad CEO Tony Douglas receives Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in Abu Dhabi (Gulf Business)
  • Experts question the emergency use authorization given to Bharat Biotech and AstraZeneca (IANS Live)
  • From Costco and Target to TV sitcom sets, L.A. workplaces emerge as likely pathways for coronavirus spread (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • Google rolls out January update with bug fixes for Pixel phones (Hindustan Times)
  • Grim forecast for Huawei’s global smartphone ranking (IT Web)
  • Health worker dies two days after receiving Pfizer’s COVID vaccine (International Business Times India)
  • Honda Develops a Mask for Cars That is Capable of Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 Inside Cabin (News18.com)
  • Honda debuts a ‘face mask’ for air filters that destroys 99.9% of virus droplets inside vehicles (Mail Online UK)
  • How Japan’s PM bypassed health ministry to secure Pfizer vaccine (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Jokowi scheduled to receive Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine on Jan 13 (Antara News)
  • Khairy: Govt to spend RM6.7m on special freezers for Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine (Malay Mail)
  • Korea begins evaluation of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine (The Korea Times News)
  • Mexico approves AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use (Business Standard India)
  • More doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive on P.E.I. (CBC)
  • No data to support delay of second Covid vaccine dose, say Pfizer and BioNTech (The Independent)
  • Novo Nordisk extends COVID-19 Patient Assistanc… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Qantas brings forward flights to US, UK as optimism grows over vaccine (ABC Online)
  • Qantas reopens flight bookings, from July 2021 (9News.com.au)
  • Qantas reopens international bookings from July on vaccine hopes (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • RBI wants IDBI Bank to come out of PCA framework before stake sale (Business Standard India)
  • Shell to lay off nearly 700 workers in Louisiana after refinery closure (Houston Chronicle)
  • Telenor Norway says Snapchat dominates New Year’s Eve messaging in 2020 (Telecompaper)
  • Telia Sweden says Covid-19 causes rise in Christmas mobile calls, texts, viewing (Telecompaper)
  • UK first to roll out AstraZeneca shots in race to stem Covid-19 surge (Today Online)
  • UK to impose tougher curbs as it rolls out first AstraZeneca shots (Straits Times)
  • Vietnam agrees to buy AstraZeneca vaccine, in talks with other producers (The Korea Times News)
  • “We are truly in unprecedented territory”: Companies working with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca to mass produce c… https://t.co/iVCBt2enX4 (WSJ – Twitter)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is ‘huge step forward’ for public health: Doctor (FOX Business – Video)
  • Coronavirus updates: Oregon to administer 12K vaccine doses daily by Jan. 15; Mexico approves AstraZeneca vaccine; 353K US deaths (USA Today)
  • Country has 2nd highest Covid-19 cases. See their vaccine plan (CNN)
  • Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Houston (Houston Chronicle)
  • Moderna to add 100 million doses to COVID-19 vaccine supply this year (The Hill)
  • New York to fine hospitals that fail to deploy COVID-19 vaccine within a week: governor (Reuters)
  • New coronavirus variants could lead to a surge. The vaccine rollout is more urgent than ever. (Washington Post)
  • SII set to gain approval for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine (Pharma Letter)
  • U.S. surpasses 350,000 coronavirus deaths as vaccinations lag (CBS News)
  • Young people are our future and should have higher priority for COVID-19 vaccine (Cleveland.com)
  • [Country in Focus] New variant of SARS-CoV-2 in UK causes surge of COVID-19 (The Lancet Respiratory Medicine online)
  • mRNA-1273 Vaccine to Prevent Covid-19 (New England Journal of Medicine)
Societal & Economic Impact
‘Korean economy to show quickest recovery in 2021’The Korea Times NewsThe Korean economy is expected to recover much faster than those of many advanced countries in 2021, due to its fast response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the solid demand for information technology goods as businesses increasingly go contactless,…
CNMI expects Covid-19 stimulus chequesRadio New ZealandThe Northern Marianas is expected to receive stimulus cheques worth about $US47 million as part of the $US900 billion federal pandemic relief package. Though not as big as the $US1,200 that was handed out to taxpayers during the first round of…
Chile’s economy grows in November for first time since onset of pandemicthestar.com.mySANTIAGO, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) — Economic activity in Chile rose by 0.3 percent in November 2020 compared to the same month in 2019, marking the first increase since the novel coronavirus pandemic broke out here in March, the Central Bank of Chile said…
Homeless people are trying to catch coronavirus to get off the streets, report findsTelegraphOthers said little or no information around testing had made its way to them Homeless people are trying to catch coronavirus so they don’t have to spend winter on the streets, a report has warned. Research conducted into those sleeping rough and…
Hong Kong fourth wave: Carrie Lam calls for improved coronavirus contact tracing, says ‘zero infections’ not necessary to ease social-distancing measuresSouth China Morning Post – NewsHong Kong’s leader revealed on Tuesday that the government planned to improve contact tracing of Covid-19 infections by pouring more manpower into the effort, admitting it could have done a better job on this front.Speaking ahead of her weekly…
Infographic: Tourism Back To 1990 Levels As Pandemic Halts TravelInternational Business TimesWhile few industries have been spared by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, even fewer have been hit as hard as the tourism sector. As 2020 drew to a close with severe limitations to travel still in place, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)…
Protests and pandemic: will pent-up resentment, frustration among Hong Kong’s youth explode again into social unrest?South China Morning Post – NewsHong Kong leaders must tackle students’ pent-up resentment against the government and frustration over the coronavirus pandemic, experts have said, warning that anger could explode again into social unrest.They raised the alarm after an unpublished…
Violence against women in abusive relationships escalated during pandemic, experts sayHawaii News NowHONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Carla, the mother of a two-year-old, said she’s been trapped with an abusive spouse for years ― but during the pandemic, the verbal and emotional attacks escalated. “He would call me stupid, and useless and ugly,…
Who needs the stimulus checks — and who doesn’tWashington PostI frequently find myself at odds with the opinions expressed in The Post, but the Dec. 30 editorial “ A bad stimulus idea ” regarding the increase in the amount of stimulus checks was right on the money (pun intended). My wife and I are of the…
‘Coronavirus was caused by China’: President Trump defends $2000 stimulus chequesTownsvilleBulletin.com.auPresident Donald Trump says Americans need the $2000 coronavirus stimulus cheques because "this problem was caused by China".
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit `teething problems´ and coronavirus pose issues…Mail Online UK“Teething problems” with Brexit as well as the continuing pandemic have posed issues for Britons trying to enter EU countries. Travellers heading for Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden have been held up at borders following the UK’s departure from the…
British court rejects U.S. extradition request for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, saying he is at risk of suicideThe Nation – ThailandLONDON – A British judge ruled Monday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of violating the Espionage Act, because he is at extreme risk of suicide and might not be protected from harming…
China refutes U.S. accusation of undermining int’l rule of lawXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) — China responded on Monday to an accusation from the U.S. Department of State that China has been undermining the international rule of law, refuting the allegation and urging the U.S. side to stop generating false…
China to punish lawyers hired to help Hong Kong protestersTelegraphTwo human rights lawyers will have their licences revoked after representing activists who tried to flee to Taiwan Chinese authorities intend to revoke licences for human rights lawyers hired to help a group of Hong Kong protesters arrested in late…
China urges U.S. to be reasonable, rational on COVID-19 originsshanghaisun.com Holiday travelers wearing face masks are seen at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, on Dec. 23, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua) BEIJING,
Covid Made India Strengthen Itself, Step Up On Global Stage: Envoy To ChinaNDTVVikram Misri said that the "devastating impact" of the pandemic was hard to quantify and its implications have been profound.
EMBARGOED Australia job advertisements climb to 18-month high in DecReutersBy Reuters Staff 2 Min Read SYDNEY, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Australian job advertisements jumped to an 18-month peak in December, recovering steep losses during the pandemic lockdown and auguring well for a continued rebound in employment in coming months. Tu…
New Brunswick natural resources minister travelled to N.S. to see significant other for ChristmasGlobal News CanadaNew Brunswick natural resources minister Mike Holland left the province in order to see his significant other for Christmas, the premier’s office has confirmed. Nicolle Carlin, director of communications for Premier Blaine Higgs’ office, said no other…
Saudi Arabia to lift Qatar embargo, open airspace and land borderBusiness Standard IndiaSaudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar in the first steps toward ending a diplomatic crisis that has deeply divided regional US allies since 2017 Kuwaits foreign ministry on Monday announced that Saudi Arabia will open its air and…
Taiwan’s economic, COVID successes credited to its China policy: Korean paperFocus TaiwanSeoul, Jan. 5 (CNA) A major South Korean newspaper has recently praised Taiwan for its achievement in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, attributing the success, as well as its better economic performance over South Korea over the past few years, to…
Will India Be Decisive On QUAD — As US Wishes — To Offset China?Yahoo! IndiaChina hopes that the next US administration under President-elect Joe Biden will adopt a ‘sensible approach’ and restore normalcy to the bilateral relations. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi recent said in an interview that “China-US relations have…
Cybersecurity Impact
5 Cybersecurity Protocols That MatterInformation Security BuzzAs 2021 arrives, technology will stay a major player across the world. The coronavirus pandemic has enforced the need for technology of all kinds, but with that reliance comes a… The ISBuzz Post: This Post …
Considerations For A Threat-Informed Approach To CybersecurityForbes.comStephan is the Founder and CTO of  AttackIQ , focusing on customer success and influencing the technology vision. Chief security officers (CSOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs) carry the pressure of protecting their organization from a…
Cyber-attacks On Hospitals Spike By 45% WorldwideInformation Security BuzzResearch (CPR) report a 45% increase in cyber-attacks on healthcare organizations worldwide in the last two months, making healthcare the most targeted industry by cyber criminals. ·       Increase (+45%) in global cyber-attacks on healthcare sector…
CyberScoopNews – How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic… https://t.co/KHxEvXAx2nCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic https://www.cyberscoop.com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ by @snlyngaas
Five Ways To Close Cybersecurity Gaps Created By The PandemicForbes.comPresident and Chief Executive Officer at  Insight Enterprises , helping clients manage their business today and transform for the future. Equipping employees to work from home has enabled organizations across the country to maintain operations…
Hackers trained by Tokyo Olympics organizers to fight cyberattacksMainichi JPThis Sept. 6, 2020 file photo shows the monument of the Olympic rings installed in front of National Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo Olympics. (Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The organizing committee of this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has…
Our Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2020 – Insider Threats, Cybersecurity and MoreSecurity Bloggers Network2020 was not like most of us imagined it would have been. With Covid-19 came… The post Our Top 10 Blog Posts Of 2020 –…
RSAsecurity – RT @helpnetsecurity: Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity – https://t.co/IIOs5jwhJg – @Zulfikar_Ramzan @RSAsecurity #cybersecurity…RSAsecurity – TwitterRT @helpnetsecurity: Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity – https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/12/21/covid-19-cybersecurity/ – @Zulfikar_Ramzan @RSAsecurity #cybersecurity #security #infosecurity #itsecurity #CISO #cybersecuritynews…
cybersecboardrm – Five Ways To Close Cybersecurity Gaps Created By The Pandemic #Cybersecurity #security https://t.co/X4hY8cqmJKcybersecboardrm – TwitterFive Ways To Close Cybersecurity Gaps Created By The Pandemic #Cybersecurity #security https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2021/01/04/five-ways-to-close-cybersecurity-gaps-created-by-the-pandemic/?sh=164c48402841
virusbtn – Kaspersky’s @unpacker analysed two attacks in which COVID-19 related research was targeted by the Lazarus Group… https://t.co/9BsAP9OVrtvirusbtn – TwitterKaspersky's @unpacker analysed two attacks in which COVID-19 related research was targeted by the Lazarus Group https://securelist.com/lazarus-covets-covid-19-related-intelligence/99906/ https://twitter.com/virusbtn/status/1346134303156146178/photo/1…

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