06 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘There is no mass exodus from amber-list Portugal – my plane wasn’t even full’ (Telegraph)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on June 5, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • As Greece installs ‘sound cannons’ on border, Denmark passes law allowing asylum seekers to be sent overseas (Washington Post)
  • Battle of the megaphones in a politically fractured Germany (Telegraph)
  • COVID-19 third wave not expected in Russia – first deputy PM (Itar Tass)
  • Draghi Will Find Out If He Has What It Takes to Save Italy’s Poor South (Bloomberg)
  • German Study Finds Lockdown “Had No Effect” In Stopping Spread Of COVID (Zero Hedge)
  • Holidaymakers scramble to return to UK from Portugal before quarantine deadline (Telegraph)
  • India urges caution as cities gradually reopen (Deutsche Welle)
  • India’s Capital Region to Ease Many Restrictions on Monday (New York Times)
  • India, Australia likely to resume FTA talks soon (Economic Times)
  • Irish firms seeking a slice of the German ecommerce pie  (Irish Independent)
  • Italian scientists unleash secret bacteria bioweapon to clean Florence’s Medici Chapel (Telegraph)
  • Italy Poised to Get First EU Recovery-Fund Tranche: Messaggero (Bloomberg)
  • Pilgrims return to Spain’s Camino de Santiago after pandemic shutdown (New York Post)
  • Second wave hits rural India hard, here’s how (India Today)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, June 5, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Turkey to allow indoor dining through June as COVID-19 figures drop (Globaltimes.cn)
  • UK – Big majority of Britons ‘worried’ about Boris Johnson’s plan to lift all Covid restrictions, poll reveals (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson bows to international pressure to share UK’s vaccine stockpile with poorer countries (The Independent)
  • UK – Covid Delta variant ‘about 40% more transmissible’, says Matt Hancock (The Guardian)
  • UK – Indian variant ‘around 40% more transmissible’, Matt Hancock says (Sky News)
  • UK – The key questions Matt Hancock must answer on Covid this week (The Guardian)
  • US – A Cross-Sectional Study of SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence between Fall 2020 and February 2021 in Allegheny County, Western Pennsylvania, USA (MDPI)
  • US – As more students fail during pandemic, MN schools look to protect GPAs, get teens on track to graduate (TwinCities.com)
  • US – CDC urges teens to get vaccinated against COVID (CBS News)
  • US – Evictions went on in Kansas despite a ban. Will tenants see a new wave of displacement? (KansasCity.com)
  • US – In a speech to North Carolina Republicans, former President Donald Trump tore into President Biden’s policies and said China should pay the world $10 trillion in reparations for Covid-19 hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3iqUkz7 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Massachusetts communities hit hardest by coronavirus now lag far behind in vaccinations (Boston Herald)
  • US – Minnesota COVID-19 numbers headed in ‘right direction’ (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Oregon Youth Authority reopens MacLaren detention facility in Woodburn to visitors (Oregonian)
  • WHO assigns labels to Covid variants, strain first detected in India to be called ‘Delta’ (India Today)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 1M doses of Sinovac vaccine arrive in PH (Manila Times)
  • 35,000 AstraZeneca bottles sent to Bangkok hospitals, as vaccination push begins on Monday (The Nation – Thailand)
  • ANNA MIKHAILOVA: ‘We’re worth it’ L’Oreal to repay £6m furlough cash  (Mail Online UK)
  • Amazon employees turn into Covid warriors to fight pandemic in India (Business Standard India)
  • Amazon’s next trick is to wow the on-demand world  (Irish Independent)
  • Asian Paints expects demand uncertainty in home improvement categories (Business Standard India)
  • BoB board approves setting off losses against share premium account (Business Standard India)
  • CONCERN VOICED ON ASTRA THIRD – Heart hiccup in Pfizer jab (Arab Times)
  • COVID-19 pandemic a catalyst for growth in Kingdom: Telecoms firm Nokia (Arab News)
  • China approves emergency use of Sinovac jab for kids aged 3 to 17 (Straits Times)
  • Emaar’s January-May Property Sales Surge on Dubai Rebound (Bloomberg)
  • Employees are fighting Apple’s attempts to implement a new work plan, cite fear over their well-being and more (Hindustan Times)
  • Eskom to suspend load-shedding on Saturday night (ENCA)
  • FOMO Will Drive Return of Business Travel, Airbus Boss Tells NZZ (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook fact checkers cited Lancet letter Wuhan lab funder Peter Daszak to debunk lab leak (Mail Online UK)
  • G7 nations give big shock to Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon (News24online)
  • Getting a jab each of AstraZeneca and Sinovac offers greater immunity (The Nation – Thailand)
  • HDFC extends contribution for COVID-19 relief (Economic Times)
  • Isuzu Motors India Announces Free Service And Warranty Extension For Customers Till July 3 (NDTV)
  • Joy as Siemens Boat Race of the North returns to River Tyne – with victory for Newcastle University (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • Lenovo Ranked #16 in Gartner’s 2021 Top 25 Global Supply Chain (Albawaba)
  • Multi-sector collaborations and global vaccinations key to fighting COVID-19, reveals new DHL white paper   (Zawya.com)
  • Pfizer jab lifeline for Victoria (CourierMail.com.au Breaking News)
  • Rovos Rail still not back up to full speed (Citizen.co.za)
  • SBI, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank To End These Schemes in June. Here’s Your Last Chance to Invest (News18.com)
  • STATE DIGEST: Tata Steel donates oxygen concentrators to govt (Calcutta Telegraph)
  • Sinovac says a booster shot for COVID-19 would increase antibody response tenfold within one week (Global Times)
  • Social media giant Facebook says it could pay more tax after G7 deal (Business Standard India)
  • The village where almost every other car is a supercar – and superfans flock for photos (Manchester Evening News)
  • Turkish Airlines adds one more flight to Dubai-Istanbul (Gulf News)
  • UAE’s leisure travel outlook brightens on vaccine roll-out, Mashreq Bank says (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Volkswagen chairman Poetsch to seek re-election at shareholder meeting (Business Standard India)
  • WWDC 2021: Where to watch the June 2021 Apple Event (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Woman who fired gun in OKC McDonald’s over pandemic rules gets prison time (Tulsa World)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Coronavirus doctor’s diary: Will we need a third dose of vaccine? (BBC)
  • Covid cases soar 70 per cent in a week to 5,765 (Mail Online UK)
  • Lockdown end hope as vaccines have ‘broken the chain’ between Covid and serious illness (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • Mass. reports 96,380 new COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday (Boston Globe)
  • Memorial Day celebrations led to a second Covid-19 surge in 2020. This year, they are the first major test of vaccinations. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/34KFZ8p (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Researchers are exploring whether a Covid-19 booster made by one company could be given to someone who got a different company’s vaccine hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3fPZbb2 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Royal Caribbean Won’t Require Covid-19 Vaccination To Ride U.S. Cruises (Forbes.com)
  • Stephen Donnelly ‘privileged’ to receive coronavirus vaccine (Irish Times)
  • Vaccines have ‘broken the chain’ between COVID and serious illness, NHS chief says (Sky News Latest)
  • White House partnering with faith communities to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations (FOXNews.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
25 states are moving to end unemployment benefits. 15 of them have lower than average vaccination rates.Business InsiderPeople pass walk by the Vaccination center at the Townsquare Mall in Rockaway, New Jersey on January 8, 2021. – Governor Murphy toured a vaccine "mega" site at a former Sears store in Morris County, where health officials hope to vaccinate more than…
Biden May Be Open To Fourth Stimulus CheckInternational Business Times AustraliaThere haven’t been any official announcements regarding a fourth stimulus check being handed out to Americans, but the Biden Administration is officially leaving the door open to the possibility of them, even if they aren’t part of the current plans…
Doorstep ration delivery scheme should be implemented across India in view of KejriwalOutlook IndiaNew Delhi, June 6 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why the doorstep ration delivery scheme by his government was stalled by the Centre and appealed to him to allow its implementation in the…
Has Climate Change Impacted Past and Present Pandemics?News18.comUntil now, there has been no direct evidence to prove a correlation between climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, although there is a growing consensus among the scientific community that climate change affects the ways species interact, humans…
Indore: Covid norms go for a toss after BJP activists celebrate the birthday of ward presidents inside vaccination centreThe Freepress JournalIndore: All COVID-19 norms went for a toss on Saturday when BJP activists celebrated the birthday of a ward president at the vaccination centre in Sadar Bazar area. The activists not only failed to maintain social distancing but most of them were not…
Investors prepare to lose central bank supportAustralian Financial ReviewGlobal equity investors are bracing for the start of a tapering cycle, as a return of inflation and economic growth prompts central banks globally to ease the emergency monetary policy measures they introduced at the height of the pandemic last year….
Lust for power amid Covid will lead to anarchy in Mumbai: CMTimes of IndiaMumbai: In a veiled attack on former ally, BJP, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said acting with “lust for power” during the coronavirus pandemic will lead to “anarchy”. Saving lives was the most important thing now, he said….
Namibia Central Bank Warns Against Lockdown Amid 3rd Covid WaveBloombergCountry’s debt could jump to 77% of GDP by 2024, Gawaxab says New covid cases reached a record level of 717 on Thursday Namibia’s central bank governor warned that another lockdown would damage the economy and add to the government’s debt burden, even…
Resumption of evictions during COVID-19 risks worsening of homelessness, affordable housing crisisOttawaCitizen.comThe lifting of Ontario’s temporary pause on residential evictions this week could create a “devastating” housing crisis in Ottawa by tossing thousands of residents from their homes, Somerset Ward Coun. Catherine McKenney says….
US economy: Plenty of growth, not enough workers or suppliesstar-telegram.comThe U.S. economy is sparking confusion and whiplash almost as fast as it’s adding jobs. Barely more than a year after the coronavirus caused the steepest economic fall and job ……
Geopolitical Impact
China calls on Russia to hold the line again ‘US perverse acts’South China Morning PostChinese foreign minister says Washington is using democracy and human rights to interfere in the domestic politics of other countries Wang Yi thanks Sergey Lavrov for his support in the revived debate about the origins of the coronavirus
Daily Briefing: Centre sends ‘last notice’ to Twitter over social media rules; India, China can solve own issues, says PutinIndian ExpressGood morning, Big Story As the tussle between the Centre and Twitter intensifies, the Centre has issued “one last notice” to the microblogging site, warning that the platform immediately follows all requirements of the newly announced guidelines for…
Trio of senators to visit Taiwan amid China tensionsThe HillThe de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan announced on Saturday that three U.S. senators will make a trip this weekend to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen in order to discuss security, among other issues. Sens.  Chris Coons  (D-Del.),  Tammy Duckworth…
U.S.-China Trade Relationship Significantly Imbalanced, Tai SaysBloombergSign up  for the New Economy Daily newsletter, follow us  @economics  and subscribe to our  podcast . The trade relationship between the two largest economies in the world has “significant imbalance” and the Biden administration is committed to…
US promises vaccines for Taiwan amid China rowSydney Morning Herald“Taiwan is facing unique challenges in combating the virus,” he said. “While we are doing our best to import vaccines, we must overcome obstacles to ensure that these life-saving medicine are delivered free from troubles of Beijing.” He said China is…
US to donate 750,000 COVID jabs to Taiwan amid China rowAl JazeeraUS donation comes after Taiwan accused China of trying to block the island from accessing vaccines internationally. The United States will give Taiwan 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, as part of the country’s plan to share millions of jabs…
US, India, China account for 60% of 2 bn Covid jabs distributed globally: WHONew Delhi PioneerOf the two billion Covid-19 vaccine doses distributed globally till now, about 60 per cent have gone to just three countries – the US, India and China, a senior adviser at the World Health Organisation said. Senior Advisor to WHO Director-General…
‘I can’t recruit chefs’: Brexit and Covid plunge hospitality into crisisYahoo! Finance UK and IrelandLunchtime in St Albans on a sunny weekday in half-term, and restaurants, bars and cafes are doing a roaring trade. Demand has bounced back strongly among residents of the Hertfordshire commuter town, who appear eager to eat and drink out again after…
Cybersecurity Impact
Airline industry suffers cyberattackPhilippine StarThe International Air Transport Association expects total air passenger numbers in 2021 to be 52 percent lower compared to that in 2019 as pandemic restrictions continue to hinder travel. It is only by next year that passenger numbers are anticipated…
Colorado agencies, schools, companies gird themselves against cyberattacks: “Something big on the horizon”Denver PostAttack on JBS, Greeley’s largest employer, is latest in escalating series of threats Data breaches. The dark web. Ransom demands. While these phrases may seem like abstract plot points in a cable TV crime-solving show, Colorado businesses and…
Cybercriminals Target Retail Chains and Food JointsCywareAlmost all retail businesses today depend on the internet for most of their operations. While they invest in state-of-the-art platforms, meeting adequate security protocols appears to be a blockage. In recent months, several cyberattacks have been…
G-7 summit, China data security bill, Mongolia electionNikkei Asian ReviewWelcome to Your Week in Asia. International summitry resumes this week, as Boris Johnson welcomes his counterparts in person for the annual G-7 leaders' meeting. Not to be left out, China will gather Southeast Asian foreign ministers as it seeks to…
Hackers behind JBS ransomware have new extortion tacticFOXBusiness.comCrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch joins 'The Claman Countdown' to discuss America's cyber defense system The criminal gangs that carried out ransomware attacks on JBS, Colonial Pipeline and others have a new tactic. REvil, aka Sodinokibi, was…
Ransomware attacks are closing schools, delaying chemotherapy and derailing everyday lifeWashington PostSAN FRANCISCO — It can feel abstract: A group of organized but faceless criminals hijacking corporate computer systems and demanding millions of dollars in exchange for their safe return. But the impact of these ransomware attacks is increasingly,…
“The ripple effects of ransomware can result in everything from mild inconvenience to people losing their lives, and it’s only increased in frequency during the pandemic.” hxxps://www[.]washingtonpost[.]com/technology/2021/07/08/ransomware-human-impact/DaveMaasland – Twitter“The ripple effects of ransomware can result in everything from mild inconvenience to people losing their lives, and it’s only increased in frequency during the pandemic.”…

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