07 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A Third Wave Washes over Germany as Vaccination Campaign Mounts (Spiegel Online)
  • Almost 1 million vaccinated in Pakistan (Gulf News)
  • Argentina responds to second wave of Covid-19 (EFE)
  • At 1,15,736, India records highest single day COVID-19 spike so far (India TV)
  • Brazil’s Covid-19 catastrophe may threaten world as new variant spreads (Channel 4)
  • Canada, France battle virus, filling ICUs (The West Australian)
  • Covid-19 in France: Secret Dinner Parties for Elite Sets Off Outrage (NYT.com Europe)
  • Covid-19 lockdown ‘bridge’ proposal causes confusion in Germany amid third wave (Irish Times)
  • France’s biggest stadium becomes giant Covid vaccination centre (France24)
  • Germany’s Scholz: Covid surge shows now is not the time to reopen economy (CNBC)
  • Germany: a patchwork of COVID-19 regulations (Deutsche Welle)
  • How vaccinations have led Israel to freedom but failed to stop third wave in Chile (Mail Online UK)
  • India health official says next four weeks ‘very, very critical’ in COVID-19 battle (Today Online)
  • India reports record 115,736 new COVID-19 infections (Chandigarh Tribune)
  • Malaysia resumes work on rail link, will mean closer ties (Globaltimes.cn)
  • Norway COVID-19 infections must decline before easing… (Mail Online UK)
  • Pandemic drives Germany to highest deficit in 30 years – statistics office (Mail Online UK)
  • Poland’s Record-Low Rates to Survive Price Shock (Bloomberg)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, April 6, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘not giving up’ on overseas holidays from May 17 (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘under pressure from experts to keep social distancing’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces battle over ‘un (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – What does ‘returning to normal’ mean with a prime minister like Boris Johnson? (The Guardian)
  • UK – Why Boris Johnson Can’t Throw Caution to the Wind (Bloomberg)
  • US – Backlash and reversal after CDC director says vaccinated people cannot spread COVID-19 (NationalPost.com)
  • US – COVID-19 NEWS: volunteers who received two doses of the @moderna_tx #COVID19 vaccine in spring 2020 as part of an #NIH-led Phase 1 trial retained high levels of antibodies 6 months after the second dose, according to new data published in @NEJM today. (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – California Plans to Lift Most Coronavirus Restrictions on Businesses and Workplaces June 15 (Bloomberg)
  • US – California aims to fully reopen by June 15 (NBCNews.com)
  • US – California aims to fully reopen the economy June 15 (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California plans to fully reopen its economy on June 15 assuming there is enough supply of vaccine for everyone ages 16 and older and Covid-19 hospitalizations remain low hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3mnyDQp (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – California plans to lift most Covid-19 pandemic restrictions from June 15 (Business Standard India)
  • US – California to Lift Virus Restrictions on June 15 (New York Times)
  • US – Dr. Amy Acton, who led Ohio’s early pandemic response, says she won’t run for US Senate (STLtoday.com)
  • US – How much longer can California buck spring COVID-19 surge? There are concerns (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Michigan is newest COVID-19 epicenter (CBS News)
  • US – Montana governor catches COVID-19, shows mild symptoms (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Texas governor bars state agencies from asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccinations (The Hill)
  • US – Trust in CDC during coronavirus pandemic saw declines, survey suggests (FOXNews.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236 379 survivors of a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records (Lancet)
  • Africa needs more genome sequencing to tackle new variants of SARS-CoV-2 (Nature Medicine)
  • AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine shortfall hobbles Australia’s rollout (Washington Post)
  • Biden to announce all US adults will be eligible for coronavirus vaccine by April 19 (TheHill – The Hill News)
  • Britain to deploy Moderna COVID-19 shot from third week of April (FirstWord Pharma)
  • In the race to stay ahead of COVID-19 variants, the US lags globally (USA Today)
  • Likely Legal, ‘Vaccine Passports’ Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide (New York Times)
  • Moderna jab to be deployed in a fortnight, minister reveals as experts behind Valneva’s vaccine (Mail Online UK)
  • Morgan Freeman takes role as COVID-19 moral authority: ‘If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine’ (Washington Times)
  • Neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 Variants by Convalescent and Vaccinee Serum (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Recorded but not revealed: exploring the relationship between sex and gender, country income level, and COVID-19 (Lancet)
  • Texas governor bars state agencies from asking for proof of COVID-19 vaccinations (The Hill)
  • Why concerns over AstraZeneca jab are unlikely to derail UK’s vaccine programme (Sky News)
  • With 81,281 new COVID-19 vaccinations, Mass. passes 4 million shots in arms (Boston Globe)
Societal & Economic Impact
A year after first COVID-19 state of emergency, Japan remains in precarious situationJapanTimes.co.jpA fourth wave looks imminent as cases involving variants continue to spread amid a decrease in the effectiveness of countermeasures due to a weary public.
Brazil: Sex workers protest to get coronavirus vaccinationsMail Online UKVideo: Prostitutes go on strike for a week to demand they are among 'front line' workers getting priority Covid-19 vaccines in Brazil This clip shows a number of sex workers in Brazil protesting in order to move up the queue for coronavirus vaccines….
COVID-19 in Mumbai: Not enough contact tracing is the major cause for spurt, concedes BMCThe Freepress JournalA health worker takes a swab sample for a Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) at a roadside market following restrictions imposed by the state government amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases, in Mumbai on April 6, 2021. (Photo by AFP) Mumbai: Limited…
Kim Jong Un admits North Korea faces ‘worst-ever situation’ as economy is devastated by coronavirusMail Online UKKim Jong Un admits North Korea is facing its 'worst-ever situation' as its crumbling economy is devastated further by coronavirus lockdown Kim Jong Un acknowledged the state of the economy in Pyongyang on Tuesday Experts say Covid-19 is his toughest…
Military suicides grew in 2020 during COVID pandemic, report showsJournal-NewsThe number of overall active-duty military deaths by suicide grew in 2020, a new report from the Pentagon shows. Overall, all branches of the military recorded 377 suicides among active-duty service members in 2020, up from 348 in the active-duty…
Pandemic recession could have been three times as bad: IMFYahoo! CanadaJeff Mortimer, BNY Mellon Wealth Management Director of Investment Strategy joins the Yahoo Finance Live panel to discuss the latest market action.
Pandemic will leave little lingering damage for big economies, says IMFFT.com – WorldSuccess in managing economic fallout will not be replicated in emerging economies, fund forecasts
UBC study finds pollution did not decrease everywhere during pandemicGlobal News CanadaA UBC researcher has found that air pollution did not decrease everywhere during shutdowns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Linda Aylesworth reports.
US economy is growing at its fastest pace since 1984Mail Online UKthanks to vaccine roll-out and government aid and will grow by 6.5 percent by the end of 2021 The US economy is expected to grow 6.5 percent by the end of 2021 and another 3.5 percent by 2022  It is the fast the economy will have grown since 1984…
Geopolitical Impact
China contemplates military action against TaiwanWashington TimesANALYSIS/OPINION: There have been some developments in the past that may have led to negative sentiments against China. The failure to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, and human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet are some of the issues…
Coventry City chief executive Dave Boddy criticises ‘ridiculous’ transfer embargoes placed on some Championship clubsBBCTransfer embargoes imposed on some Championship clubs for opting to follow Covid-related government guidelines are "ridiculous", according to Coventry City chief executive Dave Boddy. Coventry, Luton Town and Cardiff City all used the option of a…
EU approaches India for 10m doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine as Delhi blocks UK jabs shipmentMail Online UKNow EUROPE goes to India in an attempt to buy 10m extra doses of AstraZeneca vaccine while Delhi blocks shipment of 5m jabs to Britain Britain has already blamed India's export ban for delaying the shipment of five million doses to the UK An India…
Gov’t expects 2M doses from Russia, ChinaPhilippine Daily InquirerVaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Tuesday said the government is expecting 2 million vaccines against COVID-19 this month as the country rushes to inoculate health workers, senior citizens and other priority populations. Galvez said 500,000 doses of…
Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closerMainichi JPIn this June 5, 2019 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, center left, enter a hall for talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool) MOSCOW (AP) — They're…
Maharashtra water resources dept engineer held for taking Rs 90,000 bribeBusiness Standard IndiaAn assistant engineer of the Maharashtra Water Resources department was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90,000 from a farmer, an ACB official said An assistant engineer of the Maharashtra Water Resources department was arrested on…
Mexico minister plans visits to Russia, China, India, U.S. over vaccinesNationalPost.comMEXICO CITY — Mexico's foreign minister said on Tuesday he planned visits soon to Russia, China, India and the United States as part of his government's efforts to make sure that its supply agreements for vaccines against COVID-19 are honored….
Russia ‘no’ to military ties with ChinaThe StatesmanRussia today ruled out forming a military alliance with China even as it sought further deepening of the defence partnership with India. “No,” Russian Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said categorically at a joint Press conference with External Affairs…
Senators push ‘united stand’, multilateral approach on South China Sea disputePhilippine Star(Philstar[.]com) – April 6, 2021 – 8:21pm MANILA, Philippines — Three senators on Tuesday said the government must work with other countries in order to effectively stand up to Beijing's actions in the West Philippine Sea. Tension over the presence of…
Taiwan says India helped Paraguay get Covid vaccines after China pressureBusiness Standard IndiaTaiwan says China was 'flexing its muscles' with its vaccine diplomacy, in particular in South and Central America. Taiwan worked with other democracies to help its diplomatic ally Paraguay get COVID-19 vaccines after China put pressure on the South…
Will White House use vaccines for geopolitics?Global TimesUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during remarks at the State Department on Monday that the US is "exploring options" to share more COVID-19 vaccines with other countries, as it gets "more confident" in…
Cybersecurity Impact
Array of recent phishing schemes use personalized job lures, voice manipulationSC Magazine USThe Internal Revenue Service headquarters building in the Federal Triangle section of Washington, D.C. Among phishing schemes to emerge recently is one targeting university students with promises of tax refunds. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/) A series…
Cops: E-commerce fraud cases went up during pandemicthestar.com.myKUALA LUMPUR: Instances of e-commerce fraud have increased as more people turn to online shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic, says Bukit Aman. Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) deputy director Comm Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din…
Education In The Crosshairs Of Cyberattacks | AvastAvast BlogFor the nearly six million K-12 teachers and more than …
Industries critical to COVID-19 response suffer surge in cloud cyberattacks #CyberAttack hxxps://www[.]zdnet[.]com/article/industries-critical-to-covid-19-response-suffer-surge-in-cloud-cyberattacks/cybersecboardrm – TwitterIndustries critical to COVID-19 response suffer surge in cloud cyberattacks #CyberAttack hxxps://www[.]zdnet[.]com/article/industries-critical-to-covid-19-response-suffer-surge-in-cloud-cyberattacks/
Inheritance tax options, Irish billionaires’ wealth and the massive Facebook data leakIrish TimesBusiness Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk Here we go again: leaked Facebook profile data that first surfaced in 2019 but was hard to access has now become widely available online. The leak includes private…
RT @threatcollect: Industries critical to COVID-19 response suffer surge in cloud cyberattacks #InfoSec hxxps://www[.]zdnet[.]com/article/industries-critical-to-covid-19-response-suffer-surge-in-cloud-cyberattacks/#ftag=RSSbaffb68cybersecboardrm – TwitterRT @threatcollect: Industries critical to COVID-19 response suffer surge in cloud cyberattacks #InfoSec hxxps://www[.]zdnet[.]com/article/industries-critical-to-covid-19-response-suffer-surge-in-cloud-cyberattacks/#ftag=RSSbaffb68
Ransomware Attacks Grew by 485% in 2020Infosecurity – Latest NewsRansomware Attacks Grew by 485% in 2020 Ransomware attacks increased by an astonishing 485% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Bitdefender’s …
Solicitors among pandemic-era cybercrime victims – regulatorIrish TimesLegal Services Regulatory Authority warns about bank details amid surge in complaints Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome…
The Cybersecurity 202: A massive Facebook breach underscores limits to current data breach notification lawsWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer Lawmakers and privacy experts are slamming Facebook for its handling of a leak of more than 500 million users' personal information that was posted online for free. The stolen data, first spotted by cybercrime intelligence firm…

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