07 December 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Hug bubble’ safely connects care home residents to their families in France – video (The Guardian)
  • Avalanche warnings after heavy snowfalls in Austria, Italy (Deutsche Welle)
  • China claims virus may have come from Australia (New Zealand Herald)
  • China’s exports surge in year-end rush as pandemic fuels demand (shanghaisun.com)
  • China’s exports surge on hot demand for PPE, remote working tech (Australian Financial Review)
  • Covid pandemic fans flames of anti-Semitism in Switzerland (Swiss Info)
  • Denmark Unveils 2021 Budget Targeting Covid Aid, Green Agenda (Bloomberg)
  • England edge France in Autumn Nations Cup final thriller (France24)
  • Germany Eyes Tighter Curbs as Soft Shutdown Fails to Slow Spread (Bloomberg)
  • Indonesia’s decision to go ahead with regional polls sparks fears of virus spreading (Straits Times)
  • Japan plots spring restart for international tourism (Telegraph)
  • Long a Holdout From Covid-19 Restrictions, Sweden Ends Its Pandemic Experiment (WSJ.com World News)
  • South Korea imposes new coronavirus measures (Deutsche Welle)
  • Sweden’s government has abandoned its attempt—unique among Western nations—to combat the coronavirus pandemic throu… https://t.co/UrC9Tgp5GD (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Switzerland plans Covid-19 vaccination strategy (Swiss Info)
  • The Latest: Germany says vaccinations to start in early Jan. (star-telegram.com)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The pandemic border policy that will leave a scar on Japan’s foreign community (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • UK – Boris Johnson (Politico.eu)
  • UK – Firms reaping profits from Covid crisis should be taxed UK government told (The Guardian)
  • UK – Jacob Rees-Mogg warns Rishi Sunak against tax rises (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Only a few hundred people told to self-isolate receive £500 help pledged by Boris Johnson in most cities (The Independent)
  • UK – Unemployment in North worst since 1990s a year after Boris Johnson’s ‘level up’ pledge (Yorkshire Evening Post)
  • US – A Michigan pastor is under fire after claiming ‘none have died’ from the coronavirus (Business Insider)
  • US – COVID fatigue challenges Idaho during stressful pandemic. Take care of yourself, others (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – California extends lockdown as coronavirus surge shows no sign of slowing down (Telegraph)
  • US – California faces strict new coronavirus lockdowns, sheriffs push back (Malay Mail)
  • US – California faces strict new coronavirus lockdowns; sheriffs push back (Yahoo! Singapore)
  • US – Colorado ski county says visitors need negative virus test (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Kansas doctor discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on rural hospitals (CBS News)
  • US – New Hampshire veterans nursing home issues SOS over COVID-19 outbreak (ABC News)
  • US – Parts of California enters lockdown amid COVID-19 surge (CNC World)
  • US – Texas hospitalizations from COVID-19 hover just under 9,000 (star-telegram.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • AXA plans to relocate while other companies look to cut office space (Straits Times)
  • Are you getting the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine this week in the UK? (The Guardian)
  • AstraZeneca Pharma share price gains after SII applies for emergency use of Covishield (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Britain Gets Ready For Rollout Of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine This Week (NDTV Profit)
  • Business leaders see innovation as a ‘must’: Microsoft study (Business Times Singapore)
  • Cathay Pacific offers passengers free Covid-19 insurance (Trade Arabia)
  • China’s Sino Biopharmaceutical invests $515 million in Sinovac to boost vaccine production (Yahoo! India)
  • Dubai is ready to store COVID-19 vaccine, says DP World (Al Arabiya)
  • Global 5G deployment accelerates in 2020 despite pandemic — Nokia (Bernama)
  • HDFC Bank’s multiple digital outages are credit negative: Moody’s (Yahoo! India)
  • Hindalco plows on with $947 million growth plan as India revives (Livemint.com)
  • Indian shares hit record highs as ICICI Bank climbs; HDFC Bank weighs (Mail Online UK)
  • India’s Serum Institute seeks emergency use nod for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine – local media (NationalPost.com)
  • Indonesia receives first COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Janssen, AstraZeneca, Clover get ethics review board approval — DOH (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Mastercard report: may set back a generation of women in business (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • New CEO drives Wipro stock up 70% without stepping into office (Business Times Singapore)
  • Nigeria: Lufthansa Resumes Flights to Nigeria (AllAfrica.com)
  • Pfizer gains on buzz US parent seeks nod for Covid-19 vaccine in India ( 13:27) (Capital Market)
  • Pfizer says committed to supply COVID-19 vaccine across the globe (Business Today India)
  • Pfizer will bear the logistics cost for the Covid-19 vaccine, KJ tells Parliament (thestar.com.my)
  • Porsche Opens Own Storage Amid Pandemic, Automobilwoche Reports (Bloomberg)
  • Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip among first to get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot in UK (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Rapid & Deep Innovation To Bridge Structural Gaps, Cater New Market Demands: Rekha M. Menon, Accenture (Businessworld India)
  • SM Foundation, Uniqlo continue to help COVID-19 frontliners (Business Mirror)
  • Scandal Dogs China’s ‘King of Vaccines,’ Partner to AstraZeneca (NYT.com Asia Pacific)
  • Singapore Airlines, Vistara sign commercial cooperation agreement (Outlook India)
  • Sino Biopharm secures room for future growth with US$515 million investment in Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine unit (South China Morning Post)
  • Sinovac’s 1.2 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses to dispel uncertainty: Kadin (Antara News)
  • SocGen Seeks More than $500 Million Savings from Retail Revamp (Bloomberg)
  • Vodacom, MTN in 5G supremacy confrontation over devices (IT Web)
  • What Pfizer Said On Key Challenge In Coronavirus Vaccine Storage In India (NDTV)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Anti-India protestors mislead UK authorities, flout COVID-19 rules at India High Commission protestAni NewsBy Poonam Joshi London [UK], December 7 (ANI): Scores of protestors flagrantly flouted social distancing rules as they gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London on Sunday in apparent solidarity with farmers protesting new farming laws…
B.C. premier says politicians return to legislature to adopt pandemic recovery fundNationalPost.comVICTORIA — British Columbia politicians return to the legislature today for a brief session after the October election that gave the New Democrat's a majority government….
Farmers’ protest amid pandemicThe StatesmanKejriwal is among the several opposition leaders who have extended support for "Bharat bandh", which has been called for by the thousands of protesting farmers.
Govt to intensify digitalisation to revive country’s economy following Covid-19 pandemic, says Muhyiddinthestar.com.myPUTRAJAYA: The government will intensify its focus on digitalisation to help spearhead the country's post-Covid-19 economic revival, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The Prime Minister said one of the areas that will be given emphasis is the development…
Greek police detain protesters as anniversary demonstrations banned due to coronavirusSpecial Broadcasting ServiceGreek police tried to hinder demonstrators in Athens from holding rallies to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the killing of a 15-year old teenager by police.
Japan to compile $700 billion new stimulus packageMainichi JPPrime Minister Yoshihide Suga. (Mainichi) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The size of the Japanese government's additional economic package will be worth 73 trillion yen ($700 billion), as the country grapples with continuing fallout from the novel coronavirus…
MAVERICK CITIZEN: Privacy in the pandemic: The (mostly) untold story of digital contact tracing in SADaily MaverickMany people have been concerned about personal information collection and privacy when it comes to the Covid Alert application and the WhatsApp-based Covid Connect. However, South Africa’s health officials took the privacy concerns seriously and…
Namibian economy expected to plunge by historic margin: central bankXinhua News AgencyVideo Player Close WINDHOEK, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) — The Namibian economy is expected to record the largest contraction in recent history due to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bank of Namibia director of strategic communication Emma…
Warning there could be ‘second wave’ of homelessness due to pandemicstuff.co.nzThere are fears of a "second wave" of homelessness as the Covid-19 pandemic rolls on, following the end of the wage subsidy and the ongoing issue of unaffordable housing. Organisations working throughout the pandemic to house homeless and rough…
Geopolitical Impact
China Propaganda Now Blaming Italy, India for COVID-19NewsMax.comChinese propaganda is now blaming Italy or India – or any other place other than Wuhan, China – as the origin for the global coronavirus pandemic. The government and state media are pushing propaganda and twisting health experts' remarks to obscure…
China and the U.S. Are Facing Off in the Third WorldBloombergis a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, the Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Most recently, he is the co-author of "The…
China’s senior diplomat hopes U.S. policy on China can ‘return to objectivity’Yahoo! India(Reuters) – China's senior diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday he hoped and believed that U.S. policy on China could eventually "return to objectivity and rationality". China's relations with the United States hit rock bottom during the Trump…
Egypt, UK sign post-Brexit trade agreementArab NewsThe Egyptian-UK Association Agreement provides complete liberalization of trade between the two countries in industrial products, food products and fish products CAIRO: Egypt and the UK have signed the Egyptian-UK Association Agreement, which is…
Emirates rolls out special deals for India, PakistanGulf NewsThis is second time UAE airline has come up with end-of-year offers Dubai: A ticket to London can be had at Dh2,365, while that to Karachi will be from Dh1.045, as Emirates announces end-of-year rates targetted at those wanting a change of scene….
India exported more, imported less from China in 2020 amid border frictionHindustan TimesIndia’s exports to China increased by 16% in the first 11 months of the year despite the ongoing border military friction and the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, latest Chinese customs data showed on Monday. Conversely, India imported…
What are Magnitsky sanctions and why does Russia oppose them?WA TodayAustralia is looking to bring in new human rights sanctions just as tensions with China are growing. Why is the world adopting Magnitsky laws – and why does Vladimir Putin want them dropped? The name of a Russian tax auditor can now strike fear into…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cyber attacks on COVID-19 vaccine production are not quite a war crimeZDNet SecurityHacking virus research labs to steal their secret recipes is just industrial espionage. But cyber attacks against vaccine production and distribution would be a war crime — if we were at war.
Hackers threaten to disrupt COVID-19 vaccine supply chainThe HillGovernment officials and health-care groups are growing increasingly concerned about nation states and criminal hackers targeting the supply chain for COVID-19 vaccines. Concerns have been amplified as the U.S. prepares to roll out the first vaccines…
InfoSecHotSpot – Middle East facing ‘cyber pandemic’ as Covid exposes security vulnerabilities, cyber chief says The UAE has seen an… https://t.co/qkj6CsBxTQInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterMiddle East facing 'cyber pandemic' as Covid exposes security vulnerabilities, cyber chief says The UAE has seen an "at least 250% increase" in cyberattacks this year, the UAE's top cyber security chief told CNBC. https://binged.it/3mQmVNB…
Secnewsbytes – Cyber attacks on COVID-19 vaccine production are not quite a war crime | ZDNet https://t.co/5Bmp2NMvgwSecnewsbytes – TwitterCyber attacks on COVID-19 vaccine production are not quite a war crime | ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/cyber-attacks-on-covid-19-vaccine-production-are-not-quite-a-war-crime/
Secnewsbytes – Microsoft says the pandemic has changed the future of cybersecurity in these five ways – TechRepublic https://t.co/R35fPlg8KGSecnewsbytes – TwitterMicrosoft says the pandemic has changed the future of cybersecurity in these five ways – TechRepublic https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-says-the-pandemic-has-changed-the-future-of-cybersecurity-in-these-five-ways/
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