07 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Brazil struggles against second wave of COVID-19 (Deutsche Welle)
  • China continues to deceive about COVID-19 outbreak, say experts (Ani News)
  • German army helps Portugal cope with COVID-19 surge (Deutsche Welle)
  • Hundreds of protesters march in Switzerland against COVID restrictions (The Hill)
  • India asks states to speed up COVID-19 vaccination (Today Online)
  • Iran to start COVID-19 vaccination; Turkey’s tally hits 2,524,786 (Guanming Daily 光明网)
  • Italy’s Draghi wins support of 2 rival parties for new govt (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Japan’s farm exports hit record high in 2020 despite pandemic (News On Japan)
  • Only 21% cleaning hands appropriately in Japan amid pandemic: survey (News On Japan)
  • Singaporean in Canada leads volunteers to sew 50,000 PPE items (The Straits Times All News)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson still unclear when UK’s third lockdown will ease The latest lockdown is now into its second month. (ONE News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson under pressure after eighteen Tory MPs back call to open schools in England by Feb 22 (Telegraph)
  • UK – Don’t increase taxes in next month’s Budget, Labour’s Anneliese Dodds tells Rishi Sunak (Telegraph)
  • UK – Matt Hancock urges firms with more than 50 employees to access rapid testing (The Independent)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak must reduce National Insurance to boost jobs and pay for the pandemic (Telegraph)
  • US – 3K more residents infected, but 63K more vaccinated against coronavirus across Illinois (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – A race between vaccinations and more contagious coronavirus variants has begun in Arizona (Tucson.com)
  • US – California resumes in-person church services (CBS News)
  • US – Florida officer fired for alleged physical harassment, taunting colleague for fears of COVID-19 (The Hill)
  • US – Immunization expert accuses CDC of stealing COVID-19 tracking idea (The Hill – All Regulation)
  • US – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds rolls back COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandate (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Iowa governor lifts masks requirements, other coronavirus restrictions (FOXNews.com)
  • US – New Mexico business ‘crushed’ by coronavirus restrictions, rips governor’s unfair guidelines (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Oklahoma congressional delegation oppose COVID-19 relief bill (Tulsa World)
  • US – Texas coronavirus hospitalizations fall below 10,000 (star-telegram.com)
  • US – The governor of Iowa lifted mask-wearing restrictions despite a new coronavirus variant in the state (Business Insider)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • When even developed countries are struggling with pandemic, India has found way to survive: FM (Daily Excelsior.com)
  • ‘The magic has started’: Israel’s vaccination results point a way out of the pandemic (TheAge.com)
Actions by Companies
  • AstraZeneca applies for vaccine approval in Japan (News On Japan)
  • AstraZeneca believes shot can stop severe disease from South Africa Covid-19 variant, despite study data (Straits Times)
  • AstraZeneca’s jab has less efficacy against South African COVID-19 variant: FT (Seeking Alpha)
  • Cambodia approves emergency use of China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine; jabs arrived on Sunday (Feb 7) (thestar.com.my)
  • China approves Sinovac vaccine for general public use (South China Morning Post)
  • Coronavirus Singapore: National Eye Centre says employee mistakenly given five Pfizer doses (South China Morning Post – News)
  • FDA considers Johnson and Johnson vaccine (CBS News)
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Offers Provocative New Viewpoint On The Future Of Work (Forbes.com)
  • First AstraZeneca doses arrive here, as death toll rises by 55 (Irish Independent)
  • Google is working on ways to make the Play Store easier to navigate (Hindustan Times)
  • Henkel Plans to Continue Outperforming Markets, CEO Tells WamS (Bloomberg)
  • Hershey plans to raise prices this year (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Hon Hai employees win NT$1 million prizes, cars at year-end party (Focus Taiwan)
  • How much Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons pay staff – supermarkets ranked (Manchester Evening News)
  • Hungary set to receive its first shipment of the Chinese coronavirus jab Sinopharm (Mail Online UK)
  • LG Chem brand value grows amid pandemic (Korea Herald)
  • Microsoft finally adds support for blurred backgrounds on Skype for Android (Hindustan Times)
  • Myanmar coup leaves 200 workers stranded on Petronas oil rig in Andaman Seas (Malay Mail)
  • Nadhim Zahawi claims Astrazeneca jab effective against SA variant (Mail Online UK)
  • Netflix ‘Pandemic’ Dr. Syra Madad explains how to protect yourself from faster, stronger COVID-19 variants (Toronto Star Online)
  • Pfizer applies for full COVID-19 vaccine approval in Brazil (Al Jazeera)
  • Reliance buys two-thirds of own gas from KG-D6; GAIL, Shell among buyers (Business Standard India)
  • Republic of Ireland First AstraZeneca jabs arrive in Ireland (Belfast Telegraph)
  • Shinsegae Department Store logs best Lunar New Year gift sales (Korea Herald)
  • Sinovac: Vaccine prevents death, hospitalisation (Straits Times)
  • Study Suggests AstraZeneca Less Effective against South African Variant (Korea Broadcasting System)
  • Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Iceland and Waitrose pay rates revealed (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • Vietnam: Tax revenue from Google, Youtube, Facebook reaches US$49.5 million in 2020 (thestar.com.my)
  • What to watch out for on Netflix this month (Livemint.com)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Coronavirus Ireland: Further 55 deaths and 827 cases as HSE receives more than 21,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine (Irish Independent)
  • CureVac and UK government unite in attempt to stay on top of COVID-19 variants (Pharma Letter)
  • Delaying second dose of the Coronavirus vaccine saves lives, says data set to be published (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Getting a Coronavirus Vaccine? Don’t Post the Paperwork on Social Media (Nasdaq)
  • Hundreds of large senior care homes yet to receive coronavirus vaccine, despite Brown’s erroneous claims to the contrary (Oregonian)
  • Minister: AstraZeneca ‘confident’ jab protects against SA variant (Mail Online UK)
  • The world is on the precipice of a global vaccine war that could wreck the fight against COVID-19 (Business Insider)
  • UK says COVID-19 booster and annual vaccinations very probable (Mail Online UK)
  • Ulster University aims to answer antibody questions (BBC)
  • University of Minnesota studies antibodies for short-term immunity vs. COVID-19 (star-telegram.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
After all the hours kids have spent killing videogame characters in the pandemic, experts say they’ll be all right—but suggest teaching them to think critically about violence in games hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3oUaMHDWSJ – TwitterAfter all the hours kids have spent killing videogame characters in the pandemic, experts say they’ll be all right—but suggest teaching them to think critically about violence in games hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3oUaMHD
Australian government spent twice as much on Covid-19 stimulus than the UKMail Online UKAustralian government stimulus 86 times larger than that of the United Kingdom The UK is experiencing 46 times more Covid-19 cases per capita than Australia Despite Aussie's spending their way out of trouble, economists say it won't last  Withdrawal…
Climate change may have directly influenced emergence of Covid virusIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive London, Feb 6 (IANS) Researchers at University of Cambridge have revealed a mechanism by which climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic. To get…
Covid-19, US stimulus package could influence baht, SET next weekThe Nation – ThailandThe Covid-19 outbreak and the rollout of US economic stimulus measures would affect the baht and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index next week, Kasikorn Research Centre (KResearch) said. The baht closed at 30.09 against the dollar on Friday…
Larry Summers Says Latest Coronavirus Stimulus Needs RestraintNPRThe economist, who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, tells NPR's about the problems that he sees in the Biden administration's COVID-19 relief bill.
Protesters march down Kingston streets over stay-at-home ordersGlobal News CanadaAbout 20 anti-lockdown protesters marched through downtown Kingston on Saturday to voice their concerns surrounding the province’s stay-at-home orders. The group began their walk at city hall, made their way up Princess Street, over to Brock Street…
Stimulus payments have been a pandemic lifeline for many Americans. For some young adults, they have presented an opportunity to build up savings or pay off debt. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3aI1Q2SWSJ – TwitterStimulus payments have been a pandemic lifeline for many Americans. For some young adults, they have presented an opportunity to build up savings or pay off debt. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3aI1Q2S
Suicides in Japan dropped for a decade. Then the pandemic hit.JapanTimes.co.jpEconomic insecurity, social isolation and the lingering dread that those you love can suddenly fall victim to the pathogen have stirred a toxic mix of …
Swiss march in lakeside tax haven to protest COVID-19 lockdownNationalPost.comZUG — Some 500 protesters marched through the Swiss tax haven of Zug on Saturday, wearing white protective suits and chanting dystopian slogans to voice displeasure with rules aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic….
Geopolitical Impact
NT shuts all remote border control points as COVID-19 risks easeABC OnlineThe Northern Territory Government has announced the immediate removal of all remote road border control points, although it says checkpoints will be rolled out again if the need arises. Key points: Remote road border checkpoints are now closed…
Timeline of virus vaccine deals reveals EU’s lag behind UKMail Online UKWhile Britain was quick and aggressive in negotiating vaccine deals early in the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union took a more cautious approach that is now hindering its efforts to fight the virus. Here´s a look at when key vaccine deals were…
Cybersecurity Impact
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