07 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • After quick vaccine success, Israel faces new coronavirus woes (The Straits Times All News)
  • Analysis: Australia’s current COVID-19 numbers (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • Angela Merkel embroiled in coalition clash as Germany lags behind on vaccine roll out (The Independent)
  • Australia urges China to give access to WHO coronavirus experts ‘without delay’ (The Straits Times All News)
  • COVID: Get serious, Germany (Deutsche Welle)
  • China reports highest Covid-19 figures since July (Today Online)
  • China ‘in close communication’ with WHO on Covid-19 origins mission (South China Morning Post)
  • Could a deadly pig virus transform Germany’s fixation on ‘cheap meat’? (The Guardian)
  • Finland Tax Agency Updates Guidance on Taxation of Income From Work Abroad (Bloomberg Law)
  • How Belgium’s second lockdown became a Covid-19 success (New Statesman)
  • Italy top in EU for vaccinations, 8th in world (ansa.it)
  • Malaysia, Indonesia log record daily jumps in Covid-19 infections (The Straits Times All News)
  • Netherlands begins Covid-19 vaccinations, later than other EU nations (australianherald.com latest)
  • Over 120 people died outside hospitals in Japan after COVID-19 infections (News On Japan)
  • Sweden’s debt office gives $24.5mn loan guarantee to BRA (CH-Aviation)
  • Swedish official resigns after being caught holidaying in Spain during pandemic (TheAge.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Total 71 persons detected with new coronavirus strain in India (Yahoo! India)
  • UK – Boris Johnson gives bosses the sunlit uplands treatment (Politico.eu)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says schools will be first to open after lockdown (BBC)
  • UK – Boris Johnson shows why optimism is now key in the fight against Covid-19 (Irish Times)
  • UK – Britain’s Covid restrictions could last until end of March – Boris Johnson (Irish Times)
  • UK – Calls for Scottish Government to give daily Covid-19 vaccination updates after Johnson promises ‘jab by jab’ report (The Scotsman)
  • UN whistleblower files complaint against WHO after pressure to falsify data about Italy’s plan against Covid (The Independent)
  • US – Applications for Michigan COVID-19 relief not ready until at least Jan. 14, likely later (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19 (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – CDC foresees spread in U.S. of highly contagious coronavirus variant (Washington Post)
  • US – CDC reports severe allergic reactions from COVID-19 vaccinations rare (The Hill)
  • US – California governor proposes $600 pandemic stimulus for low-income residents (NationalPost.com)
  • US – California hospitals prepping for grim COVID-19 choices (star-telegram.com)
  • US – California schools need more than Newsom’s $2 billion to reopen, superintendents say (Fresno Bee)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s daily positivity rate jumps to 8.55%; hospitalizations dip (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Florida’s COVID-19 numbers continue to deteriorate (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – Maryland reports record 1,862 people currently hospitalized with coronavirus (star-telegram.com)
  • US – More infectious COVID-19 variant in at least five U.S. states – NIH Director (Reuters UK)
  • US – Petrol, profit and the pandemic: Idaho stores deny they gouged gas customers (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Severe allergic reactions after COVID-19 vaccination are ‘exceedingly rare,’ CDC says (FOXNews.com)
  • US – South Dakota, New Hampshire, West Virginia lead in getting COVID-19 shots into arms (Washington Times)
  • US – Transcript: CDC Update on COVID-19 (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – U.S. sets highest daily COVID death toll on Tuesday (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Wednesday coronavirus update: 67 more Minnesota fatalities push state toll to 5,528 (TwinCities.com)
  • WHO ‘disappointed’ after scientists seeking to study origins of coronavirus blocked from entering China (New York Daily News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Amazon buys jets from airlines to boost shipping (Taipei Times Online)
  • Amazon, Home Depot, Costco warehouses hit by coronavirus outbreaks, LA County says (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Apple users end 2020 by spending $1.8-bn on apps, most of it on games (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca applies for emergency use for vaccine in Philippines (Jakarta Post)
  • BMW brings MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition to India at Rs 41.7 lakh (Economic Times)
  • Bayer, CureVac form alliance on COVID vaccine (Deutsche Welle)
  • Covid UK: Google restored TalkRadio’s YouTube channel in U-turn when UK ministers intervened (Mail Online UK)
  • Daily news update: SABC staff layoffs loom, Bushiris’ extradition hearing and Ndlozi dragged (Citizen.co.za)
  • Demand for TVs high in 2020 due to Samsung (Daily News Egypt)
  • Emaar sells Address Sky View hotel in Downtown Dubai for Dh750m (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Geely keeps position as best-selling Chinese marque in 2020 (CHINAdaily.com.cn)
  • Grim travel prediction issued by consumer group despite Qantas reopening bookings from July (Mail Online UK)
  • Honda to resume UK output on Thursday after global supply delays (Nasdaq)
  • Hong Kong facing more than 30 Covid-19 cases as Sinovac efficacy rates expected (South China Morning Post)
  • Hong Kong fourth wave: city facing more than 30 new coronavirus cases as Sinovac vaccine efficacy rates expected later (South China Morning Post – News)
  • India’s vaccine approval crucial, will boost global supply: AstraZeneca (Business Standard India)
  • Korea’s Eastar Jet cuts fleet, staff ahead of hoped-for sale (CH-Aviation)
  • Macy’s to close 45 more stores as pandemic forces restructure (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • Mashreq Bank set to move half of its jobs to cheaper locations (Arab News)
  • Moody’s – Coronavirus fallout drives negative 2021 outlook for sovereigns in Levant and North Africa (Business Insider)
  • Moody’s: Negative 2021 outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean as social pressures rise amid subdued recovery from pandemic (Business Insider)
  • Netcare recalls staff as Covid-19 second wave intensifies (Citizen.co.za)
  • Netflix hikes subscription prices in the UK as it splurges on new content (Telegraph)
  • Next puts brave face on UK lockdown (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Oil will surge 21% this year even as spiking COVID-19 infections hamper near-term demand, Goldman Sachs says (Business Insider)
  • PPG Cites Virus In Seeking Delay In Sherwin-Williams IP Trial (Law360)
  • Renault Samsung enters emergency management amid pandemic (Yonhap News Agency)
  • Ryanair cuts full year traffic forecast, expects few flights between Ireland and UK from 21 January (Irish Independent)
  • Ryanair takes aim at ‘draconian’ COVID lockdowns as it slashes flights (Sky News)
  • Samsung bringing ‘bigger and bigger’ TVs to market to meet stay-at-home demands of coronavirus pandemic (USA Today)
  • South Africa: Naledi By-Election Was Also a Vote On Eskom (AllAfrica.com)
  • UK watchdog investigates Ryanair’s ‘jab & go’ ad after complaints that it was ‘misleading’ and ‘trivialised the pandemic’ (Mail Online UK)
  • US considering adding Alibaba, Tencent to China stock ban: Report (Business Standard India)
  • Volvo Cars posts 6% December sales rise as recovery continues (Reuters)
  • Zurich insurance firm offers fully paid ‘lockdown leave’ in UK (The Guardian)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
COVID-19 update for Jan. 6: B.C. extends state of emergencyVancouverSun.comHere's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Jan. 6, 2021….
California governor proposes $600 pandemic stimulus for low-income residentsNationalPost.comCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday proposed giving $600 in stimulus cash support to millions of low-income residents and extending an eviction moratorium to ease financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic….
California suspends 1.4 million virus unemployment claimsstar-telegram.comCalifornia has frozen 1.4 million unemployment claims as it battles fraud in its massive coronavirus unemployment relief program, it was reported Wednesday. The state Employment Development Department said it had ……
Don’t need your $600 coronavirus stimulus check? Here’s where it could helpCleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio — Stimulus checks arriving in bank accounts are a lifeline to Americans financially struggling with the effects of the coronavirus. But those whose personal finances have not taken a hit might want to donate to charities bearing the…
Hong Kong’s ailing beauty salons to open their doors in act of protest against social-distancing rulesSouth China Morning PostSalon operators will live-stream themselves opening their shops on Thursday while making an online call for dialogue with officials Industry representatives say businesses are in dire straits after being ordered to close last month amid the city’s…
Japan to Declare State of Emergency Over Virus InfectionsBloombergJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will be speaking in Japan later and is expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and adjacent areas as coronavirus infections continue to hit record highs. Critics are calling the strategy too narrow…
Japan’s prime minister declares state of emergency for Tokyo, three nearby areas over coronavirus spikeSan Diego Union TribuneJan. 7, 2021 12:35 AM TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister declares state of emergency for Tokyo, three nearby areas over coronavirus spike. Newsletter Top headlines by email, weekday mornings Get top headlines from the Union-Tribune in your inbox weekday…
Keeping coronavirus at bay, Vietnam revs up economy to race ahead of rivalsToday OnlineHANOI – Vietnam's success in curbing the coronavirus so far, while its Southeast Asia neighbours struggle, is helping the country power ahead in economic growth and attracting funds, foreign investors, experts and analysts say.
World Bank warns global economy could be heading for a ‘lost decade’ of growth after the coronavirus pandemicBusiness InsiderEconomies around the world, such as Mexico's, have been hampered by social distancing due to COVID-19 Rebecca Blackwell/ASSOCIATED PRESS The COVID-19 pandemic is set to hit potential global growth over the next ten years, and could even cause a 'lost…
looting of funds meant for Covid-19Citizen.co.zaThe Multi-Agency Centre (MAC), established in August by President Cyril Ramaphosa to clamp down on Covid-19 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer Relief Scheme (Ters) funds theft, has recouped about R3.7 billion. The better part of the…
Geopolitical Impact
As China rethinks Belt & Road, India emphasises on transparency at UNTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: As several African countries grapple with a debt crisis after having acquired concessional loans from China, India said on Wednesday it was committed to supporting Africa as per African priorities and without conditionalities. In his…
Australians are bizarrely flocking to Chinese-made cars despite the trade warMail Online UKSales of Chinese-made Haval SUVs, LDV vans, Great Wall utes have doubled The market share of cars from China also doubled in 2020 compared with 2019 This occurred during Covid and Australia's trade spat with the Communist power Sales of Chinese-made…
CORONAVIRUS: Global Virus Update: US officials call for more vaccinations, Moderna given EU nodDaily MaverickTop US health officials encouraged states to start vaccinating people more widely, acknowledging that the immunisation rollout has been slower than anticipated. Moderna’s vaccine won European Union approval. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s…
China criticises United States order against dealing with Chinese appsBusiness Standard IndiaChina's government on Wednesday accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hurt commercial competitors China's government on Wednesday accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hurt commercial competitors…
China’s “Unrestricted War” On The United StatesZero HedgeChina's "Unrestricted War" On The United States Authored by Doug Dodge via AmericanThinker.com, In 1999 Colonel Qiao Liang and Colonel Wang Xiangsui wrote a book called Unrestricted Warfare.  In this book, these officers, who…
FM reviews infrastructure pipeline projects of Health Ministry, Water Resource DeptHindu Business LineThis is second such review meeting to monitor and accelerate NIP project implementation Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday asked the Health Ministry and the Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation to push…
India self-isolates as China’s economic might enfeebles WestNikkei Asian Reviewis an independent researcher and commentator based between India and Canada. On Dec. 31, the European Union and China agreed to an investment treaty that will improve access to each other's markets. The Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, clinched…
Malaysia’s chaotic virus warfare: Sin Chew DailyStraits TimesThe paper says that in the event the B117 variant from the UK happens to land on Malaysia's shores, the country's health system could collapse in no time. KUALA LUMPUR (SIN CHEW DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah's…
Stoltenberg: NATO facing big dilemma, to stay or not in AfghanistanKuwait News Agency07/01/2021 LOC00:38 21:38 GMT BRUSSELS, Jan 6 (KUNA) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Wednesday reiterated his support to the peace talks between the Taliban and the government in Kabul, but admitted that the 30-member Alliance is facing a…
Why HASN’T Britain approved Moderna’s Covid jab?Mail Online UKModerna's vaccine has been approved by European Medicines Agency European Commission is expected to give it the final sign-off within hours  Jab is already being used in the US, which has exclusive deal for first doses Brexit means UK won't be able…
Why India can’t uplift its farmers the same as ChinaAsia Times OnlineMUMBAI – At least 60 farmers in India have died during protests against new farm laws while braving rain, hail and biting winter cold with many sleeping under tractor-trailers or in tents given to them by sympathizers. The daughters and wives of many…
WorldView: China bars WHO’s COVID investigators; Hong Kong pro-democracy activists arrestedCBS NewsChina has blocked a World Health Organization team of experts conducting an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus from entering the country. In Hong Kong, police arrested at least 53 pro-democracy activists. And U.S. intelligence agencies…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cyber attacks may trigger next crisis for banksAustralian Financial ReviewAs banks continue to grapple with the pandemic crisis amid fresh outbreaks, the prudential regulator wants the entire financial sector to fortify its defences against the next potential threat: a damaging cyber attack on banks or the payments system….
Hackers use Senator’s credit card to buy foodBusiness MirrorHackers have hit a big-time victim, using Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian’s credit card to book a whopping P1-million worth of orders via foodpanda on Tuesday, as he was busy presiding over a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy. Gatchalian himself…
Healthcare Organizations Bear the Brunt of Cyberattacks Amid PandemicDark Reading:In the past two months alone, attacks against the sector soared 45% – more than double the rate of other sectors, Check Point says.
InfoSecHotSpot – Boston cybersecurity firm iboss lands $145m in funding, plans to add 200 jobs The company said the interest among i… https://t.co/Y3ND9dCORiInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterBoston cybersecurity firm iboss lands $145m in funding, plans to add 200 jobs The company said the interest among investors has been driven in part by the work-from-home trend during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://binged.it/3njlJSm
InfoSecHotSpot – Healthcare Organizations Bear the Brunt of Cyberattacks Amid Pandemic In the past two months alone, attacks against… https://t.co/uYcepPMDJJInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterHealthcare Organizations Bear the Brunt of Cyberattacks Amid Pandemic In the past two months alone, attacks against the sector soared 45% – more than double the rate of other sectors, Check Point says. https://bit.ly/2LwaWqo…
Lesson from Lockdowns: Crucial to Scale-Up Cybersecurity ServicesSecurity Bloggers NetworkThe COVID-19 pandemic and governmental movement restrictions have led to an increased dependency on online services for individuals and businesses alike. Cybercriminals quickly identified this trend as an opportunity for gaining profits. They…
Metacurity – Not hackers per se but fraudsters using identify theft

Pandemic Hackers Swiped $36 Billion From Unemployment Coffe… https://t.co/wPeS854NKgMetacurity – TwitterNot hackers per se but fraudsters using identify theft

Pandemic Hackers Swiped $36 Billion From Unemployment Coffers – https://www.pymnts.com/news/security-and-risk/2021/pandemic-hackers-swiped-36-billion-from-unemployment-coffers/

The DCH Ransomware Attack: A Teachable Moment in Cyber-HistoryHeimdal Security BlogWith more and more hackers profiting from the Coronavirus crisis to target healthcare providers, now is the time to look to the past and learn from it. Cybercriminals have been targeting medical institutions for some time now, and a perfect…
cybersecboardrm – Healthcare Organizations Bear the Brunt of Cyberattacks Amid Pandemic #CyberAttack #health #healthcare https://t.co/4EUEL0E3wbcybersecboardrm – TwitterHealthcare Organizations Bear the Brunt of Cyberattacks Amid Pandemic #CyberAttack #health #healthcare…
kaspersky – This year saw the expansion of Brazilian threat actors, more targeted ransomware, and a number of financial cyberat… https://t.co/S6gxZO9Wiokaspersky – TwitterThis year saw the expansion of Brazilian threat actors, more targeted ransomware, and a number of financial cyberattacks linked to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. We share our predictions of what's in store for the #financial industry in 2021:…

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