08 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Fact Check-Video does not show the Belgian health minister faking his COVID-19 jab (Reuters)
  • Germany ‘to start preliminary talks with Russia to buy Sputnik V vaccines’ (Mail Online UK)
  • Hit with Second Wave, India Becomes COVID-19 Hotspot (indonesianews.net)
  • How India can overcome the Covid-19 surge (Hindustan Times)
  • India needs to step up testing for Covid-19 variants (Hindu Business Line)
  • Japan considers prioritizing Olympic athletes for COVID-19 vaccination (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Matildas stars ruled out of Germany clash over COVID-19 protocols (TheAge.com)
  • Merkel backs ‘short, uniform lockdown’ across Germany (star-telegram.com)
  • My Turn: Looking forward to saying goodbye pandemic, hello Italy! (Newsday)
  • New Zealand suspends entry for travellers from India amid Covid-19 spike (Hindustan Times)
  • New Zealand temporarily bans travel from India (Yahoo! India)
  • Scientists call for new probe into coronavirus origins – with or without China (South China Morning Post – News)
  • South Korea pulls ahead of Italy in per capita GDP ranking (UPI)
  • Spain to Lower 2021 Economic Forecast After Weak Start to Year (Bloomberg)
  • Switzerland has navigated Covid-19 well, says IMF (Swiss Info)
  • Switzerland in race for sufficient Covid immunisation (Swiss Info)
  • TAP Air Portugal rescheduled his flight — can he get a refund? (Boston Globe)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 8, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, April 7, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson accused of ‘running scared’ of Scottish voters amid questions over election visit (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer visit the West Country (itv.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson hasn’t ‘given up on May 17’ – holidays could restart with cheap tests (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • UK – It’s dawning on Conservative MPs the vaccine is not the all-conquering ‘cavalry’ Boris Johnson promised (The Independent)
  • UK – Will AstraZeneca vaccine decision delay pub reopenings? Boris Johnson says it shouldn’t (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • US – #COVID19 NEWS: A @NIAIDNews trial is underway to find out if ppl who are highly #allergic or have a #MastCellDisorder are at increased risk for an immediate, systemic allergic reaction to the @moderna_tx or @pfizer @BioNTech_Group COVID-19 #vaccines. hxxps://bit[.]ly/3rWXkV0 hxxps://twitter[.]com/NIAIDNews/status/1379789077851992069/photo/1 (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – B.1.1.7 Variant Now Most Common Virus Strain in U.S., CDC Says (Bloomberg)
  • US – CDC Awards $3 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Programs (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – CDC says there’s no major risk of getting COVID-19 from surfaces (Deseret News)
  • US – CDC: Michigan should restrict indoor youth sports now to slow COVID-19 spread (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – California could actually reopen fully by June 15. Here’s what has to happen (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Column: It’s about time Newsom reopened California. We’re going to get our summer back (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Connecticut’s 14 billionaires got richer during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Forbes. Here’s how much more they are worth. (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Coronavirus variants are ripping through Canada and Minnesota, and they’re infecting younger people most, officials warn (Business Insider India)
  • US – Georgia loosens COVID-19 restrictions (Outlook India)
  • US – Lots of good news on California pandemic front, with one ominous exception (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • US – Michigan extends quarantine period to 14 days for people exposed to virus (Detroit News)
  • US – New York State Workers to Get $600 Million in Pandemic Back Pay (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – U.K. variant most dominant strain of COVID-19 in U.S., CDC says (UPI)
  • US – Vaccine update: 10 charts that show how Oklahoma is coping with COVID-19 (Tulsa World)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • AstraZeneca clot worries complicate bid to vaccinate the world against Covid-19 (The Straits Times All News)
  • AstraZeneca to change labelling to indicate blood clot side effect of COVID-19 shot (Seeking Alpha)
  • Covid vaccines: What is the difference between the Pfizer, Oxford, Moderna, Valneva, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson jabs (London Evening Standard)
  • Daily news update: ‘End of Eskom’, Norma set for Zondo inquiry cameo and more (Citizen.co.za)
  • European countries may have to mix COVID-19 shots amid AstraZeneca crisis (Today Online)
  • Facebook, Google, TikTok , Twitter help DOH fight pandemic fake news (Business Mirror)
  • Gatchalian gets Sinovac jab (Manila Bulletin)
  • Google’s I/O conference is returning May 18-20 and will be entirely virtual (Business Insider)
  • Hero MotoCorp to bear COVID-19 vaccination cost of workforce (Outlook India)
  • Hong Kong experts push for Johnson & Johnson vaccine to replace AstraZeneca after report; city expects about 10 cases, mostly imported (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Instacart inks card deal with JPMorgan amid pandemic popularity (AmericanBanker.com)
  • JSW Steel output grows 6% in fourth quarter; registers 6% fall in FY21 (Business Standard India)
  • Jamie Dimon Says JPMorgan Won’t Go Remote After the Pandemic (WSJ.com: Markets)
  • Johnson Matthey rides out pandemic in better shape than expected (FT.com – UK News)
  • Korea to resume AstraZeneca jabs amid lingering safety woes (The Korea Times News)
  • Naspers unit Prosus to sell 2% Tencent stake (IT Web)
  • New Android malware is capable of monitoring WhatsApp texts: Check Point Research (Indian Express)
  • New virus cases most in 3 months; AstraZeneca jabs rollout set to resume (Yonhap News Agency)
  • Ooredoo Dohavirtual marathon a huge success (Qatar Tribune)
  • PM orders full review of EMA’s findings before resuming use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine (Yonhap News Agency)
  • Petrobras Postpones Start of Production of Mero 1 (Gulf Oil And Gas)
  • Prosus to sell part of its Tencent stake for increased flexibility amid Covid-19 (Cape Times E-dition)
  • Rajesh Exports secures its first major export order post Covid (Business Standard India)
  • Refunds given for 99 pc flight tickets cancelled during AirAsia (Ani News)
  • Relax, Hollywood: Google’s win over Oracle is good thing (The Korea Times News)
  • SK Telecom to provide AI-based service to support COVID-19 vaccination (Telecompaper)
  • Sinovac can protect elderly from severe COVID-19, says vaccine expert panel (ABS-CBN News)
  • Spain bans use of AstraZeneca jab for young adults hxxps://on[.]ft[.]com/3fUMaNY (FT – Twitter)
  • Spain limits AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to over 60-year olds (NationalPost.com)
  • Starbucks’ new reusable cup initiative draws backlash due to COVID safety concerns (Sacramento Bee)
  • Trading in Axiata, Digi shares to resume on Friday (thestar.com.my)
  • UK’s headstart on reopening the economy set to reverse Covid emigration, says Goldman Sachs (Telegraph)
  • Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing raises profit outlook (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • With pandemic’s end in sight, Google searches for resorts and hotels are highest in nearly a decade (Fortune)
  • World Coronavirus Dispatch: UK, EU deliver setbacks to AstraZeneca shot (Business Standard India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
‘Really serious discussions’ ahead when ECB considers whether to extend its pandemic program, expert saysCNBCDavid Marsh, chairman of OMFIF, says "easy money" will not continue for as long as the Fed has indicated and that there will be "really serious discussions" in Europe in September when deciding whether or not to extend the ECB's pandemic purchase…
Air pollution linked with worse outcomes in Covid-19IANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive New York, April 7 (IANS) Increased level of air pollution can have detrimental effects on people suffering from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, revealed a review of multiple studies. To get full access of the…
Argentina curtails leisure, public transport use after hitting new COVID-19 recordNationalPost.comBUENOS AIRES — Argentina tightened movement restrictions on Wednesday including curtailing the leisure industry and blocking nonessential workers from using public transport after the country hit a record number of COVID-19 infections as it…
Banks dial back COVID-19 caution as economy improvesTheAge.com BusinessBanks are being less conservative in assessing home loan customers as the economy recovers from recession.
ECB Slows Pace of Pandemic Bond-Buying Ahead of Easter BreakBloombergThe European Central Bank nearly halved the pace of bond-buying under its pandemic program last week as many countries across the region observed Easter holidays. The institution settled net purchases of 10.6 billion euros ($12.6 billion) in the week…
Federal government should hike GST, abandon $100B stimulus plans as COVID-19 spending mounts: reportNationalPost.comOTTAWA — The Liberal government should abandon most of its $100-billion stimulus plans and increase GST as a way to recoup massive COVID-19 spending levels, according to a new report that says Canada is in need of a considerable fiscal reset….
Next pandemic after Covid will be due to air pollution: DoctorsTimes of IndiaNagpur: The next major pandemic after Covid-19 will be due to air pollution , warn medical experts, highlighting that it kills around seven million people worldwide annually. Senior medical practitioners from Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune and other cities…
Ontario declares 3rd state of emergencyGlobal News CanadaThe Ontario government declared its third state of emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday and announced it would be issuing another stay-at-home order. Travis Dhanraj reports.
Ontario issuing stay-at-home order, declares 3rd state of emergency amid COVID-19 pandemicGlobal News CanadaThe Ontario government has declared the province’s third state of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is issuing a provincewide stay-at-home order effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m. The government is also ordering closure of most non-essential…
Pandemic more damaging to economy in 2020 than thoughtPhilippine StarIan Nicolas Cigaral (Philstar[.]com) – April 8, 2021 – 2:36pm MANILA, Philippines — The economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic last year was greater than originally reported, state statisticians said Thursday. Gross domestic product (GDP), the…
Geopolitical Impact
China Blasts Taiwan Over Efforts to Help Ally Paraguay Get VaccinesBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — China slammed Taiwan over its efforts to help one of its few remaining allies get coronavirus shots, the latest squabbling over vaccines between the two sides of the strait. “We have to warn the Taiwan authorities that the vaccine is a…
China opens up vaccination to people from Hong Kong and Macau on mainlandSouth China Morning PostNational Health Commission does not specify which vaccines will be given but those who don’t join in now may be charged for a jab in future Beijing will not restore border until Hong Kong has zero infections
China urges U.S. to improve its own human rightsXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) — China urges the United States to face up to its own serious human rights problems and take concrete measures to improve its own human rights situation, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday. This came…
China using ‘wokeness as geopolitical tool’ against US: ‘Woke, Inc.’ authorFOXNews.comChina is "uniquely off-limits" to being associated with  coronavirus , even though the deadly virus originated there, biotech entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy said on Wednesday. "The Zika virus, the Marburg virus, and Ebola, were all named…
Global growth driven primarily by US, China, India: World Bank presidentBusiness Standard IndiaDavid Malpass also expressed concern over growing inequality due to the Covid-19 pandemic There is now a faster global growth driven primarily by the US, China and India, World Bank president David Malpass has said even as he expressed concern over…
India must emerge from China’s shadowsHindu Business LineWhile China is already in a league of its own, India must at least strive to live up to its potential Coincidentally, over almost one year, India has confronted two formidable challenges. Already embroiled in the danse macabre unleashed by the deadly…
India, China to hold 11th round of Corps Commander-level talks on April 9Business Standard IndiaArmies of India and China are scheduled to hold the 11th round of Corps Commander-level talk on Friday to discuss disengagement from friction points in Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang plains in Ladakh After having successfully disengaged with China in…
Japan to deploy stealth fighters in East China Sea from 2024Business Standard IndiaJapan will deploy the F-35B stealth fighter aircraft for the first time from 2024, a decision strongly influenced by the perceived threat posed by China's military Japan will deploy the F-35B stealth fighter aircraft for the first time from 2024, a…
Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga to visit India, will counter China in Indo-Pacific regionNews24onlineAjeyo Basu LAST UPDATED: April 8, 2021, 10:36 a.m. New Delhi: Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga may visit India in late April or May. This period will be crucial to further strengthen Indo-Japan cooperation in the region in order to counter…
Palau President says he won’t bow to China over TaiwanStraits TimesHONG KONG • He leads one of the world's smallest nations, but Mr Surangel Whipps Jr says Palau will not be bullied by anyone into deciding its future – least of all by China. Mr Whipps, 52, became Palau's President last year after defeating an…
Cybersecurity Impact
#Ransomware attacks increased by an astonishing 485% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Bitdefender’s 2020 Consumer Threat Landscape Report, which highlighted the ways cyber-criminals targeted the #COVID19 pandemic >> hxxps://bit[.]ly/2Ord0C2InfosecurityMag – Twitter#Ransomware attacks increased by an astonishing 485% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Bitdefender’s 2020 Consumer Threat Landscape Report, which highlighted the ways cyber-criminals targeted the #COVID19 pandemic >>…
2021 Brings new security challenges and regulations for European CISOs European CISOs are shifting how they spend on security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are having to adopt to a raft of new proposed EU cyber regulations. hxxps://tek[.]io/2RhwVo9 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1380040476137508867/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter2021 Brings new security challenges and regulations for European CISOs European CISOs are shifting how they spend on security in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are having to adopt to a raft of new proposed EU cyber regulations….
A rush to remote working leaving businesses vulnerable to cybercriminalsHelp Net Security – NewsThe COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to quickly support remote working practices, often without proper security measures in place. Verizon reveals that many businesses may have left themselves vulnerable and open to cybercriminals in the rush…
A rush to remote working leaving businesses vulnerable to cybercriminals The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to quickly support remote working practices, often without proper security measures in place. Verizon reveals that many businesses may have… hxxps://bit[.]ly/3fPEvjV hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1380093323067715584/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterA rush to remote working leaving businesses vulnerable to cybercriminals The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to quickly support remote working practices, often without proper security measures in place. Verizon reveals that many businesses may…
Cybercrooks targeting UK organisations started 2020 strong only for attacks to whither away by ChristmasThe RegisterAww, did the big bad criminals get a little lockdown burnout too? Compromising every web-connected server and service you can find gets tiring after a while – and by the end of 2021 internet criminals targeting British companies were as fatigued as…
IMF warns debt overhang and financial vulnerabilities pose double threat to economic recoveryCNBCThe IMF appears to be trying to orchestrate a delicate balancing act at its spring meetings this week. The Washington-based institute has singled out the U.S. for praise in enacting extraordinary stimulus amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, while…
Key House leader to press for inclusion of cybersecurity in infrastructure billThe HillRep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), the chair of a key cyber House panel, said Wednesday that she would push for inclusion of language on securing critical systems as part of negotiations around President’s Biden’s infrastructure proposal. “I believe the…
Major spike in e-commerce fraud, says CCID officialthestar.com.myKUALA LUMPUR: E-commerce fraud shot up by 66.3% last year, with the Covid-19 pandemic seeing many people opting for online shopping. The number of such cases went up from 3,514 in 2019 to 5,847 cases in 2020. There have already been 2,132 cases in the…
The Secret To A Successful Cyber Security Acquisition: CultureForbes.comChief Technology Officer at  NetSPI , where he builds technologies that push the boundaries of penetration testing and adversary simulation. It’s no secret that cybersecurity is a lucrative industry for acquisitions. According to  CSO Online , deal…

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