09 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • British holidaymakers voice frustration on return from Portugal (BBC)
  • Canada considering reopening its border, starting with vaccinated travelers. Here’s when (Fresno Bee)
  • China to jab kids, 1m Europeans get Covid travel pass (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • France and Belgium loosen Covid restrictions for summer (BBC)
  • France, Belgium ease virus curbs as US decision boosts travel hopes (CourierMail.com.au Breaking News)
  • Have more young people had Covid in India’s second wave? (BBC News – Asia)
  • Italy Opens To U.S. Travelers For Summer 2021 And Villa Rental Market Explodes (Forbes.com)
  • Italy’s plummeting birth rate worsened by pandemic (BBC)
  • Japan leans toward holding the Games with local spectators – media (NationalPost.com)
  • New Zealand goes 100 days without community spread of Covid-19 (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Self-Perceived Life Satisfaction during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sweden: A Cross-Sectional Study (MDPI)
  • Singapore finds Delta most prevalent virus variant (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • South Africa’s health minister, who led country’s COVID response, put on special leave (New York Daily News)
  • Spain hopes to lure German tourists amid uncertainty over UK travel restrictions (El País)
  • Spain opens borders to tourists and cruise ships (Los Angeles Times)
  • Sweden Euro 2020 player Kulusevski has Covid-19, to miss Spain game: coach (France24)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak ‘determined’ to avoid Autumn lockdown – Chancellor ready to delay freedom day (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak ‘willing to accept a short delay to end of lockdown’ (itv.com)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak ‘willing to accept short delay’ to end of restrictions on 21 June (The Independent)
  • UK – Scottish Government will withdraw permission for Euros fan zone over Covid if needed, says Humza Yousaf (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Stuart Waiton: Facebook, Covid and a very worrying move by Scottish Government (Herald Scotland)
  • US – 9 California counties could get one last promotion before June 15 end to COVID-19 tiers (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Alcohol to-go in Colorado was popular during COVID. It could last another four years or more. (Denver Post)
  • US – Blinken says Trump administration had concerns about COVID-19 probe (NationalPost.com)
  • US – COVID variant identified in India now detected in Georgia (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Colorado’s falling COVID-19 hospitalizations approaching last summer’s peak, still above June 2020 (Denver Post)
  • US – Elderly Covid Cases And Deaths Plunged In U.S. This Year — CDC Says It’s Due To Vaccines (Forbes.com)
  • US – Florida, Alabama discontinue daily Covid data reporting in shift to ‘next phase’ (CNBC)
  • US – GOP lawmakers ask CDC to probe when COVID was detected in U.S. (CBS News)
  • US – More than half of California residents in COVID yellow tier (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Pennsylvania poll, area district surveys show strong support for public schools in pandemic (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
  • US – The CDC relaxes COVID-19 travel recommendations to over 100 countries – NYT (Seeking Alpha)
  • US – Washington State Allows Free Joints for Covid Jabs (NYT.com Main News)
  • US – Washington State Allows for Free Marijuana Joints With Coronavirus Vaccine (US News & World Report)
  • US – Washington state offering free joints for COVID shots (Washington Times)
  • US – Why did US government lab sit on explosive COVID origins report for five months? (Mail Online UK)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What are the rules for travelling to France this summer as it reopens to tourists? (The Independent)
  • World Bank lowers growth forecast for India (Asia Times Online)
Actions by Companies
  • AirAsia has grounded around 90% of fleet amid Covid-19 surge – executive (Business Standard India)
  • BA and Ryanair investigated for refusing refunds (BBC News – Business)
  • Boeing Jet Sales Surge as Pandemic Retreats in U.S., Europe (Bloomberg)
  • British Airways, Ryanair face UK probe over denied flight refunds (Business Standard India)
  • CORONAVIRUS / Woman develops blurred vision after first AstraZeneca jab (Focus Taiwan)
  • Chubb report reveals the risk and uncertainty faced by SMEs as they increasingly conduct business digitally (Taiwan News Online)
  • Coal India Asks Government For Vaccines After Nearly 400 Covid Deaths (NDTV)
  • Coal India requests mn vaccine doses after nearly 400 staff die of Covid-19 (Business Standard India)
  • Costco is opening 5 new stores across the US this summer, as its sales continue to boom after lockdown (Business Insider)
  • ECB Can Be More Relaxed About Inflation Than Fed: HSBC’s King (Bloomberg)
  • Epson research foresees high Middle East demand for technologically… (Khaleej Times)
  • Equity Residential sees coastal markets reviving after pandemic shutdown (Seeking Alpha)
  • FAKE NEWS: Netcare slams hoax message about Kingsway Hospital (IOL)
  • Facebook to Ease Creation of Instagram Shops for Influencers (Bloomberg)
  • Ferrari Picks STMicro Chip Executive as New CEO (Bloomberg)
  • Foxconn begins rapid COVID testing of workers at New Taipei headquarters (Taiwan News Online)
  • Hong Kong Airlines relies on cargo uplift (TTRweekly.com)
  • ING sees slower Q2 recovery (Philippine Star)
  • J&J testing if shelf life can be extended as millions of doses set to expire (New York Post)
  • JSW Steel update on acquisition of Welspun’s PCMD division (Business Standard India)
  • Keppel donates laptops for home-based learning to students from lower-income families (Straits Times)
  • OCBC committed to assisting pandemic-affected customers (Bernama)
  • Pfizer Launches Late-Stage Trial of Covid Shot in Kids Under 12 (Bloomberg Law)
  • Pfizer expands coronavirus vaccine tests in kids younger than 12 (Business Standard India)
  • Pfizer lowers COVID-19 vaccine doses for younger kids in clinical trial (FOXNews.com)
  • Renault, union spar over Covid protocol (Calcutta Telegraph)
  • Ryanair Wins EU Court Challenge to Condor’s Covid-19 Aid (Bloomberg)
  • Shoprite and Checkers buy 1.5 million litres of wine (Sunday World South Africa)
  • SoftBank Group seeks $7.5-billion loan secured by planned Arm sale (Business Standard India)
  • Stuart Waiton: Facebook, Covid and a very worrying move by Scottish Government (Herald Scotland)
  • United, Delta, and American Airlines call for Biden lift restrictions and approve transatlantic travel between the US and UK (Business Insider)
  • Zara Owner Inditex Tops Estimates as Eased Curbs Open Stores (Bloomberg)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘Give us our jabs now’ – call for surge vaccinations as millions across North West asked not to travel (Sky News)
  • 80% of adults in England now have Covid antibodies (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Could the intranasal route be an alternate avenue of COVID-19 vaccination? (News-Medical.Net)
  • Covid in Scotland: Children to be vaccinated ‘as quickly as possible’ if vaccine committee give the go-ahead (The Scotsman)
  • EU Approves Vaccine Passports; Asia Travel Bubbles: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • EXPLAINER: What to Know About Coronavirus Immunity and the Potential Need for Vaccine Booster Shots (US News & World Report)
  • Impact of vaccination on new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the United Kingdom (Nature Medicine)
  • Moderna CEO Says Vaccine Boosters And Flu/Covid Combo Shots Are Likely For The Future (Forbes.com)
  • No plan to redirect vaccines to Covid hotspots in north-west England, minister says (FT.com – UK News)
  • Realizing the Potential of Maternal Influenza Vaccination (Journal of the American Medical Association)
  • The Irish Times view on global vaccine inequity: the two-track pandemic (Irish Times)
  • Vaccination after prior infection elicits broadly neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (News-Medical.Net)
Societal & Economic Impact
Assessment of Air Pollution before, during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown in Nanjing, ChinaMDPIKey Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, Ministry of Education, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical…
Blockchain-Based Solutions in Achieving SDGs after COVID-19MDPICollege of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, Doha 34110, Qatar Sustainable Development Innovators (SDI) Global Consult, Dover, DE 9901, USA Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Abstract In this paper, we…
Central Bank wary of cash grab on pandemic saversIrish IndependentThe Central Bank has begun keeping tabs on new marketing to consumers who have built up unprecedented savings during the pandemic to guard against potential misselling. O fficials at the regulator have been “actively monitoring” advertising pitches to…
ECB seen pushing ahead with faster bond buyingEmirates-Business.aeBloomberg The European Central Bank (ECB) will extend its phase of faster bond-buying through the summer to ensure the economic rebound after coronavirus lockdowns morphs into a sustained recovery, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. The…
EU warns of crime surge and terrorism vulnerabilities during Covid-19 pandemicAbu Dhabi NationalBloc’s home affairs chief says criminals quickly adapted to new situation June 9, 2021 June 9, 2021 SHARE Covid-19 has led to a surge in illicit activity across Europe and the pandemic is set to provide a breeding ground for terrorism, the EU’s senior…
Global economy expected to expand 5.6% in 2021, says World BankBusiness Standard IndiaThis would be the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years The global economy is expected to expand 5.6 per cent in 2021, the fastest post- recession pace in 80 years, largely on strong rebounds from a few major economies, the World Bank said on…
Japan’s economy shrinks less than first reported during Covid-19 emergencyThe Straits Times Print Business NewsJune 09, 2021 5:00 AM TOKYO • Japan's economy last quarter shrank less than first reported, according to figures that come as yet another round of restrictions to contain the coronavirus threatens to prolong the slump.
Pandemics, climate change among new threats that demand security rethink: adviserNationalPost.comOTTAWA — The prime minister's intelligence adviser is calling for a expanded definition of national security in an era of global pandemics, climate change and cyberthreats….
Plant, Fish-Based Diet Linked With Less Severity, Says ReportOutlook IndiaThe researchers noted that the survey is observational, and does not establish a causative relation between diet and Covid-19 severity, and caution is needed in the interpretation of the findings. Amid the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in India,…
Watch: PoK students protest against decision to hold exams amid Covid surgeHindustan TimesAbout The Video Students in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have been protesting against the government’s announcement to hold examinations amid a surge in Covid cases in the region. Students demonstrated in capital Muzaffarabad and said demanded that the…
Geopolitical Impact
‘US, Japan COVID-19 vaccine support to Taiwan intend to counter China’s growing influence in Indo-Pacific’Ani NewsTaipei [Taiwan], June 9 (ANI): The United States and Japan COVID-19 vaccine support to Taiwan is intended as a countermeasure to China 's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan News reported citing a political scientist. As Taiwan faces…
Analysis: Is Britain ready for a sausage trade war with the EU?TelegraphBoris Johnson will be tempted to hit EU with tit-for-tat tariffs if row over British banger ban in Northern Ireland escalates Will Brussels’ threat of a sausage trade war escalate into full-blown conflict or turn out to be just another Brexit…
Economic Buzz: Global Trade Forecast To Grow By 8.3% In 2021 Says World BankIndia InfolineRead Full Story Global trade is forecast to grow by 8.3% in 2021, reflecting the strength of global growth, but also the diminishing trade intensity of the global recovery, noted the World Bank yesterday. The recovery from the COVID-19-induced global…
Fears for future of city’s bars and restaurants if June 21 unlocking is delayedLiverpool EchoCity venues face a staffing crisis brought on by the 'perfect storm' of Brexit and Covid A Liverpool chef has warned it is "vital" easing on June 21 is not delayed so venues can return to profitability and the sector can continue to grow. Paul Askew,…
Indonesia offers to host next South China Sea Code of Conduct talkthestar.com.myJAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Indonesia has offered to host the next round of negotiations between Asean and China on the Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, after talks were suspended last year amid the pandemic. The offer was made…
Let’s cooperate, not confront each other: China to IndiaHindustan TimesCommenting that the Sino-India border dispute is a legacy of history, Chinese ambassador to India Sun Weidong said at an online interaction with Indian youth leaders on Tuesday that the boundary question should be kept in the right place in the…
QBA organises business meeting with UK minister of state for international tradeGulf TimesThe Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) organised a business meeting with Ranil Jayawardena, UK Minister of State for International Trade and Parliamentary Undersecretary, and his accompanying delegation. The meeting was held in the presence of Simon…
RI offers to host South China Sea COC talkJakarta PostIndonesia has offered to host the next round of negotiations between ASEAN and China on the Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, after talks were suspended last year amid the pandemic. The offer was made during a meeting of the foreign…
Scott Morrison to focus on international trade, reframe climate policies in speech ahead of G7ABC OnlinePrime Minister Scott Morrison will use a major foreign policy speech to press liberal democracies to reform and "renovate" global bodies like the World Trade Organization so they can preserve international rules and protect countries from economic…
US, Japan Covid Aid Aims To Counter China Influence In Indo-Pacific: TaiwanNDTV ProfitAs Taiwan faces a spike in COVID-19 cases, US and Japan have stepped forward and provided vaccines against the infection to the island.
Where Can You Fly Right Now? U.S. Grabs China’s Short-Lived Aviation LeadBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — The U.S. has taken the lead in the global aviation recovery from China, where a Covid-19 outbreak in Guangdong province has undone months of steady growth in air traffic. Airlines in the U.S. are taking advantage of a vaccine rollout…
Cybersecurity Impact
#Infosec21: Cybersecurity to Become a “Matter of Life and Death”Infosecurity – Latest News#Infosec21: Cybersecurity to Become a "Matter of Life and Death" The internet is both “the best and worst innovation of our time,” and as reliance on it grows, our ability to secure it could become a matter of life and…
Are fraudsters using automation to execute mass cyber-attacks?AlienVault BlogsThis blog was written by an independent guest blogger. As our digital world turns toward advances in automated technology to increase efficiency and productivity, cybercriminals are also learning how to execute mass automated…
Colonial Pipeline CEO tells Senate cyber defenses were compromised ahead of hackReutersJoseph Blount, JR., President and Chief Executive Officer, Colonial Pipeline is sworn in as he attends a hearing to examine threats to critical infrastructure, focusing on examining the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack at the U.S. Capitol in…
Good Stocks To Invest In Right Now? 3 Cybersecurity Stocks For Your WatchlistNasdaq3 Top Cybersecurity Stocks To Watch Right Now In a time where cyberattacks are increasingly devastating and costly, investors could be turning towards the top cybersecurity stocks. If anything, this part of the stock market has and continues to gain…
Healthcare Sector Gasps due to Ransomware AttacksCywareRecently, UF Health Central Florida became a victim of a ransomware attack that forced two hospitals to shut down portions of their IT network. Healthcare providers process an extensive set of sensitive patient data that often tempts the prying eyes…
KPMG: MORE LEGAL IMPETUS NEEDED TO COMBAT BRAZEN AND CALLOUS RANSOMWARE ATTACKSBernamaCOVID-19 has changed the cyber threat landscape and stricter laws should be considered to enhance security against cyberattacks PETALING JAYA, June 9 (Bernama) –  Cyber criminals have capitalized on the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,…
Ransomware isn’t going anywhere for a while. We’ll have to live with it.Washington PostAttacks that make national headlines may be new, but ransomware certainly isn’t. For most of 2019, my own city, Baltimore, was crippled by ransomware that shut down its digital infrastructure. What’s worrying is that the attacks seem to be getting…
The IT Security Team: 2021 and beyondSophos – News – RSSRead our new report The IT Security Team: 2021 and Beyond to ascertain the full impact of the pandemic on the IT security teams around the globe. Based on findings of an individual survey of 5,400 professionals across 30 countries, the report reveals…
The Power Of Vulnerability For Resilient Leadership: Insights From Arianna Huffington And Nabeela IxtabalanForbes.comThe pandemic continues to shape our lives, including the way we lead. For most, the workplace feels very different than it did a couple of years ago. As a result, leaders and employees alike are more prone to burnout and stress than ever before….

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