09 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Australia is ‘leading the world’ out of the global pandemic: PM (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • Canada marks 1 year since 1st long-term care death (Global News Canada)
  • Canada set to mourn COVID-19 victims, salute health workers on Mar 11 (Channel NewsAsia)
  • China, US can join hands to end pandemic (CHINAdaily.com.cn)
  • Defying pandemic, feminists in Spain decry far-right attacks (Dayton Daily News)
  • Draghi Pledges to Jump-Start Italy’s Slow Vaccination Campaign (Bloomberg)
  • Italy Celebrates Women – But It’s A Long Road To Gender Parity (Forbes.com)
  • Italy industry output rises for second month running in… (Mail Online UK)
  • Japan’s households, firms pile up savings as pandemic dampens consumption (Today Online)
  • Japan’s real wages slip for 11th month in January as COVID-19 weighs (Today Online)
  • More than 100,000 have now died of covid-19 in Italy (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
  • Norway Joins Countries Offering AstraZeneca Vaccine to Over 65s (Bloomberg)
  • Switzerland Warns of Significant Rise in Debt Due to Pandemic (Bloomberg)
  • Switzerland is banning Muslims from wearing a niqab or burqa in public (The Hill)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, March 8, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The whiplash of Pope Francis’s Iraq trip: A year of tight covid rules in Italy, then 72 hours of crowds (Washington Post)
  • UK – Back to school: Boris Johnson contradicts education minister on Covid testing (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson gives coronavirus update as schools reopen (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to lead Downing Street press conference at 4pm as schools reopen (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Boris Johnson warns school reopening will increase transmission (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Return to schools could alter Covid roadmap, Boris Johnson warns (The Guardian)
  • US – $13B in virus relief bill headed to Pennsylvania governments (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Airlines for America responds to new CDC guidance for COVID-19 vaccinated population (FOXNews.com)
  • US – As states lift virus rules, Nevada’s governor bets on safety (Washington Times)
  • US – Big milestones for coronavirus in Ohio; hospital patient count stays below 1,000, and other trends and update (Cleveland.com)
  • US – California is far from herd immunity, making a 4th COVID-19 wave possible. Here’s how (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – DOH gives update on COVID-19 variants in Hawaii (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Disney shares pop on promise of California Disneyland reopening (CNBC)
  • US – Maine senator wants info from CDC on COVID-19 variants (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – NIH to Examine Use of Eliquis in Third Covid-19 Treatment Trial (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Six things that may never be the same in Iowa — even if the year-old coronavirus pandemic ebbs (Des Moines Register)
  • US – VIRUS TODAY: Massachusetts nurses go on strike over staffing (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Wyoming Gov. Gordon lifts mask mandate, rolls back coronavirus restrictions (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Wyoming to Lift All Pandemic Restrictions on March 16 (Bloomberg)
  • Under Draghi’s lead, Italy takes Europe another step away from populism (The Hill)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What South Africa Must Do to Prepare for the Third Wave Double Whammy of Covid-19 and Flu This Winter (AllAfrica.com)
Actions by Companies
  • 4.5 million more AstraZeneca doses to arrive in PH by May 2021 – WHO (Rappler)
  • American Airlines will raise $7.5 billion backed by its frequent-flier program to repay a loan the carrier took out from the federal government after the coronavirus pandemic decimated air travel hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/30qWlkx (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Axis Bank allots 2.30 lakh equity shares under ESOP (Business Standard India)
  • Boeing CEO Calhoun’s pay package worth $21M for 2020 (Seeking Alpha)
  • Chile receives 5th shipment of Chinese Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19 (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • Continental Sees Muted Profitability on Chip Shortage, Pandemic (Bloomberg)
  • De Beers Group extends global partnership with UN Women (Ani News)
  • Germany looks to AstraZeneca shot to boost vaccine rollout (star-telegram.com)
  • Gold should bottom at around $1,600, buy now: Mark Matthews, Julius Baer (Economic Times)
  • Google, Microsoft invest millions to empower African women (IT Web)
  • Here’s what you need to know about the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines (Indianapolis Star)
  • Honda’s scooter sales back in the fast lane after a steep decline (Business Standard India)
  • Hong Kong take-up for vaccination bookings falls after medical incidents involving Sinovac jab recipients (South China Morning Post – News)
  • How AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes smashed a COVID-19 home run (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Investment, incentives crucial to rebuilding out of the pandemic: CSL (Australian Financial Review)
  • Italy extends AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to people over 65 (Livemint.com)
  • Marks & Spencer to expand online in bid to revive overseas business (Straits Times)
  • Muntinlupa City gets 1,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (Manila Bulletin)
  • New study warns Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines could be far less effective against South Africa variant (The Hill)
  • Ooredoo Celebrates 10th Batch of Springboard Graduates (Albawaba)
  • PM says Pfizer deal simplifies way to mass vaccination, could open border (Radio New Zealand)
  • Pasig begins inoculating health workers with AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 jabs (ABS-CBN News)
  • Pfizer’s vaccine DOES work against the Brazilian covid variant, study suggests (Mail Online UK)
  • Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Will Earn Billions From COVID-19 Vaccines (International Business Times)
  • Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine neutralizes Brazil variant in lab study (New York Post)
  • SGX set to see more IPOs this year, say experts (Straits Times)
  • Shell pushes back Deer Park, Texas, refinery restart to March 13 -sources (Nasdaq)
  • Singapore Airlines to pilot digital Covid-19 travel pass (Malay Mail)
  • Sinovac a ‘shot of hope’ says top ZSMC doctors (Philippine Information Agency)
  • The One Costco Food That’s Soaring in Demand (Yahoo! India)
  • Vaccine response may be weaker in elderly; Merck drug shows promise in reducing virus level (GMA News Online)
  • [Newsmaker] Two weeks into opening, the Hyundai Seoul makes a splash in sales (Korea Herald)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Climate change a crisis more profound than pandemic: ExpertCHINAdaily.com.cnThe COVID-19 pandemic has come as a wake-up call for the world, urging humans to carry out a self-targeted revolution by adopting green development and lifestyles, said He Jiankun, an expert on climate change. He, vice-chairman of the National…
House panels adopt reso seeking unified contact tracing protocol amid pandemicGMA News OnlineThe House Committees on Health and Information and on Communications and Technology on Tuesday adopted the resolution that seeks the creation of a unified contact tracing protocol to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. In the virtual meeting, the…
Japan’s economy expanded slower than expected in December quarterAl JazeeraA sharp contraction in capital expenditure, stock piling of raw materials, ready goods by firms led to slower growth. Japan’s economy expanded at a slower-than-initially-reported pace in the last three months of 2020, with firms tightening spending on…
Online violence against women up amid pandemic: ministerAntara NewsMinister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection, I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, has said cases of online violence against women have increased with the rise in use of information technology amid the COVID-19 …
PM reveals school recovery plan during daily coronavirus conferenceMail Online UKVideo: First pupils to arrive back at school in Ascot are sent home within minutes after positive Covid test amid schools testing confusion as No 10 insists students with false positives CAN return to class Prime Minister Boris Johnson reveals school…
Photos: An uncomfortable look at homelessness during the pandemiclatimes.com – Los Angeles TimesThe COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue of homelessness in Southern California. We share images reminiscent of the Great Depression.
Stimulus bill, coronavirus news & more: What’s trending todayCleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio – what’s next in Washington regarding the COVID relief bill, check in on the latest coronavirus and stimulus news and see more stories trending online today. Top stories House to vote on revised COVID-19 bill Tuesday (The Hill) What…
Tens Of Thousands Brave Virus Restrictions For Women’s Day ProtestsInternational Business TimesTens of thousands of people around the world braved coronavirus restrictions and sometimes dangerous conditions to mark International Women's Day on Monday, many of them denouncing violence against women. In peaceful democracies and in countries…
US economy awaits Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulusDeccan HeraldA flood of money for Covid-19 vaccines, stimulus checks and unemployment benefits is set to flow into the US economy this week, with Congress's expected approval of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package. The bill — approved by the…
Use this calculator to see exactly how much your third coronavirus stimulus check could be worthCNBCSenate Democrats passed the near-$1.9 trillion Covid-relief package  over the weekend, leaving only a House vote and signature from President Biden between Americans and $1,400 relief checks. There are a number of important changes in the Senate…
Geopolitical Impact
China FM Demands Biden Reverse “Dangerous” Taiwan Stance, Otherwise “World Will Be Far From Tranquil”Zero HedgeChina FM Demands Biden Reverse "Dangerous" Taiwan Stance, Otherwise "World Will Be Far From Tranquil" Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gave his annual news briefing on Sunday and as expected he hammered away at America's presence and increasing…
China raises India’s ban on apps, FDI curbs at WTOLivemint.comChina expressed 'deep concern' over the restrictions on opportunistic takeover of Indian companies after the outbreak of the covid pandemic, terming them to be inconsistent with multilateral trade rules and cautioning that they may affect business…
China, U.S. See Widening Policy Divergence Out of PandemicBloombergThe world’s two biggest economies are both feeling the hit from the pandemic, but have two very different fiscal paths out of the covid-induced recession. It’s a complete role reversal from last economic shock. Bloomberg’s Enda Curran reports on…
Hong Kong’s Lam says China’s planned electoral changes could prompt another vote delay March 9, 2021 NEWAsahi.comHONG KONG–Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday China’s planned changes to the electoral system, denounced by pro-democracy activists, could further delay a vote for the city’s legislature, but she was still uncertain on the timing. China’s…
How Much Time Did The Coronavirus Pandemic Cost In U.S.-China Trade?Seeking AlphaA year and a pandemic after the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal was signed, the trailing 12-month average of the combined value of goods traded between them is back to its November 2019 level.
India must not let china woo hasinaNew Delhi PioneerTies between New Delhi and Dhaka would benefit both countries and Modi’s trip should take this forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Dhaka on March 26 is quite significant as it will be his first foreign trip after the Covid- 19…
Pilkington: Uphill Struggle With Pandemic, BrexitBloombergSince 2016, Brexit was the biggest uncertainty facing British businesses — and then the pandemic struck. It left Linda Pilkington, Founder of Ormonde Jayne, with her European retailers questioning why they were facing further duties for imports,…
Protesters slam China for treatment towards people of Hong Kong, Tibet, Xinjiang outside Vancouver Chinese ConsulateIndia BloomsVancouver: Several protesters, belonging to different organizations, demonstrated against China outside the Vancouver Chinese Consulate office against Beijing's treatment towards Tibet and Hong Kong on Sunday. The demonstration continued from 2pm to…
Three ships carrying U.S. ethanol head to China — sourcesPhilippine Daily InquirerNEW YORK — Three ships carrying ethanol were heading to China from the U.S. Gulf Coast, three trade sources told Reuters on Monday, a sign that ethanol exports from the United States to the country are increasing drastically. The shipments may…
U.S. Firms in China See Growth after Covid Hurt Profits in 2020BloombergA fifth of foreign companies polled made losses in 2020 Consumer sector firms recorded biggest drop in revenue American businesses in China see their industries growing this year after the Covid-19 pandemic dented profits in 2020 despite Beijing’s…
Cybersecurity Impact
#IWD2021: The #COVID19 pandemic appears to have had a positive impact on the careers of women working in cybersecurity, although still too few are reaching senior positions >> hxxps://bit[.]ly/2MXL3Bb #WomenInCyberInfosecurityMag – Twitter#IWD2021: The #COVID19 pandemic appears to have had a positive impact on the careers of women working in cybersecurity, although still too few are reaching senior positions >> hxxps://bit[.]ly/2MXL3Bb #WomenInCyber
49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their careerHelp Net Security – NewsWhile the global job market has been hit hard by the pandemic, cybersecurity job recruitment thrived in 2020. According to a new global report from Tessian, 94% of security teams hired new staff members in 2020 to support their teams, with IT,…
49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their career #Cybersecurity #security hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/03/09/female-cybersecurity-pros-career-impact/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twittercybersecboardrm – Twitter49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their career #Cybersecurity #security hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/03/09/female-cybersecurity-pros-career-impact/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their career While the global job market has been hit hard by the pandemic, cybersecurity job recruitment thrived in 2020. According to a new global report from Tessian, 94% of … hxxps://bit[.]ly/30qnRhX hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1369229301770489856/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their career While the global job market has been hit hard by the pandemic, cybersecurity job recruitment thrived in 2020. According to a new global report from Tessian, 94%…
Business groups air concern on rising cybercrimes in PHManila BulletinVarious business organizations have urged the public to heed warnings of  rising cybercrimes to preserve the stability and trust in the financial system, which are  essential towards economic recovery and normalcy. In a joint statement, the 25…
New form of cyberattack distorts the drug development processCyberNews – SecurityDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an understandably high level of concern around the health and life sciences sector. The early stages of the pandemic were punctured by stories of hospitals and other medical facilities being struck down…
RT @InfoSecHotSpot: Telehealth’s success created a cybersecurity nightmare Relaxed regulations have made it easier to see a doctor during the pandemic—and given hackers more chances to target medical records. hxxps://binged[.]it/3bsnxFMjabolins – TwitterRT @InfoSecHotSpot: Telehealth’s success created a cybersecurity nightmare Relaxed regulations have made it easier to see a doctor during the pandemic—and given hackers more chances to target medical records. hxxps://binged[.]it/3bsnxFM
Small businesses must be equipped with cyber security training or we could lose post-Covid innovationCity A.M.The pandemic has changed many things about the way our economy operates. While some of these changes may be passing, others will no doubt stick. A successful recovery will take the best of both, recognising the way the economy is, and the way we want…
Symrise reports FY profitability miss after cyberattack hits salesNasdaqMarch 9 (Reuters) – German flavour and fragrance maker Symrise missed profitability expectations in 2020 after a cyberattack hit sales in the last quarter. Symrise's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin in 2020…
Telehealth’s success created a cybersecurity nightmare Relaxed regulations have made it easier to see a doctor during the pandemic—and given hackers more chances to target medical records. hxxps://binged[.]it/3bsnxFMInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterTelehealth’s success created a cybersecurity nightmare Relaxed regulations have made it easier to see a doctor during the pandemic—and given hackers more chances to target medical records. hxxps://binged[.]it/3bsnxFM

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