10 December 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia did not consider pandemic risk in medical stockpile planning, audit finds (The Guardian)
  • Border reopenings another plus for Singapore’s recovery (Business Times Singapore)
  • Brazil likely to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in Jan or Feb (Al Arabiya)
  • Coronavirus conspiracy theorists placed under observation as ‘extremist threat’ in Germany (Telegraph)
  • Covid-19 Was in Italy in Late November 2019, New Report Shows (Bloomberg)
  • EU budget talks ‘not easy’, but Poland’s ruling party chief voices optimism (France24)
  • Germany, Poland Adjust Tax Treaty For Cross-Border Workers (Law360)
  • Indra secures EUR 1.7 mln Spain Covid-19 tracing app contract (Telecompaper)
  • Italy offers Christmas cashback in push for digital payments (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Italy’s Di Maio dismisses talk of pandemic debt cancellation (FT.com – World)
  • Merkel Touts Germany’s COVID Response Hasn’t Been “Dictatorship-Style” Like Other Countries (Zero Hedge)
  • Over 92 lakh recoveries in India (DNA India)
  • Poland & Hungary Accept German Proposal On $2.2 Trillion EU Stimulus (Zero Hedge)
  • Rail services between Italy and Switzerland will not be halted (Swiss Info)
  • S. Korea to send chartered flights to Singapore with strawberry shipments (Korea Herald)
  • Singapore cruise ship scare highlights challenges in resuming tourism (South China Morning Post – News)
  • South Africa has officially entered the second wave (Germiston City News)
  • South Korea builds container hospital beds; Indonesia bets on Chinese vaccine (South China Morning Post)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says coronavirus vaccine rollout is ‘right thing to do’ (Washington Post)
  • UK – Council leaders in emergency motion to push Scottish Government to lower Edinburgh Covid level (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Price hike fears for Uber and Airbnb customers amid reports Rishi Sunak is planning to impose VAT (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Targeted support for suffering sectors worth £185m announced by Scottish Government (The Scotsman)
  • UK – UK government says Brexit trade deal talks with EU to resume but “very large gaps” remain between the two sides (Washington Post)
  • US – Alabama school system issuing $1K COVID-19 bonuses (star-telegram.com)
  • US – CDC: COVID-19 found in Milan boy in November 2019 (New York Post)
  • US – Here is the estimated COVID-19 vaccine timeline for Massachusetts (Boston Globe)
  • US – Judge: Washington state gym does not have to pay virus fines (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Ohio COVID-19 pandemic remains unchecked and out of control (Columbus Dispatch)
  • US – Only half of Tennessee parents are likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine for their child, Vanderbilt poll finds (Tennessean)
  • US – Over 9,000 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Pandemic, loss unite 2 rural Missouri pastors around faith (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Has Coronavirus, Says He Does Not Have Symptoms (Forbes.com)
  • US – Vermont planning text messages warning of possible COVID-19 exposures (The Hill)
  • US – Wyoming health official resigns after calling COVID-19 pandemic a communist plot (The Hill)
  • US – ‘We are so tired’: Rhode Island is leading the country with its rate of new COVID-19 infections (boston.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Albanians protest after man shot dead man for violating coronavirus curfewTheAge.comProtesters who were demanding the resignation of the interior minister threw objects at his ministry and set Christmas trees on fire.
CFOs see US economy improving from coronavirus pandemic, but cite need for more stimulusFOXBusiness.comSources tell FOX Business’ Charlie Gasparino that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is open to negotiation on business liability protection if Democrats give up certain progressive causes. Most American CFOs anticipate the U.S. economy will…
ECB set to expand massive stimulus program to tackle pandemicSeeking Alphais not compatible with this site.
French economy and the pandemic: ‘It’s the calm before the storm’FT.com – World, EuropeParis was quick to provide cheap loans to businesses but is now assessing if more radical steps will be needed
Leher Sethi | Is air pollution a greater pandemic than coronavirus?Asian AgeAs a parent, I dread Delhi winters, not just because of the cold, but because of the terrible pollution in the air
Millions forced out of their homes by violence, persecution amid Covid-19The Straits Times All NewsDecember 10, 2020 5:00 AM GENEVA • Despite calls for ceasefires and compassion amid the Covid-19 crisis, violence and persecution have continued to force people from their homes, with record numbers now displaced, the United Nations said yesterday.
South Korea’s contact tracing sheds light on extensive efforts to slow spread of COVID-19ABC NewsTeams of doctors and civil servants have been working nonstop in the outbreak. NOTIFIED: Dec. 9, 2020 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters SEOUL, South Korea — Contact tracers in South Korea are working around the…
Stimulus negotiations underway as Congress tries to agree on coronavirus relief fundingCNBCSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he wants Congress to pass a coronavirus relief bill with neither legal immunity for businesses nor state and local government relief. Congress is trying to come to agreement on coronavirus relief and…
Toronto researchers to study COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessnessCBCProject that has received $1.9M in federal funds to follow 700 unhoused people in Toronto for a year Researchers are hoping to recruit participants starting next week for a study that will look at how big a problem COVID-19 is among people…
Turkish unemployment dipped in Q3 rebound from pandemicZawya.comJobless rate stood at 13.2% a month earlier and was 13.8% a year earlier ISTANBUL – Turkey's unemployment rate dipped to 12.7% in August-October from the previous period and participation held steady, official data showed on Thursday, reflecting a…
Geopolitical Impact
ADB sees shallower Asia slump amid better China, India prospectsThe Straits Times All NewsDecember 10, 2020 11:03 AM MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – Developing Asia's economy will contract this year by less than previously estimated as it begins recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Asian Development Bank.
Canada introduces bill to implement post-Brexit trade agreement with UKBusiness Standard IndiaThe Canadian government has introduced a bill to implement the newly inked post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement The Canadian government has introduced a bill to implement the newly inked post-…
China responds to Australia’s claims about a trade agreement breach9News.com.auIt comes after China blocked timber exports from two more states and increased the number of meatworks awaiting the resumption of trade to eight. Overnight, China hit back at claims by Australia's trade minister that it had breached the terms of the…
China’s Global Power Tops the U.S.? New Measures Say NoBloombergis a Bloomberg Opinion columnist, the Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Most recently, he is the co-author of "The…
China, ASEAN vow to jointly safeguard South China SeaChina Military OnlineChinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe attends the 14th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting via video link, December 9, 2020. /CCTV Attending the 14th ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting, which started on Wednesday morning via video link,…
Coronavirus updates, Brexit talks & more: What’s trending today (Dec. 9)Cleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio – Read about the where things stand in Brexit negotiations, check out coronavirus updates and see more stories trending online today. Top stories COVID-19 relief package: White House proposes $600 stimulus checks and no federal…
Covid ‘to trigger 5.6% fall in global trade in 2020’Gulf Industry OnlineThe coronavirus pandemic is expected to trigger a 5.6% decline in the value of global merchandise trade in 2020 compared with last year, marking the biggest fall in merchandise trade since 2009, when trade fell by 22%, a report said. The nowcasts –…
EU leaders to tackle climate, coronavirus, set Brexit asideDeutsche WelleEU leaders say they want to put this week's Brexit talks behind them and focus on a promise to cut emissions and coordinate their response to the coronavirus pandemic. EU leaders begin a meeting in Brussels later Thursday for a two-day summit after…
Global trade disrupted by Covid, US-China trade war: Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General, CUTSEconomic TimesNew Delhi: Whether it is liked or not, the global trading order has been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the US-China trade war. New supply chains are being explored; new connections are being made; trading infrastructure that will last for…
Majority in Swedish parliament backs ‘NATO option’ after Sweden Democrats shiftYahoo! IndiaSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish parliamentary majority in favour of readiness to join NATO as a possible security policy option has emerged for the first time after the far-right Sweden Democrats party shifted position on the military alliance. Howeve…
Shipping squeeze on global trade heralds an unhappy ChristmasTelegraphPressure on every aspect of the global trade network is squeezing importers when they can least afford it Christmas was supposed to be the saving grace of 2020 for Gaynor Humphrey and her colleagues at Best Years. The toy company in Northamptonshire…
Sovereign fund flow: India replaces China as most sought-after destinationBusiness Standard IndiaIn 2020, sovereign wealth funds poured $14.8 billion into India, nearly three times more than what they invested in China India has quietly replaced China as the most sought after destination for global sovereign wealth funds investment in the private…
UK travellers to be barred from EU under coronavirus rules after Brexit transition period, report suggestsThe IndependentJust eight countries currently on EU ‘safe’ list Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Most UK travel ers are expected to be unable to visit the EU due to coronavirus restrictions once the Brexit transition period…
Cybersecurity Impact
COVID-19 Vaccine Cyberattacks Steal Credentials, Spread Zebrocy MalwareThreatpost.comCybercriminals are leveraging the recent rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines globally in various cyberattacks – from stealing email passwords to distributing the Zebrocy malware.
COVID-19 vaccine data ‘unlawfully accessed’ in cyberattack on EU regulator, says BioNTechTheAge.comThe European Medicines Agency said earlier that the company had been targeted in a cyberattack.
Dinosn – COVID-19 Vaccine Cyberattacks Steal Credentials, Spread Zebrocy Malware https://t.co/Bcz2dA1uJwDinosn – TwitterCOVID-19 Vaccine Cyberattacks Steal Credentials, Spread Zebrocy Malware https://threatpost.com/covid-19-vaccine-cyberattacks-credentials-zebrocy/162072/
Hackers steal Pfizer vaccine data in EuropeSouth China Morning PostUS drug maker and German partner BioNTech say documents were ‘unlawfully accessed’ in cyberattack on agency that assesses and approves medicines Timeline for review of Covid-19 shot will not be affected by breach, companies say
Russian APT28 Hackers Using COVID-19 as Bait to Deliver Zebrocy MalwareTHN : The Hacker NewsA Russian threat actor known for its malware campaigns has reappeared in the threat landscape with yet another attack leveraging COVID-19 as phishing lures, once again indicating how adversaries are adept at repurposing the current world events to…
Windows hackers target COVID-19 vaccine effortsComputerworldHackers appear to be targeting vaccine researchers, manufacturers and the COVID-19 “cold chain” that will be used to keep the vaccine cold enough for distribution. I’ve written before about how during the coronavirus pandemic, hackers have increasingly…
cybersecboardrm – COVID-19 Vaccine Cyberattacks Steal Credentials, Spread Zebrocy Malware #CyberAttack https://t.co/PbfHsWI7K9cybersecboardrm – TwitterCOVID-19 Vaccine Cyberattacks Steal Credentials, Spread Zebrocy Malware #CyberAttack https://threatpost.com/covid-19-vaccine-cyberattacks-credentials-zebrocy/162072/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
cybersecboardrm – Russian APT28 Hackers Using COVID-19 as Bait to Deliver Zebrocy Malware #Cybersecurity #security https://t.co/Q4AYuc0tU1cybersecboardrm – TwitterRussian APT28 Hackers Using COVID-19 as Bait to Deliver Zebrocy Malware #Cybersecurity #security https://thehackernews.com/2020/12/russian-apt28-hackers-using-covid-19-as.html
security_wang – Russian APT28 Hackers Using COVID-19 as Bait to Deliver Zebrocy Malware https://t.co/7kUsJyxmnJsecurity_wang – TwitterRussian APT28 Hackers Using COVID-19 as Bait to Deliver Zebrocy Malware http://dlvr.it/RnJSfN
thegrugq – RT @switch_d: Hackers accessed vaccine documents in cyber-attack on EMA | The Guardian https://t.co/SsJLcGxNqathegrugq – TwitterRT @switch_d: Hackers accessed vaccine documents in cyber-attack on EMA | Coronavirus | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/09/hackers-accessed-vaccine-documents-in-cyber-attack-on-ema

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