10 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A year after first death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle (Pekingpress.com)
  • Algerian President to Return to Germany for Treatment: EL Khabar (Bloomberg)
  • France’s vaccine chaos will come back to jab Macron where it hurts (Telegraph)
  • Ginger root and meteorite dust … the Steiner ‘Covid cures’ offered in Germany (The Guardian)
  • Historic snowfall buries Madrid as storm slams Spain (Washington Post)
  • India to start COVID-19 vaccination drive from Jan. 16 -govt (NationalPost.com)
  • Indonesia reports 10046 new daily Covid-19 infections, 194 fatalities (Jordan News Agency)
  • Iran reports 5924 new Covid-19 infections, 82 fatalities (Jordan News Agency)
  • Japan confirms new coronavirus variant in passengers from Brazil (Mainichi JP)
  • NI lorry drivers going to France will need test (BBC)
  • Saudi Arabia, Qatar to restart direct flights on Monday (Gulf News)
  • Schoolteachers no more likely to catch Covid-19 when Sweden remained open during first lockdown, study finds (Telegraph)
  • Spain’s January snowfall provides relief (Deutsche Welle)
  • Tales from the jab: How people in 6 countries got their vaccines (Washington Post)
  • Tasting the champagne lifestyle in France (on a cider budget) (Telegraph)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Jan. 9, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – A botched vaccine rollout would put Boris Johnson in severe political danger (WA Today)
  • UK – Boris Johnson must scrap this absurd council tax hike and start supporting families (Telegraph)
  • UK – Coronavirus Bristol: Mass vaccination centre stands ready to receive its first patients (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Matt Hancock backs police after £200 fine for women who drove five miles for a walk (Telegraph)
  • UK – Matt Hancock backs the police for handing out fines during lockdown (Manchester Evening News)
  • US – Defense spending ‘incredibly important’ for Hawaii during COVID-19 pandemic (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Differing COVID-19 Mitigation Approaches Cause Tensions In Colorado Counties (NPR)
  • US – Experts wonder how much worse pandemic will get as Arizona breaks more records (Tucson.com)
  • US – Hawaii reports 4 additional COVID-19 fatalities, 250 new infections (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Kentucky medical center vaccinates veterans against COVID-19 (star-telegram.com)
  • US – New variant strain of COVID-19 confirmed in Minnesota on Saturday (TwinCities.com)
  • US – Positivity rate down as coronavirus claims 101 more Illinois lives (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – VIRUS TODAY: California in dire need of more medical workers (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Washburn, Kansas State start semester late due to COVID-19 (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – ‘A mass fatality event’: California struggles with backlog of bodies of COVID-19 victims (star-telegram.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • With New Law, Sweden Gains Power to Impose Coronavirus Restrictions (NYT.com Europe)
  • ‘South Africa is going to get a third wave of coronavirus, even a fourth’ (The Guardian)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘Must have’ £8.99 Aldi SpecialBuy shoppers are begging friends to search stores for (Liverpool Echo)
  • ‘Perfect’ Lidl products shoppers are begging retailer to keep year-round (Liverpool Echo)
  • 2021 Honda Gold Wing breaks cover with updated audio system (Hindustan Times)
  • ACCIONA completes the construction of the Al Khobar I desalination plant in Saudi Arabia (Zawya.com)
  • Amazon Worker Group Calls for Cloud Unit to Drop Parler (Bloomberg)
  • Apple planning to launch thinner, lighter low-cost iPad this year (Business Standard India)
  • Apple removes Parler from App Store after its use in Capital riot (Business Standard India)
  • Best K-Dramas Coming To Netflix In 2021 To Get You Through The Pandemic (International Business Times)
  • Boeing ‘inappropriately coached’ pilots in 737 MAX testing -U.S. Senate report Dec 18, 2020 (Nasdaq)
  • Countries lining up to obtain Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines (Ecns.cn)
  • Emirates NBD introduces contactless identity verification to open new accounts on mobile (Zawya.com)
  • Formosa Plastics Group to pay year-end bonus of 3.66 months’ salary (Focus Taiwan)
  • Google, Microsoft Among Corporate Donors to Biden’s Inauguration (Bloomberg)
  • Jack Ma’s absence raises more questions than it answers amid Ant and Alibaba probe (Straits Times)
  • Jordan approves China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine (Al Arabiya)
  • Jordan approves emergency use of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine (South China Morning Post)
  • Kaspersky Security Bulletin: Economic uncertainty set to shape 2021 cybercrime agenda in Middle East (Zawya.com)
  • Kirin tops Japan’s beer sales in 2020 for 1st time in 11 years (Mainichi JP)
  • Kroger Health to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Nationwide (NewKerala.com)
  • Most people in Australia likely to get AstraZeneca COVID vaccine rather than Pfizer shot (ABC Online)
  • Need 2 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine: Bolsonaro to Modi (India Today)
  • Netflix of business comes of age via SAM (Philippines Daily Tribune)
  • Pfizer launched a new logo on the heels of its successful development of a coronavirus vaccine, marking its shift t… https://t.co/5ufBdL3Anl (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Phl can get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines as early as April: envoy (Philippines Daily Tribune)
  • QNB launches Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay in Qatar (Qatar Peninsula)
  • Supermarket rules at Tesco, Asda and Morrisons on buying non-essential items during lockdown (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • Tesco Greenock confirms two members of staff die after contracting Covid-19 (Herald Scotland)
  • Valenzuela to ink deal with AstraZeneca; vaccination expected by July (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Capitol Hill riot could prove to be COVID-19 superspreader event, experts sayABC NewsThousands of unmasked rioters flouted public health guidelines. ABC News Live Update: Over 4,000 Americans die from COVID-19 in 24 hours Plus, a Capitol Hill police officer dies from injuries sustained during Wednesday’s siege Pete Marovich/The New…
Coronavirus digest: Pope calls COVID vaccine aversion ‘suicide denial’Deutsche WellePope Francis says those who refuse the coronavirus vaccine are playing with their health and also the lives of others. Meanwhile, Britain has managed to raise $1 billion in global vaccine donations. DW has the latest. Pope Francis has confirmed that…
Coronavirus in Scotland: Man arrested at anti-lockdown protest in Glasgow’s George SquareThe ScotsmanNews Crime A man has been arrested during an anti-lockdown protest held in Glasgow city centre today. Saturday, 9th January 2021, 5:20 pm He was arrested over the misuse of drugs act, as police warned those wishing to protest need to do so safely. The…
Determined Efforts Needed To Bring Economy Back On Track: Vice PresidentNDTV"India and the world are passing through difficult times with the COVID-19 pandemic compounding the situation caused by the economic slide that was unfolding even earlier," the Vice President said.
Dubai takes a targeted, dynamic approach to stimulusGulf NewsGovernment committed to a continuous process of helping businesses Governments across the world have been announcing support to businesses to tide over the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 ever since the crisis began. In the UAE, governments at the…
IMF says China recovering fast ahead of most big economiesBusiness Standard IndiaChina is recovering fast ahead of most large economies, but the recovery is still unbalanced and facing significant downside risks, the IMF has said China is recovering fast ahead of most large economies, but the recovery is still unbalanced and…
India not the only country battling job losses, here are other economies with same dilemmaDNA IndiaEconomists are optimistic employment will rebound in the coming months amid expectations for increased inoculations and additional fiscal stimulus. The US economy saw loss of jobs for the first time in eight months, in December, as the country was…
New Coronavirus Variant Found In Travellers From Brazil – Japan GovernmentNews18.comTOKYO: A new coronavirus variant was detected in four travellers from Brazil, Japan’s Health Ministry said on Sunday, marking an advance in changes to the pandemic virus. The new variant is different from those first found in Britain and South Africa,…
Osaka seeks state of emergency to curb Covid-19The Straits Times All NewsJanuary 10, 2021 5:00 AM TOKYO • Osaka and its surrounding prefectures asked the Japanese government to expand a state of emergency to the western cities in an effort to contain the latest coronavirus outbreak, while Tokyo's new daily infections stayed…
‘Use blockchain to verify vaccine’HeraldSun.com.au BusinessBig four consulting firm KPMG is calling for the use of blockchain technology to be incorporated into Australia’s COVID-19 immunisation program to safeguard the integrity of the vaccine and prevent the potential spread of counterfeit products.
Geopolitical Impact
Biometric border control system adds featuresManila Times4 A new strain of the coronavirus has, again, made the world’s different countries scramble to secure their borders from allowing entry to those infected. Already, the Philippines has banned entry of travelers from 21 nations where the new virus has…
China relies on Taiwan, not the other way aroundTaipei Times OnlineBy Liou Je-wei 劉哲瑋 On Dec. 31, the Chosun Ilbo — the largest South Korean newspaper in terms of circulation — published an article titled “Taiwan’s economic growth is world’s highest without relying on China,” which compared Taiwan’s economy to South…
In Vaccine Geopolitics, a Great Game Played With Ukrainians’ HealthTheWashingtonTime.com“Russia is pursuing an active policy of aggression, even with the vaccines,” said Oleksandr Linchevsky, a former deputy health minister. “It’s in Russia’s political interest that Ukraine receive the vaccines from elsewhere as late as possible,”…
In vaccine geopolitics, a great game played with Ukrainians’ healthThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 10, 2021 11:40 AM Ukraine has now also become a focal point in the geopolitics of coronavirus vaccines, so far, to its detriment.
Letters: A tale from the vaccination centre to give hope for the months aheadTelegraphSIR – On Friday morning I received the Pfizer vaccine. No side effects, or anything else. The arrangements were like a military operation: smooth-running and very competent. The jab was completed in seconds, done by a young doctor whom I did not know…
Cybersecurity Impact
CyberScoopNews – How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic… https://t.co/0l8Np5MkdyCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic https://hubs.ly/H0Dy4Jd0 by @snlyngaas
Hackers are Silently Piercing Through Retail OrganizationsCywareThe coronavirus epidemic has caused a sudden shift to online shopping. Taking advantage of this boom, attackers are regularly attempting to break into the infrastructure of retail organizations. Deadly tricks Some attackers were observed using acute…

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