10 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 reaches COVID-19 vaccination milestone (9News.com.au)
  • Bialowieza: Poland to resume logging in primeval forest (BBC)
  • COVID variant causes hospitals to fill up rapidly in Italy (New York Daily News)
  • COVID-19 Special: Has Sweden’s strategy succeeded? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Chile overtakes Israel as fastest country to vaccinate (South China Morning Post)
  • Covid resurgence in Brazil and what experts in India say (India Today)
  • Germany Halts Some Covid Aid to Companies on Fraud Suspicions (Bloomberg)
  • India’s hunt for ‘worrying’ coronavirus variants (BBC)
  • Israel prepares to reopen after world beating vaccination drive (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy now struggling to contain spread of COVID-19 variant, one year after it was devastated by pandemic (CBC)
  • Italy to operate high-speed ‘Covid-free’ trains from Rome to Milan (The Independent)
  • Japan to face South Korea in first home game since pandemic began (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Luxembourg MOF Announces Further Extension of Mutual Agreement for Taxation of Belgian Cross-Border Workers Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • Pakistan may delay reopening public places (Gulf News)
  • Russia’s Sputnik vaccine to be made in Italy amid approval row with European drug agency (Telegraph)
  • The Day with Brent Goff: Italy’s Next Covid Storm (Deutsche Welle)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, March 9, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘tells Irish PM no spare vaccines until UK has had jab’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson warns coronavirus is starting to ‘surge’ AGAIN in Europe (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Rangers chairman launches blistering attack on Scottish Government over Swinney comments (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Scottish Government urged to close sex offence loophole or risk ‘falling behind’ England and Wales (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Women and girls disproportionately affected by UK government’s ‘devastating’ cuts to overseas aid (The Independent)
  • US – 365 days of the coronavirus pandemic in Massachusetts (Boston Herald)
  • US – A timeline of the 10-day period when coronavirus really changed life in Georgia (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Alaska opens COVID-19 vaccinations to all over 16 (UPI)
  • US – California vs. Florida: Who handled COVID-19 better? (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California will recover from the pandemic faster than the U.S., forecast says (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut reports daily positivity rate of 3.56%; hospitalizations increase slightly (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Fear among health officials of variant spread as Texas reopens (CBS News)
  • US – House of Representatives preparing for final vote on Covid-19 relief package (CNBC)
  • US – Indiana COVID-19 update: Nearly 725,000 now fully vaccinated against virus; 22 more dead (Indianapolis Star)
  • US – Maryland governor to lift many restrictions on Friday (FT.com – Health)
  • US – VICTOR JOECKS: The CDC’s coronavirus vaccine hesitancy (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – ‘He only cares about poll numbers’: Texas governor under fire from police chief for relaxing mask rules (The Independent)
  • Unwelcome deja-vu in northern Italy: A hospital is overrun with COVID-19 patients (Los Angeles Times)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Adidas expects strong rebound in 2021, takes Reebok hit (Business Standard India)
  • Amazon leads connected TV devices market in Q4 2020, Samsung 2nd: Report (Business Standard India)
  • Bank Muscat continues anti-fraud campaign (Oman Observer)
  • Boeing orders top cancellations for first month since 2019 (ABS-CBN News)
  • Boeing’s business takes off as it finally sees positive net orders for airplanes (Chicago Tribune)
  • Cathay Pacific Airways posts record losses of HK$21.6 billion for 2020, as Covid-19 pandemic scars Hong Kong airline (South China Morning Post)
  • Cathay Pacific to Reveal Full Extent of Covid’s Hit to Its Business (Bloomberg)
  • Data, fintech subscriptions lift MTN in strong full-year results (IT Web)
  • Ericsson, Telia apply AI and Big Data to Covid-19 response at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (Telecompaper)
  • Gap Must Pay Manhattan Rent, Even In Face Of Pandemic (Law360)
  • H&M responds to Myanmar conflict by pausing orders with suppliers: Report (FOXNews.com)
  • HSBC launches £15bn fund to support COVID recovery (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • How IBM helps firms get their employees back to work (Hindu Business Line)
  • ICICI Bank to bear cost of COVID-19 vaccination for employees (Outlook India)
  • IDBI Bank Hopes To Come Out Of PCA Soon, But Can It? (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Indian Bank to raise funds through share sale (Business Standard India)
  • Japan Airlines once again flying out of San Diego following pandemic shutdown (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Just Eat losses widen despite 40% leap in lockdown orders (SkyNews.com Business)
  • LATAM Airlines reports US$963 million loss in fourth quarter (Channel NewsAsia)
  • M&S to knock down big Oxford Street store as shoppers move online (The Guardian)
  • Mastercard exec says almost 75% of apparel sales were made online last month (CNBC)
  • NSW’s Berejiklian gets AstraZeneca jab (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Narrowing Gender Gap Could Boost Emerging Economies, Moody’s Says (Bloomberg)
  • Nova Scotia to receive more vaccine doses than expected, AstraZeneca rollout begins next week (Global News Canada)
  • Philippines to get initial shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 shots in April: official (ABS-CBN News)
  • Qantas revisits plans to link Aussie cities with key overseas markets (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Sandberg thought Zuckerberg was ‘nuts’ for saying Facebook employees may need to go remote during COVID (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Telecom Argentina FY revenues drop 7% to ARS 302 bln, postpay subs up 315,00 (Telecompaper)
  • Telus issues apology for issues with B.C. COVID-19 vaccination centre phone lines (Global News Canada)
  • UOB to raise pay, floats promotions for 98% of bank’s employees (MSN News Singapore)
  • UOL Group’s Burgeoning Portfolio Meets Market Demands In The Midst Of The Pandemic (Yahoo! Singapore)
  • Why AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Is Not Yet Available in US (NewsMax.com)
  • With The Worsening of The Pandemic, Bolsonaro Meets with Pfizer CEO and Government Announces 14m Doses by June (Folha Online)
  • Zara owner Inditex 2020 profit falls 70% as pandemic keeps many shops closed (Straits Times)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
$60m to extend contact tracing in Walesitv.comHealth boards in Wales will get an extra £50m to extend Covid-19 contact tracing until the end of September 2021. That's in addition to the £10m already announced by the Welsh Government The health minister said the money would fund the currant contact…
Activists present casket with more than 3,000 flowers memorializing those lost to COVID-19Des Moines RegisterActivists gathered on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday to mourn the state's more than 5,000 COVID-19 deaths , presenting a casket of flowers at the building and ringing bells to represent the lives lost. Each flower represents one Iowan…
Coronavirus, Economy, Climate Change: White House On Quad Summit AgendaNDTV ProfitThe Quad grouping was essentially established in 2007 to showcase what democracies can deliver together for both their own populations and also the broader international public. he said.
How the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping Canada’s economyGlobal News CanadaThe true financial impact of COVID-19 will take years, if not decades, to ascertain. Restaurant owners are still struggling, as are airlines and the travel industry. But, after months of losses, retail is rebounding and the housing market is setting…
Indonesia intensifies COVID-19 contact tracing to lower fatality rateAntara NewsDeputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono highlighted the government’s continued efforts to strengthen the process of contact tracing for COVID-19 cases in order to reduce the fatality rate. "By expanding …
More people moving off unemployment benefit than applying for first time since start of COVID-19NewshubFor the first time since the start of the pandemic, the number of people moving off the main unemployment benefit into work is higher than the number of people going on to the benefit, according to data from the Ministry of Social Development. Figures…
Singapore Launches Travel ‘Bubble’ Business Hotel Amid Covid-19 PandemicNews18.comA meeting room outfitted with air-tight glass panels to reduce the risk of transmission, is pictured at the short-stay facility Connect@Changi, a complex of hotel rooms and meeting halls near the airport which will welcome business "bubble"…
Stimulus check updates: Here’s when to expect payments, other benefits from COVID-19 relief packageChicago Tribune$1,400 relief checks Unemployment benefits Tax breaks
U.S. Economy Will Recover Twice As Fast Thanks To $1.9 Trillion Stimulus And Quick Vaccine RolloutForbes.comTopline Just one year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the rapid pace of vaccinations and massive scale of fiscal stimulus spending will push the American economy to recover twice as fast as expected, the Organization…
Geopolitical Impact
‘No clear impact’ from £37bn Test and Trace, and UK rejects EU vaccine claimsBBCHere are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Wednesday morning. We'll have another update for you this evening. 1. 'No clear impact' from £37bn Test and Trace, say MPs 2. UK rejects 'completely false' EU vaccine export…
China Could Invade Taiwan In ‘Next 6 Years’, Guam ‘A Target’: US CommanderInternational Business TimesKEY POINTSChina could invade Taiwan in the next six yearsChinese military forces are now 'targeting' the American Island of GuamBeijing urged the Biden administration to roll back its support for Taiwan A top U.S. commander on Tuesday warned that…
Europe’s biggest party set to take tougher line on China, push Taiwan investment dealYahoo! SingaporeThe biggest party in the European Parliament is set to adopt a hardline policy on China, including an investment treaty with Taiwan and a total ban on goods “produced in re-education camps”, according to a draft position document seen by the South…
Eye on China, Quad Meeting to Announce Financing to Boost India’s Vaccine Output: ReportNews18.comA first-ever leaders’ meeting of the Quad group of countries on Friday plans to announce financing agreements to support an increase in manufacturing capacity for coronavirus vaccines in India, a senior US administration official told Reuters. The…
Hontiveros rejects police, military operations vs health protocol violatorsManila BulletinOpposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday rejected a proposal to deploy military and police personnel to arrest individuals who breach health protocols after the alarming surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate…
India to buy 30 US Predator drones for $3 bn to counter China, PakistanBusiness Standard IndiaIndia is emerging as a strategic defense partner for the US, particularly in countering Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean and some areas of Southeast Asia India plans to buy 30 armed drones from the U.S. to boost its sea and land defenses as…
India to send 45 million doses of made-in-India vaccines to PakistanMoneycontrol.comIndia is likely to send 16 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Pakistan by June this year. Illustration Of India And Pakistan Flags Waving India is likely to send 45 million doses of Made-in-India vaccines to Pakistan under an agreement with GAVI…
India, Japan talk South China Sea, freedom of navigation ahead of Quad meetBusiness Standard IndiaPrime Minister Suga also asked for understanding and cooperation toward the early resolution of the abductions issue by North Korea Ahead of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) head of states meet, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had a…
Metro Manila mayors to review need for unified curfew hours, border controlCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) — Metro Manila mayors are set to convene this week to discuss the possible need to change major COVID-19 policies amid the spike of new coronavirus infections in the capital region. MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos…
Punjab farmers caught between two fences at India-Pakistan borderAl JazeeraTarn Taran, India – Raghbir Singh Bhangala often stands looking at his fields beyond the barbed-wire fence that marks the border between India and Pakistan. He stands on five acres of his own farmland in the Tarn Taran district of India’s Punjab…
Cybersecurity Impact
2021 Hacker Hackers are not just driven by money HackerOne released its 2021 Hacker Report that reveals a 63% increase in the number of hackers submitting vulnerabilities in 2020. As organizations’ attack surfaces have shifted due to pandemic l… hxxps://bit[.]ly/3bxo5uc hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1369546323939168257/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter2021 Hacker Report: Hackers are not just driven by money HackerOne released its 2021 Hacker Report that reveals a 63% increase in the number of hackers submitting vulnerabilities in 2020. As organizations’ attack surfaces have shifted due to pandemic…
Another French hospital hit by a ransomware attackSecurity AffairsA ransomware attack hit the Oloron-Sainte-Marie hospital in southwest France, it is the third such attack in the last month. A ransomware attack paralyzed the systems at the Oloron-Sainte-Marie hospital in southwest France. The incident took place…
COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps Signal Broader Mobile App Security Concerns The rapid launch of contract-tracing apps to control COVID-19’s spread opened the door to multiple security and privacy vulnerabilities. hxxps://bit[.]ly/3bxM1gS hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1369433132764692493/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCOVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps Signal Broader Mobile App Security Concerns The rapid launch of contract-tracing apps to control COVID-19's spread opened the door to multiple security and privacy vulnerabilities. hxxps://bit[.]ly/3bxM1gS…
Emails and Mobile Phones Become Top Phishing ToolsCywareIn the case of email-based phishing methods, scammers are taking their game up a notch as they open avenues for targeted attacks, BEC attacks, and ransomware, among other infections. Mobile phones have become an intrinsic feature of human life, and…
Huge Rise in Hackers Submitting Vulnerabilities During #COVID19Infosecurity – Latest NewsHuge Rise in Hackers Submitting Vulnerabilities During #COVID19 The number of hackers submitting vulnerabilities went up by 63% in 2020, according to HackerOne’s 2021 Hacker Report. The bug bounty platform noted that hackers ramped up their…
Mail delivery phishing scammers cheat Hongkongers out of HK$2.2 million as demand for delivery during Covid-19 pandemic surgesSouth China Morning Post – NewsScammers have cheated more than 100 Hongkongers out of HK$2.2 million (US$283,000) since November through phishing text messages and emails purporting to be from Hongkong Post, while demand for delivery services during the coronavirus pandemic…
Mail delivery phishing scammers cheat Hongkongers out of HK$2.2mil as demand for delivery during Covid-19 pandemic surgesthestar.com.myScammers have cheated more than 100 Hongkongers out of HK$2.2mil (RM1.17mil) since November through phishing text messages and emails purporting to be from Hongkong Post, while demand for delivery services during the coronavirus pandemic surged. Many…
Small businesses must be equipped with cyber security training or we could lose post-Covid innovation The pandemic has changed many things about the way our economy operates. While some of these changes may be passing, The post Small businesses must be… hxxps://binged[.]it/3rzmHwzInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterSmall businesses must be equipped with cyber security training or we could lose post-Covid innovation The pandemic has changed many things about the way our economy operates. While some of these changes may be passing, The post Small businesses must…
Spanish labor agency suffers ransomware attack, union saysCyberscoop – NewsA ransomware attack has affected IT systems at a Spanish government agency that manages unemployment benefits, disrupting “hundreds of thousands” of appointments at the agency, a Spanish labor union said Tuesday. The cyberattack on Spain’s…
The Cybersecurity 202: Scammers are already targeting the next round of coronavirus relief checksWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer Cybercriminals are flooding potential victims with scams using the pending coronavirus relief plan as bait. That's according to a new report by researchers at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint. Stimulus checks outlined in the bill, which…

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