11 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia unveils $1.2 billion COVID-19 tourism support package (Mail Online UK)
  • Australia unveils $928 mln coronavirus support package to revive airlines, tourism (NationalPost.com)
  • Ballet to bicycle: Singapore conductor rides out pandemic with delivery job (News5 – InterAksyon)
  • Brexit: Why has UK trade with Germany fallen so dramatically? (BBC)
  • COVID-19 in Belgium: Teens plagued by mental health problems (Deutsche Welle)
  • Canada to mark national day of observance to commemorate those who died of COVID-19 (NationalPost.com)
  • China’s premier says employment pressure still huge, will continue work with WHO to seek Covid-19 origins (The Straits Times All News)
  • Coronavirus origin may be found in few years, says member of WHO’s China mission (South China Morning Post – News)
  • DNA How India led the fight against coronavirus and came out a winner (zeenews.com)
  • Doctors urge Spain to use AstraZeneca vaccine more broadly (Dayton Daily News)
  • Forget Silicon Valley: Poland is Creating Its Own Deep-Tech Startup Hub Aug 18, 2020 (Nasdaq)
  • Malaysia’s efforts against virus impressive, says US envoy (The Sun Daily)
  • Portugal NOS’ quarterly profit more than doubles despite pandemic (Mail Online UK)
  • Racial reckoning in the Caribbean: Former colony confronts the Netherlands over coronavirus aid conditions (Washington Post)
  • Spain to reopen to tourists by end of spring (Telegraph)
  • Spain’s Sanchez Handed a Gift as Opposition Alliance Ruptures (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, March 11, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Trade with Germany slumped in the month after transition period ended, data shows  (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – A week after the Budget, it’s clear that Rishi Sunak has a mountain of unfinished business (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson defends NHS Test and Trace after MPs’ criticism (BBC)
  • UK – Boris Johnson defends Test and Trace as it’s called ‘most wasteful public spending programme of all time’ (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson urged to allow children to play together in England (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson warns UK could be next after covid surge in Europe (Liverpool Echo)
  • US – Alaska opens Covid-19 vaccine to residents age 16 and up as more US states reopen (The Straits Times All News)
  • US – CDC finds COVID-19 drove 15% spike in U.S. death rate in 2020 -Politico (NationalPost.com)
  • US – CDC: Key Coronavirus Metrics Trending Downward Again After Plateau (US News & World Report)
  • US – Florida coronavirus: 4,853 new infections, 59 more residents dead (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – Here’s how Ohio lawmakers reacted to the virus relief bill (Journal-News)
  • US – Limited data, vaccine concerns: COVID-19 variants and what they mean for Oregon (Oregonian)
  • US – Maryland Lifts Some Covid Restrictions (New York Times)
  • US – NYC, New Jersey Expand Indoor Dining Capacity—Even As Coronavirus Variants Spread (Forbes.com)
  • US – Racial disparities in Covid-19 case rates among young people were prevalent early in the pandemic, CDC study says (CNN)
  • US – Texas ends COVID-19 mask, occupancy restrictions (Channel NewsAsia)
  • US – Texas lifts its coronavirus mask mandate as vaccine eligibility may expand soon (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Texas lifts mask mandate and allows businesses to fully reopen (CBS News)
  • US – Texas officially lifts COVID-19 restrictions TODAY meaning no more mask mandates and businesses can function at full capacity (Mail Online UK)
  • US – US Congress passes ‘historic’ and ‘transformative’ COVID-19 relief bill (Sky News Latest)
  • US – What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Wednesday (CBC)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Weekly roundup — Germany’s reopening, China’s rectal COVID-19 swabs & videoconference burnout (Deutsche Welle)
Actions by Companies
  • ADIB recognised at Gulf Customer Experience Awards for its digital transformation strategy (Zawya.com)
  • ANA and JAL halt reservations for some international flights (Japan Times)
  • Adidas posts 16 pct decline in revenues in 2020 due to COVID-19 (Chinanationalnews.com)
  • AstraZeneca shots for elderly health workers (Panay News)
  • B.C. vaccine committee to decide who gets priority for AstraZeneca parallel track (VancouverSun.com)
  • BRASKEM – In 2020, the Recurring Operating Resu… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Biden Administration set to 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (9News.com.au)
  • Biden to order 100 million more covid-19 J&J doses, boosting stockpile (Livemint.com)
  • Cathay Pacific posts record loss (Taipei Times Online)
  • Cathay Pacific: pandemic drag outweighs recovery uplift (FT.com – Transport)
  • Cathay Pacific: pandemic drag outweighs recovery uplift hxxps://on[.]ft[.]com/3qF0n3y | opinion (FT – Twitter)
  • ConocoPhillips resumes buyback program at $1.5B annualized level (Seeking Alpha)
  • EU regulator meets to evaluate J&J’s one-shot COVID-19 shot (star-telegram.com)
  • Eli Lilly drugs shown to significantly reduce COVID-19 hospitalization and death in study (Indianapolis Star)
  • Eli Lilly say COVID-19 drug combo cuts death, hospitalizations by 87% (New York Post)
  • Eli Lilly says antibody cuts COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations by 97 percent (The Hill)
  • Fukushima quake offers valuable lesson for chipmaker Renesas (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Hamilton reports 47 new COVID-19 cases, AstraZeneca pilot for ages 60 to 64 starts Saturday (Global News Canada)
  • Hong Kong rail operator MTR Corporation posts record loss of HK$4.8 billion as Covid-19 pandemic, troubled mega project take toll (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Huawei tops share of active 5G-ready devices globally with Samsung, Apple lagging behind (bizbahrain)
  • It’s time to set up tourism data bank — AmBank Research (Bernama)
  • Moody’s: Pandemic credit risks to ease in 2021 (Bernama)
  • One dose of Pfizer’s vaccine protects those who got COVID-19, research finds (Deseret News)
  • Our focus on cash flows saved the day: Tata Steel’s Chatterjee (Financial Express)
  • Private Inspiration: Q&A with Audra Seah, DBS Bank (Bloomberg)
  • Rolls-Royce losses double to £3.2bn in 2020 pandemic (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • Ryanair launches Covid-19 wallet for ‘seamless’ summer holidays (Irish Independent)
  • Ryanair launches ‘travel wallet’ for Covid vaccination certs (Irish Times)
  • Staff bonuses and food bank donations contribute to Morrisons £290m COVID-19 costs (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • WPP to resume share buybacks despite pandemic hit to profits (FT.com – Media)
  • World Coronavirus Dispatch: Pfizer jab given to minors, has no side effects (Business Standard India)
  • Zara owner Inditex 2020 profits plunge on virus hit (Malay Mail)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 600,000 people in North receive first dose of vaccine (Irish Times)
  • A three-tiered approach to address barriers to COVID-19 vaccine delivery in the Black community (Lancet)
  • An antibody drug from GlaxoSmithKline and Vir reduced hospitalizations or death from Covid-19 by 85% compared with a placebo in a clinical trial. The companies plan to seek the drug’s authorization immediately. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/30uCqkL (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Children and young people remain at low risk of COVID-19 mortality (Lancet)
  • Denmark has suspended AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine over concerns about blood clots (Business Insider)
  • Differential follow-up patterns in COVID-19 and comparison cohorts (Lancet)
  • Donald Trump claims credit for coronavirus vaccines (Washington Times)
  • EU gets extra vaccine doses to tackle virus border clusters (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Lessons from the influx of preprints during the early COVID-19 pandemic (Lancet)
  • Mass-Vaccination Sites (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Mass. reports 59,450 new COVID-19 vaccinations (Boston Globe)
  • Researchers characterize antibody responses to COVID-19 mRNA-based vaccine (News-Medical.Net)
  • School reopening without robust COVID-19 mitigation risks accelerating the pandemic (Lancet)
  • Single mRNA vaccine dose may be enough for those previously exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (News-Medical.Net)
  • The Implications of Changes in the Structural Biology of SARS-CoV-2 (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • The state inoculates: vaccines as soft power (Lancet)
  • Trump issues statement trying to take credit for ‘China virus’ vaccine: ‘I hope everyone remembers’ (The Independent)
  • Vaccine recipients wait to learn if they can still pass on Covid-19 (FT.com – World)
Societal & Economic Impact
A year into COVID-19 pandemic, Palace spokesman says contact-tracing still far from idealABS-CBN NewsPeople queue to claim financial assistance for residents of Zone 19 in Pasay City as they remain under the community quarantine on March 10, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News MANILA — The Philippines' contact-tracing strategy for COVID-19 remains…
Australia unveils $928 mln COVID-19 stimulus package for tourism industryNationalPost.comCANBERRA — The Australian government unveiled a A$1.2 billion ($928 million) tourism support package on Thursday, aimed at boosting local travel while international routes remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic….
Biden will sign the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill with $1,400 stimulus checks on Friday, White House saysBusiness Insider IndiaPresident Joe Biden will sign the $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Friday afternoon, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Wednesday. Biden's signature will make the sweeping package, which includes $1,400 direct payments to…
Explainer: Activists, drug groups split over suspending COVID-19 shot patentsToday OnlineZURICH – A World Trade Organization (WTO) council is meeting this week to discuss a proposal by India and South Africa that COVID-19 vaccine patents be suspended to speed up technology transfers to manufacturers with spare production capacity.
House to hold final vote on Covid-19 stimulus billCNNBy Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Fernando Alfonso III and Melissa Mahtani, CNN Updated 9:17 a.m. ET, March 10, 2021
More U.K. Women Furloughed Than Men During Covid PandemicBloombergWomen in the U.K. were more likely to be furloughed than men during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an Office for National Statistics analysis. The gap peaked at over 200,000 jobs in August, when an easing of restrictions allowed some people…
Pandemic could lower Polish 2021 GDP growth to 2-3%, says state fund headMail Online UKWARSAW, March 11 (Reuters) – In a situation where COVID-19 restrictions are extended, Poland's economy could grow by 2-3% in 2021, the head of Poland's state fund PFR said in an interview published on Thursday, rather than the 4-5% that is widely…
Religious leaders alarmed at violence ‘fast spreading like COVID-19’; tells security forces to respect human rightsPhilippine Daily InquirerILIGAN CITY –– A group of religious leaders from various denominations in the country has expressed alarm over the recent spate of killings of activists, calling on state security forces to respect human rights. In a statement, the Philippine…
WA’s bold leadership on COVID-19 must also be applied to climate change actionTheAge.comWe are rapidly reaching a point where the cost of not acting on climate change is greater than the cost of acting.
eight Hong Kong opposition activists get suspended jail sentences over breach of ban on public gatheringSouth China Morning PostRuling marks first protest-related conviction under regulation outlawing the gathering of more than four people in public Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong says the right to stage protests is not absolute and the government is entitled to restrict…
Geopolitical Impact
A look at the Covid-19 disinformation pushed by China and RussiaCNNA look at the Covid-19 disinformation pushed by China and Russia A look at the Covid-19 disinformation pushed by China and Russia
China’s NPC approves Hong Kong election overhaul billNikkei Asian ReviewHONG KONG — China's top decision-making body passed a resolution on Thursday to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system, moving forward with a dramatic plan that is expected to empower a Beijing-controlled committee to vet candidates for the city's…
Consensus on Metro Manila curfew, border control out tonight; possible implementation by weekend – OlivarezCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11)— Metro Manila mayors expect to reach a consensus and decision on unifying COVID-19 policies – particularly curfew hours and border control in the region – when the council meets on Thursday afternoon,…
India Brought Both China And Pakistan To Their Knees, Says BJP In J-KOutlook IndiaThere is near normalcy in J-K and militancy is on its last leg, the resolution says In Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP on Wednesday passed a long resolution hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for teaching “both China and Pakistan” a lesson. T…
India calls for strengthening security, safety of UN peacekeepersBusiness Standard IndiaIndia on Wednesday called for the strengthening of security and safety of UN peacekeepers and for bringing perpetrators to justice India on Wednesday called for the strengthening of security and safety of UN peacekeepers and for bringing perpetrators…
Pineapple patriotism in Taiwan: China ban triggers fruit frenzyChicago TribuneChina has most recently leveraged its immense market in a trade war with Australia. It stopped or reduced imports of beef, coal, barley, seafood, sugar and timber from Australia after that country supported calls for a probe into the origin of the…
Resolutions introduced in US to condemn China’s actions in South China SeaBusiness Standard IndiaInfluential US Senators have introduced a slew of resolutions in the Senate, condemning China's rising actions to militarise the South China Sea Influential US Senators have introduced a slew of resolutions in the Senate, condemning China's rising…
Row between UK and EU over vaccinesRadio New ZealandA row has broken out between Britain and the EU after top European officials claimed the UK had imposed what they called an outright ban on the export of Covid vaccines. European Council President Charles Michel said the so-called ban applied to all…
The Dangerous US/NATO Strategy In EuropeZero HedgeThe Dangerous US/NATO Strategy In Europe Authored by Manlio Dinucci via Global Research, The NATO Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise took place in the Ionian Sea from February 22 to March 5. Ships, submarines,…
Top U.S., China officials to meet next week in Alaska on range of issuesFOXNews.comTop U.S. and Chinese officials will hold two days of talks next week in Alaska, the first in-person meeting between senior representatives of the two countries since President Biden took office, a senior administration official said. Secretary of…
Top US admiral says China could invade Taiwan ‘in the next six years’The IndependentBeijing has repeatedly claimed that Taiwan is an inalienable part of its territory and threatened military action Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile A top US admiral has warned that China could invade Taiwan in…
Cybersecurity Impact
American Companies Not Taking Cybersecurity SeriouslyInfosecurity – Latest NewsAmerican Companies Not Taking Cybersecurity Seriously More than half of Americans believe that their companies could have done more to increase cybersecurity during the global health pandemic, according to a new …
Hackers Exposing Tesla and Jails in Cyber Breach (Podcast)BloombergDr. Steven Corwin, CEO of New York Presbyterian Hospital, provides a coronavirus and vaccine update. Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Joel Weber and Bloomberg News Personal Finance Editor Ben Steverman talk about the story “She Found Proof in Years of…
Healthcare Security: Ransomware Plays a Prominent Role in COVID-19 Era BreachesTenable BlogRansomware is the root cause in a majority of the healthcare breaches analyzed. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to place unprecedented strain on global healthcare infrastructure, attackers are finding what was already an…
House approves cyber funds in relief package as officials press for moreThe HillThe House on Wednesday allocated almost $2 billion toward cybersecurity and technology modernization as part of passing the American Rescue Plan, which officials described as a “down payment” to the funds needed to fully confront recent massive…
New research finds ‘record-breaking’ number of K-12 cyber incidents in 2020The HillA new report released Wednesday found that K-12 schools in the United States experienced a “record-breaking” number of cyber incidents during 2020, as classes moved online and hackers moved in on vulnerable targets in the midst of the COVID-19…
RT @IacovelliCla: Nowadays, hospitals should be protected by cyberattacks: health facilities are already overloaded by the pandemic.
Digital crime is ruthless and shortsighted.
ICTs enable – unfortunately – even the worst of humanity. hxxps://twitter[.]com/securityaffairs/status/1369405417776906247
securityaffairs – TwitterRT @IacovelliCla: Nowadays, hospitals should be protected by cyberattacks: health facilities are already overloaded by the pandemic.
Digital crime is ruthless and shortsighted.
ICTs enable – unfortunately – even the worst of humanity….
RT @joetidy: Bounty hunter hackers earn more than $40m thanks to pandemic boost. HackerOne saw 9 new hackers cross the £1m earnings mark in 2020. Other platforms also saw massive growth thanks to lockdowns and an abundance of bugs from corporations rushing to digitise hxxps://www[.]bbc[.]co[.]uk/news/technology-56350362Metacurity – TwitterRT @joetidy: Bounty hunter hackers earn more than $40m thanks to pandemic boost. HackerOne saw 9 new hackers cross the £1m earnings mark in 2020. Other platforms also saw massive growth thanks to lockdowns and an abundance of bugs from corporations…
The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus bill includes nearly $2 billion to secure and improve government techWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer The House is poised to vote this morning on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that includes nearly $2 billion in funding to secure and improve aging government technology that has crippled efforts disperse relief to…
The Impact of COVID-19 on Cybersecurity StrategiesBankInfoSecurityJoe Nocera and Vikas Agarwal Analyze PwC Survey…
White hat bounty hackers become millionairesYahoo! News AustraliaHackers earned a record $40m (£28m) in 2020 for reporting software flaws via a leading bug bounty reporting service. HackerOne said nine hackers made more than $1m each after it flagged their findings to affected organisations. One Romanian man, who…

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