12 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • American Airlines restarts flights to China, bringing weekly US/China flights to ten (Al Arabiya)
  • Are protective measures having an impact in France? (France24)
  • Argentina’s president, ministers in preventative isolation after coronavirus contact (NationalPost.com)
  • Brazil to Resume Trials of China’s Sinovac Coronavirus Vaccine (WSJ.com World News)
  • Editorial: As ‘3rd wave’ of COVID-19 hits Japan, analyze cause and take precautions (Mainichi JP)
  • Gender equality ‘key factor’ to pandemic recovery efforts: Norway PM (ABC News)
  • Hospitals in Italy overwhelmed by second coronavirus surge (CBS News)
  • Indonesia signs $1 billion loan deal with Australia for COVID-19 relief (Today Online)
  • Italy hospital overrun by COVID-19 starts giving oxygen to people in cars (New York Post)
  • Italy’s total infection count tops 1m (Financial Times – Europe homepage)
  • Mutated strain of coronavirus found in mink in Denmark poses ‘very low risk’ (Mail Online UK)
  • Pakistan ‘resolutely and successfully confronting Covid-19’, FM… (Khaleej Times)
  • Pakistan’s ‘smart’ lockdown gamble paid off. But amid a second wave, doctors fear they’re out of luck (ABC Online)
  • Spain requiring negative COVID-19 tests from travelers from high-risk areas (The Hill)
  • Sweden imposes partial lockdown on bars and restaurants for the first time since pandemic started (Fortune)
  • Sweden to ban sale of alcohol after 10pm to curb COVID-19 (9News.com.au)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • Travellers to Spain must provide negative COVID-19 test (Toronto Star Online)
  • Turkey bans smoking on crowded streets amid Covid-19 pandemic (Businessworld India)
  • U.N. agency: Iran uranium stockpile still violates atomic deal (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • UK – Boris Johnson urged to consider ‘pandemic profits levy’ for firms boosted during Covid crisis (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s mistakes have cost jobs, lives and taxpayers’ money, says Keir Starmer (The Independent)
  • UK – Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine as it is ‘safe’ (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Scottish Government urged to correct mistake in coronavirus legislation creating loophole for places of worship (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Why the new Covid Recovery Group is a warning to Boris Johnson (New Statesman)
  • US – Biden team hopes to fill gaps left by Trump administration’s COVID-19 response (ABC News)
  • US – CDC: Masks Can Protect Wearer from Coronavirus, Too (US News & World Report)
  • US – Coronavirus concerns close California boardwalk, state’s first amusement park to reopen, after one weekend (FOXNews.com)
  • US – DeWine to discuss Ohio’s ‘critical state’ in virus tonight (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Here are 5 reasons why COVID-19 is surging again in Arizona (AZCentral.com)
  • US – How will the COVID-19 vaccine be distributed across the US (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Human toll of COVID pandemic grips Texas families (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Indiana’s governor reinstates some coronavirus restrictions after weeks of sharp increases in hospit (Washington Times)
  • US – Inside Minnesota hospital on the brink (NBCNews.com)
  • US – New Hampshire seeing virus spread in rural communities (ABC News)
  • US – North Dakota allows health workers who are COVID-19 positive to return to work (CTV News)
  • US – Texas becomes the first state in the US to top 1 million coronavirus infections (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Wisconsin business leaders given bleak update on virus (seattlepi.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 07:00 KBC Groep (Ariva.de)
  • Alibaba’s Singles Day Gets Boost From Pandemic Spending Shift (HeraldSun.com.au Top News)
  • American Airlines restarts China flights, bringing U.S. weekly total to 10 (Asahi.com)
  • AstraZeneca Cancer Drug Fails to Help Patients With Covid-19 (Bloomberg)
  • AstraZeneca’s cancer drug disappoints as potential COVID-19 treatment (Al Arabiya)
  • Boeing raises 20-year forecast for China aircraft demand despite pandemic (Asahi.com)
  • Brazil Clears Sinovac Trial to Resume Two Days After Halting It (Bloomberg)
  • Britain’s National Grid sees profit slide as pandemic pushes costs higher (Reuters India)
  • Burberry reveals pandemic hit to profits but encouraged by recent recovery and demand from younger shoppers (London Evening Standard)
  • CECONOMY COVID-19 Business Update – Vast (Direktbroker.de)
  • CapitaLand has a global philanthropic footprint in battle against Covid-19 (Business Times Singapore)
  • Cathay Pacific to resume passenger flights between Auckland and Hong Kong (stuff.co.nz)
  • China’s Sinopharm says data ‘better than expected’ from unit’s COVID-19 vaccine trials (NationalPost.com)
  • Corporate Scientific Leadership Key To Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine Success (Forbes.com)
  • Covid-19 hands Sony a life or death ultimatum (Asia Times Online)
  • DP World to host Breakbulk Middle East in February 2021 (WAM.ae)
  • Dubai’s Emaar reports its nine-month profit almost halving (The Gulf Today)
  • Emaar Development delivers property sales of Dh4.3b (Khaleej Times)
  • Emaar Properties chairman upbeat despite revenue and profit slide (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Facebook, Google extend ban on political ads (Hindustan Times)
  • Facebook, Google to extend political advertising bans (The Hill)
  • Gold Fields bounces back in Q3, says South Deep is generating “meaningful” cash flow (Business Insider)
  • Good news! After Pfizer, now this company gets closer to announce results of COVID-19 vaccine (zeenews.com)
  • Informa completes Covid-19 financing action plan (Shares Magazine)
  • Mizuho Financial H1 Profit Down, Lifts FY20 Earnings View – Quick Facts (Nasdaq)
  • Pfizer CEO sells shares worth 5 6 million as company announces COVID-19 vaccine data (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine offers little hope to Indians without power and cold storage (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Shell widens losses to P13.9-B in 9 months; P1B investment set for import facility (Manila Bulletin)
  • Shinsegae Q3 net dips 98 pct amid pandemic (Yonhap News Agency)
  • Sonic Healthcare October sales up 33pc (Australian Financial Review)
  • Temasek eyes health, education tech investments after Covid-19 pandemic (The Straits Times All News)
  • The real vaccine?: Pfizer claims its drug is 90% effective against covid-19 (France24)
  • Vaccinate the rich: Pfizer’s Covid-19 shot seen as too costly for poorer nations (South China Morning Post)
  • World’s largest vaccine producer has made 40m AstraZeneca doses (WA Today)
  • Zurich Insurance says COVID-19 claims steady (Nasdaq)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Africa: ‘Air Pollution a Co-Factor in Covid-19 Mortality’AllAfrica.comSydney — Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland are among the world countries where long-term exposure to air pollution generated by human activity is linked to COVID-19-related deaths. These deaths could be largely prevented by adopting air quality…
Air Pollution Is Making COVID-19 Severe In Delhi, Those With Respiratory Conditions The Worst HitIndiatimesIt is a double whammy for the residents of the national capital. While the toxic air making lives difficult is not anything new in Delhi especially during this time of the year, this year people of the national capital have to deal with COVID-19 also….
COVID-19 update for Nov. 11: State of emergency extended, more than 100 fines issuedVancouverSun.comHere's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 11, 2020….
Finance chief remains optimistic in PH economy recovery amid pandemicCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 11) – Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is optimistic the country's economy can recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dominguez told President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday that managing economic…
Govt expands stimulus to 15% of economy, aims to create jobs and help firmsBusiness Standard IndiaAn additional outlay of Rs 180 billion will be made toward an affordable urban housing program India increased stimulus measures to rescue companies and save jobs in an economy clobbered by a sudden lockdown in March to stem the coronavirus pandemic. T…
Govt planning new $20 billion stimulus package for India: sourcesYahoo! IndiaWhile the end to the pandemic is nowhere in sight, the wait for a fresh stimulus package seems to be finally over for Indians. The Finance Ministry is planning to announce a fresh round of stimulus totalling about $20 billion this week to help pull…
New virus stimulus package unlikely until Biden takes overAustralian Financial ReviewJennifer Haberkorn Washington | Hopes that Congress would move swiftly after the election to provide more coronavirus relief for Americans are fading as Senate Republicans continue to resist large spending measures and pressure from President Donald…
South African president extends state of emergency, but eases lockdown restrictionsOutlook IndiaBy Fakir Hassen Johannesburg, Nov 12 (PTI) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the state of emergency in the country by a month to 15 December amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but has eased restrictions amid attempts to resuscitate the…
‘Economy likely to enter into technical recession for first time in history’: RBIThe StatesmanIn yet another setback for the struggling Indian economy, the Reserve Bank of India has projected that the economy is likely to enter into a technical recession for the first time in history at the end of the first half of 2020-21. India has already…
Geopolitical Impact
Asean summit opens with South China Sea, Covid-19 and US-China tensions high on the agendaSouth China Morning PostVietnamese PM warns world peace and security are threatened by ‘unpredictable conduct of states, major power rivalries and frictions’ New RCEP trade pact looms, as China seeks to draft the rules of Asia-Pacific commerce, following years of US retreat…
Duterte to raise South China Sea issue at ASEAN SummitPhilippine Star(The Philippine Star) – November 12, 2020 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte is expected to put forward the Philippines’ interests in the South China Sea and the need for cohesive regional action among member-nations when he…
Globalization can’t go back to the past, nor can the USGlobal TimesDiscussions over the possible policies of the new US administration have begun rising. Americans are still internationalists at heart, and they don't support isolationist foreign policy, Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank president, wrote in a…
N. Korea military builds as Japan, U.S., S. Korea try to mend own tiesAsahi.comNorth Korea’s tactics to conceal its military technologies appear to have succeeded while Tokyo, Washington and Seoul continued scrambling to enhance cooperation over differing national interests, history-related issues and the COVID-19 pandemic. The…
OP-ED: Critical BRICS summit looms as Covid-19 and the US election reshape global geopoliticsDaily MaverickThe BRICS grouping of nations looks increasingly like an uneasy mix and its virtual summit on 17 November will take place amid uncertainty over the US presidential election, the Covid-19 pandemic and tensions between member nations. There is also…
South China Sea issue must be resolved peacefully and constructively — PM MuhyiddinBernamaKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 –  Malaysia is firm with its stand that matters relating to the South China Sea must be resolved peacefully and constructively, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today. He said it must be resolved in accordance with…
The U.S.-E.U. trade war is mutually destructive. The two sides should finally negotiate.Washington PostWHEN IS a setback for U.S.-European trade not necessarily a setback for U.S.-European trade? When it’s Monday’s European Union announcement of $4 billion in new tariffs on U.S. goods, in retaliation for the Trump administration’s imposition of…
The future of global trade: What’s next?Economic TimesBy Smita Singh Global trade has witnessed a slowdown in recent years owing to many reasons, including the US triggered trade war with China. However, it would not be wrong to say that the world economy has also shown a loss of impetus. Although trade…
What trade war? 800 million Chinese shoppers snapped up $1billion of Australian goodsMail Online UK2000 plus  Australian brands joined shopping festival for Chinese consumers Over  $77.3 billion spent with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in first 30 mins Shoppers bought apartments, cars, luxury bags and daily necessities Australian brands were…
Will the country that develops a COVID-19 vaccine use it as a geopolitical tool?CTV NewsTORONTO — As countries around the world scramble to become the first to develop a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, one expert says she’s concerned that it may be used as a geopolitical tool. There are currently 11 vaccine candidates in at least…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cyber skills gap shrinks, but lack of talent remains major risk factorSC Magazine USGovernment officials and job seekers meander a DHS Cyber and Tech Job Fair in 2016. Public-private competition for candidates is one of a number of challenges tied to the workorce gap. (Ryan Henderson/DHS) This year, the global cybersecurity workforce…
Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Falls for First TimeInfosecurity – Latest NewsCybersecurity Skills Shortage Falls for First Time The huge global shortfall in cybersecurity professionals has dropped for the first time since records began, thanks to more joining the industry and pandemic-related uncertainties on the demand…
Cybersecurity workforce gap decreases, job satisfaction rates increaseHelp Net Security – NewsFor the first time, there’s a year-over-year reduction in the cybersecurity workforce gap, due in part to increased talent entry into the field and uncertain demand due to the economic impact of COVID-19, (ISC)² finds. The research,…
EU to host cybersecurity training with Japan, US for 1st timeMainichi JPEuropean Union flag.(Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The European Union will join Japan and the United States for the first time in hosting a cybersecurity training session for the Indo-Pacific region next March, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. The…
Fraudsters increasingly creative with names and addresses for phishing sitesHelp Net Security – NewsCOVID-19 continues to significantly embolden cybercriminals’ phishing and fraud efforts, according to research from F5 Labs. The report found that phishing incidents rose 220% during the height of the global pandemic compared to the yearly…
InfoSecHotSpot – Fraudsters increasingly creative with names and addresses for phishing sites COVID-19 continues to significantly em… https://t.co/3q8daMg7GSInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterFraudsters increasingly creative with names and addresses for phishing sites COVID-19 continues to significantly embolden cybercriminals’ phishing and fraud efforts, according to research from F5 Labs. The report found that phishing incidents rose…
Irish hospitals warned about surge in cyber crime attacks during pandemicIrish Independent70pc surge in malware attacks on hospitals over five-week period AN IRISH security firm warned that international cyber criminals are attempting to exploit the Covid-19 pandemic with a series of randomware attacks on healthcare facilities. Smarttech247…
Spam and phishing in Q3 2020SecurelistQuarterly highlights Worming their way in: cybercriminal tricks of the trade These days, many companies distribute marketing newsletters via online platforms. In terms of capabilities, such platforms are quite diverse: they send out advertising and…
The Cybersecurity 202: Trump’s refusal to begin the transition could damage cybersecurityWashington Postwith Tonya Riley The Trump administration’s refusal to concede could leave President-elect Joe Biden and his team flatfooted in responding to cyberattacks. That could prove a severe handicap as the former vice president’s team prepares to take office…
cybersecboardrm – Cyber Attacks increase in Britain because of Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown #CyberAttack #cybersecurity #security https://t.co/Mow9wabb1Dcybersecboardrm – TwitterCyber Attacks increase in Britain because of Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown #CyberAttack #cybersecurity #security https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/cyber-attacks-increase-in-britain-because-of-coronavirus-pandemic-lockdown/

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