13 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia job vacancies recover from pandemic shock to hit record (Today Online)
  • Belgian high schoolers demand to get back in-person learning (star-telegram.com)
  • Belgium’s superstar virologist battles the extreme right (Politico.eu)
  • China locks down another city amid fears over second wave (The Straits Times All News)
  • China sees growing COVID-19 threat as more cities locked down (NationalPost.com)
  • France’s vaccine-skepticism is making its Covid immunization drive much harder (CNBC)
  • Germany and Netherlands likely to extend Covid lockdowns (The Guardian)
  • India announces 15,968 new COVID-19 infections (WAM.ae)
  • Indonesia coronavirus: The vaccination drive targeting younger people (BBC News – Asia)
  • Indonesia launches one of world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drives (NationalPost.com)
  • Ireland records highest transmission rate in the world (France24)
  • Japan Identifies a New Coronavirus Variant (US News & World Report)
  • Merkel Anxious That U.K.’s Mutated Virus Will Hit Germany Hard (Bloomberg Law)
  • New restrictions to come? France’s Covid-19 hospitalisations and ICU patients rise again (France24)
  • Opinion: Germany and Bavaria must not mandate COVID vaccine (Deutsche Welle)
  • Pakistan Diary: Pakistan in talks with IMF to restart fiscal support programme (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Spain freezes in MINUS 25C weather as the country sees lowest temperatures for two decades (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain records temperatures of -25C after snowstorm (BBC)
  • Sweden now has more coronavirus patients in hospital than at any stage of the pandemic (Mail Online UK)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson blames start of pandemic on ‘demented’ medicine (MSN New Zealand)
  • UK – Boris Johnson has ‘loaded up’ on China amid COVID-19 claims (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • UK – Coronavirus Scotland: Kate Forbes demands £1.7bn from UK Government reserves (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Matt Hancock says he hopes we are currently in the peak (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Pressure on Rishi Sunak to retain £20 benefit boost, as report shows poorest hit hardest by Covid (The Independent)
  • US – Arizona becomes US hot spot for COVID-19 (CHINAdaily.com.cn)
  • US – CDC Recommends States Give Everyone Over 65 the Coronavirus Vaccine (NewsMax.com)
  • US – CDC ramping up demand for COVID-19 variant samples: states (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CORONAVIRUS: Global Virus Update: Arizona sets death record; New York state lowers vaccine age (Daily Maverick)
  • US – California sees bright spot in ‘most intense surge’ of virus (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Despite virus, thousands party in streets after Alabama win (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Educator dies of COVID weeks after retiring due to virus concerns, Georgia family says (Fresno Bee)
  • US – Gym fined $126,000 after refusing to close for COVID pandemic, Oregon officials say (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Hawaii reports 114 new COVID-19 infections (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Indoor dining will ‘likely’ reopen Feb. 1, Michigan group says (Detroit News)
  • US – The U.S. is seeing record low flu cases because of COVID-19 measures, CDC says (Deseret News)
  • US – Trump administration shifts COVID-19 vaccination strategy with new guidelines (CBS News)
  • US – U.S. government releases all reserve coronavirus vaccine doses (CBS News)
  • US – UK coronavirus variant found in Indiana: officials (FOXNews.com)
  • US – West Virginia, Oregon latest to pause team activities due to COVID-19 outbreak (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • APAC firms have shown ‘remarkable resilience’ amid pandemic: Vodafone (Business Times Singapore)
  • According To Nielsen, 9 Of The Top 10 Original Series Of 2020 Were On Netflix (Forbes.com)
  • Amazon India launches online academy to coach JEE aspirants (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca Covid vaccine could be distributed across Europe by mid-February, EU official says (CNBC)
  • Boeing’s 2020 aircraft cancellations worst on record, despite December Max orders (CNBC)
  • Brazil reports more modest 50.4 per cent efficacy for China’s Sinovac vaccine (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Canada to buy 20 million additional vaccine doses from Pfizer (Global News Canada)
  • Comprehensive review for Sinovac vaccine before possible roll-out in Singapore (The Straits Times All News)
  • DHL Owner Deutsche Post Reaps Profit Boost as Virus Spurs Demand (Bloomberg)
  • DP World starts construction of its FTZ in Navi Mumbai (The Hindu)
  • Deutsche Post raises outlook after strong Q4 (Mail Online UK)
  • Doubt over effectiveness of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (9News.com.au)
  • Dubai’s Emaar Malls chief executive resigns after four months (Al Arabiya)
  • Eskom wants to grill its former boss (Cape Times E-dition)
  • Galvez: PH secures another vaccine deal with AstraZeneca (Manila Times)
  • Home workers fuel 35% fall in congestion during morning and evening peak times (Mail Online UK)
  • House Democrats ask AT&T, Comcast to share data about home internet shutoffs as lawmakers eye new stimulus aid (Washington Post)
  • Infosys Seen Finishing Pandemic Year on a High (Podcast) (Bloomberg)
  • Japan Airlines to resume nonstop flights between San Diego and Tokyo (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing’ is most tweeted about game in 2020 (News5 – InterAksyon)
  • Novartis CEO on ESG: Pandemic has been a reset for pharma’s reputation (CNBC)
  • Pandemic ‘turbocharged’ demand for technology: Lenovo North America president (FOX Business – Video)
  • Parañaque orders 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (ABS-CBN News)
  • Pasay LGU, AstraZeneca sign deal for coronavirus vaccine purchase (Manila Bulletin)
  • Qatar National Bank profits drop 16% as loan loss provisions rise (Mail Online UK)
  • Saskatchewan changes guidance on Pfizer’s vaccines administering location (Global News Canada)
  • Shell to slash more than 300 jobs from Aberdeen workforce (The Scotsman)
  • Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2021 put off due to COVID-19 pandemic (Outlook India)
  • Tech view: Bharti Airtel may rally another 15% once it scales all-time high (Business Standard India)
  • U.S. to buy 1.25 mln additional doses of Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail (Mail Online UK)
  • Union threatens to strike over SABC adding more names to axe list (Citizen.co.za)
  • WEDC optimistic of deal with Foxconn and continues ongoing understanding of the needs of businesses during the pandemic (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • Walmart is piloting smart boxes that will keep grocery deliveries fresh as more people turn to online ordering (WMT) (Business Insider)
  • Wariness in Indonesia as Chinese Sinovac Covid-19 jabs start (Malay Mail)
  • Whole Foods cuts some workers’ breaks from 15 minutes to 10 (CBS News)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • After receiving the coronavirus vaccine, is it safe to see friends and family? (FOXNews.com)
  • Allocating scarce intensive care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic: practical challenges to theoretical frameworks (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Are women with asthma at increased risk for severe COVID-19? (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Better supply, faster progress: Why you might get the coronavirus vaccine sooner than expected (Irish Independent)
  • Breaking down Asian vaccine myths in Lancashire (BBC)
  • British drug giants ramp up battle against Covid-19 with a race for vaccine approvals (Mail Online UK)
  • Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Coronavirus vaccine UK: Pensioners and vulnerable patients queue for more than two hours (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Experts warn about slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, calling on states to expand efforts (CBS News)
  • First detection of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein N501 mutation in Italy in August, 2020 (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • How The Pandemic Set In Motion The Messenger RNA Revolution (Forbes.com)
  • Improving family access to dying patients during the COVID-19 pandemic (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • LA Schools Chief: Kids Must Get Coronavirus Vaccine to Return (US News & World Report)
  • UK coronavirus variant shouldn’t impact remdesivir effectiveness, Gilead CEO says (FOXNews.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
Bank of England deputy warns furlough billions are ‘no free lunch’Mail Online UKGovernment has increased spending by almost £300bn due to the pandemic Support has ranged from furlough scheme to Universal Credit £20 top-up Bank of England deputy governor Ben Broadbent warned it was 'no free lunch' Added that the mounting debt…
COVID-19 job losses will worsen L.A. homelessness by 2023, new report sayslatimes.com – Los Angeles TimesMassive job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will leave tens of thousands of low-wage workers without homes over the next three years, a report published Tuesday by a Los Angeles-based research group forecasts.
Indonesian President Says Vaccine Will Help Stop Virus Spread, Support EconomySaudi Press AgencyWednesday 1442/5/29 – 2021/01/13 Jakarta, January 13, 2021, SPA — Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday the country's mass COVID-19 vaccination programme was important to stop the spread of coronavirus and would help accelerate economic…
KL declares state of emergency; polls once virus is under controlThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 13, 2021 5:00 AM Malaysia declared a state of emergency yesterday to curb surging Covid-19 infections, but Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin promised it would not have to undergo curfew or military rule.
Second stimulus checks are arriving — here’s how to prepareFOXBusiness.comFor many, debt may not be a top priority with the upcoming stimulus package, but here’s what to consider if it is for you. ( iStock ) Second stimulus check are rolling out to qualified Americans as part of a $900 billion coronavirus relief package…
Thailand govt unveils $7 billion stimulus to counter coronavirus impactBusiness Standard IndiaUnder the plan, each beneficiary will receive 3,500 baht per month for two months starting as early as February. Thailand unveiled stimulus programs including cash handouts worth $7 billion to support individuals and businesses affected by the…
UN official: Terrorists using pandemic to stoke extremismThe IndependentThe U_N_ counter-terrorism chief is warning that terrorists are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and appealing to new “racially, ethnically and politically motivated violent extremist groups.”
Geopolitical Impact
Caucasus vaccine effort infected with geopoliticsBeijingbulletin.comThe COVID-19 vaccination effort has given the South Caucasus an injection of geopolitics, with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia turning to their main allies – Russia, Turkey and the West, respective
Cognac And French Wine Sales Are Set To Suffer From A New Round Of Trump-Imposed TariffsForbes.comA new round of tariffs on alcohol shipments into the United States from France and Germany took effect Tuesday, raising the duty rate on brandies — including Cognac — and other wines to 25%. Wine and spirits advocates are calling the tariff a…
European Union regrets fresh wave of US tariffs, looks to BidenThe Gulf TodayPeople shop at a Sainsbury’s supermarket amid the coronavirus outbreak in London on Tuesday. Reuters The European Union regretted a new wave of US tariffs on French and German products that came into force on Tuesday and said it would seek a trade…
India’s imports from China drop 20% as border tensions simmerNikkei Asian ReviewNEW DELHI — India's goods imports from China likely plunged roughly 20% in 2020, official data shows, as a border dispute stoked bilateral tensions and helped spur New Delhi to build up domestic industries. Purchases from China fell by 19.5% on the…
Irish food and drink expects decline by just 2pc despite pandemic, BrexitIrish IndependentIrish food, drink and horticulture exports declined by just 2pc last year despite the pandemic and Brexit. The largest declines were in alcohol, prepared meat products and seafood, according to food and horticulture agency Bord Bia, with total…
Slow vaccine rollout may delay global trade recoveryPhilippine StarMANILA, Philippines — A slower-than-expected roll-out of vaccines against COVID-19 coupled with fresh surges in infections can delay the recovery of global trade this year, according to a UK-based think tank. Market intelligence firm Oxford Economics…
Through thick and thin, China and Russia deepen bilateral tiesChina Military OnlineBy Yu Sui The progress of China-Russia relationship features political mutual trust, economic complementarity, cultural exchanges, military interaction and diplomatic consultation since the two countries forged the strategic partnership of…
Tracking U.S.-China Trade Through The Coronavirus PandemicSeeking Alphais not compatible with this site.
Trump’s trade war withstood by ChinaArkansas OnlineTariffs, sanctions have limited results by Bloomberg | Today at 2:19 a.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted that "trade wars were good, and easy to win" in 2018 as he began to impose tariffs on about $360 billion of imports from China. But…
US counter-intelligence chief fears China, Russia threats to vaccine supply chainSouth China Morning PostWilliam Evanina says adversaries are trying to interfere with the US government’s Operation Warp Speed Russia and China have denied US accusations that hackers linked to their governments tried to steal data from vaccine manufacturers
US tariffs target French aircraft partsTaipei Times Online‘SLEDGEHAMMER’: Aircraft were covered, but the new tariffs close a loophole on parts, which had allowed Airbus planes made in the US to be sold there free of tariffs Reuters, WASHINGTON The US government on Monday said that it would begin collecting…
and Brexit drives boom for management consultantsYahoo! Finance UK and IrelandGrowth of 9% is expected in the management consultancy sector in 2021, highlighting its importance during a time when the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit has caused “critical periods of business disruption and transformation,” a new study revealed. Th…
Cybersecurity Impact
Catches of the month: Phishing scams for January 2021IT Governance BlogThe start of 2021 is looking an awful lot like the end of 2020 – not least when it comes to cyber crime. Scammers are as active now as they ever have been, so it’s essential that you remain vigilant in the post-Christmas period. There…
Cybersecurity teams are struggling with burnout, but the attacks keep comingZDNet SecurityCoronavirus has forced many organisations to force security teams to work remotely – and that's making the job of securing whole businesses against threats much harder.
European agency says hackers leaked stolen COVID-19 vaccine dataThe HillThe European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Tuesday that hackers had leaked information on COVID-19 vaccines stolen as part of a breach discovered late last year. “The ongoing investigation of the cyberattack on EMA revealed that some of the…
Govt Pledges to Provide Covid-19 Vaccination Data SecurityTempo.coTEMPO.CO , Jakarta –  Minister of Communication and Informatics (Menkominfo) Johnny Gerard Plate and the Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Tuesday ratified the joint decree (SKB) on the nation’s Covid-19 vaccination unified data…
Hackers who breached European medical regulator leak vaccine-related dataCyberscoop – NewsHackers who stole data related to a coronavirus vaccine have leaked it online, a European regulator investigating the breach said Tuesday. An ongoing investigation into the breach found that “some of the unlawfully accessed documents related…
InfoSecHotSpot – Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Market in the post Covid-19 paradigm, Global Outlook by 2021-2030… https://t.co/QEPR4kiPlXInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCritical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Market in the post Covid-19 paradigm, Global Outlook by 2021-2030 https://bit.ly/3nBFXXz :Impact of Covid-19 on the Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity market: [Covid-19 is an unforeseen and unprecedented…
January 2021 Patch Tuesday fixes 83 vulnerabilitiesSecurity Bloggers NetworkAs IT administrators do their best to cope with business continuity plans, it’s imperative that they understand and manage patch updates. With cybersecurity…
Managing fraud risks toward recoveryManila Times2 The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a drastic increase in fraud in different organizations. According to the “ACFE Benchmarking Report: Fraud in the wake of Covid-19,” 79 percent of its respondents say they have seen an increase in fraud as of last…
Why cybersecurity awareness is a team sportAlienVault Blogs Image Source This blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Cybersecurity may be different based on a person's viewpoint. One may want to simply protect and secure their social media accounts from hackers, and that…

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