13 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • As Indonesia tries to help India, officials warn people not to lower guard against virus (Jakarta Post)
  • COVID in India: Life goes on as dead bodies pile up (Deutsche Welle)
  • COVID second wave and India — the questions and answers (Gulf News)
  • China exploited pandemic to promote global image (Pekingpress.com)
  • China has used COVID-19 pandemic to improve its public image: Report (NationalPost.com)
  • Concerns over Spain’s preparedness for possible fifth wave (Irish Times)
  • Germany Trims Tax-Revenue Estimates as Pandemic Impact Lingers (Bloomberg Law)
  • Germany to let in vaccinated travellers without restrictions (The Independent)
  • In France all adults can register for leftover Covid-19 vaccines (France24)
  • Life Returns To Venice As Italy’s COVID Restrictions Ease (Forbes.com)
  • Malaysia’s Mahathir says sorry for flouting rules; New Zealand mulls more travel bubbles (South China Morning Post)
  • Pandemic causes havoc for India’s retailers (Deutsche Welle)
  • Spain aims to receive British tourists without Covid tests from 20 May (The Guardian)
  • Sweden delays plans to ease COVID-19 rules on some… (Mail Online UK)
  • Sweden’s lockdown delay cost 2,000 lives, study suggests (The Independent)
  • Switzerland’s Air Mountain eyes own AOC, restart in 2Q21 (CH-Aviation)
  • The COVID-19 strain in India is officially a ‘variant of concern.’ Should you be worried? (Deseret News)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces Covid public inquiry will start next spring – video (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces independent inquiry into handling of coronavirus pandemic (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces independent public inquiry into handling of Covid pandemic (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces public inquiry into the UK’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • UK – Public inquiry into British government’s handling of pandemic to be next spring (Irish Times)
  • UK looking at all possible solutions to tackle India coronavirus variant (NationalPost.com)
  • US – As California gains the upper hand on COVID-19, who is still dying? (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – CDC advisers meet to recommend coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds (Washington Post)
  • US – Colorado supermarket that was site of mass shooting to reopen in fall (New York Daily News)
  • US – Coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds has been approved by the CDC (Deseret News)
  • US – DeWine to address Ohio’s battle against COVID tonight (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Governor: Kansas agencies resuming normal operations in June (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Maryland to lift remaining COVID capacity restrictions (The Hill)
  • US – Missouri lawmakers OK limits on local pandemic restrictions (seattlepi.com)
  • US – No more masks? Gavin Newsom says California mandate may be relaxed by June 15 reopening (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Ohio governor to make 4th primetime coronavirus speech (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Ohio to lift most COVID-19 restrictions June 2 (The Hill)
  • US – Reopening under uncertainty: stress-testing California’s COVID-19 exit strategy (Prevention Web)
  • US – US coronavirus: CDC says it’s OK to get a Covid-19 vaccine alongside other vaccines (MSN Canada)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • ‘We are fed up’: Thousands pray at Portugal’s Fatima shrine for world without COVID-19 (TheAge.com)
Actions by Companies
  • 737 Max Jet Will Resume Flights After Electrical Fix, Boeing Says (NYT.com Main News)
  • Airbus resumes building A320 planes Where Super-Jumbo Was Made (Seeking Alpha)
  • Allianz Predicts Travel Insurance Boost As COVID Rules Lift (Law360)
  • As curtain falls on Canada’s AstraZeneca program, Gen X’ers and others line up for last chance at a first dose (Toronto Star Online)
  • B.C. holding remaining AstraZeneca shots for 2nd doses due to ‘limited availability’ (Global News Canada)
  • Bajaj Auto announces relief measures for employees, including two years’ salary (Hindustan Times)
  • Biden urges parents to get kids vaccinated after CDC approves Pfizer jab for young teens (ABC Online)
  • CDC panel OK’s Pfizer for 12- to 15-year-olds after safety review. Shots could go in arms tomorrow. (Business Insider)
  • COVID-19 Update: 1,449 new cases, three deaths | Alberta to use remaining AstraZeneca supply for second doses (CalgaryHerald.com)
  • COVID-19 update for May 12: 515 new cases, two deaths | Ontario to stop providing first doses of AstraZeneca (VancouverSun.com)
  • Cybercrime thrives during pandemic: Verizon (IANS Live)
  • Explosives maker Orica’s profit halves on COVID-19, China trade spat (Brisbane Times)
  • Facebook users raise over $15 million for COVID-19 relief in India (The Hindu)
  • Have unpaid COVID fines? ICBC may not renew your driver’s licence or insurance (VancouverSun.com)
  • Hero MotoCorp Sells 3.72 Lakh Units Of Motorcycles & Scooters In April 2021 (Yahoo! India)
  • Hero MotoCorp Steps Up Its COVID-19 Relief Initiatives (Yahoo! India)
  • Kopitiam at Terminal 3, Tangs at VivoCity among 15 new places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious (Today Online)
  • MTN demands high-quality network from cell tower bidders (IT Web)
  • Norway officially excludes AstraZeneca from vaccination campaign (The Korea Times News)
  • Norway won’t resume AstraZeneca use: report (The Hill)
  • Pfizer, Moderna, J&J Vaccines Effective Against B1617 Variant From India: US top official (Yahoo! India)
  • Qantas crew in COVID threat ‘cock-up’ (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • SC residents 12 and older are officially cleared to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (Charlotte Observer)
  • Sinovac is safe despite not being listed by WHO, FDA insists Published : May 13, 2021 (The Nation – Thailand)
  • Sinovac shot effective, Indonesia study says (Straits Times)
  • Softbank posts US$45bn net profit, Japan’s highest ever (Taipei Times Online)
  • Telefonica’s Q1 core earnings steady YoY, profit… (Mail Online UK)
  • US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up (star-telegram.com)
  • Vodacom partners with education department to tackle school violence (Telecompaper)
  • Will a reopened U.S. economy prove a minus for Disney+? This is the core question facing Walt Disney Co. before its second-quarter earnings report today hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2SIs3ch (WSJ – Twitter)
  • mixing AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines triggers more fatigue, headaches, Oxford study shows (South China Morning Post – News)
  • ‘Need to accept & confront truth’: Wipro’s Azim Premji on tackling Covid (Hindustan Times)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Another protest leader gets Covid behind bars Published : May 13, 2021The Nation – ThailandIn a Facebook post, the lawyer said TLHR has called on the court to grant the activist bail so he can be taken to hospital. Panupong is being held at the Bangkok Remand Prison, where 1,795 Covid cases were confirmed by the Department of Corrections on…
Credit card balances fall in Q1 amid stimulus support, pandemic effectsSeeking AlphaWhile household debt in Q1 2021 rose overall, credit card balances fell by $49B, marking the second-largest quarterly decline in the history of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's…
Evers promises to preserve grants in face of less stimulusSan Antonio Express-News.comEvers originally said he wanted to spend $2.5 billion on economic relief for families, tourism, workers and small-business owners, as well as $500 million on the continued pandemic response and $200 million on infrastructure, including broadband. Ever…
Japan’s government face growing criticism as COVID-19 state of emergency expandsNews On JapanJapan's government is facing growing criticism for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNA)
Karnataka: Cong leaders protest against Centre & state govt over COVID situation in stateYahoo! IndiaIn the state of Karnataka, Congress has announced a protest against Centre and State Governments for mismanaging the covid situation in the state and in the country. As per the visuals, the Congress leaders are sitting outside Vidhan Soudha on…
Nine Republican-Led States Reject All COVID-19 Unemployment BenefitsZero HedgeNine Republican-Led States Reject All COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits One week ago, when we reported that…
Surprising reason suicide rates dropped during COVID-19GoldCoastBulletin.com.auWelfare support, more mental health resources and a stronger community spirit have created a significant decline in deaths by suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say.
Unemployed doctors come forward to fight Covid in MizoramIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Aizawl, May 12 (IANS) In a generous gesture, over 400 unemployed doctors, nursing students, laboratory technicians and pharmacists in Mizoram have voluntarily agreed to assist the government in Covid management, health…
Vivek Oberoi distributes free ration packets among needy peopleDNA IndiaThe whole country is fighting with the second wave of COVID-19 currently. Amid the devastation, several Bollywood celebrities came forward to help the needy.
What you need to know about Iowa’s cuts to unemployment benefitsDes Moines RegisterTens of thousands of Iowans are about to lose their incomes. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday that she is cutting federal unemployment benefits, joining eight other Republican governors. Here's what you need to know: What unemployment benefits are…
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit or COVID-19? How the drop in UK trade affects the USThe HillThis year, Brexit is expected to have a negative impact on U.S. trade with the United Kingdom, but we struggle with the question, what’s to blame, COVID-19 and its variants or Brexit? The drastic fall in trade between the U.K. and the European Union…
China, India spar over hike in prices of medical suppliesChandigarh TribuneNew Delhi, May 12 Beijing and New Delhi are now sparring over the hike in prices of medical devices as well as cargo flight rates as Indian entrepreneurs scramble to get urgently needed supplies from China. India’s envoy in Hong Kong Priyanka Chauhan…
Gov’t: S. Korea Has Not Made Official Proposal to N. Korea on Vaccine SupportKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : YONHAP News The Unification Ministry said it has not made an official proposal to North Korea or held consultations with the country on providing COVID-19 vaccine support. A ministry official revealed the stance on Thursday after being asked…
Japan to ban re-entry of foreign residents who visit India, Nepal and PakistanJapan TimesThe government will ban foreign nationals, including those who are Japan residents, from re-entering the country starting Friday if they have recently spent time in India, Nepal or Pakistan — where new variants of the coronavirus are rampant,…
Japan to bar entry of foreigners from India, Pakistan, NepalMainichi JPIn this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, people walk past posters to promote the Olympic Games scheduled to start in the summer in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) TOKYO (Kyodo) — The government said Wednesday it will bar the entry of all travelers who have…
Taiwan chides China for using COVID-19 vaccines as political toolAni NewsTaipei [ Taiwan ], May 13 (ANI): Taiwan has condemned the Chinese government for using vaccines as a political tool to pressure the Tapei's diplomatic allies to switch allegiance after Honduras said it is mulling the possibility of opening a trade…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cloud compromise now the biggest cybersecurity issue for financial institutionsHelp Net Security – NewsInfoblox unveils a research into how the COVID-19 shutdowns challenged the financial services industry’s core infrastructure. More than one year into the pandemic, banks, insurers, and other financial institutions report costly consequences…
Consumers aware of travel cyber risks, still not putting their digital wellness firstHelp Net Security – News68% of Americans plan to travel for leisure this summer, with 12% doing so internationally, a McAfee survey reveals. While 68% of U.S. consumers report that they are connected to more devices and digital activity since the start of the pandemic,…
Happy to pay out to ransomware masterminds? Yup, we thought soThe RegisterJoin us online and learn about modern extortionware and how to frustrate it Webcast It’s shocking how blasé ransomware-toting criminals can be about freezing the operations of any organisation they can insinuate themselves into, including critical…
Heightened data breach concerns — especially since the global COVID-19 outbreak early last year — don’t appear to have prompted significantly improved incident response (IR) plans or capabilities at many organizations. hxxps://www[.]darkreading[.]com/attacks-breaches/despite-heightened-breach-fears-incident-response-capabilities-lag/d/d-id/1341000Secnewsbytes – TwitterHeightened data breach concerns — especially since the global COVID-19 outbreak early last year — don't appear to have prompted significantly improved incident response (IR) plans or capabilities at many organizations….
House lawmakers roll out bill to invest $500 million in state and local cybersecurityThe HillA group of bipartisan House lawmakers on Wednesday rolled out legislation that would provide state and local governments with $500 million annually to defend against cyberattacks, which have escalated over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. T…
Phishing, ransomware, Web app attacks dominate data breaches in 2021, says Verizon Business DBIRZDNet SecurityThe report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic move to the cloud and remote work opened up a few avenues for cybercrime.
Ransomware attacks could reach ‘pandemic’ levels: What to know after the oil pipeline hackBoston GlobeThat prompted a shutdown of the pipeline, a panic-buying spree for gasoline, and a price jump at the pumps over the weekend. It was one of the latest in crippling ransomware attacks orchestrated by extortionary criminal organizations that mostly…
US President Joe Biden signs order tightening cyber securityStraits TimesWASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Wednesday (May 12) signed a sweeping executive order designed to enhance cyber security in the wake of a series of attacks on American companies that have highlighted the vulnerabilities of data and critical…
Unstoppable Cyberattacks on Healthcare FacilitiesCywareHealthcare systems across the world continue to face critical challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing threat of cyberattacks. The scale of attacks against healthcare providers has continually increased since last year and…
‘Greatest vulnerability’: Call for mandatory COVID-19 vaccine jab for returned travellersTheAge.com NationalExperts say every returned traveller who lands in Australia should be vaccinated against coronavirus as a condition of entry into the country’s troubled hotel quarantine system.

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