15 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A Kiwi in the Netherlands: Living through Covid in a place where people riot instead of listen (stuff.co.nz)
  • Australia ranked second for pandemic performance (HeraldSun.com.au Top News)
  • Australia, Singapore plan travel bubble (Taipei Times Online)
  • Brazil surpasses India, becomes nation second-worst affected by Covid-19 (India Today)
  • China’s ambitious COVID-19 vaccination plan to test its production capability (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Coronavirus pandemic in Brazil: Hospitals reach breaking point amid local variant rise (France24)
  • Covid lockdown starts in Italy as hospitals struggle while France’s patients flown from overrun ICUs (Mail Online UK)
  • Covid-19 test offensive starts in Switzerland (Swiss Info)
  • Dr Fauci warns America could follow Italy with another lockdown if it opens up too early (Mail Online UK)
  • Factors Affecting Voluntary Self-Isolation Behavior to Cope with a Empirical Evidence from Colombia vs. Spain in Times of COVID-19 (MDPI)
  • Germany enjoys the reopening of shops after four month lockdown (Mail Online UK)
  • Half of Italy is a COVID-19 red zone (ansa.it)
  • India vaccination drive falters amid fears of second wave (Financial Times – UK Homepage)
  • Most of Italy enters new lockdown to stem new wave (France24)
  • Netherlands goes to polls amid predictions of returning status quo (Irish Times)
  • Netherlands suspend use of AstraZeneca vaccine (BBC)
  • Pakistan increases COVID restrictions amid a third wave (Al Jazeera)
  • Research team locates 24 bat coronaviruses in China (Chinanationalnews.com)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, March 14, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson accepts he made a mistake in delaying first lockdown (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson accuses SNP of pushing for independence ‘regardless of cost’ (Sky News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson: Indyref2 ‘last thing Scots need right now’ (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Bus passengers to ‘turn up and go’ as Boris Johnson unveils £3 billion transport revolution in ‘act of levelling up’ (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Covid Scotland: Scottish Government releases latest coronavirus statistics with 484 new cases (Herald Scotland)
  • US – An Ohio school superintendent found reopening classrooms takes careful diplomacy. “We had people coming from very different angles.” hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2OPL76G (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Arkansas governor urges hesitant Republicans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 (Global News Canada)
  • US – COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Arizona healthcare inequalities. Will it drive change? (AZCentral.com)
  • US – California has pursued the wrong strategy for beating COVID-19. Here’s a smarter way (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – California opens vaccine eligibility to millions: Latest COVID-19 updates (AZCentral.com)
  • US – Elon Musk’s Defiant Tesla Plant Reopening Left California Employees With COVID-19 (International Business Times)
  • US – Rural South Carolina hospital loses $8 million in pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Tennessee revenues continue to top projections amid COVID-19 (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – What does it take to reopen a school—and keep it open? For one district superintendent in Ohio, a few unusual approaches helped hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3bLpyx9 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Why does Texas rank near last in percentage of residents vaccinated against COVID-19? (star-telegram.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • California opens vaccine eligibility to millions: Latest COVID-19 updates (AZCentral.com)
  • Coronavirus vaccines: Here’s what’s available in US and what may be coming next (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Covid-19 live updates: AstraZeneca asserts no link between its vaccine and blood clots as more countries suspend use (Washington Post)
  • Dual-action monoclonal antibodies from an original SARS survivor show promise against COVID-19 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Epidemiology and transmission characteristics of early COVID-19 cases, 20 January–19 March 2020, in Bavaria, Germany (Epidemiology & Infection – Cambridge Core)
  • How do coronavirus variants form and will the current vaccines work against them? (CBS News)
  • New York jabs 1m as vaccine supplies dry up (Financial Times – US homepage)
  • Paris may face new lockdown as COVID-19 variants fill up ICU beds and vaccine supplies limited (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Soluble ACE2 level correlates with COVID-19 outcomes (News-Medical.Net)
  • The pandemic has disrupted childhood vaccinations, dropping by 11 million doses in the past year: CDC director (Clusterstock)
  • Vaccines drive optimism about containing COVID-19 pandemic — CBS News poll (CBS News)
Societal & Economic Impact
63,000 people unemployed in Laos during Covid-19 pandemicthestar.com.myVIENTIANE, March 15: Laos has an estimated 63,000 unemployed, including those already in the country and migrant workers who have returned to the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Laotian Times. According to a report by the KPL, the…
Americans see better days ahead in pandemic and economy — CBS News pollCBS NewsBy March 14, 2021 / 10:30 AM / CBS News CBSN CBSN Live Though "exhausted" from a year-long pandemic, confidence about containing the coronavirus is hitting new highs as more vaccines roll out, and Americans say they're also "grateful" and widely…
Chinese economy continues its pandemic bounce backBBC News – AsiaWorld's second largest economy saw factory output surge more than 30% in the first two months of 2021.
Don’t blame reopening of economy for COVID-19 surge, says MalacañangRapplerMalacañang dismissed criticisms that the Duterte government's push to reopen the economy triggered the record-high surge in COVID-19 cases in the country. In a press briefing Monday, March 15, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insisted that the…
Grammys: Women sweep awards shaped by pandemic and protestThe Straits Times All NewsMarch 15, 2021 1:00 PM The awards highlighted the Black Lives Matter protests and the role of women in pop music.
Jordan to review seating capacity for public transport amid coronavirus outbreakArab NewsThe Ministry of Transport would lift the decision if the coronavirus curve flattens by the end of March Jordan’s labor ministry has closed its main building on Monday after coronavirus cases were detected in the ministry Palestinian Foreign Ministry…
Low contact tracing performance, major factor in COVID-19 surge – DILGManila BulletinNews / National / Share it! [mashshare] Low contact tracing performance, major factor in COVID-19 surge – DILG The current close contact tracing ratio of one is to seven is far-off from the desired one is to 30 ratio under the “Magalong (Baguio City…
Traffic on Punt Road worse than before pandemic as public transport shunnedTheAge.com NationalWith many commuters reluctant to take public transport, traffic on Melbourne’s arterial roads is now more congested than it was prior to the coronavirus.
US urges Paraguay to work with Taiwan amid COVID-19 pandemic protestsChannel NewsAsiaTAIPEI: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Paraguay to work with its diplomatic ally Taiwan to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, after protests in the South American country over the government's handling of the health crisis. Thousands of…
Geopolitical Impact
Beyond ‘Indo-Pacific Nato’Business Standard IndiaVaccine cooperation marks a new step for the Quad The first virtual meeting of the four Quad leaders after Joseph Biden took office as American president offers clear signals that the four-nation grouping of the US, Japan, Australia, and India is…
China fires back at UK govt charges of Hong Kong treaty violationBusiness Standard IndiaThe statement came after UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Saturday said China is in a "state of ongoing non-compliance" China accused the UK of “groundless slanders” after the British government said Beijing’s crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong…
China implements ‘democracy with Hong Kong characteristics’IOLHelmo Preuss In the same way that ‘a free market economy with Chinese characteristics’ has lifted millions of Chinese out of poverty since 1978, so the Chinese government believes that laws aimed at improving the electoral System of the Hong Kong…
Guangdong Boutique International Trade Fair – T…ADVFN DeutschlandGUANGZHOU, China , March 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — To provide more convenience for import and export between Chinese and overseas buyers, organized by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Guangdong Committee, the Guangdong…
India, Pakistan Indus Commissioners set to meet on March 23-24Indian ExpressTHE INDUS Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan are set to meet on March 23-24 in New Delhi, a top official said on Sunday. Pradeep Kumar Saxena, Commissioner (Indus), who will lead the Indian delegation in the meeting, told The Indian Express ,…
Norway For Sale: Are Russia And China Really Buying Up Norway’s National Resources?Zero HedgeNorway For Sale: Are Russia And China Really Buying Up Norway’s National Resources? By Jonathan Williamson, via …
Cybersecurity Impact
COVID-19 vaccines are being sold at hefty prices via Darknet, according to cybersecurity firmNews5 – InterAksyonUnverified vaccines to prevent the virus which causes COVID-19 are being sold via encrypted messaging platforms, a cybersecurity firm said. This development came amid the high demand for COVID-19 shots across the world. In a study conducted by…
Dunedin cyber stalker messaged woman through 20 fake online profilesMail Online UKElla Gouman was the victim of 'relentless' cyber bullying over a two year period She believes the bullying began over an obsession with her boyfriend  Tahlia Cochrane created 120 fake accounts to constantly continue the bullying Ms Cochrane pleaded…
Hackers pretend to be Harvey Norman in email phishing scam9News.com.auAustralians are being warned to watch out for an email scam that impersonates retailer Harvey Norman, telling recipients they have won a competition. The email, which appears to be sent from a head of customer service at Harvey Norman, tells the…
How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic
hxxps://www[.]cyberscoop[.]com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ by @snlyngaas hxxps://twitter[.]com/CyberScoopNews/status/1371180839288061954/photo/1
CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic
hxxps://www[.]cyberscoop[.]com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ by @snlyngaas…
KPMG: Companies should bolster cybersecurity budgets in transformation planBernamaKUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — Companies in Malaysia should revisit their overall cost efficiency and bolster funds towards cybersecurity as part of their digital transformation plan, KPMG Management and Risk Consulting Sdn Bhd said. Its head of cyber,…
Southeast Asia sees increased phishing attempts on SMBs — KasperskyBorneo Post OnlinePhishing is a form of cybercrime based on social engineering techniques that involves stealing confidential data from a person’s computer and subsequently using the data for other purposes – from stealing the target’s money to reselling their data. —…

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