16 December 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • A pandemic atlas: Italy becomes Europe’s viral epicenter (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Arts and Culture Workers Protest Coronavirus Closures in France (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Brazil father mourns son as coronavirus toll rises (Des Moines Register)
  • China on track to eradicate extreme poverty by the end of 2020 despite pandemic: report (Globaltimes.cn)
  • China’s online health platforms boom in wake of coronavirus (FT.com – World)
  • Coronavirus pandemic in France: Culture sector workers protest closures (France24)
  • Germany begins its Christmas coronavirus lockdown (Mail Online UK)
  • Germany locks down as coronavirus surges (The West Australian)
  • India’s Covid-19 recoveries cross over 94 lakh (Deccan Herald)
  • Italy considers tougher restrictions for Christmas (Radio New Zealand)
  • Saudi Arabia receives first COVID-19 vaccine shipment (Al Arabiya)
  • South Africa: We Must Work Together to Contain the Second Wave (AllAfrica.com)
  • South Korea sees record high; Indonesia aims for herd immunity (South China Morning Post)
  • South Korea virus surge (Global Times)
  • Sweden failed to protect its people during pandemic: official report (TheAge.com)
  • Sweden’s government blamed for failing to protect elderly from coronavirus (FT.com – Health)
  • Sweden’s leader says health officials misjudged coronavirus second wave (Los Angeles Times)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada on Dec. 15, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, Dec. 15 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s father caught getting on tube without mask in fourth breach of Covid rules (The Independent)
  • UK – Keir Starmer calls on Boris Johnson to urgently review Covid-19 Christmas rules (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Large scale rapid community covid testing being rolled out to every London borough, reveals Matt Hancock (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – UK government told relaxing COVID rules at Christmas will cost lives (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – UK government under pressure to rethink Christmas mixing rules (Irish Times)
  • US – California orders 5,000 body bags amid COVID-19 surge (UPI)
  • US – Coronavirus pandemic decimates California economy (CNBC)
  • US – Get the shot, get a sticker; CDC releases ‘I got my COVID-19 vaccine’ stickers (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Highest arrival numbers to Hawaii since pandemic started (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – In the Trump administration’s efforts to secure coronavirus vaccines, two key bets turned out to be mistakes (Business Insider)
  • US – Michigan voters back virus vaccinations, Whitmer pandemic measures, poll finds (Detroit News)
  • US – New Online Resource Shows How You Can Help to Fight COVID-19 (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – One of the first nurses to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Hawaii explains why it is important to take (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Oregon governor calls special legislative session to consider COVID-19, wildfire aid (The Hill)
  • US – The COVID-19 shot is complicating Connecticut lawmakers’ efforts to eliminate the state’s religious exemption from vaccines (Hartford Courant)
  • US – U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell anxious to take the coronavirus vaccine (Reuters UK)
  • US – What to expect after COVID-19 vaccination: CDC (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Will your California job come back when the pandemic ends? Help us explore the future of work (Fresno Bee)
  • US – With vaccine, California enters new phase in the coronavirus pandemic (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – ‘Time to stay close to home.’ California county begs visitors to steer clear in pandemic (Fresno Bee)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Why Germany’s long-admired Covid-19 response is in trouble (New Statesman)
Actions by Companies
  • ADIB UK provides $58.8mln structured financing for B&Q let retail warehouses (Zawya.com)
  • Accor launches dance video to showcase safety protocols (Arabianindustry.com)
  • Barclays fined £26m for poor treatment of struggling borrowers (The Guardian)
  • BioNTech to supply 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Chinese mainland in 2021: Fosun Pharma (Ecns.cn)
  • Boeing turns up the heat to keep flight decks free from COVID-19 (Seeking Alpha)
  • City Bulletin: Bunzl receives Covid-19 boost but looks to tougher 2021 (FT.com – Companies UK)
  • Covid-19 Fuels Clients’ Appetite For Technology Spend: Infosys (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Credit Suisse Cuts Asset Management Headcount by 10% in Revamp (Bloomberg)
  • Credit Suisse says that Q4 business doing well (Taipei Times Online)
  • DP World, UAE region supports the Seatrade maritime middle east virtual 2020 (Zawya.com)
  • Data leak alleges Chinese Communist Party members employed with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, other global firms (Business Today India)
  • De Beers’ latest diamond sale sees higher prices for first time since pandemic (Seeking Alpha)
  • FDA: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine no need for trials in PH if tests abroad include Asians (ABS-CBN News)
  • Facebook Building Tool to Let Fans Pay Celebrities for Face Time (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook Lifting Political Ad Ban For Georgia Runoff Elections (Forbes.com)
  • Facebook lifts political ad ban for Georgia runoffs (The Hill)
  • Fosun Pharma to import 100 mln doses of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to China (Mail Online UK)
  • How the COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer compare head to head (Los Angeles Times)
  • I’m a neurologist who happily volunteered for the AstraZeneca vaccine trials. Here’s what people are getting wrong about the process. (Business Insider)
  • Indonesia has 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in its possession now. What’s next? (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Infosys explores part-time work model as work-from-home is here to stay (Business Standard India)
  • KBS Chief Calls for Global Media Cooperation in Overcoming COVID-19 Crisis (Korea Broadcasting System)
  • Korean Air, labor union agree to wage freeze, furlough amid pandemic (Korea Herald)
  • Natural disasters cost insurance industry $76 billion in 2020: Swiss Re (Business Standard India)
  • November Lockdowns Frustrate Zara Owner Inditex’s Recovery (Asharq Al-Awsat)
  • Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrives in Louisiana (CNBC)
  • Pfizer may price Covid-19 vaccine lower in India than in UK and US (Business Standard India)
  • Sensex, Nifty hit day’s high; HDFC twins lead (Business Standard India)
  • South China Morning Post’s 10 most read stories of 2020 (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Target and Walmart extended store hours to offset last-minute holiday ecommerce crunch (Business Insider)
  • Tepco aims to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050 (Japan Times)
  • This Is When Costco Will Have the COVID-19 Vaccine, CEO Says (MSN Canada)
  • Tuesday trading: SABIC recorded highest close since Sept. 2019 (Arab News)
  • WHO in talks with Pfizer, Moderna on Covid-19 vaccine access (Pekingpress.com)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Canada’s economy could suffer in 1st quarter of 2021 with rising COVID-19 infectionsGlobal News CanadaCanada’s economy could contract in the first quarter of 2021 as rising COVID-19 infections dampen near-term growth, Bank of Canada Gov. Tiff Macklem said on Tuesday. While speaking with reporters, Macklem said that while the arrival of effective…
Coronavirus pandemic decimates California economyCNBCCNBC's Kate Roger reports that California's economy has seen a loss of $74 billion in tourism spending during the coronavirus pandemic. She discusses the impact it will have on the economy.
ECB likely to continue pandemic stimulus through 2022, strategist saysCNBCChiara Cremonesi, UniCredit's deputy head of fixed income strategy, said the euro zone economy is unlikely to return to pre-crisis levels until the end of 2022.
JPML Centralizes COVID-19 Suits Against Travel Insurer In NYLaw360Law360 (December 15, 2020, 9:18 PM EST) — The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created an MDL on Tuesday to centralize 12 lawsuits accusing the Assicurazioni Generali Group of failing to pay policyholders for trips canceled because of…
Minister defends decision to suspend Japan’s ‘Go To Travel’ program amid virus surgeMainichi JPJapanese economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, left, speaks at a House of Representatives committee session in Tokyo on Dec 16, 2020, wearing a face mask amid the renewed surge in novel coronavirus cases in Japan. (Kyodo) TOKYO (Kyodo)…
Number of jailed journalists worldwide hits record high amid civil unrest, pandemic: NGOUnited News of IndiaMoscow, Dec 15 (UNI) A record number of journalists were imprisoned in course of performing their duty in 2020 because of the restrictions on news coverage about civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, an international human rights watchdog reported…
Pandemic forces rethink of public transport, waste, health servicesAustralian Financial ReviewThe return to CBDs will be "sluggish" in 2021, traffic congestion will rise as people continue to shun public transport and waste will keep soaring due to the botched recycling of packaging thrown out after online shopping sprees, a national study on…
Poll: Majority of voters support a coronavirus relief bill without stimulus checksThe HillA majority of voters support a coronavirus relief bill even if it does not include stimulus checks, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds. Sixty-three percent of registered voters in the Dec. 3-7 survey said they would support an additional relief package…
Private teachers stage protest demanding relief packages during the pandemicThe HinduThousands of private school teachers staged a protest in Bengaluru on Wednesday demanding that the government provide relief packages for teachers who have faced salary cuts or have lost their jobs. The teachers from private schools across the State…
Strong virus response helps Vietnam’s economy weather pandemicBusiness Times Singapore[HANOI] A strong response to the coronavirus pandemic, surging exports and healthy public spending have helped Vietnam buck a global recession in 2020 and fast-track its recovery, with analysts predicting it will likely enjoy one of the highest…
Geopolitical Impact
After India, China’s relationship now deteriorates with this country; Xi Jinping’s party continues its expansionist desireszeenews.comAfter India, China's relationship has deteriorated with another country as Xi Jinping's Chinese Communist Party continues its expansionist desires. China's relationship with Australia is currently at an all-time low. The relationship between the two…
Australia to Challenge China Barley Tariffs Through WTOBloombergBirmingham says WTO dispute resolution is the right track Ties between the key trading partners are deteriorating Australia will challenge tariffs imposed by China on its barley exports through the World Trade Organization, the government said…
Covid-19 chaos could still trigger a No Deal gamble as Brexit talks reach crunch stageMail Online UKAs A New Year looms, it is hard not to be pessimistic about what 2021 may hold. Hundreds of thousands more job losses, companies going bust, factories ground to a standstill, chaos at Channel ports, no ski trips to the Alps and little point in booking…
Duterte Releases Order To Strengthen PH’s Border Control Through APIPhilippine NewsPres. Duterte Wants Philippines Border Control Strengthened DUTERTE – Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte released an order to strengthen the border control of the Philippines through an API. Undeniably, nations are stricter now when it comes to…
Duterte orders advance passenger information system to strengthen border controlCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) — Airlines will soon have to provide the Bureau of Immigration with passenger information ahead of flight arrivals in the country following an order from President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte on Tuesday signed…
Duterte, Japan PM Suga discuss , South China Sea in phone callMSN PhilippinesPresident Rodrigo Duterte and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, the South China Sea dispute, and developments in bilateral relations, Malacañang said Tuesday. The President thanked Japan for its…
Egyptian Armed Forces holds training course for members joining UN peacekeeping forces in MaliEgypt TodayEgyptian Armed Forces organizing training course for elements joining UN peacekeeping forces in Mali on December 15, 2020. Press Photo CAIRO – 15 December 2020: The Egyptian Armed Forces organized a training course for its elements, who will head to…
Fury as Pimlico Plumbers boss says he would prefer a ‘rerun’ of the pandemic over BrexitMail Online UKCharlie Mullins said he would rather endure damage done to economy by virus He said he would take this over prospect of leaving the EU without a trade deal His comments unlikely to go down well after tens of thousands died from virus Brexiteer MP…
Siddharth Chatterjee of India appointed as new resident coordinator in ChinaXinhua News AgencyUNITED NATIONS, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Siddharth Chatterjee of India has been appointed as the new resident coordinator in China, a UN spokesman said Tuesday. "His appointment follows confirmation from the host government, where he will take up his post…
Something New, Something Differentthestar.com.myIncreasing globalisation has given rise to international events that host participants and visitors from around the globe. One destination that is seeing a rise in popularity for such events is South Korea. To address the surge in demand for unique…
U.S. imports from China surge in 2020 despite tariffs, pandemic: mediaPekingpress.comWASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) — Despite the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. imports from China are surging as the year 2020 draws to a close,
UPDATE 3-Japan posts record run of export declines on soft U.S., China demandReuters UKTOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s exports fell in November, dashing expectations for an end to the two-year run of declines, largely due to weaker U.S.- and China-bound shipments and suggesting a slower pace of recovery for the world’s third-largest economy. T…
Cybersecurity Impact
BSP to banks: Revisit measures vs phishingManila Times2 The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has urged its supervised financial institutions, or BSFI’s, to revisit recommended measures against phishing attacks as cybercriminals keep taking advantage of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. “P…
Cheong Wa Dae checks cybersecurity amid growing non-contact activitiesKorea HeraldThis file photo shows Suh Hoon, director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae, speaking at the National Assembly on Nov. 4. (Yonhap) Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday it has reviewed South Korea's cybersecurity posture during a high-level interagency…
DHS Hacked As Part Of Massive Cyberattack On Federal AgenciesInformation Security BuzzIt has been  reported  that The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was successfully breached as part of a major attack on U.S. federal agencies by suspected Russian hackers,  Reuters said yesterday . Reuters cited “people familiar with the matter”…
DarkReading – Cybercriminals have been targeting gamers more since the pandemic forced people indoors, and it looks like the rate… https://t.co/uiNaE3WqFsDarkReading – TwitterCybercriminals have been targeting gamers more since the pandemic forced people indoors, and it looks like the rate of malicious activity will grow as people stay home through the holidays. Security tips for gamers looking to up their security game:…
InfoSecHotSpot – 42% of security leaders said the pandemic has changed their cybersecurity priorities A great deal of security leade… https://t.co/T6QHqZ69OAInfoSecHotSpot – Twitter42% of security leaders said the pandemic has changed their cybersecurity priorities A great deal of security leaders said the pandemic has changed their cybersecurity priorities, according to research from Fudo Security. https://binged.it/3mmkeCm…
InfoSecHotSpot – Ransomware and IP Theft: Top COVID-19 Healthcare Security Scares From ransomware attacks that crippled hospitals, t… https://t.co/mnZK3ZHb97InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterRansomware and IP Theft: Top COVID-19 Healthcare Security Scares From ransomware attacks that crippled hospitals, to espionage attacks targeting COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, Beau Woods discusses the top healthcare security risks….
Ransomware and IP Theft: Top COVID-19 Healthcare Security ScaresThreatpost.comFrom ransomware attacks that crippled hospitals, to espionage attacks targeting COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, Beau Woods discusses the top healthcare security risks.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended the 23-year-old paramedic whose OnlyFans account was doxxed by the New York PostClusterstockAlexandra Ocasio-Cortez defended EMT Lauren Kwei by arguing the actual scandal was 'medics in the United States need two jobs to survive.' REUTERS/Erin Scott In a Tuesday tweet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended a 23-year-old EMT…
Securing a distributed workspace: A cybersecurity checklist for long-term remote workSecurity Bloggers NetworkOne of the lasting changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is that it forced organizations to rethink…
The Best Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021 RoundupForbes.comPwC's latest survey finds that 96% of executives have shifted their cybersecurity strategy due to Covid-19 and 40% of executives say they are accelerating digitization. IDC expects worldwide security spending to reach $174.7 billion in 2024 with a…

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