16 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Anxiety grows as pandemic takes toll on France’s ‘ghost students’ (France24)
  • Belgian cafe owner holds sleep-in to protest virus shutdown (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • Canada’s top doctor says COVID-19 measures must be ‘further intensified’ to help stop spread (Global News Canada)
  • Comment: Here in rural Poland, we’ve only recently started taking Covid seriously (Telegraph)
  • Disentangling Individual Phases in the Hunted vs. Farmed Meat Supply Chain: Exploring Hunters’ Perceptions in Italy (MDPI)
  • Experience was really good, feeling happy, says India’s 1st person who receives COVID-19 jab (Yahoo! India)
  • Germany is going through ‘the hardest phases of the pandemic’ (Mail Online UK)
  • Germany passes two million coronavirus infections (Mail Online UK)
  • India kicks off Covid-19 vaccination drive (Times of India)
  • India starts world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive (star-telegram.com)
  • New COVID-19 modelling shows pandemic resurgence in Canada rapidly worsening (CTV News)
  • New coronavirus strain: 114 people infected with UK variant in India so far (Livemint.com)
  • No end in sight for third wave a year after COVID-19 made its way to Japan (Japan Times)
  • Norway warns of coronavirus vaccine risks for elderly (CBS News)
  • Norway: Whales flourish in the quiet seas (Deutsche Welle)
  • Number of infected with COVID-19 in Brazil adds up to 8.32 million (Agência Brasil)
  • Switzerland has vaccinated over 60,000 for Covid-19 (Swiss Info)
  • Switzerland will hold a referendum on whether to strip government of lockdown powers (Mail Online UK)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson and Chris Whitty on when lockdown could be relaxed (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces closure of travel corridors (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnsons shuts all travel corridors to stop coronavirus variants entering the UK (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak rejects wealth tax to cover the £280billion spent fighting coronavirus (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – SNP renews calls for UK Government to release Covid-19 reserves (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Arkansas governor to get coronavirus vaccine next week (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – At least 17,000 more people than usual died last year in Ohio amid coronavirus (Cleveland.com)
  • US – CDC Warns the New Virus Variant Could Fuel Huge Spikes in COVID Cases (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – CDC: More contagious COVID-19 variant could be dominant US strain by March (The Hill)
  • US – California ambulance crews exhausted by ‘neverending’ pandemic (Mail Online UK)
  • US – California governments could gain billions in Biden’s COVID-19 plan, adding to state surplus (Fresno Bee)
  • US – FRIDAY, JAN. 15: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas (Arkansas Online)
  • US – Hawaii sees 150 new COVID-19 infections (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Michigan economy could be permanently changed by COVID-19 (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – New, contagious coronavirus variant could worsen pandemic, CDC warns (CNN)
  • US – Texas lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19, raising questions about Capitol pandemic protocols (Dallas Morning News)
  • US – UK coronavirus variant identified in Utah for first time: officials (FOXNews.com)
  • US – UK variant could drive ‘rapid growth’ in US cases, CDC warns (Radio New Zealand)
  • US – Where can you get a vaccine in Ohio? (Dayton Daily News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • World’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive starts in India (Seeking Alpha)
Actions by Companies
  • AmBank provides six-month moratorium to assist flood victims (Bernama)
  • Around 100 IT jobs to be outsourced by Standard Life Aberdeen despite pandemic (The Scotsman)
  • Azerbaijan to start COVID-19 inoculations with 4 mln Sinovac shots (NationalPost.com)
  • BMW kicks off 2021 with motor show (The Straits Times All News)
  • COVID-19 vaccination: 23 elderly people dead after Pfizer shot in Norway (Business Today India)
  • Capetonians urged to note how Eskom’s uninterrupted load shedding will impact them (CAPE ARGUS)
  • District health unit warns of possible COVID-19 contact at Walmart in Thunder Bay (CBC)
  • Earnings are going to get better and better, Credit Suisse’s chief strategist predicts (CNBC)
  • Ford, Toyota, Subaru curb production amid computer-chip shortage (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Fortin calls Pfizer delay a ‘bump in the road,’ but says Canada will still meet vaccine target (Global News Canada)
  • Grounded: Qantas stuck on the tarmac in pandemic recovery journey (TheAge.com)
  • HSBC eyes new growth avenues in the Middle East (Gulf News)
  • JPMorgan’s profit jumps as investment banking business recovers (Abu Dhabi National)
  • JPMorgan’s profits jump as economy, investment bank recovers (Dayton Daily News)
  • Loan book audit at IDBI Bank to identify stress areas ahead of stake sale (Business Standard India)
  • Mahindra Group registers interest to seek Covid-19 vaccines for employees (Business Standard India)
  • Mediclinic terminates elective surgeries in hospitals experiencing resource constraints (News24)
  • Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce join Covid-19 vaccination project to record immunisation status (Hindu Business Line)
  • Molefe blames Ramaphosa for Eskom’s woes in statement to Zondo commission (Mail & Guardian Online)
  • Nedbank Cup to go ahead without 8 teams from SAFA (Sunday World South Africa)
  • Nepal approves AstraZeneca COVID vaccine for emergency use (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Nepal approves AstraZeneca”s India-made COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use (Outlook India)
  • Nissan shows how to work from home in style with Office Pod concept (MSN Canada)
  • Pfizer working to deliver two bln doses of vaccine in 2021 (Al Arabiya)
  • Senators question gov’t for pushing Sinovac vaccine despite its low efficacy rate (Manila Bulletin)
  • South Korea’s Eastar Jet seeks receivership while pursuing buyer (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Tesco confirms employee has died as store hit with Covid-19 outbreak with ‘number’ of staff off work (Manchester Evening News)
  • The French government shot down an offer from Canada’s Alimentation Couche-Tard to acquire hypermarket chain Carref… https://t.co/DcAVYtD4u1 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Trudeau says Pfizer delay won’t impact September COVID-19 vaccination goal (Global News Canada)
  • Vaccine czar: PH can still back out of Sinovac deal (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • We visited Aldi, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda & more to see if people were wearing face masks (Liverpool Echo)
  • Wells Fargo Earnings Reflect Pandemic and ‘Legacy Issues’ (TheStreet.com)
  • Western Union Says Chubb Must Cover COVID-19 Losses (Law360)
  • Work-from-home will be part of new norm, says Unilever (Australian Times)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Americans need COVID-19 vaccinations now — here’s how Biden can ramp up the process (The Hill)
  • An exceptional vaccination policy in exceptional circumstances (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Answers to your 24 most pressing questions about the coronavirus vaccine, from side effects and costs to when you’ll be able to get one (Clusterstock)
  • Assessing the importance of interleukin-6 in COVID-19 (The Lancet Respiratory Medicine online)
  • Characterisation of the first 250 000 hospital admissions for COVID-19 in Brazil: a retrospective analysis of nationwide data (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Drive Begins In India (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • How effective will the coronavirus vaccine be at reducing the spread of Covid-19? (The Independent)
  • How viruses like COVID-19 mutate, and how they impact vaccine development (USA Today)
  • Israeli vaccine data suggests Covid-19 infection rates among a group of vaccine recipients began to decrease two we… https://t.co/S0HJskAk37 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Keeping childhood immunisation rates stable during the COVID-19 pandemic (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Long COVID in the skin: a registry analysis of COVID-19 dermatological duration (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • NM virus hospitalizations decrease as vaccinations rise (Albuquerque Journal)
  • Regional coronavirus cases elevated as officials clamor for more vaccine (Washington Post)
  • Una especialista resuelve tus dudas sobre la vacuna contra el covid-19 (CNN)
  • We need you! State looking for volunteers to help speed up COVID-19 vaccinations across GA (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
Societal & Economic Impact
Another recession looms for United Kingdom’s economy as lockdowns biteBusiness Standard IndiaThe British economy looks set to fall back into recession after official figures on Friday showed that it shrank by 2.6% month-on-month in November The British economy looks set to fall back into recession after official figures on Friday showed that…
Biden announces $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, including stimulus checksWashington PostBiden announces his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, including stimulus checks
Biden calls out GOP lawmakers for refusing to wear masks during U.S. Capitol riotGlobal News CanadaSpeaking on Friday, president-elect Joe Biden called out Republican lawmakers who refused to wear masks as they were whisked away to secure locations during the riot in the U.S. Capitol. “It’s time to grow up,” he said.
COVID-19, climate change and water securityPhilippine Daily InquirerWith the double whammy of COVID-19 and climate change, we must now assess the situation of our water security. First, the good news. Last Dec. 18, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released the Asian Water Development Outlook 2020. It stated:…
China’s economy set to receive ‘necessary support’ for coronavirus recovery this year, central bank saysSouth China Morning PostThe People’s Bank of China says there will be no major U-turn on its policy stance this year Officials say no immediate need to adjust benchmark interest rates or cut the reserve requirement ratio
Goya Foods CEO: Dems ‘Declared Martial Law’ With Virus ShutdownsNewsMax.comGoya Foods President and CEO Robert Unanue Friday said Democrats "essentially declared martial law" by ordering shutdowns over the coronavirus and accused them of having "weaponized" the pandemic for political gain. "The problem is, it's a political…
Italy clears stimulus package to prop up economyThe Gulf TodayPicture used for illustrative purpose only. The Italian government has approved a new stimulus package worth 32 billion euros ($38.8 billion) to prop up the battered economy, pushing this year’s budget deficit significantly higher than previously…
March for Life going digital amid pandemic and civil unrest in D.C.Washington TimesOrganizers of the annual March for Life said Friday that the annual march scheduled to occur in D.C. later this month will now largely take place online. More than 100,000 pro-life activists march annually at the March for Life in D.C., according to…
Parents with childcare issues ‘must get right to furlough’BBC News – BusinessLabour says legal duty on employers to grant requests would ease strain on families in lockdown.
U.K. Closes Travel Corridors, Arrivals Need Negative Virus TestBloombergNew restrictions come in from 4 a.m. on Monday, Johnson says Premier cites risk of new variants of coronavirus from abroad The U.K. said it will close its travel corridors with countries around the world, meaning all visitors from overseas will…
Geopolitical Impact
China quickly recovers from COVID-19, expands role in global trade: mediaPekingpress.comWASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) — China is the only major economy expected to report growth for 2020, and has also expanded its role in global trade and shored up its position as the world's factory
Donald Trump directs US government to restrict goods from China to ‘reduce risk from espionage’South China Morning PostThe announcement was the latest in a series of steps targeting China, which analysts see as a bid to lock in a tough approach to Beijing Trump has pursued hard-line policies towards China on issues ranging from trade to espionage and the coronavirus
India’s trade with China falls in 2020, deficit at five-year lowThe HinduThe trade deficit, a source of friction between India and China, declined to a five year-low of $45.8 billion, the lowest since 2015. India’s trade with China last year fell to the lowest since 2017, with the trade imbalance declining to a five-year…
Kahnawake Peacekeepers fine tobacco shop $15,100 for selling to outsidersCTV NewsKAHNAWAKE — Kahnawake health officials delivered a heafty fine to a tobacco outlet on Highway 132 which continued to serve customers from outside the community against pandemic protocols. In a video posted Thursday on the 'Kahnawake 911' Facebook…
Lawyer for Hong Kong activist has licence revoked by ChinaChannel NewsAsiaTAIPEI: A Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong activist was stripped of his licence amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory. Lu Siwei, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee…
New Covid variant: Travel ban on India, Pakistan, UAE flyers imposed …Khaleej TimesThe imposition of the travel ban on UAE, Hungary will take effect from January 17. Travelers from the UAE and Hungary are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines to halt the spread of a more infectious variant of the coronavirus disease 2019…
Qatar well-equipped to guard coasts, territorial waters, says officialGulf TimesQatar has a modern radar system, 'Shield of the Nation', to protect the coasts and territorial waters, Lt Faisal Hassan al-Jaidi, officer of the Eastern Region Section at the General Department of Coast and Border Security, told Qatar Radio in an…
Russia blasts U.S. for blacklisting Cuba as terrorism sponsorXinhua News AgencyMOSCOW, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) — It is "a lie" that Cuba supports terrorism, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday, commenting on the U.S. recent decision to add the island nation to its list of "State Sponsor of Terrorism." "When Washington accuses…
Virus exposed Taiwan, China, USTaipei Times OnlineBy Jerome Keating The year 2020 will go down in history. Certainly, if for nothing else, it will be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing impact it has had on the world. All nations have had to deal with it; none escaped. A…
We never compare our relationship with our friends: Gyawali on relations with India and ChinaEconomic TimesNew Delhi: Nepal ’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Friday tried to maintain equidistant from India and China and claimed that Kathmandu has always maintained good relations with both its big neighbours and disallowed its soil from carrying…
We should be clear what trade disruption is being caused by Brexit and by coronavirusThe IndependentThe French government is threatening to insist on slow coronavirus tests for cross-channel hauliers, writes John Rentoul Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile ndrew Adonis, the Labour peer and passionate…
Cybersecurity Impact
After judge orders release of hacker tied to ISIS, US says ‘Not so fast’Cyberscoop – NewsA convicted hacker whom a U.S. court granted compassionate release during the coronavirus pandemic may remain behind bars after all, following accusations that he committed crimes while in custody.  Since 2016, Ardit Ferizi, a Kosovan…
DarkReading – IT organizations have undergone major changes necessitated by COVID-19, and most expect to respond to a major data… https://t.co/BYPIKn1KtSDarkReading – TwitterIT organizations have undergone major changes necessitated by COVID-19, and most expect to respond to a major data breach in the next year. In this report, how businesses respond to damage from phishing, targeted campaigns, and DoS attacks:…
EU regulator: Hackers ‘manipulated’ stolen vaccine documentsMainichi JPAn ampoule Moderna vaccine against the COVID-19 disease is seen on the table at the Diakonie Hospital "DIAKO" vaccination ward in Bremen, Germany, on Jan. 15, 2021. (Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/dpa via AP) LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug…
Five Authentication Tactics To Fight Email Attacks, Fraud And The Risk Of Sanctioned SuppliersForbes.comAkhilesh Agarwal is the Senior Vice President of Global Business Partner Technology Solutions at  apexanalytix . The Covid-19 pandemic, the recession, business bankruptcies, reduced GDP and record job losses have placed increased financial pressure on…
Ivanti acquisitions strengthen its security stance to fight pandemic cybercrime onslaughtSiliconANGLEThe rise of the remote workforce has been a boon for cybercriminals, with employees accessing sensitive work systems from unsecured home offices and mobile devices. Early in 2020, the FBI’s Cyber Division was already reporting a 400% increase in…
Spotting red flags of fraudCNN PhilippinesCOVID-19 forced us to shift gears and go online for almost everything. Cybercriminals are taking advantage, always lurking in the shadows. How do we protect ourselves? Let's have an cybersecurity exchange with Cybersecurity Practitioner and…
Trojans Roar Back to Prominence in 2021CywareThe year 2021 has just set in and it’s pouring trojans! It is no surprise that cybercriminals reaped fortunes in 2020, seeking different ways to propagate malware threats, especially trojans, during the global pandemic. While the number of such…
cybersecboardrm – Leaked European Union COVID-19 data from Cyber Attack out on internet #CyberAttack #cybersecurity #security https://t.co/6xFjMMoeEFcybersecboardrm – TwitterLeaked European Union COVID-19 data from Cyber Attack out on internet #CyberAttack #cybersecurity #security https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/leaked-european-union-covid-19-data-from-cyber-attack-out-on-internet/
‘Cyber child exploitation’ a growing concernPhilippines Daily TribuneIn the advent of online presence in the age of the internet amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, new dangers also arise that seeks to exploit children who are underprivileged. This, as child-focused agency World Vision raised concern…

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