18 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Mar. 18, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Anger in Italy over plan to reopen church where murdered teenager’s body was hidden for 17 years (Telegraph)
  • Brazil banking on vaccination to control Covid pandemic in 2nd quarter (EFE)
  • Brazil reports record 90,000 new COVID-19 infections, a day after setting deadly record (NationalPost.com)
  • COVID-19 latest: ‘Third wave’ warning in Europe, Brazil hospitals in total ‘collapse’ (Newshub)
  • Italy’s women lose their jobs in the coronavirus crisis (Deutsche Welle)
  • Latest Covid-19 Variant Discovered In France Isn’t Detected By Standard PCR Tests (Forbes.com)
  • Nearly 3 in 10 Singaporeans sleep less due to pandemic: Study (Today Online)
  • New Zealand says close to a travel arrangement with Australia (The Straits Times All News)
  • Norway in Third Wave of Virus Infections, Health Minister Says (US News & World Report)
  • Photos show what Europe’s third COVID-19 wave looks like as hospitalizations mount and Italy enters another lockdown (Business Insider)
  • Poland goes into near-lockdown as COVID-19 pandemic accelerates (Politico.eu)
  • Portugal Aims to Continue Protecting Jobs as Economy Reopens (Bloomberg)
  • Portugal to open borders to vaccinated British tourists from May (The Independent)
  • South Korean football faces busy schedule in June (The Korea Times News)
  • Spain warns downward COVID-19 trend may be changing as infection rate edges up (Mail Online UK)
  • Supply concern over Australia’s vaccination rollout (9News.com.au)
  • Tel Aviv’s real-estate market used to be dominated by buyers from the U.K. and France. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. homebuyers are giving them a run for their money. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3cJ7jaB (WSJ – Twitter)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Bereaved families issue legal ultimatum to Boris Johnson over Covid inquiry (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces he is about to get the AstraZeneca vaccine (The Independent)
  • UK – Dominic Cummings blasts Matt Hancock’s department as a ‘smoking ruin’ at height of Covid crisis (The Independent)
  • UK – EU vaccine failures obvious before pandemic, says former Boris Johnson aide (Politico.eu)
  • UK – Matt Hancock to hold Covid press conference today – what time and what he’s likely to say (Manchester Evening News)
  • US – 102K more COVID-19 shots administered across Illinois (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – CDC Announces $2.25 Billion to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities in Communities that are at High-Risk and Underserved (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – CDC looking to update school coronavirus guidance ‘soon,’ Walensky says (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC predicts decline in weekly coronavirus deaths (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations increase for second day, raising concerns (Business Times Singapore)
  • US – Coronavirus variants from California now ‘of concern,’ CDC says. What does that mean? (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s positivity back below 3% after spike on Tuesday (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Disneyland to Reopen April 30 as California Eases COVID Rules (TheStreet.com)
  • US – In-person attorney visits to resume in Alaska prison system (Washington Times)
  • US – Michigan’s COVID-19 rates, hospitalizations trending in wrong direction (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – Ohio files suit over COVID-19 relief package (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Social distancing remains a problem as Hawaii public schools plan to reopen (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – The A Year With Coronavirus airs next week on Hawaii News Now (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – The U.S. government has issued approximately 90 million stimulus payments worth $242 billion, more than half of the estimated total relief authorized under the latest Covid-19 relief package hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3eR5QSy (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – These coronavirus strains found in California are ‘variants of concern’ (Deseret News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 1 in 2 Filipinos shopped online for first time in 2020 amid pandemic: VISA study (ABS-CBN News)
  • A third of Middle Eastern companies report sales growth under DP World (Zawya.com)
  • Amazon unseats Walmart to become the No. 1 apparel retailer in the US, UBS says (CNBC)
  • Andrew Cuomo Says He Will Get J&J Covid-19 Vaccination Today (Bloomberg)
  • AstraZeneca jab rollout will take time to resume if EU confirms its safety (Irish Times)
  • CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL UPDATE: WHO defends AstraZeneca shots; SA registers 1,531 new cases (Daily Maverick)
  • Chip shortage, bad weather hit Honda and Toyota (Taipei Times Online)
  • Coronavirus crisis disproportionately affected women and girls, Google executive says (CNBC)
  • Coronavirus infections may have been underreported; Walmart plans digital vaccination credentials: Coronavirus update for Thursday, March 18 (Cleveland.com)
  • DP World positive about ‘medium to long term’ outlook as trade improves (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Dubais DP World retains cautious outlook after 2020 profit slumps 29% (Reuters)
  • EU regulator reviews AstraZeneca shot and blood clot links (Dayton Daily News)
  • France, Italy to restart AstraZeneca COVID vaccine shots upon regulators’ OK (New York Post)
  • Google blocked 3.1 billion bad ads in 2020 (Financial Express)
  • How Google Dealt With ‘Bad’ Ads During COVID (B&T Online)
  • How Subaru went from cheap and ugly to hugely successful (CNBC)
  • In France, we are furious about the AstraZeneca suspension and Macron’s confrontational power play (The Independent)
  • India backs AstraZeneca shot as COVID-19 cases hit three-month high (Today Online)
  • Li Ka-shing’s CK Hutchison Sees 2020 Profit Fall on Pandemic Hit (Bloomberg)
  • Lufthansa resumes flights to South Africa (Panapress.com)
  • Minister Khairy Jamaluddin first in Malaysia to get Sinovac jab against Covid-19 (Straits Times)
  • New Facebook tool aims to connect people to vaccines — but disinformation is rampant (Los Angeles Times)
  • Nokia sees its comparable operating margin growing to 10-13% in 2023 (Business Standard India)
  • Officer Who Said Atlanta Spa Shooter Was Having A ‘Bad Day’ Promoted Racist Covid-19 Shirt On Facebook (Forbes.com)
  • Oriental Brewery to consolidate leading position in alcohol beverage market (The Korea Times News)
  • Pfizer CFO hints at raising COVID-19 vaccine price, but company says ‘too early’ to tell (Global News Canada)
  • Port operator DP World sees 2020 profits drop 29% amid virus (Dayton Daily News)
  • Qantas Virgin Jetstar airline employees win $500 a week support payment amid Covid-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • SA AstraZeneca study was a downer, but pointed way ahead, says Madhi (Times Live South Africa)
  • Samsung Electronics warns of severe chip crunch while delaying key phone (Business Standard India)
  • Samsung chip fallout threatens smartphone and PC supplies (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Scoot trials new digital initiatives for COVID-19 pre-departure tests (MSN News Singapore)
  • Shoprite records impressive profits despite liquor bans (Cape Times E-dition)
  • Toyota, Honda to cut production in N. America amid parts shortage (Mainichi JP)
  • When does IKEA open? Date homeware and furniture stores will reopen in Scotland after Covid lockdown (The Scotsman)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Assessment of protection against reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 among 4 million PCR-tested individuals in Denmark in 2020: a population-level observational study (Lancet)
  • Covid-19 live updates: Older people especially vulnerable to coronavirus reinfection without vaccine, study says (Washington Post)
  • House members could get a coronavirus vaccine. But a quarter of them have not. (Washington Post)
  • India shortfall hits UK vaccine supply and ‘do not resuscitate’ decision concerns (BBC)
  • More than 25 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine (Sky News Latest)
  • Quatro dúvidas que ainda restam sobre todas as vacinas contra a covid-19 (BBC)
  • The AMP Trials — A Glass Half Full (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • The Health 202: Trump says he ‘recommends’ the coronavirus vaccines (Washington Post)
  • UK vaccine supply to drop, EU exports row, and festival concerns (BBC)
  • Vaccinated Mother Gives Birth To First Newborn With Covid-19 Antibodies (Forbes.com)
  • Vaccine hold-up ’caused by AstraZeneca delivery delay from Indian factory’ (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Your vaccine questions answered (BBC)
Societal & Economic Impact
‘NZ economy resilient amid pandemic’IANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Wellington, March 18 (IANS) New Zealand's economy remains resilient despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, reinforcing steps the government has taken to support and secure the recovery, Deputy Prime Minister said on…
E.U. Proposes Covid-19 Certificate for TravelersNew York TimesThe document would allow European residents to travel within the border-free Schengen area with proof of Covid-19 vaccination, a negative test result or evidence of recovery.
Europe’s Plan to Save Summer: A Covid-19 Travel CertificateNYT.com EuropeThe document would allow European residents to travel across the bloc with proof of Covid-19 vaccination, a negative test result or evidence of recovery.
German economy to shrink 2% in first quarter, say government advisersThe Sun DailyBERLIN: The German government's council of economic advisers said on Wednesday it expected Europe's largest economy to shrink by roughly 2% in the first quarter of this year due to lockdown measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The council cut…
Harris ‘selling’ coronavirus stimulus bill to Americans: Sen. HagertyFOX Business – VideoSen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., weighs in on the coronavirus rescue package, the 2022 Olympics in China, U.S.-relations with Iran, the filibuster and additional spending under the Biden administration.
Jobs lost to coronavirus ‘now fully replaced’ as unemployment falls below 6 per centABC OnlineAustralia's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 per cent in February, down from 6.3 per cent. Economists said it was a surprisingly large fall, and provided evidence the labour market was improving much faster than most people expected An extra 88,700 people…
This One Increasingly Popular Diet May Protect Against COVID-19, Science SaysYahoo! IndiaIf you're looking for all the ways to protect yourself against COVID-19 (and really, who's not?), here's great news: A growing body of research is finding that a popular diet that's rapidly growing in popularity (40% of Americans are currently on it,…
Weak effect of virus state of emergency prompting Japanese gov’t to end declarationMainichi JPPrime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces his intention to lift the state of emergency over Tokyo and three other prefectures in the greater Tokyo area, at his office in the capital on the evening of March 17, 2021. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi) The Japanese…
Windsor begins COVID-19 vaccinations for people experiencing homelessnessYahoo! CanadaCOVID-19 vaccinations for people experiencing homelessness in Windsor-Essex are set to begin. The shots will be administered at the temporary emergency shelter set up at the International Training and Aquatic Centre, according to a media release from…
Geopolitical Impact
China exports surged late last year as consumer recovery picked up steam in U.S., other nationsCNBCAsia's share of global exports increased in the third and fourth quarters last year, due mainly to China, while the export share of North American nations didn't recover, according to new research. A big part of this disparity is due to the economic…
EU chief threatens UK with vaccine export curbsFrance24The EU on Wednesday threatened to invoke emergency powers to block European exports of Covid-19 vaccines to ensure "reciprocity" with other suppliers, urging Britain to send Europe more jabs. FRANCE 24's Dave Keating tells us more.
Invariance and change in the Biden administration’s South China Sea policyCHINAdaily.com.cnAfter Joe Biden took office as US president, he quickly reversed the Trump administration's policies on climate change, immigration and other issues. Even the US policy on China has changed to some extent. However, the Biden administration has…
Japan and Singapore can deepen ties despite Covid-19, geopolitical strains: PanellistsThe Straits Times All NewsMarch 18, 2021 4:28 PM SINGAPORE – Japan and Singapore have many opportunities to deepen their relationship, even in the face of great power rivalry between the United States and China, the retreat of globalisation and dislocation caused by the…
Locating Quad in geopolitical historyHindustan TimesFor almost six centuries, the leaders of England (and later Great Britain) saw France as their primary strategic challenge. The Anglo-French rivalry was so all-consuming — from the Hundred Years War through the Napoleonic Wars — that it resulted in…
U.S.-Russia relations colder as Biden rips Putin as ‘killer’ without soulNewsdayThe no-soul train For four years, Russia's Vladimir Putin never heard a bad word said about him by the president of the United States. Joe Biden is making up for lost time. During an interview with ABC News , the president vowed Putin will " will pay a…
US Secretary of State slams North Korea, China during visit to S. KoreaHani.co.kr: ) :Blinken met with Chung Eui-yong to discuss a range of issues from the North Korean nuclear issue to China strategy ) : South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken bump elbows for the media before their…
Cybersecurity Impact
$4,000 COVID-19 ‘Relief Checks’ Cloak Dridex Malware #Cybersecurity #security hxxps://threatpost[.]com/covid-19-relief-checks-dridex-malware/164853/cybersecboardrm – Twitter$4,000 COVID-19 'Relief Checks' Cloak Dridex Malware #Cybersecurity #security hxxps://threatpost[.]com/covid-19-relief-checks-dridex-malware/164853/
$4,000 COVID-19 ‘Relief Checks’ Cloak Dridex MalwareMalwareTips.comCybercriminals have wasted no time in hopping on the American Rescue Plan – the COVID-19 relief legislation just signed into law – as a lure for email-based scams. According to… Click to expand……
Cyber attacks multiply on wealthy investorsFT.com – FinancialsPandemic has sparked a rise in online fraud bids at family offices
Cybersecurity is Australia’s No. 1 hiring priorityCSO Magazine, ahead of enterprise architecture, software development, and IT operations, according to a recent report from IDC. The report “Australia and New Zealand Security: The Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic for 2021 and Beyond” found that 73% of…
DDoS attacks surge as cybercriminals take advantage of the pandemicHelp Net Security – NewsDDoS attacks reached a record high during the pandemic as cybercriminals launched new and increasingly complex attacks, a Link11 report reveals. The analysis showed a boom in DDoS attacks that were closely linked to the pandemic. Key stats Boom in…
DDoS attacks surge as cybercriminals take advantage of the pandemic #Cybersecurity #security hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/03/18/ddos-attacks-pandemic/cybersecboardrm – TwitterDDoS attacks surge as cybercriminals take advantage of the pandemic #Cybersecurity #security hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/03/18/ddos-attacks-pandemic/
DDoS attacks surge as cybercriminals take advantage of the pandemic DDoS attacks reached a record high during the pandemic as cybercriminals launched new and increasingly complex attacks, a Link11 report reveals. The analysis showed a boom in DDoS atta… hxxps://bit[.]ly/3rZloax hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1372468226861453312/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterDDoS attacks surge as cybercriminals take advantage of the pandemic DDoS attacks reached a record high during the pandemic as cybercriminals launched new and increasingly complex attacks, a Link11 report reveals. The analysis showed a boom in DDoS…
Thanks in part to the pandemic, cyber-attacks against businesses have continued to rise – but IT security budgets continue to shrink. How can IT decision makers do less with more? hxxps://kas[.]pr/i47g #SecurityEconomics hxxps://twitter[.]com/kaspersky/status/1372247553996161035/video/1kaspersky – TwitterThanks in part to the pandemic, cyber-attacks against businesses have continued to rise – but IT security budgets continue to shrink. How can IT decision makers do less with more? hxxps://kas[.]pr/i47g #SecurityEconomics…
The EMA covid-19 data leak, and what it tells us about mRNA instability | The BMJ hxxps://www[.]bmj[.]com/content/372/bmj.n627Secnewsbytes – TwitterThe EMA covid-19 data leak, and what it tells us about mRNA instability | The BMJ hxxps://www[.]bmj[.]com/content/372/bmj.n627
With data volumes and velocity multiplying, how do you choose the right data security solution?Help Net Security – NewsThere is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused radical changes in our personal and working lives. The sudden and massive surge of employees working from home and the anticipated long-term popularity of the option is also forcing CIOs and…

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