18 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Share the results’: China faces backlash for unproven COVID-19 tests on food imports (ABC Online)
  • Belgian Meat Office: The Philippines Lift Ban o… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Business Maverick: Germany’s Hard-Hit Auto Sector Gets $5.9 Billion for Restart (Daily Maverick)
  • COVID-19 blocks foreign students from entering Japan (News On Japan)
  • Christmas trees deemed essential item in France’s lockdown (stuff.co.nz)
  • Germany postpones decision on further COVID-19 curbs (Deutsche Welle)
  • Has Sweden’s coronavirus strategy failed? (Washington Post)
  • How the Covid-19 Pandemic Is Changing Online Food Shopping Human Behaviour in Italy (MDPI)
  • Hungary And Poland Block EU Budget With Pandemic Relief Funds For Hard-Hit Nations (NPR)
  • Israel reopens to Taiwanese businessmen (Focus Taiwan)
  • Job offers to new graduates in Japan fall sharply due to pandemic (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Malaysia in deal with China for Covid-19 vaccine development (The Straits Times All News)
  • One man’s experience in Italy a warning for Nova Scotians amid COVID-19 2nd wave (Global News Canada)
  • Photos: India’s Covid-19 count drops further after touching historic low (Hindustan Times)
  • S. Australia scrambles to contain new virus cluster (The Straits Times All News)
  • Santa Claus doesn’t have to follow COVID-19 rules, Belgian minister says (Deseret News)
  • Second wave hitting hard across Canada (Global News Canada)
  • Sweden imposes stricter restrictions, banning public events with more than 8 people (The Hill)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Nov. 17, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson tests negative for coronavirus but will continue to self-isolate (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson: Now is the time to plan our green recovery (FT.com – Energy)
  • UK – Shadow chancellor urges UK government to provide ‘more certainty’ for business (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • UK – Watchdog warns UK government over coronavirus spending transparency (Politico.eu)
  • UK – Will Rishi Sunak PROFIT from new Moderna coronavirus vaccine? Hedge fund he set up is major investor (Mail Online UK)
  • UK diplomat in China: huge ‘relief’ when woman he rescued resumed breathing (Today Online)
  • US – ‘Pretty amazing:’ NIH director on Covid-19 vaccine news (CNN)
  • US – Amid coronavirus surge, California expands mask mandate (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Biden warns “people may die” as Trump administration stonewalls his team on pandemic (CBS News)
  • US – CDC suggests Americans ditch singing, loud music, alcohol for holidays due to pandemic (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Can Autoimmune Antibodies Explain Blood Clots in COVID-19? (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – Coronavirus is getting much worse. Tennessee’s strategy remains the same. (Tennessean)
  • US – Coronavirus shuts down coronavirus session in Missouri legislature (New York Daily News)
  • US – Deadly Ebola-like Chapare virus CAN spread between people, CDC finds (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Jury trials shut down across Tennessee – again – over COVID-19 safety violations (Knox News Sentinel)
  • US – Pennsylvania to announce ‘targeted efforts’ on virus surge (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Restrictions give Illinois a chance to check pandemic (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Some resist California’s new coronavirus restrictions (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Trump administration has ‘checked out’ as Covid-19 surges, experts say (The Guardian)
  • US – Wedding with over 300 guests in Washington state linked to COVID-19 outbreak (ABC News)
  • US – What does California’s alarming COVID-19 surge mean for schools? (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – What ‘pandemic fatigue’ could mean for Illinois’ teaching force (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • #5Things: DSW strike, Taylor Swift’s masters, Cell C Sharks COVID-19 outbreak, and more (East Coast Radio)
  • After summer blighted by coronavirus, aviation and travel industries face harsh winter, warns boss of AirAsia’s booking app (South China Morning Post)
  • AirAsia Berhad reviewing Indian joint venture with Tata Sons (Livemint.com)
  • AmBank, ezAUTO.MY to assist 4,325 used car dealers amid pandemic (Bernama)
  • British Land ditches retail properties as pandemic inflicts £1bn hit (FT.com – Companies)
  • Cathay Pacific says farewell to Bahrain (Zawya.com)
  • China to see ‘very strong’ consumption recovery as pandemic eases: BNP Paribas (CNBC)
  • Content from AstraZeneca: A New Era In Cancer Care – A Community Approach (Washington Post)
  • EasyJet losses take UK airline hits from Covid 19 crisis to £7 billion after British Airways, Ryanair and Wizz hit (London Evening Standard)
  • Google updates Maps to help people deal with pandemic (IANS Live)
  • Here’s how $36 billion food giant Danone plans to upskill employees for the new COVID-19 world of work (Business Insider)
  • J&J expects data for US authorisation of Covid-19 vaccine by February (Business Standard India)
  • Japan Airlines raises $1.8 bln in new share sale (Nasdaq)
  • Lufthansa to cut free snacks for economy passengers (Today Online)
  • Maersk hikes full-year guidance for second time since October (Seeking Alpha)
  • Mined platinum supply reduced by a fifth in 2020 owing to Covid-19, Amplats converter failures (Business Insider)
  • Moody’s – Outlook for US mass transit sector is negative in 2021 on low ridership in wake of pandemic (Business Insider)
  • National Australia Bank to reopen after hoax bomb threat (WA Today)
  • Nigeria Says Air France, KLM, Lufthansa to Resume Flights (Bloomberg)
  • Nokia report finds network traffic still above pre-pandemic levels and rising (Telecompaper)
  • Pfizer Hits Safety Milestone; Tokyo to Raise Virus Update (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Pfizer faces hurdles in distributing coronavirus vaccine (CBS News)
  • Purpose At Work: How Unilever Leverages Growth And Acts On Advocacy (Forbes.com)
  • SABC signals losses of more than R1-billion (Daily Maverick)
  • Sanef seeks clarity on SABC’s restructuring plans amid staff fears (IOL)
  • Sinovac’s COVID-19 Vaccine Induces Quick Immune Response (Tempo.co)
  • Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine induces quick immune response – study (NationalPost.com)
  • Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine induces quick immune response–study (Asahi.com)
  • SoftBank’s Son stockpiles $80bn for pandemic ‘worst case’ (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Some Walmart stores see shortages of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, executives say (FOXBusiness.com)
  • South Africa: SABC Signals Losses of More Than R1-Billion (AllAfrica.com)
  • Walmart CEO Calls for More COVID-19 Relief (NewsMax.com)
  • Walmart and Home Depot extend pandemic winning streaks (FT.com – Companies)
  • Walmart earnings surge as coronavirus pandemic boosts grocery, electronics sales (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Walmart scores another strong quarter amid coronavirus… (Mail Online UK)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 3 mRNA Coronavirus Vaccine Stocks to Check Out That Aren’t Pfizer, BioNTech, or (Nasdaq)
  • Beyond the clot: perfusion imaging of the pulmonary vasculature after COVID-19 (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Bill Gates says he worries about vaccine rollout after federal government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic (Boston Globe)
  • Children’s DTP vaccine may provide cross-immunity for COVID-19 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Expecting the unexpected with COVID-19 vaccines (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • How will a COVID-19 vaccine be administered and what about adverse reactions? (Sky News Latest)
  • Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial volunteer says public should not be concerned about risk (FOXNews.com)
  • Moderna says UK deal will supply COVID-19 vaccine from March (Reuters)
  • Rebuilding public trust will instill COVID-19 vaccine confidence (The Hill)
  • The A.M.A. calls on correctional facilities to take stronger measures to stop the spread. (New York Times)
  • The Coronavirus Vaccines Will Likely Work. Making Them Fast Will Be Hard. (NYT.com U.S.)
  • TheEconomist – There are still hurdles to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, such as the need for further vaccine testing, mass ma… https://t.co/WrL24YtZEf (TheEconomist – Twitter)
Societal & Economic Impact
Contact tracing: ‘Some people feel shame over having the virus’BBCContact tracing: 'Some people feel shame over having the virus' Close BBC News NI has gone behind the scenes with NI's Covid-19 track and trace team. Shauna Armstrong, who is part of the team, said: "Some people actually feel shame over having the…
Coronavirus bigger risk to US economy: pollShenzhen DailyTHE coronavirus is a bigger risk to the U.S. economy than a prolonged dispute over the presidential election result, according to a RECENT poll that showed the near-term economic recovery was slowing more than previously thought. With around 11…
Family works to help others after young son dies by suicide amid pandemicNBCNews.comJust days before his 13th birthday, Brad and April Hunstable’s son Hayden died by suicide. After Brad made a video warning other parents of the hidden dangers of the coronavirus pandemic, the family started Hayden’s Corner— a nonprofit aimed at…
Federal Reserve’s Jerome Powell says coronavirus spike threatens US economyIndian ExpressFederal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the nationwide surge in confirmed could slow the economy in the months ahead by discouraging consumers from spending. “We’re seeing states begin to impose some activity restrictions,” Powell said…
Here’s who met online with Biden and Harris to discuss the economy and COVID-19Chicago Tribune“We look forward to working with the new administration and incoming Congress on policies that support our customers, dealers and employees, help strengthen our manufacturing presence in the United States and advance our vision of an all-electric,…
How Air Pollution is Exacerbating Covid-19 Risk and Related OutcomesNews18.comClear blue skies in Delhi and other major cities in India during lockdown was the most positive side of the pandemic. It was a landmark welcome change for netizens, because outdoor air pollution kills around seven million people worldwide each year,…
PM Modi speaks to Joe Biden; discusses Covid-19 pandemic, climate changeBusiness Standard IndiaThis was the first interaction between the two leaders after Democrat Biden defeated incumbent president Donald Trump in the US presidential election Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, with both leaders…
People who bought firearms during the coronavirus pandemic nearly TWICE as likely to be suicidalMail Online UKResearchers surveyed 3,500 US adults, one-third of whom were gun owners About 70% of gun owners who purchased firearms during pandemic had experienced suicidal thoughts their entire lives By comparison, 37% of firearm owners who did not make a…
The share of long-term unemployment is rising: ‘There’s $0.68 in my bank account’CNBCWhile news of vaccine developments show promise for hopes of containing Covid-19 in the next year, little has improved daily life for millions of Americans impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic over the past nine months. "Right now, there's…
Xi proposes solutions for combating COVID-19, reviving world economyBeijingbulletin.comBEIJING, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward the following proposals for BRICS cooperation to overcome global challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic
Geopolitical Impact
‘COVID-19 has not prevented them from supporting cross-border terrorism’: India takes a dig at PakistanDNA IndiaSlamming Pakistan, India's envoy to UN TS Tirumurti said, "We now have countries taking advantage of the ongoing pandemic and spreading divisive hatred to other parts of the world on the basis of religion." Highlighting India's 'pluralistic fabric'…
China and India may produce Russia’s Sputnik vaccine, Vladimir Putin says at BRICS summitSouth China Morning PostLeaders of BRICS nations, including Modi and Xi, vow that when a Covid-19 becomes available, it will be ‘disseminated in a fair, equitable and affordable basis’ Brazil to receive first doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine this week
China detects coronavirus on more seafood imports from IndiaHindustan TimesCoronavirus samples were detected on frozen pomfret packets exported from India to southern China, Chinese customs said on Wednesday, leading to the sealing of cold storage areas and nucleic acid testing for the local staff at the port. The latest…
China ready to cooperate with India on COVID-19 vaccineBeijingbulletin.comBeijing [China], November 18 (ANI): China is prepared to cooperate with India and other BRICS nations in the development of vaccines against COVID-19, said Chinese President Xi Jinping as he proposed
China, Russia lead BRICS summit in COVID-19 cooperation, multilateralismGlobal TimesBy Leng Shumei and Liu Xin Source: Global Times Published: 2020/11/18 1:31:29 Illustration: Liu Rui/GT The fruitful results yielded at the BRICS Summit on Tuesday highlights the bloc's multilateralism and reflects that despite growing uncertainties…
Germany accuses Russia, China of stalling over North Korea fuel sanctionsYahoo! IndiaBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Germany accused Russia and China on Tuesday of preventing a United Nations Security Council committee from determining whether North Korea has breached a U.N. cap on refined petroleum imports by the…
Global trade restrictions surge in pandemicTelegraphResearch warns of countries implementing "sicken-thy-neighbour" policies to protect their own trade during the pandemic Trade restrictions on products such as medical goods – have proliferated during the pandemic as countries become more…
NATO chief warns against rapid troop withdrawal from AfghanistanYahoo! IndiaBRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday of a "high price" if Western allies pull troops out of Afghanistan too quickly, saying it could allow Islamic State militants to regroup. U.S. President Donald Trump has…
Palestine to restore cooperation with IsraelKhaleej Times"We will resume contacts with the Israelis on financial issues, on health issues, on political issues," Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said on Tuesday. (Reuters) Hussein Al Sheikh, the PA's civil affairs minister, says 'we will resume…
Trump trade war backfires as Asian nations lean into ChinaSan Diego Union TribuneRe “ ‘A coup for China’: Analysts react to the world’s largest trade deal that excludes the U.S. ” (Nov. 16): Fourteen countries signed a trade deal that encompasses 30% of the world’s economy. Guess which country is missing from that deal? While the…
Cybersecurity Impact
‘Significant consequences’: Growing fears of cyber attack on Australia’s energy gridSydney Morning HeraldAustralian business leaders are anticipating more cyber attacks in the next 12 months than their global peers, including state-sponsored hack attacks on the nation's critical infrastructure which could shut down vital services such as hospitals. There…
Hackers Pose As WHO Officials To Attack COVID-19 VaccinesInformation Security BuzzPharmaceutical companies researching treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 are being actively targeted by prominent nation state-backed hackers from Russia and North Korea, according to IT Pro . Groups including Strontium, Zinc and Cerium are…
InfoSecHotSpot – COVID-19 vaccine research firms targeted by Russian and North Korean hackers Microsoft has recently alerted governm… https://t.co/DA9Z0UtVaCInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCOVID-19 vaccine research firms targeted by Russian and North Korean hackers Microsoft has recently alerted governments across the globe that the North Korean hacker groups Cerium and Zinc, as well as the Russian hacker group Strontium, have been…
InfoSecHotSpot – ThreatList: Pharma Mobile Phishing Attacks Turn to Malware After the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile phis… https://t.co/O53Uef9MiKInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThreatList: Pharma Mobile Phishing Attacks Turn to Malware After the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile phishing attacks targeting pharmaceutical companies have shifted their focus from credential theft to malware delivery….
Over 80% companies re-structured their cybersecurity infrastructure in 2020HackReadThe year 2020 has been transformative . The COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath have changed the way people work, live, and interact with each other. The year 2020 has also seen a massive shift in the way businesses interact with technology . Over 80…
Ransomware still the most common cyber threat to SMBsHelp Net Security – NewsRansomware still remains the most common cyber threat to SMBs, with 60% of MSPs reporting that their SMB clients have been hit as of Q3 2020, Datto reveals. More than 1,000 MSPs weighed in on the impact COVID-19 has had on the security posture of…
Secnewsbytes – While 2020 will historically be remembered as the COVID pandemic year, it will also be remembered as the year cyber… https://t.co/3q4dIfQPmVSecnewsbytes – TwitterWhile 2020 will historically be remembered as the COVID pandemic year, it will also be remembered as the year cybersecurity went from being a technology problem to a business issue….
Secnewsbytes – While 2020 will historically be remembered as the COVID pandemic year, it will also be remembered as the year cyber… https://t.co/o13BWF5UyPSecnewsbytes – TwitterWhile 2020 will historically be remembered as the COVID pandemic year, it will also be remembered as the year cybersecurity went from being a technology problem to a business issue….
The Cybersecurity 202: The next big disinformation fight is coming – over coronavirus vaccinesWashington Postwith Tonya Riley As false claims continue to fly about the 2020 election, officials and experts are already preparing for the next big disinformation fight over coronavirus vaccines. Phony claims about the effectiveness or side effects of vaccines…
ThreatList: Pharma Mobile Phishing Attacks Turn to MalwareThreatpost.comAfter the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic, mobile phishing attacks targeting pharmaceutical companies have shifted their focus from credential theft to malware delivery.

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