19 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • COVID mutation hot spot triggers fear across Germany (Deutsche Welle)
  • China rejects claims WHO experts not given full access in COVID-19 origin probe (Globaltimes.cn)
  • Covid-19 update: Incidence rate in Germany and NRW remains above critical threshold of 50 (General-Anzeiger)
  • Finland COVID-19 variant reportedly may not show up in tests (New York Post)
  • Germany to set up vaccine task force to boost production (Mail Online UK)
  • Has Belgium found the magic formula to curb the coronavirus? (Politico.eu)
  • India to test travellers from Brazil, S. Africa, UK as new virus strains found (The Straits Times All News)
  • India will test Brazil, SA, UK travellers and Turkey to start lifting curbs in March (News24)
  • Infections in Germany stagnating at high level (Deutsche Welle)
  • Italy’s best ‘unknown’ cities and towns (BBC)
  • Japan Records New COVID-19 Variants Different From UK, South Africa (Philippine News)
  • New COVID-19 strain discovered in Finland, researchers claim (star-telegram.com)
  • Poverty in Switzerland rising, official figures show (Swiss Info)
  • The latest developments on COVID 19 in Canada on Feb. 18, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Turkeys COVID-19 wage supports to run through March (Reuters)
  • U.K. to Join France in Push to Supply Vaccines to Poorer Nations (Bloomberg Law)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘wants all school pupils back in class on March 8’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson calls for new vaccines to be developed within 100 days (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson can’t afford to get his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown wrong – this is what he needs to include (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘will risk 1m jobs by failing to name date for pubs and restaurants to open’ (The Independent)
  • UK – Frontline NHS staff at risk from airborne coronavirus, Boris Johnson warned (The Independent)
  • US – Amid coronavirus, when to avoid ‘double masking,’ according to the CDC (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC director worries over ‘pandemic fatigue’ come spring: ‘This could go bad so fast’ (FOXNews.com)
  • US – California schools would reopen by April under new plan from Democrats in Legislature (Fresno Bee)
  • US – Coronavirus in Ohio: What is a COVID-19 variant? (Columbus Dispatch)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut reports positivity rate of 2%; next vaccination expansion expected soon (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Dr. Libby Char, Hawaii’s health director, is heartened by vaccinations but warns that much about COVID-19 remains unknown (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Kentucky relaxing COVID rules at some long-term care centers (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Minnesota unveils online COVID-19 vaccine tool, reopens lottery for seniors (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Oregon Zoo reopens Friday, expands hours and days (Oregonian)
  • US – South Africa Study Shows Power of Genomic Surveillance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – South Dakota Latest State to Enact Virus Liability Shield Law (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Survey: Hawaii 2nd safest state during COVID-19 (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Texas Oil Patch Is Starting to Resume Operations After Cold Snap (Bloomberg)
  • US – US government an ‘easy target’ for scammers amid coronavirus pandemic: Security consultant (FOXNews.com)
  • US agencies dismiss China’s theory of Covid-19 spread via food and packaging (South China Morning Post)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Are antibody cocktails the key to COVID-19 treatment? (News-Medical.Net)
  • Coronavirus Vaccines Are Reaching American Arms (NYT.com U.S.)
  • Delaying second vaccine doses might end the pandemic sooner (Boston Globe)
  • Disentangling the complex bidirectional associations between COVID-19 and psychiatric disorder (Lancet)
  • Early rate reductions of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 in BNT162b2 vaccine recipients (Lancet)
  • G-7 leaders to announce boost to global vaccine supply; Japan confirms new virus variant (Washington Post)
  • Gordon John McVie (Lancet)
  • How COVID-19 variants stack up against the vaccines (The Hill)
  • Hungary to ramp up vaccinations to fight third COVID-19 wave – PM (Mail Online UK)
  • Immune evasion means we need a new COVID-19 social contract (Lancet)
  • Indirect acute effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical and mental health in the UK: a population-based study (Lancet)
  • Offline: What is the UK for? (Lancet)
  • Pre-pandemic mental illness and risk of death from COVID-19 (Lancet)
  • SARS-CoV-2 D614G mutation associated with lower antibody binding (News-Medical.Net)
  • Same script, different viruses: HIV and COVID-19 in US Black communities (Lancet)
  • Severe mental illness: reassessing COVID-19 vaccine priorities (Lancet)
  • Sweden set to grant special permission for new drug to treat COVID-19 (FirstWord Pharma)
  • The African continent has surpassed 100,000 known COVID-19 deaths as few vaccines have yet arrived (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • Vacunación contra el covid-19 en Bogotá: trabajadores de la salud son los primeros en recibir la vacuna (CNN)
Societal & Economic Impact
Activists hammer Mayor Lori Lightfoot for spending $281.5M in federal COVID-19 money on Chicago police payrollIdaho StatesmanMayor Lori Lightfoot’s decision to use $281.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to cover Chicago Police Department payroll costs during the early months of the pandemic drew an angry rebuke Thursday from activists and aldermen who said the…
Am I eligible for California’s $600 COVID-19 stimulus check and other aid?latimes.com – Los Angeles TimesIn all, the state will provide 5.7 million payments to low-income Californians as part of the $9.6-billion economic recovery package.
Another 861,000 Americans Filed For Unemployment Last WeekForbes.comTopline New unemployment claims totaled 861,000 last week (on a seasonally adjusted basis), up dramatically from the previous week’s 793,000 claims, which were revised upward, and still much higher than historical standards as the coronavirus pandemic…
Another 861,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last weekFOXBusiness.comIndeed[.]com chief economist Jed Kolko discusses job openings picking up in certain industries despite the coronavirus pandemic. The number of Americans filing for first-time  unemployment benefits  rose last week as the  coronavirus  pandemic…
Climate change still key concern amid pandemic, study findsThe ScotsmanNews Environment Lockdowns and lifestyle disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic have not made people less concerned about climate change and the need for drastic action to save the planet, new Scottish research has found. Thursday, 18th February…
Facebook to label climate change posts like Covid-19, vote contentThe Straits Times All NewsFebruary 18, 2021 9:35 PM It's a sign the social network is taking climate-related misinformation more seriously.
Japan health ministry distributes fixed COVID-19 contact tracing appMainichi JPA smartphone screen showing Japan's coronavirus contact tracing app COCOA for Android is seen in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Feb. 18, 2021. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda) TOKYO — A modified version of the Japanese government's coronavirus contact-tracing app…
Unemployment claims rise for the first time in a monthCBS NewsCOVID-19 pandemic takes toll on jobs The number of Americans applying for jobless aid rose last week, reversing several weeks of steady declines. Roughly 861,000 people filed for first-time unemployment aid in the week ended February 13, an increase…
VIRUS TODAY: Unemployment applications in U.S. up this weekstar-telegram.comHere's what's happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, ……
Valentine’s Day riot in Kuching results in one of two new clusters in SarawakBorneo Post OnlineUggah presents the data during the Covid-19 update in Kuching. KUCHING (Feb 19): A fight over a woman on Valentine’s Day here has led to a new Covid-19 cluster, dubbed the Jalan Green Cluster, which has six confirmed cases so far and has required more…
Geopolitical Impact
Biden to tell allies ‘America is back’ and urge them to take on China and Russia togetherThe IndependentPresident will make virtual appearance at Munich Security Conference from White House Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Nearly two years ago, Joe Biden stood behind a lectern at the 2019 Munich Security…
Biden’s ‘Buy American’ Push Could Break International Trade Commitments, European Official SaysForbes.comTopline President Joe Biden’s “Buy American” plan to revitalize the country’s manufacturing “backbone” could be breaking international trade agreements, Europe’s top trade official hinted Thursday, who vowed to monitor whether forcing federal…
Diplomats of US, South Korea, Japan discuss matters related to North KoreaBusiness Standard IndiaThe United States is currently reviewing its foreign policy after the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election Senior diplomats of the United States, South Korea and Japan have held a teleconference to discuss the issues related to North…
India’s neighbouring countries, including Pakistan laud PM Modi’s proposals on COVID-19 managementAni NewsNew Delhi [ India ], February 19 (ANI): The neighbouring countries of India , including Pakistan , supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's five proposals on the management of COVID-19 . Speaking during the virtual workshop on '' COVID-19 Management:…
Lawmakers clash over gun prohibition in Natural Resources Committee roomThe HillLawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee clashed Thursday over a panel rule ensuring that guns are prohibited in its hearing room. An amendment aiming to strip the provision from the rules failed on a 19-25 vote, but not without sharp…
NATO puts holds on Afghanistan decision, expands in IraqFrance24NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday the alliance had made "no final decision" on the future of its Afghanistan mission, as new US President Joe Biden weighs pulling out troops. While defence ministers held off on making that call…
S. Korea exploring ways to help ease food shortage in N. KoreaYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) — South Korea is exploring various ways to provide food and fertilizer to North Korea in humanitarian assistance as Pyongyang is believed to be faced with worsening food shortages, the unification ministry said Friday. On…
The EU says it’s going to get tough on trade — and that could have ramifications for U.S., ChinaCNBCOver the past few years, the EU has struggled to push its multilateral trade agenda. Despite this challenge, the European Commission believes it is time to develop commerce around the world even further, so it can better deal with the economic shock…
Troubled about income inequality? Globalization fuels itThe HillIncome inequality has been talked about and written about for decades but, while universally decried as “a bad thing” and steadily getting worse, its causes and consequences were widely misunderstood or lost in a miasma of economic jargon. The most…
Cybersecurity Impact
Business email compromise is a top concern for banksHelp Net Security – NewsBottomline and Strategic Treasurer released the results of a survey that gathered details about corporate and banking experiences, actions and plans regarding fraud. Results show that the pandemic accelerated both the threat of fraud and the…
Cybercriminal Enterprise ‘Ringleaders’ Stole $55M Via COVID-19 Fraud, Romance ScamsThreatpost.comThe Department of Justice (DoJ) cracked down on a Ghana-based cybercriminal enterprise behind a slew of romance scams, COVID-19 fraud attacks and business email compromise schemes since 2013.
Cybercriminals are the next generation of robbersCyberNews – SecurityIf one were to think of robbers, you might think of the kind immortalized in Hollywood movies, resplendent in masks, striped jumpers, and a weapon they use to hold up the bank, store, or in Pulp Fiction’s case, a diner. Traditionally, such a…
Fight Back Against COVID-19 CyberfraudSecurity Bloggers Network
France to boost cyberdefense after hospital malware attacksMainichi JPIn this Jan.22, 2019 file photo, cables are plugged into a device by Cyber Test Systems at the Cybersecurity Conference in Lille, northern France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday unveiled a plan to…
Healthcare Carries a Large Target for RansomwareInfosecurity – BlogHealthcare Carries a Large Target for Ransomware With all the focus on the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) in healthcare, it’s easy to forget about the looming threat of ransomware. CISA identifies healthcare as a…
Police arrest 11 suspects of ‘Anonymous Malaysia’ hacker groupStraits TimesSHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Eleven men, believed to be part of the "Anonymous Malaysia" hacker group, have been detained following six raids conducted by police in Pahang, Johor, Perak and the Klang Valley. Deputy Inspector-General of…
RT @kaspersky: 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/1362084649225363456/video/1Secnewsbytes – TwitterRT @kaspersky: 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…
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Widening the Cybersecurity Skills GapImperva Data Security BlogWhile there are undoubtedly many major challenges within the world of cybersecurity, one of the principal roadblocks to the implementation of effective data security is…
The U.S. Puts Its Greatest Vulnerability on DisplayThe AtlanticIn one of his first public speeches, in early 1838, Abraham Lincoln warned that the…

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