19 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • 12 new coronavirus infections reported in China (Jordan News Agency)
  • Argentina working on mass COVID-19 vaccination scheme, says president (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Brutal second wave of Covid exposes Italy’s healthcare weaknesses (The Guardian)
  • Chile reopens theaters as part of post-pandemic economic reactivation plan (Xinhua News Agency)
  • China calls for action from Australia amid worsening ties (Yahoo! India)
  • Danke – a father’s message to Kiwis who got his daughter home to Germany when Covid-19 hit (New Zealand Herald)
  • Did Sweden’s no-lockdown COVID strategy work? (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Finland and Norway Avoid Covid-19 Lockdowns but Keep the Virus At Bay (WSJ.com World News)
  • Germany’s new virus law sparks massive protests (Deutsche Welle)
  • Global survey finds six out of ten Malaysians feel country still heading in right direction in Covid era (Malay Mail)
  • Iran says to impose ‘severe’ virus restrictions (Mail Online UK)
  • Japan’s biggest union to demand wage raises amid pandemic (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Malaysia in deal with China for Covid-19 vaccine development (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • Mutated coronavirus from mink in Denmark most likely extinct, health ministry says (Reuters)
  • News on potential COVID-19 vaccines extremely encouraging: Germanys RKI (Reuters)
  • Pompeo Says Easing Iran Sanctions Would Be ‘Dangerous Choice’ (WSJ.com World News)
  • Protests as Germany passes new virus law (Deutsche Welle)
  • SAP BrandVoice: How The Employee Experience Was Transformed In The Year Of A Global Pandemic (Forbes.com)
  • Scientists study wastewater to track outbreaks in France (France24)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘proud’ of PPE contracts (BBC)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer virtually at PMQs (itv.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces growing Tory revolt over coronavirus strategy (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says Government working to get fans back… (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – MPs urge Boris Johnson to extend relaxation of lockdown restrictions beyond Christmas (Mail Online UK)
  • US – 10 districts participating in Ohio’s study of how coronavirus spreads in schools: See the list (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Airport COVID-19 symptom screening ‘ineffective,’ CDC report says (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Amid coronavirus pandemic, California analyst forecasts $26 billion one-time windfall in next budget (Washington Times)
  • US – CDC MEDIA TELEBRIEFING: Update on COVID-19 (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – California struggles with how to enforce coronavirus orders (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Facing increasing criticism, California legislators defend Hawaii trip during COVID-19 surge (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – I’m a contact tracer in North Dakota. The virus is so rampant that we gave up. (Washington Post)
  • US – Joe Biden say COVID-19 initiative could be delayed by Trump administration failure to recognise win (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • US – Judge Rules Trump Administration Cannot Turn Unaccompanied Kids Away At Border Using COVID-19 Law (Forbes.com)
  • US – Judge orders Trump administration to stop deporting unaccompanied minors amid coronavirus pandemic (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Nebraska ER nurse reports from the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic and tells people to take it seriously (KansasCity.com)
  • US – Texas mother, son were separated for 50 years. They finally met, but virus altered visit. (star-telegram.com)
  • US – The Path Forward: Combating COVID-19 with Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Washington Post)
  • US – When this COVID-19 wave passes, California must prioritize kids and open our schools (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Why the third California COVID-19 wave could be the worst (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Why the third wave of coronavirus could be the most difficult for California (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • After 95% efficacy, what’s next for Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine candidate (Hindustan Times)
  • AirAsia to reopen Manila-Bohol flights Dec. 1 (MSN Philippines)
  • Almost 3000 new COVID-19 cases while Pfizer fights for emergency use of vaccine (Sunday World South Africa)
  • AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot candidate shows promise among elderly in trials (The Straits Times All News)
  • Bankrupt LATAM Airlines: No Fleet Exodus (Seeking Alpha)
  • Boeing Max Cleared to Fly as FAA Lifts Long U.S. Grounding (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • China Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine taken by about 1 million people under emergency use scheme (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Google starts forecasting COVID-19 cases in Japan (News On Japan)
  • Hindalco Industries Ltd in demand (Yahoo! India)
  • Johnson & Johnson expects coronavirus vaccine to be ready for approval by February, report says (FOXNews.com)
  • Johnson Matthey’s HY profit slumps on pandemic hit (Reuters UK)
  • Letter signed by 200 Facebook workers demands better pandemic benefits for moderators (The Guardian)
  • MIUI 12 users in India are facing boot loop issues, Xiaomi promises to patch issue by next week (Firstpost.com)
  • Maersk eyes US$1.6bn share buyback (Taipei Times Online)
  • Meet 20 firms helping big brands like Sprint and Unilever take their advertising in-house (Business Insider)
  • NAB reopens its 600 Australian branches after bomb threat was revealed to be a hoax (Mail Online UK)
  • Nissan: tough to stay in UK without Brexit deal (Yahoo! India)
  • Norwegian Air files for bankruptcy amid COVID-19 economic fallout (UPI)
  • Norwegian Air seeks bankruptcy protection as Covid pandemic takes toll (Business Standard India)
  • Panama greenlights funds to buy AstraZeneca’s planned coronavirus vaccine (NationalPost.com)
  • Pandemic experience helps tech major Capgemini to start hiring rural women in India (Outlook India)
  • Petronas Chemicals expects prices to be stable (thestar.com.my)
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 95 per cent effective (9News.com.au)
  • Pfizer offers Brazil deal for millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses (Al Arabiya)
  • Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon (star-telegram.com)
  • Sinovac’s Covid-19 Vaccine Appears Safe And Prompts ‘Quick’ Immune Response, Study Finds (Forbes.com)
  • Southeast Asia saw ‘massive’ foreign investment outflows during the pandemic: HSBC (CNBC)
  • Standard Bank’s Money Market Select account offers investors flexibility and higher interest rates (Times Live South Africa)
  • Statement: R2K stands with SABC workers! (Polity.org.za)
  • Tata Motors Strikes Again, Mocks Hyundai for Grand i10 Nios Global NCAP Safety Rating (Yahoo! India)
  • Telkom, Google, DiData, Teraco pledge billions at investment conference (IT Web)
  • Thyssenkrupp cuts further 5,000 jobs to stave off coronavirus hit (Today Online)
  • Vedanta in race to buy Bharat Petroleum (Asia Times Online)
  • Walmart to open health clinics on the South and West sides at two stores reopening after civil unrest (Chicago Tribune)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Balancing our health and the economy amid COVID-19Global News CanadaWhile lockdowns are painful for businesses in the short term, can they help them in the long term? As Sarah Offin reports, Calgary economist Trevor Tombes suggests the best course of action for public health and the economy in the long term is to get…
Coronavirus stimulus ‘likely,’ but not anytime soonDeseret NewsPresident-elected Joe Biden said he hopes Republicans are ready to make a deal on additional coronavirus stimulus after he occupies the White House. President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic…
France says EU could proceed on budget, recovery plan without opponentsAl ArabiyaThe European Union is studying “practical solutions” for resolving an impasse over the bloc’s budget and coronavirus recovery plan, but could proceed without opponents Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, France’s Europe Minister Clement Beaune said…
KT edit: UAE extends relief through stimulusKhaleej Times(Hossein Lohinejadian / Alamy Stock Photo) Extension of Tess is effectively relieving pressure on financial institutions, and allowing continued access to funding for businesses and households The Covid-19 pandemic has hit at the heart of our…
Mandatory masks on public transportRadio New ZealandMasks are now mandatory on public transport across Auckland and on planes nationwide. Dr Joel Rindelaub from Auckland University speaks about the efficacy of masks in the battle to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Police clash with protesters in Berlin against new COVID-19 restrictionsGlobal News CanadaBerlin police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as thousands rallied against recent coronavirus restrictions near the German city’s landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Queensland’s suicide rate did not rise amid coronavirus pandemic, new study revealsABC OnlineQueensland's suicide rate has not risen amid the coronavirus pandemic, defying expectations, however researchers and mental health workers still worry about a delayed effect and pockets of despair. Key points: Researchers say COVID-19 may have…
Study: Nearly 12 million unemployed Americans to lose aid in DecemberMalay MailPeople line up outside Kentucky Career Center prior to its opening to find assistance with their unemployment claims in Frankfort, Kentucky, US June 18, 2020. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON, Nov 19 — Millions of Americans who lost their jobs to the mass…
The Day with Brent Goff: Pandemic ProtestsDeutsche WelleGerman lawmakers passed legislation giving government more legal backing in decisions to protect public health in the pandemic. Protestors claim their personal freedoms are being eroded. Plus, the US approves the first coronavirus home test.
Geopolitical Impact
Ag Groups Beg Trump Admin for ‘Stability’ Amid EU Trade WarLaw360, 9:58 PM EST) — A coalition of agriculture groups urged the U.S. trade representative on Wednesday to reduce trade tensions with the European Union, saying that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated an underlying tariff war. "Farmers are battling…
China detects Covid-19 on more fish exports from India amid criticismBusiness Standard IndiaChinese officials have claimed that traces of COVID-19 were found on more cold-chain imports from different countries, including India, amid increasing criticism from several nations Chinese officials have claimed that traces of COVID-19 were found on…
China looms large in US, India geopolitics both in terms of security and economic future: SenatorsYahoo! IndiaWashington, Nov 18 (PTI) China looms large in the geopolitics of US and India, both in terms of security and economic future, American Senators said on Wednesday, exuding confidence that the bilateral ties between the world's two largest democracies…
China ready to boost comprehensive strategic coordination with Russia to higher level — FMXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) — China is willing to enrich the strategic connotation of its relations with Russia in the new era and promote bilateral comprehensive strategic coordination to a higher level, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister…
Minister: S. Korea to Formally Propose Talks with N. Korea after PandemicKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : KBS News South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young said on Wednesday that he will make a formal proposal for talks with North Korea when the COVID-19 pandemic wanes. Lee made the remarks during an interview with KBS, saying that he is…
Restoration of ties with Israel sparks anger in PalestineArab NewsPalestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced a halt to coordination with Israel — including security cooperation — in May The protesters said they were not against the decision to close businesses due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
S. Korea to formally propose talks with N. Korea if pandemic wanes: ministerYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) — South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young said Wednesday he will make a formal offer for talks with North Korea once the coronavirus pandemic wanes, saying that he is ready for "the best dialogue." Lee made the remarks…
Snap Fact: In-person meetings matter in global tradeLivemint.comTravel restrictions during the pandemic may have hurt trade by preventing business partners in different countries to meet in person, says new study The covid-19 pandemic has deeply wounded world trade. The disruption of global supply networks has…
Ten Geopolitical Risks To Watch In The Coming YearZero HedgeTen Geopolitical Risks To Watch In The Coming Year Tyler Durden Wed, 11/18/2020 – 16:49 Other than Bill Gates and a handful of others who are always on the watch for the next pandemic, one year ago, most people probably wouldn't have listed a global…
UN welcomes Palestine’s decision to resume coordination with IsraelIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive United Nations, Nov 19 (IANS) The UN has welcomed the Palestinian Authority's (PA) decision to resume coordination with Israel amidst the coronavirus pandemic. To get full access of the story, click here to subscribe to IANS…
Cybersecurity Impact
#ISC2Congress: Building a Resilient Cybersecurity Industry from #COVID19Infosecurity – Latest News#ISC2Congress: Building a Resilient Cybersecurity Industry from #COVID19 Learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic is vital to growing resiliency in the cybersecurity industry, according to Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary at the…
Boom in demand for friendly hackers as 5G era approachesBusiness Times Singapore– 5:50 AM Helsinki AS the number of online devices surges and superfast 5G connections roll out, record numbers of companies are offering handsome rewards to ethical hackers who successfully attack their cybersecurity systems. The fast-expanding field…
Cybersecurity Leadership: ‘2020 Has Been the Perfect Storm’BankInfoSecurityCEOS and CISOs on the New Challenges to Securing…
Cybersecurity is critical for modernizing air safetyWashington TimesANALYSIS/OPINION: Each week brings new revelations of cyber hacks and digital attacks. Unfortunately, no industry appears immune. From health care networks to air traffic control systems, our nation regularly defends its citizens’ sensitive…
Dom’s next job could be in cyber — he just needs the right retraining opportunitiesCity A.M.Dominic Cummings, like many other Brits this year, is considering his next career move. While someone of his stature might have many doors open, a route to a new career is not as clear-cut for most people in the middle of their working lives. A key…
For a CISO, cybersecurity begins with a business strategy – and everybody’s buy-inSeclists.org – Data LossPosted by Destry Winant on Nov 18…
InfoSecHotSpot – Wednesday briefing: Trump fires election cybersecurity chief as revenge Republicans in Michigan try to overthrow wi… https://t.co/dMKtazPqJ4InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterWednesday briefing: Trump fires election cybersecurity chief as revenge Republicans in Michigan try to overthrow will of voters … many England school heads thinking of quitting … the problem of Amazon’s pandemic power … https://binged.it/2UCxTtk
InfoSecHotSpot – Wednesday briefing: Trump fires election cybersecurity chief as revenge Republicans in Michigan try to overthrow wi… https://t.co/tT8By4qyjYInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterWednesday briefing: Trump fires election cybersecurity chief as revenge Republicans in Michigan try to overthrow will of voters … many England school heads thinking of quitting … the problem of Amazon’s pandemic power … https://binged.it/3kJIEEZ
Phishing Is A Gateway To Modern Fraud In Today’s Distributed Workplace — Can AI Stop It?Forbes.comPatrick Harr is CEO of  SlashNext , the authority in phishing protection across all devices. Remote working is part of the new normal, and it’s not going away any time soon. Even before the pandemic, the workforce was becoming increasingly mobile and…
Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemicTech-Wreck InfoSec Blog https://public.intel471.com/blog/ransomware-as-a-service-2020-ryuk-maze-revil-egregor-doppelpaymer/

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