20 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Calls for more travel bubbles after New Zealand reopens (9News.com.au)
  • Coronavirus pandemic in France: Health passes to allow people to resume leisure activities, travel (France24)
  • Covid-19 second wave: US advises its citizens to avoid travelling to India (Indian Express)
  • Facebook Flummoxed by the Town of Bitche, France (Slate Magazine)
  • Germany Gazettes Law Extending 2019 Tax Deadlines Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • Germany expects vaccine deliveries to ramp up in 2nd quarter (Journal-News)
  • Germany’s CDU backs Armin Laschet as chancellor candidate in September poll (The Guardian)
  • India’s capital to lock down amid explosive coronavirus surge (TheAge.com)
  • Spain’s Health Ministry to consider delaying second Covid-19 vaccine shots in order to speed up campaign (El País)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Monday, April 19, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE airline hopes pushed back after India virus surge (Gulf News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to lead Covid press conference as India variant concerns grow (itv.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson will vow to cut carbon emissions by nearly 78 per cent (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘planning to take green flight’ to Cop26 climate summit (The Independent)
  • UK – UK Government promises to fight European Super League (BBC)
  • UK – UK government pressured to ease COVID-19 funeral restrictions after photo of queen sitting alone goes viral (The Hill)
  • US – All Virginia adults are eligible for coronavirus vaccine appointments. But some are still waiting. (Washington Post)
  • US – California woman admits pandemic fraud using senator’s name (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Connecticut colleges and universities will fully reopen this fall, but state won’t require COVID-19 vaccines, letting individual schools decide (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Connecticut to lift all COVID-19 business restrictions, except masking, on May 19 (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Fewer than 6,000 people have gotten COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, says CDC (The Hill)
  • US – Guest opinion: Idaho must save child care industry to rebound from the pandemic (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Iowa OSHA says Capitol conditions ‘may expose workers to COVID-19 hazards,’ finds other violations (Des Moines Register)
  • US – Oregon floats permanent mask mandate as more states reopen (FOXBusiness.com)
  • US – Texas running the clock out on COVID-19 school aid (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Whitmer visited elderly father in Florida during pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Will Disneyland and other California theme parks fully reopen on June 15? Experts weigh in (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • US advises its citizens to avoid travelling to India (Ani News)
  • Vaccine distribution logistics become challenging in Germany (Deutsche Welle)
  • Vaccine for all above 18 from May 1; UK PM Boris Johnson postpones India visit amid Covid-19 second wave; more (India Today)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Waiting on vaccines: how Canada and the U.S.’s rollouts shape the ‘third wave’ (Toronto Star Online)
  • With France on the table, Americans see a chance for summer vacations in Europe (Washington Post)
Actions by Companies
  • Absa mum on future of CEO Daniel Mminele after … (Dispatch Live)
  • Adani Ports allots equity shares aggregating Rs 800 cr (Business Standard India)
  • After years of mounting losses, Hyundai Motor recalibrates China strategy with EV, luxury lineup (Yonhap News Agency)
  • American Airlines cutting flights to South America because of COVID-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • American Airlines resuming nonstop seasonal service between Milwaukee and Miami (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • AstraZeneca vaccination for people under 60 to resume once guidelines are out: DOH (ABS-CBN News)
  • COVID-19 Update: Alberta to lower eligibility age for AstraZeneca | Outbreaks declared at Calgary daycares | Cancer patients call for second dose (CalgaryHerald.com)
  • DoH lauded for allowing use of AstraZeneca (MSN Philippines)
  • EU drug regulator prepares to issue advice on J&J COVID-19 shot (Al Arabiya)
  • FDA Expected to Make Decision on J&J Vaccine by Friday: Fauci (Bloomberg)
  • Facebook to launch audio rooms, podcasts and more (Khaleej Times)
  • Facebook unveils new audio features (The Hill)
  • FedEx Indianapolis facility to reopen later this week (Indianapolis Star)
  • Five most common side effects of AstraZeneca, Sinovac vaccines (CNN Philippines)
  • Fresh rules for who can shop in Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s from this week (Manchester Evening News)
  • Honda confirms several workers in quarantine after contracting COVID-19 (CTV News)
  • Hong Kong expert in vaccine-mixing research to study case of man who got three doses involving Sinovac, BioNTech (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Huawei CFO Seeks Delay in Extradition Hearing as Canada Objects (Bloomberg)
  • Hyundai first-quarter profit to triple on luxury car demand (Hindustan Times)
  • LG Display expanding China plant on OLED demand surge (The Korea Times News)
  • M&S to open new online clothing warehouse in Bradford (BBC)
  • MAVERICK CITIZEN: Hopes remain pinned on speedy resumption of Johnson & Johnson vaccine roll-out (Daily Maverick)
  • Manila lifts curbs on AstraZeneca shots (Gulf Times)
  • Masraf Al Rayan posts QR575mn net profit in first quarter (Gulf Times)
  • Netflix Faces New Test as Economies Reopen (WSJ.com US Business)
  • No production halt of some car models: Tata Motors (TheWeek)
  • Nornickel offers brighter 2021 production outlook as mines resume work (Seeking Alpha)
  • PH consumes second batch of delivered Sinovac vaccines (Manila Bulletin)
  • Saudis say 7 blood clots maybe linked to AstraZeneca (Gulf News)
  • Spain to trial mixing COVID vaccines after restricting AstraZeneca shot (NationalPost.com)
  • Spain to trial mixing COVID-19 vaccines after restricting AstraZeneca shot (NationalPost.com)
  • UK adds India to ‘red list’ as US warns against travel; Philippines approves Johnson & Johnson and Bharat Biotech vaccines (South China Morning Post – News)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A record 5.2 million people globally tested positive for COVID-19 last week, despite the vaccine rollout ramping up in wealthy nations (Clusterstock)
  • Adagio raises $336 million to advance COVID-19 antibody (Pharmafile)
  • COVID-19 and ECMO: a call for close cooperation and more investigation (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • COVID-19 cases rising despite half of adults in U.S. receiving their first vaccine (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation network organisation and clinical outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic in Greater Paris, France: a multicentre cohort study (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Just one mRNA vaccine dose sufficient for people with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection (News-Medical.Net)
  • Mass. reports 50,856 new COVID-19 vaccinations (Boston Globe)
  • New San Diego COVID-19 panel to focus on vaccine equity, innovations prompted by pandemic (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • No, We Don’t Know if Coronavirus Vaccines Affect Periods (New York Times)
  • One dose of mRNA vaccine may be sufficient for individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Protecting Adolescents During a Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing Shortage: An Additional Challenge During a Global Pandemic (Journal of the American Medical Association)
  • Safety and immunogenicity of an MF59-adjuvanted spike glycoprotein-clamp vaccine for SARS-CoV-2: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 1 trial (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Saliva as a gold-standard sample for SARS-CoV-2 detection (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Yale requiring coronavirus vaccines for students to return (The Hill)
  • ‘Patria’ o ciencia: contradicciones de la vacuna mexicana contra COVID-19 (Washington Post)
Societal & Economic Impact
Canada allots USD 80.93 billion budget toward pandemic recovery planAni NewsOttawa [Canada], April 20 (ANI/Sputnik): The Canadian government has allotted USD 80.93 billion (C$101.4 billion) over the next three years towards recovery from the economic devastation inflicted upon the country the coronavirus pandemic , the…
Centre trying to use coronavirus as excuse to quell protest against laws, allege farmer leadersEconomic TimesFarmer unions protesting the Centre's three contentious farm laws at Delhi 's borders alleged on Monday the government was trying to "use coronavirus as an excuse to quell their agitation". The Sunyukta Kisan Morcha, a joint forum of farmer unions,…
Civic groups urge Congress to pass new stimulus billPhilippine Daily InquirerAmid the rapid rise of community pantries across the country, civic groups on Monday called on Congress to hold a special session for a new stimulus bill and aid for poor households, arguing that mutual aid cannot and should not be a substitute for…
Covid-19 wave: Madhya Pradesh govt announces free 3-month ration for poorBusiness Standard IndiaChief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made the announcement at a video conferencing meeting with district collectors In the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh and the subsequent curbs, the state government on Monday announced to…
Federal budget 2021 pledges $101 billion for child care and stimulus spending to fuel pandemic recoveryNationalPost.comOTTAWA — In their first full budget since the COVID-19 pandemic devastated Canada's economy, the Liberals are promising $101 billion in massive new spending on a national child care…
Health versus the economy?Philippine StarSTREETLIFE – Nigel Paul Villarete (The Freeman) – April 20, 2021 – 12:00am COVID-19 is raging through Metro Manila at this very moment far graver than it did last year. This after it also peaked in Cebu City higher than it did last year. So, the…
Liberals eye ‘lost generation’ risk with sweeping COVID-19 recovery planGlobal News CanadaThe federal Liberals are betting big that ambitious new spending programs like childcare and a potential economic reopening as early as July will be enough to prevent deep scarring on what many economists have feared could become another Lost…
Ministry of Health’s contact tracing system errors on day one of Australian bubble, investigation under waystuff.co.nzThe Ministry of Health is investigating after its online form failed to log the contact tracing information of several Australian travellers on the same quarantine-free travel flight. Stuff understands eight travellers on one of the first travel…
Public protest against setting up of COVID-19 care centreThe HinduResidents near Kottai Maidan staged a protest here on Monday against setting up of a COVID-19 care centre in the area. The Salem Corporation has planned to set up the care centre at a community hall constructed by it in Kottai Maidan. While equipment…
Slowdown caused by Covid-19 not putting brake on climate change drivers: UNBusiness Standard IndiaThe Covid-19-related economic slowdown failed to put a brake on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts, said a UN report. The Covid-19-related economic slowdown failed to put a brake on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts, said a…
Geopolitical Impact
COVID-19 Vaccine: All above age 18 eligible for inoculation from 1 May; UK, Pakistan ban flights from IndiaYahoo! IndiaThe Centre on Monday announced that the third phase of India's coronavirus vaccination programme will begin from 1 May. Everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to receive shots in this phase. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a…
China state media stays quiet on Taiwan as Beijing seeks US dialogueNikkei Asian ReviewBEIJING – Long-time China hand Ambassador Hideo Tarumi sat in the Japanese embassy in Beijing waiting for the call. Japan and the U.S. had explicitly referred to Taiwan — a diplomatic third rail for Beijing — in a leader's summit statement for the…
Czech diplomats expelled from Moscow land in Prague after tit-for-tat expulsions over espionage rowMail Online UKCzech diplomats expelled from Moscow landed in Prague on Monday with their families Eighteen Russian diplomats expelled from Prague also left for Moscow on Monday The tit-for-tat expulsions come after Czechia raised suspicions that Russian…
Economic Watch: RCEP heralds confidence in economic globalization: expertsshanghaisun.comBOAO, Hainan, April 20 (Xinhua) — The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, inked at a time when the world is mired in headwinds of pandemic and anti-globalization sentimen
Hong Kong to ban flights from the Philippines, India and PakistanStraits TimesHONG KONG • Hong Kong will ban flights from India, Pakistan and the Philippines for 14 days starting from today as the city reported the first two cases with highly transmissible virus variant in the community over the weekend. Visitors who have…
Philippine defence officials deny threat to withdraw support from Duterte over South China Sea row with BeijingSouth China Morning PostDefence secretary Delfin Lorenzana is among those who have dismissed claims a group of military officers using the Viber app have issued an ultimatum for the president to denounce China A separate petition calling for Duterte to step down over his…
South Korea to launch mentorship programs for North Korean defectorsUPISchool-age North Korean defectors in the South are to receive mentoring and customized educational support to ease their transition into society, according to education agencies. The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said Monday it would launch a…
Study: China, Russia played role in amplifying QAnon conspiracyThe HillNearly 20 percent of all Facebook posts between January of 2020 and February of this year related to the QAnon conspiracy theory originated outside of the U.S., with China and Russia playing large roles in spreading the conspiracy theory. Data…
Women’s participation missing in water resource managementNew Delhi PioneerTo encourage female participation, the Govt has made it obligatory for each water committee to have 50 per cent women members Globally, women are increasingly being recognised for their important role in the management of water resources. Every…
allow vaccinated domestic workers into Hong Kong, employment agencies urge after two-week ban imposed on Philippines, India and PakistanSouth China Morning PostHead of industry body says at least 70 domestic helpers arrive from the Philippines daily, meaning about 1,000 of them will be affected by the ban Indian and Pakistani communities caught unawares by the sudden measure also flag money, job and health…
Cybersecurity Impact
6 Cybersecurity Tips for Working from HomeSecurity Bloggers NetworkHere at Tripwire, we, like many others, recently surpassed the one-year anniversary of working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March of 2020, we have converted kitchens, spare bedrooms and garages into office spaces. Our pets and…
Cybersecurity a top priority as businesses adapt to a hybrid workforcethestar.com.myKUALA LUMPUR: Since the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020, cyber criminals have sought to take advantage as businesses moved to rapid digitisation with an overnight shift to remote working. A Future of Secure Remote Work study by Cisco Systems…
Europol Report Highlights Pandemic’s Effect on Cybercrime hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/europol-report-highlights-pandemics-effect-cybercrimeSecurityWeek – TwitterEuropol Report Highlights Pandemic's Effect on Cybercrime hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/europol-report-highlights-pandemics-effect-cybercrime
Geico data breach opens door to unemployment scamsCyberscoop – NewsOver the course of six weeks earlier this year, fraudsters repeatedly stole driver’s license numbers from a database maintained by Geico. Now, the motor vehicle insurer is warning customers that the scammers could apply for unemployment benefits…
ICS Computers Face Increased Ransomware Attacks – Kaspersky ReportCywareKaspersky has published its report on the ICS Threat Landscape for H2 2020, revealing an increase in ransomware attacks on ICS computers. The report is based on statistical data gathered by the distributed antivirus Kaspersky Security Network. What’s…
Ransomware ‘bull’s eye’ grows, clouding telehealth’s rise in long-term careOffice of Inadequate SecurityKimberly Mersalas reports: Even as COVID-19 and its emphasis on telehealth have opened providers to greater cybersecurity…
This financial hacker wants to protect your moneyMSN New Zealandof Lovemoney | A hacker shares their secrets to help you stay safe With more of us having to do our banking and other financial transactions online during the coronavirus crisis we need to make sure we're doing all we can to prevent our personal…
Threat Actors Target Covid-19 Vaccine Cold Chain Via Spear-Phishing CampaignE Hacking NewsCybercriminals are continuing to target the COVID-19 vaccine cold chain, the means of delivering and storing vaccines at safe temperatures, with spear-phishing campaigns that leverage pharma and biomedical lures, according to an updated IBM X-Force…
What COVID-19 Taught Us: Prepping Cybersecurity for the Next CrisisThreatpost.comSivan Tehila, cybersecurity strategist at Perimeter 81, discusses climate change and the cyber-resilience lessons companies should take away from dealing with the pandemic.

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