20 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • As parts of Canada relax COVID-19 measures, health officials warn of spring resurgence (NationalPost.com)
  • B.C. residents less likely to follow COVID-19 restrictions than the rest of Canada, survey finds (CTV News)
  • Can Mario Draghi Turn Italy Around? (Spiegel Online)
  • China’s coronavirus vaccines: for many countries, it’s not political, it’s the only choice (South China Morning Post)
  • Coronavirus variants could fuel Canada’s third wave (Global News Canada)
  • Covid-19 impact: How people in the UAE adopted new habits (Gulf Business)
  • Germany is ready for ‘new chapter’ in transatlantic relations (Mail Online UK)
  • India ranks third in vaccine coverage (India Today)
  • Italy probes vaccine scams even as officials court offers (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Lockdowns don’t save lives and Sweden is all the proof you need (Citizen.co.za)
  • New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations program, Australia starts Monday (NationalPost.com)
  • New Zealand quarantine-free travel into Australia to resume (Radio New Zealand)
  • Poland considering COVID-19 restrictions at Czech, Slovak borders -minister (Mail Online UK)
  • Poland’s struggle for media freedom needs support (Hamilton Spectator)
  • Portugal’s emergency services workers bumped down vaccine priority list (Mail Online UK)
  • Sun, sea… and Spain’s ongoing pandemic pain (part 1) (France24)
  • Sweden’s ski resorts want to stay open despite rising coronavirus infections (Politico.eu)
  • TUI fly (Belgium) resumes B737 MAX flights (CH-Aviation)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • Turkey begins COVID-19 vaccination of prisoners (shanghaisun.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson is spending the weekend finalising his lockdown roadmap plans (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Matt Hancock acted ‘unlawfully’ over pandemic contracts (BBC)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak faces backlash after delaying business rates review (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – UK government broke the law by failing to disclose PPE contracts, court rules (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – What restrictions could be lifted first ahead of Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement (Liverpool Echo)
  • US – Arizona to send federal money to counties for virus testing (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – CDC Study: Serious Adverse Reactions Following Coronavirus Vaccinations Are Rare (US News & World Report)
  • US – California lawmakers reach $6.5B deal on reopening schools (The Hill)
  • US – California loosens rules for youth sports during pandemic (Tacoma News Tribune)
  • US – Cold, lack of water overwhelm Texas hospitals more than COVID-19 did (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Despite positive trends in COVID-19 numbers, 138 Connecticut municipalities remain in ‘red alert’ category (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Downward trend in Nevada’s key COVID-19 metrics exceeds a month (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – Illinois passes 2 million coronavirus vaccine doses administered (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – In-person criminal jury trials to resume in Minnesota courts (TwinCities.com)
  • US – Poll: How frustrated are you with the Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout? (Boston Herald)
  • US – Severe Winter Weather In Texas Will Impact Many Supply Chains Beyond Chips (Forbes.com)
  • US – Super-COVID surge fears: UK variant cases have QUADRUPLED in Florida (Mail Online UK)
  • US – The team built on this research by examining SARS-CoV-2 variants #B117 #B1351 #B11248 for overlap with the identified epitopes from the prior study & found that virtually all CD8+ T-cell responses should recognize the variants, which should partly mediate protection from disease. (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – U.S. Senate to know next week if COVID-19 bill can include minimum wage hike -Sanders (Mail Online UK)
  • US – U.S. nears 500,000 coronavirus deaths, slower than predicted by CDC (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Association between mental illness and COVID-19 in South Korea (Lancet)
  • Biden administration, vaccine makers scramble to outflank coronavirus variants (Washington Post)
  • Chicken-derived antibody shows potent neutralizing capacity against SARS-CoV-2 in vitro (News-Medical.Net)
  • Coronavirus mutations put vaccines in race to reduce amount of virus worldwide (MSNBC)
  • Delayed second dose of the BNT162b2 vaccine: innovation or misguided conjecture? (Lancet)
  • Delayed-onset myocarditis following COVID-19 (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • EDITORIAL: Coronavirus vaccine works wonders in Israel (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • EXPLAINER: How have storms affected COVID-19 vaccinations? (star-telegram.com)
  • Inslee signs $2.2B COVID-19 relief bill for vaccines, schools (seattlepi.com)
  • Juvenile inflammatory rheumatic disease associated with higher antibody responses to seasonal coronaviruses (News-Medical.Net)
  • MAb for symptomatic COVID-19 in correctional facilities: an important opportunity (Lancet)
  • No Cure without Care — Soothing Science Skepticism (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Pfizer and BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine Effective After 1 Dose, Can Last 2 Weeks (Nasdaq)
  • Rationale to continue approving placebo-controlled COVID-19 vaccine trials in LMICs (Lancet)
  • The Daily: When Will Kids Get the Coronavirus Vaccine? (NYT.com Main News)
  • ‘Take the vaccine’: Biden tells Americans to get Covid-19 shot as he blames ‘predecessor’ for failing to mobilise (The Independent)
Societal & Economic Impact
‘Still I Rise’: 5 Black students discuss their lives, dreamsAZCentral.comFor more than a year, Arizona and the rest of the country have battled COVID-19, watched or participated in protests demanding social and criminal justice reform and debated over politics. Youths and young adults felt the impact and couldn't help but…
BSP ‘carefully’ reviewing when to remove pandemic stimulusCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said it is exercising caution in assessing when to ease out measures it had put in place to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first-ever Ulat ng BSP sa Bayan,…
Charting Global Economy: U.S. Retail Sales Surge to Begin YearBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — The American consumer got back in the spending groove last month and factory output rose more than forecast, setting the stage for what could be the best year of economic growth in nearly four decades. Employment in the euro area…
Coronavirus news, stimulus check updates & more: What’s trendingCleveland.comCLEVELAND, Ohio – about when additional stimulus checks could be issued, get updates on weather issues across the nation, check in on the latest coronavirus news and see more stories trending online today. Top Stories Democrats race for Covid aid that…
Did Gwyneth Paltrow Claim A Diet Helped Recovery From Long Covid-19?Forbes.comHow do you treat long Covid, otherwise known as post-Covid-19 syndrome or persistent symptoms after you were supposed to have recovered from a Covid-19 coronavirus infection? How about buying some stuff? On her Goop website in a “Wellness” post…
Dow ends the week on a flat note after Yellen touts Covid-19 stimulusSeeking Alphais not compatible with this site.
Osaka to ask for lifting of COVID-19 state of emergency in late FebruaryMainichi JPA medical professional, left, receives a coronavirus vaccination at Osaka National Hospital in the city of Osaka's Chuo Ward on Feb. 19, 2021. (Mainichi/Takao Kitamura) OSAKA — The Osaka Prefectural Government has decided to coordinate with the…
Tall order for Paul Chan’s budget: help Hong Kong’s needy, save stricken businesses, revive economy amid Covid-19 pandemicSouth China Morning PostDespite record deficit, shrinking reserves, financial secretary expected to have something for all Some hope budget will help create jobs, spur economy by speeding up major railway, housing projects
Two killed as Gabon citizens protest coronavirus restrictionsNationalPost.comLIBREVILLE — Two people have died after demonstrations in Gabon's two major cities, the prime minister said on Friday, as anger over restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 spilled over into street stand-offs….
U.S. lawmakers denounce surge of anti-Asian violence amid pandemicBeijingbulletin.com© Provided by Xinhua Many
Geopolitical Impact
Five reasons COVID-19 won’t kill globalizationSupply Chain AsiaManufacturing, supply chains and the future of globalization Will the coronavirus pandemic mark the death knell of globalization? Many historians, economists and journalists have reached this conclusion. Here, John Young, APAC country manager at…
Forget About China. India, Australia Can Lead Indo-Pacific, Ensure Strong Regional GrowthNews18.comCan we now look forward to a world that has moved on from the Covid-19 pandemic? Is it now the right time to build a new 21st century with more optimism and regional cooperation, where no country is left behind in the battle for health and economic…
NATO Allies Must Pay More for Europe’s SecurityBloombergOther major issues are pulling out of Afghanistan and getting on the same page with China policy. I attended my first meeting of the defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Istanbul in 2004 , as the senior military assistant to…
Taiwan names new defense, intelligence, China affairs heads (update)Focus TaiwanTaipei, Feb. 19 (CNA) Taiwan's Presidential Office on Friday announced a reshuffle of three Cabinet-level officials, replacing the leaders of the Ministry of National Defense, the National Security Bureau and the Mainland Affairs Council. Chiu…
To burn or not to burnBusiness MirrorON February 5, 2021, officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) trooped to a four-hectare open dumpsite in Santa Ana, Pampanga, operated by the local government unit (LGU). Tasked by Department of Environment and Natural…
US eager to regain Europe’s trust, Biden tells G7Radio New ZealandPresident Joe Biden has told European leaders that the US commitment to the NATO alliance is "unshakeable" and promised to observe the principle that an attack on one member was an attack on all. President Joe Biden: "An attack on one is an attack on…
Cybersecurity Impact
#DYK: It would take roughly 4,000,000+ security professionals to close the cyber skills gap globally!

Unfortunately, a global pandemic is adding to the challenge. Learn what Ron Bennatan believes will help fix the problem. hxxps://bit[.]ly/2NlcWDoImperva – Twitter#DYK: It would take roughly 4,000,000+ security professionals to close the cyber skills gap globally!

Unfortunately, a global pandemic is adding to the challenge. Learn what Ron Bennatan believes will help fix the problem. hxxps://bit[.]ly/2NlcWDo

Cyberattacks worsening — expertsPhilippines Daily TribuneWith over 90 percent of Asia-Pacific businesses shifting to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, cybersecurity experts in the region have noted increasing online attacks. The severity of the threat posed by cybercriminals on businesses took…
Cybercriminal Enterprise ‘Ringleaders’ Stole $55M Via COVID-19 Fraud, Romance Scams | Threatpost hxxps://threatpost[.]com/cybercriminal-enterprise-ringleaders-stole-55m-via-covid-19-fraud-romance-scams/164086/Securityblog – TwitterCybercriminal Enterprise 'Ringleaders' Stole $55M Via COVID-19 Fraud, Romance Scams | Threatpost hxxps://threatpost[.]com/cybercriminal-enterprise-ringleaders-stole-55m-via-covid-19-fraud-romance-scams/164086/
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➡️ Exaramel backdoor resurfaces on Centreon servers
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Expert Reaction On UK Cyber Security Attracts Record InvestmentInformation Security BuzzThe UK’s growing cyber industry attracted record investment last year despite the global pandemic, according to a new government report. The DCMS Annual Cyber Sector Report, which tracks the UK’s… The ISBuzz Post: This Post …
Hungary Says Vaccine Registration Website Under Cyber AttackBloombergThe website to register for a coronavirus vaccine in Hungary was one of several government pages facing a cyber attack on Friday, leading to temporary outages for some users. The affected websites included the government’s main information page…
Nephew of Cuomo’s 2010 rival claims he was catfished by aideMail Online UKJeffrey Hannon, a 34-year-old real estate agent, made the allegations in a lengthy Twitter post on Thursday night  Hannon, who is the nephew of Andrew Cuomo's 2010 Republican rival Carl Paladino, claims he was catfished by a Cuomo aide during the…
Shift to Remote Work Necessitating Greater Innovation in CybersecurityInfosecurity – Latest NewsShift to Remote Work Necessitating Greater Innovation in Cybersecurity Cybersecurity trends emerging from nearly a year of remote working were highlighted by a panel of experts during a …
Spam and Phishing Attacks 2020 – Key TrendsCywarePhishing and spam-based cyberattacks were prominent during 2020, with an added factor of the COVID-19 pandemic. A report by SecureList disclosed several trends observed in phishing attacks in 2020. Key trends observed According to the report, major…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity MarketersForbes.comEmanuel Younanzadeh is VP Marketing at  The Modern Data Company We all know that the onset of Covid-19 created a "new normal" for us — not just in our personal lives, but also in our businesses. The surprise comes with this fact: While many…

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