21 December 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • As Spain faces third wave of Covid singer plays to 5,000-strong audience (The Guardian)
  • Belgium, Netherlands, Austria ban flights from UK, fearing coronavirus variant (WA Today)
  • Canada restricts travel from U.K. due to new strain of virus that causes COVID-19 (NationalPost.com)
  • France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria ban flights from UK, fearing coronavirus variant (TheAge.com)
  • Israel bans UK, Danish, South Africa visitors over Covid-19 variant (The Straits Times All News)
  • Italy becomes fourth country to spot mutated Covid virus in British traveller (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands banned travel from the U.K. as Europe races to contain a more contagious new str… https://t.co/BRs1RDcLMR (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Italy, France ban British flights to curb new strain of COVID-19 (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Japan endorses record $1.37 trillion budget to cope with Covid-19 pain (The Straits Times All News)
  • Japan household and company assets rise in September as virus slows consumption (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Malaysia faces revenue crunch as spending mounts on coronavirus woes (The Straits Times All News)
  • No need to panic over new UK coronavirus strain, says India’s health minister (Malay Mail)
  • One in three people in Switzerland earning less this year (Swiss Info)
  • Patient in Italy detected with strain of COVID-19 found in UK (The Hill)
  • Plan to reopen border with UK could come within hours, says France (SkyNews.com Business)
  • Report accuses Spain of abandoning elderly during pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • Saudi Arabia closes borders over new COVID-19 strain fears (Kuwait News Agency)
  • Saudi Arabia halts international flights over fears of new Covid-19 strain (Business Standard India)
  • Singapore’s love affair with property resumes amid coronavirus optimism (South China Morning Post – News)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces an inquiry – but he must focus on the immediate crisis (The Independent)
  • UK – Don’t let Boris Johnson and his dysfunctional government grind you down – here’s why (The Independent)
  • UK – On Brexit and Coronavirus, Boris Johnson Leaves It Late (NYT.com Europe)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak must do more to cushion economic fallout of Covid controls (The Guardian)
  • UK – The many U-turns of Boris Johnson (CNN)
  • US – 9,856 in Texas hospitals with COVID-19, more vaccines on way (star-telegram.com)
  • US – A Minnesota state senator, one of several who contracted the coronavirus after local Republican meetings, has died. (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • US – CDC advisory group recommends next COVID-19 vaccinations for front-line essential workers, older adults (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC says people over 75, frontline workers should get COVID-19 vaccine next (New York Post)
  • US – Former CDC official: ‘Individuals across the administration’ commented on COVID-19 guidance (The Hill)
  • US – Frontline workers and elderly should be next in line for COVID-19 vaccine, says CDC advisory panel (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Hospital staffs stretched thin during California virus surge (Journal-News)
  • US – Minnesota suspends liquor licenses for 3 restaurants for coronavirus safety violations (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Moderna vaccinations on tap; Cuomo urges UK travel ban; Tennessee ‘ground zero’ – virus updates (AZCentral.com)
  • US – Mostly virus-free Hawaii’s Kauai hit by pandemic after travel resumes (Mainichi JP)
  • US – Nebraska virus hospitalizations dip below 600 over weekend (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Rose Bowl game relocated to Texas due to Covid-19 (CNN)
  • US – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to make Sunday address on COVID-19 surge (Tennessean)
  • US – Travel from UK hampered due to new virus strain; California struggles (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – US Congress reaches deal on $900 billion COVID-19 relief package (Deutsche Welle)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 3 reasons why I think the Rolls Royce share price could rise next year (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • ADIB launches #ADIBHereForYou personal finance campaign (Zawya.com)
  • AOC gets coronavirus vaccine on social media, as Congress begins to receive Pfizer injections (FOXNews.com)
  • Air France KLM, Getlink shares slide as Europe closes… (Mail Online UK)
  • Al-Sisi meets Vodafone Group CEO, directs for enhancing Egypt’s digital infrastructure (Daily News Egypt)
  • Apple shuts up shop as Covid plays havoc with Christmas plans (Irish Independent)
  • Apple temporarily shuts stores in US and UK as coronavirus cases surge (Business Standard India)
  • Britain’s Sainsbury’s warns of gaps on shelves (Gulf News)
  • Cisco launches PH digital acceleration program (Manila Bulletin)
  • Company’s quest for antibody drug against Covid has it ‘jumping out of joy’ (Business Standard India)
  • Covid-19 resurgence: Life Healthcare redeploys staff to assist in hotspot areas (News24)
  • EU agreed to pay 15.5 euros per dose for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine -document (NationalPost.com)
  • Honda Cars expects to post better sales next year (MSN Philippines)
  • IBM, Salesforce partner to help verify vaccine status (Trade Arabia)
  • Ikea stores in Scotland will stay open when level 4 restrictions start on Boxing Day (The Scotsman)
  • Isuzu Motors India to hike prices of pick-up range from Jan (Yahoo! India)
  • Japan Post hopes demand for New Year’s greetings cards rises amid pandemic (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • MOH awaiting Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and monitoring Moderna’s vaccine (Arab Times)
  • Mahindra & Mahindra announces increase in prices of tractors (Business Standard India)
  • More businesses donate AstraZeneca vaccine (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Next in line for coronavirus vaccine should be essential frontline workers, people over age 75: CDC committee (MSN New Zealand)
  • No serious side effects from China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine: Egyptian official (Egypt Independent)
  • Over 200 firms support AstraZeneca deal (Philippine Star)
  • Qantas crew to undergo COVID swab on arrival at Sydney Airport (TheAge.com)
  • Regulators looking into emergency use authorization sought by Pfizer for Harsh Vardhan (Ani News)
  • Renault Cars To Become Costlier By Up to Rs 28,000 From January 1, 2021 (Yahoo! India)
  • Sainsbury’s is now limiting who can shop in stores to avoid overcrowding (Manchester Evening News)
  • Sinovac secures annual output of 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of year (Global Times)
  • Tata Motors share falls over 3% as UK reimposes lockdown over COVID-19 strain (Business Today India)
  • US lawmakers back $2.5 billion to replace telecom equipment from China’s Huawei, ZTE: Sources (The Straits Times All News)
  • Vodafone Group terminates talks over sale of Egypt stake to STC (Daily News Egypt)
  • What happened last week? Pfizer’s vaccine rollout began, the SolarWinds hack caused ripples, and Christmas lockdowns spread through Europe. (Business Insider)
  • Woolworths shopper scores a Telstra prepaid mobile phone for her daughter for just $1 (Mail Online UK)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 9,856 in Texas hospitals with COVID-19, more vaccines on way (star-telegram.com)
  • Covid vaccines will protect against new strains of the virus, U.S. doctor says (CNBC)
  • Cross-reactive coronavirus antibodies shape COVID-19 convalescent plasma functionality (News-Medical.Net)
  • France to start COVID-19 vaccinations on Sunday – health minister (Reuters)
  • Initial shipments of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine authorized in US roll out as nation works to bring pandemic under control (Houston Chronicle)
  • Moderna vaccinations on tap; Cuomo urges UK travel ban; Tennessee ‘ground zero’ – virus updates (AZCentral.com)
  • One company’s quest for an antibody drug to fight COVID-19 (star-telegram.com)
  • Photos show the first batches of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine being packaged and shipped across the US (Business Insider)
  • SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Infectious disease expert talks COVID-19 vaccine in Katy (Houston Chronicle)
  • Second Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins as Total Cases in U.S. Near 18 Million (TheStreet.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
As coronavirus numbers spike in Quebec, hundreds gather to protest restrictionsCTV NewsMONTREAL — Hundreds of people gathered in Montreal Sunday and marched through the city protesting municipal and provincial government restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. As record numbers of new cases are reported daily, Premier…
COVID-19 outbreak: Coast economy hanging by threadHeraldSun.com.au Top NewsTHE Gold Coast holiday season is hanging by a thread as the Sydney COVID-19 outbreak blows a $200 million hole in the economy.
Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief DealNYT.com U.S.The legislation calls for cutting the use of powerful planet-warming chemicals common in air-conditioners and refrigerators.
Growing Number Of European Countries Cut Off Travel With U.K. As New Coronavirus Strain SpreadsForbes.comTopline An increasing number of nations in continental Europe barred travelers from the United Kingdom on Sunday after the spread of a more contagious strain of coronavirus pushed U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce new lockdown measures…
Pandemic or not 2020 hit Indian economyNagaland PostThe 2020 is a year one wishes had not been on the calendar.
Retailers play down fears of food shortages as France shuts borderBBC News – BusinessBut Sainsbury's could see "gaps" in supply if the French ban on hauliers travelling from the UK continues.
Taiwan’s central bank highlights uncertainties in 2021 global economyTaiwan News OnlineJapan's economy greatly affected by coronavirus pandemic. Japan's economy greatly affected by coronavirus pandemic.  (AP photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's central bank is expecting a slow global economic recovery in 2021 due to major uncertainties…
US lawmakers reach deal on $900 billion stimulus packageThe Korea Times NewsUS lawmakers agreed on a nearly $900 billion Covid-19 relief package for millions of Americans on Sunday, in a deal that follows months of wrangling and comes as the nation battles the world's largest coronavirus outbreak.
Geopolitical Impact
An Australian student denounced his university’s ties to China. Then he became a targetLos Angeles TimesBefore the text messages threatening to kill his family, Drew Pavlou gathered a small group of students on a busy walkway at the University of Queensland to protest the Chinese government’s repression of Uighur Muslims and crackdown on Hong Kong. “Hey…
China and India watch as Nepal descends into political turmoilAustralian Financial ReviewBhadra Sharma Kathmandu | Nepal's top leader dissolved parliament on Sunday (Monday AEDT) amid infighting among members of the governing party, throwing into doubt the political future of a strategically important Himalayan country where China and…
China and India watch as Nepal falls into political turmoilBrisbane TimesKathmandu: Nepal's top leader has dissolved Parliament amid infighting among members of the governing party, throwing into doubt the political future of a strategically important Himalayan country where China and India have long jockeyed for…
Deepen China, Russia online media cooperation: China Daily publisherCHINAdaily.com.cnZhou Shuchun, publisher and editor-in-chief of China Daily, attends the 2020 China-Russia Online Media Webinar in Beijing, on Dec 18, 2020. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/chinadaily.com.cn] As one of the most dynamic fields of innovative development and…
Flareup feared in South China Sea due to power vacuum in U.S.Asahi.comAround the time Joe Biden was giving his victory speech in Delaware as U.S. president-elect on Nov. 8, two B-1B strategic bombers took off from Andersen U.S. Air Force Base in Guam and set a course for the South China Sea. The aircraft subsequently…
Growing list of EU countries suspend UK flights amid new virus strain fearsEFEPassengers arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, 21 August 2020. EFE/EPA/FILE/ANDY RAIN The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy were among a growing list of European Union countries that on Sunday decided to ban flights from the United Kingdom…
NE. China’s Shenyang on alert after frozen Johnius carouna from India tests positive for COVID-19Global TimesCold chain/frozen fish/salmon Photo: pixabay The outer packages of two pieces of frozen Johnius carouna products imported from India to Shenyang in Northeast China's Liaoning Province have tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday. According to the…
On Brexit and Coronavirus, Boris Johnson Leaves It LateNYT.com EuropeCritics say the British prime minister’s penchant for last-minute decisions has complicated the handling of the coronavirus and narrowed the window for scrutiny of any trade deal with the E.U.
Pound Slumps as London Locks Down to Curb Virus, Brexit Drags On – 12/21/2020BloombergEsther Reichelt, currency strategist at Commerzbank, discusses the impact of the coronavirus mutation, stricter lockdowns and the lack of a Brexit trade deal on the pound. She speaks on "Bloomberg Markets: European Open." (Source: Bloomberg)
Saudi Arabia Expects to Get Russia, China Virus Vaccines in 2021BloombergSaudi Arabia is still in talks with Russia and China to source coronavirus vaccines after the kingdom rolled out a program to administer the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE shot. “The process is ongoing and data is being shared, but we have not yet reached a…
Several European Union nations move to halt UK flights over new COVID-19 variantABC OnlineSeveral European Union nations have moved to ban flights from the UK in a bid to stop a new strain of coronavirus sweeping across southern England from establishing a strong foothold on the continent. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria…
Sterling slumps on tighter UK virus curbs, Brexit impasseReutersBy Reuters Staff 2 Min Read * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh * Graphic: Trade-weighted sterling since Brexit vote tmsnrt.rs/2hwV9Hv LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Sterling slumped against the dollar and euro on Monday after the British…
Cybersecurity Impact
‘They potentially have the capacity to cripple us’: Romney raises alarm about cyber-attack tied to RussiaUSA TodaySen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, raised concerns about a recent cyber-breach that has compromised vast swaths of the federal government, as well as the security of major corporations, think tanks and other key American institutions. "It is an extraordinary…
BrianHonan – via @helpnetsecurity Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity https://t.co/LRiG2zzn6cBrianHonan – Twittervia @helpnetsecurity Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity https://bit.ly/3peshCO
Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurityHelp Net Security – NewsThe main story of 2021 won’t be the disease, but the vaccine. With three effective, promising vaccines in development as of November, COVID-19 (and its treatment) will continue causing major shifts in nearly every facet of our lives. That is…
India slinging dirt on China with cyber hack accusation is foolishGlobal TimesIn a recent report, Indian cyber security think tank the CyberPeace Foundation claims that millions of Indian e-commerce customers have been targeted by "Chinese hackers" during Indian festive months of October and November. The think tank's founder…
InfoSecHotSpot – Five ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity The main story of 2021 won’t be the disease, but the vaccine. With thr… https://t.co/kxS4HApzjfInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterFive ways COVID-19 will change cybersecurity The main story of 2021 won’t be the disease, but the vaccine. With three effective, promising vaccines in development as of November, COVID-19 (and its treatment) will continue causing major shifts in…
Secnewsbytes – How Hackers Targeted The Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Chain; Vaccine Sold in Darkweb | Cyble https://t.co/4eVZnHnj4SSecnewsbytes – TwitterHow Hackers Targeted The Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Chain; Vaccine Sold in Darkweb | Cyble https://cybleinc.com/2020/12/18/how-hackers-targeted-the-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chain/
Sunday shows – COVID-19 relief, cyberattack dominateThe HillNegotiations over another round of coronavirus relief and a cyberattack targeting federal agencies dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows. Passage of a coronavirus aid package and omnibus spending legislation could happen as early as Sunday…
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