21 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • After a year of death and solitude, Italy is a sober, serious place (The Guardian)
  • Australia begins coronavirus vaccinations (IANS Live)
  • COVID worsens Germany’s housing shortage (Deutsche Welle)
  • Cities across France could face even TOUGHER lockdown as infections rise (Mail Online UK)
  • Codogno: Italy’s COVID-19 epicenter one year on (Deutsche Welle)
  • Coronavirus mutation hotspot in Germany triggers fears (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany, Once a Model, Is Swamped Like Everyone Else by Pandemic’s Second Wave (NYT.com Europe)
  • Global AC Market 2020 – Brazil (JARN)
  • India’s Covid-19 tally nears 11 million, recoveries over 10.6 million (Hindustan Times)
  • Italy May Follow U.K.’s Example on Mass Vaccination: La Stampa (Bloomberg)
  • Italy creates annual day to honor medical workers on COVID anniversary (New York Daily News)
  • Italy: Pope, others hail health workers on COVID anniversary (Dayton Daily News)
  • Japan warns against use of unauthorized COVID-19 drugs (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Nigeria: 18 More People Die From Covid-19 in Nigeria (AllAfrica.com)
  • Pandemic puts pressure on Japan to open up rice stockpile to charities (Arab News)
  • Protesters march against Covid restrictions in Switzerland (Swiss Info)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Feb. 20, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE: Covid-19 precautionary measures must for vaccinated people,… (Khaleej Times)
  • UK – All adults to be offered Covid vaccine by end of July under Boris Johnson’s new accelerated roll-out plans (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s Covid roadmap must not repeat the prime minister’s past mistakes (The Guardian)
  • UK – Britain’s second wave continues to shrink as PM prepares to unveil ‘roadmap’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Mapping the route that will take us out of lockdown (Telegraph)
  • UK – UK government under growing pressure over Covid procurement (The Guardian)
  • US – ‘Mother Nature’s lockdown’ gives Oklahoma a chance to prevent COVID-19 resurgence, health experts say (Tulsa World)
  • US – COVID-19 hot spots reemerge in some Colorado mountain communities as metrics improve statewide (Business Times Singapore)
  • US – California mother who disappeared during ‘pandemic road trip’ found dead in desert (New York Daily News)
  • US – Colorado reopening two unemployment programs to those who exhausted their benefits last year (Business Times Singapore)
  • US – Crude extends slide as Texas oil wells resume productions (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • US – Letter: Re: the Feb. 17. article “Arizona’s prison population declines by 11% during pandemic” (Tucson.com)
  • US – Michigan woman dies from COVID-19 after lung transplant: study (New York Post)
  • US – Oklahoma’s personal income growth during pandemic lagging all but a few states, study finds (Tulsa World)
  • US – Pandemic makes prostitution taboo in Nevada’s legal brothels (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Type 1 diabetes doesn’t qualify for coronavirus vaccine priority in Massachusetts, but Type 2 does (Boston Herald)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘Mega’ £2.49 Lidl treat shoppers are searching stores to find (Liverpool Echo)
  • ‘Unreal’ £2.49 Aldi sweet treat shoppers say they can’t wait to try (Liverpool Echo)
  • Airbus lost $1.3 billion amid pandemic; expects better 2021 (The Korea Times News)
  • BNP Paribas Cardif, Chubb, ABL, MetLife losing customers here (The Korea Times News)
  • Commerzbank to lose 1.7 mln clients by 2024 – Welt am Sonntag (Mail Online UK)
  • Coronavirus-hit Czechs order Regeneron antibody drug ahead of EU registration (Mail Online UK)
  • Covid-19 infections dropped 95.8% after both Pfizer shots, says Israeli Health Ministry (The Straits Times All News)
  • EU to approve J&J coronavirus vaccine in coming weeks: Germany’s Health Minister (Al Arabiya)
  • FDA still reviewing Sinovac’s EUA application; Moderna interested to apply for EUA (Manila Bulletin)
  • First Look | Honda CB350RS – The Retro Cool Roadster (Yahoo! India)
  • Fujifilm to restart clinical trial of Avigan to treat Media (The Straits Times All News)
  • Hyundai to strengthen SUV lineup in India, vertical continues to outshine (Business Standard India)
  • Ikea to hire 500 workers from Pasay City (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Israel reopens economy after almost HALF population get jabs as second Pfizer dose cuts Covid risk (Mail Online UK)
  • Israel’s largest vaccine study to date found that people who received two doses of the Pfizer shot were 92% less likely to develop severe illness from Covid-19 hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3pCcopI (WSJ – Twitter)
  • JPMorgan may be betting on Korean tour agency (The Korea Times News)
  • Laptops Under Rs 50,000 for Work from Home: Xiaomi Mi Notebook 14, Asus VivoBook and More, in Photos (News18.com)
  • Mahindra Lifespace to develop 1,000 flats in new Pune project (Livemint.com)
  • Marks & Spencer will launch new clothing labels including Joules and Phase Eight (Mail Online UK)
  • Pandemic made people supportive, caring on Twitter, Google (IANS Live)
  • Petronas CEO says important to diversify into renewable energy (Malay Mail)
  • Pfizer is using Israel to trial their vaccine: here’s what it shows (Radio New Zealand)
  • Sinovac, Clover to start vaccine clinical trials soon —DOST (Manila Bulletin)
  • Sony’s PS5 DualSense controller’s drift issue is a hardware problem (Hindustan Times)
  • South Korea to begin using Pfizer coronavirus vaccines on Feb. 27, PM says (Today Online)
  • Swiss could re-examine AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine contract – NZZ am Sonntag (Mail Online UK)
  • Taiwan grants emergency AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine authorization and orders 10 million doses (Business Insider)
  • Walmart’s Emergency Operations Center Navigates Unprecedented Winter Weather (Forbes.com)
  • ‘Vodafone, Cairn disputes will get resolved in a way most consider fair’ (The Hindu)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘Fura-filas’ da vacina: o escândalo que forçou demissão do ministro da Saúde da Argentina durante pandemia de covid-19 (BBC)
  • Coronavirus doctor’s diary: Don’t ask me which vaccine is best, please (BBC)
  • Coronavirus vaccine for every adult in Britain by July 31st: Boris will accelerate inoculation drive (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Indiana woman, 105, a veteran of 2 pandemics, gets vaccine (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Latest data shows vaccine reduces transmission – Hancock (BBC)
  • More than 681,000 Oklahomans have received virus vaccine (seattlepi.com)
  • PM’s new vaccine target, and the special effects livening up lockdown (BBC)
  • Scientists are racing to understand why the new coronavirus variants are spreading faster, and what this could mean for vaccine efforts. New research says the key may be the spike protein, which gives the coronavirus its unmistakable shape. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2ZqZzEd (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Scientists are racing to understand why the new coronavirus variants are spreading faster, and what this could mean for vaccine efforts. New research says the key may be the spike protein, which gives the coronavirus its unmistakable shape. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/37qwI7p (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Which countries in Africa are administering vaccines? (BBC News – Africa)
Societal & Economic Impact
A vaccine-fuelled economyBernamaBy M. Saraswathi KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — I can’t remember when was the last time, I looked forward to watching something live, and as Malaysia Airlines flight MH604, an Airbus 330-300 aircraft carrying the first batch of vaccines for COVID-19 touched…
As suicides rise amid the pandemic, Japan takes steps to tackle lonelinessJapanTimes.co.jpWhat constitutes loneliness is a trickier question in Japan, where the overarching term "kodoku" has been used to describe both loneliness and solitude, essentially lumping …
Coronavirus Thousands protest against COVID-19 vaccine9News.com.auThousands of people have rallied across the country protesting against the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.
Cypriots defy ban to protest again over corruption, coronavirus curbsToday OnlineNICOSIA – Thousands of Cypriots protesting against coronavirus restrictions and corruption held a peaceful march on Saturday in defiance of a ban on gatherings.
Economy to show positive development once Covid-19 vaccination gathers momentum – EconomistThe Sun DailyKUALA LUMPUR: The country’s economy is expected to show a positive development by the middle of this year once the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, which begins on Wednesday, gathers momentum, an economist said. Malaysian Academy of Sciences…
Expert weighs in on Edmonton protest against COVID-19 health measuresGlobal News CanadaHundreds of people gathered at the Alberta legislature Saturday in what was called a “walk for freedom”. City of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service officials were on hand to assist with keeping order. Kim Smith spoke with Lorian Hardcastle, who…
Pandemic impact on economy disproportionately impacted women of color journalist saysMSNBCThe pandemic’s impact on the economy has disproportionately impacted women of color journalist Errin Haines of The 19ths tells Tiffany Cross.
Stimulus Check Update: How To Still Get First COVID-19 PaymentsInternational Business TimesWhile many Americans are looking ahead to see if they will be eligible for a third COVID-19 related stimulus check from the government, others are still trying to figure out how to claim funds they missed out on during the first two rounds. However,…
Vaccine effect: Israel starts reopening economy after two-month lockdownBusiness Standard IndiaIsrael lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and started reopening its economy Sunday as the country's vaccination drive and third nationwide lockdown have started to bring down infections. Israel lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions and…
Geopolitical Impact
12-Hour Catchup: UP Leads In Vaccine Doses; India Asks China For Faster DisengagementIndiatimes1. UP Leads In Vaccine Doses TOI India had administered over 1.08 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines till Saturday evening, with Karnataka inoculating the maximum number of healthcare workers with the second dose so far. Karnataka had fully vaccinated…
A New Cold War – Rivalry To Grow Between China, Russia And The USA As Globalization EndsForbes.comThe upturn in the world economy and the assured arrival in power of the Biden administration will have many commentators pondering as to whether globalization is back, after a violent interregnum during the Trump years. I believe globalization is…
Biden seeks common front with Europe to counter China, RussiaStraits TimesUS President declares determination to re-engage with transatlantic allies United States President Joe Biden breathed new life into the transatlantic alliance in his first address to a global audience on Friday. He declared that America had returned to…
Column | Enigmatic China confounds with baffling actions on its India borderManorama OnlineChinese inscrutability is proverbial. No amount of Chinese studies and Confucius lessons will enable others to understand the motivations and methods of China. Chinese actions on the India border in 2020-21 are no exception. No one knows why they…
Europe risks shooting itself in foot with ‘premature’ Chinese trade agreementTelegraphThe investment pact risks splitting EU members and alienating the US president – all for a deal with few benefits Ursula von der Leyen boasted of bending China to Europe’s will at a Warwick conference earlier this month as the European Commission…
India caged by China’s belts and roadsSpectator AustraliaJoe Biden’s decision to consider lifting sanctions on terrorist-operated Iran has lofted plenty of eyebrows. The Iran nuclear deal never made much sense, amounting to the United States payin g  Iran b illions  to ‘pretty please’ n ot make  nuclear…
Maharashtra: Revenue crunch may hit water resources dept’s ongoing projectsIndian ExpressThe state water resources department’s demand for higher allocation in the 2021-22 Budget to expedite incomplete projects is likely to take a backseat as the ongoing pandemic and lockdown lead to revenue shortfall. The water resources department has…
Op-Ed: Biden sought to rally U.S. allies in Munich, but unity will prove difficult as China’s influence growsCNBCBiden wanted his virtual audience at the Munich Security Conference to hear that global democracies faced a defining moment in their contest with authoritarianism What lurked beneath this moment was a recognition among U.S. and European officials of…
UN thanks India for offering 200,000 COVID vaccine doses for UN PeacekeepersAni NewsNew York [US], February 21 (ANI): United Nations on Saturday thanked India for offering 200,000 COVID vaccine doses for UN Peacekeepers and appreciated efforts to strengthen COVAX Facility for ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all. "India has…
Cybersecurity Impact
Banks Investing in Automated Cyber-Defenses to Fight Business Email Compromise, Survey Shows The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified both the threat of fraud and the response to it, with corporate environments and banking in particular aligning on defens… hxxps://bit[.]ly/2Ni23CqInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterBanks Investing in Automated Cyber-Defenses to Fight Business Email Compromise, Survey Shows The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified both the threat of fraud and the response to it, with corporate environments and banking in particular aligning on…
Brazil Tech Round-Up: Mark Zuckerberg And The Edge Back Descomplica, OYO LatAm Woes, Experian Questioned Over Data LeakForbes.comWelcome to this week's Brazil tech and innovation round-up. Here is a selection of three key developments in Latin America's largest economy: first up, a key story from the week that was: Brazilian startup Descomplica raises a record round,…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their “tried and true” marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing t… hxxps://binged[.]it/2NiAh8U hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363340484882681856/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their "tried and true" marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their “tried and true” marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing t… hxxps://binged[.]it/2ZBBYk4 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363302749752987648/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their "tried and true" marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their “tried and true” marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing t… hxxps://binged[.]it/2ZxEQP7 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363370663302594560/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their "tried and true" marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their “tried and true” marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing t… hxxps://binged[.]it/3kghpU0 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363408419823222784/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their "tried and true" marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their “tried and true” marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing t… hxxps://binged[.]it/3pHq2b4 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363249879250849793/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their "tried and true" marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing…
The Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their “tried and true” marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing t… hxxps://binged[.]it/3s6y0My hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363212111653068801/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Impact Of Doing Nothing: Why Nonadaptive Marketing Strategies Can Hurt Cybersecurity Marketers During Covid-19, some marketing teams have fallen back on the belief that their "tried and true" marketing methods will stand the test of time. Failing…
The top three tips for warding off cyber attacksRadio New ZealandThe NZ Cyber Security Summit, on in Wellington this coming Wednesday, is calling for New Zealanders to get smarter about protecting their digital systems. Last year, CERT NZ, the government entity that tracks cyber breaches, received 5712 reports of…

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