21 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • British Covid strain detected in Switzerland in October (Swiss Info)
  • Chile approves China’s coronavirus vaccine, CoronaVac, with 10 million doses expected (South China Morning Post)
  • China attracts more foreign investment last year despite coronavirus strike (Guanming Daily 光明网)
  • China suspends import declaration for two firms from Chile, Indonesia over coronavirus (Globaltimes.cn)
  • Community spread of new COVID-19 variants may be happening in Canada: Tam (Global News Canada)
  • Germany Toughens Mask Rules in Hopes of Slowing Virus Spread (Bloomberg)
  • Germany mandates medical-grade masks on transport and in shops (NBCNews.com)
  • How vaccine technology, choice and supply work in Switzerland (Swiss Info)
  • India’s vaccine diplomacy (Chandigarh Tribune)
  • Ireland struggles to overcome its Christmas hangover (Deutsche Welle)
  • Italy’s Conte Briefs President as He Seeks to Salvage Coalition (Bloomberg)
  • Japan, South Korea exports boosted by China demand (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Malaysia, Indonesia May See More Monetary Easing, Continuum Economics’ Chanana Says (Bloomberg)
  • Netherlands to impose 8.30pm curfew nationwide from Friday (Mail Online UK)
  • Norway to share Covid-19 vaccine with poorer countries at same time as protecting its own citizens (Telegraph)
  • Sanchez praises EU unity, insists Spain will implement Covid recovery funds (EFE)
  • Sweden Extends Alcohol Serving Ban Amid ‘Serious’ Covid Levels (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • Traveling to Germany: What you need to know about coronavirus restrictions (Deutsche Welle)
  • UAE ranks first globally in several indexes related to addressing COVID-19 pandemic (WAM.ae Emirates)
  • UK – Boris Johnson dismisses calls for inquiry into COVID-19 response as UK hospitals likened to ‘war zones’ (Newshub)
  • UK – Boris Johnson refuses to say why he overruled Priti Patel and kept UK borders open when pandemic started (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson rejects demands for immediate inquiry into government’s handling of pandemic (The Independent)
  • UK – Record death toll is ‘appalling’ and there is ‘more to come’, Boris Johnson admits (The Independent)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak is to extend £20-a-week Covid-19 boost after Tory backlash (Mail Online UK)
  • US – ASL interpreter during Hawaii’s COVID-19 press briefings dies of virus (New York Daily News)
  • US – Alberta family working to bring home loved one who died of COVID-19 in Arizona (Global News Canada)
  • US – California says OK to resume using batch of Moderna vaccine after reports of illness. (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Colorado teen dead after contracting COVID-19 (New York Daily News)
  • US – Despite illnesses, California says virus vaccine can be used (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Hawaii Lawmakers Open New Session Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (US News & World Report)
  • US – LETTER: Nevada virus restrictions aren’t working (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – Michigan bowling alleys sue, seeking compensation for COVID-19 closures (Detroit News)
  • US – More contagious COVID-19 variants bring new uncertainties to California (star-telegram.com)
  • US – New COVID-19 variant in California is leading to increased spread, study says (Deseret News)
  • US – U.S. CDC extends halts on residential evictions in coronavirus fight (Reuters)
  • US – U.S. CDC reports 400,306 deaths from the coronavirus (NationalPost.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Australian economy forecast to rebound in 2021 as pandemic subsides: PollThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 21, 2021 10:07 AM BENGALURU (REUTERS) – Australia's economy, which entered 2021 in better shape than most of its peers, will gain further momentum from the successful domestic suppression of the coronavirus pandemic and supportive policies,…
Biden acts on coronavirus, climate change and immigration on first day in officeThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 21, 2021 7:35 AM WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed a slew of executive orders to combat the coronavirus, tackle climate change and reverse his predecessor Donald Trump's immigration policies on his first day in office.
COVID-19 update for Jan. 20: Twelve more British Columbians die | State of emergency continuedVancouverSun.comHere's your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Jan. 20, 2021….
Covid-19 market bubbles, a creation of the distorted global economy, cannot lastSouth China Morning Post – NewsThe year began with lockdowns and varying degrees of restrictions on movements across the world as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated with new, fast-spreading variants being discovered. Financial markets, however, began with new records. The pandemic…
Day 1: Biden to undo Trump policies on climate change, coronavirus, immigrationChicago Tribune“We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities — much to repair, much to restore, much to heal, much to build and much to gain,” Biden, a Democrat, said in his inaugural…
Host towns’ subsidy will cover costs of managing coronavirusHonolulu Star-AdvertiserTOKYO >> The government will handle costs of managing the coronavirus for municipalities that host international athlete training camps prior to next summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The subsidies will cover costs for virus testing and…
Mongolians protest at virus curbs after row over mother’s treatmentYahoo! News AustraliaThousands of Mongolians have protested against what they say is the heavy-handed treatment of a coronavirus-infected mother and her newborn baby, prompting a wave of resignations by officials. Landlocked Mongolia reported just a handful of Covid-19…
Opposition slams government virus response as Diet debate startsJapanTimes.co.jpThe country's main opposition party criticized the government in the Diet Wednesday for its delay in declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic …
The pandemic broke an already broken economyCitizen.co.za300 days into South Africa’s lockdown, the country is in dire economic straits, with not a single industry being spared Covid-19’s devastation. Some industries, though, have had a much worse time of it than others. 2020 was not only one of the…
Geopolitical Impact
AmCham calls for US-Taiwan bilateral trade agreementTaiwan News OnlineTaiwan, US flags () Taiwan, US flags () TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — American businesses in Taiwan are optimistic about the economic prospects of the year ahead as they anticipate the two countries moving forward with a bilateral trade agreement (BTA). Nearly…
Border controls may be needed in Germany, says MerkelThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 21, 2021 5:00 AM BERLIN • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Germany may need to consider border crossing curbs if other European countries do not act to halt the spread of the coronavirus, particularly its new, more transmissible…
Brazil lacks timeline on when coronavirus vaccines will arrive from India and ChinaNationalPost.comBRASILIA — Brazil's foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, said on Wednesday he still could not provide a timeline when new coronavirus vaccine doses would arrive from India and China, raising concern in a country that is lagging others in vaccinating…
During Biden’s Presidency India Hopes for Support on ‘China Issue’, Vaccine CollaborationNews18.comWhile Narendra Modi and Donald Trump shared a personal relationship, the prime minister also had a good rapport with Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. As Joe Biden took over as the 46th President of the United State, head of BJP's Foreign Affairs…
Globalisation in the time of a pandemicThe HinduCOVID-19  might have brought the world to its knees, but nations have found a way to strike back and emerge from what might have been one of the biggest crises in recent times The world is still reeling from the effects of the  COVID-19  pandemic in…
Keeping an eye on China, India and Singapore extends military cooperationTheWeekIndia and Singapore signed the submarine rescue support agreement Extending military cooperation, India and Singapore on Wednesday signed the implementing agreement on Submarine rescue support and cooperation between the two Navies. Cementing their…
Leaking official secrets of military operations is treason: CongressBusiness Standard IndiaLeaking of official secrets of military operations is treason and those involved in it must be punished, the Congress said on the purported WhatsApp chats of Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami Leaking of official secrets of military operations…
QRCS-ICRC webinar discusses protection of medics during armed conflictsQatar TribuneTribune News Network Doha Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly hosted a webinar titled ‘Special Legal Protection for Medical Professionals at Times of Armed Conflict’. The virtual event…
Saudi Arabia pips Russia to be China’s biggest oil supplier in 2020Arab NewsOil demand in China, the world’s top oil importer, remained strong last year Saudi shipments to China in 2020 rose 1.9 percent from a year earlier to 84.92 million tons Disease the top risk to global security and livelihoods over the next two years ‘The…
What India, China should expect from Biden administrationTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: The sun has finally set on the Trump administration with Joe Biden taking oath as the 46th president of the United States . This means that New Delhi is going to keep a close eye on Washington for the next few weeks to get a sense of how…
Cybersecurity Impact
Covid-19 and Brexit result in 70% of UK financial firms suffering cyber-attacksIT Security GuruNew research by the Ponemon Institute and Keeper Security has found that 70% of the UK’s financial sector has experienced a cyber-attack in 2020. The researchers have warned that this increase in the rate of attacks could result in “disastrous…
Cyber risks up for schools post-lockdownstuff.co.nzSchools are blocking more websites to try to keep students safe, as cyber attacks and attempts to access harmful content increase after Covid-19 lockdown. A report published on Thursday by Network for Learning, the company that provides internet…
Cybersecurity in 2021: People, Process and Technology to Integrate More Than Ever BeforeInfosecurity – BlogCybersecurity in 2021: People, Process and Technology to Integrate More Than Ever Before The year ahead could quite possibly be one of the hardest to make predictions for, in all aspects from personal and professional, to social and…
Cybersecurity priorities for businesses in 2021Asia Times OnlineWhat a year 2020 was! Not only was it tough on individuals and businesses’ finances, but it also brought with it an increased frequency of cyberattacks. This is why leveraging cybersecurity best practices are more critical than ever. Usually,…
DSWD intensifies campaign on cyber safety of childrenPhilippine Information AgencyCITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Jan. 20 (PIA) — Children’s increased time on the internet equates to increased threat on their safety and security in cyberspace. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region III shared that the prolonged…
InfoSecHotSpot – Covid-19 and Brexit result in 70% of UK financial firms suffering cyber-attacks New research by the Ponemon Institu… https://t.co/CkkNlgkXxgInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCovid-19 and Brexit result in 70% of UK financial firms suffering cyber-attacks New research by the Ponemon Institute and Keeper Security has found that 70% of the UK’s financial sector has experienced a cyber-attack in 2020. The researchers have…
InfoSecHotSpot – Smashing Security podcast #211: Fleeking, COVID-19 hacking, and Bitcoin balls-ups Your privacy may be at risk if yo… https://t.co/IRdnLCQ4QiInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterSmashing Security podcast #211: Fleeking, COVID-19 hacking, and Bitcoin balls-ups Your privacy may be at risk if you're on Fleek, hackers not only steal COVID-19 vaccine data but then tamper with it to spread mistrust, and the Bitcoin bungles keep on…
PM: Asean must work together to mitigate cyber crimeMalay MailMuhyiddin said Asean member states’ national enforcement agencies should be equipped with state-of-the-art tools such as digital forensic capabilities to fight cyber crimes. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — Asean has to find ways to collectively…
World Economic Forum identifies cybersecurity failure as a major risk facing the worldSiliconANGLECybersecurity failure has been named as a major risk facing the world both in 2021 and beyond according to the Global Risks Landscape 2021 report published by the World Economic Forum. While infectious diseases, referring to the ongoing COVID-19…

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