23 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
Actions by Companies
  • “Eskom looks the other way as nuclear energy cleanup costs soar into taxpayers problem” – BizNews (Politicsweb)
  • A single shot of the vaccine produced by Pfizer led to a 57% reduction in cases of Covid-19 in people of age 80 and over, rising to 88% after a second dose, according to preliminary data from the U.K.’s inoculation program hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3brxd2g (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Becton Dickinson strikes deal for COVID-19 At-Home Rapid Test (Seeking Alpha)
  • Brent oil will climb 17% from current levels as demand outpaces supply, Goldman Sachs says (Business Insider India)
  • China’s Sinopharm seeks general use green light for second vaccine (South China Morning Post – News)
  • EasyJet Ticket Sales Surge as Johnson Plan Boosts Summer Hopes (Bloomberg)
  • EasyJet sees flight, holiday bookings soar on hope for UK travel restart (Mail Online UK)
  • Etisalat and stc Named MEA’s Strongest & Most Valuable Telecoms Brands (Zawya.com)
  • Facebook takes on Amazon and eBay with launch of shopping tool in the UK (Telegraph)
  • Frontliners need better protection vs. COVID-19, expert says amid FDA advice on Sinovac vaccine use (CNN Philippines)
  • GSK, Sanofi restart testing for COVID-19 vaccine after delay (UPI)
  • Google Lifts Political Ads Ban Put in Place After Capitol Siege (NewsMax.com)
  • Google lifts political ad ban put in place after Capitol attack (The Independent)
  • Google to resume political ads in US, easing ban imposed last month (The Straits Times All News)
  • HDFC Bank allots 16.25 lakh equity shares under ESOS (Business Standard India)
  • HSBC Sees Its Future With 40% Less Office Space After Pandemic (Bloomberg)
  • HSBC shifts focus from west to east as profits dive (BBC News – Business)
  • Hennes & Mauritz announces Yanira Ramirez as new country sales manager (Economic Times)
  • Home Depot is set to report its earnings before the bell. Here’s what to expect (CNBC)
  • IOI Properties Q2 net profit slips to RM170.97m (Malay Mail)
  • Ikea in St. Louis reopens Monday after Sunday closure (STLtoday.com)
  • Mexico begins inoculation drive with Chinese Sinovac vaccine (Business Standard India)
  • More German state workers to get AstraZeneca jab as doses go begging (Mail Online UK)
  • NC municipality pays Eskom (Ofm.co.za)
  • Petrobras, Brazil Markets Crash After Bolsonaro Appoints Retired Army General To Lead State Oil Giant (Zero Hedge)
  • Pfizer to ship 13 million COVID-19 vaccine doses per week to US by mid-March: Executive (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Reliance to hive off O2C business, expects approvals by September quarter (Business Standard India)
  • Reopening rules for Primark, Next, Matalan, Ikea and other non-essential shops after lockdown (Liverpool Echo)
  • Shares in Brazil’s Petrobras plunge 20% (France24)
  • Sinovac suitable for workforce not always exposed to coronavirus — FDA (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Sinovac vaccine OK for health workers not treating Covid-19 patients – FDA (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Tata Motors to ride SUV mkt with slew of offerings after new Safari launch (Business Standard India)
  • Teens bag silver medal at Eskom Expo with Covid-19 project (Sowetan)
  • Which COVID-19 Vaccine Is Better And More Effective? Pfizer, Moderna Or AstraZeneca (International Business Times)
  • Wipro founder favors hybrid work model (Asia Times Online)
  • Wolters Kluwer Highlights Top Four Challenges F… (ADVFN Deutschland)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A public health approach for deciding policy on infant feeding and mother–infant contact in the context of COVID-19 (Lancet)
  • COVID-19 survivors may only need one vaccine dose, study finds (Mail Online UK)
  • Clinical trials offer new hope for Covid-19 treatment (BBC)
  • Current monoclonal antibodies less potent against SARS-CoV-2 variants (News-Medical.Net)
  • Developing potent antivirals targeting COVID-19 ‘direction of the future,’ Fauci says (FOXNews.com)
  • EU drugs regulator studying expanded use of COVID-19 drug remdesivir (Nasdaq)
  • First real-world coronavirus vaccine data in U.K. show decline in infections and hospitalizations after first dose (Washington Post)
  • For coronavirus survivors, one vaccine dose may be enough, early studies show (FOXNews.com)
  • Importance of non-pharmaceutical interventions in lowering the viral inoculum to reduce susceptibility to infection by SARS-CoV-2 and potentially disease severity (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Manufacturers may need to modify vaccines to protect against new coronavirus variants – U.S. FDA (Mail Online UK)
  • Poll: Majority satisfied with coronavirus vaccine rollout in their area (The Hill)
  • Pregnant Women Pass On Covid-19 Antibodies To Their Babies (Forbes.com)
  • Re-estimation of basic reproduction number of COVID-19 based on the epidemic curve by symptom onset date (Epidemiology & Infection – Cambridge Core)
Societal & Economic Impact
Afghanistan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid rising violenceNationalPost.comKABUL — Afghanistan began its first COVID-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, administering doses initially to security force members, health workers and journalists, in a campaign that may face challenges from a sharp rise in violence….
As Pandemic Took Hold, Suicide Rose Among Japanese WomenNYT.com Asia PacificLast year saw more women, but fewer men, take their own lives in Japan. For women there, the pressures of Covid-19 have been compounded.
California legislators approve $7.6B COVID-19 package, including $600 stimulus checksstar-telegram.comSACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians who qualify for a $600 state stimulus payment could see the money arrive as soon as a month after filing their tax returns under a $7.6-billion ……
Masks compulsory on public transportRadio New ZealandMasks are now compulsory on all public transport. 3 After months of urging from public health experts, the government has now decided that mandatory mask wearing on buses, trains and planes will help slow the spread of Covid-19 if there's an outbreak….
No national plan on homelessness published during first wave of Covid-19Irish TimesReport says how Ireland did not follow the lead of other countries in responding to issue Ireland did not publish a national plan on homelessness during the initial wave of Covid-19, assemble a taskforce or set out a policy statement unlike several…
Over €6 billion spent on pandemic unemployment payments, Minister saysIrish TimesNumber of people on PUP scheme fell slightly to 473,413, Department figures show Industry Correspondent The cost of the Governent’s pandemic unemployment payment scheme has exceeded €6 billion, the latest figures show. The number receiving the payment…
Pay growth at highest level since 2008 as Sunak prepares to extend furlough aidSky NewsRates of pay growth are running at their highest level since 2008, according to official figures which also show the first rise in payrolled employment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported…
UK unemployment edges up to 5.1pc on pandemic falloutMalay MailAnalysts expect unemployment to surge when the UK government’s furlough scheme paying the bulk of wages for millions of private-sector workers comes to a stop at the end of April. — Reuters Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on…
US homelessness in the pandemic: A crisis within a crisisDeutsche WelleOn top of the hardships of the pandemic, homeless people in the United States have had to deal with extreme cold and snow storms. And there are fears that soon many more Americans could find themselves out on the streets when an eviction moratorium…
Unemployment rises to 5.1 per cent as ‘furlough extended’Mail Online UKRishi Sunak is set to extend the Government's huge Covid furlough scheme  Boris Johnson has unveiled roadmap for easing the lockdown in coming months The PM hinted that bailouts will be extended amid the ultra-cautious approach Roadmap document lays…
Geopolitical Impact
Africa: WHO Director-General’s Teleconference Remarks At ACT-Accelerator CEO Roundtable MeetingAllAfrica.comInternational Chamber of Commerce / Global Citizen / WHO Dear John, dear Hugh, distinguished guests, dear colleagues and friends, Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to all of you, and thank you for joining us today. I'd like to thank the…
China ‘Advises’ Biden to Roll Back Trade TariffsTheStreet.comChina's foreign minister says the U.S. should get back to business under Biden, and forget about thorny issues like Taiwan. China would really like the United States to lifts its tariffs on Chinese goods now that President Biden is in power. Pretty…
China back as India’s top trade partner, despite govt’s ‘atmanirbhar’ pushBusiness Standard IndiaTotal imports from China at $58.7 billion were more than India's combined purchases from the US and the UAE China regained its position as India’s top trade partner in 2020, as New Delhi’s reliance on imported machines outweighed its efforts to curb…
China says it supports India hosting the BRICS 2021 summitHindustan TimesChina on Monday said it supports India hosting this year’s BRICS summit and will work with New Delhi to strengthen the bloc, allaying concerns that the India-China border dispute will impact the forum. India assumed the rotating chairmanship of the…
Daffodils rotting in fields due to Covid pandemic and Brexititv.comFields of flowers worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are being left to rot in Cornwall because of Brexit. Varfell Farms is the world’s largest daffodil grower, producing half a billion stems each year at Longrock, Penzance. The farm needs roughly…
Forget Brexit – the pandemic is by far the toughest test the EU has ever facedIrish IndependentWe can be a strange, perplexing little country at times. O n the one hand, we like to pride ourselves on the notion of being the ‘fighting Irish’. That’s not just our perception of ourselves, it’s an international phenomenon. We have a reputation…
Import embargo on 101 defence items would encourage self-reliance: PM ModiBusiness Standard IndiaModi underscored the opportunities the government has created for the private sector by bifurcating the capital procurement budget into separate domestic and foreign procurement routes Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the government’s…
NATO begins anti-submarine warfare exercises in ItalyUPIFeb. 22 (UPI) — Multi-nation anti-submarine warfare exercises, this year including a French aircraft carrier strike group, are underway in Italy, NATO announced on Monday. The Dynamic Manta 2021 drills, designed to enhance interoperability and…
Taiwan’s new China affairs head pledges to break cross-strait impasseFocus TaiwanTaipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan's new top China affairs chief pledged during his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday to do his best to break the impasse with China without sacrificing the nation's sovereignty, but offered no specifics on how he planned to…
U.S. will build on ‘Quad’ to deal with China: State Dept.Yonhap News AgencyWASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) — The United States will continue to build on its multilateral dialogue in the Indo-Pacific, known as the Quad, to face many challenges in the region, including China, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said…
UK DIT Seoul to Host ‘Hydrogen Economy, KOREA’…ADVFN DeutschlandThe Department for International Trade (DIT) Seoul is hosting a webinar to launch their Market Intelligence Report on the Hydrogen Economy in South Korea. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: hxxps://www[.]businesswire[.]com…
Cybersecurity Impact
‘Silent stealing’: cyber fraudsters expand mass, low-return operations in the pandemic Criminals are targeting hundreds of thousands of individuals for as little as £10, reasoning that such thefts are less likely to be reported hxxps://bit[.]ly/3aGOK77 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1363891633444564999/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter'Silent stealing': cyber fraudsters expand mass, low-return operations in the pandemic Criminals are targeting hundreds of thousands of individuals for as little as £10, reasoning that such thefts are less likely to be reported…
Adversaries exploit supply chains, double down on COVID-19 and ransomwareHelp Net Security – NewsSupply chain attacks, ransomware, data extortion and nation-state threats prove to be more prolific than ever, a CrowdStrike report suggests. eCrime attacks made up 79% of all intrusions (via hands-on-keyboard activity). Among a popular vector for…
Adversaries exploit supply chains, double down on COVID-19 and ransomware Supply chain attacks, ransomware, data extortion and nation-state threats prove to be more prolific than ever, a CrowdStrike report suggests. eCrime attacks made up 79% of all in… hxxps://bit[.]ly/2ZE8eTK hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1364148405153456131/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterAdversaries exploit supply chains, double down on COVID-19 and ransomware Supply chain attacks, ransomware, data extortion and nation-state threats prove to be more prolific than ever, a CrowdStrike report suggests. eCrime attacks made up 79% of all…
Cyber fraudsters ditch big money scams in favour of ‘silent stealing’ during pandemic hxxps://news[.]sky[.]com/story/cyber-fraudsters-ditch-big-money-scams-in-favour-of-silent-stealing-during-pandemic-12225411Metacurity – TwitterCyber fraudsters ditch big money scams in favour of 'silent stealing' during pandemic hxxps://news[.]sky[.]com/story/cyber-fraudsters-ditch-big-money-scams-in-favour-of-silent-stealing-during-pandemic-12225411
Cybercrime Groups More Prolific, Focus on Healthcare in 2020Dark Reading – All StoriesAlmost four of every five attacks attributed in 2020 were conducted by cybercriminal groups, a significant jump from 2019, with attacks on healthcare or using the pandemic rising fast.
Cybercrime Groups More Prolific, Focus on Healthcare in 2020 Almost four of every five attacks attributed in 2020 were conducted by cybercriminal groups, a significant jump from 2019, with attacks on healthcare or using the pandemic rising fast. hxxps://bit[.]ly/2ZD20DA hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1364050103246467075/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCybercrime Groups More Prolific, Focus on Healthcare in 2020 Almost four of every five attacks attributed in 2020 were conducted by cybercriminal groups, a significant jump from 2019, with attacks on healthcare or using the pandemic rising fast….
Despite COVID-19 pandemic, Imperva reports number of vulnerabilities decreased in 2020Security Bloggers NetworkImperva’s report, The State of Vulnerabilities in 2020 has revealed that unlike in previous years, researchers observed a fall in the number of vulnerabilities last year, even as businesses were compelled to accelerate digital transformation…
Half of businesses suffered a cyber-attack in last 12 monthsCity A.M.Just over half (51%) of businesses in the UK have suffered a cyber-attack in the last 12 months, an issue becoming more prevalent with so many people working from home. Research by the Chartered Institute of Internal Audits (CIIA), which quizzed…
RT @Cyber_O51NT: North Korean hackers could ramp up cyberattacks on COVID-19 targets in near future hxxps://thefrontierpost[.]com/north-korean-hackers-could-ramp-up-cyberattacks-on-covid-19-targets-in-near-future/Securityblog – TwitterRT @Cyber_O51NT: North Korean hackers could ramp up cyberattacks on COVID-19 targets in near future hxxps://thefrontierpost[.]com/north-korean-hackers-could-ramp-up-cyberattacks-on-covid-19-targets-in-near-future/
via @helpnetsecurity Adversaries exploit supply chains, double down on COVID-19 and ransomware hxxps://bit[.]ly/3bv3TYCBrianHonan – Twittervia @helpnetsecurity Adversaries exploit supply chains, double down on COVID-19 and ransomware hxxps://bit[.]ly/3bv3TYC

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