23 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • China guards against COVID-19 resurgence over winter, spring (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • Could coronavirus threaten China’s shift towards market economy? (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Germany looks set to extend lockdown into December as infections remain high (CNBC)
  • Mexico confronts the coronavirus (Oman Observer)
  • No respite from coronavirus crisis in India. What next? (India Today)
  • Pakistan announces closure of schools, colleges,… (Khaleej Times)
  • Singapore’s measures to gradually reopen borders (The Straits Times All News)
  • South Korea to close bars and restrict restaurants amid coronavirus spike (The Independent – Asia)
  • Spain will start vaccination programme in January, Prime Minister Sanchez says (Reuters)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson is set to unveil plans for a £7billion coronavirus screening revolution (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to end U.K. coronavirus lockdown on Dec. 2 but keep firm restrictions in place (New York Daily News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to relax the national coronavirus lockdown and allow households to celebrate together over Christmas (Business Insider)
  • UK – One last splurge: Rishi Sunak to spend billions of pounds more despite debt pile (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak to promise £150m extra spending on homelessness (The Guardian)
  • US – Florida basketball pauses because of COVID-19 (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Human trafficking spikes in Texas amid pandemic (Houston Chronicle)
  • US – Mass COVID-19 vaccination gets a dry run in a Louisiana parking lot (TheAge.com)
  • US – Nevada tightens COVID-19 limits on casinos, eateries; broadens mask mandate (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Pandemic Crowds Bring ‘Rivergeddon’ to Montana’s Rivers (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – Start your week smart: Pennsylvania lawsuit, NASA, Biden, Covid 19, Black Friday (CNN)
  • US – ‘Curfew Breakers’ protest held in California against latest COVID-19 restrictions (New York Post)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Weekly news summary: mobile towers in focus, 5G coming in France, cinema release window under pressure (Telecompaper)
  • When was the last time you had a conversation that did not involve COVID-19 in UAE? (Gulf News)
  • With hugs, kisses and a drag duo, border between Australia’s two largest states reopens (NationalPost.com)
Actions by Companies
  • Adani Ports slips over 4% in three days (Business Standard India)
  • Americans could start receiving Pfizer vaccine ‘as early as 11 December’ (Sky News Latest)
  • AstraZeneca and Oxford say COVID-19 vaccine shows 70% efficacy (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford said their Covid-19 vaccine was found to be as much as 90% effective in la… https://t.co/qqotadavRL (WSJ – Twitter)
  • AstraZeneca says its coronavirus vaccine can be around 90% effective (News5 – InterAksyon)
  • Britons could get Pfizer vaccine BEFORE Americans as regulator prepares to decide (Mail Online UK)
  • Can AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines stay aloft amid the coronavirus pandemic? Only with major restructuring, experts say (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Cathay Pacific says demand for Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble flights was ‘overwhelming’, before Covid-19 fourth wave forced delay (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Crown Castle lays off 250 but says company is performing well (Telecompaper)
  • Danone cuts up to 2,000 jobs (FT.com – Companies)
  • Dosing underway in study of Molecular Partners and Novartis COVID-19 candidate, MP0420 (Seeking Alpha)
  • E-commerce, food delivery services bolster Naspers revenue (IT Web)
  • HSBC among banks driving greener future economy (The Straits Times Print Business News)
  • Health Canada grants emergency-use authorization to Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody treatment (CTV News)
  • How does Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, with 70% efficacy, stack against Pfizer, Moderna? (Hindustan Times)
  • Huawei’s Chinese mobile rivals look to capitalise on its U.S. woes (Business Standard India)
  • Infosys gains 4%, nears record high amid report Co may win Daimler deal (Business Standard India)
  • Instant View: AstraZeneca says its coronavirus vaccine is around 90% effective (Yahoo! India)
  • Kenya Airways, Air France/KLM suspend longstanding JV (CH-Aviation)
  • Maybank extends repayment assistance until June 30 (thestar.com.my)
  • Oxford coronavirus vaccine 70% effective against Success rate, efficacy of Pfizer, Moderna vaccines (India Today)
  • Qantas CEO celebrates border reopening (WA Today)
  • Qantas’ new rule for international travel (HeraldSun.com.au Top News)
  • S.Korea shares hit near 3-year high on Samsung Elec, SK Hynix boost (Reuters UK)
  • SABC crisis: There must be govt funding or the board must be allowed to retrench (News24)
  • Singaporeans’ financial well-being under stress from Covid-19, OCBC survey finds (The Straits Times All News)
  • Southwest Airlines is using the pandemic to encroach on rivals’ territory in new airports https://t.co/iEX9NVGYdI (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Tata Group, Singapore Airlines infuse Rs 585 crore in Vistara Report (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Telkom South Africa invests ZAR 6.7 bln yearly on broadband infrastructure (Telecompaper)
  • Trump accuses Pfizer and Moderna of working to stop his re-election (Yahoo! India)
  • U.K. Sees Astra, Pfizer Vaccine Rollout Starting Next Month (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • UAE’s Emaar Development Registers Solid Sales (BEDigest)
  • Varian Medical Systems: Key Upside Factors To The Siemens Transaction (Seeking Alpha)
  • Western Union acquires $200-million stake in Saudi telecom unit (Business Standard India)
  • What Made Major Tech Giants: Google, Twitter, FB Threaten To Leave Pakistan (Yahoo! India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
COVID-19 impact UK plunges into deep recession, Rishi Sunak warns people of hard timesMoneycontrol.com. The UK economy plunged into a deep recession as it shrank 20.4 per cent between April and June at the height of the coronavirus lockdown, according to new figures released on Wednesday. Reacting to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, UK…
Confrontation at German coronavirus protest goes viralstar-telegram.comA video went viral Sunday in Germany of a confrontation at a coronavirus protest, where a young woman compared herself to a famous Nazi resistance fighter and then was accused ……
Demonstrators target Poloncarz’s home to protest Covid-19 restrictionsBuffalo News11 hrs ago Anti-shutdown protesters gather outside the home of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to express opposition to the economic restrictions imposed by the state government to stop the spread of Covid-19 during a rally on Sunday, Nov. 22,…
Germany’s Heiko Mass slams coronavirus protesters for Nazi victim comparisonsSouth China Morning Post – NewsGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday lashed out at anti-mask protesters comparing themselves to Nazi victims, accusing them of trivialising the Holocaust and “making a mockery” of the courage shown by resistance fighters.The harsh words came…
HK$5,000 subsidy for those who contract Covid-19 in Hong Kong will only cover workers not entitled to paid sick leaveSouth China Morning Post – NewsA HK$5,000 subsidy for Hong Kong workers who contract Covid-19 locally would only be available to those not entitled to paid sick leave, the government said on Monday, after caving in to public pressure and tightening the criteria for the…
Health, economy equally important amid pandemicPhilippine Information AgencyILOILO CITY, Nov. 23 (PIA) – Health and economy are equally important amid the country’s ongoing fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to assistant regional director Engr. Arecio Casing, Jr. of the National Economic and…
Leaders of the world’s major economies pledged to spare no effort to combat the virus and its effects and said the… https://t.co/dZw9KsbCITWSJ – TwitterLeaders of the world’s major economies pledged to spare no effort to combat the virus and its effects and said the Covid-19 vaccination should be extensive, affordable and accessible https://on.wsj.com/3nNpFvb
Long-awaited federal rent subsidy program for businesses hurt by COVID-19 opens todayNationalPost.comOTTAWA — Businesses struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to start applying today for a long-awaited new commercial rent-relief program offered by the federal government….
Pandemic inflames violence against womenBangkokpost.com Most recentPARIS: No country has been spared the coronavirus epidemic, nor the scourge of domestic violence, which has surged during lockdowns as the day marking such violence approaches on Wednesday.
Protesters gather in O.C. in defiance of coronavirus curfewLos Angeles TimesAbout 200 protesters, many donning bright red caps and waving American flags, gathered Saturday night at Huntington Beach Pier in defiance of the state’s coronavirus curfew that went into effect at 10 p.m. Under the new stay-at-home order issued by…
Geopolitical Impact
In latest China jab, U.S. drafts list of 89 firms with military tiesYahoo! IndiaBy Karen Freifeld (Reuters) – The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of U.S. goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list…
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh should merge into one country: NCP Minister Nawab MalikBusiness Today IndiaMaharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on Sunday stated that his party – Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)- will welcome the Bhartiya Janta Party's move if its results in the creation of a single country by merging India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Malik said…
Next Year May See Global Respite, Economic Growth After Trade War, VirusBloombergIn 2019, the U.S.-China trade war blew a hole in global growth, in 2020, the pandemic caused a historic crash, but 2021 could be the year when U.S.-China ties stabilize and a vaccine draws a long-awaited line under the Covid crisis. Bloomberg…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cybercriminals are increasingly trying to attack the ultra-rich at home — here’s how concierge security firms are protecting themBusiness InsiderThe wealthy need to protect their homes from hackers Johannes Mann/ Boutique concierge cybersecurity firms are now catering to the rich and famous, protecting their private lives — and fortunes — from hackers. "The home is the new battleground" in…
Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concernsThe HillThe departure of the three of the Department of Homeland Security’s top cybersecurity officials over the past week is leading experts and officials to voice concerns that the United States has been left vulnerable to attacks in cyberspace, with…
People more digitally connected, vulnerable to cyber threats following COVID-19 pandemicBernamaPUTRAJAYA, Nov 23  — The COVID-19 pandemic has made people more digitally connected and dependent as well as more vulnerable, as they are exposed to cyberattack risks, said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin. He…
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