24 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Annalena Baerbock Holds the Keys to Germany’s Next Election (Spiegel Online)
  • Australia extends support to India amid COVID-19 surge (Ani News)
  • Belgium pushes on with bar reopening as hospitals near saturation (Mail Online UK)
  • Belgium’s De Croo: We’re working toward ‘a carefree summer’ (Politico.eu)
  • Biden to head to U.K. and Belgium for first trip abroad (CBS News)
  • Despite ‘working closely’ with India, US maintains silence on lifting Covid vaccine raw materials export (International Business Times India)
  • France, EU, Australia extend support, solidarity to India amid Covid-19 surge (Hindustan Times)
  • Germany calls for normalization of Serbia-Kosovo ties (Deutsche Welle)
  • Impact of India’s second wave felt in B.C. (VancouverSun.com)
  • Infectious Diseases Protection Act: Germany’s nationwide “emergency brake” brings these changes (General-Anzeiger)
  • Iran to bar travellers from India over COVID-19 variant, officials say (Mail Online UK)
  • Japan’s factory output speeds up amid virus measures (The Straits Times Print Business News)
  • Know when coronavirus pandemic will hit peak in India, IIT scientists make big revelation (News24online)
  • Polisario leader treated for coronavirus in Spain (ChannelAfrica.co.za)
  • Rolls-Royce in constructive talks with Spain over ITP Aero sale (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain holidays: Balearics welcome potential ‘green islands’ – ‘safe travel can be resumed’ (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • The Covid-19 catastrophe in India keeps growing (Asia Times Online)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for Friday, April 23, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 23, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s Former Top Aide Attacks U.K. Leader in Blog (Bloomberg)
  • UK – Britain could send ventilators to India, says Boris Johnson (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Britain could send ventilators to India: Boris Johnson says he is ‘looking at what we can do’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Former Boris Johnson aide denies leaking text messages (Deutsche Welle)
  • UK – Public could be able to ditch face masks over summer thanks to vaccine, claim UK Government advisers (The Scotsman)
  • US – A California dad led a fight to restart team sports at his son’s high school, drawing support from parents statewide. Meantime, his teen’s interest shifted to other fields. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2QtZBu3 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – CDC recommends pregnant women get coronavirus vaccine (Washington Post)
  • US – CDC records drop in coronavirus case rates as U.S. hits one-third mark in vaccinations (The Hill)
  • US – COVID19 NEWS: #NIH Clinical Center study now open to assess response to #COVID19 #vaccine in people with and without #immunedeficiency disorders. #NIAID study leaders plan to enroll 500 volunteers. #clinicaltrials #piawareness hxxps://bit[.]ly/32JP1BM hxxps://twitter[.]com/NIAIDNews/status/1385674290721435671/photo/1 (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – Coronavirus deaths ‘going in right direction,’ CDC director says (FOXNews.com)
  • US – FRIDAY, APRIL 23: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas (Arkansas Online)
  • US – Florida asks federal court to block CDC order and allow cruise lines to resume trips (FOXBusiness.com)
  • US – Illinois COVID-19 infection numbers moving in right direction as another 136,000 shots go into arms (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Kevin Rennie: Connecticut is reopening. It’s time for the General Assembly to do the same (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Maryland public universities will mandate coronavirus vaccines. Other campuses aren’t so sure. (Washington Post)
  • US – Michigan says Johnson & Johnson vaccinations should resume (Detroit News)
  • US – Michigan sees 311 percent spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations among children (New York Post)
  • US – Nevada to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – Ohio will begin releasing weekly data on coronavirus positivity rates by county (Cleveland.com)
  • US – People likely to still want Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot because it’s 1 dose: CDC director (Global News Canada)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Who Will Lead Germany After Merkel? The Battle Is On (Washington Post)
Actions by Companies
  • A.P. Moller – Maersk’s block train transports COVID-19 antigen self-test kits from China to UK (JARN)
  • Absa CEO’s departure a ‘big step backwards for transformation agenda’ (Times Live South Africa)
  • Apple to help workers get COVID-19 shots at its offices (Mail Online UK)
  • Beware of frauds related to life-saving and other drugs, says SBI (The Freepress Journal)
  • CDC panel urges US to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines (South China Morning Post)
  • Canada says third COVID-19 wave ‘critical’, panel expands use of AstraZeneca doses (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Canada says third COVID-19 wave ‘critical’, panel expands use of AstraZeneca doses (NationalPost.com)
  • Canada says third Covid wave ‘critical’, panel expands use of AstraZeneca doses (Livemint.com)
  • EU agency says people should get second dose of AstraZeneca too (Business Standard India)
  • EU agency to issue more guidance on AstraZeneca’s COVID shot (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • Egypt to produce 5 mln doses of Sinovac coronavirus vaccine in 2 months, 40 to 60 mln throughout 2021 (Al Ahram)
  • FDA Lifts Pause On J&J COVID Vaccine Following Panel Vote (Law360)
  • Hisense Hitachi Promotes Home Purification Mini-VRFs (JARN)
  • ICICI gains at HDFC Bank’s expense, issues 665,000 incremental credit cards (Business Standard India)
  • Indian hospitals buckle under surge and US lifts J&J jab pause (BBC)
  • KONE Elevator’s Amit Gossain: Why are elevators not an essential service? (The Freepress Journal)
  • MTN Group publishes 2020 Integrated, Sustainability, Transparency and Tax Reports (Polity.org.za)
  • Mahindra Group signs pact with hospitals to set up vaccination centres (Outlook India)
  • Many conquer gruelling and ‘new’ Bridgestone Route 66 (Krugersdorp News.co.za)
  • Ottawa inks deal with Pfizer for millions of booster shots (CTV News)
  • Our Journey, Because of You | Sasol 70th Anniversary | Message from our President and CEO (Cape Business News)
  • Panasonic to acquire full stake in US software firm Blue Yonder (Mainichi JP)
  • SABIC named among winners of Edison Awards (Arab News)
  • SBI cuts growth forecast to 10.4% on rising lockdowns (Economic Times)
  • Schlumberger earns $299 million in first quarter (Houston Chronicle)
  • Sinovac vaccine provides as much as 99.4% immunity against COVID-19, Thai researchers (Pattaya Mail)
  • Temasek, Filinvest partner vs virus (Philippines Daily Tribune)
  • The sixtysomethings facing a summer on sidelines as uncertainty reigns over relaxing rules on Covid measures after first AstraZeneca jab (Irish Independent)
  • U.S. health panel urges restarting Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations (Dallas Morning News)
  • U.S. to resume use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine immediately (Today Online)
  • US experts recommend resuming J&J Covid vaccinations (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • US health panel urges restarting Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccinations after pause over rare blood clots (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Vancouver BMW dealership shuttered amid COVID-19 outbreak (Global News Canada)
  • Virginia will immediately resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after CDC, FDA lift pause (Richmond.com)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • As pandemic surges anew, global envy and anger over U.S. vaccine abundance (Washington Post)
  • CDC recommends pregnant women get coronavirus vaccine (Washington Post)
  • CDC records drop in coronavirus case rates as U.S. hits one-third mark in vaccinations (The Hill)
  • Cadila Healthcare’s Drug Gets Emergency Use Approval For Moderate Covid-19 Treatment (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Coronavirus weekly need-to-know: Vaccine failure, outdoor masks, flushing toilets & more (star-telegram.com)
  • Driven by slow vaccine rollouts, new variants and pandemic fatigue, Covid-19 case rates across the globe are at their highest levels since the start of the health crisis. “There’s still a long way for this pandemic to run.” hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3eG9fC3 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Driven by slow vaccine rollouts, new variants and pandemic fatigue, Covid-19 case rates across the globe are at their highest levels since the start of the health crisis. “There’s still a long way for this pandemic to run.” hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3xkLrMn (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Interim findings from first-dose mass COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and COVID-19 hospital admissions in Scotland: a national prospective cohort study (Lancet)
  • Ohio coronavirus vaccine demand has slumped. Now comes the long slog toward herd immunity. (Cleveland.com)
  • Study reports on safety of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in pregnancy (News-Medical.Net)
  • U.S. Consulting With India on Virus But Isn’t Offering Vaccines (Bloomberg)
  • [Corrections] Correction to Lancet Infect Dis 2021; published online April 19. hxxps://doi[.]org/10.1016/S1473-3099(21)00227-9 (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
Societal & Economic Impact
61-year-old COVID-19 patient dies by suicide in BengaluruAni NewsBengaluru ( Karnataka ) [India], April 24 (ANI): A 61-year-old COVID-19 patient allegedly died by suicide here at Vijaaynagar Hospital on Friday night. The police said that the patient hanged himself from a ceiling fan at the hospital and the body of…
Is your Charter right to protest protected under COVID-19 restrictions? Here’s what a lawyer saysCBCCBC Hamilton spoke with three lawyers about the rights people in Ontario have when stopped by police under COVID-19 restrictions. Watch the video at the bottom of the page for the full interview. Do we have a protected right to protest under the…
Japan Declares COVID-19 State Of Emergency In TokyoMedIndiaJapan has declared a state of emergency over Covid-19 in the national capital Tokyo and the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. The emergency is aimed at curbing a surge in Covid-19 cases during the upcoming Golden Week holidays. "We must…
Japan declares Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka regionIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Tokyo, April 23 (IANS) Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday declared a state of emergency over Covid-19 in the national capital Tokyo and the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo. To get full access of the…
Japan’s latest coronavirus state of emergency draws mixed reactionsJapanTimes.co.jpWhile some have lauded the move, critics say the emergency's duration is "too short" and fails to convey a message that the country is in …
Physician Assistants Hit Hard By Furloughs, Pay Cuts In PandemicForbes.comPhysician assistants have been hit hard in the last year with 12% of PAs “furloughed either presently or at some point since the beginning of the pandemic,” according to a new report. A new analysis by the National Commission on Certification of…
Rising employment shows that the US economy doesn’t need more ‘relief’New York PostWith the economy showing evidence of steady recovery, federal aid incentivizing unemployment may soon be a bigger problem for the job market than pandemic layoffs. Thursday’s Labor Department report showed 547,000 first-time unemployment claims this…
Should stimulus checks be permanent? An increasing number of people – and Democrats – think so.Business InsiderBill Oxford/ Even before the pandemic, people like Andrew Yang were calling for recurring payments for Americans. Lawmakers and experts have said the three stimulus checks distributed so far are not enough. Some Democrats and economists want to make…
Surviving recession: I didn’t plan to start a firm after uni. COVID-19 made me do itChannel NewsAsiaSINGAPORE: When events started being put on hold around January 2020, I wasn’t particularly afraid. I thought I could adapt, and that I was assured of a job in the company where I’d done my internship. I majored in interactive media, and before my…
Unemployment claims in Rhode Island increased last weekProvidence JournalNew weekly unemployment claims in Rhode Island increased last week compared with the week prior, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday. New claims, a proxy for layoffs, rose to 5,546 in the week ending April 17, up from 4,973 the week before, the…
Geopolitical Impact
‘Australia punished, New Zealand rewarded’: How our neighbour avoided a trade war with ChinaABC OnlineIn New Zealand, dairy farmers produce far more milk than a nation of 5 million people can consume. In fact, there are about the same number of dairy cows in New Zealand as there are people. Key points: New Zealand's dairy exports to China are worth…
Bahrain updates arrival procedures for passengers from India, Pakistan and BangladeshDT News is Bahrain’sTDT | Manama The Daily Tribune – www[.]newsofbahrain[.]com The National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has updated International arrival procedures for passengers arriving through Bahrain International Airport from or…
Bahrain updates arrival procedures for passengers from India, Pakistan, BangladeshSaudi GazetteSaudi Gazette report MANAMA — All incoming passengers arriving in Bahrain from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh must undergo a PCR test for coronavirus not more than 48 hours before departure and provide proof of a negative test result with a QR code,…
China says in communication with India to provide help to combat COVID-19 surgeOutlook IndiaBy K J M Varma (Eds: Updating quotes) Beijing, Apr 23 (PTI) China on Friday said it firmly supports the Indian government and the people in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic and is in communication with New Delhi on its offer to provide…
China, Australia, France offer help to IndiaThe HinduPakistan-based charity Edhi Foundation offers 50 ambulances, emergency staff to deal with pandemic China is in contact with Indian officials and will assist India in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Spokesman of Beijing’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
Pakistan PM Imran Khan expresses concern over India’s Covid-19 situationHindustan TimesHome / World News / Pakistan PM Imran Khan expresses concern over India's second wave of Covid-19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says restricting travel from India, Pakistan necessaryMSN CanadaOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month must be done to keep Canadians safe. Trudeau says it was necessary because there has been a concerning surge of COVID-19 cases…
Russia, Europe to dispatch oxygen as China offers to helpChandigarh TribuneSandeep Dikshit Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 23 As the number of COVID-19 patients remained high, Russia, UK, France and Germany among other countries have offered to gift oxygen generating equipment to India. Germany will be the first to send…
Some ask why India and Pakistan, but not Brazil or elsewhere, subject to flight banCTV NewsMONTREAL — Though many Canadians, including members of parliament, welcomed the new ban on flights from India and Pakistan, some in Montreal are calling it a heavy burden. After all, the only flights taking place were for urgent purposes, they…
Taiwan has nothing to fear from China’s vaccine diplomacyTaiwan News OnlineKAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — There have been rumblings down in Paraguay of late and they are nothing to do with chipa manduvi, or any other local delicacy. Rather than being about the snack made of corn flour and peanut, the rumblings concern Paraguay’s…
Cybersecurity Impact
7 Types of Phishing: How to Recognize Them & Stay Off the HookSecurity Bloggers NetworkPhishing is today’s most dangerous cyberattack. Google noted a more than 600% spike in phishing attacks in 2020 compared to 2019 with a total of …
Cybersecurity Tensions Rise During President Biden’s First 100 DaysForbes.comCyber threats are a fact of life for nations and companies around the world. The United States government has recognized and addressed the growing risk of cyber attacks from adversaries dating back to at least 2001, when President George Bush…
Episode 114: Trifecta of Compromises Affect Enterprise SystemsWordfence – RSSAttacks on unpatched SolarWinds systems continue. We’re now learning of a supply chain attack that started in late January 2021 affecting 29,000 customers of Codecov, as well as a zero-day under active attack affecting customers of…
Insider Data Leaks: A Growing Enterprise ThreatDark Reading – All StoriesReport finds 85% of employees are more likely to leak sensitive files now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ransomware Epidemic: How Zero Trust Security Can HelpForbes.comSatish Mohan is the Chief Technology Officer at  Airgap Networks , where he is responsible for technology architecture and program innovation. The shift to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen a rapid increase in the number of ransomware…
WFH agents need cyberattack protectionPhilippines Daily TribuneThe coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has led to many workplaces adopting a hybrid setup where a number of its employees work from home and while it has since become a norm, cybersecurity threats remain as work devices can be quite…

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