25 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Canada’s fight against Covid-19 in critical stage’ (IANS Live)
  • A timeline of COVID-19 in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • A year on, Malaysia still grapples with coronavirus (thestar.com.my)
  • After failed Trump romance, France seeks reset under Biden (star-telegram.com)
  • Anti-lockdown protesters in Netherlands spar with police (The Hill)
  • Anti-lockdown rioters clash with Dutch police in the Netherlands – video (The Guardian)
  • Biden, France’s Macron promise to resume normal ties in Sunday call (New York Daily News)
  • China pushes fringe theories on pandemic origins, virus (star-telegram.com)
  • Israel bans international flights to curb coronavirus spread (The Straits Times All News)
  • Italy Premier Weighs Tactical Retreat Before Vote This Week (MSN New Zealand)
  • Italy to take legal action over COVID vaccine delays (Deutsche Welle)
  • No decision yet in France on third national Covid-19 lockdown, minister says (France24)
  • Only 50% of Malaysian workers have returned since border reopening (The Straits Times All News)
  • Portugal’s centre-right president re-elected but far right gains ground (The Guardian)
  • Portugal’s president poised for reelection, exit polls show (Deutsche Welle)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Jan. 24, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Top advisor says France at ’emergency’ virus point (BBC)
  • UAE Press: We are all responsible for preventing COVID-19 (WAM.ae Emirates)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s mission to level up the UK has been made four times harder by Covid pandemic (Telegraph)
  • UK – Matt Hancock fears another unspotted new Covid-19 variant is ‘out there’ (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • UK – School children are the pandemic’s ‘forgotten victims’ Tory MPs tell Boris Johnson saying classrooms must full reopen before Easter (Telegraph)
  • UK – U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns new COVID variant is more deadly (CBS News)
  • UK – “We may well be in a situation where we end up having to have an annual coronavirus vaccine” to cope with emerging… https://t.co/4f29xBmaO8 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Birx points to censorship, ‘leaking’ in Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 (Global News Canada)
  • US – CORONAVIRUS: Global Virus Update: US passes 25 million cases a year into Covid fight; SA registers 8,147 new cases (Daily Maverick)
  • US – California may have its own highly contagious homegrown COVID-19 strain (New York Post)
  • US – Did a homegrown coronavirus strain cause California’s recent COVID surge? (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Gov. Newsom expected to cancel California’s regional coronavirus stay-at-home orders (star-telegram.com)
  • US – In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – Louisiana coronavirus outbreak traced to statewide high school wrestling tournament (New York Daily News)
  • US – Louisiana wrestling tournament led to COVID-19 outbreak, officials say (New York Post)
  • US – Newsom expected to cancel California’s regional coronavirus stay-at-home orders (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Public School Enrollment Drops in Louisiana Amid Pandemic (US News & World Report)
  • US – Texas governor’s hands-off approach to Covid-19 has allowed the virus to thrive (The Guardian)
  • US – Trump administration had no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan -White House (NationalPost.com)
  • US – U.S. to Boost Surveillance of Covid Virus Variant, CDC Head Says (Bloomberg Law)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • coronavirus Australia Day COVID warning (9News.com.au)
Actions by Companies
  • 6.5 mln doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrives in Turkey (Al Arabiya)
  • Adecco Inovantage Report – The Workforce DNA edition (Zawya.com)
  • Aldi apologises to customers after SpecialBuys delay (Liverpool Echo)
  • Australia OK’s Pfizer’s COVID-19 jab, vaccinations to commence in February (Seeking Alpha)
  • Australia approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, warns of limited global AstraZeneca supply (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Canada Post tells 350 employees on same shift at Mississauga plant to go into isolation for 14 days (CBC)
  • Cathay Pacific says new Covid-19 quarantine for aircrew could force it to slash passenger flights by two-thirds and cost company up to HK$1.9 billion (South China Morning Post – News)
  • China spreading doubt on Pfizer vaccine and suggesting pandemic originated in US military labs (Mail Online UK)
  • Delaying 2nd Pfizer jab is an ‘unregulated and unlicensed’ trial (Sky News)
  • Dixon Technologies’ subsidiary to manufacture Nokia smart phones (Business Standard India)
  • Egypt launches programme using China’s Sinopharm vaccine (South China Morning Post)
  • French tech firm Schneider Electric tops global league of green firms (The Guardian)
  • Goldman Sachs cuts 2021 growth forecast for PH (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Google opening up its spaces in US for Covid-19 vaccination: Sundar Pichai (Business Standard India)
  • HSBC MENA & Turkey Eyes Growth Opportunities as GDP, Trade Rebound (BEDigest)
  • Healthcare Must Change in Light of Philips CEO (Bloomberg)
  • Hyundai makes a ‘Smartivity’ move to take on rivals in SUV market (Business Standard India)
  • Hyundai’s AI-based humanoid robot is ideal for showroom services amid Covid-19 (Hindustan Times)
  • IBM sales took a dip as pandemic hits tech firm (IOL)
  • JSW Steel approaches auto companies for a hike in contract prices (Business Standard India)
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates receives first dose of Covid vaccine (Business Standard India)
  • Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia with rollout expected in late February (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Romney: Total figure for Biden coronavirus stimulus is ‘pretty shocking’ (The Hill)
  • S.Africa’s Woolworths shares soar on expected profit surge (Mail Online UK)
  • Samsung is set to emerge stronger from scandal (FT.com – Companies)
  • Sany Heavy and Zoomlion have gained market share in China while their foreign competitors have been hobbled by Covi… https://t.co/6ewJI9vNIL (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Saudi Arabia’s Almarai 2020 net profit boosted by COVID-19 ‘pantry loading’ (Arab News)
  • Sinopharm vaccine, UAE cities among world’s safest and jobs in Oman – The Daily Update (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Strong demand for chips underlines TSMC’s vital role in supply chain (Focus Taiwan)
  • TCS briefly beats Accenture to become the world’s largest IT company (Business Insider India)
  • The Amazon phone call scam targeting people amid the pandemic (Liverpool Echo)
  • Turkish Airlines achieved the highest “Diamond” status in the health and safety (bizbahrain)
  • Why Investec should divest from the nuclear weapons industry (Daily Maverick)
  • Worst over for Asean economies but challenges remain: BNP Paribas (Business Times Singapore)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Asian shares rise as U.S. stimulus plans offset virus woesPhilippine Daily InquirerSYDNEY – Asian shares rose on Monday as concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and delays in vaccine supplies were eclipsed by expectations of a $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus plan to help revive the U.S. economy. Global equity markets have scaled record…
Contact tracing calls reach highest level since start of pandemicIrish TimesRise comes despite HSE move to reduce number of calls made to positive cases Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome ,…
Davos Agenda: What you need to know about better businessWorld Economic ForumOne year ago, the World Economic Forum launched a new ‘Davos Manifesto’ in support of stakeholder capitalism. The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates the importance of people, planet and transparency in business decisions. The Davos Agenda will convene global…
Dutch rioters torch virus testing centre as anger mounts over new night curfewTheAge.comThe rioting youths took to the streets to protest against the new nationwide curfew designed to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands.
India leads the mobile-first consumer economy amid Covid-19, shows dataBusiness Standard IndiaWhile Covid-19 catalysed several trends, it most importantly fast-tracked the transition to a mobile-first world. Over the past decade, increasing globalisation, better connectivity and technological advancements have brought the world closer to a…
Paris says Biden, Macron in agreement on Covid-19, climate changeThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 25, 2021 7:04 AM The two leaders spoke for the first time since Mr Biden's inauguration in a telephone call Sunday.
Spanish government hails impact of furlough schemeFinancial Times – Asia homepageForecasts of unemployment resulting from coronavirus pandemic have been revised downwards
To build back better, we need to rethink global subsidiesWorld Economic ForumA green and blue post-COVID recovery will be limited as long as governments continue to subsidise sectors that damage the environment. Hopes of keeping global warming in check, saving our wild places and curbing future pandemics may rest on a global…
Two arrested for burning effigy of Denmark’s premier Mette Frederiksen at coronavirus protestSouth China Morning PostFive other protesters were briefly detained following unrest and clashes with police after the main demonstration The protest was staged by a group called Men in Black, which opposes the government‘s measures to stem the coronavirus
‘Kept my word’, says Biden after making first moves on pandemic, climate changeChandigarh TribuneTribune Web Desk Chandigarh, January 25 US President Joe Biden on Monday said that he kept his word by signing executive actions undoing policies put in place by former president Donald Trump and making his first moves on the pandemic and climate…
Geopolitical Impact
Biden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France’s MacronThe HillPresident Biden discussed NATO, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic during his first call as president with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday. According to a readout from the White House, Biden “stressed his commitment to bolstering…
China Overtook U.S. in Foreign Direct Investment, UN Agency SaysBloombergAs global flows faltered, U.S. and Europe lost, China gained Effects of coronavirus pandemic likely to linger in 2021 China overtook the U.S. as the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in 2020, a year in which overall global flows cratered…
China surpasses U.S. as largest recipient of foreign direct investment during Covid pandemicCNBCChina brought in $163 billion in inflows last year, compared to $134 billion attracted by the U.S., the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development wrote in a report released on Sunday. In 2019, the U.S. received $251 billion in inflows and…
Consumer mindsets are local despite globalizationWorld Economic ForumCurrent thinking asserts that globalization has created shared attitudes among demographic groups across markets. New research challenges these assumptions and proposes a more nuanced, localized approach. Companies must consider country-specific…
Fishing woes: how the industry is feeling pinch from Covid and BrexitBelfast TelegraphAt the home of Northern Ireland's largest fishing fleet, the implications of the Brexit deal and coronavirus weigh heavily on the minds of hundreds of Kilkeel fishermen. hile boats have continued to fish during the pandemic, plummeting prices for…
Geopolitics, domestic sentiment shape region’s vaccine raceThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 25, 2021 5:00 AM Thailand looked like it was ahead in the regional scramble for a coronavirus vaccine in October when it announced that a local firm would manufacture the OxfordAstraZeneca vaccine for domestic use and distribution to nearby…
Hontiveros alarmed over China’s new law on South China SeaCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 25) – Senator Risa Hontiveros expressed alarm over the law that China recently passed authorizing its coast guard to "take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons when national sovereignty,…
Macron and Biden Discuss NATO and Climate Change in First CallBloombergU.S. President Joe Biden and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held a phone call Sunday in which they covered issues from NATO to climate change and underscored a wish that their countries maintain a strong relationship. “The two Presidents had a…
S. Korea delays U.N. peacekeeping ministerial forum to Dec. due to pandemicYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) — South Korea has postponed its hosting of a high-level U.N. peacekeeping meeting, initially planned for April, to December due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministries of foreign affairs and defense said Monday. The decision…
U.K. Considers Stricter Border Controls on New Variant ConcernsBloombergHotel quarantine for arrivals is one option: Sunday Times Britain is concerned about importing new strains of Covid-19 The U.K. is considering tightening controls at its borders to prevent the import of new strains of coronavirus, which it fears may…
US carrier group enters South China Sea amid rising China-Taiwan tensionsBusiness Standard IndiaAmid increased tensions between Taiwan and China, a US aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt have entered the South China Sea to promote "freedom of the seas" The exercise is long-planned but comes as China conducts military…
Cybersecurity Impact
10 Ways Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Chains Need To Be Protected By CybersecurityForbes.comThe Pharma industry has lost $14 billion through Intellectual Property (IP) cyber theft worldwide, according to the United Kingdom Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance. 53% of pharmaceutical IP thefts and related breaches are carried out…
CyberScoopNews – How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic … https://t.co/lBqq9PNkVMCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic https://www.cyberscoop.com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ by @snlyngaas…
German Government Fears Cyber Attacks on Vaccination CentersBloombergThe government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of possible attacks by opponents of vaccinations or coronavirus skeptics on vaccine facilities. Due to “great media attention as well as the high dynamics and emotion” surrounding the topic,…
Ramifications of unemployment insurance fraud run deep in ColoradoBusiness Times SingaporeFrom out-of-work people to businesses fraud is causing millions in financial losses The notice for the unemployment claim arrived in December at American Furniture Warehouse headquarters with Jackie Brookshire’s name on it. “I basically run American…
Showering malware-laced laptops on UK schoolchildren is the wrong way to teach them about cybersecurityThe Register – SecurityColumn It is not good form to ruin people's online privacy. It is especially bad form if you're in a position of authority when you do this. It goes beyond bad form altogether if you're the Department for Education and you are potentially exposing…
SonicWall Probes Attack Using Zero-Days in Own ProductsInfosecurity – Latest NewsSonicWall Probes Attack Using Zero-Days in Own Products Security vendor SonicWall has warned its customers that threat actors may have found zero-day vulnerabilities in some of its remote…

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