25 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • COVID plunges Australia into more debt (9News.com.au)
  • China, Japan to resume two-way business travel by month’s end (South China Morning Post)
  • Christmas bubbles for Britain and France (stuff.co.nz)
  • Covid already circulating in Italy in September 2019 (News24)
  • Emmanuel Macron implores France to avoid third wave of coronavirus in address (Mail Online UK)
  • European Parliament approves 37,5 million aid to Portugal in combating Covid-19 and disasters (JornalEconomico.sapo.pt)
  • Finland keeps infections rates under control (Deutsche Welle)
  • France’s Macron Charts Exit From Covid-19 Lockdown (WSJ.com World News)
  • French President Emmanuel Macron outlined steps to emerge from France’s coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday amid a… https://t.co/3oNBWEBM9z (WSJ – Twitter)
  • India’s lavish weddings, sidelined by the coronavirus, are back at the altar (South China Morning Post)
  • Indonesia to resume calling visa process for Israel, seven other countries (indonesianews.net)
  • New Zealand ranked best place to be during Covid-19 pandemic (ONE News)
  • Pandemic highlights anger at Amazon in France (BBC)
  • Photos: Covid-19 pandemic lands Japan’s ramen bars in a soup (Hindustan Times)
  • South Korean protests fan COVID-19 fears (NationalPost.com)
  • Sweden limits holiday gatherings to eight people due to coronavirus (Mail Online UK)
  • Sweden: No signs that herd immunity is slowing down the virus (The Independent)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada on Nov. 24, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE to resume Friday prayers from Dec.4 (The Gulf Today)
  • UK – Christmas Bubbles: What Scientists Are Saying About Boris Johnson’s Covid Rules (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • UK – Major spending decisions by Rishi Sunak must wait until the pandemic is over (The Independent)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak to launch £3bn unemployment support plan (The Guardian)
  • UK – U.K. Government ‘Too Slow’ on Ventilator Shortage, Report Says (Bloomberg)
  • UK – When can shops reopen? Date non-essential retailers can open in England as Boris Johnson outlines post-lockdown plans (Yorkshire Evening Post)
  • US – CDC May Shorten Covid-19 Coronavirus Quarantine Duration From 14 Days (Forbes.com)
  • US – CDC considering shortening coronavirus quarantine period (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC warns Americans against traveling to Mexico because of the rise in COVID-19 cases. (Dallas Morning News)
  • US – COVID-19 claims 125 more lives in Illinois, officials say (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – California inmates paid millions in coronavirus pandemic relief in one of US biggest frauds (The Straits Times All News)
  • US – Doctors urge the CDC to warn Americans about coronavirus vaccine side effects (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Even if counties reach purple coronavirus alert, Ohio won’t mandate remote learning (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Florida prison population drops amid coronavirus pandemic (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – How should you celebrate Thanksgiving in California during the COVID-19 pandemic? (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Hundreds line up for free food distribution in New Jersey as pandemic continues (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Nebraska woman goes home after suffering 83 days with Covid-19 (CNBC)
  • US – Prisoner Becomes Fourth Minnesota Inmate to Die of COVID-19 (US News & World Report)
  • US – Reasons for Gratitude Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – Texas Infections Top Record; France to Ease Rules: Virus Update (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • US – The governor gives North Carolina a final warning on COVID-19 (Charlotte Observer)
  • US – U.S. stocks surged Tuesday, with the Dow crossing 30000 for the first time, after the Trump administration said it… https://t.co/y2tLJP62bI (WSJ – Twitter)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 1 biotech stock that profits from AstraZeneca’s success (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • Amazon staffers not happy with ‘turkey vouchers’ as new hires get bonuses: report (New York Post)
  • AstraZeneca eyes clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine in PH (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • AstraZeneca must prove it won’t profit from Non-govt body (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine success followed major scientific mistake (New York Post)
  • Best Buy expects holiday sales to slow as pandemic rages (Today Online)
  • Best Buy holds off on holiday forecast as pandemic rages (Today Online)
  • Brazils Petrobras to extend loans to suppliers: filing (Reuters)
  • Comcast Internet data limits spark frustration for Northeast customers (Washington Post)
  • Covid-19 increases urgency for banks to transform payment systems: Accenture (IANS Live)
  • How to get hired at Microsoft, according to current and former engineers and recruiters (Business Insider)
  • IKEA furnishes strong results despite pandemic (Rappler)
  • India Coronavirus Dispatch: AstraZeneca vaccine is key even at 70% efficacy (Business Standard India)
  • Medtronic results hit hard by pandemic, but better than Wall Street expected (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • Minister says Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines undergoing review process (Global News Canada)
  • Not working with any other partner for Covid-19 vaccination, says Pfizer (Business Standard India)
  • PH Close To Securing 60M Vaccines From AstraZeneca (Philippine News)
  • Pandemic-driven ventilator demand powers Medtronic’s profit beat (Reuters India)
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could reach Mexico in December, foreign minister says (NationalPost.com)
  • Qantas Airways Moves To Require COVID-19 Vaccine For Air Travel (Forbes.com)
  • Qantas Might Make It Mandatory For International Travellers To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 (Indiatimes)
  • Qantas airline plans to require coronavirus vaccine for international travel, CEO says (FOXNews.com)
  • Ryanair boss says new Covid travel rules not best way to deal with pandemic (Mail Online UK)
  • Sabic Is Said to Weigh IPO of Specialty Chemicals Business (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Samsung TV Sales Surge The Big Loser Is Hisense (Channel News Australia)
  • Samsung accounts for 1/3 of global TV sales in Q3, hitting new record amid pandemic (Hani.co.kr)
  • Sime Darby Property posts net loss of RM355.26 mln in Q3 (Bernama)
  • Sinopharm eyes bringing COVID-19 vaccine to market, says clinical trial results in various countries ‘good’ (Global Times)
  • South Africa: Covid-19 Brings the Future Forward for Naspers (AllAfrica.com)
  • Stadia Gaming Director Says 400 New Games in Development for Google’s Cloud Gaming Platform (Yahoo! India)
  • Steady volume gains a positive sign for Adani Ports and SEZ stock (Business Standard India)
  • Winning friends and influencing people (Business Times Singapore)
  • Xiaomi’s revenue growth spikes after Huawei slide (Taipei Times Online)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Backlog forces Alberta to skip contact tracing for 3,000 COVID-19 infectionsCBC'This is not good, this is not optimal, but this is, I think, choosing the lesser of two evils' Thousands of Albertans caught in a COVID-19 contact tracing backlog will no longer have their cases investigated. The province's contact tracing system has…
EU agency: violence against women surges under pandemic in EuropeKuwait News Agency25/11/2020 LOC13:29 10:29 GMT BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (KUNA) — During the lockdown of the first COVID-19 wave, police, women's shelters and non-governmental organisations in Europe reported a surge in domestic violence, especially targeting women, the EU…
Euro zone house prices set for reality check as pandemic bites: ECBReuters UKFRANKFURT (Reuters) – House prices in the euro zone are in for a reality check as a pandemic-induced recession pushes more people out of work and hits household confidence, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday. Residential property prices were…
From coronavirus pandemic to anti-racism protest, some of the best pictures of 2020Moneycontrol.comFrom the coronavirus pandemic to the anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd, Reuters photographers were on the ground covering the most important stories of 2020, and captured some of its most viral moments as well. Beyond the…
German economy grows better than expected 8.5% in Q3The Sun DailyFRANKFURT AM MAIN: Germany's economy grew by a better-than-expected 8.5% in the third quarter, revised data showed today, powered by household spending as the country emerged from tough coronavirus lockdowns earlier this year. The record increase in…
In Japan, suicide rates among men rise as coronavirus impact hits hardSouth China Morning Post – NewsNew statistics on suicide released by Japan’s health ministry indicate a growing sense of despair among the nation’s working men, as the coronavirus pandemic is blamed for job cuts at large companies, worsening workplace conditions and year-end…
It’s been a fabulous pandemic for the super-rich, but will it make our economy less equal?Sydney Morning HeraldThe uber-rich are having a great pandemic. Despite the biggest economic downturn in living memory the Australian Financial Review’s latest Rich List revealed the combined worth of the nation’s 200 wealthiest individuals increased by about 25 per cent…
Stimulus checks ‘critical’ to get economy back on its feet, economists say in letterstar-telegram.comEconomists have signed an open letter, urging lawmakers to pass another coronavirus relief package to provide direct payments to Americans and businesses that are struggling during the pandemic. Democrats, Republicans ……
Subsidies better for Covid-19 prevention than lockdownsBusiness Times SingaporeMANY European governments are trying to combat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic by imposing a "lockdown light", usually including limitations on the operations of restaurants, bars, as well as some non-essential shops. The assumption behind…
WA to bring in new contact tracing app9News.com.auWestern Australia will bring in a new contact tracing system with restaurants, pubs, gyms and even cinemas being forced to keep track of patrons using a new app.
Geopolitical Impact
China and Russia are using coronavirus vaccines to expand their influence. The U.S. is on the sidelines.Washington PostBERLIN — In the new frontier of vaccine diplomacy, there are two paths: stockpile or share. The first way is unfolding in the United States — with two promising coronavirus vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna on the cusp of approval — as the Trump…
China firmly opposes India’s move to ban more of its appsYahoo! IndiaNew Delhi [India], November 25 (ANI): China has firmly opposed India's move to ban more Chinese mobile applications and expressed hope that the Indian side would provide a "fair, impartial and non-discriminatory business environment" for all market…
China, Russia co-chair session of committee for regular meetings between heads of gov’tXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua co-chaired the 24th session of the committee for regular meetings between Chinese and Russian heads of government Tuesday via video link, together with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry…
Ethiopians suffer after tensions spill into warfareIrish TimesCountry in crisis over government refusal to sanction regional election Driving through central Addis Ababa last month, my driver scowled as his small taxi passed under a giant poster of Ethiopia’s prime minister and Nobel laureate, Abiy Ahmed. It…
Hong Kong seeks boost from China to jump-start economyNikkei Asian ReviewHONG KONG — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday a host of new measures to further integrate the city's battered economy with mainland China in an effort to seek new growth as the financial hub reels from its worst recession…
India sends 24 home to Pakistan after jail termTimes of IndiaAMRITSAR: India on Tuesday repatriated 24 Pakistani nationals — including 21 fishermen and three civilian prisoners — via Attari land border upon completion of their jail terms. This is the first repatriation of Pakistani prisoners after the outbreak…
Japan and China agree to restart business travel, coordinate on East China SeaChannelAfrica.co.zaJapan and China agreed on Tuesday to restart coronavirus-hit business travel this month and to continue talks on disputed isles in the East China Sea, in the first high-level dialogue since Japan picked a new leader in September 2020. The two-day…
Japan, China agree to work towards easing East China Sea tensionsEFETokyo (Japan), 24/11/2020.- Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi attends a joint news conference with China State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not in picture), amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, 24…
Pakistan gives U.N. a dossier on India after India submits one on PakistanYahoo! IndiaBy Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pakistan gave U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a dossier on Tuesday accusing India of stoking terrorism in Pakistan, a day after India provided a dossier to some U.N. Security Council members accusing…
Secret Cabinet Office Brexit memo warns of ‘systematic economic crisis’ with coronavirusMail Online UKCabinet Office memo marked 'official-secret' warns of a 'worst-case scenario'  It lists: 'severe flooding, pandemic influenza and coordinated industrial action' All of this against the backdrop of Britain's impending withdrawal from the EU Cabinet…
What is the Quad and can it contain China?Al JazeeraThe navies of Australia, India, Japan and the United States held their biggest naval drills this month, sending warships, submarines and aircraft to the Indian Ocean, in a move analysts said signalled the four countries’ seriousness in countering…
Cybersecurity Impact
Banks See Billion-Dollar Cyber Costs Soaring Even Higher in 2021BloombergCybersecurity tops list of expected budget increases in survey Pandemic fuels costs as industry works at home, shifts online Big banks and other financial firms predict the cost of warding off cyber criminals will keep climbing in 2021 as they work to…
Businesses see increase in cybersecurity breach attempts amid shift to remote work, report saysPhilippine StarStock photo of a woman working from home. (Pexels/Peter Olexa) SPONSORED ARTICLES An increase in cyber threats such as phishing and business email breaches were experienced by various organizations amid the shift in remote work, a report said. Telework…
Cert NZ tracks big rise in cyber attacks during pandemicNew Zealand HeraldBusiness 25 Nov, 2020 02:00 AM 3 minutes to read The Government's Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert NZ) fielded a record 2610 reports of cyberattacks in the September quarter, which included the second lockdown for Aucklanders. It continued a trend…
DeviceSHIELD combats rising cyber attacks and online fraud amid COVID-19IT Pro UKSHIELD, a global cyber security provider and compliance solution, has launched a new cyber fraud solution to help small businesses safeguard their online business amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dubbed DeviceSHIELD , this cyber security solution examines…
How cybersecurity supports digital transformation in healthcareSC Magazine USAs hospitals have gone digital they are now more vulnerable to cyberattacks. A ransomware incident earlier this fall forced many of the George Washington University Hospital’s operations offline. Today’s columnist, Vishal Salvi of Infosys, offers six…
Ransomware Has Catapulted This Insurtech Startup To $100 Million In RevenueForbes.comRansomware attacks, where hackers steal computer files and demand money in return, have exploded during the pandemic. The average ransom payment went from $41,000 in the third quarter of 2019 to $234,000 in 2020, according to Coveware, a ransomware…
Securityblog – RT @HostileSpectrum: Apparent failure of .cn research to integrate cyber espionage take to advance COVID19 vax candidates timeline, efficac…Securityblog – TwitterRT @HostileSpectrum: Apparent failure of .cn research to integrate cyber espionage take to advance COVID19 vax candidates timeline, efficacy remains curious. Was it deadends stolen, incompatibility in handling secrets for medical research, or simply…
The Cybersecurity 202: Biden’s DHS pick adds cybersecurity chops to the incoming administrationWashington PostPresident-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security will bring a boatload of cybersecurity experience to the job. Alejandro Mayorkas worked on numerous international cybersecurity agreements as deputy DHS secretary during the…
daveaitel – RT @HostileSpectrum: Apparent failure of .cn research to integrate cyber espionage take to advance COVID19 vax candidates timeline, efficac…daveaitel – TwitterRT @HostileSpectrum: Apparent failure of .cn research to integrate cyber espionage take to advance COVID19 vax candidates timeline, efficacy remains curious. Was it deadends stolen, incompatibility in handling secrets for medical research, or simply…
security4all – RT @ThreatCoalition: 1/ With the new COVID19 outbreak causing record levels of harm, we’re asking security professionals to consider contri…security4all – TwitterRT @ThreatCoalition: 1/ With the new COVID19 outbreak causing record levels of harm, we’re asking security professionals to consider contributing to and benefiting from the COVID19 Cyber Threat Coalition.

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