30 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 12 shocking images show extent of in India (Detroit Free Press)
  • Austria courts face fallout from ski resorts’ virus spread (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • British holidaymakers ‘can visit France from June 9’ (London Evening Standard)
  • British tourists are welcome in France from June 9 if they have vaccine or negative test (Mail Online UK)
  • Britons can visit France with health pass starting June 9 under Macron lockdown exit roadmap (Telegraph)
  • Culture venues in Belgium defy ban, reopen illegally (star-telegram.com)
  • Dismay in Malaysia at growing use of the reserves by the govt amid Covid-19 pandemic (The Straits Times All News)
  • Germany sets new European record with 1m coronavirus vaccinations in a day (Telegraph)
  • Germany, France Lead EU Push for Covid-19 Curbs on India Flights (Bloomberg)
  • Global supply chain continues to shift away from China, but it remains the top sourcing location (South China Morning Post)
  • India blames a virus variant as its Covid-19 crisis deepens (Today Online)
  • Jabs offered at all 40-somethings as France ‘to welcome Brits in June’ (London Evening Standard)
  • Japan to provide India with aid to fight unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak (Bernama)
  • Japan to send oxygen concentrators, ventilators for India’s Covid-19 response (Hindustan Times)
  • Portugal reaches final phase of lockdown easing, land border with Spain reopens (Mail Online UK)
  • Switzerland Tax Agency Announces Further Extension of Cross-Border Worker Taxation Agreement With Germany Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Thursday, April 29, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, April 29, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE sends medical supplies to India (Outlook India)
  • UK – Fact Check-Reports about the COVID-19 outbreak in India are not ‘a UK government ploy to keep people terrified’ (Reuters)
  • UK – Judge orders Matt Hancock to release information over PPE contract links (Channel 4)
  • UK – Leading experts add pressure on Boris Johnson to launch Covid inquiry (The Independent)
  • UK – Matt Hancock ordered to hand over WhatsApp messages regarding PPE deals (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Social distancing not needed at big events, Boris Johnson to be told (Telegraph)
  • US – CDC: 30% of U.S. Population Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus (US News & World Report)
  • US – Charlie Baker says Massachusetts could lift coronavirus restrictions early if more people get vaccinated (Boston Herald)
  • US – Covid Surge in Oregon Shows U.S. Fight Against Pandemic Not Over (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut records 1.3% COVID-19 positivity rate, lowest in a day since October (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Georgia Gov. Kemp argues Biden spending plans ‘a year late’ as states reopen (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Let the good times flow: California is allowing water parks to reopen (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Michigan unveils reopening plan tied to COVID-19 vaccination rates (ABC News)
  • US – Minnesota teens urged to stay wary of COVID-19 ahead of proms, celebrations (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Oregon governor extends COVID-19 emergency, hints it could be lifted this summer (Oregonian)
  • US – SA authors debate impacts on Disney stock as California parks reopen (Seeking Alpha)
  • US – Want Massachusetts could lift COVID-19 restrictions sooner? Charlie Baker says ‘get vaccinated’ (boston.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • World aid arrives to India, Brazil’s fatalities top 400,000 (Irish Times)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Durante el embarazo, la decisión de recibir una vacuna contra el COVID-19 sería muy complicada (Chicago Tribune)
  • Embattled Covid-19 jab maker Astrazeneca reports $275m of vaccine sales (City A.M.)
  • Gilead reports $1.5bn of remdesivir sales as revenues disappoint (Financial Times – Asia homepage)
  • Global Cases Top 150 Million; Astra Vaccine Move: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • Lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic for the EU BioEconomy (Biotech Blog)
  • Moderna aims to make three billion doses of coronavirus vaccine (Pharma Letter)
  • Monoclonal antibody CT-P59 shows preclinical efficacy against South African SARS-CoV-2 variant (News-Medical.Net)
  • Researchers characterize a large set of therapeutic antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 variants (News-Medical.Net)
  • Russia on guard for third wave of pandemic as vaccine take-up lags (Irish Times)
  • Should the UK export vaccines to help India reign in the pandemic? (Sky News)
  • Tocilizumab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial (The Lancet)
  • Trump calls himself ‘father of the vaccine’ and claims he deserves credit for coronavirus shots (The Independent)
  • [World Report] Experts criticise India’s complacency over COVID-19 (The Lancet)
Societal & Economic Impact
Colombians protest tax reform amid deadly coronavirus outbreakDeutsche WelleAmid a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping Colombia, the government is pushing a tax reform that could spell further hardship for the country's low-income earners.
Covid-19 Task Force Still Allowing Travel Activities on April 22-May 5Tempo.coTEMPO[.]CO , Jakarta -  Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force Wiku Adisasmito confirmed that people are permitted to travel from April 22 until May 5, 2021. “All travel activities are still allowed with mobility restrictions, [such as having] a…
German economy shrinks 1.7% in first quarterDeutsche WelleAn extension to restrictions during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hampered Germany's economic recovery at the start of 2021. Germany's economy shrank 1.7% in the first quarter, according to official data on Friday. The coronavirus…
More than a year into the pandemic, mixed signals on homelessness in D.C.Washington PostThe number of chronically homeless people in the District increased by more than 20 percent last year, even as the total number of homeless residents fell by about the same amount, city leaders said Thursday. More than a year into the coronavirus…
Skipping meals and facing homelessness: Single parents suffer from cuts to coronavirus supplementABC OnlineIt's been almost a month since the federal government drastically reduced the coronavirus supplement to $50 a fortnight from its peak of $550. For anyone, that's a lot of money. But for single parents, many of them women, the extra cash offered them a…
US economy accelerated at a robust 6.4% rate last quarter on stimulusBusiness Standard IndiaUS economy grew at a brisk 6.4 per cent annual rate last quarter a show of strength fuelled by government aid and declining viral cases that could drive further gains Powered by consumers, the US economy grew at a brisk 6.4 per cent annual rate last…
US economy soars 6.4% in first quarter as stimulus and vaccinations help recoveryThe GuardianVaccinations, round of stimulus and a steady recovery in the jobs market helped reverse some of the impact of the pandemic The US economy took off in the first quarter soaring 6.4% as rising vaccinations, a massive round of government stimulus and a…
Unemployment Claims Sink To New Pandemic Low Of 553,000Forbes.comTopline New claims for regular state unemployment benefits fell to 553,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, reaching another new pandemic low as businesses reopen and vaccines continue rolling out. Key Facts…
Vendor paid to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing in Pennsylvania reports breachNationalPost.comInsight Global, a vendor paid to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing in Pennsylvania, said on Thursday that some personal information collected by its employees during contact tracing may have been accessible to persons beyond authorized employees and…
Geopolitical Impact
China minister promises support to IndiaIndian ExpressChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday promised to do the utmost in supporting India’s fight against the COVID-19 surge and said that anti- pandemic materials produced in China were entering India at a faster pace. In a letter to External…
China nuclear buildup faster than expected, U.S. now believesWashington TimesChina’s military is advancing its nuclear arsenal and delivery systems so fast the Defense Intelligence Agency has had to move up its estimate of when Beijing will double its warhead stockpile, the general in charge of military intelligence told…
Kundapur: Transportation embargo results in hike in fruits, vegetables pricesDaijiworldcomDaijiworld Media Network – Kundapur (SP) Kundapur, Apr 30: The state government has imposed lot of restrictions on the movement of transport vehicles in tune with the curfew imposed by it. As a result, the transportation of fruits, vegetables and…
Ready to Provide Support: China, Other Nations Offer Aid to IndiaYahoo! IndiaAfter the United States and the United Kingdom among others pledged vital medical supplies and COVID-related aid to India, several other nations, including the bordering country China offered to help the subcontinent grapple with one of the worst…
Cybersecurity Impact
Analysis: ‘Cybersecurity Call to Arms’BankInfoSecurityThe latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of British spy chief Jeremy Flemming’s "cybersecurity call to arms." Also featured: Insights on COVID-19 business continuity planning; the wisdom of the late Dan Kaminsky.
Digital Fraud Attempts In India Up By More Than A Quarter, Says TransUnionBloomberg-QuintAs people remained stuck in their homes amid the spread of Covid-19 infections, cyber fraudsters went on the prowl. They tried hacking online goods’ deliveries, attempted credit card frauds and identity thefts. Data from TransUnion Research showed…
Dutch Government Pauses Coronavirus App Over Data Leak Fears hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/dutch-government-pauses-coronavirus-app-over-data-leak-fearsSecurityWeek – TwitterDutch Government Pauses Coronavirus App Over Data Leak Fears hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/dutch-government-pauses-coronavirus-app-over-data-leak-fears
Dutch government pauses coronavirus app over data leak fearsOffice of Inadequate SecurityAP reports: The Dutch government has temporarily disabled its coronavirus warning app amid data privacy concerns for people…
Flubot Spyware is Employing Smishing AttacksCywareFlubot, the Android-based spyware, has been spreading rapidly via missed package delivery SMS texts. According to the NCSC, Android smartphone users all around the U.K are being targeted by text messages spreading the spyware. What is happening? The…
Healthcare, cybersecurity and the Covid-19 vaccine supply chainManila Times2 Cyber criminals are well known for taking advantage of any opportunity. The largest vaccine rollout in U.S. history is no exception, with hackers now finding ways to target the supply chain. Understanding why the Covid-19 vaccine supply chain being…
How hackers are attacking the COVID-19 supply chainCBS NewsHackers have targeted companies that distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to a degree previously unreported, according to research from IBM Security. Starting last year, attackers attempted to access sensitive information about the vaccine's " cold chain "…
Lawmakers: Cybersecurity agency set up to fail without least $400 millionWashington TimesThe Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is set up to fail unless it receives at least $400 million more in funding, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers warned. The agency has collected $650 million from COVID-19 relief spending this year but…
What is Smishing? The 101 guideMalwarebytes Labs BlogSmishing is a valuable tool in the scammer’s armoury. You’ve likely run into it, even if you didn’t know that is its name. It doesn’t arrive by email or social media direct message, instead choosing a route directly aimed…

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