31 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A Year Of India’s Fight Against COVID-19 (Indiatimes)
  • AP PHOTOS: Venice has people in masks but no Carnival fun (Mail Online UK)
  • Australia calls for pharmacists to join virus COVID-19 vaccination (NationalPost.com)
  • Australia reopens New Zealand travel bubble; city of Perth enters snap lockdown (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Germany already ordering vaccines for 2022 (The West Australian)
  • Germany ordering COVID-19 vaccines for 2022, minister says (Global News Canada)
  • Germany: Disposal experts remove four World War II bombs in Göttingen (Deutsche Welle)
  • Japan may have 1st cluster of coronavirus variant (News On Japan)
  • Malaysia ramps up school lessons on TV amid pandemic (The Straits Times All News)
  • Mexico’s president says he’s recovering from COVID-19 (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Optimization of Hydrogen Cost and Transport Technology in France and Germany for Various Production and Demand Scenarios (MDPI)
  • S. Korea extends tougher virus curbs for 2 weeks ahead of holiday (Yonhap News Agency)
  • Tens of thousands march across France in latest protests over bill limiting filming of police (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Tens of thousands of people across France protest against new security bill (The Guardian)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • There is no such thing as Australia anymore: the pandemic killed it (TheAge.com)
  • Thousands march in Poland against abortion curbs – video (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘in awe’ of parents’ lockdown efforts (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will unite to lead the recovery task force (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says he’s ‘in awe’ of pandemic parents in open letter (Channel 4)
  • UK – Liz Truss insists UK Government has had ‘very tough’ border measures during pandemic (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak may be trapped between the wings of his own party (The Guardian)
  • US – 20 seafood workers in Alaska contracted COVID-19, city officials say (The Hill)
  • US – A California College Tries to Shield an Entire City From Coronavirus (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – CDC requires travelers to wear masks on planes, trains and buses during COVID-19 pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – COVID-19 hospitalizations continue downward trend in Delaware (Delaware State News.net)
  • US – Coronavirus pandemic prompts CDC to extend federal eviction moratorium (Boston Herald)
  • US – Coronavirus updates: West Virginia becomes first state to finish nursing home vaccinations, governor says, as new variants spread nationwide (Washington Post)
  • US – Coronavirus variant first found in South Africa has now arrived in Maryland (Washington Post)
  • US – Hawaii records 116 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total statewide tally to 25,771 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Illinois coronavirus: 57,292 more vaccinated, 3,345 more infected as positivity falls to 4% (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Letter: Oklahoma congressional delegation ought to back COVID-19 relief bill (Tulsa World)
  • US – Massachusetts congressman has COVID-19 after getting 2 vaccine doses (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Picturesque and unpolarised: how Vermont crushed the coronavirus (WA Today)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • All employees to be tested at Canada Post facility as COVID-19 outbreak grows (NationalPost.com)
  • BMW 3-series Gran Limousine: A winner on space and power (Column: Motown Calling) (IANS Live)
  • Coal India output likely to slip 4% in January after months of growth (Business Standard India)
  • Danone’s Faber says not ‘dogmatic’ about CEO-chairman role – JDD (Mail Online UK)
  • Dubai alliance to speed up distribution of Covid-19 vaccines (Khaleej Times)
  • Dubai to allow people over the age of 60 to take Sinopharm vaccine (Al Arabiya)
  • EU authorises AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine (Trade Arabia)
  • Facebook letting fake news spreaders profit, investigators claim (The Guardian)
  • Germany threatens legal action over vaccine delays; Brazil to receive millions of AstraZeneca doses (South China Morning Post)
  • Hong Kong Airlines penalised for breaching rules of Covid-19 wage relief scheme it tapped for HK$154.3 million (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Hungary to buy China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine (CNC World)
  • ICICI Bank posts Q3 profit at Rs 5,498 crore (The Statesman)
  • Lebanon expects to receive Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shipments in February (Al Arabiya)
  • Mass produced Johnson and Johnson vaccine could supply 100 million doses by June (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Microsoft Prez said Covid 19 helped us reduce carbon emission significantly (Livemint.com)
  • Mighty Amazon looks all but unassailable as Covid continues (The Guardian)
  • Moderna vaccine creator calls Johnson & Johnson’s competing shot a ‘darn good’ tool to fight the pandemic (Business Insider)
  • More than 1,100 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are accidentally DESTROYED in Florida (Mail Online UK)
  • Pak secures 17mn doses of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine (IANS Live)
  • Pakistan Secures 17 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine (Pekingpress.com)
  • Pakistan set to get AstraZeneca, Sinopharm shots (Hindustan Times)
  • Pfizer promises to speed up vaccine research amid COVID-19 mutation threat (New York Post)
  • Pfizer, AstraZeneca jabs seen to arrive by February from COVAX facility (Philippine Star)
  • Q&A: Why is the EU locked in a row with AstraZeneca over its Covid-19 vaccine (Irish Independent)
  • Qantas to fly home stranded Australians on Norfolk Island (ABC Online)
  • Samsung Profits Down LG Electronics Up As COVID-19 Has Impact (Channel News Australia)
  • Takeda works on drug to treat COVID complications (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Tata Motors says worried by chip shortage, Brexit impact on supplies (Business Standard India)
  • The vaccine feud between Europe and AstraZeneca, explained (Washington Post)
  • Would you care for a drop of nationalism in your vaccine? (Irish Independent)
  • Zuckerberg lobbies Josh Frydenberg over plan to force Facebook and Google to pay for news content (The Guardian)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 10 days of struggle: Inside Biden’s early coronavirus vaccine effort (Washington Post)
  • Coronavirus updates: West Virginia becomes first state to finish nursing home vaccinations, governor says, as new variants spread nationwide (Washington Post)
  • Coronavirus vaccine would have to be 85 percent effective to stop a surge in deaths (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Coronavirus variants threaten to upend pandemic progress. Here’s how 4 top vaccine makers are fighting back. (Business Insider)
  • Germany already ordering coronavirus vaccines for 2022 (Mail Online UK)
  • High rates of COVID-19 cases, not vaccine delivery, led to rise in reported deaths (Reuters)
  • Massachusetts congressman has COVID-19 after getting 2 vaccine doses (star-telegram.com)
  • New clinical trials raise fears the coronavirus is learning how to resist vaccines (star-telegram.com)
  • Pregnant people who get COVID-19 may pass their babies disease-fighting antibodies in the womb, study suggests (Business Insider)
  • Two lawmakers test positive for coronavirus, one after receiving both doses of vaccine (Washington Post)
Societal & Economic Impact
Dodger Stadium’s COVID-19 vaccination site shut down after protesters gather at entrancestar-telegram.comLOS ANGELES — Dodger Stadium’s mass COVID-19 vaccination site was shut down Saturday afternoon as about 50 protesters gathered at the entrance, stalling hundreds of motorists who had been waiting ……
Education booms as pandemic pressures global economyAustralian Financial ReviewA company paid by universities to improve student performance is getting a $10 million private-equity injection after demand for its services during the pandemic soared 70 per cent in Europe and 40 per cent in Australia. Sydney-based Studiosity runs a…
Go digital, boost PH economy amid pandemic, MSMEs urgedPhilippine Daily InquirerMANILA, Philippines — Senator Sonny Angara on Sunday urged more businesses to go digital in order to remain competitive under the new normal and to boost the country's economy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. "We want to see more economic activity this…
Gun sales on the rise amid pandemic uncertainty, Biden’s vow for gun reformThe HillGun sales are on the rise across the U.S. with some experts predicting that gun reform policies championed by the Biden administration as well as the continuing uncertainty around the pandemic will keep gun sales high in 2021. A record number of…
It Looks Like the Number of People Receiving Another Stimulus Check May ShrinkNasdaqImage source: President Joe Biden is attempting to make good on his promise to push for $2,000 stimulus checks by promoting an economic aid bill that includes another direct payment — this one for $1,400. Added to the $600 checks passed into law in…
Japan eyes additional aid as coronavirus state of emergency set for extensionJapanTimes.co.jpA source close to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said an extension would be inevitable for eight of the 11 prefectures under the emergency declaration.
New protests in France over security law, coronavirus restrictionsThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 31, 2021 6:47 AM Also among the protesters were young people calling for the right to hold rave parties.
Protesters disrupt coronavirus vaccination site in Los AngelesBangkokpost.com Most recentLOS ANGELES: Protesters briefly disrupted a coronavirus vaccination distribution centre at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, US media reported Saturday.
The Three Biggest Lessons of the Coronavirus EconomyNew YorkerSince the coronavirus pandemic hit the American economy like a bulldozer, last spring, we’ve learned three important lessons. Getting the policy response right matters enormously. Aggregate economic statistics can disguise a great deal of individual…
Unemployment ravages Jordan after devastating Covid-19 waveAbu Dhabi NationalLack of opportunity afflicts the young, but even experienced workers cannot find jobs Jan 31, 2021 January 31, 2021 Veteran tour guide Mohammad Rida used to make more than $100 a day before the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and Jordan last year. It…
Geopolitical Impact
China still ‘largest source of critical items’ for IndiaThe HinduChina still remains the largest source of critical imports for India, from mobile phone components to pharmaceutical ingredients, and India is working on a multi-pronged strategy to reduce this reliance, which is a bigger concern than the imbalance…
EU backs off vaccine threat in UK rowTaipei Times Online‘VACCINE NATIONALISM’: The tussle exposed the effects of vaccine shortages on immunization programs amid fears that developing countries would be left behind AFP, BRUSSELS The EU on Friday backtracked on a threat to restrict exports of COVID-19…
No longer the Hong Kong we knew: Thousands flee for UK amid China crackdownBusiness Standard IndiaMany say China's encroachment on their way of life and civil liberties has become unbearable Cindy had a comfortable lifestyle in Hong Kong: she owned several properties with her husband, they had a good business going. But last year she made up her…
Thousands flee Hong Kong for UK, fearing China crackdownAsahi.comLONDON–Cindy had a comfortable lifestyle in Hong Kong: she owned several properties with her husband, they had a good business going. But last year she made up her mind to leave it all behind and move her family to Britain, and not even a global…
UK minister says EU recognizes error in triggering Brexit clause over vaccinesGlobal News CanadaBritain’s Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove on Saturday said that the European Union had recognized they made a mistake by briefly attempting to restrict some exports of COVID-19 vaccines by invoking an emergency Brexit clause.
Utah’s global trade potential is unlimited, and Gov. Cox can lead the wayDeseret NewsUtah’s place in a global market can be solidified in future decades. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News During the last years of his governorship, Gov. Gary Herbert led trade missions to Taiwan (2018) and Japan (2019). The global COVID-19 pandemic spoiled…
Cybersecurity Impact
5 Insights From NSA’s 2020 Cybersecurity Year In ReviewForbes.comThe NSA provided cyber threat intelligence, cybersecurity assessments and foundational cybersecurity guidance to Operation Warp Speed (OWS), including safeguarding intellectual property, all focused on accelerating Covid-19 vaccine development. In…
Federal politicians caught up in WA COVID-19 scare as Victoria records another zero dayTheAge.comAuthorities have scrambled to meet a flight from Perth to Canberra carrying federal politicians who may have to self-isolate because of a sudden lockdown in parts of Western Australia.

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