16 Dec 2020

South Korea warns of first potential lockdown as coronavirus numbers continue to rise

In South Korea, health officials have warned of the government enacting the country’s first lockdown since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic due to an alarming increase in new infections per day. South Korea has been considered as a model for effective Covid-19 response measures, earning praise after halting the

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11 Dec 2020

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Targeted in EU Cyberattack

According to cybersecurity experts, another cyberattack targeting COVID-19 vaccine development has occurred, this time accessing documentation about the vaccine created by Pfizer and BioNTech. Threat actors have been bent on stealing COVID-19 vaccine data, and this marks another breach in a series of efforts by malicious actors to capitalizing on

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10 Dec 2020

Hackers Raid European Agency for Pfizer Vaccine Docs

Yesterday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) disclosed that they had suffered from a cyberattack in which documents related to covid-19 vaccinations in the UK were compromised. The agency did not comment further on the details of the incident due to the impending investigation. BioNTech offered a few more details, stating

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09 Dec 2020

Two in U.K. Suffer Allergic Reaction to Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine

Two of the first recipients of the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the UK have developed an allergic reaction to the concoction, according to the National Health Service. Both victims are recovering well and the adverse response to the injection is not life-threatening. The incident prompted the NHS to

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04 Dec 2020

Facebook to Remove Covid-19 Vaccine Misinformation From Platforms

Facebook has recently updated its misinformation policy regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including vaccine-related content. Following its election cycle failure, the company is seeking to fight against claims that it isn’t implementing enough measures to protect its massive user base. Facebook stated yesterday that it plans to remove false claims and

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03 Dec 2020

Face recognition software making progress at recognizing masked faces

The NIST has found that facial recognition algorithms have improved their ability to detect identities even when the individual is wearing a mask. Since the beginning of the pandemic, numerous studies have been conducted to test the effect of masked faces on algorithms, as facial recognition software pre-pandemic was unable

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30 Nov 2020

Measures of Chinese Economic Activity Signal Widening Recovery

China’s economic activity has climbed to the highest levels in years, signaling a broadening recovery in the country boasting the world’s second-largest economy just a year after the COVID-19 virus caused officials to implement economically harmful lockdown measures to protect the public health. Both nonmanufacturing and manufacturing quotas have increased

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30 Nov 2020

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be tested in a new trial after questions over its data

The Oxford University and AstraZeneca vaccine will go through another global trial, according to CEO Pascal Soriot. The program had originally been planning to add a subdivision to its existing US trial, however, has decided to re-enter global testing amid criticism over the data to date. The organization has claimed

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24 Nov 2020

Coronavirus: Millions travel for Thanksgiving despite warnings

Despite warnings from health officials, millions of Americans are traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving, presenting a new risk to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Thanksgiving is occurring during a significant wave of coronavirus cases and deaths, and health officials have advised all Americans to remain in their immediate household and refrain

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23 Nov 2020

Iran Resorts to Its Strictest Lockdown Yet to Stem Covid-19

Iran is currently preparing to enter a lockdown that will impact more than 300 cities and towns and include strict restrictions that are likely to negatively impact its economic stability even further. The Iranian government imposed. a lockdown in Tehran in October, but had been hesitant to enforce restrictions on

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