Hackers Target Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution ‘Cold Chain’: IBM

A special freezer manufactured by Binder, seen here in Tuttlingen, Germany in November 2020.

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Hackers “assumed to be state agents” have been waging a phishing campaign against pharmaceutical firms and other institutions involved in the forthcoming distribution of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, IBM announced on Thursday.

In a post on Security Intelligence releasing their findings, IBM Security X-Force researchers wrote that “precision targeting of executives and key global organizations hold the potential hallmarks of a nation-state tradecraft,” adding the unknown hackers likely sought to obtain “advanced insight into the purchase and movement of a vaccine that can impact life and the global economy.” The target, according to IBM, appears to be the “cold chain”—a term for the logistics network that allows vaccines and other drugs to be carried from point of manufacture to distribution in temperature-controlled shipping containers. What the attackers hoped to accomplish is unknown, with possible motives ranging from theft of

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Phishing campaign threatens coronavirus vaccine supply chain

The emails impersonate a member company of the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain to harvest account credentials, says IBM Security X-Force.

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A calculated cybercriminal operation is targeting companies in the coronavirus vaccine supply chain with phishing emails that appear to be designed to steal sensitive user credentials, IBM Security X-Force said in a report released Thursday. The targeted organizations are all associated with a COVID-19 cold chain, a component of the overall supply chain that ensures the safe storage of vaccines in cold environments during storage and transportation.

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Spotted this past September, the phishing campaign deploys emails spoofing a business executive from Haier Biomedical, a legitimate member company of the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain and reportedly the world’s only complete cold chain provider.

Aimed at executives at companies in the energy, manufacturing, website creation, and internet

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Pfizer CEO Is ‘Confident’ In Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout And Looking Beyond The Pandemic


At the 2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit, Albert Bourla is already looking beyond his company’s vaccine success and into a post-pandemic world.


Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has accomplished in 11 months what usually takes years, with the company’s Covid-19 vaccine ready to hit the market in record time. Bourla told the 2020 Forbes Healthcare Summit he’s “confident” in the upcoming rollout and already looking towards future ways to apply the vaccine’s underlying technology. 

“We knew that the world needs this. We knew that we had to deliver. And we didn’t let any obstacles—and I can assure you there were many in our way—to stop us doing it,” Bourla told moderator Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWomen. His remarks came one day after Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech, became the first companies in the world to get authorization for a Covid-19

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Fauci Willing To Have Coronavirus Vaccine On-Camera, Like Obama, Bush And Clinton

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease official, said Thursday he would join three former U.S. presidents and volunteer to be given a coronavirus vaccine on-camera to help dispel misinformation about it “as soon as my turn comes up,” Fauci said.

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During a Thursday appearance on Major Garrett’s CBS podcast The Takeout, Fauci emphasized the importance of encouraging as many Americans as possible to get a coronavirus vaccine, which experts say is the best bet to bring the pandemic to an end.

Fauci told Garrett he planned to be inoculated on-camera in hopes of easing fears over the safety of the vaccine and unease over the speed of its development.

When asked when he’d have the

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Former U.S. Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton willing to take coronavirus vaccine on camera

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Barack Obama looking at the camera: Former President Barack Obama addresses voters one day before the election, in Atlanta, Georgia


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Former President Barack Obama addresses voters one day before the election, in Atlanta, Georgia

(Reuters) – Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said they were willing to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on television in order to ease any public skepticism over the safety of new vaccines.

“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,” Obama, a Democrat who left the White House in 2017, said in an interview with Sirius XM radio that aired on Wednesday.

Bush, a Republican and Obama’s predecessor, is willing to get a vaccine on camera once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval, according to Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff.

Clinton, a Democrat, will “definitely take a vaccine as soon as available

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Former Presidents Obama, Clinton and Bush say they’d take COVID-19 vaccine on camera to promote its safety

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton plan to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera to raise confidence in its safety. 

Mr. Obama said in an interview excerpt on Sirius XM released Wednesday that if the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told him the vaccine was safe, he would believe him and signaled that he’d take it himself. 

“So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, immunize you from getting COVID,” he said. “Absolutely, I’m going to take it.” 

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I don’t trust is getting COVID.” 

Two of his living predecessors said they would

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Obama, Bush and Clinton say they’ll get coronavirus vaccine on camera to boost confidence | Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former presidents say they’d be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine publicly, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 273,000 people nationwide.

Former President Barack Obama said during an episode of SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” airing Thursday, “I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it.”

“I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science,” Obama added.

Obama undergoing immunization may not be possible for the foreseeable future, though. The Food and Drug Administration will consider authorizing emergency use of two vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna later this month, but current estimates project that no more than 20 million doses of each vaccine will be available by

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Obama, Bush, Clinton Would Take Coronavirus Vaccine on Camera to Show Safety | Health News

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all said they are willing to take the new coronavirus vaccine when available, possibly even doing so on TV to show that the vaccine is safe.

Obama said on an episode of SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” airing Thursday that he will take a COVID-19 vaccine whenever it becomes available to him.

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” Obama said in audio that was released on YouTube. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science. What I don’t trust is getting COVID.”

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Bush’s chief of staff on Wednesday confirmed to CNN that the former president reached out to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of

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3 former presidents say they’d take COVID-19 vaccine on camera

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton plan to take a coronavirus vaccine on camera to raise confidence in its safety. 



George W. Bush, Tim Finchem standing in front of a crowd: The Presidents Cup - Round One


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Mr. Obama said in an interview excerpt on Sirius XM released Wednesday that if the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told him the vaccine was safe, he would believe him and signaled that he’d take it himself. 

“So, if Anthony Fauci tells me this vaccine is safe, and can vaccinate, immunize you from getting COVID,” he said. “Absolutely, I’m going to take it.” 

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” he said. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science, and what I

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The NIH’s Top Vaccine Maker Wants Warp Speed To Be the New Normal

Are you concerned about the effect that use of the new vaccines will have on ongoing and future trials? I think the ethics of keeping trials going even when a vaccine is available are probably getting worked out now. But what about simply losing potential volunteers because they’re already getting other shots?

That issue will become front and center in the next few weeks. And I think it is a good problem to have. We have a vaccine that’s more effective than we even hoped for. And that means that we now have these ethical issues to address. How long can you really continue a placebo-controlled study, when you have good evidence that your vaccine works?

So what do I consider good evidence? Not a press release from a company, but the FDA looking at the data and saying, “Yes, we agree you have 95 percent efficacy, because we’ve looked

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