Hackers try to penetrate the vital ‘cold chain’ for coronavirus vaccines, security team reports

The hackers took measures to hide their tracks, and the cyber-sleuths did not name which state might be behind the campaign.

The IBM team said it was not known why the hackers were trying to penetrate the systems. It suggested that the intruders might want to steal information, glean details about technology or contracts, create confusion and distrust, or disrupt the vaccine supply chains.

The hackers probably sought “advanced insight into the purchase and movement of a vaccine that can impact life and the global economy,” the IBM team said.

Because there was “no clear path to a cash-out” as there is in a ransomware attack, there was an increased likelihood of a state actor’s being involved, IBM said. However, the IBM investigators cautioned, it was still possible that criminals could be looking for ways to illegally obtain “a hot black-market commodity” such as an initially scarce vaccine.

The new

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Facebook pledges to remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines

As the UK is on the brink of starting to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, Facebook has updated its misinformation policy to reflect that it will remove false claims about vaccines. The tech giant updated its Coronavirus Newsroom post on Thursday with its commitment to taking down false information that has been debunked by public health experts regarding vaccines across Facebook and Instagram. 



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Facebook said that it has been removing misinformation about COVID-19, including conspiracy theories linking it to 5G or posts that claim it doesn’t exist, since January. To date, the company says, it has pulled down around 12 million pieces of content of this type on Facebook and on Instagram, which it also owns.

News last month that three COVID-19 vaccines — one by Pzifer, one by Moderna and one by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca — have proved

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Stock futures mostly flat as Wall Street awaits news on stimulus, vaccines

U.S. stock futures held steady on Wednesday evening as investors awaited news on stimulus negotiations and the vaccine approval process.

Futures contracts tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 ticked down 0.1%, while those for the Nasdaq 100 gained 0.1%.

The move in futures comes after a relatively quiet day on Wall Street as investors monitored developments in Washington about a possible stimulus bill. During Wednesday’s session, the Dow and S&P 500 gained 0.2%, while the Nasdaq Composite slipped 0.1%. The slight move higher for the S&P 500 resulted in a new record high.

On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement calling on Republicans to work with them on another round of Covid relief funding, using a bipartisan proposal from Senate moderates as a starting point.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the $908 billion proposal

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Don’t Let Vaccines Close Your Window To Reshape The Future Of Work

I’ve participated in dozens of meetings with senior executives in recent months to talk about the future of work (including at my own firm, BCG). I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard something like, “It’s still early. We’re waiting to see how this whole remote thing plays out.” And now with a vaccine on the horizon people are talking again about “going back” to work – implying largely going back to the way it used to be.

It’s all I can do to keep from jumping through the screen, shaking them and screaming, “Wait for it

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Cancer Vaccines Market Insights, Size, Future Growth, Technology, Demand, Share, Competitive Analysis by Top Players and Forecasts to 2027

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Dec 01, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware, According to the report titled ‘Global Cancer Vaccines Market Size study, by Type, by Technology, by Indication (Cervical Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Others), by End-User (Pediatrics, Adults) and Regional Forecasts 2020-2027’, available with Market Study Report LLC, global cancer vaccines market was worth USD 4.2 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to record a 12.6% CAGR during 2020-2027.

Increasing investment & government funding for vaccine development, rising cognizance regarding cancer therapy, and growing number of cancer patients are the key factors driving the growth of global cancer vaccines market. As per International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in 2018, about 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths were recorded worldwide. Moreover, approximately 27.5 million new cases of cancer, with nearly 16.3 million deaths from cancer

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Germany vows that virus vaccines will be safe

BERLIN — Germany’s science minister says the same safety standards are being applied in the approval process for coronavirus vaccines as for other drugs.

Anja Karliczek told reporters on Tuesday that ensuring the same standards is key to gaining the widest possible public acceptance for the COVID vaccine.

Karliczek noted that the European Medicines Agency will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 11 on an approval request by German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer.

She added that the vaccine will be voluntary and that authorities will work hard to inform the public about possible side effects that might be excepted after immunization, such as headaches, localized pain and fever.

Marylyn Addo, a doctor at Hamburg’s UKE hospital who is involved in the trials for a rival vaccine, said that the rapid development of a vaccine was the result of enormous efforts by scientists, early funding and

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Facebook to show ‘authoritative’ info on Covid-19 vaccines

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said the social media company plans to provide users with authoritative information about the Covid-19 vaccines that are in development.

Facebook has already reached out to the incoming Biden administration to help with the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Zuckerberg said.

“There’ll be a few important things that we can do together,” he said. “We’re already planning a push around authoritative information about the vaccines.”

Zuckerberg did not provide any additional information about how the company plans to distribute this information to users. The company also did not add anything when reached for comment.

Although Zuckerberg in May said social media companies should not be the

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Global Travel Vaccines Market 2020 Upcoming Trends, Latest Innovation, Advance Technology and Top Companies to 2026

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Nov 29, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Travel Vaccines Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2026 offers end to end industry from the definition, product specifications, and demand till forecast prospects. The report studies the industry coverage, current market status, and market outlook and forecast by 2026. This is an all-inclusive document that comprises crucial information about top players, market trends, pricing analysis, and an overview of the market. The report states industry developmental factors, historical performance from 2015-2026. The segmental market view by types of products, applications, end-users, and top vendors is given. Then it covers market size estimation, share, growth rate, global position, and regional analysis of the market. The report also covers forecast estimations for investments in the global Travel Vaccines industry from 2020 to 2026.

Competitive Rivalry:

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UK stocks up on vaccines, hopes to start virus shots in days | St. Louis business news

“There are still long weeks and months ahead before we can be completely confident that we can vaccinate enough people in the country, and thereby remove enough targets for the virus, in order to beat the disease,” he wrote.

A four-week national lockdown in England is due to end Wednesday, and will be replaced by a three-tiered system of regional measures. The vast majority of the country is being put into the upper two tiers, meaning most people will be barred from meeting up with friends indoors, pubs and restaurants still face restrictions and everything from large weddings to choir practices are being banned.

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine is 95% effective, according to preliminary data. It must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit). The Moderna vaccine, which also needs to be stored at freezer temperatures, was also about 95% effective

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Trump distorts military role in vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the get-go, President Donald Trump has miscast or exaggerated the military’s role in his administration’s crash program to accelerate the development, production and eventual distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

The military theme originated in the May 15 announcement of the creation of Operation Warp Speed. Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump likened the effort to the Manhattan Project, the military’s successful World War II program to engineer and build in secret the world’s first atomic bombs.

“That means the full power and strength of the military,” Trump said, referring to the project as a partnership that would combine the full resources of the Pentagon and the Health and Human Services Department. He added: “We have the mightiest military in the long history of humankind.”

Indeed, the military has contributed mightily to the project. It has provided a range of assistance in the form of planning, program management,

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