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Future potential spread of the coronavirus is impacting world trade and threatens a global economic recession and inflection point. For the first time, Illness is now a major driving force. We first reported this virus way back in 2010 and regularly since July 2015 as a predictable surprise: a known unknown to most. It is not a Black Swan; it was foreseen! Forewarned is forearmed and forearmed is protection against unpleasant possibilities and this inflection point will most likely change everyone's future profoundly.

Here are some actions you could take offered by and our friends at WavePoint and BCG and McKinsey.

Companies are asking people to work from home (we have always worked from our homes since 2003). We think the latter will become a long-term and rapidly growing trend as people reduce traveling time, buy more online, and increasingly recognize the benefits to their health of staying home. More emerging, potential behavioral trends here. Begin regularly evaluating predictable surprises, be prepared and act in time, while others lose their shirt through inattention to the future.

  • [New] Windhoek - Namibia will suspend the rollout of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, its health ministry said on Saturday, days after the drugs regulator in neighbouring South Africa flagged concerns about its safety for people at risk of HIV. IOL | News that Connects South Africans
  • [New] The likely benefits of giving the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 5 to 11 year olds clearly outweigh the risks of rare cases of heart inflammation. Reuters
  • [New] While children run a lower risk of severe illness or death than older people, Covid-19 has killed more than 630 Americans 18 and under. NBC News
  • [New] A senior figure in the National Health Service has urged the UK government to immediately enforce Plan B coronavirus restrictions or risk stumbling into a winter crisis. New Scientist
  • [New] The Workgroup remains very concerned that the limited global supply of COVID-19 vaccines is hampering pandemic control efforts in low resource countries thereby increasing the risk of emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. California Governor
  • [New] China will work with other countries to promote trade liberalization and investment facilitation, respond to challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, digital economy and climate change, as well as build an open world economy. Caixin Global Limited
  • [New] There are concerns over the rise in coronavirus cases in the UK, with the health secretary admitting on Wednesday that cases could soon rise to 100,000 a day. ITV News
  • [New] NSW Health and other health care providers all share a duty of care to staff and to our most vulnerable health consumers, who are at a heightened risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. NSW Health
  • [New] All three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. CNN
  • [New] Boosters of the Moderna vaccine may be administered to patients who are 65 years of age or older, 18 through 64 years of age and at high risk of severe COVID-19, and 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19. Medical Economics
  • [New] The U.S. spot market remains under tension due to COVID-19 impacts, economic turmoil, supply chain disruption, and the trucking labor shortage. Axele
  • [New] Systemic shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and long-term threats, such as climate change, coupled with a public backlash against the power of technology firms, entrench government authority as the only force that can resolve global challenges. Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • [New] The first easy-to-use Covid-19 treatment could be available in the United States by the end of 2021, but it is unlikely to reach developing countries, where hundreds of millions of people remain without access to vaccines, until at least the middle of 2022. The New York Times
  • [New] While children run a lower risk than older people of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, at least 608 youngsters in the U.S. have died from the virus, most of them ages 5 to 18. FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth
  • [New] Safety surveillance suggests an increased risk of a specific serious neurological disorder called Guillain Barre syndrome, within 42 days following receipt of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. FDA
  • [New] Covid restrictions including working from home must immediately be reintroduced if England is to avoid stumbling into a winter crisis, health leaders have warned. Trades Union Congress
  • [New] Global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic could worsen an already dire situation, particularly if it is not a green recovery. CNN
  • [New] Risks: There has been some recovery in the number of elective surgeries in the US, but whether the pace of recovery can continue for the remainder of 2021 remains uncertain, especially given recent US data regarding COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations. DirectorsTalk Interviews
  • [New] With tighter gas supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, the use of coal for electricity in the United States is actually expected in 2021 to increase for the first time since 2014. Washington Post
  • [New] The UK is already offering booster doses of Covid vaccine to higher risk people ahead of winter to make sure they have the fullest protection against coronavirus. BBC News
  • [New] 89.4% of Victorians over 16 had received one dose of a COVID vaccine - with the 90% target expected later in the day. The New Daily

Last updated: 24 October 2021


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