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Vaccine lottery: Indian states grapple with how to share COVID-19 jabs

Eco/Invest/Demography       May 14, 2021

  Anuradha Nagaraj and Roli Srivastava A rjun Kumar was wary about getting a COVID-19 vaccine until India's deadly second wave reached villages near his home in the eastern state of Odisha. Now, like thousands of others scrambling to book a vaccine appointment across the country,...

World Insurance Report 2021: Insurers must blend physical and digital distribution models in a post-pandemic era

  Capgemini and Efma’s World Insurance Report 2021, published today, finds that insurers need to rethink their distribution models to offer uninterrupted service, superior customer experience (CX), and maximum value as the industry’s  business dynamics continue to evolve. As natural disasters and emerging risks such as...

The real pandemic risk from India is tracking new variants of Covid-19

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 12, 2021

  Andy Mukherjee If you haven’t heard of B.1.617 yet, chances are you soon will. This particular Covid-19 variant is at least partly behind the overwhelming second wave in India, the current global epicenter of the pandemic. The World Health Organization has now raised B.1.617 from...

Driverless taxis to cancer drugs: Google's moonshots are serious business

Eco/Invest/Demography, Technology       May 09, 2021

  Leonid Bershidsky:  When Google renamed itself Alphabet Inc. in 2015, co-founder Larry Page revealed that one of the new name’s meanings was a pun: alpha-bet, as in “a bet on investment returns above a benchmark.” This implied that the so-called “Other Bets” in Google’s financial...

US employers brace for Covid’s Mental Health fallout as workers  return

  Arianne Cohen From casual Fridays to after-work drinks, those weekly rituals once taken for granted are returning as Americans head back to the office. And while masks, plexiglass and empty conference rooms will alter the cubescape, employers are nevertheless invested in getting things back to...

Tens of millions have plunged into poverty in Covid ravaged India

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health       May 08, 2021

Anirban Nag & Swansy Afonso After dipping into his savings to weather India’s snap pandemic lockdown last March, Manoj Kumar was just getting his head above water again earning 600 rupees ($8) a day as a construction worker in the tourist hotspot of Goa. He’d...

'Turning the Corner': U.S. COVID outlook reaches most hopeful point yet

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Non-Life, Pandemic       May 06, 2021

Julie Bosman and Sarah Mervosh After weeks of coronavirus patients flooding emergency rooms in Michigan, the worst COVID-19 hot spot in the nation, hospitalizations are finally falling. On some recent days, entire states, including Wisconsin and West Virginia, have reported zero new coronavirus deaths —...

Covid, Cyber, Compliance and ESG top risk concerns for financial services sector: Allianz

  LONDON/NEW YORK/SINGAPORE:   Financial institutions and their directors have to navigate a rapidly changing world, marked by new and emerging risks driven by cyber exposures based on the sector's reliance on technology, a growing burden of compliance, and the turbulence of Covid-19, according to a new...

Fighting misinformation in the time of COVID-19, one click at a time

Eco/Invest/Demography, Health, Pandemic       May 02, 2021

. The United Kingdom and WHO collaborate to manage the infodemic Acting on the wrong information can kill. In the first 3 months of 2020, nearly 6 000 people around the globe were hospitalized because of coronavirus misinformation, recent research suggests. During this period, researchers...

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