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20210603 EP8 UN食物價格指數上升 NASA探索金星新計畫 日本再投資8億美元支持COVAX
A United Nations index of global food prices rose for the 12th consecutive
month, its longest stretch in more than a decade. Since the pandemic began, a
drought in Brazil has hit coffee and maize production. Output of vegetable oil
in South-East Asia has also stagnated. Meanwhile, soaring meat consumption as
China’s economy rapidly recovers has increased its demand for grain imports.
NASA announced two new missions to study Venus, Earth’s closest planetary
neighbour. America’s space agency said it was awarding around $1bn to develop
the launches which would take place between 2028 and 2030. One will measure the
composition of the Venusian atmosphere. The other would map the planet’s surface
(which is hot enough to melt lead) to establish why it developed so differently
America responded to the imposition of digital-service taxes on its tech firms
by levying tariffs on Austria, Britain, India, Italy, Spain and Turkey. That may
have been more of a negotiating tactic than a genuine threat—Katherine Tai,
America’s trade representative, said the tariffs would be suspended for six
months to allow for multilateral discussions of tax arrangements.
Thursday, June 3 (Tokyo time)
6:00 p.m. Hong Kong's Department of Health has approved a government advisory
panel's suggestion to lower the minimum age for the BioNTech vaccine from 16 to
12, citing phase-three clinical data. As of Thursday, about 14% of Hong Kong's
population is fully vaccinated.
5:00 p.m. Indonesia has canceled the hajj pilgrimage for people in the world's
largest Muslim-majority nation for a second year in a row due to concerns over
the pandemic, the religious affairs minister says. For many Indonesians, the
religious pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime event, with the average wait time
20 years due to a quota system.
"Due to the pandemic and for the safety of the pilgrims, the government has
decided that this year it won't allow Indonesian pilgrims to go again," the
minister said, adding Saudi Arabia had not opened access for the hajj.
4:00 p.m. Taiwan reports 583 domestic infections, including 219 cases added to
recent days' totals as it reflects delays in reporting positive tests. The
figure was an increase from 549 reported on Wednesday.
3:55 p.m. While Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long shocked the world
on Saturday by hinting that a newly discovered variant could have contributed to
outbreaks within the country, Kidong Park, the WHO representative in Vietnam,
told Nikkei Asia on Wednesday, "There is no new hybrid variant in Vietnam at
this moment based on WHO definition."
Long had said the government uncovered "a new COVID-19 variant" that combines
characteristics of two existing variants first found in India and the U.K.
1:50 p.m. India reports 134,154 cases in the last 24 hours, the seventh straight
day with fewer than 200,000 infections, pushing the country's total to 28.44
million. Deaths rose by 2,887 to 337,989. Meanwhile, the health ministry says it
has finalized a deal with domestic vaccine maker Biological-E and ordered 300
million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently in Phase 3 clinical
trials. "These vaccine doses will be manufactured and stockpiled by Biological-E
from August to December 2021," the ministry said in a statement, adding an
advance payment of 15 billion rupees ($205 million) will be made.
11:10 a.m. Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee,
has insisted the games must go ahea
20210602 EP7 國際疫苗及經濟狀況追蹤
The World Health Organisation approved Sinovac Biotech’s covid-19 vaccine for
emergency use. It recommends that CoronaVac, the Chinese-produced vaccine, be
given to people aged 18 and over, with a second dose two to four weeks later.
Over 430m doses of the vaccine have already been administered. WHO approval will
allow it to be included in COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing scheme.
Joe Biden visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, where hundreds of African-Americans were
massacred by a white mob in 1921. At least 35 blocks of black-owned
buildings—houses, businesses, a hospital and a school—were burned down. “For
much too long, the history of what took place here was told in silence, cloaked
in darkness,” said the president. “My fellow Americans, this was not a riot,
this was a massacre.
Pope Francis made the most extensive changes to the Roman Catholic Church’s
penal code in four decades. The sweeping reforms widened church law to
criminalise the grooming of minors and broadened the definition of sexual abuse
to include the exploitation of adults. Despite formally allowing women to
administer communion and serve at the altar earlier this year, the Pope affirmed
that they cannot be ordained.
Canada’s economy continued to recover from the pandemic, with its GDP growing by
5.6% at an annual rate in the quarter ending in March. That was slightly below
forecasts made by economists, but still healthy. The rise was buoyed by an
increase in housing spending. Economic activity may slow in this quarter because
of new lockdowns following a covid-19 wave.
House prices in Britain rose by 11% over the past year, the fastest increase
since 2014, according to Nationwide, a building society. Buyers seeking larger
properties and a temporary suspension of property-transaction taxes have fuelled
demand. Lower interest rates have also turbocharged the market, as in America,
where the Case-Shiller national house-price index is rising at an annual rate of
Katumba Wamala, Uganda’s former army chief and the current minister of
transport, survived an assasination attempt. Four attackers on motorcycles shot
at his car in Kampala, the capital. Mr Wamala was wounded in both shoulders; his
daughter and driver were killed. Such incidents have become common in recent
years in Uganda, where several prominent figures have been gunned down.
Wednesday, June 2 (Tokyo time)
3:34 p.m. Malaysia reports 7,703 new cases, bringing its total number of
infections to 587,165. Malaysia is experiencing a corona surge, though cases
have dipped since hitting a record on Saturday.
3:08 p.m. Taiwan reports 549 COVID-19 cases, including 177 added to the totals
for recent days as it continues to readjust its infection numbers following
delays in reporting positive tests. The total is up from 327 on Tuesday.
3:02 p.m. Swiss contract drug maker Lonza says that a new production line in the
Netherlands will produce ingredients for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, part of the
U.S. pharmaceutical's plan to significantly lift output. The line in Geleen will
have the annual capacity to make ingredients for up to 300 million doses at 50
micrograms per dose, Lonza says. That is half the 100-microgram dose that
Moderna has been delivering to date. Moderna and scientists at the National
Institutes of Health have been trying to determine whether doses of the
company's COVID-19 vaccine can be halved to double the supply.
1:16 p.m. India reports a daily rise in new coronavirus infections of 132,788
over the past 24 hou
20210601 EP6 科科人回歸 經濟學人本日濃縮 日經亞洲 TSMC在日本半導體投資計劃
Chinese parents will soon be allowed to have a third child (see main stories).
The move was one of a range of measures introduced by the Communist Party’s
Politburo to manage the rapid ageing of China’s population. The party’s
leadership also agreed to raise the retirement age and to improve pensions and
health care for the elderly.
The World Health Organisation will use the Greek alphabet to refer to variants
of SARS-CoV-2. “Variants of concern” first detected in Britain (B.1.1.7), South
Africa (B.1.351), Brazil (P.1) and India (B.1.617.2) will be labelled Alpha,
Beta, Gamma and Delta following the order in which they were first reported. The
WHO hopes the system will lessen the stigma on countries detecting new strains.
Peru changed the way it calculates covid-19 deaths. In the process its official
mortality rate from the disease became the world’s highest, nearly tripling to
500 per 100,000 people. A lack of testing meant the disease had been
dramatically undercounted in the country. The new figures are in line with its
excess-death rate—an often more robust measurement which is rarely incorporated
into official covid statistics.
The OECD revised up its forecast for world economic growth this year from 4.2%
to 5.8%. Expansion of 4.4% next year will bring GDP in most places back to
pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022. The club of mostly rich countries
advised governments to switch their efforts from emergency-stimulus schemes
towards long-term investment programmes.
Annual inflation in Germany reached 2.4% in May. Up from 2.1% in April, the
figure was much higher than economists had forecast. The country’s central bank
predicts that inflation “could temporarily reach 4%” at the end of the year, the
highest level the country has seen since it adopted the euro in 2002.
The yuan fell against other currencies after China’s central bank forced banks
to hold a greater share of their foreign exchange in reserve. The increase, from
5% to 7%, in effect reduces the supply of dollars and other currencies in the
country. The move is intended to rein in the yuan’s surging value, caused by a
strong post-lockdown economic recovery.
At least 50 people were killed in two attacks in Ituri province in the east of
the Democratic Republic of Congo. Local officials blamed ADF, a Ugandan Islamist
group with ties to ISIS that has been terrorising the region. In a bid to
restore peace in early May President Felix Tshisekedi placed Ituri and the
neighbouring province of North Kivu under martial law.
TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Monday was set to finalize a plan in which
it has enlisted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to develop cutting-edge
chipmaking technologies in Japan.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been concerned about the
Japanese semiconductor industry's declining position in the global market, which
led it to seek TSMC's cooperation.
TSMC, the world's biggest contract chipmaker, intends to bear around half the
project's cost of about 37 billion yen ($337 million). Over 20 Japanese
companies -- including Ibiden, which is strong in chip packaging -- will
The Japanese government -- which intends to establish a joint public-private
sector concern to cooperate with TSMC -- expects the effort to pay off with
improved international competitiveness for Japanese industry.
Construction of a trial facility will begin this summer at the earliest at the
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, in Tsukuba,
20210109 WK1 EP5 經濟學人/NHK 美國會大廈遭佔領/2021牛市看漲/輝瑞疫苗對變種病毒有效?
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20201125 EP4 經濟日報/ The Economist /Barron's 道瓊站上3萬點 拜登提名葉倫擔任美財政部長
Russia posts 91% efficacy for COVID-19 vaccine after jumping the gun to approval
Janet Yellen will lead Joe Biden’s Treasury. What does she stand for?
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20201123 EP3 經濟日報/Fierce Med 美聯邦疫苗計畫負責人：首批接種可能是12月12日
Novartis licenses phase 3 COVID-19 cell therapy from Mesoblast
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