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Indian state government website exposed COVID-19 lab test results

A security flaw in a website run by the government of West Bengal in India exposed the lab results of at least hundreds of thousands of residents, though likely millions, who took a COVID-19 test.
The website is part of the West Bengal government’s mass coronavirus testing program. Once a COVID-19 test result is ready, the government sends a text message to the patient with a link to its website containing their test results.
But security researcher Sourajeet Majumder found that the link containing the patient’s unique test identification number was scrambled with base64 encoding, which can be …

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Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine just got a lot easier to transport and distribute

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech now has less stringent and extreme transportation requirements than it debuted with. Originally, the mRNA-based vaccine had to be maintained at ultra-low temperatures throughout the transportation chain in order to remain viable – between -76°F and -112°F. New stability data collected by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review, allow it to be stored at temps between 5°F and -13°F – ranges available in standard medical freezers found in most clinics and care facilities.
The vaccine should remain stable for …

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Update on the community vaccination site in Redmond

Editor’s note: Today, Kurt DelBene, executive vice president at Microsoft, shared the below update with Puget Sound employees on our previously-announced initiative to stand up a vaccination site on our Redmond campus.
To: Microsoft employees in Puget SoundDate: Wednesday, 2/3/2021Subject: Update on the community vaccination site in Redmond
Hi Everyone,
Even as we recognize numerous challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our global structures and economies, we also know that hardships can lead to innovation. Positive outcomes can come from applying the strength of an individual or an organization to solve new problems. At Microsoft, we are in …

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Κυμπουρόπουλος: Ανάγκη να δώσουμε ιδιαίτερη προσοχή στο θέμα των διαφανών μασκών και την ανάγκη έγκρισης και διανομής τους

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India’s vehicle scrappage policy presents opportunity to nearly four million vehicles, says GlobalData

The voluntary vehicle scrappage policy under the Indian Union Budget 2021-22 will drive the sales of new fuel-efficient and environment-friendly vehicles, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
In the past few years, India’s auto industry has been witnessing subdued sales volumes and production declines stemming from both the macroeconomic and COVID-19 related issues. The reduction of the general sales tax (GST) on vehicles and the vehicle scrappage policy are the two main ingredients to revive the Indian auto industry.
The average operational life of a passenger vehicle in India stands at more than 25 years. As a result, …

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Startups Plan For Better Hair Days

For many of us, the past year has been one, long bad hair day. Salon visits are curtailed, and few of us are feeling motivated to primp for days of face masks and Zoom meetings.
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It could be worse. Messy coiffures aren’t the biggest problem most of us faced in the past year. And unlike many other things—pandemic, political turmoil, the job market—it is something over which we can exercise some control.
Hair-focused startups and their backers are hoping to play a role. In the past several quarters, investors have poured over $240 …

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Grab announces program to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Southeast Asia

Grab, the Southeast Asian ride-hailing and on-demand delivery giant, announced a program to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations today. Its goal is to have all of its employees, as well as driver and delivery partners, vaccinated by 2022 (excluding people who are medically unable to receive shots). Grab also said it will work with governments to provide information about vaccines through its app, and is in discussions to provide last-mile vaccine distribution, and transportation to and from vaccination centers.
The company currently has operations in eight Southeast Asian countries: Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Grab joins …

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