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Do western economies hold the COVAX sharing scheme’s key to success?

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Western economies can feel the end of the pandemic is in sight… but things look grim for many other parts of the world.

UNICEF and World Health Organisation chiefs are calling on G7 countries to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to the global COVAX supply

The show is back on for London theatres… reopened to live audiences.

People can sit indoors in pubs and even hug each other again.

It’s the biggest lift of coronavirus restrictions since the start of the UK’s successful vaccination campaign.

Although things seem well for most developed countries like in the UK, the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

The World Health Organisation director-general says the world has reached a situation of “vaccine apartheid”,

The chief is urging Vaccine makers to speed up COVAX jabs…sooner than planned.

This follows a severe shortfall, following a curb on exports from India.

So far…The US makes up 20 per cent of the nearly 1.4 billion jabs given worldwide.

Where as Africa’s three most populous countries – Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt, home to more than 400 million people – each account for just 0.1 per cent.

Developing countries are seeking ways to bridge that gap.

President Joe Biden said the US will send at least 20 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses overseas by the end of June.

Western countries have been slow to share their doses, even among themselves. 

But are world leaders now using their country’s vaccine supply as a diplomatic tool now the pandemic situation at home… is on the way up.

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again

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Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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