2021-05-09: News Headlines

Anna Buss (2021-05-09). Bolsonaro's Administration Attempts to Silence Indigenous Leaders for Criticizing Its Handling of the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Under the rightwing presidency of Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilians are once again witnessing intimidation tactics against anyone who speaks out against his government. Bolsonaro and his administration have attacked the press, specific journalists, a Supreme Court justice, opposition leaders, the health and science institution FIOCRUZ, and many others. This disturbing trend has just targeted two indigenous

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Children also face long-term effects of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are affecting the health of some children and teens, as well as adults. While most children with COVID-19 infection have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says anyone who has had COVID-19 ? even if the illness was mild or if …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). HEPA filter reduces airborne respiratory particles generated during exercise that can transmit viruses. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — A pair of Mayo Clinic studies shed light on something that is typically difficult to see with the eye: respiratory aerosols. Such aerosol particles of varying sizes are a common component of breath, and they are a typical mode of transmission for respiratory viruses like COVID-19 to spread to other people and …

IPS (2021-05-09). High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements Significantly Reduce ICU Admissions, COVID-19 Deaths — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Sunil J. Wimalawansa* | There is considerable evidence that vitamin D reduces the risk and severity of COVID-19 ( Additionally, five randomised controlled clinical trials (RCTs) were published using high-dose vitamin D in COVID-19 patients, and over 20 other large…

Eurasia Review (2021-05-09). Why Is COVID-19 So Hard To Treat? eurasiareview.com A comprehensive review into what we know about COVID-19 and the way it functions suggests the virus has a unique infectious profile, which explains why it can be so hard to treat and why some people experience so-called "long-COVID", struggling with significant health issues months after infection. | There is growing evidence that the virus infects both the upper and lower respiratory tracts – unlike "low pathogenic" human coronavirus sub-species, which typically settle in the upper respiratory tract and cause cold-like symptoms, or "high pathogenic" viruses such as those that cause SARS and ARDS, which typica…

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Investigation Against Cuomo Widens as His Adviser Allegedly Linked Vaccination to Political Support. sputniknews.com Embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo received harsh criticism for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic after reports appeared that his office undercounted deaths at nursing homes in the state. Cuomo is also faces allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Mammograms and COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A friend of mine shared that she went for her annual mammogram last week. At the appointment, she was asked whether she had been vaccinated for COVID-19 and had experienced any changes in her breasts. I recently received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Although I feel fine, I'm wondering if there …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ramping up COVID-19 vaccination rate in race against virus. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 cases are falling in the U.S. because 245 million doses of one of the available COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "But at the same time, there are still people who need more information about the safety and the value …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic adds state-by-state vaccination rates, national trends to COVID-19 Resource Center. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic data scientists have added a vaccination tracker to Mayo's COVID-19 Resource Center, with state-by-state data and trends, so users can follow the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in all 50 states, compare progress on one- and two-shot vaccinations, and receive Mayo Clinic guidance on what the trends mean for summer travel and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). When will COVID-19 vaccines be available for children? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Anyone 16 and older is now approved to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but researchers hope to open up vaccinations for those under 16 soon. Clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine with children ages 12-15 have shown promising results. "In the last month or so we have seen Pfizer release some really exciting data in the …

sputniknews (2021-05-09). As Chinese Rocket Body Tumbles Through Atmosphere, Memes Deluge Social Media. sputniknews.com Be it the Ever Green blockade of the Suez Canal or the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, social media users can turn practically any kind of event, however dangerous its consequences may be, into a meme. Now that the giant Chinese rocket body is set to fall down on Earth, the internet of course jokes about it.

No Nukes Action (2021-05-09). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Science Saturday: Researchers explore personalized approach to anti-obesity medications. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Individualized medicine initiatives mainly focus on rare diseases or cancer. Little has been attempted to individualize treatment for noncommunicable chronic diseases such as obesity — a chronic, relapsing disease, and a primary cause of Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. There are many obesity interventions, such as diets, devices, surgery and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: Treating vaginal dryness after menopause. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Menopause is the time that marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycles. Menopause is a natural biological process, but in the months or years leading up to menopause, called perimenopause, the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disruption and mood changes, can be challenging. Vaginal dryness, a result of the natural …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: Relaxation for stress relief. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about managing the stress in your life. Stress is an automatic physical, mental and emotional response to a challenging event. It's a normal part of everyone's life. When used positively, stress can lead to growth, action and change. But negative, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Scoliosis is not just for kids. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Some people might associate scoliosis as a spinal condition that only happens in children. But as reporter Jason Howland explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute, that's not always the case. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/OnMYrAKzr7c Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 05) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mother and son share rare muscle disorder, treated decades apart by same doctor. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Twenty-four years ago, Bobbi Heinold, 17, was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a genetic muscle condition characterized by weakness, especially in the face, shoulder blades and upper arms. Doctors told her it could affect her quality of life. Bobbi and her mom drove from their Indiana home to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to learn …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: Dealing with arthritis pain. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Arthritis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about a condition that affects approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S., which is over 54.4 million men and women. The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. The two main types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Trial demonstrates early AI-guided detection of heart disease in routine practice. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Heart disease can take a number of forms, but some types of heart disease, such as asymptomatic low ejection fraction, can be hard to recognize, especially in the early stages when treatment would be most effective. The ECG AI-Guided Screening for Low Ejection Fraction, or EAGLE, trial set out to determine whether …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Aging and changing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 56 and have noticed a few things are changing as I get older. I know as I age there will be more changes in my body and mind, but can you provide insights on what are some common things that I can expect? ANSWER: Throughout life, your body is constantly changing, and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Exploring health care disparities in minority populations. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org In recognition of National Minority Health Month, a number of Mayo Clinic experts participated in a virtual Mayo Clinic media briefing to discuss health care disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S. The experts addressed health education, early detection and control of disease complications. These are some of the topics discussed: …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Brain Tumor Awareness Month. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Primary brain tumors originate in the brain or tissues close to the brain, such as in brain-covering membranes, cranial nerves, or the pituitary or pineal glands. There are many types of primary brain tumors, and over 84,000 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2021, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. The median age …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Minute: Lifestyle changes to manage menopause symptoms. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The average healthy woman begins menopause at 51, though some women will begin in their 40s or in their late 50s. It's a natural biological process that marks the time a woman ends her menstrual cycle. Mood swings, hot flashes and difficulty sleeping are common symptoms that can be effectively managed with hormone therapy. Lifestyle …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: Considering a vaginal birth after a cesarean. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you've delivered a baby by cesarean section, or C-section, and you're pregnant again, you might be able to choose between scheduling a repeat C-section or a vaginal birth after cesarean. Many women are candidates for a vaginal birth after cesarean. Still, the choice to pursue a vaginal birth after cesarean or schedule a repeat C-section can …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: What do you know about melanoma? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. While melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, it causes most skin cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Melanomas develop in the cells that produce melanin — the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). New therapy shortens treatment for HPV-related cancers of the tonsils, tongue. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer who undergo surgery and are treated with chemotherapy, may be able to forgo significant radiation therapy without increasing the risk of their cancer spreading, according to the results of a clinical trial led by researchers at Mayo Clinic. "We found that decreasing the amount of radiation therapy after a minimally invasive robotic …

Eurasia Review (2021-05-09). Soybean And Linseed Oils Added To Cows' Diet Improve Quality Of Milk. eurasiareview.com Inclusion of soybean and linseed oils in the diet of dairy cows made the fatty acid content of their milk even healthier for human nutrition. It also increased the proportions of omega-6 and omega-3, which in the right balance play a key role in preventing cardiovascular diseases, for example, as well as chronic inflammation and some kinds of cancer. | Cardiovascular diseases are one of the world's main public health problems. In Brazil, they are among the foremost causes of death. Each year some 300,000 Brazilians have heart attacks, dying in 30% of cases, according to the Health Ministry. | Research led by A…

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Cuba Ready to Join WHO-Led COVAX Facility, Ambassador to China Says. sputniknews.com NINGDE, China (Sputnik) – Cuba is ready to join the COVAX vaccine-sharing mechanism led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Latin American country's ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernandez, told Sputnik.

Staff (2021-05-09). Death toll rises to 58 in Kabul girls' school bombing. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — The death toll from an explosion outside a school in Afghanistan's capital Kabul has risen to 58, Afghan officials said on Sunday, with doctors struggling to provide medical care to at least 150 injured.

Julie Hollar (2021-05-09). Trans Kids Are People With Rights, Not Problems to Be Solved. commondreams.org As states continue to pass laws that dehumanize and endanger transgender kids, the country's most influential newspapers have not met the challenge of covering the issue. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trans_youth_rights.jpg

WSWS (2021-05-08). Colombia's mass protests continue amid reported "disappearance" of 379 demonstrators. wsws.org Colombia's ruling class, backed by imperialism, is determined to force the working class to bear the entire cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sharmila Devi (2021-05-08). [World Report] COVID-19 surge threatens health in the Gaza strip. thelancet.com A spike in cases is raising concerns over hospital beds, oxygen supplies, and mental health. Sharmila Devi reports.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-05-08). Financialized Capitalism in India. dissidentvoice.org India — gripped by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic — has been endlessly witnessing desperate scrambles for hospital beds, the dire need for oxygen and mass cremation. Amid all this, the stock market is booming. In fact, Mumbai Sensex has signaled that bullish trends have been on the rise. Over the year ending …

Staff (2021-05-08). Support the People's Ambulance for Beddawi Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon! samidoun.net Samidoun is partnering with the Palestinian Arab Cultural Club in Beddawi refugee camp in Lebanon to support their work to provide a "people's ambulance" for the people of the camp, who have limited access to health services, especially ambulance transportation. We need to raise $5000 to make this ambulance a reality for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon! Click here to donate now and share widely! Palestinian refugees in Lebanon face institutional discrimination, lack of access to necessary services, and significant levels of poverty. At the core of this, of course, is the fact that they have been and continued to…

Staff (2021-05-08). He Bought Insurance in Case of Emergency. Then Came a Bill for Over $30,000. truthout.org ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for In the spring of 2019, Cory Dowd suddenly found himself without health insurance for the first time. A self-employed event planner, he had just finished a Peace Corps stint that provided health benefits, but he was still more than a year away from st…

Sameena Rahman (2021-05-08). Why did the Biden administration reverse course on COVID vaccine patent waivers? liberationnews.org The Biden administration announced May 5 its support for waiving intellectual property (IP) rights for Coronavirus vaccines as the pandemic ravages countries around the world. This is a reversal of the administration's earlier position, as well as the stance that the U.S. government adopted under Trump. Western countries with high vaccination rates like the United …

Staff (2021-05-08). Health Experts Say Expanding Vaccine Access Requires More Than Patent Waivers. truthout.org Biolyse Pharma Corp., which makes injectable cancer drugs, was gearing up to start making generic biologic drugs, made from living organisms. Then the pandemic hit. | Watching the covid death toll climb, the company decided its new production lines and equipment could be converted to making vaccines for poorer countries without the means to do so. | John Fulton, a consultant for the Canadian company, emailed Janssen, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that makes the vaccine, which employs a li…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). War In Ukraine Is Not Over: Losses Reported By Both Sides (Map Update). southfront.org ILLUSRATIVE IMAGE: Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic | On May 8th, the official sources of National Militia of Donetsk People's Republic reported deaths of three of its soldiers. They were reportedly killed as a result of a mortar fire near the village of Styla, south of Donetsk."Militants of the 1st battalion of the 93rd brigade fired 82-mm mortars at the area of the locality of Styla. To preserve the life and health of the residents of the Republic, the People's Militia units were forced to return fire from weapons not prohibited by…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-08). Massacre In Kabul: At Least 40 Killed In Girl School Bombing (Video). southfront.org Screen grab from TOLO News video. | At least 40 people were killed on May 8 when three explosions rocked the Sayed ul Shuhada school to the west of the Afghan capital Kabul. | The first explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car. Later, two rockets landed near the school, which hosts mostly female students. | A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Tariq Arian, said that 25 people were killed. However, Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, put the death toll at 46 people. Most of the victims…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). War In Ukraine Is Not Over: Losses Reported By Both Sides (Map Update). southfront.org ILLUSRATIVE IMAGE: Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic | On May 8th, the official sources of National Militia of Donetsk People's Republic reported deaths of three of its soldiers. They were reportedly killed as a result of a mortar fire near the village of Styla, south of Donetsk."Militants of the 1st battalion of the 93rd brigade fired 82-mm mortars at the area of the locality of Styla. To preserve the life and health of the residents of the Republic, the People's Militia units were forced to return fire from weapons not prohib…

Marc Norton (2021-05-08). When bosses lie, workers die. zcomm.org More and more data shows that COVID transmission is happening not just at gatherings but at worksites…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Children also face long-term effects of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are affecting the health of some children and teens, as well as adults. While most children with COVID-19 infection have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says anyone who has had COVID-19 ? even if the illness was mild or if …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). HEPA filter reduces airborne respiratory particles generated during exercise that can transmit viruses. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — A pair of Mayo Clinic studies shed light on something that is typically difficult to see with the eye: respiratory aerosols. Such aerosol particles of varying sizes are a common component of breath, and they are a typical mode of transmission for respiratory viruses like COVID-19 to spread to other people and …

Staff (2021-05-08). COVID-19 daily death toll in Iran stands at 283. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — The coronavirus pandemic claimed 283 lives in Iran over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced.

Staff (2021-05-08). N. Korea claims balloons carry coronavirus from S. Korea. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — North Korea has asked its citizens to not read propaganda leaflets sent through balloons from the South claiming that Covid-19 could enter into the country via the drops.

sputniknews (2021-05-08). Vaccination Drive Smooth Sailing Affair in Delhi Despite Fight for Slots to Register – Video. sputniknews.com After holding a series of meetings over India's response to record daily surges in Covid cases, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month announced the opening up of vaccination for everyone above age 18 from 1 May.

news.un (2021-05-08). What can the UN do to support India through its deadly COVID-19 surge? news.un.org The UN is at the forefront of efforts to help India extricate itself from the almost unimaginable scale of suffering its citizens are undergoing, as a result of a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections. Earlier this week, UN News spoke to the country chiefs based in India, for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund, to get their take on the crisis. Here are some key excerpts from the interviews.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ramping up COVID-19 vaccination rate in race against virus. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 cases are falling in the U.S. because 245 million doses of one of the available COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "But at the same time, there are still people who need more information about the safety and the value …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Mammograms and COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A friend of mine shared that she went for her annual mammogram last week. At the appointment, she was asked whether she had been vaccinated for COVID-19 and had experienced any changes in her breasts. I recently received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Although I feel fine, I'm wondering if there …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic adds state-by-state vaccination rates, national trends to COVID-19 Resource Center. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic data scientists have added a vaccination tracker to Mayo's COVID-19 Resource Center, with state-by-state data and trends, so users can follow the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in all 50 states, compare progress on one- and two-shot vaccinations, and receive Mayo Clinic guidance on what the trends mean for summer travel and …

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2021-05-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-05-08). Colombia's mass protests continue amid reported "disappearance" of 379 demonstrators. wsws.org Colombia's ruling class, backed by imperialism, is determined to force the working class to bear the entire cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-05-08). New study doubles global COVID-19 death toll. wsws.org Nearly one million people have died from COVID-19 in the United States—and 6.93 million dead globally—according to a new study by Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

WSWS (2021-05-08). Fiji government scrambles to contain COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org The emergence and rapid spread of the Indian COVID-19 variant in the southwest Pacific further demonstrates how vulnerable the world remains to the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-05-08). Los Angeles teacher describes unsafe and intolerable working conditions. wsws.org LAUSD educators face not only unsafe conditions, but longer hours, increased workloads, requirements to get COVID-19 tests on their own time and added duties that they did not previously have to perform.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-05-08). Financialized Capitalism in India. dissidentvoice.org India — gripped by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic — has been endlessly witnessing desperate scrambles for hospital beds, the dire need for oxygen and mass cremation. Amid all this, the stock market is booming. In fact, Mumbai Sensex has signaled that bullish trends have been on the rise. Over the year ending …

WSWS (2021-05-08). New York tri-state area to lift most COVID-19 restrictions May 19. wsws.org There is little distinguishing the Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from their Republican counterparts like Florida's Ron DeSantis.

sputniknews (2021-05-08). Vaccination Drive Smooth Sailing Affair in Delhi Despite Fight for Slots to Register – Video. sputniknews.com After holding a series of meetings over India's response to record daily surges in Covid cases, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month announced the opening up of vaccination for everyone above age 18 from 1 May.

WSWS (2021-05-08). Sri Lanka: Stop the criminal mishandling of the pandemic! Lockdown the country with full compensation to those affected! wsws.org The Rajapakse government's criminal policies have led to a new deadly surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-05-08). What can the UN do to support India through its deadly COVID-19 surge? news.un.org The UN is at the forefront of efforts to help India extricate itself from the almost unimaginable scale of suffering its citizens are undergoing, as a result of a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections. Earlier this week, UN News spoke to the country chiefs based in India, for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund, to get their take on the crisis. Here are some key excerpts from the interviews.

Marc Norton (2021-05-08). When bosses lie, workers die. zcomm.org More and more data shows that COVID transmission is happening not just at gatherings but at worksites…

Staff (2021-05-08). COVID-19 daily death toll in Iran stands at 283. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — The coronavirus pandemic claimed 283 lives in Iran over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced.

Sameena Rahman (2021-05-08). Why did the Biden administration reverse course on COVID vaccine patent waivers? liberationnews.org The Biden administration announced May 5 its support for waiving intellectual property (IP) rights for Coronavirus vaccines as the pandemic ravages countries around the world. This is a reversal of the administration's earlier position, as well as the stance that the U.S. government adopted under Trump. Western countries with high vaccination rates like the United …

Staff (2021-05-08). Iran to import large number of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Following the held talks between Iranian FM Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Iran is to import a large number of Covid-19 vaccines from China.

Peter Koenig (2021-05-08). Beware of Covid PCR Testing and the Relentless "Vaccinate Vaccinate Vaccinate" Campaign. globalresearch.ca This therapy is untested. No substantial animal trials. In the few animal trials carried out, all animals died. Claiming an emergency, the FDA recognizes the gravity of the current public health emergency and has granted a so-called Emergency Use Application (EUA) for what effectively is a gene-therapy, not a vaccine.

Staff (2021-05-08). "Covo-Pasteur", "Barakat" vaccine to hit market soon: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that two domestically-produced COVID-19 vaccines, 'Covo-Pasteur' and 'Covo-Barakat', will hit the domestic market in very near future.

Waqaar Shah, Melissa Heightman, Stella O'Brien (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] UK guidelines for managing long-term effects of COVID-19. thelancet.com Robin Gorna and colleagues1 state that people with lived experience should have been involved in developing the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) guideline on managing the long-term effects of COVID-19. The expert advisory panel for developing the NICE—SIGN—RCGP guideline had 23 members who contributed substantial clinician and patient experience to discussions.2 Two stakeholder consultations were held and the guideline was adapted in response to feedback from patient-l…

Shuhan He, Ram Bala, Ravi Anupindi, Megan L Ranney (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] Effective supply chain surveillance for PPE. thelancet.com Control of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hampered by reported shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other crucial supplies for health-care providers across the USA.1 A key impediment to increasing the supply to meet this demand is reliable data on nationwide needs.2 Reliable forecasting models could help provide information to more accurately scale PPE production, set expectations for health-care facilities on bidding and pricing, and enable appropriate deployment of resources, such as funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2021).

Sharmila Devi (2021-05-08). [World Report] COVID-19 surge threatens health in the Gaza strip. thelancet.com A spike in cases is raising concerns over hospital beds, oxygen supplies, and mental health. Sharmila Devi reports.

The Lancet (2021-05-08). [Editorial] India's COVID-19 emergency. thelancet.com The scenes of suffering in India are hard to comprehend. As of May 4, more than 20 ∑2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, with a rolling average of 378‚Äà000 cases a day, together with more than 222‚Äà000 deaths, which experts believe are likely to be substantial underestimates. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and health workers are exhausted and becoming infected. Social media is full of desperate people (doctors and the public) seeking medical oxygen, hospital beds, and other necessities. Yet before the second wave of cases of COVID-19 began to mount in early March, I…

Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Yutaka Onda, Shuichiro Hayashi (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] No-fault compensation schemes for COVID-19 medical products. thelancet.com No-fault compensation schemes for severe adverse events can help build confidence in vaccine safety after marketing.1 25 of the 194 WHO member states have implemented such no-fault vaccine injury compensation programmes.2 Although the USA is covering COVID-19 vaccine-associated adverse events with the US Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) for the duration of the public health emergency declaration, the country is having challenging issues as CICP does not have the ease of access to, and levels of compensation provided by the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program available at normal times…

Ed Holt (2021-05-08). [World Report] Media restrictions have "cost lives" thelancet.com New figures show deteriorating press freedom in 2020, which health experts say will have hampered the COVID-19 response. Ed Holt reports.

The Canary (2021-05-08). 'Exhausted' doctors felt pressured to work extra shifts — survey. thecanary.co Thousands of NHS workers are experiencing "unacceptable levels of exhaustion", a health chief has warned, after a survey found some doctors worked extra unpaid shifts during the pandemic. | Over-worked: | The British Medical Association (BMA) said more than half of doctors (58%) surveyed in the UK had worked extra shifts as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) response, of which 28% were unpaid. The BMA's Covid-19 tracker survey in April also revealed 44% of doctors felt pressured by their employer to work additional hours. | Of the 5,500 doctors who responded to the survey, more than a third (36%) said the…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ramping up COVID-19 vaccination rate in race against virus. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 cases are falling in the U.S. because 245 million doses of one of the available COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, according to Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "But at the same time, there are still people who need more information about the safety and the value …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Children also face long-term effects of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are affecting the health of some children and teens, as well as adults. While most children with COVID-19 infection have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says anyone who has had COVID-19 ? even if the illness was mild or if …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Mammograms and COVID-19 vaccine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A friend of mine shared that she went for her annual mammogram last week. At the appointment, she was asked whether she had been vaccinated for COVID-19 and had experienced any changes in her breasts. I recently received my first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Although I feel fine, I'm wondering if there …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). HEPA filter reduces airborne respiratory particles generated during exercise that can transmit viruses. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — A pair of Mayo Clinic studies shed light on something that is typically difficult to see with the eye: respiratory aerosols. Such aerosol particles of varying sizes are a common component of breath, and they are a typical mode of transmission for respiratory viruses like COVID-19 to spread to other people and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic adds state-by-state vaccination rates, national trends to COVID-19 Resource Center. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic data scientists have added a vaccination tracker to Mayo's COVID-19 Resource Center, with state-by-state data and trends, so users can follow the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in all 50 states, compare progress on one- and two-shot vaccinations, and receive Mayo Clinic guidance on what the trends mean for summer travel and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). When will COVID-19 vaccines be available for children? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Anyone 16 and older is now approved to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but researchers hope to open up vaccinations for those under 16 soon. Clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine with children ages 12-15 have shown promising results. "In the last month or so we have seen Pfizer release some really exciting data in the …

scorinoco (2021-05-08). Thousands of Refugee Deaths Linked to EU's Illegal Expulsion: Report. orinocotribune.com Several European states used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Europe's borders during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the death of over 2,000 people, a report has revealed. | The Guardian's probe, which is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organizations, describes the push-backs as "one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades." | "European countries, supported by EU's border agency Frontex, systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, in their thousands…

WSWS (2021-05-08). Indian medical staff indict Modi government, authorities for catastrophic mishandling of pandemic. wsws.org "A death due to oxygen shortages is not a coronavirus death but criminal social murder by the Modi government," an Indian doctor told the WSWS.

_____ (2021-05-08). Workers' Wages Rebound From Pandemics But Not For Blacks. popularresistance.org While wages for many Americans have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, earnings for Black workers declined in the first quarter of 2021, growing the wage gap to its highest level since before the pandemic, according to a new analysis. | In a report of earnings data by the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP) real median earnings have increased by 1 percent for the first quarter of 2021, driven in large part by a 1.6 percent increase in real earnings by Hispanic workers, while real earnings for white workers remained virtually unchanged. | Wages for white earners have fully recovered to pre-pande…

WSWS (2021-05-08). Weak US jobs reports sparks calls for elimination of pandemic aid. wsws.org The Labor Department reported just 266,000 new jobs in April, far below predictions of 1 million or more, evoking loud calls from Republicans for an end to pandemic relief measures.

WSWS (2021-05-08). The Indian ruling elite's criminal response to the pandemic—a global catastrophe. wsws.org Whilst the mass of the population is condemned to want, hunger and death, a tiny minority gorge on wealth that would put the Mughals or even the more rapacious British colonial East India Company to shame.

No Nukes Action (2021-05-08). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). War In Ukraine Is Not Over: Losses Reported By Both Sides (Map Update). southfront.org ILLUSRATIVE IMAGE: Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic | On May 8th, the official sources of National Militia of Donetsk People's Republic reported deaths of three of its soldiers. They were reportedly killed as a result of a mortar fire near the village of Styla, south of Donetsk."Militants of the 1st battalion of the 93rd brigade fired 82-mm mortars at the area of the locality of Styla. To preserve the life and health of the residents of the Republic, the People's Militia units were forced to return fire from weapons not prohibited by…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-08). Massacre In Kabul: At Least 40 Killed In Girl School Bombing (Video). southfront.org Screen grab from TOLO News video. | At least 40 people were killed on May 8 when three explosions rocked the Sayed ul Shuhada school to the west of the Afghan capital Kabul. | The first explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car. Later, two rockets landed near the school, which hosts mostly female students. | A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, Tariq Arian, said that 25 people were killed. However, Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, put the death toll at 46 people. Most of the victims…

sputniknews (2021-05-08). WHO Says Up to 194 Members to Decide on Taiwanese Observership at World Health Assembly. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, May 8 (Sputnik) – It is up to the 194 member states of the World Health Organization to decide on whether to extend an invitation to Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly, according to WHO.

_____ (2021-05-08). Scheer Intelligence: The Ruling Class' Revenge Against Julian Assange. popularresistance.org The mistreatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the past decade has been defined as "psychological torture" by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer. Yet, there is still no real end in sight to Assange's promethean plight. Several months after a British judge blocked his extradition to the U.S.—citing that conditions in America's inhumane prison system would be detrimental to his health—the WikiLeaks founder continues to be held in a maximum security prison in the U.K. The U.S. government, first under Donald Trump's rule and now under Joe Biden's, is appealing the extradition rul…

Shuhan He, Ram Bala, Ravi Anupindi, Megan L Ranney (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] Effective supply chain surveillance for PPE. thelancet.com Control of the COVID-19 pandemic has been hampered by reported shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other crucial supplies for health-care providers across the USA.1 A key impediment to increasing the supply to meet this demand is reliable data on nationwide needs.2 Reliable forecasting models could help provide information to more accurately scale PPE production, set expectations for health-care facilities on bidding and pricing, and enable appropriate deployment of resources, such as funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (2021).

Sharmila Devi (2021-05-08). [World Report] COVID-19 surge threatens health in the Gaza strip. thelancet.com A spike in cases is raising concerns over hospital beds, oxygen supplies, and mental health. Sharmila Devi reports.

The Lancet (2021-05-08). [Editorial] India's COVID-19 emergency. thelancet.com The scenes of suffering in India are hard to comprehend. As of May 4, more than 20 ∑2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, with a rolling average of 378‚Äà000 cases a day, together with more than 222‚Äà000 deaths, which experts believe are likely to be substantial underestimates. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and health workers are exhausted and becoming infected. Social media is full of desperate people (doctors and the public) seeking medical oxygen, hospital beds, and other necessities. Yet before the second wave of cases of COVID-19 began to mount in early March, I…

Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Yutaka Onda, Shuichiro Hayashi (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] No-fault compensation schemes for COVID-19 medical products. thelancet.com No-fault compensation schemes for severe adverse events can help build confidence in vaccine safety after marketing.1 25 of the 194 WHO member states have implemented such no-fault vaccine injury compensation programmes.2 Although the USA is covering COVID-19 vaccine-associated adverse events with the US Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) for the duration of the public health emergency declaration, the country is having challenging issues as CICP does not have the ease of access to, and levels of compensation provided by the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program available at normal times…

Ed Holt (2021-05-08). [World Report] Media restrictions have "cost lives" thelancet.com New figures show deteriorating press freedom in 2020, which health experts say will have hampered the COVID-19 response. Ed Holt reports.

Sangeeta Gopal Saxena, Thomas Godfrey (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] Catalysing needed change for health systems in the USA. thelancet.com Powerful voices calling for change to address the health-care crisis in the USA are gaining momentum.1—3 These voices are in response to the Lancet Commission on public policy and health in the Trump era: a deep analysis of the causes of long-standing systemic failure of health-care delivery in the country. The proposed change is crucial but daunting, and can be catalysed by deepening the collaboration between clinical medicine and public health. Both efforts share the common goal of maintaining good health; yet they operate on parallel tracks in the USA.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Science Saturday: Researchers explore personalized approach to anti-obesity medications. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Individualized medicine initiatives mainly focus on rare diseases or cancer. Little has been attempted to individualize treatment for noncommunicable chronic diseases such as obesity — a chronic, relapsing disease, and a primary cause of Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. There are many obesity interventions, such as diets, devices, surgery and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Consumer Health: Considering a vaginal birth after a cesarean. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you've delivered a baby by cesarean section, or C-section, and you're pregnant again, you might be able to choose between scheduling a repeat C-section or a vaginal birth after cesarean. Many women are candidates for a vaginal birth after cesarean. Still, the choice to pursue a vaginal birth after cesarean or schedule a repeat C-section can …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Consumer Health: Dealing with arthritis pain. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Arthritis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about a condition that affects approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S., which is over 54.4 million men and women. The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. The two main types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). New therapy shortens treatment for HPV-related cancers of the tonsils, tongue. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer who undergo surgery and are treated with chemotherapy, may be able to forgo significant radiation therapy without increasing the risk of their cancer spreading, according to the results of a clinical trial led by researchers at Mayo Clinic. "We found that decreasing the amount of radiation therapy after a minimally invasive robotic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Consumer Health: Treating vaginal dryness after menopause. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Menopause is the time that marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycles. Menopause is a natural biological process, but in the months or years leading up to menopause, called perimenopause, the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disruption and mood changes, can be challenging. Vaginal dryness, a result of the natural …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic Minute: Scoliosis is not just for kids. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Some people might associate scoliosis as a spinal condition that only happens in children. But as reporter Jason Howland explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute, that's not always the case. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/OnMYrAKzr7c Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 05) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News …

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2021-05-07: News Headlines

Editorial Team (2021-05-07). Social unrest continues in Colombia. challenge-magazine.org Huge numbers of protestors have taken to the streets of Colombia over the last week after President Duque attempted to pass a bill that would further increase inequality in the country by making the working class pay for the covid-19-induced fiscal deficit. A general strike began on the 28th April in response to Duque's presentation of the ironically titled 'Sustainable Solidarity Bill'. The proposed bill has intensified grievances about the state of inequality in the country, with 2.8 million people having already been pushed into extreme poverty during the last year alone. The bill proposes increasing VAT on…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-05-07). As India Gasps to Breathe, Modi Government Abdicates Responsibility. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic continues its brutal march across India. Figures of new infections reached 355,828 on May 3—which accounted for more than 62 percent of the world's new infections on that day. As hospitals run out of beds, ICU capacity, and even oxygen, these factors have been contributing to the already skyrocketing death toll in

WSWS (2021-05-07). Rise in tuberculosis in Peru: A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Epidemiologists predict a rise in tuberculosis (TB) due to treatment disruptions related to COVID pandemic. Treatment lapses leading to an increase of drug-resistant tuberculosis remains a concern reversing the progress made in TB progress worldwide.

WSWS (2021-05-07). As pandemic continues and nearly 500,000 file for unemployment, US states seek to blackmail workers back on the job. wsws.org Unemployment payments, as opposed to dangerous, low-paid and degrading work are being blamed for difficulties reopening restaurants and other businesses even as the pandemic continues, with the US approaching 600,000 official COVID-19 deaths.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Stranded Australian citizens petition the United Nations. wsws.org Even before the current total ban on returning from India, Australians have been marooned throughout the pandemic in many parts of the world.

WSWS (2021-05-07). The Brazilian ruling class is unwilling and incapable of mounting any struggle against the deadly pandemic. wsws.org The fascistic president Bolsanaro is the most radical advocate of the policy of social murder, but the Workers Party (PT) of Lula carries out similar policies in the states where it is in power.

WSWS (2021-05-07). The struggle for Permanent Revolution in South Asia. wsws.org India has become the epicenter of the global pandemic, reporting the highest number of daily new cases anywhere in the world.

Michael Harriot (2021-05-07). The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Stupidity Is a Pandemic. theroot.com I think it was the Apostle Paul who said: "There are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

WSWS (2021-05-07). President Bukele grabs dictatorial powers in El Salvador. wsws.org As the pandemic demonstrates the inability of capitalism to meet the most basic needs of the working masses, the Salvadoran ruling elite is moving headlong toward dictatorship.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-07). VIDEO: Drive-in Quds Day rallies in Robat Karim. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — People in Robat Karim located in the suburb of the Iranian capital Tehran along with people across the world held drive-in rallies on Friday to mark the International Quds Day amid Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Kaveh Zahedi* (2021-05-07). COVID-19 Accelerates Digitilization of Economies And Societies — OpEd. eurasiareview.com We are living through a decisive moment. The COVID-19 pandemic's devasting impact is reaching every corner of the world. As we look back at this period, we will see history divided into a pre-COVID and a post-COVID world. | And a defining feature of…

Paul Goble (2021-05-07). Russia Can Recover Only If Moscow Addresses Problems Of Middle Class And The Poor — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have acted as if they can address the impact of the pandemic on the population adequately if they come up with new programs for the poorest strata of Russians. But in fact, the economic crisis is hitting the middle class hard, and the regime must develop programs to help it as well, Yaroslav Kuzminov says. | Up to now, the rector of Moscow's Higher School of Economics says, the government has supported production and given some aid to the very poorest groups, but it has not supported members of the middle class with new programs who in many cases have lost their source…

Betsey Piette (2021-05-07). Unvaccinated prison staff are a danger. workers.org Workers World has received letter after letter from workers incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons expressing a common concern: "We are at risk of dying from COVID-19, and the only way the pandemic is getting into prisons is from the staff!" Our incarcerated sisters, brothers and siblings describe a shared crisis: They . . . |

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Canada Loses Over 200,000 Jobs in April, Unemployment Climbs Amid Pandemic's 'Third Wave'. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – The Canadian economy lost 207,000 jobs in March, raising the country's unemployment rate by 0.6 percent as the country labours through the so-called "third wave" of the coronavirus pandemic, the state statistics agency said on Friday.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). USTR Tai Will Meet With Chinese Counterpart 'In the Near Term' for Talks on Trade Deal Phase 1. sputniknews.com Just weeks after the US and China penned the first part of a trade deal intended to settle years of tariff wars, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down the global economy, sending trade into a tailspin. The deal was heavily premised on pledges to buy a minimum volume of goods from the other country.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Elon Musk Dubbed 'Robotic' in SNL Promo as He Bizarrely Promises to Behave During the Show. sputniknews.com SpaceX founder Elon Musk was picked as a guest host for 'Saturday Night Live' show on 8 May to get the programme rolling alongside pop singer Miley Cyrus. While Musk's appearance was hailed by some starring cast members, including Pete Davidson, many haven't been at ease, recalling the entrepreneur's controversial statements during the pandemic.

Saro Abdella, Samuel Riou, Masresha Tessema, Ashenafi Assefa, Albab Seifu, Anna Blachman, Adugna Abera, Nicolas Moreno, Fernando Irarrazaval, Getachew Tollera, David Browning, Geremew Tasew (2021-05-07). Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in urban and rural Ethiopia: Randomized household serosurveys reveal level of spread during the first wave of the pandemic. thelancet.com More than four months after the first cases were detected in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa displayed a prevalence under 5% and likely as low as 2%, while rural Jimma displayed a prevalence of 0.2%. A 2% seroprevalence figure for the capital translated to a number of cases at least five times larger than those reported for the country as a whole. At the same time, it contrasts with significantly higher seroprevalence figures in large cities in Europe and America only two to three months after the first cases.

No Nukes Action (2021-05-07). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-05-07). Roaming Charges: We Who Are About to Get Shot, Salute You. counterpunch.org My number had finally been called. Well, texted. No one calls anymore, except sexy robotic voices trying to sell me extended warranties for my car and electric toothbrush. On Monday, I was scheduled for my second dose of Pfizer's COVID elixir, a strange brew which one friend pungently described as a mixture of germs, animal parts, formaldehyde and pus. Yum. My appointment with destiny: High noon at the convention center in Portland, shrouded in tear gas or not. My only choice: right arm or left.

The Canary (2021-05-07). Modi under pressure to impose lockdown amid coronavirus surge in India. thecanary.co Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown amid a coronavirus surge. | Record-breaking: | Many medical chiefs, opposition leaders, and some supreme court judges have suggested the lockdown seems to be the only option. Hospitals are being forced to turn patients away while relatives scramble to find oxygen. | Crematoriums and burial grounds are also struggling to handle the dead. | People watch burning funeral pyres of their relatives who died of Covid-19 in New Delhi (AP) | On Friday, India recorded a new record of 414,188 confirmed cases in the past 24…

_____ (2021-05-07). Activist Confronts Defense Industry CEO For Company's Role In War Crimes. popularresistance.org An anti-war activist confronted General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic on Wednesday during the company's shareholders' meeting, accusing the defense industry giant of profiting off war crimes and arming repressive, undemocratic regimes without "moral reflection." | "I appreciate the care you've taken to keep us safe during COVID," CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin told General Dynamics' board, which included Novakovic and former Defense Secretary James Mattis. "But," she added, "I wonder about the care that this company takes to keep people safe from the bombs and the other weapons that you produce that kill innoc…

AskDrRenee (2021-05-07). Behind the Smile: How a Healthy Mouth Can Mean a Healthier You. theroot.com With all the discussion about teeth whitening on TV, on the internet, in your dentist's office, and in magazines, people often forget there is more in your mouth to be concerned with besides the color of your teeth. You must not ignore your gums. |

Joe Piette (2021-05-07). At Pennsylvania governor's home — Release Russell Maroon Shoatz! Now! workers.org Mt. Wolf, Pa. credit: Joe Piette Activists converged on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's home in Mount Wolf, Pa., May 2 to demand the medical release of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz and all ill and elderly prisoners. The action began with a "caravan of love" from nearby York to . . . |

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (2021-05-07). How the Coronavirus Has Impacted Vice President Kamala Harris' Family in India. theroot.com On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver remarks at the State Department in which she will declare the United States' solidarity with the people of India and the struggle they face battling COVID-19. |

Staff (2021-05-07). GOP Lawmakers Are Trying to Overrule Voters on Everything From Medicaid to Weed. truthout.org Amid growing concerns that Republicans will try to Missouri voters last year passed a ballo…

Staff (2021-05-07). Trump Loyalist Who Attacked the Capitol Blames Fox News. truthout.org A man who took part in the Capitol breach on January 6 said this week that his actions weren't 100 percent his fault. Rather, he said, was influenced into being a part of the violence that day by something his lawyer called "Foxmania," which resulted in him believing false claims about election fraud in the 2020 election. | Anthony Antonio

The Associated Press (2021-05-07). Argentine Clinics Struggle Despite COVID-19 Crisis. latinorebels.com BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 deaths climb to new peaks in Argentina, the intensive care unit at the San Andres clinic in the capital is oddly silent.

WSWS (2021-05-07). New estimates claim COVID-19 death toll is twice as high as reported. wsws.org A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that more than 905,000 people have died in the United States, 58 percent more than official records indicate.

_____ (2021-05-07). A Temporary TRIPS Waiver Is Not Enough. popularresistance.org A new poll finds that 59% percent of US voters support waiving all patent protections to produce generic versions of life-saving medicines for critical diseases, from Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS, to heart disease and diabetes. Only 28% disagreed. | The survey carried out by Data for Progress and the Progressive International, shows a super majority of 71% registered Democrats support the removal of all patent barriers to allow for the cheaper production of life-saving medicines. Even registered Republicans support the action with 47% in favor compared to 39% opposed.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Widespread opposition to Australian government ban on citizens returning from India. wsws.org Rather than address the quarantine shambles, the government is gambling with the lives of some 9,000 citizens in India, at least 650 of whom are deemed to be at a high-risk of succumbing to COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Greek workers in one-day general strike against law curbing right to strike; midwives walk out and protest across France against lack of COVID safety; Vehicle and driver registration staff at UK headquarters Swansea begin further strikes over lack of COVID safety, demand remote working…

Walden Bello (2021-05-07). The Global Spread of Fascism is as Real as the Spread of COVID-19. counterpunch.org The global spread of fascism is real, as real as the spread of COVID-19, and you better believe it. For purposes of academic analysis, it might be legitimate to distinguish between a "fascist-leaning" movement and a truly fascist one, or a far-right regime and fascist regime, or an authoritarian populist and a fascist. But I

Staff (2021-05-07). Iran coronavirus update: 17,076 news cases, 335 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 17,076 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-07). Corona restrictions not limit perseverance in ideal of Quds. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) —While stressing on patience and rights of Quds in religious circles with holding various exhibitions, Head of Islamic Development Org. said that COVID-19 restrictions did not create any obstacle on perseverance of cause of Quds.

ISS (2021-05-07). Regulating Khat Could Disrupt East Africa's Illegal Drug Economy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Different laws and controls among countries in the region allow for a thriving smuggling market.: | By Mohamed Daghar* | In March 2020, Somalia suspended flights to its capital due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, at least two

CEPR (2021-05-07). Working-Class Mothers And The COVID-19 Shecession — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Hayley Brown, Simran Kalkat and Aiden Lee* | Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, women have

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Cared for in his own workplace for 121 days. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Robert Pintor works as a scheduling supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, so he was well aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the community. What he didn't expect was its impact on him and his family. This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. When Robert Pintor picked up his wife's cough in November, they both …

sputniknews (2021-05-07). After Mount Everest, COVID is Making Way Onto More Himalayan Peaks as Climbers Keep Testing Positive. sputniknews.com Nepal has eased quarantine rules in a bid to give a boost to its COVID-hit tourism industry and has issued Everest climbing permits to some 400 people. However, reports suggest that over 30 climbers have tested positive for coronavirus and have allegedly been evacuated from the foot of Mount Everest, raising fears of a serious outbreak.

Walden Bello (2021-05-07). Fascism's Global Spread is Real — As Real as the Spread of COVID-19. zcomm.org In the world's largest democracies, far-right movements that embrace violence, reject democracy, and target the vulnerable are on the rise…

Robert R. Raymond (2021-05-07). Mutual Aid Efforts Working to Fill Gaps of Biden's COVID Response. zcomm.org "Community building is really necessary in order to fight capital, and you can't go up against a state if you don't have relationships that are already formed."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients …

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Delhi Protest Against Bill Gates for Refusing to Share Vaccine Tech With Developing Nations. sputniknews.com Just days before Joe Biden's administration supported India's proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, Bill Gates spoke out against sharing such patents with developing countries. His remarks have provoked much anger in India, which is battling the second coronavirus wave.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-07). Bill Gates' Stand on Intellectual Property Is Facing a Pushback. peoplesdispatch.org Alexander Zaitchik discuss Bill Gates' recent comments on intellectual property rights in the context of COVID-19 vaccines, his long history as a spokesperson for Big Pharma, and the various struggles across the world for a fairer IPR regime and health for all…

Tim Schwab (2021-05-07). Is the Shine Starting to Come Off Bill Gates's Halo? thenation.com Is the Shine Starting to Come Off Bill Gates's Halo?

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2021-05-06: News Headlines

_____ (2021-05-06). Biden Supports Suspension Of Covid-19 Vaccine Patents. popularresistance.org President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday supported a proposal submitted by several countries to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend the intellectual property of vaccines against covid-19 when the United States has already administered 250 million doses. | The announcement was greeted with sharp falls in the shares of the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech and Moderna and Novavax on the Wall Street stock exchange. | Biden made good on his campaign promise to endorse the patent suspension. Still, he has only done so when the U.S. vaccination rate plummets, and the country is sitting on…

Staff (2021-05-06). "Monumental Moment": U.S. Backs Waiving COVID Vaccine Patent Rights After Months of Blocking Talks. democracynow.org The Biden administration has announced it now supports temporarily waiving the intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines, in what the World Trade Organization is calling a "monumental moment." India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but the United States and other wealthy nations blocked the WTO from even opening negotiations on the proposal. Supporters say the waiver is critically needed to increase the rate of vaccine production for the Global South as COVID-19 rapidly spreads in India, Latin America and other regions where few vaccines are available. Biden's support for the waiver is…

WSWS (2021-05-06). May Day 2021 and the struggle for international socialism in Turkey. wsws.org As the pandemic intensifies the contradictions of global capitalism, we greet May Day 2021 amid growing geopolitical tensions and war dangers in the region surrounding Turkey.

Badri Raina (2021-05-06). Pandemic and Elections in West Bengal: Modi's Conjoint Failures. zcomm.org We have often been reminded of how Narendra Modi is never in the wrong. Here appear two exceptions…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-05-06). SARS Taught China How To Handle A Pandemic — OpEd. eurasiareview.com While China stepped up investments in its health infrastructure after SARS, the US downgraded it and India had always neglected it: | As on May 6, the internationally accepted pandemic figures were as follows: the US, 32.6 million infections and 579,000 deaths; India, 20.7 million infections and 226,000 deaths; and China, 90,721 cases and 4636 deaths. The contrast is clear. The main reason: China had greatly improved its public health infrastructure, the US downgraded it and India neglected it. | In an article in The Conversation dated November 3, 2020, Elanah Uretsky, a Brandeis University Professor a…

SA News (2021-05-06). Over 100 Countries Back TRIPS Waiver On COVID-19 Vaccines. eurasiareview.com President Cyril Ramaphosa says a proposal by South Africa at the World Trade Organisation to waiver specific Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations related to the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines is now supported by over 100 countries. | The President said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. | "We want to manufacture vaccines locally against the pandemic. It is for this reason that South Africa and India proposed the TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organisation to enable the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countrie…

Staff (2021-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2021. democracynow.org In Reversal, Biden Administration Will Support Waiving Patents for COVID-19 Vaccines, India Sets New Global Record for Daily Coronavirus Cases, CDC Predicts Sharp Drop in U.S. COVID-19 Cases by July If Vaccinations Continue, Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Throws Out National Eviction Moratorium, Study Predicts "Rapid and Unstoppable" Sea Level Rise Unless Paris Climate Goals Are Met, U.N. Warns of Soaring Hunger, Child Mortality and Maternal Deaths During Pandemic, Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Ban on Trump, Active-Duty National Guardsman Arrested over January 6 Insurrection, Top Republicans Prepare to Oust Rep…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-05-06). Teaching, wellbeing and telemedicine: transforming neurology education. imperial.ac.uk The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted neurology education, but lessons learned can transform neurology training for years to come.

Staff (2021-05-06). Night of Qadr in Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Wednesday, 23th night of Ramadan in the Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber, while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

Staff (2021-05-06). Modi's Pandemic Response in India Is Turning a Profit From Death. truthout.org Let us be clear from the outset: what is happening in India right now is mass murder. And it is organized by a man who has Two images bookend the current crisis and contain in them a trajectory of the crisis. The first is the image of the Indian police hosing down migrant workers with bleach last spring, during the first wave of the pandemic, and the grimmer, mor…

Staff (2021-05-06). Trump-Appointed Judge Rules Against CDC's Moratorium on Evictions Amid Pandemic. truthout.org Delivering another blow to people across the United States First enacted under former President Donald Trump last year, the CDC morat…

WSWS (2021-05-06). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues executive order removing county-level COVID-19 restrictions. wsws.org The reckless indifference shown by DeSantis to the lives and health of millions throughout the pandemic is intimately connected to the ruling class's "herd immunity" policy and the repudiation of scientifically guided health measures.

Ociel Ali Lopez (2021-05-06). Crisis & Critique: The Ibero-American Summit's Impact on Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Ociel Alí López — Apr 30, 2021 | VA columnist Ociel López highlights the de facto recognition of the Maduro government by Washington-aligned countries in the recent international event. | The Ibero-American Summit is an event that brings together the presidents or senior representatives of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Andorra. On April 21, the XXVII meeting was held in Andorra, although most participants attended virtually. | The main theme was "innovation for sustainable development," but for obvious reasons it was the Covid-19 pandemic that ended up taking center stage. | The event's first importa…

WSWS (2021-05-06). The working class and the struggle against "herd immunity" policies in Europe. wsws.org Events since our last May Day rally have starkly shown that the task of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic requires coordinated international action by the working class.

WSWS (2021-05-06). UK: Second round of strikes at DVLA over safety at Covid-19 hotspot. wsws.org The action called by the Public and Commercial Services union is the only strike officially sanctioned by any trade union over Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-05-06). US birth rate declines to lowest point in more than a century. wsws.org The year 2020 continued the general decline seen since the 2008 financial crash, while the COVID-19 pandemic drove the birth rate down drastically starting in December.

Staff (2021-05-06). Taharka Bros: Ice cream with a side of worker ownership. therealnews.com The pandemic wiped out 70% of their business, but Baltimore's Taharka Bros' worker-owners successfully pivoted to delivery, saving their company and offering insight into how co-ops were able to weather COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-05-06). G7 foreign minister discuss anti-Russia and China agenda amid global pandemic. wsws.org Britain is using its position as host this year to confirm its wholehearted commitment to President Biden's aggressive foreign policy and push other nations, especially the European powers, to do the same.

_____ (2021-05-06). Report Finds Low Wages Make Food Workers Want To Quit. popularresistance.org Following the passage of stimulus packages with aid for workers like expanded unemployment benefits, politicians and business owners have wrung their hands over a supposed worker shortage as people refuse to return to work, as they say. A new report pushes back on that narrative and shows that actually, it's more likely low wages offered by businesses that are causing workers to want to quit. | The report by One Fair Wage finds that 53 percent of restaurant workers have considered leaving their jobs during the pandemic, and 76 percent of restaurant workers cite low wages and tips as the reason for leaving the ind…

WSWS (2021-05-06). Half of Canada's population less than $200 away from insolvency as billionaires' wealth surges. wsws.org While working people have confronted widespread impoverishment, illness and death, Canada's capitalist elite has seen its wealth soar during the pandemic.

progressive (2021-05-06). On the Line: Honduras' Climate Refugees. progressive.org The combination of the pandemic and natural disasters has left many Honduran in need of immediate aid.

Eds. (2021-05-06). More young Japanese look to Marx amid pandemic, climate crisis. mronline.org As the global challenge of climate change mounts and the coronavirus pandemic magnifies economic inequalities, Karl Marx, who pointed to the contradictions and limitations of capitalism, is gaining new admirers in Japan, particularly among the young. | May 6, 2021…

No Nukes Action (2021-05-06). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

sputniknews (2021-05-06). UK Votes in Largest Local Elections in 50 Years. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) — Wearing the mandatory face mask because of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are heading to polling stations in England, Scotland and Wales to elect their local authorities in the largest elections in 50 years.

Pip Hinman (2021-05-06). Treasurer Frydenberg shuffles back to austerity. greenleft.org.au After eliminating almost all its generous pandemic spending measures, the federal government has indicated it will soft-peddle on further cuts in the May 11 budget. Neville Spencer reports.

Imani Countess (2021-05-06). As Zimbabwe's Workers Fight for Justice, It's Time for a Fundamental Rethink of U.S. Policy. counterpunch.org This is "no longer business as usual," declares Peter Mutasa, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). "Unions are going to be united." According to Mutasa, the situation in the country is dire, with basic salaries at or near the poverty line and workers unable to meet basic expenses. The COVID-19 shutdowns and

Joe Piette (2021-05-06). Protest for incarcerated loved ones. workers.org WW PHOTO: Joe Piette Our incarcerated loved ones are being treated inhumanely, and their voices are not being heard. Over 4,700 people are locked in Philadelphia's jails, more than when COVID-19 began. The majority of people incarcerated are waiting for a trial — some for over a year — in . . . |

Eds. (2021-05-06). Community Infrastructure and the Care Crises: An evaluation of China's COVID-19 experience. mronline.org COVID-19 has exacerbated the gendered impact of care work globally, but lessons can be learned from countries like China that have relied on community organizations for solutions. | May 6, 2021 | Newswire…

Monica Moorehead (2021-05-06). Bashing China, U.S. commits crimes against humanity. workers.org It was announced April 7 that the Biden administration is being pressured by right-wing Republicans to either fully or partially boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, which will take place for two weeks that February. As part of the ongoing anti-China tirade that accelerated with the COVID-19 . . . |

Fight Back (2021-05-06). FRSO in Twin Cities celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Over 50 people came together May 2 to socialize and for a short program at a local park pavilion celebrating International Workers Day. The event came on the heels of a 1000-person May Day march in Minneapolis. | Jess Sundin started out the program for FRSO, stating, "The capitalist class does nothing to justify their power over us. They literally let half a million people die of COVID this year – one of the worst death rates in the world, despite the tremendous resources to prevent that. They wanted us to say 'thank you' for a few stimulus checks, while hospital CEOs laid off health care worker…

Laura Jedeed (2021-05-06). The end of COVID could mean eviction. zcomm.org Over 10 Million People Could Become Homeless When Eviction Moratorium Ends…

Sarah Jaffe, C.M. Lewis (2021-05-06). Nurses Are Striking Across the Country Over Patient Safety. thenation.com Nurses Are Striking Across the Country Over Patient Safety…

Prof Anis Bajrektarevic (2021-05-06). Europe, Health And Holocaust: March 2020 — March 2021 — Analysis. eurasiareview.com For months, many argue that our Covid (C-19) response is a planetary fiasco, whose size is yet to surface with its mounting disproportionate and enduring secondary effects, causing tremendous socio-economic, political and psychosomatic contractions and convulsions. However, worse than our response is our silence about it. | It is an established fact that the quintessence of Nazism was not Hitler and the circle of darkness around him. It was rather a commonly shared 'banality of crime' atmosphere: Benevolent acceptance of ordinary village people living next to Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Dachau that the nation must…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-06). Under mounting pressure, US agrees to support limited IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccine; others follow. peoplesdispatch.org Shortly after the US announced that it will support a limited TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, the European Union announced that it was open to discussions. However, the approval of the proposal at the World Trade Organization might take longer…

Lance Johnson (2021-05-06). Ophthalmologists Now Ethically Obligated to Denounce COVID-19 Vaccines, as 20,000 New Eye Disorders Are Reported. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. In just a …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-06). CDC: 4,178 Americans Dead Following Experimental COVID Injections — Deaths from COVID Shots Now Equal 20 Years of Recorded Deaths Following Vaccines Since 2001. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. The CDC has …

news.un (2021-05-06). UN launches key initiative to protect seafarers' human rights amid COVID-19 crisis. news.un.org Around 200,000 cargo ship crew members are stranded at sea, beyond the length of their contracts due to COVID-19 restrictions, placing a major strain on their physical and mental health. New UN guidelines were published on Thursday, aimed at helping the industry better protect human rights at sea, as new COVID variants threaten to further delay crew turnover.

WSWS (2021-05-06). Families paint defiant Covid-19 memorial wall opposite UK Parliament. wsws.org Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to meet with the Covid-19 Bereaved Families campaign.

_____ (2021-05-06). A Case of Graphical Correlations: Making Sense of India's COVID-19 Surge. strategic-culture.org By Mathew MAAVAK | India is currently witnessing a COVID-19 surge of unprecedented proportions, with an allegedly

Staff (2021-05-06). Illegal sanctions serious obstacles to fight Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Representative to UN Zahra Ershadi called illegal and illegitimate sanctions against developing countries a serious obstacle to the fight against the Coronavirus.

Staff (2021-05-06). Iran COVID-19 update: 18k infections, 338 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 18,409 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Netizens Divided as Ivanka Trump Reveals She Received Second Shot of COVID Vaccine. sputniknews.com The eldest daughter of the former US president, Donald Trump, Ivanka, received her first coronavirus vaccine shot on 14 April. She did not elaborate on which vaccine she was given.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Australia Reports 5 New Cases of Blood Clots After AstraZeneca Vaccine. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Australia has recorded five new cases of blood clots that developed in patients who were administered the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the country's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said on Thursday, adding that the total reports of…

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Tucker Carlson Claims 30 People Died Every Day After Getting COVID Vaccine. sputniknews.com The claim comes amid the US' vaccination rollout: almost 140 million people have received at least one shot, while around 95 million Americans are fully vaccinated.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). RSS-Affiliate Says India's Biggest Vaccine Maker's Move to Invest in UK 'Influenced' by Bill Gates. sputniknews.com Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an ideological ally of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is organising a massive nationwide protest against Bill Gates over his remarks that COVID vaccine patents shouldn't be shared with developing countries like India. The Microsoft co-founder is one of the biggest donors to the Gavi-COVAX programme.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Duterte Asks China to Take Back Sinopharm Vaccine After Taking Unapproved Jab. sputniknews.com On Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

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2021-05-05: News Headlines

sputniknews (2021-05-05). 12 Members of US Congress Call on Biden Not to Support India's IP Waiver Request. sputniknews.com In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organisation to allow member countries to waive intellectual property rights, including patents related to COVID-19 vaccines and other technologies during the pandemic.

Matt Colburn (2021-05-05). South Carolina's governor loyal to the rich during pandemic. liberationnews.org McMaster's political program during the pandemic reveal where his loyalties lie; in keeping the flow of profits into the hands of the state's ultra-wealthy uninterrupted.

WSWS repost (2021-05-05). Facebook reverses censorship of WSWS article debunking "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory. indybay.org On Friday, Facebook notified users that it had wrongly censored them for posting a WSWS article debunking the false claim that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab.

Eds. (2021-05-05). Behind the lives lost during the pandemic lie India's failing public institutions. mronline.org The privatisation model pursued by successive governments, in health to education, has led to the perpetuation of class and caste divides, with the poor often left to suffer. | May 5, 2021 | Newswire…

Karen Conner (2021-05-05). COVID-19 Recession Disproportionately Harmed Working-Class Mothers. cepr.net Working-class women, and especially working-class mothers, have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic "shecession." From April to December 2020, 1.45 million fewer working-class mothers were employed compared to the same time period in 2019, an 11.3 percent decline. Many working-class mothers who lost jobs exited the labor force altogether, and the participation gap between mothers …

Ahmad Soheil Ahmadi (2021-05-05). Afghanistan's Musical Tradition: a Health Check. counterpunch.org In the midst of war, insecurity and chaos, the music and songs of Ahmad Zahir, Farhad Darya, and others make the souls of Afghans happy. In durhams and nightclubs, whether in Kabul or in foreign countries, there is the sound of the tambourine, the tar, and the rabab, sounds that remind all Afghans of the

Editor2 (2021-05-05). 'I'm an Intersectional Cisgender Millennial Woman of Color': CIA Goes Full Woke in Widely Mocked Promo Video. orinocotribune.com A recruitment ad for the Central Intelligence Agency featuring a smorgasbord of woke buzzwords has been ruthlessly mocked on social media, with many accusing the spy agency of using 'diversity' to airbrush its shady dealings. | The CIA apparently wants Americans to know that despite its history of toppling democratically elected governments and operating torture 'black sites', it is still very much an equal opportunity employer. | In a promotional video for the agency, an employee explains how she "used to struggle with imposter syndrome," but later rejected the "patriarchal ideas" holding her back, realizing…

Staff (2021-05-05). Jailers Tortured and Murdered Marvin Scott III, Family Says After Viewing Video. truthout.org In their first one-on-one interview since viewing horrific footage of their son's in-custody homicide at the hands of eight Collin County, Texas, jailers on March 14, the parents of Marvin Scott III told Truthout that their son experienced a "whole day of torture" instead of receiving the help he needed during a mental health crisis. | The five-hour video, which lacked audio, was so horrible, LaSandra Scott tells Truthout, that, "They might as well have just shot him so it could be over qui…

Global Research News (2021-05-05). Selected Articles: A Vaxxing Question. globalresearch.ca By In 1956 German pharmaceutical company Chemie Gràºnenthal GmbH, licensed a new experimental drug designed to treat colds, flu, nausea and morning sickness. Known as Distaval in the UK, Distillers Biochemicals …

Staff (2021-05-05). Pressure Grows on Biden to Back WTO Waiver on Vaccine Technology. truthout.org Pressure is growing on the Biden administration to support a temporary waiver on intellectual property rights for COVID-related medicines and vaccines at the World Trade Organization. India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but it was blocked by the United States and other wealthy members of the WTO. Big Pharma has also come out against the proposal and has lobbied Washington to preserve its monopoly control. More than 100 countries have supported the waiver, which they say is critical…

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-05). Going To Court: The EU Sues AstraZeneca. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | It has been a relationship of characterised by bitterness and misunderstanding. It began with a poorly negotiated agreement — poor, that is, from the European Union perspective — between Brussels and AstraZeneca for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Less rigorous in terms of penalties and consequences than the UK-AstraZeneca deal, the EU version was very much the poor cousin, giving the company much latitude in terms of production schedules and d…

news.un (2021-05-05). Myanmar: Attacks on healthcare jeopardizing COVID-19 response, UN team says. news.un.org There have been at least 158 reported attacks on medical personnel and facilities in Myanmar, with more than 139 doctors arrested and charged since the military coup in February, endangering not only vital health services but also the COVID-19 response, the UN Country Team (UNCT) there said on Wednesday.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Quebec's anti-curfew protests: A political blind alley and entry point for the far right. wsws.org Young people opposed to the ruling class' criminal mishandling of the pandemic must fight for the independent political mobilization of the working class to close all schools and nonessential businesses so as to halt the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating third wave.

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Bolsonaro Threatens To Lift Subnational COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday threatened to issue a decree to remove mobility restrictions imposed by subnational governments to control the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "No one can be happy if there is no freedom,", he said, recalling that his supporters took to the streets over the weekend to protest against the epidemiological measures | "In the streets, people are starting to ask the government to the decree. A…

WSWS (2021-05-05). Criminal response of UK ruling elite to COVID-19 produces huge waiting list for elective procedures. wsws.org With cancer sufferers and patients with other critical ailments languishing in queues running up to months and years, suffering and death, especially among the working class and the poor, will swell the already shocking tally of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Papua New Guinea parliament adjourned amid escalating COVID-19 crisis. wsws.org Prime Minister Marape is cynically using the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, which is devastating the population, to block his own removal from office before the 2022 election.

WSWS (2021-05-05). German factories and low-income neighbourhoods left exposed to massive COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org For workplaces in particular, there are almost no protective measures and the few that exist are never reviewed and enforced. The number of workplace safety inspections declined during the first year of the pandemic by 15 percent.

teleSUR (2021-05-05). WHO To Use Big Data To Detect Future Pandemics. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced the creation of a "Global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence," a Berlin-based research center that will seek to detect pandemics in advance using big data and artificial intelligence. | RELATED: | "Viruses move fast, but data can move even faster. With the right information, countries and communities can stay one step ahead of emergencies and save l…

news.un (2021-05-05). Early-warning 'pandemic hub' plan unveiled by WHO's Tedros and Germany's Merkel. news.un.org An international hub for pandemic control is to open in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against likely future global health threats, the UN health agency announced on Wednesday.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Air India to Vaccinate All Employees by End of Month After Pilots Threaten a Strike. sputniknews.com Amid the pandemic, Indian airlines have been operating domestically and ferrying thousands of passengers on a daily basis. The airlines have adopted a multi-layered approach to offer safe travel for people in line with coronavirus regulations.

Staff (2021-05-05). No rally to be held on Quds Day in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Spokesman for Iran's Coronavirus Headquarters Alireza Raeisi announced on Wed. that no rally will be held on the International Quds Day in Iran due to the pandemic.

news.un (2021-05-05). WHO chief hails 'monumental moment' in COVID fight, as US throws support behind vaccine patent waiver. news.un.org The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the commitment announced by the United States administration to lift vaccine patent protections to help boost global supply, was a "monumental moment" in the battle to end the deadly pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

Eurasia Review (2021-05-05). European Coordination Needed To Fight Science Disinformation. eurasiareview.com In a new report, ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, examines the potential of technical and policy measures to tackle science disinformation and calls for improved European exchange and coordination in this field. | While disinformation strategies are intoxicating public discourses in many fields, science disinformation is particularly dangerous to democratic governance and society at large. As highlighted by the ongoing pandemic, an undermining of trust in science poses a fundamental threat to political and individual decisions based on evidence and scientific knowledge.

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Grenada Bars Travellers From Brazil & India. telesurenglish.net On May 4, Grenada imposed a ban on people with any travel history of India or Brazil within the past fourteen days. | RELATED: | "This means that… persons will have to spend the relevant time in a third-party state that will allow them to enter," Health Minister Nickolas Steele said. | This policy comes as Grenada tries its best to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus having just under 200 cases and one death. | Steele also explained that under the advice of the COVI…

WSWS (2021-05-05). Mexico City transit bridge collapse leaves 24 dead, scores injured. wsws.org The disaster has fueled growing popular anger over criminal government negligence and corruption that has also led to hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in Mexico.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Thousands flock to community pantries in the Philippines as COVID-19 rapidly spreads. wsws.org Images in the media reveal the degree of desperation for basic resources in the population. Crowds of hundreds line the pavement to try to get a few free vegetables and a canned good or two.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Young Delhi resident describes India's COVID-19 catastrophe. wsws.org Vaibhavi spoke to the WSWS about the current conditions in Delhi and across India amid a mounting surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

news.un (2021-05-05). UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives. news.un.org The world is currently facing a shortage of around 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many have been redeployed to help plug vital gaps in other health services, according to a new United Nations report.

news.un (2021-05-05). 155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020, conflict the key driver. news.un.org At least 155 million people faced crisis levels of food insecurity in 2020 because of conflict, extreme weather events and economic shocks linked in part to COVID-19, a UN-partnered flagship report said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-05-05). South Asia: 'Real possibility' health systems will be strained to a breaking point, UNICEF warns. news.un.org Impacts of the deadly new surge in COVID-19 cases across South Asia are unlike anything the region has seen before, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said, warning of a "real possibility" that health systems there will be strained to a breaking point, leading to even more loss of life.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). India's Delegation to G7 Self-Isolating After Two Members Test Positive for COVID, UK Gov't Says. sputniknews.com The Indian diplomats that arrived at the Group of Seven summit in London had previously said they will attempt to visit meetings virtually following the decision to self-isolate, reports suggested.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Postponing Olympic Games Supported by Nine of Japan's Prefectural Heads, But Not Hosting Tokyo. sputniknews.com Nine of Japan's 47 prefectural governors recently said the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, according to a recent poll.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). 'Nothing Less Than Genocide': Indian Court Slams Authorities as People Die From Oxygen Shortage. sputniknews.com A 21-year-old man from Delhi, Piyush Singh had to find a taxi and take his COVID-positive mother to her hometown, 14 hours away from the Indian capital two days after losing his father to the virus. Singh was watching his mother's oxygen drop below 90, but was unable to find an oxygen cylinder in Delhi.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Hundreds of Hong Kong Residents Quarantined As Health Experts Warn Of Mutant COVID-19 Variant Cases. sputniknews.com The cases sparked evacuations and quarantines in roughly 460 flats across three districts in the special administrative region on late Tuesday after authorities traced contacts linked to the two workers, Chinese media reported.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Hundreds of Farmers Head to Delhi to Protest Farm Laws Despite COVID Restrictions – Photos. sputniknews.com Since November last year, a number of farmers from the agricultural states of Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been protesting against three farm laws passed in September 2020. The last round of official talks that the farmers held with government officials was on 22 January this year.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Hundreds of Devotees at Indian Temple Attract Fury as COVID-19 Rages in Country. sputniknews.com Local police officers have taken action against 23 people in this regard, and have booked and arrested the chief villager in the Sanand area of Gujarat state.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iran COVID-19 update: 15,872 infections, 349 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 15,872 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-05). Postponing Olympic supported by 9 Japan's prefectural heads. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Nine of Japan's 47 prefectural governors recently said the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, according to a recent poll.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-05). S Arabia considers barring overseas haj pilgrims for 2nd year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual haj for the second year amid the surge in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of new variants globally.

Staff (2021-05-05). 1st phase of Fakhra vaccine human trial ends successfully. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The first phase of the human test of "Fakhra" COVID-19 vaccine was successfully completed on Wednesday.

Jon Rappoport (2021-05-05). Is the Genetic COVID Vaccine Creating a Hurricane Inside Cells of the Body? globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. Picture this: Contrary …

sputniknews (2021-05-05). World's Most Vaccinated Nation Reintroduces COVID Restrictions After Surge in Infections. sputniknews.com Seychelles was among the first countries in the world to reopen to international tourism after the first COVID wave last year. The Indian Ocean nation, located off the coast of Africa, has been vaccinating its population with China's Sinopharm vaccine, received as a gift from the UAE, and AstraZeneca's Covishield, flown in from India.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Cared for in his own workplace for 121 days. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Robert Pintor works as a scheduling supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, so he was well aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the community. What he didn't expect was its impact on him and his family. This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. When Robert Pintor picked up his wife's cough in November, they both …

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2021-05-04: News Headlines

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-05-04). After $53 Billion in European Sales Last Year, Amazon Paid $0 in Corporate Taxes. commondreams.org "Tax avoidance stops us getting the funding we need for healthcare and public services. We need to stop it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/amazon_eu_taxes.jpg

Staff (2021-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2021. democracynow.org In Reversal, Biden to Raise Cap on Refugees Admitted to U.S., U.S. Allows Four Refugee Families Separated Under Trump to Reunite, India's Official COVID-19 Caseload Tops 20 Million, Nepal's COVID-19 Crisis Becomes "Unmanageable" Amid Exponential Rise in Cases, Argentina Passes 3 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as Brazil Delays Second Vaccine Doses, Biden Under Pressure as World Health Organization Presses for Waiver on Vaccine Patent Rights, U.S. States Roll Back Coronavirus Restrictions as New Cases Fall Below 50,000 Per Day, Andrew Brown Jr. Laid to Rest Amid Mounting Calls to Hold Officers Who Shot Him Accoun…

Chris Wright (2021-05-04). Organizing for Revolution in East Harlem. dissidentvoice.org Johanna Fernández's The Young Lords: A Radical History could hardly have been published at a more auspicious time. The fateful year 2020 saw not only the outbreak of a global pandemic but also, in the U.S., a rejuvenation of Black Lives Matter and renewed national attention to issues of racial and economic justice. The pandemic …

Karen Conner (2021-05-04). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the April Jobs Report. cepr.net (The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, May 7th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) The economy added 916,000 jobs in March, it will likely do even better in April. With the vaccination process moving rapidly, infection rates falling, and pandemic restrictions being relaxed almost everywhere, people are …

Joe Yerardi, Alexia Fernández Campbell (2021-05-04). Companies are stealing billions from workers—and getting away with it. peoplesworld.org Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. These businesses often pay less than the minimum wage, make employees work off the clock, …

WSWS (2021-05-04). Indian state elections deliver blow to Modi, amid COVID-19 catastrophe. wsws.org There is mounting popular anger against Modi and his far-right BJP government due to their ruinous mishandling of the pandemic, relentless attacks on social and democratic rights, and integration of India into the US war drive against China.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Watch: Lockdown Flouters Forced to Do Squats as Punishment by Police in India. sputniknews.com India has registered 357,229 new COVID-19 positive cases and at least 3,449 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The total caseload has crossed 20 million, with over 222,408 people having lost their lives since the onset of the pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Woman Claims Found Wet Cigarette in Food From Taco Bell She Fed Her 1 YO Daughter With. sputniknews.com To find an inedible object in your meal is frustrating, but a health code violation is particularly unacceptable amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, and requires particular attention from hospitality venues.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). World's Richest Cricket League IPL Suspended After Players Test Positive for COVID. sputniknews.com Amid the pandemic, the 2021Indian Premier League (IPL), established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), held its 14th season in the country. The tournament kicked off on 9 April. Last year, the tournament was shifted to Dubai.

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III (2021-05-04). China's Hainan Free Trade Port: Preparing For RCEP — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Last April 21, I was humbled to join a closed panel on RCEP and the Hainan Free Trade Port (HFTP) development, part of a subset in the annual Boao Forum for Asia. My fellow speakers hailed from institutes in Malta, Singapore, and Shanghai and our discussants were from Haikou and Shenzhen with our session chair joining from Phnom Penh. The discussions explored experiences and lessons from other free trade ports that can be of value for Hainan and recommendations on how to make the ambitious undertaking work. | Resumption of trade can fuel the revival of economies battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, some…

Ralph Nader (2021-05-04). Ralph Nader: Tim Cook, Apple And Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed — OpEd. eurasiareview.com David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty of dough for themselves. | Gelles reports that Boeing, after its criminal negligence brought down two 737 MAX planes and killed 346 people, went into a corporate tailspin. The company laid off 30,000 workers and its sales and stocks plummeted as it report…

Bhabani Shankar Nayak* (2021-05-04). Question And Resist The Power — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The coronavirus pandemic has already caused the colossal loss of lives and livelihoods around the world. It continues to create havoc in different countries like Brazil and India. It has destroyed livelihoods, communities and families. This global health crisis has taken a terrible toll on individual lives by expanding unbelievable levels of anxiety, alienation, deaths, destitutions, loneliness and loss. The conservative commentators, writers, columnists and typewriters of ruling class voices locate the impact of these crises and its outcomes as individual problems or state and government failures. There is no…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

Éric Toussaint (2021-05-04). Developing countries in the stranglehold of debt. Part 3. mronline.org The coronavirus pandemic and other aspects of the multidimensional crisis of global capitalism are enough to fully justify suspending debt repayment. Indeed priority must be given to protecting people against ecological, economic and public health disasters. | May 4, 2021…

WSWS (2021-05-04). The meaning of the May Day 2021 Online Rally. wsws.org The May Day rally both reflected and anticipated enormous changes in the world situation produced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-04). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. counterpunch.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty of dough for themselves.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Drug overdose deaths hit record high in West Virginia in 2020. wsws.org Fatal drug overdoses rose by 45 percent over the previous year, driven in part by the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on West Virginia's limited public health resources.

Editorial Team (2021-05-04). Birmingham in crisis: a city ravaged by austerity-driven unemployment. challenge-magazine.org Japhy Barrera, is a member of the YCL's Birmingham branch | During the COVID-19 pandemic, Birmingham has attained the highest rate of unemployment that the city has seen since the 1980s. 33,000 people have lost their jobs in Birmingham since last February, leaving a whopping 15% of the population without work, more than treble the national average (4.9%). A further 55,000 locals remain on the furlough scheme, an arrangement set to end in September of this year. These numbers are disproportionately worse than what we have seen elsewhere in the country and have exposed the targeted nature of Tory austerity. | Al…

WSWS (2021-05-04). New pandemic advice from the New York Times: Practicing good hygiene may be worse than COVID-19. wsws.org The New York Times opinion piece, written by a freelance writer, Markham Heid, promotes a virulent form of the unscientific construct "the cure can't be worse than the disease."

Jaklevic M. (2021-05-04). Pandemic Boosts an Old Idea—Bringing Acute Care to the Patient. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article describes how the need to free up inpatient beds during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more hospitals providing acute care in patients' homes.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Germany, France spend billions on new fighter jets. wsws.org The massive military build-up now underway across the European Union exposes official claims there is no money for a scientific fight against the virus.

Ruhi Bhasin (2021-05-04). How India Has Creatively Turned Social Media Into a COVID-19 Helpline to Battle the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Death, sickness, and helplessness have become the "new normal" that Indians are being forced to live with as they witness the collapse of an already inadequate health care system and the failure of its political system that was caught napping on the uptick of cases, which showed an upward trend as far back as February.

Editorial Team (2021-05-04). On the dust: the battle for Thurrock. challenge-magazine.org Over a year into the Covid-19 crisis, which saw the public clap for those still on the frontline, Thurrock council have seen fit to slash the terms and conditions of its local refuse workers. | At 4am, those 'on the dust' get themselves out of bed and head off into the dark streets to collect and dispose of household waste, with no pause or break during the devastating pandemic. Thurrock's refuse workers provide more than just the job description, forming a vital conduit for their communities as they move house-to-house, checking in on elderly and vulnerable residents, and often receiving a few sweets in retur…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

Staff (2021-05-04). Night of Qadr observed in Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Monday, 21th of Ramadan in the Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber, while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-04). 21th night of holy month of Ramadan marked in Behesht-e Zahra. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The religious ceremony of 21th night of the holy month of Ramadan was observed in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

jamanetwork (2021-05-04). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Variants and Vaccine Efficacy, Immunosuppressed Patients, and More. jamanetwork.com JAMA Live Highlights features comments from livestream interviews with experts in clinical care, public health, and health policy on critical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments have been edited for clarity.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Carbon dioxide levels now at highest level in 3.6 million years. greenleft.org.au Despite pandemic shutdowns, atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane levels surged last year, reports Climate and Capitalism.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Why delivery workers across the globe are rising up against exploitation. greenleft.org.au Even before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, food delivery companies' profits were skyrocketing, as their "self-employed" workers are blocked from unionising, reports Taroa Zúñiga Silva.

Staff (2021-05-04). May Day: For a living, united and victorious homeland. en.cubadebate.cu "Congratulations workers! What has been done to survive the pandemic under a tightened blockade, and nonetheless advancing, is monumental. A hard-working, creative people like ours deserves a great tribute," tweeted Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, May 1, who attended a simple commemoration of International Workers Day at Havana's José Martí Plaza de la Revolución, with reduced participation given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Whitney (2021-05-04). New Report Sheds Light on Vaccine Doomsday Cult. globalresearch.ca An explosive new study by researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute casts doubt on the current crop of gene-based vaccines that may pose a grave risk to public health. While the paper focuses strictly on Covid-related issues, it unavoidably raises questions about the new vaccines that contain billions of spike proteins that could greatly increase the chances of severe illness or death.

Walter Smolarek (2021-05-04). En su primer discurso importante, Biden presenta su programa para la clase trabajadora. liberationnews.org El 28 de abril, en su primer discurso frente a una sesión conjunta del congreso, Joe Biden calculadamente decidió atender de manera directa las necesidades de la clase trabajadora. "20 millones de estadounidenses perdieron su trabajo durante la pandemia — estadounidenses de clase media y trabajadora. Al mismo tiempo, el patrimonio neto de los aproximadamente …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-04). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India. counterpunch.org As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not

Patrick Cockburn (2021-05-04). Britain Risks Cementing in Power a Corrupt and Incompetent Government in Undeserved Gratitude for the Vaccine. counterpunch.org "No more f**king lockdowns — let the bodies pile high in their thousands," Boris Johnson is reported as saying last October as the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic got underway. Many will view his callous words, which he vehemently denies uttering, as an ill-chosen figure of speech, but they may fail to realise the grim truth that what he said was a largely accurate forecast of the consequence of his misjudgements.

Colin Todhunter (2021-05-04). India, COVID and the Need for Scientific Integrity not Sensationalism. dissidentvoice.org Western media outlets are currently paying a great deal of attention to India and the apparent impact of COVID-19. The narrative is that the coronavirus is ripping through the country — people are dying, cases are spiralling out of control and hospitals are unable to cope. There does indeed seem to be a major problem …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-05-04). As Big Pharma Fights Off Patent Waiver, Pfizer Reports Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine. commondreams.org Pfizer has pledged to send less than 2% of its vaccine doses to the Global South—while reporting record profits from its sales to wealthy countries. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1232671762_1.jpg

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

WSWS (2021-05-04). More than 550 autoworkers out due to COVID-19 at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. wsws.org While the UAW is being provided with regular, detailed updates from management on the spread of coronavirus, it is deliberately concealing this information as much as it can from workers.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits Libya. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits LibyaRick Rozoff While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian, Russian and Armenian military aircraft and faced no consequences. One which has obtained Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapons but whose …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). Top-Level Turkish Civilian-Military Delegation Visits Libya. libya360.wordpress.com Rick Rozoff Libya's Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu give a joint press conference in the capital Tripoli on May 3, 2021. (AFP) While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian,…

Editor (2021-05-04). No to NATO and Quad. workers.org The Joe Biden administration's first 100 days has gotten the most publicity for its $2 trillion for COVID-19 relief and another proposed $2 trillion for infrastructure. The infrastructure bill — supposedly financed by taxing the 1% — has yet to be passed. Some call it the most extensive social program . . . |

Leo Hohmann (2021-05-04). Highly Cited COVID Doctor Comes to Stunning Conclusion: Government 'Scrubbing Unprecedented Numbers' of Injection-related Deaths. globalresearch.ca One of the world's most prominent medical doctors with expertise in …

Dr. Henry Ealy (2021-05-04). CDC Violated Law: Inflated COVID-19 Cases and Fatalities. "How Deaths are Reported" globalresearch.ca Dr. Henry Ealy and his team started looking at CDC data …

Richard Falk, David Krieger (2021-05-04). Biden's Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: a Dialogue. counterpunch.org Ricard Falk: The humane and competently handled responses that the Biden presidency has pursued with respect to the COVID challenge, mitigating economic burdens on the poor, empathy for abuses of persons of color, and moves toward proposing a massive infrastructure program are uplifting changes in policy and leadership of the country, especially welcomed after enduring

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-04). Experimental Adenovirus COVID Injections Continuing to Kill Younger, Middle-Aged People. globalresearch.ca The AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson experimental adenovirus COVID shots seem …

sputniknews (2021-05-04). New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Every Resident Who Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com Authorities in the northeastern state are not the only ones getting creative in terms of how to convince residents to get vaccinated. Officials in West Virginia have offered residents aged between 16 and 35 a $100 bond if they get a jab.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). 'Professor Lockdown' Backs MPs and Business Calling for Early End to COVID-19 Rules. sputniknews.com Professor Neil Ferguson, who resigned from the government's SAGE advisory committee after breaking his own lockdown rules to sleep with a married woman, has reinvented himself as a born-again proponent of unlocking, based on good news coming from the vaccination front.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Three Indian Journalists Served Legal Notices For Reporting on Oxygen Crisis in Uttar Pradesh State. sputniknews.com Last week, Uttar Pradesh (UP) state chief Yogi Adityanath threatened residents of his region that their properties would be confiscated if they were to post about the shortage of oxygen in the state. The Hindu monk claimed that there are ample supplies in his state to tackle the deadly COVID crisis.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). By the Books: As Global Gambling Rebounds Post-COVID-19, How Will Countries Spend Their Casino Cash? sputniknews.com Gambling is slowly becoming a major industry across numerous global economies, but just how much of the funds spent in the betting agencies goes back into businesses and local governments?

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2021-05-03: News Headlines

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-05-03). Modi is Singularly Responsible for India's Pandemic Disaster. counterpunch.org India has become the new global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with daily infections surpassing 300,000 per day and the official death toll—likely a massive underestimate—nearing a quarter of a million people. Hospitals are being overrun with patients, and the crisis is exacerbated by a devastating shortage of oxygen. The Indian judiciary has gone as

Don Fitz (2021-05-03). What Would a Deep Green New Deal Look Like? counterpunch.org The Green New Deal has attracted perhaps the greatest attention of any proposal for decades. It would guarantee Medicare-for-All, Housing-for-All, student loan forgiveness and propose the largest economic growth in human history to address unemployment and climate change. But the last of these hits a stumbling block.

Dean Baker (2021-05-03). Housing and the Rising GDP. counterpunch.org The economy grew at a 6.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter driven by double-digit growth in consumption in both residential and nonresidential investment. The quarter's growth left GDP just 0.9 percent below the pre-pandemic level reported for the fourth quarter of 2019. Productivity Growth Looks Strong The strong growth in the quarter also

Staff (2021-05-03). As Global Pandemic Worsens, U.S. Keeps Blocking Vaccine Patent Waivers Amid Big Pharma Lobbying. democracynow.org Big Pharma has hired an army of lobbyists to pressure U.S. lawmakers to block an effort at the World Trade Organization to loosen intellectual property rules on COVID-19 vaccines, which would allow countries around the world to ramp up production, vaccinate more people and bring the pandemic to an end sooner. Dozens of countries from the Global South, led by India and South Africa, are demanding a temporary waiver on vaccine patents, but rich countries, including the U.S. under both the Trump and Biden administrations, have opposed the move. Lee Fang, investigative journalist at The Intercept, says there is a "gl…

Staff (2021-05-03). US Keeps Blocking Vaccine Patent Waivers Amid Big Pharma Lobbying. truthout.org Big Pharma has hired an army of lobbyists to pressure U.S. lawmakers to block an effort at the World Trade Organization to loosen intellectual property rules on COVID-19 vaccines, which would allow countries around the world to ramp up production, vaccinate more people and bring the pandemic to an end sooner. Dozens of countries from the Global South, led by India and South Africa, are demanding a temporary waiver on vaccine patents, but rich countries, including the U.S. under both the Trump and Biden adm…

Kenya Elliot, Leela Anand (2021-05-03). Despite India disaster, U.S. government refuses COVID vaccine patent waivers. liberationnews.org Photo: Patient outside one of India's largest hospitals for Coronavirus patients. Credit — Ninian Reid A deadly second wave of COVID-19 is raging through India. The country is seeing more than 3,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of cases every single day. At least 200,000 have died thus far. Modeling data shows that the death …

Byul Ryanim (2021-05-03). The Weekly Round-Up: #KillTheBill, FPN reviews, and rights under threat in India. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: People aged 42 and over are now able to book their Covid-19 vaccines, joining the more than 33.8 million people in the UK who have received their first dose. The news comes as the Joint Committee on Human Rights called for a review of all fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for lockdown breaches …

Anonymous007 (2021-05-03). ZarifGate: Iranian Supreme Leader Chastises Foreign Minister. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 2nd, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, issued an apology for comments that he said "annoyed" the country's supreme leader. | Recordings surfaced late last month of Zarif, long the public face of Iranian diplomacy, saying the Revolutionary Guards had far more influence in foreign and nuclear affairs than he did. | Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared to chastise Zarif during a televised speech. | Khamenei didn't specifically say Zarif's name, but…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). Tampa workers rally on International Workers Day. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Labor and community activists in Tampa rallied May 1 to join the world in celebrating International Workers Day. The rally was called by the Tampa District of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, with speakers including Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society, Tampa Bay Community Action Committee and local union activists. | With dozens of people in attendance, the rally demanded housing and COVID assistance, more protections for all workers and an increase in funding to local social programs. The rally also demanded a stop to the proposed construction of a new Tampa Police Department (TPD) he…

J.P. Linstroth (2021-05-03). Brazilian Senate Will Question: Bolsonaro on COVID-19 Response. counterpunch.org The Supreme Court of Brazil has authorized a Senate Commission (CPI, Commisà£o Parlamentar de Inquérito) to investigate Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on his handling of COVID-19 in Brazil. The impetus for investigating the Brazilian president seems to be appropriate given how much Bolsonaro has downplayed the Coronavirus and the fact that Brazil has the second-highest

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-03). World Press Freedom Day: Western-style press freedom proves to be increasingly decaying. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Global TimesMay 3, 2021 Western-style press freedom proves to be increasingly decaying Excerpts …Western media outlets have done almost nothing in stopping wrong wars on our living planet in the past years, nor have they helped educate people to effectively combat public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. To a certain extent, Western-style press …

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Venezuelan President Confirms Fifth Shipment of Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his country has received yet another delivery of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

WSWS (2021-05-03). This week in history: May 3-9. wsws.org 25 years ago: Bosnian war crimes trials open in The Hague On May 7, 1996, the first in a series of war crimes trials stemming from the war in Bosnia opened in the international court at The Hague, Netherlands. Dusan Tadic, a Bosnian Serb, stood accused of carrying out atrocities against Bosnian civilians, including murder, rape and torture.

Staff (2021-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2021. democracynow.org India Breaks New COVID Records Amid Vaccine Shortages; U.S. Restricts Travel from India, Mourners Remember Slain 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, Colorado Officers Resign After They Attack 73-Year-Old with Dementia, Laugh About Arrest, Biden Administration Releases Documents on Trump's 2017 Drone Order, 4 Families Separated at U.S Border Will Be Reunited, But Thousands Remain Ripped Apart, Traumatized, Biden Admin Cancels Construction of Trump U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Migrant Boat Capsizes in San Diego, Killing at Least 4 People, North Korea Issues Warning to U.S. After Biden Says Nuclear Program Pre…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). West Michigan labor unions rally for International Workers Day. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – West Michigan labor unions joined by community and social justice groups celebrated International Workers Day on May 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. | This year May Day for workers focused on safe working conditions during the COVID pandemic, unemployment for stage hands and gig workers who are out of jobs, and building a stronger union movement through the PRO Act. Other speakers from community and social justice groups talked about immigrant rights for workers, criminal justice reform needed in the wake of George Floyd's death, and the Equality Act in Congress. | "During this health crisis where…

Moderator (2021-05-03). This Invisible Essential Labor Force Is Organizing for a Better Life. scheerpost.com U.S. Department of Agriculture / CC BY 2.0] By Rebekah Entralgo | OtherWords Throughout the pandemic, there's been an outpouring of public support for essential workers. But this has largely excluded migrant women farmworkers, despite their vital role in keeping food on American families' tables. Monica Ramirez is working to change that. "I'm the first generation in my family that didn't have to…

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-05-03). An invisible essential labor force. nationofchange.org How the migrant women farmworkers who put food on our tables are organizing for a better life after the pandemic.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-05-03). CDC Officially Recommends COVID Jab for Pregnant Women. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending …

WSWS (2021-05-03). Germany's official COVID-19 contagion policy puts hundreds of thousands of students and educators at risk. wsws.org The updated Infection Protection Act reinforces the government's reckless contagion policy in schools and threatens the health of students.

WSWS (2021-05-03). "Open letter" demands end to UK pandemic restrictions as official figures confirm COVID-19 is a "poor man's disease" wsws.org Ten of its signatories are also signatories to the Great Barrington Declaration, launched at the right-wing American Institute for Economic Research in Massachusetts on October 4 last year.

WSWS (2021-05-03). Facebook reverses censorship of WSWS article debunking "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory. wsws.org On Friday, Facebook notified users that it had wrongly censored them for posting a WSWS article debunking the false claim that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab.

WSWS (2021-05-03). COVID-19 death of 13-year-old Brampton girl underscores criminality of Canada's open economy/open schools policy. wsws.org Emily's tragic, entirely preventable death has triggered an outpouring of anger towards the political elite and solidarity with the stricken family.

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran COVID-19 update: 20k infections, 391 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 20,732 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Iran seizes Indian ship carrying Covid-19 cases. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The governor of the Iranian Jack County, Hormozgan Province, said Monday that Iranian maritime guards seized an Indian ship carrying Covid-19 cases in the Persian Gulf waters.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Iran blocks entry of 5,000 foreigners from eastern borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The deputy head of Iran's Police Brigadier General Ghasem Rezaei said that as many as 5,000 foreign passengers were prevented from entering the country from the eastern borders amid Covid-19 cases surge in India.

Megan Redshaw (2021-05-03). Significant Jump this Week in Reported Injuries, Deaths After COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-05-03). Just How Much COVID-19 Vaccine Money (And How Many Doses Per Person) Is on the Table? globalresearch.ca It is hard for me to fathom what is going on. …

Celeste McGovern (2021-05-03). 19,916 'Eye Disorders' Including Blindness Following COVID Vaccine Reported in Europe. globalresearch.ca Hundreds of cases of blindness are among the 19,916 reports of …

Staff (2021-05-03). Iran to produce 7mn doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Oct.-Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Head of Pasteur Institute of Iran Alireza Biglari announced that seven million doses of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccines will be produced as of Iranian months of Mehr and Aban (falls on Oct.-Nov.) in the current year.

Ethan Huff (2021-05-03). Two-year-old Baby Dies During Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Experiments on Children. globalresearch.ca Within six days of receiving a second injection of Pfizer's experimental …

Eurasia Review (2021-05-03). College Athletes In Supportive Programs Coping Better With Pandemic. eurasiareview.com Like much of society, college athletics were thrown into disarray by the COVID-19 pandemic. While student athletes were suddenly prevented from competing, training or seeing as much of their teammates and coaches, those who perceived they were part of a positive sporting environment also coped better during the early days of the crisis, a new study from the University of Kansas has found. | KU researchers have long studied a caring, task-involved sporting climate, in which young athletes receive support and recognition for their efforts, while mistakes are treated as learning opportunities. But the pandemic pr…

news.un (2021-05-03). UN envoy Gordon Brown urges G7 countries to fund global COVID vaccination push. news.un.org Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Monday for the world's richest nations to underwrite COVID-19 vaccination in poorer countries, highlighting the need to raise some $60 billion over the next two years.

news.un (2021-05-03). Global e-commerce jumps to $26.7 trillion, fuelled by COVID-19. news.un.org Parts of the online economy have boomed since COVID-19 began, while some pre-pandemic big-hitters have seen a reversal of their fortunes in the last year, amid widespread movement restrictions, UN economists have found.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Blinken and Raab Hold Q&A Session as Day 1 of G7 Ministerial Meeting Wraps Up. sputniknews.com The foreign ministers of the G7 arrived in London this week for a three-day in-person gathering to discuss a wide range of issues, including COVID-19 and economic recovery, the climate crisis, China, and Russia.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). 'You Have to Be a Special Kind of Monster': B-Town Celebs Slam People Selling Fake COVID-19 Medicine. sputniknews.com On Monday, India saw a slight dip in its daily COVID-19 cases, registering 368,147 infections and at least 3,417 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. At present, the nation's overall caseload is 19,925,604, with over 218,959 people having lost their lives since the onset of the pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Hillary Clinton Gives Biden 'A' for Effort, Says He Is 'Less Constrained' Than Predecessors. sputniknews.com On Friday, Biden marked his first 100 days in office, in which he has already reversed several policies of the previous president. Biden is now facing a major crisis on the southern border and a COVID-19 related economic crisis.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Grammy-Winning Roxette Guitarist Arrested at Freedom Demo Against COVID-19 Restrictions – Video. sputniknews.com Fifty-year-old Christoffer Lundquist, an established music producer, songwriter, and musician known for his work with the world-renowned group Roxette, joined the demonstration by the Freedom Movement to protest COVID-19 restrictions seen as limiting individual freedoms.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Queen Hails 'Significant Centenary' of NI's Creation, Weeks After Violent Clashes in Country. sputniknews.com Last month, violence in Northern Ireland erupted amid growing dissatisfaction among unionists with checks and restrictions imposed by the Brexit agreement in the Irish Sea and Belfast's failure to punish opposition Sinn Fein politicians for attending a mass funeral in violation of COVID restrictions.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). No Mimosas for You, Debra! LOLz Over Baltimore COVID-19 Jab Ads. sputniknews.com You'd be forgiven for mistaking the City of Baltimore's new coronavirus vaccine and lockdown propaganda for a public information campaign about domestic violence and controlling partners, but apparently Debra's boyfriend is only telling her not to see her friends out of concern for the pandemic risk.

Ralph Wendt, Lutgarde Thijs, Sven Kalbitz, Harald Mischak, Justyna Siwy, Julia Raad, Jochen Metzger, Barbara Neuhaus, Heiko von der Leyen, Emmanuel Dudoignon, Alexandre Mebazaa, Goce Spasovski, Mimoza Milenkova, Aleksandra Canevska-Talevska, Beata Czerwie≈Ñska, Andrzej Wiecek, Bjà∂rn Peters, àÖsa Nilsson, Matthias Schwab, Katja Rothfuss, Christoph Làºbbert, Jan A. Staessen, Joachim Beige, the CRIT-COV-U investigators (2021-05-03). [Research Paper] A urinary peptidomic profile predicts outcome in SARS-CoV-2-infected patients. thelancet.com this first CRIT-COV-U report proves the concept that urinary proteomic profiling generates biomarkers indicating adverse COVID-19 outcomes, even at an early disease stage, including WHO stages 1—3. These findings need to be consolidated in an upcoming final dataset.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Cared for in his own workplace for 121 days. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Robert Pintor works as a scheduling supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, so he was well aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the community. What he didn't expect was its impact on him and his family. This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. When Robert Pintor picked up his wife's cough in November, they both …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-03). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

Yanis Iqbal (2021-05-03). Wage Stagnation in the Global North. zcomm.org In the few years before the COVID-19 crisis, annual average real wage growth for North America (Canada and USA) and Western Europe fluctuated between 0 and around 1 percent…

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_____ (2021-05-02). What Would A Deep Green New Deal Look Like? popularresistance.org The Green New Deal has attracted perhaps the greatest attention of any proposal for decades. It would guarantee Medicare-for-All, Housing-for-All, student loan forgiveness and propose the largest economic growth in human history to address unemployment and climate change. | But the last of these hits a stumbling block. Creation of all forms of energy contributes to the destruction of nature and human life. It is possible to increase the global quality of life at the same time as we reduce the use of fossil fuels and other sources of energy. Therefore, a "deep" GND would focus on energy reduction, otherwise known…

WSWS (2021-05-03). "Open letter" demands end to UK pandemic restrictions as official figures confirm COVID-19 is a "poor man's disease" wsws.org Ten of its signatories are also signatories to the Great Barrington Declaration, launched at the right-wing American Institute for Economic Research in Massachusetts on October 4 last year.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Iran foreign trade in year 1399 amid pandemic, sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The statistics show that Iran was able to continue its foreign trade despite being under pressure from the tough sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-02). Night of Decree observed in Tehran under health protocols. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Sunday, 19th of Ramadan in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

Dan Steinbock (2021-05-02). Global Recovery 2021 And Dark Legacies Of Smoot-Hawley — Analysis. eurasiareview.com In 2021, China's economic momentum will drive global economic prospects. But new trade wars could derail global recovery, again. | In the 1st quarter of the ongoing year, China's GDP rose to a record 18.3% year-on-year. Despite the base effect, due to the pandemic plunge a year ago, the performance reflects strong momentum. In April, China's economy continued to boom, with strong exports and rising business confidence supporting the recovery. | U.S. economic growth accelerated in the 1st quarter, thanks to a rush of consumer spending. The GDP expanded at a 6.4% annualized rate; the second-largest since 2003. B…

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat* (2021-05-02). Growing Cooperation Between Indonesian Political Parties And Chinese Communist Party — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In April, the bilateral relations between China and Indonesia have entered a long period, exactly 71 years since the two countries synergized. However, in recent years in the Moreover, when the world was disturbed by the Covid-19 pandemic which had lasted for approximately 1 year, the relationship between Indonesia and China continued and had even…

Abdelhak Senhadji, Dora Benedek, Edward Gemayel,, Alexander Tieman* (2021-05-02). Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals Will Require Extraordinary Effort By All — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The pandemic's impact on the world's poor has been especially harsh. COVID-19 may have pushed about The current crisis has derailed progress toward basic development goals, as low-income developing countries must now balance urgent spending to protect lives and livelihoods wit…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Colombian President Rescinds Tax Reform Plans Following Mass Protests Against Proposal. sputniknews.com The unpopular draft initiative, dubbed the Sustainable Solidarity Law, was proposed by President Ivan Duque in April in a bid to cushion the negative impact of the pandemic. The motion sparked mass protests among the populace, which views the proposed reform as a new tax burden.

_____ (2021-05-02). Covid-19-Policy Contest Between Libertarianism v. Socialism: The Latest Results. strategic-culture.org A great deal remains that is important to know but that is currently unknown about Covid-19, Eric Zuesse writes. | Early in the "coronavirus-19" — subsequently called "Covid-19" — pandemic, Denmark and Sweden were often being compared with one-another because both are Scandinavian countries, but on 13 March 2020, Denmark had started a lockdown and imposed strict recommendations for businesses and personal behavior, whereas Sweden did nothing of the sort, and so the two countries were considered to be especially suitable to serve as being an almost controlled experiment in what the results would be of…

Staff (2021-05-02). Access to Mental Health Services Decreased as Need for Care Soared During COVID. truthout.org Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. | The report on patient access to behavioral health care during the covid-19 crisis also casts doubt on whether insurers are abiding by federal law requiring parity in insurance coverage, which forbids health plans from passing al…

_____ (2021-05-02). Biden Chooses Monopoly Profits Over Lives In India. popularresistance.org India is prominent in the news right now, as it has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. Rhetoric from the Biden administration might lead people to believe that resolving the crisis in India is a top priority. As thousands of people die each day in India and the United States restricts all travel from the country, however, it turns out that Biden's support for vaccine nationalism is fueling the crisis. | Biden has promised aid to India in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, test kits, and other supplies — but without vaccines, that essentially slaps a band-aid…

Staff (2021-05-02). Capitalism and Racism Are Enemies of an Effective Vaccine Plan. truthout.org Pandemics don't spread evenly. The spread depends on environmental conditions such as temperature and airflow, population density and size, and, as it turns out, privilege. Brutal capitalism has driven the disproportionate impact of COVID on marginalized communities, and it is now driving inequities in vaccine distribution. | Not surprisingly, the contours of COVID's impacts have reflected pre-existing societal disparities — which are often shaped along gender, race and class lines. These disparities…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-02). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

WSWS (2021-05-03). Germany's official COVID-19 contagion policy puts hundreds of thousands of students and educators at risk. wsws.org The updated Infection Protection Act reinforces the government's reckless contagion policy in schools and threatens the health of students.

WSWS (2021-05-03). COVID-19 death of 13-year-old Brampton girl underscores criminality of Canada's open economy/open schools policy. wsws.org Emily's tragic, entirely preventable death has triggered an outpouring of anger towards the political elite and solidarity with the stricken family.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-02). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India. dissidentvoice.org As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not …

_____ (2021-05-02). As Meatpackers Stoked Fears Of A Shortage, Exports Increased. popularresistance.org Last year, as the meatpacking industry's frontline workers were infected with Covid-19 and the industry pushed claims of a meat shortage, companies in the U.S. exported more than $22 billion in meat products, continuing an upward trend in foreign sales since 2016. | Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2020 the value of American meat exports reached its highest level since 2014. Companies exporting meat products from the Midwest also fared well, increasing sales by about $500 million from 2019 to 2020.

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Denver students hold rally against police injustice on campus. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied here April 29, as a part of their campaign to disarm and defund the Auraria Campus Police Department. | SDS has been working to disarm and defund ACPD since the summer of 2020. Since then, police funds on campus actually did go down by 6%, but when compared to a 9.7% general budget cut due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the police are actually receiving a larger percentage of the total budget – despite only one in three classes being held on campus. | SDS demonstrations on campus were cited by the police as one of the key reasons for the establishment of a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

Joel Ruet* (2021-05-02). What Does China's Changing Belt And Road Initiative Mean For Central Asian Economies? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com With leaders planning their routes to post-Covid-19 recovery, all countries are weighing up the measures needed to return to stability and growth. | In the US, Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan has placed stimulus front and centre. | When it comes to China, many eyes have been on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the country's vast global infrastructure strategy launched in 2013. | For those in the West who view BRI as hostile and expansionist, designed to entrap neighbouring countries in debt, any slowdown of the initiative is a welcome development. | Countries which looked set to benefit from investment wi…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-02). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights From India — OpEd. eurasiareview.com As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. | Not happy with banning flights from India, the Morrison government promises to be savage in punishing returnees who find ways to circumvent the ban (for instance, by travelling via a third country). Citizens who breach the travel ban can face up to five years' imprisonment and fines up…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). 'No Cheer Left Within': India's Famous 'Dancing Doctor' Details Picture Inside Gloomy COVID Wards. sputniknews.com Last March, millions of Indians had clapped and banged utensils to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationwide cheer fest for the nation's doctors and healthcare workers. At the time, COVID-19 was a new danger to vulnerable human lives in which physicians in white protective suits replaced Khaki-clad soldiers in protecting the nation.

Associated Press (2021-05-02). Los Tigres del Norte llaman a sus fans a vacunarse. peoplesworld.org NUEVA YORK (AP) — Los Tigres del Norte se arremangaron las camisas para vacunarse contra el coronavirus, y ahora invitan a sus seguidores a seguir el ejemplo. "Entusiasmadamente decidimos recibir las vacunas COVID-19 para la salud y el bienestar de nosotros mismos, nuestras familias, y esperamos que todos nuestros fans se unan a nosotros", dijo …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-02). To Counter 'Morally Objectionable' Vaccine Inequality, Sanders Says Big Pharma Must Share Covid Technology. commondreams.org "There is something morally objectionable about rich countries being able to get that vaccine and yet millions and billions of people in poor countries are unable to afford it," Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-morally-objectionable-vaccine-access.jpg

ecns.cn (2021-05-02). China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Myanmar. ecns.cn A batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived at the Yangon International Airport on Sunday, according to a release from the Chinese embassy on Sunday.

People's Vaccine Alliance (2021-05-02). Who's Controlling the COVID Vaccine: 10 Myths and Misdirections. commondreams.org "Support the majority of people who believe that vaccine monopolies are at odds with our universal right to health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/peoples.jpg

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

_____ (2021-05-02). Ukrainian Ultranationalist Lobby Flaunts Influence Over Biden, Blocks Top Russia Expert's Appointment. strategic-culture.org Demonstrating the power the ultranationalist Ukraine lobby has attained in Biden's Washington, the White House has withdrawn consideration of esteemed Russia specialist Matthew Rojansky. | By Moss ROBESON | Matthew Rojansky is the head of the Kennan Institute, a notable think tank at the US government-funded Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Despite his well-established expertise on Russia and lengthy record of leadership on the issue, he has been judged "too soft" to work in the Biden White House. | An increasingly influential element within Washington's powerful anti-Russian lob…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Congestive heart failure and diet. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor told me that I have congestive heart failure and I have to change my lifestyle, including my diet. What kind of diet should I be on? ANSWER: When patients have congestive heart failure, their heart isn't able to manage fluid well, and it builds up in the body. This fluid can cause shortness …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he's in the zone. He says he doesn't even think about what he's doing, it's just natural. It's what he calls "the nothingness of drumming." But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough …

Staff (2021-05-02). VIDEO: Clasehs between yellow vest protestors & French Police. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Despite anti-Coronavirus restrictions, tensions have increased between the yellow vest protestors and the French police.

Hassan Mahmoudi (2021-05-02). Iran: International Labor Day Gatherings Under Siege By Security Forces — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On May 1st, International Workers' Day, workers, and retirees held protest rallies in more than 20 cities in Iran, including Tehran, Karaj, Arak, Mashhad, Khorramabad, Marivan, Kermanshah, Haft Tappeh, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Rasht, Boroujerd, Qazvin, Sari, Ilam, … to commemorate International Workers' Day and to pursue their rights. | Workers are celebrating International Workers' Day in a situation where, according to government statistics, which is far from the truth, six million people partially and 1.5 million permanently lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis up to October 2020. And between the fall o…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). New Zealand High Commission in Delhi Seeks Help From Congress Leader for Oxygen Cylinders. sputniknews.com Over the past few weeks, India's unpreparedness for the second wave of coronavirus has exposed the poor health infrastructure in the country. The nation is reporting record numbers of cases or deaths on a daily basis.

Richard Gale (2021-05-02). Efforts to Silence the Debate on Vaccination Safety: The Weaponization of the CDC Against Public Health. globalresearch.ca What if you were to know that a cabal of corrupt …

RAWdance (2021-05-02). Sunday 5/2: RAWdance presents" "Collected Breath": a Midnight Artist Collaboration with Jim Campbell's. indybay.org Salesforce Tower…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Palestinian resistance turns into important regional actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs says that the Palestinian resistance has become an important and influential regional player both politically and on the battlefield.

Ariel Gold (2021-05-02). Extremism is on the Rise in Israel. zcomm.org Though the situation in Jerusalem has now calmed, the floodgates of Jewish extremism have already been flung wide open…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-05-02). Saudis And Israelis Don't Approve Of JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com According to media reports, with Iran and world powers resumed nuclear talks, Saudi Arabia and Israel also have intensified consultations. Washington and Tel Aviv on the one hand and Washington and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on the other hand are having extensive talks. | Both, Israel and Saudi Arabia want to influence any US move to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which they have publicly opposed right from the beginning. | As the Iranian negotiating team head to the Austrian capital of Vienna, a senior Israeli delegation comprising of Mossad Chief Yosef Cohen, Head of Military Intelligence Ta…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Gimme More! Adorable Fluffy Bear Cub Gets Its Belly Rubbed. sputniknews.com Bears are known as formidable and fierce predators, extremely dangerous to anyone who enters their territory. They are fast, smart, and cunning, and no one can stop them… unless we're talking about cute and fluffy bear cubs, which need our unconditional love and support.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. dissidentvoice.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty …

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensa…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

John Clarke (2021-05-01). The class struggle and geopolitics. zcomm.org The pandemic-triggered crisis and its aftermath will unleash huge and explosive struggles on a truly international scale…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-01). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

Eds. (2021-05-01). Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020's global military spending reached highest level in decades. mronline.org In 2020, nations were struggling to support their economies through the times of hardships and lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Those efforts apparently did not prevent governments from spending more money on their militaries than ever before in more than three decades, the report said. | May 1, 2021 | News…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Dozens killed in crush at Israeli religious festival. wsws.org Despite warnings from Israeli health officials that the mass celebrations could become a super spreader event, the authorities allowed the event to go ahead. It was the largest gathering since the start of the pandemic.

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2021-05-01: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-05-01). More reports surface of child deaths from COVID-19 in the US as students remain in classrooms. wsws.org Deaths among children are rising against the backdrop of the deadly reopening of public schools and the spread of new contagious variances of the virus.

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensa…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers Party pursues herd immunity policy as Brazil tops 400,000 COVID deaths. wsws.org The impact of the Workers Party's herd immunity policy was starkly exposed by an explosion at an oxygen cylinder fulfillment plant in Ceará last Saturday.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. dissidentvoice.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty …

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Jayati Ghosh (2021-05-01). COVID-19 in India—profits before people. mronline.org Jayati Ghosh explains why more than a third of a million COVID-19 cases are being reported in India daily—and what that says about our world. | May 1, 2021 | Newswire…

Abaki Beck (2021-05-01). The Yurok Tribe is using California's carbon offset program to buy back its land. nationofchange.org n January, the Yurok Tribe in California bought a 40-acre farm. Located next to an elementary school and the tribe's Head Start program, the farm will serve as an outdoor classroom for children as well as a source of organic produce for the tribe. This will not only help address the food insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 …

sputniknews (2021-05-01). India Fails to Rollout PM Modi-Backed COVID Vaccine Drive For 18-45 Year-Olds Amid Widespread Crunch. sputniknews.com India announced on 19 April that it would inoculate people aged 18-45 starting 1 May under its 'Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy'. The two vaccine manufacturers have been asked to supply 50 percent of their production to the federal government, with the remaining 50 percent to be handed over to the state authorities.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). 3rd clinical trial phase of jointly-produced Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, May 01 (MNA) — The 3rd clinical trial phase of joint anti-Covid-19 vaccine made by the Iranian Pasteur Institute and Cuban Finlay Institute began on Saturday morning in Hamedan Medical Sciences University in western Iran.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-01). Medical Doctor and Director of Diagnostics Laboratory Presents Cures for COVID and Exposes Dangers of COVID "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca First published on April 5, 2021 Dr. Ryan Cole is the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

Victor Grossman (2021-05-01). Greens, Vaccines, Maneuvers. zcomm.org In recent months the air in Germany has been overfull. But the fog, thick as in old London, was not humid but political — and medical-political. The thickest was Covid fog…

Kenneth Surin (2021-05-01). COVID in India. zcomm.org The Covid situation in India, and Delhi in particular, is absolutely dire…

Badri Raina (2021-05-01). The Show Must Go On: IPL and the Crematorium Next Door. zcomm.org What news may be more uplifting to a gasping COVID-19 patient than that our own Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma have just blasted sixes that carry the red cherry all the way to the crematorium, asks Badri Raina in this satirical piece…

Rob Hyde (2021-05-01). [World Report] Controversy surrounds Merkel's new lockdown powers. thelancet.com Following a parliamentary victory, the German chancellor can force municipalities into lockdowns to curb COVID-19. Rob Hyde reports.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-05-01). [World Report] Experts criticise India's complacency over COVID-19. thelancet.com Mass gatherings have been permitted as cases soar and patients die, while experts criticise a lack of planning and flexibility in the COVID-19 response. Anoo Bhuyan reports from New Delhi.

Shruti Gupta, David E Leaf (2021-05-01). [Comment] Tocilizumab in COVID-19: some clarity amid controversy. thelancet.com Hyperactivation of the immune response, including release of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), might play a key role in the pathophysiology of severe illness from COVID-19.1 Consistent with this notion, one of the few therapies that reduces mortality in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 is the corticosteroid, dexamethasone.2 Accordingly, there has been great interest in examining whether treatment with additional, more targeted anti-inflammatory agents beyond steroids could provide further benefit.

RECOVERY Collaborative Group (2021-05-01). [Articles] Tocilizumab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial. thelancet.com In hospitalised COVID-19 patients with hypoxia and systemic inflammation, tocilizumab improved survival and other clinical outcomes. These benefits were seen regardless of the amount of respiratory support and were additional to the benefits of systemic corticosteroids.

news.un (2021-05-01). COVID-19 'vaccine equity in action' in the Maldives: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The roll-out of vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 infections rising in the Maldives is a good example of "vaccine equity in action" according to Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Indian Ocean island nation.

Grant Miner (2021-05-01). Home care workers say: Pay back stolen wages, end 24-hour workday! liberationnews.org On April 28, over 50 home healthcare workers and their supporters gathered outside of the Lower Manhattan offices of the Chinese-American Planning Committee in New York City to protest a long history of wage theft and poor working conditions, including a 24-hour workday with little rest.

The Conversation (2021-05-01). Delivery Trucks are beginning to go electric: And swappable Batteries Help. juancole.com By Gail Broadbent and Graciela Metternicht | — Australia's trucking industry is making moves to go electric. The latest development — a system for using swappable batteries instead of time-consuming recharge stations for long-haul trucks between Sydney and Brisbane — shows how this transition is gathering momentum. There will be clear socio-economic, environmental and health-related …

Eds. (2021-05-01). Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020's global military spending reached highest level in decades. mronline.org In 2020, nations were struggling to support their economies through the times of hardships and lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Those efforts apparently did not prevent governments from spending more money on their militaries than ever before in more than three decades, the report said. | May 1, 2021 | News…

Jamie Weed (2021-05-01). Draconian Texas bill attacks healthcare rights of transgender youth. liberationnews.org Senate Bill 1646 seeks to amend the definition of abuse under the Texas Family Code to include administering or consenting to a child's use of puberty suppression treatment, hormones, or surgery for gender-affirming care/transition.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Massive Car Bomb Blast Leaves At Least 27 Dead In Afghanistan's Logar Province. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 30th, At least 27 people were killed and dozens more were injured. | Initially, Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said 21 people had been killed and 91 wounded and that a rescue and recovery operation was continuing. | A provincial health official said just over 60 injured peop…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

William Hogan (2021-05-01). The Ongoing Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Doctors for Assange was led by Dr. Stephen Frost and his colleagues. | The report below was initially published in The Lancet on June 25, 2020 | Dr. Frost is currently leading a new initiative entitled

WSWS (2021-05-01). Dozens killed in crush at Israeli religious festival. wsws.org Despite warnings from Israeli health officials that the mass celebrations could become a super spreader event, the authorities allowed the event to go ahead. It was the largest gathering since the start of the pandemic.

John Clarke (2021-05-01). The class struggle and geopolitics. zcomm.org The pandemic-triggered crisis and its aftermath will unleash huge and explosive struggles on a truly international scale…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-01). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). 6 Mayo Clinic hospitals receive 'A' grades for patient safety. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Six Mayo Clinic hospitals scored high marks for safety, earning an "A" grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. "This recognition is a strong nod to our staff and multidisciplinary teams, who work tirelessly to ensure …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he's in the zone. He says he doesn't even think about what he's doing, it's just natural. It's what he calls "the nothingness of drumming." But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough …

Ghulam Rehman Mohyuddin, Al-Ola Abdallah, Brian McClune, Aaron Goodman, Vinay Prasad (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups. thelancet.com Given that the bortezomib and dexamethasone combination treatment has been shown to be inferior to contemporary treatments in clinical trials well before the BOSTON trial began enrolling,1 why did Sebastian Grosicki and colleagues2 consider bortezomib and dexamethasone for the control group for patients in the USA? How many patients from the USA were enrolled?

Colin Todhunter (2021-05-01). Mette Frederiksen, Boris Johnson: Reject Industry PR, Ban Glyphosate, Protect Public Health! dissidentvoice.org On 9 April 2021, retired physician and health and environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason wrote to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). She wanted to draw the agency's attention to the findings that indicate the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup causes high levels of mortality following contact exposure in bumble bees (glyphosate-formulated herbicides are the most widely …

Sharon Kelly (2021-05-01). Over a half-million Americans live near oil refineries with high levels of a cancer-causing air pollutant, report finds. nationofchange.org More than a dozen U.S. oil refineries released the potent carcinogen benzene in 2020 at levels high enough to require action under federal law, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reported this week. The report, which draws from government data, raises concerns about the potential health effects on those living near the refineries and the federal enforcement …

Save California Salmon (2021-05-01). California Tribal Members and Fishermen Call on Newsom to Provide Water for Salmon. indybay.org State of the Salmon address planned for April 28th, Day of Action May 4th | Sacramento, California – California Tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to direct state agencies to take action to stop fish kills of California salmon runs that are nearing extinction and to protect water quality. Salmon and good water quality are key to the health of California's Native people, economy and drinking water supplies. Without immediate action to scale down agricultural water deliveries and protect rivers and reservoir's water supplies the State will be complicit in causing fish k…

Shirlene Obuobi, Monica B Vela, Brian Callender (2021-05-01). [Perspectives] Comics as anti-racist education and advocacy. thelancet.com Academic medicine is increasingly recognising the importance of teaching about structural racism in medicine to help ameliorate racial health-care disparities. Yet such teaching can be challenging and, in some settings, considered controversial. Leveraging the power of narrative, comics can contribute to education about structural racism.

Megan Tatum (2021-05-01). [World Report] Outcry over persecution of health workers in Myanmar. thelancet.com Doctors in Myanmar report "terrifying" arrests and abductions, prompting calls for stronger international condemnation. Megan Tatum reports.

Thomas Kahan (2021-05-01). [Comment] Decisions about antihypertensive treatment should focus on reducing cardiovascular risk. thelancet.com Epidemiological studies1,2 provide strong evidence for an association between high blood pressure and fatal cardiovascular complications, and interventional studies have shown that antihypertensive treatments reduce cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.3,4 Although the target blood pressure for patients with hypertension receiving treatment in the current US guidelines5 is less than 130/80 mm Hg and European recommendations indicate achieving 120—129/70—79 mm Hg for people younger than 65 years (and 130—139/70—79 mm Hg for those ‚â•65 years),6 other guidelines suc…

Motoharu Shibusawa, Tetsuya Tanimoto (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups. thelancet.com Sebastian Grosicki and colleagues1 reported the results of a randomised study among patients with previously treated multiple myeloma comparing selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone versus standard bortezomib and dexamethasone. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival, and the investigators observed improved progression-free survival in the selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone group. However, we are concerned about whether the presence of extramedullary plasmacytomas was well balanced between the two groups.

Sebastian Grosicki, Philippe Moreau, Michael G Kauffman, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Paul G Richardson, Sosana Delimpasi (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Ghulam Mohyuddin and colleagues for their interest in our Article1 but respectfully disagree with their labelling of the bortezomib and dexamethasone group in our study as an inferior control group. First, according to their own definition, an inferior or suboptimal control group uses a treatment that is not standard of care, with standard of care being a treatment recommended by current guidelines and review papers.2 The bortezomib and dexamethasone doublet drug regimen is a standard-of-care treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, because it is recommended by the 2021 editio…

Pirus Ghadjar, Stefan Hà∂cht, Thomas Wiegel (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer. thelancet.com The initial results of the RADICALS-RT trial by Christopher Parker and colleagues1 and the GETUG-AFU 17 trial by Paul Sargos and colleagues2 suggest equal biochemical progression-free survival of adjuvant or salvage radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy, with an increased risk of urinary morbidity after adjuvant radiotherapy, leading the investigators to conclude that an observation policy with salvage radiotherapy in case of biochemical recurrence should be regarded as standard of care. We believe that the presented data should be interpreted with caution.

Christopher C Parker, Paul Sargos, Matthew R Sydes, Andrew Kneebone, Claire Vale (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Advances in radiotherapy techniques have reduced treatment-related morbidity. Patients having salvage radiotherapy in our RADICALS-RT trial1 might have been more likely to receive intensity-modulated radiation therapy than those having adjuvant treatment. However, this does not alter our conclusion that salvage radiotherapy should be the current standard of care. Indeed, one advantage of a salvage radiotherapy policy is that delaying treatment means that patients can benefit from any further developments in radiotherapy techniques.

Andrew Green (2021-05-01). [Obituary] Nawal El Saadawi. thelancet.com Writer, activist, and physician. She was born on Oct 27, 1931, in Kafr Tahla, Egypt, and died on March 21, 2021, in Cairo, Egypt, aged 89 years.

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021-05-01). [Articles] Pharmacological blood pressure lowering for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease across different levels of blood pressure: an individual participant-level data meta-analysis. thelancet.com In this large-scale analysis of randomised trials, a 5 mm Hg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events by about 10%, irrespective of previous diagnoses of cardiovascular disease, and even at normal or high—normal blood pressure values. These findings suggest that a fixed degree of pharmacological blood pressure lowering is similarly effective for primary and secondary prevention of major cardiovascular disease, even at blood pressure levels currently not considered for treatment.

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2021-04-30: News Headlines

Farzana Versey (2021-04-30). Corona in Cow Land — India Critical. counterpunch.org People are dying outside hospitals because there are no beds available. A big private hospital known for its celebrity patients has transformed its lobby into a Covid ward. In other hospitals patients are sharing beds; some are getting oxygen while lying down on the floor or even in an autorickshaw parked outside. These are the lucky few. Many are still begging for help.

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-30). Letters From Minsk: The Pripet Marshes. counterpunch.org This is the eighth in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. Before leaving the Brest Fortress (on the Belarus-Polish border) I inspected various museums and monuments from the Second World War, when again the fortress was a bastion fought over by Russians and

David Yearsley (2021-04-30). All Dressed Up for the Oscars and Nowhere to Go. counterpunch.org This past Sunday a pared-down pandemic contingent of Hollywood elites conducted the annual Academy Award rituals of self-glorification not, as they have done since 2002, in the modern glitz of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood itself, but in the Art Deco splendor of downtown Los Angeles's Union Station. It seemed oddly fitting, more than a

Global Research News (2021-04-30). Selected Articles: The Covid-19 "Experimental" mRNA Vaccine. Are You Being Told the Truth? globalresearch.ca By The American people are not being told the truth about Covid, masks, social distancing, lockdowns, mortality or vaccines. In fact, the only …

Staff (2021-04-30). Third Round of COVID Checks Led to Historic Monthly Rise in Household Income. truthout.org The third round of coronavirus relief checks, which have been sent to Household income rose 21.1% in March after Presid…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-30). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-30). 'Bernie Sanders and I Agree,' Says Schumer on Lowering Medicare Age and Drug Prices. commondreams.org Senate Majority Leader Schumer says "Bernie Sanders and I agree" on lowering Medicare age and drug prices. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12325842691.jpg

WSWS (2021-04-30). Australian unions' report underlines economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org According to the report, if workers' share of GDP had remained at the levels recorded in 1970 then total wages would have been $200 billion higher in 2019 and workers would have received on average $15,000 in additional income.

Emir Sader (2021-04-30). Critical Thinking: Who Will Apologize to Brazil? orinocotribune.com By Emir Sader — Apr 27, 2021 | Brazil is immersed in a humanitarian catastrophe. The country—which a little more than five years ago was an example in the fight against poverty, the fight against inequality and income distribution—has become, in just a few years, a hell, both for Brazilians and for the rest of the world. | More than three thousand people die every day because of the pandemic. Others die anonymously because of hunger and still others because of the violence of militias and drug traffickers. More people die than are born in Brazil. | From having a president who was an example to th…

teleSUR (2021-04-30). The 'Doctor of the Poor' To Be Beatified Today in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela will hold the beatification ceremony of Jose Gregorio Hernandez, a scientist who was popularly known as the "Doctor of the Poor" due to his humanitarian work during his lifetime between 1864 and 1919. | RELATED: | "Hernandez's beatification is a special blessing from God for Venezuela. It Invites us to be more supportive with each other, so we can revive and reborn after the pandemic," Pope Francis told t…

WSWS (2021-04-30). Michigan teachers conduct wildcat sickout against in-person learning, cuts to pandemic safety measures. wsws.org Teachers in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe took matters into their own hands by calling off sick after their school board cut safety measures and refused to go virtual even as record numbers of children are hospitalized across the state.

WSWS (2021-04-30). Exploiting social and economic crisis, Amazon launches massive expansion in New York City. wsws.org After gorging on profits during the pandemic, Amazon is capitalizing on the social crisis in New York City to launch a huge expansion in operations in the area.

Johnisha Levi (2021-04-30). Eradicating Child Poverty Beyond the Pandemic. commondreams.org "Moral and ethical obligations aside, child poverty is expensive: an estimated $800 billion to $1.1 trillion annually in health expenditures, lost productivity, and higher crime." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/children_10_0.jpeg

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

WSWS (2021-04-30). Canadian single mother infected by COVID-19: "They said schools are safe. They said kids cannot get it. Liars!" wsws.org Having likely caught the virus from one of her two kids, who were forced to attend school by the reckless policy pursued by the British Columbia NDP government, Lily has become a vocal advocate for the closure of all schools to bring the pandemic under control and save lives.

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-04-30). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Cuba Offers Its COVID-19 Vaccines to Eurasian Countries. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Prime Minister Manuel Marrero announced that his nation is willing to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). | RELATED: | "Given the incidence of COVID-19 in our countries, the high prices of vaccines, and estimates that it would take 21 years to immunize the world population, we reiterate our willingness to support the EEU states in the fight against this pandemic with our vaccines,"

Pradeep Baisakh (2021-04-30). Case for a People's Vaccine. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed an unending onslaught on humanity. The world has seen 3.12 million deaths due to the Coronavirus till April 27 and several people have died due to hunger owing to the lockdowns, shutdowns resulting in disastrous economic consequences. The countries are in 2nd, 3rd and 4th waves of COVID-19. The governments have intervened

WSWS (2021-04-30). As COVID-19 infections engulf India, Modi government fails to guarantee free vaccines. wsws.org The tsunami-like spread of the coronavirus exposes the Modi government's refusal to develop a serious and scientifically-based response to the pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Election Commission of India Asks Court to Prohibit Media Reports of Judges' Comments. sputniknews.com Four Indian states and one union territory underwent polling for their state legislative election right in the midst of the pandemic's virulent and devastating return. Assembly polls were held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam, and 30 seats in Puducherry. The results are due on 2 May.

Staff (2021-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2021. democracynow.org India COVID Cases Continue to Soar as Arundhati Roy Decries "Crime Against Humanity", Deaths Soar in Latin America; Brazil COVID Death Toll Tops 400,000, 44 Ultra-Orthordox Jews Die in Stampede at Religious Site, Abbas Postpones Palestinian Elections, USAID Watchdog Criticizes Trump's Politicization of Aid to Venezuela, Thousands Flee into Thailand as Burmese Junta Launches Airstrikes Near Border, Florida Approves Sweeping Voter Suppression Bill, West Virginia, Florida & Texas Bills Target Trans Youth, Biden Vows to Close Private Detention Centers in Response to Georgia Protesters, Right-Wing Extremists Face New…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-30). The Truth About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca National and global crises are seen as opportunities by government technocrats, …

WSWS (2021-04-30). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Indefinite walkout by 3,000 Georgian manganese miners and supporters in Chiatura over pay and conditions; pay strikes across the Netherlands in metal and electronics industries over employers' 1.1 percent offer; teachers' disputes in France and England over lack of COVID safety, privatisation and victimisations.

Seth Sandronsky (2021-04-30). Work to Die For: COVID-19 and U.S. Labor. counterpunch.org Gustavo "Kike" Ramirez would have turned 17 this year. He died when his employer failed to provide him with a safety harness at a Nashville, Tennessee construction site on June 23, 2020. "It was ten months ago, and I still think about him every day," said Jenifer Enamorado Ayala, recalling her brother's preventable fall that

Dain Pascocello (2021-04-30). Identifying Post-Vaccination Complications and Their Causes: An Analysis of COVID-19 Patient Data. globalresearch.ca Statement of Position | After several months dealing with capacity-related issues in …

news.un (2021-04-30). Europe: COVID must spark rethink to prioritize 'human lives' over economic policies. news.un.org The devastating impact of COVID-19 serves as a stark reminder that the European Union must "put human lives" above economic policy considerations, that privilege competition between EU Member States, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday.

news.un (2021-04-30). Myanmar approaching point of economic collapse: UN report. news.un.org The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people — nearly half of the country's population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday.

Staff (2021-04-30). Entry of passengers from eastern borders halted due to COVID. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 30 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said that entry of Pakistani and Afghan passengers and also other nationals from eastern borders into the country was completely prohibited.

Staff (2021-04-30). Iran to start public COVID-19 vaccination as of June 'Likely'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 30 (MNA) — A member of the National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters revealed that the country will kick off the mass vaccination of people against COVID-19 as of June.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic Laboratories delivers during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 18 – 24, 2021, is the perfect time to recognize the remarkable work of clinical laboratory professionals, especially during COVID-19 and as Mayo Clinic Laboratories celebrates its 50th anniversary. ________________________________________ Mayo Clinic Laboratories has performed over 3 million COVID-19 tests. "In December 2019, there was a disease, and three months …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Combating allergies, asthma during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am allergic to many types of pollen, and spring is always a challenging time of year for me. This year, my allergies seem to be worse. I am wondering if I need to be concerned that my symptoms may be related to COVID-19, as I have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-30). Imperial feeds into proposals on Covid recovery. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has contributed to a new report on how the UK can recover from the impacts of Covid-19.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-30). 8,430 Dead 354,177 Injuries: European Database of Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca The European database of suspected drug reaction reports is

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-30). 1,047 Dead 725,079 Reported Injuries following COVID19 Experimental "Vaccines" Reported in the U.K. globalresearch.ca The UK Government's

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2021-04-30). Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi Interview: COVID Vaccine Blood Clot Risk Was Known, Ignored & Buried. globalresearch.ca Joining us today is Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, here to discuss …

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Russia Produces First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine for Animals. telesurenglish.net Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) announced the production of the first batch of 17,000 doses of "Carnivac-Cov", which are the first COVID-19 vaccines specifically designed for application in animals. | RELATED: | So far, over 20 companies and institutions have expressed interest to negotiate its registration and supply in Germany, Greece, Poland, Austria, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-30). 'Keep Your Promise': Ady Barkan Urges Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/barkan_biden.png

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-04-30). The Nuremberg Doctors Trial and Modern Medicine's Panic Promotion of the FDA's Experimental and Unapproved COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Should physicians in the NIH, the CDC, the NIAID and the FDA (all of whom presumably pledged the hippocratic oath at the beginning of their medical careers) who then promoted the untested experimental emergency use authorized (EEUA) Covid-19 Vaccines, be subject to the Nuremberg Code of Ethics?

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). Leading US hospitals team up to promote COVID-19 vaccination. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org CLEVELAND, Ohio, and ROCHESTER, Minn. — A coalition of 60 top hospitals and health care institutions have joined forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign "Get the Vaccine to Save Lives" is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are …

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Albania Approves Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Albania has approved the use of Sputnik V, a Russian COVID-19 vaccine, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Friday, adding that the Balkan country has already received its first shipment.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Joe Rogan Clarifies His Remarks on COVID-19 Vaccination: 'I'm Not a Doctor'. sputniknews.com Previously, Rogan got in hot water after he said during his podcast that if asked, he would not advise young and healthy people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Sinking Feeling: Canadian Man Builds Submarine During COVID Lockdown. sputniknews.com The miniature sub can dive to a depth of 400 feet and has enough oxygen for its one-man crew for 72 hours.

John W. Whitehead (2021-04-30). The Global Deep State: A New World Order Brought to You by COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "A psychotic world we live in. The madmen are in power."‚Äï …

Sharon Lerner (2021-04-30). Factory Owners Worldwide Stand Ready to Manufacture Covid-19 Vaccines. zcomm.org Bill Gates said he doesn't think the recipe for the vaccine should be shared. Drugmakers are eager to retrofit their facilities and get to work…

Seth Sandronsky (2021-04-30). Work to Die For: COVID-19 and U.S. Labor. zcomm.org "We're fighting now to make everyone's job safer, so no other family has to suffer this kind of tragedy"

Priya Sampathkumar (2021-04-30). New COVID-19 Variant, Linked to India's Record Wave of Infections & Deaths. zcomm.org "This virus behaves differently now, in that it's much more infectious"

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-30). Mayo Clinic preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented …

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