2021-01-03: News Headlines

teleSUR, CE (2021-01-03). Ecuador's Leftists Launch Presidential Campaign. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's leftist Centro Democrático has launched its presidential campaign at an event in Quito on Saturday, with an official presentation of candidate Andres Arauz expected in the coming days. | RELATED: | The official event scheduled for Saturday was dialed back in response to recent medical reports on the tests performed on presidential candidate Arauz, who despite substantial improvements in health, may still have Covid-19, havin…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-01-03). Africa in Review 2020: The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Imperatives of the 21st Century. globalresearch.ca Although the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa does not in any way rival the existing public health situation in Western Europe and the United States, the presence of a new variant in South Africa and other regions of …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Govt. hopeful to procure COVID-19 vaccine in coming weeks. en.mehrnews.com Tehran, Jan. 03 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani says his administration is making every effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccine, expressing hope that the goal will be realized in the few coming weeks.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Iran registers 5,960 new COVID-19 cases, 102 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03( MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry registered 5,960 new coronavirus cases and 102 fatalities on Sunday, the ministry's spokeswoman said.

Online News Editor (2021-01-03). Thailand detects 315 new Covid-19 cases, prepares tougher restrictions. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- Thailand confirmed 315 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, most of them local infections as the country reels under the second wave of the coronavirus that began in mid-December and has forced the health authorities to prepare for harsher restrictions. The new cases, which include 21 imported, has increased the overall tally …

Online News Editor (2021-01-03). India approves emergency use of AstraZeneca, Bharat Biotech vaccines. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- India on Sunday approved two coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, and the other by local pharma Bharat Biotech, moving a step closer to one of the world's largest inoculation campaigns against the Covid-19 pandemic. The head of India's drugs regulator, Venugopal G. Somani, …

Sovereignty (2021-01-03). Pfizer VP Calls For Vaccine Withdrawal, Flu Shots Down, Nobel Prize Winner Warns. indybay.org Why have flu shots dropped 98%? | Why does a retired Pfizer VP petition EU health agency to withdraw vaccine? Why are not just pregnant women but all women who want ever to conceive warned against vaccine? Nobel Prize winner and creator of PCR test says it should not be used in covid 19 tests. Why?>

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Coronavirus defeated by Iranian knowledge. en.mehrnews.com &nbsp…

Online News Editor (2021-01-03). Nepal tourist arrivals drop to 34 years low in 2020. laprensalatina.com By Sangam Prasain Kathmandu, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- The number of foreign tourists in Nepal plunged more than 80 percent in 2020, the lowest level in 34 years, according to official figures released on Sunday, as the coronavirus pandemic hit global travel. According to the statistics by the Department of Immigration, 230,085 foreign tourists visited the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-03). Measures to continue in Germany, Belgium; France steps up vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- The German health minister has called for current lockdown measures in the country to be extended until the end of the month amid sustained high infection rates, while the Belgian prime minister said he would only consider easing current restrictions before March if the infection rate drops by at least …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-03). Kenyan clinical officers end strike after government agrees to most of their demands. peoplesdispatch.org The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers and the government signed a 17-point return to work agreement which addresses major issues such as comprehensive health insurance and hospitalization for health workers who have contracted the infection…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Severe air pollution hits Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Air Quality Index (AQI) value in Tehran has reached 163 on Sunday which is considered unhealthy for the sensitive groups.

_____ (2021-01-03). Upcoming Ruling In Assange Trial Threatens More Than Freedom Of The Press. popularresistance.org Although important legal principles are at stake in the extradition trial of Julian Assange, for which a ruling will be handed down on January 4, it should not be forgotten that there are important human issues at stake as well. | One such issue is Assange's health, which has progressively worsened under what seems to be cruel and even sadistic maltreatment by the British government, including the refusal of appropriate medical care and confining him in his cell for 23 hours a day, seven days a week. | The other is that, if the Judge's ruling is adverse, Julian's two children may never see their father again. | M…

Jon Miltimore (2021-01-02). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-02). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".

Marc Norton (2021-01-02). Prisons and Jails are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders. dissidentvoice.org San Quentin Inmates in federal prisons, state prisons and local jails should be in the first cohort of people to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, …

The Grayzone (2021-01-02). Top 12 The Grayzone stories of 2020: From Julian Assange persecution to Bolivia coup defeat, corporate war on free speech to OPCW cover-up. thegrayzone.com 2020 was a chaotic year for the planet. While the Covid-19 pandemic dominated global politics, The Grayzone continued shining a light on the machinations of empire, from the persecution of imprisoned journalist Julian Assange to the defeat of a US-backed coup regime in Bolivia, from the growing corporate war on free speech to the OPCW's scandalous Syria cover-up. Throughout the year, The Grayzone's website had more than 5.24 million views and 2.48 million unique visitors. Our small, independently funded team …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Rouhani urges Iranians to be careful about UK Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranian people to be careful about UK Covid-19 variant.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran, Cuba to co-produce COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iran is cooperating with Cuba in producing a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a senior official at the Iranian Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran COVID-19 update: 6,045 new cases, 101 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,045 COVID-19 infections and 101 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.

The Lancet (2021-01-02). [Editorial] Health as a foundation for society. thelancet.com In 2020, a virus that thrived on chronic disease and inequality became the great revealer. COVID-19 revealed the fragility of civilisations built on social injustices, short-term policies, and a dangerous disregard for the environment. The need to become more resilient to crises of all kinds is almost universally agreed on. But to construct that resilience, a philosophical change in how we care for each other and our environment must be made. Health improvement is the guiding principle to lead a recovery away from regressive policies that harm the most vulnerable (and will result in future catastrophes) and point…

Michael Knipper, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Johanna Offe, Miriam Orcutt (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Germany's new global health strategy: leaving migrants behind. thelancet.com After 3 years of consultation involving various ministries, academia, youth, civil society, private sector organisations, and an international advisory board, the German Federal Government issued its new global health strategy on Oct 7, 2020.1 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing nationalism, and declining support for WHO by some of its member states, Germany emphasises multilateralism and a global health in all policies approach. This statement is strong and timely, underpinned by unequivocal commitments to health as a human right and universal health coverage free of all forms of discrimination.

RT (2021-01-02). India approves AstraZeneca vaccine as company still working on jab's efficacy of at least 62% after disappointing trial results. rt.com India has approved AstraZeneca's Covid-19 jab for emergency use, despite trials showing its efficacy to be 62 percent with two full shots. AstraZeneca claims to have discovered a new "winning formula," but hasn't revealed it yet. | India's information minister, Prakash Javadekar, announced on Saturday that the coronavirus vaccine, designed by the British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca in collaboration with the University of Oxford, had been approved by regulators a day earlier for emergency use. Formal approval by the Drugs Controller General of India is expected in the coming days. | The news came as India sur…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). India trials national Covid-19 vaccination program. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- India began a nationwide trial of its Covid-19 vaccination program on Saturday, while it awaits approval of the emergency license for the candidate vaccine developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The first national trial is being conducted in 116 districts in the country — home to some …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). South Korea extends Covid-19 restrictions until Jan 17. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday extended the current level of coronavirus restrictions, which includes a ban on gatherings of more than four people, until at least Jan.17 to contain the spread of the virus in the country. The government has enforced Level 2.5 distancing measures — the second-highest in the country's five-tier …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Police shut down illegal raves; Dutch, Germans face vaccine issues. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Police in France and Spain have shut down large illegal New Year's parties that lasted for days and which flouted regulations in place to fight coronavirus, while authorities in the Netherlands and Germany are facing mounting pressure over delays and issues related to the rollout of their Covid-19 vaccine programs. …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Mexican doctor in intensive care after getting Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- A physician with a history of allergic reactions remains in intensive care after going into convulsions within 30 minutes of her being injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the Mexican government said Saturday. The 32-year-old doctor is suffering from encephalomyelitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, according to …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Greater Sydney residents in New South Wales of Australia will have to wear masks or pay AU$200 fine for non-compliance as part of the Covid-19 tightened restrictions announced by the government on Saturday. The new set of guidelines, including the closure of night clubs, to curb the virus spread in …

_____ (2021-01-02). Alabama Prisons Are On Strike. popularresistance.org Occupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw land – As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31. | The inhumane conditions of Alabama Department of Corrections, their negligence around COVID-19, and their implementation of video visitation equipment in prisons that ADOC claims is "due to COVID," but is really a front for eliminating in-person visitation, has contributed furt…

_____ (2021-01-02). Family Faces Eviction By Agency Meant To Help Them. popularresistance.org Philadelphia, PA – Imagine being a parent, hustling "gig economy" jobs, without a home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Jasmine and Ariel, this has been the reality since May. They are a couple in their 30s, both with children from previous relationships, and navigating the minefields of poverty and pandemic. They had an apartment, but when Jasmine missed a check-in with her probation officer, she was sent to prison, leaving Ariel with no way to pay the rent and without a home. | According to a recent study conducted by geographers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there are 10 abandoned properties for eve…

Yumna Patel (2021-01-02). The Covid-19 Vaccine: Another Ugly Face of Israeli Apartheid. commondreams.org Close to 400,000 Israelis have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus, and tens of thousands of others are on track to do the same in the coming weeks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/palestine_7_0.jpg

Fight Back (2021-01-02). Wisconsin pharmacist arrested for sabotaging COVID-19 vaccines. fightbacknews.org Grafton, WI — Near the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Grafton – a small rural town just outside the Milwaukee metropolitan area – entered the headlines when the Wisconsin National Guard sent medics to a senior care facility experiencing an outbreak and staff shortages. Since then, thousands of Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19. | Grafton is back in the news this week, and not for a good reason. On December 31, the Grafton police arrested a pharmacist who confessed to tampering with 570 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Aurora Hospital there. The person is being held at the Ozaukee…

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-02). One year of COVID-19: The known and the unknown. peoplesdispatch.org The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of developing a vaccine has been unprecedented. However, there is still a lot to be understood about the disease and the virus which causes…

Cancel the Rents Boston (2021-01-02). Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston. zcomm.org The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury…

sputniknews (2021-01-02). Larry King Reportedly Hospitalised in Los Angeles After Testing Positive for COVID-19. sputniknews.com The iconic American ex-host of the self-titled talk show, Larry King, 87, is said to have conducted over 50,000 interviews with prominent figures from politics, media, sport and culture. He is also a holder of the Emmy and Peabody awards.

RT (2021-01-02). Relations between Russia & China at 'historic high' after 'once-in-century epidemic,' says Chinese foreign minister. rt.com The relationship between Beijing and Moscow has remained close throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and the two countries have emerged from the crisis as stronger allies, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday. | In recent times, China and Russia have pulled away from the West and grown closer to each other with ever-strengthening economic ties. The new paradigm marks a profound geopolitical shift, given that, until the events of 2014 in Ukraine, Moscow had spent around 25 years pursuing a path to Western integration, which included membership of the G8. | In the Soviet-era, the USSR and Beijing viewed…

Peter Koenig (2021-01-02). The World Economic Forum (WEF) Knows Best — The Post-Covid "Great Global Reset" globalresearch.ca First published on July 28, 2020 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just made a grandiose discovery and declared (21 July 2020) under the alarming title "This is now the world's greatest threat — and it's not coronavirus". The superb …

teleSUR (2021-01-02). Bolivia's Coup Regime Policies Led to Worst Economy in Decades. telesurenglish.net Flagrant mismanagement of the Bolivian economy during the coup dictatorship of Jeanine Añez was catastrophic, according to year end figures. The economy sank to alarming levels under improvised coronavirus measures, as the regime enforced a near-total paralysis of activities as it scrambled to organize a response. | RELATED: | According to data from the Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE), the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Píllaro's devils dance in virtual challenge to the pandemic. laprensalatina.com Quito, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- The devils of Píllaro, an Ecuadorian city nestled in the heart of the country's Andes mountains, stepped out on Friday to dance, in a virtual challenge to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also threatened the traditional New Year's celebration. The celebration, which involves people wearing giant devil masks dancing in the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Tokyo urges Japan government to declare state of emergency. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- The local authorities in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Saturday asked Japan's central government to declare a state of emergency due to the record levels of coronavirus infections that these regions have been seeing. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Governors of Saitama (Motohiro Ono), Chiba (Kensaku Morita) and Kanagawa …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Life returns to normal in Wuhan. laprensalatina.com A year after becoming the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuhan is returning to normal. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer ROMAN PILIPEY…

Bryce Covert (2021-01-02). When 'the American Way' Met the Coronavirus. zcomm.org "If you want people to do the right thing you have to make it easy, and we've made it hard."

Richard Horton (2021-01-02). [Comment] Offline: The age of universal history. thelancet.com At the beginning of 2021, with communities exhausted and shattered, what do we have to look forward to? One scientist, deeply engaged in modelling the pandemic, believes that a vaccine, together with mounting levels of natural immunity, will bring the worst to an end by the summer. I am less confident than him. But I do see an opportunity that is there to be seized. 60 years ago, one of France's leading public intellectuals, Raymond Aron, wrote that "I believe the dawn of universal history is on the point of breaking".

Katheryn Houghton (2021-01-02). In fast-moving pandemic, health officials try to change minds at warp speed. salon.com Public health laws typically come long after social norms shift — officials don't have time for that now…

Paul Farmer (2021-01-02). Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation. zcomm.org "All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics"

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-01-02). Paygo Exemptions in House Rules Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All, Progressives Say. commondreams.org "Paygo's the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc_manchin_1.jpg

Paul Webster (2021-01-02). [World Report] Canada's municipalities push for health-based climate action. thelancet.com Canada's cities are leading the efforts to stem the harmful effects of the climate emergency on human health. Paul Webster reports from Toronto.

Hilary O D Critchley, Malcolm G Munro, Haleema Shakur-Still, Ian Roberts (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Menstruation should not be overlooked in control of anaemia. thelancet.com The 2020 WHO report on global reduction efforts for anaemia in women of reproductive age1 (15—49 years) shows clearly that without new approaches the global target of a 50% reduction in the percentage of women with anaemia by 2025 will not be met. In most countries, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age has increased and, even in countries where there has been some reduction, no country is on target for a 50% reduction by 2025. To date, global health efforts to reduce anaemia focus largely on nutrition.

Sharmila Devi (2021-01-02). [World Report] 2021: a year of humanitarian need. thelancet.com Sharmila Devi looks ahead to the most overlooked humanitarian issues that will arise in 2021.

Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Legalisation of undocumented immigrants in the USA. thelancet.com In November, 2020, Joseph R Biden Junior was elected to become president of the USA. During his presidential campaign, Biden placed great emphasis on immigration and vowed to reverse many of the existing policies that were enacted under the leadership of President Donald Trump.