Daily Archives: February 5, 2021

2021-02-05: News Headlines

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-05). Exposure to misinformation could make people refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. imperial.ac.uk Exposure to online misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines could reduce vaccine uptake, threatening the goal of herd immunity.

_____ (2021-02-05). The Economist: Democracy Index ranking for Britain rises!! truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: The 2020 Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit found that democracy had deteriorated in all seven regions of the world for the first time since 2010, driven by government measures to address the Covid-19 emergency. And while the biggest regressions were in authoritarian regions, the report said that — "the removal of …

KANN (2021-02-05). Coronavirus / Tokyo Olympics: The Japanese government's clever way of deceiving its people. indybay.org Please comment to the Japanese government about the Coronavirus Tokyo Olympics. There is no e-mail address, and it is not necessary to include a name. This stupid government plans to trick the world into hosting the Olympics.

Dean Baker (2021-02-05). Should People Who Want to Save the World from the Pandemic Be Demanding We Pay China to Produce Billions of Vaccine Doses? cepr.net I have written repeatedly on how we should have been looking for a collective solution to the pandemic, where countries open-source their research and allow anyone with manufacturing capacity to produce any treatment, test, or vaccine. (We pay upfront, like with Moderna, for those wondering why anyone would do the work.) Anyhow, we obviously did …

Eve Ottenberg (2021-02-05). About Those Executive Orders… counterpunch.org A strange stasis now characterizes U.S. foreign affairs, while on the domestic front, Biden roars ahead. As of January 29, he had signed 42 executive orders. Not one addresses what the U.S. does abroad. True, Biden made the superb move of resuming negotiations over the START nuclear treaty with Russia, and he rejoined the Paris Accords and the World Health Organization. But otherwise, quiet blankets the foreign policy landscape.

Beau Peters (2021-02-05). Racism in Food Systems and the Vegan Community. dissidentvoice.org Racism is one of the major social justice issues of the modern era. It can be seen in all corners of the globe, and in virtually every industry, negatively impacting minority communities and overall public health. The global food system is no exception. As a niche dietary movement, veganism is particularly problematic, with various news …

Ralph Nader (2021-02-05). The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell's Brain. counterpunch.org Since 2015, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an iron hand, describing himself as "the Guardian of Gridlock." He was Senator "NO," except for confirming over 200 mostly corporatist federal judges. Now comes a new challenge for Mitch McConnell as he leads 49 other Republican Senators, twenty of whom are up

news.un (2021-02-05). Dispatch of millions of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa expected to start in February: WHO. news.un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday the joint UN-led COVAX initiative aims to start shipping about 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa in February, in what will be the continent's largest ever mass vaccination campaign.

RT (2021-02-05). Wisconsin governor reimposes Covid-19 mask mandate after Republican-led legislature votes to repeal it. rt.com Governor Tony Evers of Wisconsin, a Democrat, issued a new statewide mask order an hour after the Republican-majority legislature voted to repeal his previous one saying he lacked the authority. | "If the legislature keeps playing politics and we don't keep wearing masks, we're going to see more preventable deaths, and it's going to take even longer to get our state and our economy back on track," Evers said on Thursday, announcing the order. | Since the beginning of this pandemic, I promised I would: | 1Ô∏è‚É£never play politics with your health | 2Ô∏è&sb…

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). UNICEF ??warns of an increase in female genital mutilation due to COVID-19. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- The closure of schools as a result of COVID-19 and the interruption of aid programs for girls in countries where the practice of female genital mutilation is common could cause an increase in this practice in the next decade, the United Nations said Friday. "It is possible that there will …

Robert Lipsyte (2021-02-05). The Super Bowl Ends the Most Toxic Season Ever. counterpunch.org Overwhelmed by the intertwined plagues of Covid-19 and Trumpism, sports didn't stand a chance in 2020. No wonder I'm weirded out by the strange, metaphorical moments of that last disastrous year and the first days of this one. To mention just three among so many: Dr. Anthony Fauci's errant pitch on opening day of the

A Guest Author (2021-02-05). COVID lockdown fuels prison suicide. workers.org By Miley Selena Fletcher The following letter is from a transgender incarcerated worker at SCI Forest in Pennsylvania. On Jan. 6, an inmate nicknamed Brother Bernie (Bernie Shank), who was in his 60s and doing a life sentence, came out of his cell at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Forest on . . . |

RT (2021-02-05). Vaccine heist? Florida man steals car with $10,000 worth of anti-Covid jabs, triggering nationwide alert. rt.com Police in Florida are on the lookout for a thief who made off with a car filled with dozens of vials of coronavirus vaccine worth some $10,000, posting a nationwide alert in their hunt for the suspect. | A vehicle stolen from the Strawberry Festival Grounds in Plant City, Florida — roughly 25 miles east of Tampa — on Wednesday contained 30 vials of the immunization, a local NBC affiliate The Plant City Police Department issued a statement on the incid…

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). India's central bank projects 10.5% growth, leaves lending rates unchanged. laprensalatina.com Srinagar, India, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- India's economy is expected to grow at 10.5 percent in the next financial year, its central bank said on Friday, as signs of recovery have strengthened after a record-breaking slump caused by the coronavirus. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shantikanta Das also announced that they had left policy lending rates …

yenisafak (2021-02-05). 'Turkey won't let FETàñ poison relations with Albania'. yenisafak.com By Fatjon Cuka, Furkan Abdula, and Talha OzturkBELGRADE, Serbia (AA) – Turkey will do whatever needed to prevent the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETàñ) from harming its relations with Albania, the visiting Turkish parliament speaker said on Thursday."The Fetullah Terrorist Organization has some presence in Albania as well, like as in several Balkan countries… The terrorist group carries out its covered goals [worldwide] under the guise of education and health institutions, associations, and media," Mustafa Sentop said, warning against the FETàñ threat in countries where it operates."I want to…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-05). Imperial College Business School launches new Centre for Digital Transformation. imperial.ac.uk The Business School has launched a new research centre which is designed to help grow the digital economy.

WSWS (2021-02-04). Spanish Morenoite Izquierda Diario denounces social distancing for COVID-19. wsws.org Despite the mounting toll from the coronavirus pandemic, the Morenoites are bitterly hostile to lock-down measures needed to halt the pandemic.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-02-04). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-04). Imperial staff reflect on a challenging year — and their hopes for the future. imperial.ac.uk In a new video, Imperial staff at the heart of the COVID-19 response share their thoughts on the challenges of 2020 — and hopes for the future.

Alex Lawson (2021-02-04). The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle. counterpunch.org The so-called "Moderna" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is nearly 100 percent effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives. The only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not

Daniel Chaitin (2021-02-04). Biden's COVID Guy Says Doubling Face Diapers Could Increase Virus Spread. anti-empire.com An infectious disease expert says wearing two face masks may increase the chances of getting infected by COVID-19. | Michael Osterholm, who was a member of the Biden Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, gave a second opinion after Dr. "When we talk about double masking, remember what we're really talking about is just trying to prevent th…

Katherine Hearst (2021-02-04). How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted migration through the Mediterranean. middleeasteye.net How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted migration through the Mediterranean | While the European Union boasts of low numbers attempting the treacherous journey in 2020, migrants and rescue organisations paint a different picture | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 11: 21 | People rescued at sea sit on the deck of the Ocean Viking rescue ship, operated by French NGO, SOS Mediterranee, in the Mediterranean Sea o…

Marc Norton (2021-02-04). Covering Up Workplace Covid-19. counterpunch.org The San Francisco Chronicle ran an excellent article on Sunday, January 31 about the failure of the California Public Health Department (CDPH) to abide by state law requiring the agency to disclose information about COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace, and about the failure of county public health departments, including San Francisco, to disclose information about

RT (2021-02-04). Church of England launches investigation after clergyman calls fans of WWII hero Captain Tom a 'CULT OF WHITE BRITISH NATIONALISM'. rt.com The Church of England is investigating one of its clergymen after he posted a Twitter message smearing fans of WWII veteran Captain Tom Moore, who died this week of Covid-19, as being part of a "cult of white British nationalism." | The Rev. Jarel Robinson-Brown tweeted on Wednesday that he wouldn't be taking part in a national clap to honor Moore, who died at the age of 100 after raising nearly 33 million pounds for the National Health Service in a funds-raising walk. "The cult of Captain Tom is a cult of white British nationalism," Robinson-Brown said. "I will offer prayers for the repose of his kind and gen…

RT (2021-02-04). Europe still wary of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine as Dutch scientific advisers recommend limiting jab to under-65s. rt.com The Dutch Health Council has followed other medical regulators in limiting its approval of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to those aged under 65, as it issued a warning about the jab's efficacy due to limited data. | The regulator recommended on Thursday that the first available doses of the vaccine be given to people aged 60 to 65, as well as those with medical conditions which put them at greater risk of serious illness and death from the virus. | However, the council said the efficacy of the vaccine in people over 55 cannot be calculated due to the limited number of volunteers from that age group in phase…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-04). Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach. peoplesworld.org Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against Covid-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world developing vaccines. Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity. Cuba is the only vaccine manufacturer in Latin America; there are …

WSWS (2021-02-04). Quebec teachers' union rules "out of order" motion condemning government's reopening of schools amid pandemic. wsws.org After refusing to call a single membership meeting on the COVID-19 crisis since schools reopened in August, one of Quebec's largest local teacher unions ruled "out of order" a motion calling for an emergency meeting to discuss what actions teachers should take to fight the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-04). UK: Captain Sir Tom Moore's death used to boost politics of "national unity" wsws.org It is a feature of a decaying social order that it turns the good and the sincere into the grotesque and sordid. Those supposedly honouring Moore's life are the same people who carried out and oversaw policies which have led to over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in the last year—the majority of them elderly people.

teleSUR (2021-02-04). Uruguay Detects the Brazilian COVID-19 Strain in Its Territory. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Pasteur Institute biologist Lucia Spangenberg on Thursday confirmed the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 strain "P.2". | RELATED: | The researchers analyzed samples from eleven COVID-19 positive patients, five of whom were identified with the P.2 variant. | The strain has more presence in Brazil's State Rio Grande do Sul that borders the Artigas, Rivera, and Rocha departments where the survey was conducted. | Uruguayan…

WSWS (2021-02-04). New York's COVID-19 nursing home deaths severely undercounted while Cuomo forced out public health officials. wsws.org Nursing home deaths in the state due to the pandemic have been drastically undercounted by nearly 50 percent.

teleSUR (2021-02-04). COVAX Will Supply the First Batch of Vaccines for Africa. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti announced that this continent will receive 90 million doses of COVID-19's vaccines this month. | RELATED: | The first batch will be delivered through the United Nations COVID-19 Vaccines mechanism (COVAX), which notified African countries that most of the doses were produced by AstraZeneca. | Moeti affirmed Africa has been marginaliz…

WSWS (2021-02-04). Portugal records worst rate of Covid-19 cases in the world. wsws.org In a de facto warning to the working class throughout Europe, experts estimate the British variant accounts for up to 40 percent of all new cases.

teleSUR (2021-02-04). EU Open To Use of Approved COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday said that COVID-19 vaccines from Russia and China could be approved for use in the European Union (EU) if their full information is submitted. | RELATED: | If Chinese producers "show all the data… then they could get… a conditional market authorization like the other ones," von der Leyen said. | One of the criteria for the EU contracts for vaccines…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-04). Western Australia: COVID-19, fires and the fossil fuel premier. greenleft.org.au The Western Australian election is shaping up as a referendum on the Labor government's handling of COVID-19, with pundits expecting it to be returned with an increased majority, reports Sam Wainwright.

_____ (2021-02-04). The Never Ending COVID Crisis. popularresistance.org It was in early 2020 that the word COVID-19 entered the lexicon. In the past year more than 440,000 people in the United States have died from this disease. The impact of shutdowns meant to end the spread of disease have cost millions of people their jobs, and businesses large and small no longer exist at all. COVID-19 has proven that the political system is devoted to the interests of the billionaire class and is therefore incapable of acting in the interests of the people. | The vaccines which hold some promise are distributed by the same for-profit entities that run what passes for a health care system in this…

European Attac Network (2021-02-04). A better future after COVID-19. indybay.org The costs of the crisis must be paid out of large private fortunes and through the taxation of speculative capital on the financial markets. The billions of euros in dividends that companies will have to pay to their shareholders on the basis of profits generated in 2019 must not be distributed. Instead, these funds must be used to tackle the crisis.

teleSUR (2021-02-04). Chile Launches Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris Wednesday reported that over 140,000 people received the COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of the mass vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | Among those who received the first dose, there were 23,942 people over 90 years old, 66 percent of whom were women. | National Service for Minors' officials, health workers, and students in practice were also vaccinated. | From Feb. 8 to 1…

WSWS (2021-02-04). COVID tester at Amazon facility in Virginia dies suddenly of unexplained causes. wsws.org While Amazon is one of the richest companies in the world, her family has been unable to afford an autopsy to determine the cause of her death, which was quoted at $7,600.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-04). The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy. globalresearch.ca We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second …

Staff (2021-02-04). "Viruses Know No Borders": In Push for Global Vaccine Equity, U.S. AIDS Program Offers Blueprint. democracynow.org As the U.S. COVID death toll tops 450,000, the Biden administration is attempting to ramp up its vaccination campaign to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, health experts warn any vaccination progress in the United States will be threatened without global vaccine equity. "We need to, as quickly as possible, expand access to the vaccines, both in this country, in the United States, as well as around the world," says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the ICAP at Columbia University and professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She argues that the U.S.

Staff (2021-02-04). In Push for Global Vaccine Equity, US AIDS Program PEPFAR Offers Blueprint. truthout.org As the U.S. COVID death toll tops 450,000, the Biden administration is attempting to ramp up its vaccination campaign to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, health experts warn any vaccination progress in the United States will be threatened without global vaccine equity. "We need to, as quickly as possible, expand access to the vaccines, both in this country, in the United States, as well as around the world," says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the ICAP at Columbia University…

Global Research News (2021-02-04). Selected Articles: Towards 2030, NATO Is Shaping Our Future. globalresearch.ca By According to what we hear from officials and the mainstream media, the new variants are the most dangerous and unpredictable beings since …

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-04). After COVID, Davos Moves to The "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca The WEF is about to unveil what will transform the way we all live in. This all fits into an agenda that has been planned for decades by old wealth families such as Rockefeller and Rothschild. Brzezinski called it the end of the sovereign nation state. David Rockefeller called it "one world government."

Fight Back (2021-02-04). Minnesota: AFSCME members at Hennepin County score major win. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At the Hennepin County Commissioner meeting, February 2, the vote passed unanimously to enact a Board Action Request (BAR) that will allow extension of COVID Child Care Leave for an additional 160 hours. Although it does not extend at full pay as the union requested, the passage of this BAR represents a major step forward for parents and caregivers who work for Hennepin County. The union members in AFSCME locals representing Hennepin County workers had been campaigning actively for full pay. | Ronisha Buckner, who is a mother of one, works as human services representative and is sergeant of arms…

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-04). Bay Area movement: 'Mass releases, not mass deaths!'. workers.org Oakland, Calif. Courtney Morris of No Justice Under Capitalism speaks at Port of Oakland rally. Jan. 31 — Today as a plane pulled a banner, "Newsom: Free prisoners 2 stop Covid deaths," through the sky over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, protesters held signs against "State execution by COVID 19" . . . |

Eds. (2021-02-04). Covid, climate, and 'dual metabolic rupture'. mronline.org We thought climate catastrophe the main danger. Now we know there is another. A double-whammy ecological crisis threatens collapse into dystopian chaos.

_____ (2021-02-04). Anne Feeney, Folk Singer And Political Activist, Dies At 69. popularresistance.org Anne Feeney, the legendary Pittsburgh folk singer-songwriter and self-described rabble-rouser, has died of COVID at age 69. | Her daughter, Amy Sue Berlin, shared the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday night, writing, in part, "It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our courageous, brilliant, beautiful mother, Anne Feeney. We were very lucky that she fought hard enough to open up her eyes, and give us a couple days to be with her before she finally decided it was time to let go." | "It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our courageous, brilliant, beautifu…

William rivers Pitt (2021-02-04). We Did Not "Lose" Loved Ones and Normal Life to COVID. They Were Stolen. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Truthout Photo by Steve Sanchez Photos/Shutterstock.com There is a great deal of talk about "loss" as we slog into the newest month of this long COVID winter. The lost lives — more than 441,000 people in the U.S. alone — are top of mind. The loss of

Dan Beeton (2021-02-04). Great.com Interviews CEPR about Climate Change, Social Security, and a Global Response to COVID. cepr.net Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interviewed CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot as part of their "Great.com Talks With…" podcast. This series seeks to provide an antidote to negative news stories and aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. The interview examines the question of how research …

March for Science (2021-02-04). Wednesday 2/3: Dicussion on Science of COVID Vaccines & Inequities Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy. indybay.org Online event…