Daily Archives: February 15, 2021

2021-02-15: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-02-15). Australian COVID-19 vaccine roll-out still uncertain. wsws.org As distribution problems mount around the world, Australia is still weeks away from receiving its first doses.

WSWS (2021-02-15). CDC's politically motivated guidelines fuel media campaign to reopen US schools. wsws.org The weeks-long propaganda campaign falsely claiming that schools are not vectors for the spread of COVID-19 now has the full imprimatur of the CDC.

WSWS (2021-02-15). Despite mass deaths, Poland ends lockdown. wsws.org The Polish government is gradually ending its lockdown, even though the pandemic is still raging and hundreds are dying every day from COVID-19.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-15). Online workers in Serbia continue protest against unscrupulous taxation. peoplesdispatch.org The Serbian tax administration has asked online workers who earn income from abroad to pay taxes and interest contributions for the past five years. A majority of these online workers are freelancers, including students and youth distressed by the COVID-19 crisis…

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Germany Will Not Reject Russian Vaccine if Authorized by the EU. telesurenglish.net The German Federal Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Monday announced that his country will not reject Russian and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines if the European Union (EU) allows its use. | RELATED: | He pointed out that it does not matter where the vaccine is produced if it is certified by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and authorized by the European Commission (EC). | "If the Russian or any other vaccine complie…

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Peru: Chancellor Resigns Due to a COVID-19 Vaccination Scandal. telesurenglish.net Peru's Foreign Affairs Minister Elizabeth Astete on Sunday resigned from her post after it was known that she had been vaccinated. She is not, however, in the groups at risk that should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. | RELATED: | President Francisco Sagasti accepted her resignation after she admitted having received the first dose on Jan. 22, 2021. | "I am outraged and furious about this situation, which jeopardizes the enor…

WSWS (2021-02-15). US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 5,333 workers died on the job in 2019, or one every 99 minutes. wsws.org The BLS report shows three consecutive years of increasing worker fatality rates in the US, even before the coronavirus pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-15). Austrian government ends lockdown despite spread of coronavirus variant. wsws.org Schools and commerce will be fully reopened despite the fact that infection and death rates remain high and very contagious viral variants are rapidly spreading in the country.

Alan Macleod (2021-02-15). "Shame on You, New York Times!" Scientists Speak Out Over Media Disinformation on China. mintpressnews.com ATexas teenager has been forced to use her entire college savings to prevent her single mother from being evicted after she lost her job amid a raging pandemic. Alondra Carmona of Houston made the Some of the world's top scientists are condemning The New York Times for what they describe as a highly misleading hit job…

Lynda Carson (2021-02-15). New Music Releases By Lynda Carson Includes The Pandemic Blues, And 7 Other Songs. indybay.org The music being posted here was recorded recently on a wonderful 13 year old iMac computer seen in the photo, with an old wood carving overhead of the winged goddess Dadari, which is a wood carving that is well over 100 years old from the island of Bali.

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Venezuela to Resume Face-to-Face Classes Partially in March. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday informed that his country will partially resume face-to-face classes as of March complying with "all necessary health measures to prevent contagion." | RELATED: | "The return to the classroom will be carried out under a strict biosecurity protocol to preserve students' health," Maduro highlighted, adding that the vaccination campaign will kick off in the next few days. | In early…

David Soll (2021-02-15). Create a Legacy with Medicare For All! realprogressives.org Legacy means everything to a leader, especially U.S. presidents. From Franklin D. Roosevelt giving us the New Deal, a series of public works projects, financial reforms and regulations to Lyndon B. Johnson giving us Medicare health insurance for the elderly, and Medicaid for the poor. From President Barack Obama showing us Medicare For All was popular enough to help lead him to his eventual nomination to presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders forcing Medicare for all upon our national consciousness. What might President Joe Biden's legacy be? | Over the past decade, I have done my homework and written f…

_____ (2021-02-15). Cities Sending Mental Health Experts, Not Cops, And It Works. popularresistance.org As TFTP reported last week, Christian Joseph Hall, 19, was in the midst of a mental health crisis. He positioned himself on top of an overpass on I-80 leading to police closing off the road and engaging with him. Moments after police arrived, however, Hall would be dead. Video would prove he had his hands in the air and had surrendered when cops opened fire. Hall has now become one of over 1,400 people in a mental health crisis to lose their lives to police since 2015. | As TFTP has pointed out, even cops who voluntarily attend Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), have shown that they are quick to the trigger when…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Japan's GDP posts first contraction since 2009 over Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 4.8 percent year-on-year in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, marking its first contraction since the 5.7 percent decline it registered in 2009, the government said Monday. During the last quarter of the year between October and December, the Japanese economy grew …

RT (2021-02-15). 'Nothing to investigate': Cuomo blames Covid-19 nursing home deaths on staff, calls accusations against him 'conspiracy theories'. rt.com New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally addressed allegations his administration was underreporting Covid-19 nursing home deaths, which he unequivocally denied, but still passing plenty of blame around. | In a Monday press conference, Cuomo attempted to offer answers to looming questions. The governor has been under fire from critics for days after top staffer Melissa DeRosa appeared to confirm allegations that the administration was hiding nursing home deaths to protect itself from criticism over a highly-controversial March 25 order that forced nursing home facilities to accept positive Covid-19 patients. | "

yenisafak (2021-02-15). Australia, New Zealand receive first vaccine shipments. yenisafak.com The first shipment of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines arrived in Australia and New Zealand on Monday, officials said.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that over 142,000 doses of the vaccine arrived at Sydney Airport in a major development in the country's response to the pandemic."This is the first shipment of 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine the Government has secured as part of Australia's COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment Strategy," Morrison said in a statement issued by the office of the prime minister.The country will roll out vaccines on Feb. 22, the premier said, adding: "Once the final…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). Schools reopen with focus on health safety in S.Africa. yenisafak.com Schools in South Africa started reopening Monday for the beginning of the 2021 academic year, after a delay by weeks due to the second wave of the coronavirus.Schools had been shut in South Africa since December and were expected to reopen late last month, but the opening was delayed by a fortnight due to a surge in COVID-19 infections.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the education sector has lost 1,169 educators as a direct result of COVID-19 and the top priority in reopening of schools is emphasis on health and safety of teachers, learners and staffers."We will continue to maintain the delicate bal…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). Turkey to start sharing additional local COVID-19 data. yenisafak.com Turkey will start Monday to share the seven-day averages of new novel coronavirus cases in each of the country's provinces.The figures will be released online and updated in real time by the country's Health Ministry.Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced plans for the decision in a press conference last week following a meeting of the country's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board in the capital Ankara."Thus, our Provincial Public Health Councils will be able to take decisions regionally when necessary. We're now moving to a period where regional work also can be carried out for a plannable future."Local acti…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Colombia to receive 1st batch of Covid-19 vaccines on Monday. laprensalatina.com Bogota, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- An initial batch of 50,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner, biotechnology company BioNTech, will arrive in Colombia on Monday afternoon, President Ivan Duque said in a nationwide address. That Andean nation has lagged behind some of its regional neighbors, including Mexico …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Vaccination plan enters a new stage in England. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- England's Covid-19 jab rollout entered a new stage Monday as authorities began administering vaccines to people over 65 and the clinically vulnerable. More than 15 million people had already been given the first dose of the vaccine in the UK. Health authorities established an initial phase in the rollout made up …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Israel stops entry of Covid-19 vaccine into blockaded Gaza. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem/Gaza, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Israel on Monday blocked the entry of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian National Authority said. "The Israeli occupation authorities today prevented entry of coronavirus vaccines" to the enclave, the first lot of 2,000-doses out of 10,000 that Palestinian authorities have been allocated from Russia, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Jordan starts Covid-19 vaccinations for refugees at Zaatari camp. laprensalatina.com Amman, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Jordan on Monday started vaccinating Syrian refugees living in the Zaatari camp, becoming one of the first countries in the world to include refugees in its coronavirus vaccine rollout, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday. Lilly Carlisle, the spokesperson of the UNHCR in Jordan, told Efe that the Jordanian …

news.un (2021-02-15). Downward COVID-19 trend shows 'simple public health measures work' — UN health chief. news.un.org The number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally has declined for the fifth consecutive week, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday, underscoring that "simple public health measures work, even in the presence of variants".

news.un (2021-02-15). Migrating online: The digital tools preparing refugees and migrants with an economic lifeline. news.un.org Whilst the global economy has taken a battering during the COVID-19 pandemic, online commerce has thrived. A UN-supported initiative is helping refugees and migrants around the world to access the tools and customers they need to build their businesses and improve their livelihoods.

Staff (2021-02-15). Lancet Report: 40% of U.S. COVID Deaths Were Preventable. The Country Needs Universal Healthcare Now. democracynow.org As the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 approaches half a million, a new report says nearly 40% of the deaths were avoidable. By comparing the pandemic in the U.S. to other high-income nations, the medical journal The Lancet found significant gaps in former President Donald Trump's "inept and insufficient" response to COVID-19, as well as decades of destructive public policy decisions. One of the report's recommendations is reforming the system to a single-payer model like Medicare for All, which President Joe Biden has so far rejected in favor of bolstering the Affordable Care Act. "The Affordable Care Act still le…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Another South Korean religious group investigated over Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds case of cat testing positive Seoul, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- South Korean police searched the headquarters of a missionary organization Monday for being behind an outbreak of Covid-19, a new case in the country of a Christian group being accused of violating health emergency laws. Authorities stormed the International Mission headquarters in Daejeon …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Thailand's economy shrank 6.1 percent in 2020. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Thailand's economy shrank 6.1 percent in 2020, its largest contraction in two decades amid a halt in tourism and exports caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data released by the government on Monday. Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 4.2 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of last year …

Staff (2021-02-15). Headlines for February 15, 2021. democracynow.org Senate Acquits Trump for Inciting Jan. 6 Insurrection Despite Most Bipartisan Vote Ever, Roger Stone Security Guards and Dozens of GOP Officials Were Part of Mob Who Attacked U.S. Capitol, U.S. COVID Cases Decrease, But Experts Warn Variant Spread, Relaxed Measures Could Derail Progress, Most U.S. Adults Should Have Access to Vaccine Starting in April, Be Inoculated by Summer, CDC Issues Safe Reopening Guidelines for Schools, U.K. Gov't Under Fire for Response to Disabled COVID Patients; New Zealand Locks Down Largest City, Guinea Declares Ebola Epidemic After 3 Deaths, DRC Also Reporting Cases, Burmese Protests…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Mexican president calls for urgent UN meeting over vaccine hoarding. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that the United Nations should convene an "urgent meeting" to deal with the problem of "hoarding" anti-Covid vaccine, claiming that the countries with laboratories that manufacture the several vaccines are doing so. "It's something that the UN should look at. It has …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Muted Carnival celebrations amid national Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Duesseldorf, Germany, Feb 15 (epa-efe).- Annual carnival celebrations in Germany, which ordinarily would see tens of thousands of people in fancy dress throng city centers for parades, have been cancelled in 2021 because of the nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. Rose Monday, normally the climax of the week-long celebration, was a muted …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). UK hotel quarantine starts for arrivals from high-risk countries. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- All citizens and permanent residents of the United Kingdom returning from high-risk countries to England will have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine starting Monday in a bid to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus pandemic. The UK government has released a "red list" that has 33 countries …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Virologists call for total confinement in Italy. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Italian experts including the health minister's consultant on the pandemic Walter Ricciardi on Monday said the new government led by economist Mario Draghi should enforce a lockdown for at least one month to curb the rapid spread of the so-called United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus, which is more virulent than …

yenisafak (2021-02-15). Zimbabwe receives 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine. yenisafak.com Zimbabwe received the first shipment of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, the country's health minister said.The shipment, containing a donation of 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China, arrived at the country's Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in the capital Harare. Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga and China's ambassador, Guo Shaochun, were present at the airport.Last Friday, the Zimbabwean government indicated that the country's coronavirus immunization program would begin this week.Zimbabwe is also expected receive another batch of 600,000 doses of the vaccine from China soon.According to…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). In-person education partially resumes in Turkey. yenisafak.com Amid strict health protocols, Turkey opened village schools and kindergartens for full-time in-person education, the country's education minister said Monday.Speaking at the opening ceremony of the second semester in the eastern province of Igdir, Ziya Selcuk said: "As of now, we have opened around 6,000 unified classrooms in primary schools and 2,700 kindergartens for in-person education full-time in our villages, while our other students continue remote learning."After months of schools being closed in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, students in grades eight and 12 preparing for high sch…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-15). Iran, Turkey mull over boosting 'tourism' in post-corona era. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) — The fifth meeting of the Joint Technical Committee for Tourism Cooperation between Iran and Turkey was held through video conference.

Eli Cahan (2021-02-15). Pandemic-Fueled Alcohol Abuse Creates Wave of Hospitalizations for Liver Diseas. zcomm.org As the pandemic sends thousands of recovering alcoholics into relapse, hospitals across the country have reported dramatic increases in alcohol-related admissions for critical diseases like alcoholic hepatitis and liver failure…

yenisafak (2021-02-15). Married couples coming to therapy on rise during pandemic in Turkey. yenisafak.com Therapist Gunes Kucuk told Anadolu Agency that the pandemic impacted married and unmarried couples from different angles and at different levels."As this process continued, somatic conditions such as anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, acute stress disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to be seen more," said Kucuk.Mentioning that families were affected at different levels according to their cultural, structural, social, and economic status within themselves, she told the agency that families with "strong social support were stronger in coping with the process despite everything.""Families w…

Stephen Cockburn (2021-02-15). Big Pharma Must Share Their Vaccine Knowledge and Technology With the World—Now. commondreams.org To stop the global pandemic, rich countries need to stop hoarding vaccines. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-12914227871_0.jpg

yenisafak (2021-02-15). New Ebola virus outbreak declared in Guinea. yenisafak.com A new Ebola virus outbreak has been declared in the West African country of Guinea which has claimed three lives so far, according to the World Health Organization.The outbreak was declared in the rural community of Goueke in N'Zerekore prefecture after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory, marking the first time the disease has been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016, the Africa office of the global health body said in a statement on Sunday."Initial investigations found that a nurse from the local health facility died on 28 January 2021. Following her burial, six peopl…

news.un (2021-02-15). Two die as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea. news.un.org Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, two of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.

news.un (2021-02-15). Seven infected as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea. news.un.org Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, three of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.

news.un (2021-02-15). Three die as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea. news.un.org Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, three of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.

commondreams (2021-02-15). For All to See: Bias of New Hampshire Judiciary Exposed in Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Proceedings. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2021-02-14). How One Tiny Country Is Beating The Pandemic And Climate Change. popularresistance.org The small Himalayan country of Bhutan, mainly known for measuring national happiness instead of GDP, is the only carbon-negative country on the planet. Believe it or not, it has only had one single death from COVID-19. Is that a coincidence? | Madeline Drexler's new article in the Atlantic, "The Unlikeliest Pandemic Success Story," dives into the reasons that Bhutan has managed to fare so well against the novel coronavirus while rich countries and middle-income have struggled to keep it in check. The tiny developing country, landlocked between India and Tibet, wasn't exactly set up for success. It began 2020 with…

Staff (2021-02-14). Antitrust Legislation Is Essential to Racial and Economic Justice in Agriculture. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that how we grow, process and distribute our food needs to change. | From dairy farmers forced to

RT (2021-02-14). First since August: New Zealand PM puts ENTIRE CITY of Auckland on lockdown after confirmation of 3 Covid cases. rt.com The New Zealand city of Auckland has entered a three-day lockdown — its first in six months — after just three new cases of Covid-19 were recorded locally. | New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern imposed the lockdown after an Auckland family of three tested positive for Covid-19. The mother of the family reportedly works at a company that deals with airline laundry, prompting concerns that the virus may have been transmitted by a passenger on a flight. | In a news conference on Sunday, Ardern called on New Zealanders to "continue to be strong and to be kind," adding: "We have been here before a…

WSWS repost (2021-02-14). California study highlights dangers of COVID-19 pandemic to the working class. indybay.org According to a recent report by a UCSF research team, essential workers experienced a 22 percent higher mortality rate than they did in the four years before the pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-02-14). Economic Crisis, COVID-19 Take Toll on Lebanese Couples. telesurenglish.net Jihad Tarhini, a young man in his 20s, stood in the middle of a perfumes store in the main street of Nabatieh, southern Lebanon, looking for an affordable perfume for his fiancee. | Tarhini gives his fiancee gifts every year on Valentines' Day but now he was surprised to see the dramatic increase in prices. | RELATED: | Lebanon has plunged into its worst economic crisis in decades, which prompts the Lebanese pound to plummet…

Pete Dolack (2021-02-14). Class War Intensifies During the Pandemic. counterpunch.org We will soon be a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Are you rolling in new wealth? No? Too bad you are not a billionaire. With millions of deaths, unemployment soaring, millions threatened with losing their homes and economies struggling around the world, the world's billionaires are doing fine. More than fine. So fine that they

WSWS repost (2021-02-14). California nursing home workers strike as state surpasses New York for most COVID deaths. indybay.org Workers at a Burlingame Skilled Nursing Facility are on strike in protest against understaffing and unsafe conditions. 207 residents at the Burlingame facility have contracted Covid-19 and 34 have died. At least 65 workers have also been infected.