Daily Archives: February 18, 2021

2021-02-18: News Headlines

Soraya Fernández (2021-02-18). Andalucía: Un brote en una residencia de Los Barrios provoca 46 muertes por coronavirus. globalizacion.ca El Covid-19 no da tregua. El inicio de la campaña de vacunación en las residencias de mayores no está evitando un reguero de muertes. En Los Barrios (Cádiz) lo saben bien. Desgraciadamente, la residencia Nuestra Señora del Rosario sumaba ayer …

United Health Professionals (2021-02-18). International Alert Message about COVID-19. United Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We are more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from more than 30 countries. The lockdown has not only killed people, it has destroyed physical and mental health, economy, education and other aspects of social life.

United Health Professionals (2021-02-18). International Alert Message about COVID-19. United Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers, this important international statement by health professionals, medical doctors and scientists, which Below is the complete text which was sent to the governments. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Italian lawmakers ratify new gov't led by Draghi. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The lower house of Italy's parliament voted overwhelmingly Thursday to ratify former European Central Bank (ECB) head Mario Draghi as prime minister amid the dual challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the worst economic slump since World War II. A day after getting the nod from the Senate, the 73-year-old economist …

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-18). The Heat: South Africa's Challenges. america.cgtn.com As South Africa battles COVID-19, it is also dealing with a series of challenges on several fronts including the economy and jobs.

_____ (2021-02-18). How the Gates Foundation seeded America's COVID-19 policy catastrophes. strategic-culture.org The nursing home death warrants were signed by panicked governors using Gates-funded forecasting. | By Jordan SCHACHTEL | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is finally facing the heat for his botched and criminally negligent coronavirus response policies, yet no one seems to be asking why Cuomo and select governors made the fateful decisions that led to the excess deaths — and the coverup campaigns — of tens of thousands of senior citizens in New York and elsewhere across the United States. | After being awarded an Emmy and writing a book on his supposedly heroic response to the pandemic, Cuomo is finally…

news.un (2021-02-18). WHO seeks $1.96 billion for 2021 Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Response. news.un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking nearly $2 million to fund its 2021 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for COVID-19 response which was launched on Thursday in Geneva.

news.un (2021-02-18). UN chief calls for 'new social contract' as part of post-pandemic recovery. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic exposing social and economic inequalities rooted in racism, discrimination and xenophobia, recovery must lead to more inclusive societies, the UN Secretary-General told Member States on Thursday.

The Canary (2021-02-18). The NHS and care workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co At least 244 frontline health and care workers have been identified after dying with coronavirus (Covid-19). | This chronological list contains people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients. | The figure is likely to be lower than the true number of workers who have died, as the names of some victims will not yet be in the public domain. | Through tributes from loved ones and confirmation through sources such as local NHS trusts and other authorities, the names of health and social care workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 since…

_____ (2021-02-18). Fast Food Workers Went On Strike For $15 An Hour In 15 Cities. popularresistance.org Fast food workers in 15 cities across the country went on a one-day strike on February 16, to demand that their employers—including McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's—pay them $15 an hour and give them union rights. | The effort, which is part of the nationwide Fight for 15 movement, comes as lawmakers in Washington debate enacting a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage as part of President Biden's first COVID-19 relief package. | The strikes also honor Black History Month by emphasizing the generations of low pay and lacking workplace protections among Black workers, historical inequities that have bee…

_____ (2021-02-18). An Improbable Vanguard Of Poor People Is 'Reclaiming' Vacant Homes. popularresistance.org On the night before Thanksgiving last year, Sasha Atkins, a 31-year-old hair stylist and single mom, hauled a few carefully chosen belongings — her phone, blankets, pillows and a laptop — into a vacant duplex on Shelley Street in Los Angeles' El Sereno neighborhood and held her breath. Busting into an empty house was a last resort, but the pandemic has turned her precarious housing situation into an emergency. For three years, she and her son couch surfed or occasionally landed a motel room. But work had become scarce, and friends and family feared COVID-19 if they let new people into their homes. So,…

Staff (2021-02-18). How to Wear a Mask & When to Wear Two to Reduce COVID Transmission & Increase Vaccine Effectiveness. democracynow.org While COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations appear to be waning, the United States has a long way to go before people can safely return to everyday life without masks. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, says it's vital to stay vigilant even as vaccinations ramp up. "If we can get our transmission down as low as possible, that is actually going to make the vaccines more effective."

RT (2021-02-18). Asking Russia for Sputnik and getting ANAL SWABS in China: US diplomats vent over State Department's Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. rt.com Even though the State Department received almost enough US-made Covid-19 vaccines for every employee, some diplomats have had to ask host countries for jabs and suffered indignities such as anal tests in China, a new report says. | The State Department has received "roughly" 73,000 doses of the US-made Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but "declined to say" how many of its estimated 75,000 employees it has vaccinated, the Washington Post reported. | Some of the diplomats stationed in Moscow have asked Russia for its Sputnik V vaccine, after Foggy Bottom "could not promise delivery" of American vaccines "in the near…

RT (2021-02-18). Pfizer, BioNTech launch global trials of their Covid-19 vaccine in pregnant women. rt.com US pharma giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have kicked off an international study into the safety and effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccine in pregnant women, with 4,000 volunteers from nine countries taking part. | Healthy pregnant women in the US have already received their first shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab as part of the research, the companies announced on Thursday. They'll soon be joined by fellow test subjects in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mozambique, South Africa, the UK and Spain. | Women aged 18 and older are to be inoculated during weeks 24-34 of gestation, the later stag…

MEE correspondent (2021-02-18). Iranian press review: Iran plans to export Covid-19 vaccine to the world. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Iran plans to export Covid-19 vaccine to the world | Meanwhile, Tehran indicates readiness for Qatar to play mediator role in nuclear talks, and, as the pandemic spreads, the number of Iranians working without a contract rises to seven million | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 10: 58 | A member of the Imam Khomeini Hospital medical personnel receives a dose of Russia's Sputnik V…

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Hong Kong to kick off citywide vaccination program. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong is set to roll out a citywide Covid-19 vaccination program, with the government approving the use of China's Sinovac vaccine Thursday. Health authority confirmed Thursday morning their approval of the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by mainland Chinese bio-pharmaceutical firm Sinovac for emergency use. The decision came after a panel …

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Mexico out front in pressuring UN to guarantee anti-Covid vaccine access. laprensalatina.com By Cristina Sanchez Reyes Mexico City, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Mexico has positioned itself as one of the countries exerting the most pressure on the United Nations to guarantee universal access to anti-Covid-19 vaccines, denouncing vaccine hoarding and/or monopolization by the richest nations and creating links with other Latin American nations like Argentina. "What was raised …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Antonio Guterres criticizes unequal global access to COVID-19 vaccines, calls it 'wildly unfair'. peoplesdispatch.org The UN secretary general pointed out that 75% of all vaccinations so far have been administered in just 10 rich countries, whereas 130 mostly poor countries have not received a single dose of vaccine…

news.un (2021-02-18). Make 'every effort' to save COVID-19 response from corruption, UN Assembly President urges. news.un.org Every effort must be taken to ensure that corrupt and unscrupulous practices do not prevent or impede the equitable availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said on Wednesday.

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Climate change bigger threat than pandemic: EU official. yenisafak.com Climate change is a "bigger" threat than the COVID-19 pandemic in the long run, and it requires immediate and collective action, said the head of the EU delegation to Turkey."Climate change is not only a risk in itself, but it is also a risk multiplier for all of our societies," Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut told the meeting held with the theme of "Tackling Climate Change" in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday.The global community, he said, has passed the stage of questioning the causes of climate change, however, it still has an advantage as it knows a way to address the problem: the decarbonization of countries'

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Firms allowed to buy vaccines for employees in Indonesia. yenisafak.com Indonesia on Thursday gave the nod for a private COVID-19 vaccination scheme in the country, allowing companies to purchase jabs for workers.More than 5,000 firms have registered for the campaign, according to a statement by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Rosan Roeslani, head of the trade body, said the scheme will speed up Indonesia's inoculation drive as companies can directly provide vaccines to their employees without having to wait for the government.A majority of the companies that have applied to join the program are from labor-intensive industries such as textile, which have been hit hard…

Kenya Elliott (2021-02-18). COVID + Capitalism: Life expectancy plunges and unemployment surges. liberationnews.org Data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that following that report, life expectancy had dropped by a full year by June of 2020…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-18). Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats and the Dire Need for Progressive Populism. counterpunch.org The governors of New York and California — the most populous states led by Democrats — now symbolize how slick liberal images are no substitute for genuinely progressive priorities. After 10 years as New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo is facing an uproar over revelations that his administration intentionally and drastically undercounted the deaths from COVID in nursing homes. Meanwhile,

Staff (2021-02-18). COVID Deaths in the US Lead to Biggest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII. truthout.org Life expectancy in the United States has dropped by a full year, according to new figures released on Thursday. | The current life expectancy of an individual in the U.S. While there have been drops in life expectancy in recent years due to increases in drug overdoses, the decline over the past year, in large part due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the biggest drop i…

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-18). Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid. counterpunch.org It is probably not a good idea to write while in the grip of anger. But I am struggling to suppress my emotions about a wasted year, during which politicians and many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence suggesting that Vitamin D can play a critically important role in the prevention and treatment

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-18). Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid. globalresearch.ca It is probably not a good idea to write while in the grip of anger. But I am struggling to suppress my emotions about a wasted year, during which politicians and many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence …

Sam Pizzigati (2021-02-18). Rising Inequality: the 'Pre-Existing Condition' That Doomed the U.S. COVID Response. counterpunch.org Back in April 2017, only a few months after Donald Trump's inauguration, one of world's most prestigious medical journals, the London-based Lancet, established a special commission to keep tabs on "Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era." The panel's 33 commissioners — medical professionals of all sorts, along with assorted notables in legal and

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Russia admits to lacking capacity to meet Sputnik V vaccine demand abroad. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Russia does not have the capacity to meet international demand for the Sputnik V Covid vaccine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. "The demand for the Russian vaccine abroad is very high. It is so high that it considerably exceeds production capacity," he said at his daily press conference. The Russian …

Staff (2021-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2021. democracynow.org Texans Face Deadly Winter Storm with Ongoing Power Outages, Water Shortages, U.S. Life Expectancy Falls by 1 Year in 2020, Drops Nearly 3 Years for Black Americans, Florida Gov. DeSantis Prioritizes Vaccines for Rich White Residents, Then Threatens Critics, Mexico Denounces Vaccine Hoarding as U.N. Warns 130 Nations Have Yet to Receive Any Vaccines, Top Executives at Vaccine Manufacturers Sold $500 Million in Stocks Last Year, FBI Probes Cuomo over Nursing Home COVID Deaths; Cuomo Threatens to "Destroy" Critic, White House Unveils Immigration Bill with 8-Year Path to Citizenship, Burmese Anti-Coup Protests Contin…

Kit Knightly (2021-02-18). 5 Questions To Ask Your Friends Who Plan To Get The Covid Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Many of us have friends or family who plan on getting the vaccine. Maybe they truly believe they are in danger. Maybe they think it's better safe than sorry. Maybe they just want to be able to go to the …

Andres Arauz (2021-02-18). COVID, Austerity & Ending U.S. Interference. zcomm.org Left-wing economist Andrés Arauz secured nearly 33% of the vote in the first round of Ecuador's presidential election on February 7 but fell short of the 40% needed to win outright…

Arvind Dilawar (2021-02-18). More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid. thenation.com More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid…

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-18). Huge Victory: Under Pressure, New York Ends Mandatory COVID Testing in Schools. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The New York State Education Department

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-18). Video: The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers, the English version of this PANGEA TV program which was broadcast live in several regions of Italy. | Maya Nogradi of PANGEA TV interviews Prof. Michel Chossudovsky pertaining to his E-Book entitled: | |

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Airbus lost 1.1 billion euros in 2020, less than in 2019. laprensalatina.com Paris, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Airbus lost 1.1 million euros ($1.3 billion) last year, shaken by the coronavirus crisis that is affecting the aviation sector in particular, although that result was better than the 1.3 billion-euro loss in 2019. The European group's losses in 2020 include, in particular, a negative financial result of 620 million euros, …

Global Research News (2021-02-18). Selected Articles: Pandemic Revelations. globalresearch.ca By We bring to the attention of our readers, this important international statement by health professionals, medical doctors and scientists,…

_____ (2021-02-18). Real Unemployment Is Three Times What They're Telling Us. popularresistance.org Southwest Harbor, Maine — As Congress gets set to debate the Biden Pandemic relief package, one of the favorite Republican lines is the contention that an economic recovery is already well underway. Pouring more money into an accelerating economy is likely to induce seventies style inflation. It is time, they argue, for a little cautionary austerity. However politically efficacious this line may be, rosy portraits of an expanding economy hide the chronic weakness of the US economy and especially the burdens imposed on poor and minority communities. | Fear of inflation on the part of Republicans is insincere…

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-18). Pathologist: FDA 'Misled the Public' on Pfizer Vaccine Efficacy. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Pfizer's

The Canary (2021-02-18). Housing asylum seekers in barracks against health advice branded 'moral failure'. thecanary.co A doctor has accused the Home Office of "moral failure" over the continued housing of asylum seekers at an ageing and virus-hit military barracks. | Napier Barracks in Kent has been used as "emergency" accommodation since But even before any residents had moved in, Public Health England (PHE) gave warnings that the dormitories on the military site were "not suitable" for use, according to court docum…

UFCFLP (2021-02-18). 1,000 Cal/OSHA Inspectors NOW! Workers Over Profits Rally At Oakland OSHA Office. indybay.org Trade unionists and workers rallied at the Oakland State Building to demand that OSHA hire 1,000 OSHA safety inspectors to enforce health and safety regulations in California work places.There are less than 200 inspectors for 18 million workers.

news.un (2021-02-18). First Person: 'The world is in your hands and begins at your door'. news.un.org British celebrity gardener Monty Don, a UN advocate for plant health, is raising awareness of the links between human health, plant health and the well-being of the planet.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Besieged population in Ethiopia's Tigray region faces starvation, rights violations. peoplesdispatch.org "Living in crowded camps, children and families urgently need food, shelter and clean water…Immunizations have ground to a halt, health and water facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and essential supplies looted," says UNICEF…

_____ (2021-02-18). Crisis In Buenaventura. popularresistance.org Buenaventura is the main port for Colombian foreign trade and the second largest city in the prosperous state of Valle del Cauca. Historically, the territory has been inhabited by Afro-descendants, indigenous peoples, and campesinos. Despite the diversity and cultural richness of this territory, it is primarily known for its high levels of poverty, difficulties in accessing public services, health, decent housing, and education. These conditions have derailed the lives of the inhabitants to unimaginable extremes. | Violence and threats against the inhabitants of the poorest neighborhoods of Buenaventura have beco…

MEE staff (2021-02-18). US lawmakers press military over data purchases from Muslim apps. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers press military over data purchases from Muslim apps | Military and intelligence chiefs asked to disclose whether any US citizens were surveilled when military bought user information from popular apps | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 19: 08 | The effort was led by Congressman Mark Pocan, with representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ro Khanna signing on to it (AFP) | US lawmakers…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-18). 'Leaving Aside' International Law: Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to Peace in Palestine. mintpressnews.com It's easy to discredit the foreign policy agenda of Trump, Pompeo, and other Republicans as their aggressive, dismissive language and action are unmistakably objectionable. The Democratic discourse, however, cannot be as easily censured,…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-18). "Leaving Aside" International Law: Why Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine. dissidentvoice.org Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have rashly painted a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will …

Akram Al-Waara (2021-02-18). Palestinian cancer patient on deathbed after release from Israeli prison. middleeasteye.net Palestinian cancer patient on deathbed after release from Israeli prison | Hussein Masalmeh lies in critical condition in hospital, as family accuses Israel of medical negligence | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 12: 01 | Hussein Masalmeh's family say he was gravely ill for two years before being released from Israeli prison (Twitter) | When Bilal Masalmeh, 34, dreamt of the day his older brother Hussein woul…

Staff (2021-02-18). "No Hate! No Fear!" Democracy Now! Co-Host Nermeen Shaikh Celebrates 10 Years Covering War & Peace. democracynow.org As Democracy Now! prepares to mark 25 years on air, we celebrate Nermeen Shaikh's 10th anniversary as a Democracy Now! co-host and feature a report she filed from protests at New York's JFK Airport against the Trump administration's Muslim ban, one of the many highlights from her time on the program.

thelancet (2021-02-20). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Baas P, Scherpereel A, Nowak AK, et al. First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab in unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma (CheckMate 743): a multicentre, randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial. Lancet 2021; 397: 375—86—The appendix for this Article has been corrected as of Feb 18, 2021.

yenisafak (2021-02-18). US initial jobless claims rise more than expectation. yenisafak.com Analysts expected 765,000 for the week ending Feb. 13, while the previous week was revised up 55,000 from 793,000 to 848,000.Despite the fall in claims, there are 10.1 million jobless Americans since the coronavirus pandemic-hit US economy shed 22 million positions in March and April.President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals and aid for vaccine distribution efforts, still faces opposition from Republicans.The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives plans to pass the bill before the end of the month but are likely to try to push it through the Senat…