Daily Archives: March 2, 2021

2021-03-02: News Headlines

Editor (2021-03-02). Raise the minimum wage to $15 — at least! workers.org A $15-per-hour minimum wage cannot be included in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill proposed by Congressional Democrats. So ruled the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough, on Feb. 25. This unelected official called it "irrelevant to budget legislation." This edict is a brutal blow to millions of struggling workers. Nevertheless, the . . . |

WSWS (2021-03-02). Major US school districts reopen despite spread of more contagious and lethal COVID-19 variants. wsws.org Numerous school districts began reopening Monday as part of the bipartisan push to resume in-person learning at all schools, with the fulsome support of the teachers unions.

Abbasi J. (2021-03-02). Researchers Investigate What COVID-19 Does to the Heart. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article discusses reports of myocardial injury and myocarditis among patients with COVID-19.

Stead W. (2021-03-02). It's Not Your Fault—Forgiveness in Illness and Death. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay an infectious diseases physician shares the sense of forgiveness she brings to anyone possibly involved in COVID-19 transmission, having learned as a child the healing power of family absolution after she witnessed the death of a cousin.

Shepherd JP, Moore SC, Long A, et al. (2021-03-02). Association Between COVID-19 Lockdown Measures and ED Visits for Violence-Related Injuries in Wales. jamanetwork.com This study investigates emergency department visits for violence-related injuries occurring at home and outside the home in Cardiff, Wales, before and after COVID-19 lockdown measures were instituted in March 2020.

WSWS (2021-03-02). Sà£o Paulo teachers continue strike against deadly school reopenings despite union sabotage. wsws.org With Brazil and the state of Sà£o Paulo reaching the worst moment of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pseudo-lefts have advocated ending the teachers strike.

Franklin Frederick (2021-03-02). O compromisso de Cuba com a saúde internacional. globalresearch.ca 'Eles descobriram armas inteligentes. Nós descobrimos algo mais importante: as pessoas pensam e sentem.' Fidel Castro | A crise COVID-19 tem revelado o fracasso da maioria dos países capitalistas ocidentais em suas políticas de saúde pública. Décadas de austeridade neoliberal, de …

WSWS (2021-03-02). UK study challenges use of mental health impact to justify ending COVID-19 lockdown. wsws.org Those who had previously experienced mental health problems were hardest hit, but researchers noted the impact on the poor, the young, and those with small children at home.

Staff (2021-03-02). Black People Face Higher COVID Infections & Deaths. Should They Have Lower Age Cutoffs for Vaccines? democracynow.org As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues to expand, health justice advocates worry about a racial gap in vaccinations. Black communities have been hard hit by the pandemic, but rates of vaccination in communities of color lag behind largely white communities across the country. Dr. Oni Blackstock, a primary care and HIV physician, argues that age cutoffs should be lowered or removed for Black people in order to speed up inoculations, noting that Black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white Americans and also dying at rates similar to those of white Americans who are 10 years older. "These fixed-…

RT (2021-03-02). Dr. Anthony Fauci publicly opposes delaying second doses of Covid vaccines to inoculate more people. rt.com Dr. Anthony Fauci has disagreed with calls to delay the second dose of Covid-19 jabs to inoculate more Americans, rejecting the strategy adopted by the UK government and others to speed up their vaccine rollout. | America's top infectious disease official made the comments to the Washington Post, as he said the United States must stick to its current two-dose strategy for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. | Fauci warned that, while delaying second doses of the vaccines could allow health officials to provide more individuals with their first dose, it also presents risks, such as leaving people wit…

jamanetwork (2021-03-02). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Vaccine Doses, Virus Variants, and More. jamanetwork.com JAMA Live Highlights features comments from livestream interviews by JAMA Network Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, MD. His discussions with experts in clinical care, public health, and health policy focus on critical issues related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Comments have been edited for clarity.

Democracy Now! (2021-03-02). Vaccine Apartheid: If One Person Is Unprotected, We Are All Unprotected. indybay.org "I've personally received more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine than 130 countries," Dr. Craig Spencer writes, about the two vaccine shots he recently got as an emergency room doctor. In 2014, he contracted ebola while combating that epidemic in Guinea, Africa. Dr. Spencer knows the value of public health protocols, personal protective equipment, or PPE, and vaccinations.

RT (2021-03-02). US won't share Covid-19 vaccines with Mexico as Americans must be inoculated first — White House. rt.com The Biden administration has rejected the idea of sharing Covid-19 vaccines with the hard-hit neighbor Mexico, White House press-secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that it can only be discussed after all Americans get their shots. | "The administration's focus is on ensuring that every American is vaccinated. And once we accomplish that objective we're happy to discuss further steps," Psaki said when asked about possible vaccine sharing during a briefing on Monday. | The comments came hours before the virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. | Also…

RT (2021-03-02). Johnson & Johnson's newly-approved Covid vaccine met with pushback as Catholic diocese condemns it for 'ties to abortion cells'. rt.com As Johnson & Johnson rolls out its freshly approved Covid-19 vaccine in the US, it faces a religious controversy as the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has labeled it "morally compromised" over links to abortion cells. | Catholics are advised not to receive the vaccine because Johnson & Johnson used cell lines derived from decades-old abortions in both testing and production of the new product, the Archdiocese Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have utiliz…

RT (2021-03-02). 'It is time!' Mississippi governor to end mask mandate & lift all Covid-19 business restrictions, following Texas' lead. rt.com Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he will soon axe the state's mask mandate and end all coronavirus-related business restrictions, pointing to improved case and hospitalization numbers after Texas took a similar step. | "Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules," Reeves said in a tweet on Tuesday. | Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time! | Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will…

Staff (2021-03-02). Headlines for March 2, 2021. democracynow.org CDC Director Warns Against States' Rollback of Coronavirus Public Health Measures, Donald and Melania Trump Were Secretly Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in January, Merck Strikes Deal to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine of Rival Johnson & Johnson, WHO Warns of Global Rise in Coronavirus Cases After Weeks of Declines, U.N. Warns of "Death Sentence" for Yemenis as Humanitarian Aid Drive Falls Short, Senate Confirms Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary, Will Vote on Merrick Garland for AG, Democrats Unveil Wealth Tax on Ultra-Millionaires and Billionaires, DOJ to Appeal After Trump-Appointed Judge Orders End to Eviction Morat…

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Doctors, health workers protest working conditions, call for vaccines. laprensalatina.com Tunis, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of Tunisian doctors and healthcare workers on Tuesday gathered in front of the health ministry to protest the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The participants in the rally, organized by the Tunisian Organization of Young Doctors, called for healthcare workers to be inoculated, more medical supplies and more effective …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Cordiality marks 1st meeting between US, Mexican presidents. laprensalatina.com By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla Mexico City, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The presidents of Mexico and the United States held an initial virtual meeting that was free of any type of discord, although no agreement was reached on the sharing of Covid-19 vaccines and they avoided discussion of Mexico's plans for a controversial electricity sector overhaul. …

Areeb Ullah (2021-03-02). Covid-19: Saudi Arabia says vaccine is a must for Hajj. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Saudi Arabia says vaccine is a must for Hajj | It is still unclear if Riyadh will allow people to travel to the kingdom for the annual pilgrimage this July | Tue, 03/02/2021 – 12: 57 | Saudi Arabia introduced social distancing rules to protect pilgrims from the coronavirus (AFP) | Saudi Arabia said pilgrims hoping to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage would need to be vaccinated against Covid-1…

Staff (2021-03-02). Anti-Choice Forces Use Pandemic to Slash Abortion Access in Preview of Post-Roe v. Wade World. democracynow.org We look at how people across the U.S. have struggled to access abortions during the pandemic with reporter Amy Littlefield, who says that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many states had restrictions, including three-day waiting periods and counseling sessions filled with misinformation. Then, many tried to use the pandemic as a pretext for banning abortion as a nonessential service. "Texas, in the early weeks of the pandemic, sort of gave us a dress rehearsal for what it could look like when states try to ban abortion entirely," says Littlefield. "We saw how half a century worth of attempts to whittle away at…

Aram Aharonian (2021-03-02). Covid, vuelta a clases y el apocalipsis de julio de 2022. globalizacion.ca América Latina vio hace un año cumplir sus peores presagios: un brasileño que llegó de Italia daba positivo en Sao Paulo el 26 de febrero de 2020 por covid-19 y hacía saltar las alarmas en la región, con sistemas de…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-02). Covid-19: Turkey reopens restaurants, schools as infection rates drop. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey reopens restaurants, schools as infection rates drop | President Erdogan declares the beginning of 'controlled normalisation' policy with the coronavirus | Tue, 03/02/2021 – 07: 54 | A man feeds seagulls on the shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul during heavy snowfalls on 14 February 2021 (AFP) | Turkey is beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions from Tuesday in new guide…

RT (2021-03-02). Texas gov lifts mask mandate & OKs businesses to operate at 100% capacity. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions in his state, permitting businesses to operate at 100-percent capacity and repealing the requirement for people to wear face coverings. | Abbott delivered the "exciting news" during a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, informing the assembled small business and community leaders that the mask mandate — in place since July — was no more. | pic.twitter.com/k5SZKnAUg5— Sarah Self-Walbrick (@SarahFromTTUPM) March 2…

RT (2021-03-02). 'Mass murder' and 'reckless': Texas ending mask mandates triggers Democrat meltdown. rt.com The announcement by Governor Greg Abbott that Texas will fully reopen next week is drawing backlash from mask mandate champions such as his California colleague Gavin Newsom and other Democrats — and counter-backlash as well. | Abbott marked the anniversary of the 1836 Texan independence on Tuesday by announcing that the state will reopen "100 percent" by next week in order to "restore livelihoods and normalcy." | Also on rt.com | | While Covid-19 has not disappeared,…

RT (2021-03-02). Texas gov lifts mask mandate & OKs businesses to operate at 100% capacity. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions in his state, permitting businesses to operate at 100-percent capacity starting March 10 and repealing the requirement for people to wear face coverings. | Abbott delivered the "exciting news" during a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, informing the assembled small business and community leaders that the mask mandate — in place since July — was no more. | "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent," Abbott said in a statement on Tuesday — Texas' Indepe…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-02). COVID-19 death toll mounts to 60,267 in Iran: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 02 (MNA) — Some 86 more Iranians died of coronavirus over the past 24 hours and 1,406,845 people out of a total of 1,648,174 infected with the coronavirus have survived and recovered, according to Health Ministry.

Chuck Collins (2021-03-02). COVID-19 has made the super-rich richer. zcomm.org It's time for a billionaire wealth tax…

Betsey Piette (2021-03-02). Protest demands freedom for Mumia, suffering COVID symptoms. workers.org Political prisoner and Black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including difficulty breathing, Feb 26. Hearing this news, his family and supporters called a protest. Less than 24 hours later, about 70 people turned up outside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's immediate . . . |

Reposted article by Dave Lindorff (2021-03-02). Urgent: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal! indybay.org This article was first published by ThisCantBeHappening.net as "Urgent news: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal –Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now in His 40th Year as an Incarcerated Prisoner, Has Covid-19," and was reprinted today at Counterpunch.org.

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-03-02). Spring 2021 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! indybay.org 2021 Can This Could Be An New Era For The Immigrant Rights at this COVID And New President? Yet Many Americans Are Strikingly Tolerant Of Massive COVID-19 Casualties, Why?>

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Prague houses Covid-positive homeless people in empty tourist hotels. laprensalatina.com Gustavo Monge Prague, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The lockdown and measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have led to the temporary closure of hotels in the Czech Republic, an opportunity that the mayor of Prague, which has the highest number of infections in the EU and which has seen its tourist visitor all but disappear, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). China seeks to vaccinate 40 percent of its population by June. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- China plans to accelerate its mass vaccination campaign so as to cover 40 percent of its population by the end of June, according to one of the leading figures in the fight against Covid-19 in the Asian country. Zhong Nanshan, the leader of a group of experts attached to the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). South Korea begins new school year in hope of more in-person classes. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Schools in South Korea opened for the new session on Tuesday amid hopes that relaxed Covid-19 restrictions and the vaccination drive that began last week will allow students to attend more face-to-face classes in the second year of the pandemic. The Ministry of Education, in January, revised its health protocols for …

Johanna Kichton (2021-03-02). People's Action to Senate: Listen to Workers—Keep $15 In. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today released the following statement by Director George Goehl calling on the Senate to do everything it can to include a minimum wage increase in the COVID relief package moving through Congress: "We need Congress to fight for everyday people. It is undemocratic to allow an unelected …

_____ (2021-03-02). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. strategic-culture.org Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency. | By Chuck COLLINS | February 24, 2021 Update: US Billionaire Wealth Grows $1.3 trillion Since Mid-March 2020. | As the US crosses the threshold of half a million deaths from the Covid pandemic, the nation's billionaires continue to reap extraordinary financial gains. After 11 months of pandemic misery, where millions have lost their jobs, health and wealth, total US billionaire wealth increased $1.3 trillion since mid-March, 2020, an increase of 44 percent. | As of the market close on Friday, February…

RT (2021-03-02). 'This is why Americans don't trust media': CNN's Cuomo ripped for claiming he 'obviously' can't cover brother's scandals. rt.com CNN's Chris Cuomo is igniting anger by claiming he cannot objectively cover the numerous sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against his brother, with critics pointing to past puffy interviews between the two. | Promising to "shoot straight" with his audience, Cuomo finally acknowledged the numerous scandals plaguing his brother Andrew Cuomo's administration on Monday evening. | "Obviously I am aware of what's going on with my brother," he said. "And obviously I can't cover it because he is my brother." | Cuomo promised his network would "extensively" cover the ongoing situations with the New York go…

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-02). Pam Africa on Black Agenda Radio: Mumia thinks he has COVID. indybay.org The nation's best known political prisoner told the publisher of The Jamal Journal "that he believes he has Covid. His breathing feels like an elephant sitting on his lungs," said Pam Africa, who is also coordinator of International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. The new issue of the Journal includes a petition demanding that Philadelphia DA Larry Krassner — a purported progressive — stop standing in the way of Mumia's freedom.

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). No child left behind: Portugal education initiative takes on Covid. laprensalatina.com Malpartida, Portugal, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Marta Santos and Miguel Rito make house-to-house visits every week in Portugal's remote villages to distribute homework to students with no internet access, as part of an initiative to ensure that no child is left behind during the coronavirus pandemic. The closure of the face-to-face classrooms on Jan. 21 hit …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Germany set to extend Covid lockdown by 3 weeks. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Germany, which has been under a nationwide lockdown since before Christmas, is set to extend the measures until March 28, according to reports leaked to the media ahead of a meeting on Wednesday between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 leaders of the country's federal states. They are expected …

Kim H, Kubica J, Jeong Y. (2021-03-02). Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel for Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Intervention. jamanetwork.com To the Editor A recent retrospective cohort analysis by Dr You and colleagues demonstrated that compared with clopidogrel, ticagrelor was not associated with better outcomes in patients from the US and South Korea with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous intervention (PCI). However, there are several important discrepancies between this cohort analysis and the randomized Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-03-02). No Corona Lockdown. Life in Serbia is Normal. Open Letter to Serbia's President, Aleksandar Vuƒçiƒá. globalresearch.ca Dear Mr. President! | Let me address you again, but first I …

You S, Gupta A, Krumholz HM. (2021-03-02). Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel for Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Intervention—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Dr Kim and colleagues state that the results of our study are not comparable with those of PLATO and suggest that our findings may differ because patients enrolled in PLATO had a higher proportion of prior myocardial infarction. First, as we mention in our article, PLATO failed to show benefit in North America and included few Asian patients. It did show that ticagrelor reduced ischemic events and increased the rate of nonprocedural bleeding. However, several studies have demonstrated that high-risk patients with ACS do not have a net benefit with ticagrelor. For example, the SWEDEHEART registry showed t…

news.un (2021-03-02). Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners. news.un.org The equitable coronavirus vaccine delivery initiative COVAX that has delivered its first doses to West Africa and Latin America in the past few days, is a credit to international solidarity, but potential obstacles must be overcome if a fully global rollout is to be achieved, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

Eliza Egret (2021-03-02). 'People are calling us, crying for help'. Heartbreaking tweets expose how 15 people were left to drown in the Mediterranean. thecanary.co As coronavirus continues to dominate headlines into 2021, mainstream news coverage of the refugee crisis has gone from poor to non-existent. We rarely read about the people stuck on Lesbos or Samos, and we barely hear about those who are so desperate to get out of Libya that they are willing to gamble with their lives. But these people still very much exist, and racist Europe is still willing to let them drown rather than provide them with a home. | More than

Andrea Arroyo (2021-03-02). The US Reaches 500,000 Deaths From the Coronavirus. thenation.com The US Reaches 500,000 Deaths From the Coronavirus…

Ulrike Guerot (2021-03-02). Does Corona policy threaten our fundamental rights? Scientist warns of "creeping process" indybay.org The state is allowed to restrict citizens in a pandemic so as not to endanger public health. But the state doesn't have the right to harm citizens. It does not get to decide which life is worth protecting and which is not. This article was published in German on 2/22/2021.

WSWS (2021-03-02). 100,000 Spanish dead in pandemic: PSOE-Podemos regime ends restrictions. wsws.org While the National Institute of Statistics recorded over 100,000 excess deaths by last month, the PSOE-Podemos government's official death count was almost 40,000 less.

Children's Health Defense (2021-03-02). Whistleblower: 25% of Residents in German Nursing Home Died After Pfizer Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Reiner Fuellmich and Viviane Fischer, attorneys and founding members of …

Caroline Hurley (2021-03-02). Zoonoses and Climate Change: Is One Health Enough? counterpunch.org Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are animal infections that people can catch. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi transmitted by animals to other animals like pets, and people, can produce mild to serious illnesses. Scientists estimate that about two-thirds of known infectious diseases and three-quarters of new or emerging infectious diseases in humans are traceable to animals. Direct

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Mexico's whale-watching business hard hit by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Mahatma Fong La Paz, Mexico, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the whale-watching business in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with the most recent season suffering an 85 percent drop in the number of visitors. "This year has been catastrophic for (that sector's) finances, and whale-related …