Daily Archives: March 11, 2021

2021-03-11: News Headlines

MEE staff (2021-03-11). Covid-19: US, UK and EU's excess vaccines enough for 20 crisis-stricken countries. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: US, UK and EU's excess vaccines enough for 20 crisis-stricken countries | As many as 46 million people aged over 60 in these countries unlikely to be vaccinated this year, a new IRC report says | Thu, 03/11/2021 – 16: 31 | Israel has been accused of "vaccine apartheid" in the occupied Palestinian territories (AFP) | The number of excess Covid-19 vaccines secured by the United States, the United Kingd…

RT (2021-03-11). GOP senator ridiculed for taking credit for provision of Covid-19 relief bill he did NOT vote for, says he's 'entirely consistent'. rt.com Republican Senator Roger Wicker has taken heat online after he took credit for championing direct aid to the restaurant industry. The problem is, the assistance is included in a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 package that he opposed. | Wicker has been accused of trying to score political points on the back of the mammoth Covid-19 relief package passed by Congress on Wednesday after a drawn-out debate. The House voted predominantly along party lines, with Democratic Representative Jared Golden of Maine siding with all 210 Republicans to oppose the bill. | Shortly after the legislation was approved, Wicker extolled the…

RT (2021-03-11). 'The dysfunction goes up to Cuomo': Whistleblower says NY gov's order created Covid deathtraps at disabled group homes. rt.com New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing even more scrutiny as reports reveal group homes for developmentally disabled individuals were ordered by the state to accept positive Covid-19 patients, possibly leading to thousands of cases. | Of the nearly 35,000 people living in New York's group homes for disabled individuals, 552 have died from Covid-19 since last year and over 6,000 residents and workers have been infected with the virus, according to the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). | Many are now pointing to an April 10 directive from the Cuomo administration, which is s…

RT (2021-03-11). Michigan health department hit with lawsuit over its refusal to share nursing home data amid comparisons to Cuomo's cover-up. rt.com A local reporter is suing Michigan's health department after it denied repeat requests for its nursing home data amid the Covid-19 outbreak, piling pressure on the government as lawmakers demand a probe into its pandemic response. | Journalist Charlie LeDuff launched a "Not only does…

Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs (2021-03-11). Sunday 3/14: Celebrate 365 Days of the COVID-19 Relief Center. indybay.org Laurel and Front Streets, Santa Cruz…

news.un (2021-03-11). 'Some light at the end of the tunnel' as pandemic turns one – Guterres. news.un.org After 12 months where the world has faced "a tsunami of suffering", the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines represents "some light at the end of the tunnel" said the UN chief on Thursday, marking the anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) issuing its pandemic alert.

news.un (2021-03-11). Regression on 'virtually every indicator' of progress for children: UNICEF. news.un.org One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, progress has gone backward across virtually every key measure of childhood, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, revealing a "devastating and distorted new normal" for the world's children.

yenisafak (2021-03-11). Germany experiencing 3rd wave of COVID-19, says top expert. yenisafak.com Germany is now experiencing a third wave of coronavirus infections, the country's top infectious diseases expert warned on Thursday.Professor Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), said there are many indications that a third wave of the pandemic has started in the country."I am very worried," he told a group of international reporters, stressing that the number of cases with more contagious variants is on the rise.The ongoing vaccination campaign is a race against a changing and mutating virus, he said.Germany on Thursday reported its highest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks,…

yenisafak (2021-03-11). Turkey to start human trials on 5 more vaccine candidates. yenisafak.com Turkey will start human trials on five more local vaccine candidates soon and will use its own vaccine in the near future, said the health minister on Thursday.Fahrettin Koca speaking at a press conference said that COVID-19 will not become an ordinary disease like the flu any time soon, but in 2021 it will no longer be a nightmare for health workers.Koca said that once the vaccination program is completed, new cases will be reduced to one-fifth and there will barely be patients in critical condition.He said that Turkey is among the fastest nations in procuring vaccine supplies with a 50-million-dose agreement wi…

yenisafak (2021-03-11). EU, UK in row over COVID-19 vaccines. yenisafak.com In an interview with Politico on Wednesday, Michel said the EU exports too many doses while accusing the UK of imposing an "outright ban" on the export of vaccines produced in the country."I know because I am a politician, that there are different ways to impose a ban or to impose restrictions on vaccines and/or on medicines, because on medicines there is a clear ban. But the question is the following: how many doses did they export? This is a very simple question, and since yesterday I haven't heard the answer to this very simple question," he said.In a written statement Tuesday, Michel denied the accusations of…

yenisafak (2021-03-11). 'Oxford vaccine not responsible for blood clot in Denmark'. yenisafak.com The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Thursday responded to measures taken by the Danish government in halting the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine following the discovery of a blood clot in an individual.Dr. Phil Bryan, the agency's vaccines safety lead, said the action undertaken by Danish authorities was a precautionary measure, while it has not been confirmed with current evidence that the blood clot was a result of the Oxford vaccine."Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine have now been admin…

yenisafak (2021-03-11). EU medicine regulator okays Johnson & Johnson virus jab. yenisafak.com The European Medicine Agency (EMA) on Thursday recommended granting a conditional marketing authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson Johnson.The vaccine developed by pharmaceutical Janssen, owned by the US' Johnson Johnson, is the first COVID-19 vaccine that can be used as a single dose."With this latest positive opinion, authorities across the European Union will have another option to combat the pandemic and protect the lives and health of their citizens," said Emer Cooke, the agency's executive director, in a statement.The vaccine is the fourth vaccine recommended by the agency to combat COV…

_____ (2021-03-11). UN Rebuke of U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Met With Stunning Silence. strategic-culture.org John MCEVOY | Alena Douhan, the UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, The report laid bare how a years-long campaign of economic warfare has asphyxiated Venezuela's economy, crushing the government's ability to provide basic services both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. | "The [Venezuelan] government's revenue was repor…

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). WHO: ignored warnings facilitated spread of Covid-19. laprensalatina.com By Isabel Saco Geneva, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- It is a year since the World Health Organization first formally described the Covid-19 health emergency as a pandemic, but it had already sounded the highest level of alarm weeks earlier, on 30 January. The WHO's early warnings often went ignored, a factor that allowed the new coronavirus …

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). EU approves Johnson & Johnson single dose Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- The European Commission on Thursday authorized the use of the single-shot Covid-19 vaccine from Janssen, the European affiliate of American company Johnson & Johnson. The decision followed a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency. Commission president Ursula von der Leyen tweeted: "More safe and effective vaccines are coming to the market. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). Left out of Dominican vaccine plan, Haitians face new form of discrimination. laprensalatina.com By Maria Montecelos Santo Domingo, Mar 11 (efe-epa) .- Born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian parents, Anairis is on the verge of giving birth to her third daughter. But under the terms of the Dominican government's immunization plan, neither she nor her children will receive the Covid-19 vaccine due to a lack identity documents. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). Several countries suspend AstraZeneca rollout after Danish blood clot reports. laprensalatina.com (Update: adds info on Norway and Italy) Copenhagen, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- Denmark has temporarily halted the use of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca to probe whether it could be linked to several cases of blood clots reported among vaccinated people. Norway and Italy have also suspended the rollout of the vaccine, developed by the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). India's vaccine outreach: 58 million doses to 70 countries in 50 days. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- India sent more than 58 million doses of Covid-19 jabs to nearly 70 countries as part of its vaccine diplomacy initiative launched 50 days ago to extend its global influence and keep the flock of its allies together. The ambitious diplomacy campaign, dubbed "Vaccine Maitri" (the vaccine friendship) as part …

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). Denmark suspends AstraZeneca rollout after blood clot reports. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- Denmark has temporarily halted the use of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca to probe whether it could be linked to several cases of blood clots reported among vaccinated people. The Danish health authority said the decision came after reports of severe blood clots in people after they had taken the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). Conspiracy theories fuel Covid-19 vaccine mistrust in Pakistan. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- A month after the Covid-19 vaccination drive began in Pakistan, only half of the targeted health workers have received the jab so far, partly due to mistrust fueled by conspiracy theories. The situation is reminiscent of the suspicion about vaccines against polio that is still prevalent in Pakistan because people have …

Staff (2021-03-11). U.S. & Other Wealthy Nations Block Effort to Waive Vaccine Patent Rights in Blow to Global South. democracynow.org The United States and other wealthy members of the World Trade Organization have blocked a push by dozens of developing countries to waive patent rights in an effort to boost production of COVID-19 vaccines for poor nations. The proposal by South Africa and India was supported by hundreds of civil society organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam and Amnesty International. Without the waiver, vaccine production will remain in the hands of only a few pharmaceutical companies. "Millions of us are basically going to have to wait for a vaccine, putting global immunity, as well as regional immunity, part…

Staff (2021-03-11). Headlines for March 11, 2021. democracynow.org House Democrats Give Final Approval to $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill , 2.6 Million Have Died of COVID-19 Since World Health Organization Declared Pandemic a Year Ago, Studies Find Coronavirus Variant First Observed in U.K. Is More Deadly and More Transmissible, Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Could Reach Herd Immunity by Fall; TX Threatens to Sue Austin over Mask Mandate, Amnesty International, U.N. Security Council Condemn Deadly Crackdown on Burmese Protests, U.N. Urges World Not to Forget 10-Year War in Syria, a "Living Nightmare", Ex-Brazilian President Lula Attacks Bolsonaro's Pandemic Response: "This Country Ha…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-11). Demand for waving patent rights to produce COVID-19 vaccines gains momentum. peoplesdispatch.org WTO's TRIPS agreements have limited the production of COVID-19 vaccines leading to unequal access globally where some rich countries have amassed more than required doses and majority of poor countries have received none or inadequate number of doses…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-03-11). Video: Doctors and Scientists Write to European Medicines Agency (EMA) Warning of COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers. globalresearch.ca A group of scientists and doctors has today issued an open …

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-03-11). Urgent Open Letter from Doctors and Scientists to the European Medicines Agency regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Concerns. globalresearch.ca Emer Cooke, Executive Director, European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-03-11). Doctors and Scientists Write to European Medicines Agency (EMA) Warning of COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers. globalresearch.ca A group of scientists and doctors has today issued an open …

European Secretariat of the International Peoples' Assembly (2021-03-11). Vaccines: Patents or life! peoplesdispatch.org Patents on vaccines and on new technologies against COVID-19 are the ball and chain in the race out of the global pandemic tunnel. Our lives are worth more than the profits of big pharmaceutical companies.

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-03-11). Urgent Open Letter from Doctors and Scientists to the European Medicines Agency regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Concerns. globalresearch.ca

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| Doctors for Covid Ethics: | To: | Emer Cooke, Executive Director, European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 28 February 2021 | Dear Sirs/Mesdames, | FOR THE URGENT PERSONAL ATTENTION OF: EMER COOKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY | As physicians and scientists, we |

Special to People's World (2021-03-11). Kroger closes grocery stores to avoid COVID hazard pay for workers. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—One of the most profitable corporations in the United States is threatening grocery workers' jobs in response to a new coronavirus-era hazard pay requirement. Reacting to a near-unanimous vote by the Los Angeles City Council requiring large grocery and drug chains to offer their front-line essential workers an additional $5 per hour for the …

Juan Cole (2021-03-11). At Last, the End of Austerity: Joe Biden's Really, Really Big Covid Stimulus aims to Jumpstart America. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Joe Biden has redeemed the sins of the Obama administration, which did not enact a big enough stimulus truly to dig the U.S. economy out of the hole created by the 2008-09 economic crash. Barack Obama, a gentleman and a community builder, had believed that he could get some Republicans …

Raul Diego (2021-03-11). Digital Health Pass: IBM and Moderna Hook Up to Capitalize on COVID Reset. globalresearch.ca Using what have already become clichéd industry buzzwords like "transparency," "trust," …

Michael Jansen (2021-03-11). Lebanon's Crises Ballooning as Politicians Bicker over Government Formation. globalresearch.ca Lebanon's political, economic and COVID crises are ballooning while politicians continue …

RT (2021-03-11). Biden signs 'historic' $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, promises answers to press later. rt.com US President Joe Biden has signed the coronavirus relief bill, clearing the way for some Americans to get a one-time $1,400 check and giving billions to a number of other policy priorities. He left without taking questions. | In a brief photo opportunity at the White House on Thursday afternoon, Biden called the American Rescue Plan a "historic legislation" that is about "rebuilding the backbone of this country," and said it had broad support among all Americans. | He told the reporters gathered at the Oval Office that he will have "a lot more to say" in his address to the nation scheduled for Thursday evening…

RT (2021-03-11). Covid has left Americans stressed, drinking more, sleeping less, and struggling with weight issues, psychologists say. rt.com A year of living through Covid has left many Americans drinking more, struggling with their weight and sleeping less — and parents, key workers, the young, and people of color are feeling the stress more. | The findings are detailed in a survey released on Thursday by the American Psychological Association (APA), which finds that Americans have been through a collective trauma that will adversely affect their physical and mental health for years to come. | The APA reported that 61% of Americans have experienced undesired changes in their weight since the pandemic started, gaining more than 13kg on averag…

NUMSA statement reposted by the Jamal Journal (2021-03-11). NUMSA demands the immediate release of American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal now has congestive heart disease, organ failure of the skin, and COVID 19 breathing difficulties. With Mumia's life at stake, people from all around the world are speaking out and calling for Mumia's immediate release.

Stephen Lendman (2021-03-11). mRNA Vaccine Technology is "Hacking the Software of Life". Modifies the Human Genome. globalresearch.ca Since seasonal flu was renamed covid early last year, the largest-scale, …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-11). One Year Ago: 03/11: A Day to Remember: The March 11, 2020 Corona Lockdown. "Destabilizing The Global Economy" globalresearch.ca The following text is in part based on the author's E-Book |

MEE staff (2021-03-11). Israel's Netanyahu 'cancels trip to UAE'. middleeasteye.net Israel's Netanyahu 'cancels trip to UAE' | Local media say Israeli prime minister will not now fly to Abu Dhabi on Thursday | Thu, 03/11/2021 – 09: 11 | Benjamin Netanyahu adjusts his mask during a news conference (Reuters) | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his Thursday trip to Abu Dhabi, local media reported, with his wife's health and Jordanian concerns said to have got in the way.

yenisafak (2021-03-11). South Korea's healthcare exports hit record high in 2020. yenisafak.com Amid the coronavirus pandemic, South Korea's healthcare and cosmetics exports grew by a record 38% in 2020, local media reported on Thursday.Exports of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices stood at $21.7 billion last year, a 38.3% rise from 2019, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing latest data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute.Medicine exports increased 62.6% to hit $8.43 billion, while exports of medical devices reached $5.7 billion with a 44% increase.Germany was the largest market for South Korean medicines, followed by the US and Japan, the report said.Cosmetics exports climbed 1…

DW (2021-03-11). Denmark Suspends Use of AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine. "Serious Cases of Blood Clots" globalresearch.ca The Danish Health Authority on Thursday

yenisafak (2021-03-11). Erdogan says Turkey made history in health over past year. yenisafak.com "With the sacrifice of our health army, our hospitals with a constant rise in their numbers and expanded capacities, and our strong infrastructure, we have made history in the field of health," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter, sharing efforts made in one year since the disease was first seen in the country.Under services, Erdogan recalled that a Coronavirus Operation Center and the country's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board were established.He said local diagnosis kits were produced and Filiation and Isolation Tracking System was formed, w…

_____ (2021-03-11). EU's Own Goal by Playing Politics With Russian Vaccine. strategic-culture.org The European public can see more clearly than ever that their unelected highly paid bureaucrats are risking pandemic recovery by playing politics with Russia's vaccine. | Italy is to be the first European Union state to produce the Russian Sputnik V vaccine for immunization against the new coronavirus. It was

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). Hard days for tourism in Lisbon, but there are some silver linings. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- Tram 28, one of the main historical tourist attractions that rides through the streets of Lisbon, now sits empty in a country that has imposed a nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Inaugurated in 1901, the classic yellow tram no longer has dozens of passengers bending over through …

Chuck Collins — Omar Ocampo (2021-03-11). Frist Family Leads Pandemic Profiteer Parade in Health Sector. counterpunch.org Not everyone is suffering during the pandemic. The Frist family of Tennessee are the founders and biggest shareholders of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital conglomerate in the U.S. Thomas F. Frist Jr. and his family have seen their personal wealth increase from $7.5 billion on March 18, 2020 to $15.6 billion

Rebecca Gordon (2021-03-11). Rethinking Employment in the Biden-Harris Era. counterpunch.org A year ago, just a few weeks before San Francisco locked itself down for the pandemic, I fell deeply in love with a 50-year-old. The object of my desire was a wooden floor loom in the window of my local thrift shop. Friends knowledgeable on such matters examined photos I took of it and assured

yenisafak (2021-03-11). Putin says struggle for vaccine market is going on. yenisafak.com Producers are struggling for the global vaccine market worth $100 billion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.Some producers compete unfairly, sell a small batch of vaccines at a lower price on the condition to be an exclusive supplier, Putin said, speaking at a video meeting on measures to boost investment activity in Moscow."We see how competitors behave in the global vaccine market worth $100 billion. They come, sell a small batch of their vaccine at a discount, on the condition that everything else will be purchased only from this producer," he said.He also said the pandemic has greatly affecte…

yenisafak (2021-03-11). European Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged. yenisafak.com The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday decided to keep interest rates unchanged, complying with the market expectations.Interest rates on main refinancing operations, marginal lending and deposit facility are 0.00%, 0.25%, and minus 0.50%, respectively, said a bank statement.The bank also decided to continue conducting net asset purchases under the ongoing pandemic conditions — with a total envelope of ‚Ǩ1.85 billion ($2.2 billion) until at least the end of March 2022."Equally, the envelope can be recalibrated if required to maintain favourable financing conditions to help counter the nega…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-11). Put women at the heart of a post-pandemic tech boom. imperial.ac.uk Women shouldn't be left out of the tech boom needed for post-pandemic recovery, argue Alice Gast and Alexsis de Raadt St James.

Online News Editor (2021-03-11). Vinyl fever shows no signs of waning despite pandemic downturn. laprensalatina.com Miami, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- "Vinyl fever" in the US, a phenomenon that began just over a decade ago with the popular revival of wax records, has not waned despite the pandemic, and the small number of record stores in Miami have used a mix of ingenuity and a tempting catalog to reach their loyal and …

Jake Johnson (2021-03-11). 'We need a people's vaccine, not a profit vaccine': Sanders urges Biden to support push to suspend pharma patents. nationofchange.org "Ending this pandemic requires collaboration, solidarity, and empathy. It requires a very different mindset—a mindset that puts people over profits at every turn."