Daily Archives: March 15, 2021

2021-03-15: News Headlines

Lindsey Tanner (2021-03-15). Long-haulers struggle with symptoms as scientists work to solve coronavirus mystery. peoplesworld.org (AP) There was no reason to celebrate on Rachel Van Lear's anniversary. The same day a global pandemic was declared, she developed symptoms of COVID-19. A year later, she's still waiting for them to disappear. And for experts to come up with some answers. The Texas woman is one of thousands of self-described long-haulers, patients […] | In the aftermath of the recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, drone warfare is being touted as the latest breakthrough in military technology, a "magic bullet" that makes armored vehicles obsolete, defeats sophisticated anti-aircraft systems,…

WSWS (2021-03-15). B.1.1.7 variants detected in Florida are approaching dangerous threshold. wsws.org The proportion of B.1.1.7 variants found in COVID-19 genetic tests in Florida has reached 50 percent. Many public health officials are concerned that lifting restrictions and spring break will cause a new surge in infections.

WSWS (2021-03-15). Maryland's Republican governor issues order dropping majority of state's COVID-19 restrictions. wsws.org Governor Larry Hogan's order, which went into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, is the most far-reaching reversal of social distancing measures in the mid-Atlantic region thus far.

WSWS (2021-03-15). Tamil Nadu assembly elections held amid worsening social crisis in India. wsws.org These elections take place amid an unprecedented fall in living standards of India's working population due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and war tensions with China.

subMedia (2021-03-15). System Fail #7: Brazil's Little Flu. dissidentvoice.org In this episode of System Fail we look at the devastating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the people of Brazil. We also speak with Brazil-based anarchist Acácio Augusto, of the Universidade Federal de Sà£o Paulo (UNIFESP). This episode was co-produced with our comrades at Antimidia, and we're happy to be dropping it …

WSWS (2021-03-15). K-12 schools identified as largest source of COVID-19 infections in Illinois. wsws.org Reopened schools in Chicago and throughout the state are driving infections as officials and the unions work to get as many students as possible back into buildings for the fourth quarter term.

E Jamar (2021-03-15). Disabled People and COVID-19. progressive.org As the United States lifts COVID-19 restrictions, disabled people are reminded that the country views us as disposable.

WSWS (2021-03-15). COVID-19 concerns trigger Liberal Party wipeout in Western Australian election. wsws.org By proclaiming a "hard border" approach to try to isolate the state from the global pandemic, the Labor Party obtained a record electoral swing.

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2021-03-15). Video: Canadians Doctors Speak Out: Top Reasons Not to be Afraid of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "As Canadian medical doctors, we're gonna tell you what the best …

WSWS (2021-03-15). Canadian health officials shut Amazon warehouse after mass COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org The Heritage Road Fulfilment Centre is Amazon's largest warehouse in Canada, employing some 5,000 workers.

James Bovard (2021-03-15). Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy Around the World. globalresearch.ca While the number of fatalities attributed to Covid-19 is carefully tracked …

WSWS (2021-03-15). New York City moves to reopen high schools as dangerous COVID-19 variants spread. wsws.org Nearly a year after educators forced New York City public schools to close by threatening to conduct wildcat sickout strikes as the coronavirus began to spread, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is pressing to reopen the district's 488 high schools.

Staff (2021-03-15). Black Farmers Hail $5 Billion in COVID Relief to Redress Generations of Racism. truthout.org A major provision in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. The American Rescue Plan sets aside $10.4 billion for agriculture support, with about half of that amount set aside for farmers of color, and allocates extra federal funds to farmers who were "subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice bec…

Beth Geglia (2021-03-15). Cuba Working on a 'People's Vaccine': the US and the world should get behind it. counterpunch.org From my hospital bed, as the global emergency around me escalated, I witnessed how the Cuban government swiftly mobilized resources to protect its citizens from Covid-19: at-home testing for anyone with symptoms, door to door preventative education in the most vulnerable neighborhoods, and coordinated isolation when necessary. While deaths soared toward 100,000 in the U.S., Cuba was able to get the average daily Covid-19 related deaths close to zero for most of May-August.

Channel News Asia (2021-03-15). Netherlands Halts Use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The Netherlands will suspend the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine until …

Dr. Ronald B. Brown (2021-03-15). The Hidden Truth Behind the Too-Good-to-be True COVID-19 Vaccines: An Interview with Dr. Ronald B. Brown, PhD. globalresearch.ca "Draconian public health measures are imposed on society with little proof of effectiveness, and much proof of collateral damage, there is little debate covered in the commercial media about public health issues."

RT (2021-03-15). Zuckerberg unveils new Facebook feature aimed at helping people get their Covid vaccine. rt.com Facebook is rolling out a tool that will make it easier for people to find information about where and when they can receive a Covid-19 shot, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced, as the platform fights disinformation about the jab. | In a message posted to the social media platform, Zuckerberg said that Facebook was launching a feature that will show users places nearby that are offering the shot, and will also help them make an appointment for it. The tool, part of the platform's 'Covid Information Center,' could help "millions" of people make vaccination appointments, the CEO said. The tool will also be availa…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-15). Clinical trial of Iranian COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) — Clinical trials of the first Iranian corona vaccine, produced and manufactured by the domestic researchers at Execution of Imam Khomeini Order (EIKO), entitled COVIRAN Barekat" kicked off on Mon.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-15). Iranian COVID-19 vaccine starts clinical trial. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) — Phases two and three of clinical trials of the first Iranian corona vaccine, produced and manufactured by the domestic researchers at Execution of Imam Khomeini Order (EIKO), entitled COVO Iran Barakat" kicked off on Mon.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-15). Iran to kick off production of 3mn doses of COVIRAN. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) — Head of Execution of Imam Khomeini Order (EIKO) informed that Iran will start producing three million doses of its anti-Covid-19 vaccine, COVIRAN, today.

yenisafak (2021-03-15). AstraZeneca reiterates safety of vaccine amid concerns. yenisafak.com Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca issued a statement Sunday reiterating the safety of its COVID-19 vaccine based on scientific evidence amid concerns over reports of people developing blood clots after receiving it.The company said safety was of paramount importance for them and that they continually monitor the safety of the vaccine."A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the EU and UK with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gen…

yenisafak (2021-03-15). Somalia receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Somalia on Monday received the first shipment of 300,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the global COVAX initiative, the Health Ministry said.Somali Health Ministry Fawzia Abikar, other government officials and UN's especial envoy to Somalia James Swan were present at the airport to receive the shipment, said a ministry statement.According to the statement, the first shipment will target frontline workers, elderly and people with chronic health conditions."The arrival of the vaccine happens at a critical times as Somalia now experiencing a new wave of the pandemic. It can only be contained if all countr…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-15). US sanctions, COVID-19 pandemic to be over soon: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) — Iran Foreign Minister expressed hope that the COVID-19 pandemic and US sanctions will be over in near future.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-15). Iran COVID-19 update: 100 deaths, 7,980 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,980 COVID-19 infections and 100 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-15). All flights from Iraq suspended due to UK variant: CAO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) — Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAO) in a statement announced that all flights of Iranian and Iraqi airlines from Iraq were suspended for a period of one week effective as of Mar. 14 due to the UK COVID-19 variant.

Ali Harb (2021-03-15). US lawmakers urge Israel to vaccinate Palestinians as 'occupying entity'. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers urge Israel to vaccinate Palestinians as 'occupying entity' | Seventeen House members call for 'continued pressure' on Israel to meet its obligations under international law | Mon, 03/15/2021 – 19: 12 | Israeli helicopter carrying PM Benjamin Netanyahu flies over demonstrators in the Palestinian village of Susya in the occupied West Bank, 14 March (AFP) | Progressive members of the US Congress renewe…

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Brazilians protest against Covid-19 restrictions as cases pile up. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrations Sunday across Brazil against the restrictive measures imposed by the regional governments to arrest the worsening Covid-19 crisis in the second-worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters took to streets in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Belo Horizonte after …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). India adds over 26,000 new Covid-19 cases, highest daily in 3 months. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- India on Monday added 26,291 new Covid-19 infections, registering the highest single-day spike in almost three months in a country where the everyday number had seen a steep decline. The federal health ministry data said showed 118 new deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours from Sunday …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Manila completes a year in lockdown amid fresh surge in cases. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Manila on Monday completed one year in uninterrupted lockdown amid a worrying surge in Covid-19 cases across the Philippines, especially in the capital, despite having enforced some of the strictest and longest lockdown measures in the world. Exactly a year ago, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte ordered the land, air and sea …

Michelle Chen (2021-03-15). How Covid-19 Supercharged a Foster System Crisis. thenation.com How Covid-19 Supercharged a Foster System Crisis…

Staff (2021-03-15). Congress Urged to Stop Debt Collectors From Snatching Relief Checks. truthout.org Direct payments from the newly approved coronavirus relief package began landing in people's bank accounts with Unlike the Covid relief bi…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-03-15). CDC: 1,524 Dead 31,079 Injured Following Experimental COVID mRNA "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca The CDC added more data today into the Vaccine Adverse Event …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-03-15). Pakistanis Do Not Trust Western Vaccines — Why Should They? Experimental COVID "Vaccines" Unwelcome by Many in Pakistan. globalresearch.ca Ignorant, backwards, unscientific, religious fanatics: This is how the western corporate …

Children's Health Defense (2021-03-15). These 'Inactive' Ingredients in COVID Vaccines Could Trigger Allergic Reactions. globalresearch.ca COVID vaccine makers have not only introduced new primary ingredients to …

No Nukes Action (2021-03-15). No More Fukushimas! SF Speak Out On 10th Anniversary Of NUKE Melt-downs. indybay.org On the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns of three reactors a rally was held at the San Francisco Japanese consulate. Speakers reported on the conditions of the people of Fukushima and the continued Japanese government Suga administration plans to open up more reactors and also hold the Olympics in the midst of the Covid pandemic.

John Nichols (2021-03-15). Massachusetts's Governor Is Playing an Ugly Game of Covid Politics With Teachers' Lives. thenation.com Massachusetts's Governor Is Playing an Ugly Game of Covid Politics With Teachers' Lives…

Robert Reich (2021-03-15). 278 GOP Lawmakers Voted for Trump Tax Scam, But 0 Voted for Covid Relief. commondreams.org The political lesson is that today's Democrats can gain political majorities by raising the wages of both middle class and poor voters, while fighting Republican efforts to suppress the votes of likely Democrats. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/helping.jpg

OtherWords (2021-03-15). Biden's Relief Package Is a Huge Victory for Workers. juancole.com By Rebekah Entralgo | — ( Otherwords.org ) — President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is more than just a response to the coronavirus. It's also one of the largest anti-poverty measures in U.S. history. Provisions in the package, like expanding the Child Tax Credit alone, will bring nearly 4 million kids out …

WSWS (2021-03-15). Coronavirus pandemic resurges throughout the world. wsws.org The ongoing reopenings in the United States and around the world are setting the stage for even greater heights of mass death.

Staff (2021-03-15). "Huge Victory": Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism. democracynow.org A major provision in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. The American Rescue Plan sets aside $10.4 billion for agriculture support, with about half of that amount set aside for farmers of color, and allocates extra federal funds to farmers who were "subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group." The U.S. Department of Agriculture has faced accusations of racism for dec…

WSWS (2021-03-15). Wages and benefits for low-wage workers have fallen in Alabama during coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org A study by the Adelante Alabama Worker Center (AAWC) brings to light the devasting impact which the coronavirus pandemic has had on low-wage workers in the state's largest city—a glimpse into what millions of workers in the United States, and billions internationally, are facing.

WSWS (2021-03-15). Germany: Open schools, day-care centres and businesses increase risk of new coronavirus variants. wsws.org New daily coronavirus infections are rising steadily again in Germany, as well as in France, Poland, Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Previously, the numbers of infections and deaths had fallen to a level corresponding to the peak of the first wave.

yenisafak (2021-03-15). Turkey to accept tourists based on vaccination, cases. yenisafak.com Before accepting tourists from a country, Turkey will take the daily coronavirus case tally into account along with the national vaccination program in place, the culture and tourism minister said Monday.Speaking to BBC One ahead of the tourism season, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said Turkey will demand a negative PCR test from tourists who enter Turkey until April 15.The practice will be re-evaluated with Turkey's Health Ministry after April 15."We will look at the number of cases [in the countries] after April 15. If there is a decrease in the number of cases, we will not request negative PCR tests from people of those c…

yenisafak (2021-03-15). Turkey's exports of medical product double in 2020. yenisafak.com Turkey's exports of medical products doubled in 2020 compared to the previous year amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) said on Tuesday.In a statement, the assembly said the exports increased by 8 billion to reach $5 billion last year.As the demand for Turkish medical products increases each year, the country's exports of disinfectants jumped 2,115% to $243 million in 2020, the statement said.The country's ventilator exports surged 195% to $48 million during the same period, it added.Commenting on the figure, TIM head Ismail Gulle said Turkey has proved to the world that the country…

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Most of Italy under lockdown again as cases surge. laprensalatina.com Rome, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Almost a year after the first nationwide coronavirus shutdown was announced in Italy, most of the country is again under strict lockdown from Monday until at least April 7, after Easter. People are only allowed to leave home for essential reasons or for work, while 80 percent of students must do …

WSWS (2021-03-15). Build rank-and-file committees to stop the drive to reopen schools across the West Coast! wsws.org Despite the claims of Democratic Party politicians and teachers unions across California, Oregon and Washington, there is no safe return to in-person instruction during a pandemic.

Staff (2021-03-15). CDC Insisted Surgical Masks Were Enough. Caregivers of Color Suffered Most. truthout.org This story also ran on Since the start of the pandemic, the most terrifying task in health care was thought to be when a doctor put a breathing tube down the trachea of a crit…

_____ (2021-03-15). Cuba Working on a 'People's Vaccine': the U.S. and the World Should Get Behind It. strategic-culture.org Cuba is now poised to play an important role in global efforts to curb the pandemic. New variants in South Africa and Brazil, all with yet unknown implications for vaccine effectiveness, have shown us that any effort to achieve herd immunity is only as good as it is accessible equitably across the globe. Yet, as predicted, the global north is outpacing the global south dramatically in vaccination.

Ken Bank (2021-03-15). Tuberculosis, Income Inequality And The Great Depression. zcomm.org Like most pandemics throughout history, poor people and minorities are most at risk…

Omar Ocampo (2021-03-15). Pandemic Profiteer Parade. zcomm.org For-profit hospital billionaire owners see wealth increase by $8.1 billion since March 2020…