Daily Archives: March 17, 2021

2021-03-17: News Headlines

AARON (2021-03-17). Medicare for All Would Have Prevented Hundreds of Thousands of COVID-19 Deaths. peoplesparty.org (As seen on

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-03-17). Protests demanding resignation of Paraguayan president and his cabinet continue. peoplesdispatch.org Since March 5, thousands of Paraguayans have been mobilizing in different cities of the country in rejection of the national government's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the deepening of economic crisis and social inequality…

UNICEF (2021-03-17). COVID-19 and Girls' Education in East Asia and Pacific. asia-pacificresearch.com

RT (2021-03-17). CNN ripped for article admitting anti-lockdown Florida is 'booming' but implying Gov. DeSantis shouldn't be 'taking credit'. rt.com Critics are accusing CNN of playing politics and spinning the success of 'booming' Florida, which defied typical Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, as having nothing to do with Gov. Ron DeSantis. | "Everyone told me I was wrong," DeSantis said this week at a fundraiser about pandemic lockdowns. "I faced continued pressure from radical Democrats and the liberal media, but I refused to back down. It's clear: Florida got it right." | While many states are just beginning the process of reopening businesses and rolling back pandemic-era restrictions, Florida has been open for the better part of the last year — an…

MEE staff (2021-03-17). Covid-19 and Ramadan: UAE issues strict social measures. middleeasteye.net Covid-19 and Ramadan: UAE issues strict social measures | UAE said residents and citizens must avoid evening gatherings and the exchanging of food to break the fast, except for members of the same household | Wed, 03/17/2021 – 12: 17 | A man registers before receiving a Covid-19 vaccine at the Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE, 3 February 2021 (AFP) | The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday introduced a nu…

MEE staff (2021-03-17). Covid-19: West Bank receives first Covax vaccine doses. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: West Bank receives first Covax vaccine doses | World Health Organisation's vaccine-sharing initiative adds 62,000 doses to the occupied West Bank's struggling inoculation programme | Wed, 03/17/2021 – 18: 00 | A worker unloads a refrigerated truck carrying the first Covax delivery to a Palestinian Authority storage facility in the West Bank city of Nablus on 17 March (AFP) | The Palestinian Authority…

news.un (2021-03-17). Health experts give green light to Janssen COVID jab, allay clotting concerns. news.un.org The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was publicly approved for international use on Wednesday by UN health agency expert advisory board, SAGE, which allayed concerns over clotting events being associated by some countries, without definitive evidence, with coronavirus jabs.

news.un (2021-03-17). South Asia: Sharp rise in child and maternal deaths due to COVID-19. news.un.org Severe disruptions in health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have resulted in an additional 239,000 child and maternal deaths in South Asia last year, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-03-17). South Asia: Sharp rise in child, maternal deaths due to COVID-19-induced disruptions. news.un.org Severe disruptions in health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have resulted in an additional 239,000 child and maternal deaths in South Asia last year, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday.

_____ (2021-03-17). The EU's Vaccination Lag. strategic-culture.org By Kenneth SURIN | The advanced industrial countries are now inoculating their populations with the Covid-19 vaccines. A

_____ (2021-03-17). Philosopher David Hume Comes to the Rescue of the Pharmacological Lobby. strategic-culture.org Western pharmaceutical conglomerates have resorted to a bold denialist narrative that should make most contemporary "genocide deniers" blush Stephen Karganovic writes. | The remarkable disappearance of the common cold is by far not the only oddity of the ongoing Covid-19 operation. In the face of massive, global evidence of death and harm that have apparently resulted from exposure to hastily marketed and properly untested Covid-19 vaccines, Western pharmaceutical conglomerates have resorted to a bold denialist narrative that should make most contemporary "genocide deniers" blush. Looking the public straight in t…

The Canary (2021-03-17). Richard Burgon MP demands PM admits "deadly consequences" of his Covid dithering. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has said he is "deeply, deeply sorry" for the loss of lives in the past 12 months due to coronavirus (Covid-19). | The death toll: | The prime minister faced calls to "apologise" for the UK's death toll a year on from the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. On 17 March, Labour's Richard Burgon aid Johnson should "hold up his hands" to the fact he has overseen a death toll "six times higher" than the 20,000 figure which was considered "a good outcome" one year ago. | Johnson said he takes "full responsibility" for the government's actions in the past year during the pandemic and that "the…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-17). Iran COVID-19 update: 65 deaths, 7,802 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 17 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,802 COVID-19 infections and 65 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

yenisafak (2021-03-17). Vaccine campaign to accelerate: Italy's health minister. yenisafak.com Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Wednesday that the country's COVID-19 vaccination campaign will move forward at full speed, as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to give its backing to AstraZeneca's vaccine.Italy, along with many other European countries, has temporarily suspended the use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, pending a renewed backing from the EMA, amid fears of possible links with cases of blood clots."The Italian government considers vaccines key to bringing this period to an end," Speranza said at a joint session of the Lower House and Senate's social affairs commi…

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Indian PM warns of second Covid wave, calls for quick control. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for putting an early stop to the "emerging second wave" of Covid-19 in the country as the country registered its highest daily caseload of this year. "We will have to immediately stop the emerging second wave of corona and for this, we …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Spain imposes new restrictions to avoid holiday spike in Covid-19 cases. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Spain on Wednesday started imposing strict limitations on travel in most of the country to avoid a surge in coronavirus cases. Restrictions are also expected to be implemented across the country during Holy Week next month. The regions of Madrid, Valencia, the Basque Country, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarra and Galicia have imposed …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Inmates in Uruguay's toughest prison volunteer for Covid-19 shot. laprensalatina.com By Federico Anfitti Montevideo, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The biggest troublemakers in Uruguay's most violent prison lined up on Wednesday to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Dubbed "kamikaze kids" by the guards, the young toughs — many of them serving time for relatively minor offenses — endure subhuman conditions at the rat-infested Santiago Vazquez penitentiary on the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). IDB chief: Latin America at crossroads due to pandemic. laprensalatina.com Barranquilla, Colombia, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Latin America and the Caribbean are at a crossroads as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and the only way forward is to pursue "a sustainable recovery," the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Mauricio Claver-Carone, said Wednesday at the opening of the annual meeting of the boards of governors …

Betsey Piette (2021-03-17). 'The only acceptable treatment for Mumia Abu-Jamal is his freedom!'. workers.org Organized in less than 24 hours, around 50 supporters of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal rallied outside Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's office March 12. They demanded Krasner immediately release 66-year-old Abu-Jamal, who has tested positive for COVID-19. At a protest outside DA Larry Krasner's office, Pam Africa compares photos of . . . |

Anand Naidoo (2021-03-17). The Heat: COVID-19 in Brazil. america.cgtn.com Brazil is fighting to control a devastating COVID-19 outbreak while it tries to save its economy.

Kenneth Surin (2021-03-17). The EU's Vaccination Lag. counterpunch.org The advanced industrial countries are now inoculating their populations with the Covid-19 vaccines. A Vaccine Tracker provided by Bloomberg indicates that of the following three countries, the UK's rollout has been the most effective (36.03 doses per 100 people), followed by the US at 28.83 doses per 100 people (as one would expect, the US's individual state variation is considerable—extending from North Dakota (36.84) to Georgia at 13.4), while the EU is far behind at 10.64 doses per 100 people.

_____ (2021-03-17). We Already Knew Broadband Should Be A Public Utility. popularresistance.org Broadband allows people to participate in the digital world, which encompasses our daily lives. It connects people with their families and friends, news on what is happening in the country and abroad, and gives access to an unlimited amount of important information and resources. During the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband has been critical in supporting online school and work, access to healthcare and medical information, and even vaccine distribution. Eighty-seven percent of people reported that the internet has been important to them during the outbreak, and fifty-three percent of people reported that broadband is…

_____ (2021-03-17). Vaccine Diplomacy Is Paying Off For China. popularresistance.org Vaccines have had a place in diplomacy since the Cold War era. The country that can manufacture and distribute lifesaving injections to others less fortunate sees a return on its investment in the form of soft power: prestige, goodwill, perhaps a degree of indebtedness, even awe. Today the country moving fastest toward consolidating these gains may be China, under President Xi Jinping, who proclaimed last May that Chinese-made vaccines against COVID-19 would become a "global public good." Since that time, top officials have promised many developing countries priority access to Chinese vaccines, and the Chinese Fo…

Staff (2021-03-17). Headlines for March 17, 2021. democracynow.org Gunman Kills 8 People, Almost All Women of Asian Descent, at Three Atlanta Spas, Report Finds a Third of COVID Deaths Tied to Lack of Insurance as Dems Reintroduce Medicare for All, WH to Increase Vaccines for COVID Hot Spots; Tribal Groups Open Up Inoculations for All Oklahomans, WHO Urges Against "Vaccine Passports" Due to Widespread Inequality in Access, New Report Details Horrific Blaze That Killed Dozens of Refugees at Yemeni Migrant Jail, Colombian Journalist Accuses Paramilitaries of Rape, Torture in Testimony to Inter-American Court, U.K. Lifts Cap on Nuclear Arsenal as U.S. Considers Plan for $100 Billio…

Asam Ahmad (2021-03-17). Awaiting a Second Spring, and the Growth of Living Things. thenation.com Awaiting a Second Spring, and the Growth of Living Things…

MEE staff (2021-03-17). Nepal probes Bahraini prince's 'gift' of 2,000 vaccines to Himalayan village. middleeasteye.net Nepal probes Bahraini prince's 'gift' of 2,000 vaccines to Himalayan village | Nepal's medicines regulator said vaccine doses were brought into the country without a licence or prior knowledge of the health ministry | Wed, 03/17/2021 – 19: 32 | Sheikh Mohamed Hamad Mohamed al-Khalifa (second right) poses for pictures upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (AFP) | An investigation has bee…

Peter Koenig (2021-03-17). COVID — Bioethics, Eugenics and "Death Panels": "A Warning" globalresearch.ca "There is a plot in this country to enslave every man, …

Zach Conti (2021-03-17). Treasury Secretary Yellen and Religious Leaders Hold Historic Meeting on COVID Response. indybay.org Debt Relief, Transparency, Climate, Aid, Puerto Rico, SDR Reserves and Bankruptcy Discussed…

Hadas Thier (2021-03-17). Joe Biden's COVID Relief Bill is Rightfully Bringing Back Government Handouts. zcomm.org The bill will make a substantial difference in people's lives — and in the process create fertile terrain for the Left to organize…

Jake Johnson (2021-03-17). Medicare for All Would Have Prevented Hundreds of Thousands of Covid Deaths. zcomm.org We need to be prepared for the next pandemic, and we can't be under the current for-profit system…

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Brazil banking on vaccination to control Covid pandemic in 2nd quarter. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Brazil, the current world epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is banking on increasing its vaccination campaign to control the spread of the virus in the second quarter of this year after having achieved more stable vaccine production, the incoming and outgoing health ministers both said on Wednesday. One day …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Controversy in Nepal over Covid vaccines 'smuggled' in by Bahrain prince. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The second mountaineering expedition in Nepal by the prince of Bahrain has become mired in a controversy after it became known that the group brought a shipment of 2,000 anti-Covid vaccines for donation onboard their private jet without the approval of Nepali health authorities. "We deployed a team of drug inspectors …

Dean Baker (2021-03-17). Thomas Cueni, Director General of the International Pharma Trade Association, Calls Bill Gates a Moron. cepr.net Okay, those were not exactly Mr. Cueni's words, and they weren't specifically directed at Bill Gates, but that is the gist of an assertion that Cueni made about the international effort to vaccinate the world against the Coronavirus. In a debate last week, Cueni asserted that at a conference held this month, everyone agreed that …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-17). OSHA targets coronavirus inspections to health care, meatpacking firms. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Carrying out Democratic President Joe Biden's executive order, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's inspectors will put health care firms—including hospitals and nursing homes—and meat and poultry packers at the top of its inspections and enforcement list in the war against the coronavirus. It's especially going to focus its ire on employers who retaliate against …

Tau Battice (2021-03-17). Harlem in the Time of Corona. thenation.com Harlem in the Time of Corona…

Staff (2021-03-17). Spain Plans to Begin Experimenting With a Four-Day Workweek. truthout.org As the coronavirus pandemic changes the way societies around the world view work, Spain has announced it will begin a limited trial of a four-day workweek in a bid to boost productivity, mental health, and the environment. | The Guardian

Johanna Kichton (2021-03-17). People's Action Endorses Reps. Jayapal and Dingell Medicare for All Reintroduction in House. peoplesaction.org As Nation Looks Towards Post-Pandemic Future, Medicare for All Offers Transformative Solution to Global Health Crisis Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today endorsed the reintroduction of Medicare for All by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., in the House of Representatives. People's Action member organizations helped secure original congressional cosponsors and secured the inclusion …

Howard Lisnoff (2021-03-17). Too Personal a Tale. counterpunch.org Sometime early during the first year of the closing of the society because of the pandemic, I began to have occasional anxiety attacks. The episodes would come sometime after sunset and most typically late at night when everything was quiet, and I had the chance to consider the insanity of what was going on around

Amy Goodman (2021-03-17). Jackson mayor demands help After month-long water crisis amid pandemic, racism, broken infrastructure. nationofchange.org The crisis in Jackson, which is 82 percent Black, highlights how climate catastrophe threatens much of the nation's aging infrastructure.

WSWS (2021-03-17). European Medicines Agency continues to endorse the safety of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. wsws.org A succession of European countries have suspended their vaccination programs pending further investigation into concerns over blood clots developing in people recently vaccinated with AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine.

Middle East Monitor (2021-03-17). Amid Global Pandemic, Recession, Israel still Keeps Palestinians of Gaza under Siege. juancole.com By Maher Al-Tabba | — (Middle East Monitor ) — The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continue to suffer from the Israeli-led blockade imposed since 2007. Add to this Israel's military offensives and frequent incursions and it is easy to see why the economic crisis is acute. The destruction of the infrastructure has affected all …

Joel Wendland-Liu (2021-03-17). 'Making it' in America as pure fantasy: Ayad Akhtar's 'Homeland Elegies: A Novel'. peoplesworld.org The book jacket describes Homeland Elegies as "art family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel." The decision to confuse these genres is both tantalizing and frustrating. Its subtitle identifies it as "a novel." This pre-pandemic text refers often to real-life events, such as to his own plays and to main actors in those plays …

Staff (2021-03-17). Jackson Mayor Demands Help After Month-Long Water Crisis Amid Pandemic, Racism, Broken Infrastructure. democracynow.org Residents in Jackson, Mississippi, have been facing a water crisis over the last five weeks, with many people lacking reliable access to clean drinking water after deadly February winter storms caused pipes and water mains to burst. While water delivery has largely been restored, "boil water" orders remain in effect for most people. The city estimates it could cost $2 billion to fix the city's water system. The crisis in Jackson, which is 82% Black, highlights how climate catastrophe threatens much of the nation's aging infrastructure. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says while the city "contributes millions of dollar…

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). National Gallery of Art celebrates 80th anniversary, closed by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Alfonso Fernandez Washington, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Eight decades ago, while World War II was ravaging Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the dedication speech for the National Gallery of Art, which he called a "gift to the nation" that would enable the public permanently to view in Washington master works of art. Among the …

Guest Contributor (2021-03-17). Pandemic NHS workers should be granted indefinite leave to remain — Aaron Gates-Lincoln. ukhumanrightsblog.com Migrant workers have been essential to the operations of the NHS ever since its inception in 1948. Over the decades, many programmes have been used to encourage and find overseas workers and help them migrate to the UK to be employed in the healthcare system, demonstrating our governments acknowledgment of how important they are. As …

Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche (2021-03-17). Video: Mass Vaccination in a Pandemic: Benefits versus Risks: Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche. globalresearch.ca Geert Vanden Bossche PhD, is an internationally recognised vaccine developer …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Palestine receives 1st batch of vaccines through WHO's Covax scheme. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The Palestinian territories on Wednesday received the first batch of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines through the World Health Organization's Covax mechanism. The Palestinian National Authority received over 60,000 doses, a third of which will be transferred to the Gaza Strip, an Israeli security source, which will coordinate the delivery to …

Eds. (2021-03-17). Washington pressured Brazil not to buy 'malign' Russian vaccine. mronline.org MR Online

Editor (2021-03-17). Ralph Nader: Democrats Are Betraying Voters on Medicare. scheerpost.com ufcw770 / CC BY 2.0] By Ralph Nader Do you remember the promises made by the Democratic Party's presidential and Congressional candidates on universal health insurance? You can forget their pledges and somber convictions now that your votes put the Democrats in charge of the House and the Senate. The Democrats' leaders are abandoning their promises and retreating into a cowardly corporatist future. |

G. Dunkel (2021-03-17). Greek unions say 'No!' to police violence. workers.org The banner of the Federation of Construction Workers (member of the All Workers Militant Front — PAME) at an anti-police violence march in Greece, March 9. Behind the union banner of the Federation of Construction Workers of Greece bearing the slogan "Money for health and education! No to repression and . . . |