2021-04-01: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-04-01). France Imposes Partial Lockdown To Halt COVID-19 Resurgence. telesurenglish.net To slow down the coronavirus spread, schools in France will be closed for three weeks and restriction on people's movement will be extended to the whole territory, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday evening. | RELATED: | Starting from Monday, students, except the children of medics, will move to remote learning for one week before going on a two-week holiday. Thereafter, the country's nurseries and primary schools will…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Piñera's Elections-Postponement Maneuver Passes in Lower House of Parliament 'Due to Coronavirus'. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, March 31, the Chamber of Deputies of the Chilean Congress approved the constitutional reform presented by President Sebastián Piñera to postpone until May 15 and 16 the elections scheduled for April 10 and 11 in the South American country," due to the Covid-19 pandemic." | In those elections the new governors, mayors and councilors of the country will be elected, as well as the members of the Constitutional Assembly, who will be in responsible for drafting the new Constitution of the country, reported RT. | In case a second round is necessary in the elections of governors, the approved initiative…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Canadian Solidarity Network Sends 2 Million Syringes to Cuba. telesurenglish.net This initiative is part of the Network's campaign on January 8 to raise funds in Canada to send a donation of much-needed medical supplies to Cuba. | RELATED: | In announcing this new action in solidarity with the Cuban people, the Network recognized the relevant achievements made by Cuba in the area of health and its contributions to other nations, even at a time when Cuba is facing a double pandemic: COVID-19 an…

WSWS (2021-04-01). Macron rejects calls for strict lockdown as COVID-19 surges in France. wsws.org In a prime-time speech, President Emmanuel Macron rejected medical authorities' urgent pleas for a strict lockdown to keep hospitals from being totally swamped.

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-04-01). A Strong Economy Needs Strong Care Workers. counterpunch.org The pandemic has dramatically exposed the vital role that care workers play in our society. As child care centers and schools closed and nursing homes became COVID-19 hotspots, families have strained to juggle work and other responsibilities while taking care of loved ones. But the labor of caregiving — as essential as it is —

teleSUR (2021-04-01). COVID-19 Surge Forces Chile To Close Its Borders in April. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris announced new COVID-19 restrictions due to the resurgence of the pandemic. | RELATED: | On Thursday, he reported 7,830 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of new infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. Measures to curb the spread of the virus include a border closure during April. Permits to enter and depart will only be issued for humanitarian emergencies. | The curfew will now…

WSWS (2021-04-01). COVID-19 pandemic triggers social, economic devastation among Canada's cultural workers. wsws.org A survey of the performing arts found that 83 percent of workers reported that their income had been "severely reduced" by the pandemic, with 32 percent saying they were "extremely stressed, to the point of losing sleep."

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-04-01). México — De antígenos, vacaciones y pronósticos. globalizacion.ca Seis semanas de baja en las tendencias en todos los renglones que se miden desde hace un año en relación al SARS-CoV-2, virus que genera la enfermedad covid-19, pero dentro de la llamada segunda ola aunque algunos países se encuentran…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). OPEC Agrees To Cautiously Increase Crude Oil Production. telesurenglish.net The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Thursday to restore the production of over 2 million barrels per day from May to July, as part of a strategy to recover the industry amid the COVID-199 pandemic. | RELATED: | The OPEC had reduced the number of barrels per day last year, attempting to control prices. On Thursday, the fifth ministerial meeting of the OPEC – NON-OPEC group took place virtually as the organization has urged members t…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-01). Part II, PW special: Agency probe reveals OSHA hamstrung vs. virus. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It may be no great surprise, especially to unions in the front lines of defending workers against the ravages of the coronavirus, but a comprehensive report by the Labor Department's own Inspector General reveals the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was hamstrung in the fight against the plague. And while Carolyn Hantz, the Deputy Inspector …

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-04-01). Justice bills progressing in California legislature. peoplesworld.org Coursing their way through the California legislature's committee process are a number of measures aimed at improving the state's handling of justice issues — some introduced in the current session and others reintroduced after they were trapped in last year's COVID-related end-of-session logjam. Among new measures is Senate Bill 271, the Sheriff Democracy and Diversity …

Megan Redshaw (2021-04-01). 'Breaking Through' — States Report Growing Number of COVID Cases Among Fully Vaccinated. globalresearch.ca The Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

WSWS (2021-04-01). German chancellor Angela Merkel: Economic interests take precedence over lives. wsws.org Chancellor Angela Merkel's appearance on the "Anne Will" television talk show confirmed that the only solution to the Corona crisis is the mobilisation of broad layers of the working class.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-01). Big changes needed to bring kicked-out women back to work. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Big changes, in financing, social programs, and male-centered attitudes towards work and its worth, are needed to bring the millions of working women whom coronavirus-caused closures kicked out of their jobs back into the labor force. Three panelists drew that conclusion at a March 31 seminar hosted by the National Press Foundation, a D.C.-based think …

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Peru Saw Last Presidential Debate Ahead of April 11 Elections. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) Wednesday concluded the last presidential debate, an event in which six candidates presented their promises to tackle the pandemic and corruption. | RELATED: | The debate was attended by Rafael Lopez(Popular Renovation), Yonhy Lescano (Popular Action), Julio Guzman (Purple Party), Daniel Salaverry (We Are Peru), Rafael Santos (Safe Homeland), and Ciro Galvez (United National Rebi…

Reynard Loki (2021-04-01). Live animal markets should be closed to prevent the next pandemic. nationofchange.org Wet markets are perfect breeding grounds for pathogens that can jump from animals to humans.

Ashley Curtin (2021-04-01). LA lays out detailed paths to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045. nationofchange.org LA100 helped LA set ambitious goals to transform it's electricity supply and electrify the buildings and transportation sectors to "combat climate change while capturing health and economic benefits."

Sonja Scherndl (2021-04-01). Let's End the Insanity of Colossal Military Spending During a Global Health Emergency. globalresearch.ca If nations had a referendum, asking the public if they want …

Guido Risso (2021-04-01). Vacunas: øUn bien de la Humanidad o un negocio de los grandes laboratorios? globalizacion.ca Pandemia, millones de vidas arrasadas, familias destruidas y la vacuna es un negocio de los grandes laboratorios. El constitucionalismo moderno, los derechos humanos y las democracias crujen ante esta situación. Es moralmente inadmisible que, en medio de una crisis sanitaria…

Staff (2021-04-01). Brazil in Crisis: COVID Deaths Soar & Hospitals Overflow Amid Unprecedented Political Upheaval. democracynow.org Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neurobiology at Duke University and former coordinator of the largest scientific COVID-19 task force in Brazil, says Bolsonaro "has played on the side of the virus" by opposing any efforts to control the outbreak. "Since the beginning, he downplayed…

Staff (2021-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2021. democracynow.org Witness in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Breaks Down After Viewing Footage of George Floyd's Killing, Four Killed as Gunman Opens Fire on Office Complex in Orange County, California, Biden Defends Infrastructure Plan as Progressives Push for $10 Trillion to Fight Climate Crisis, Wisconsin Supreme Court Voids Governor's Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Rise Across U.S., Brazil's Cemeteries Hold Nighttime Funerals as COVID-19 Deaths Reach New Highs, Yemen Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments as Doctors Report Surge in Cases, Global Deforestation Increased by 12% in 2020 with Amazon Most Severely Affected, U.S. Cour…

Eleanor Bader (2021-04-01). Colleges Are Using COVID as a Pretext to Make Draconian Cuts to the Humanities. zcomm.org It seems like the height of capitalist exploitation to make precarious workers more precarious and assuming they'll be willing to do just about anything to keep their jobs…

Sky Palma (2021-04-01). Sarah Palin has "bizarre" symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19. salon.com "My case is perhaps one of those that proves anyone can catch this," Palin says…

D. Watkins (2021-04-01). From "Soul Train" to Don Shirley, new book celebrates the history of Black performance in America. salon.com Author Hanif Abdurraqib appeared on "Salon Talks" to discuss Black artistry, playing Spades & his COVID sneakers…

Jorge Eduardo Navarrete (2021-04-01). Pandemia: Un año en un día. globalizacion.ca Ha transcurrido ya algo más de un año desde que la pandemia ha ocupado el centro de la atención y la preocupación mundiales. Es ya evidente que se ha constituido en el hecho dominante del primer cuarto del siglo y…

RT (2021-04-01). Delays in deliveries of Indian-made AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine could be 'catastrophic', African Union's health boss warns. rt.com India's decision to postpone major exports of locally made AstraZeneca jab could have a "catastrophic" impact on Africa, a top health official has warned, expressing hope the delays won't turn into a permanent ban. | Speaking during a press conference in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, the chief of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, raised concerns over the delays. | Insufficient deliveries of AstraZeneca's jab, produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII), are expected to disrupt the African Union's (AU) vaccination plans, the official said. While the AU has…

Global Research News (2021-04-01). Selected Articles: "Defender-Europe": US Army Arrives. globalresearch.ca By Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-Covid lockdown: in fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the US Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, …

Chuck Collins, Omar Ocampo (2021-04-01). Global Billionaire Wealth Increases to $4 Trillion During Pandemic. commondreams.org The cost of vaccinating the world is estimated at $141.2 billion. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/spacex.jpg

commondreams (2021-04-01). Millionaires Call for Wealth Taxes as Wealth of World's Billionaires Surges $4 trillion in Pandemic Year. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Adam Parsons, Sonja Scherndl (2021-04-01). It's Time to End the Insanity of Colossal Military Spending and Reallocate Funds to Basic Economic and Social Needs. commondreams.org Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/lineforfood_1.jpg

_____ (2021-04-01). UK's Vaccine Rollout Is A Reminder That We Need Universal Healthcare. popularresistance.org London – Dr. John Lister watched in horror as the United Kingdom's Covid-19 mortality rate climbed above 1 per 1,000, one of the highest death rates in the world since the start of the pandemic. So, when the 71-year-old Briton was informed he would receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in late January, he could hardly contain himself. | "It was a great moment of excitement when I got the notification," Lister tells In These Times. | Lister, a health policy expert and associate professor at Coventry University, was one of 15 million people in the United Kingdom to receive a Covid-19 vaccine before February 15, th…

RT (2021-04-01). WHO criticizes Europe for 'unacceptably slow' rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and 'prolonging the pandemic'. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled Europe's rollout of Covid-19 vaccines as "unacceptably slow," warning delays are "prolonging the pandemic" and described a surge in new infections in the region as "worrying." | The WHO statement from its top leadership in Europe on Thursday came after most countries reported increased coronavirus cases and deaths over the past seven days. Last week, Europe recorded 1.6 million new Covid-19 infections and close to 24,000 deaths. It is the world's second-worst affected region with nearly 1 million deaths and 45 million infections since the pandemic began. | "Vacci…

RT (2021-04-01). Pfizer says new trial data shows Covid vaccine 'highly effective' against South African strain. rt.com Pfizer and BioNTech stated on Thursday that their jointly developed Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective in combating the South African variant of the virus, according to the company's latest phase-three trial data. | Pfizer released a statement declaring that new data from South Africa indicated "vaccine efficacy of 100%" despite the prevalence of the fast-spreading B.1.351 variant. | The findings from the phase-three trial come as countries worry about the effectiveness of existing vaccines against new, more transmissible variants of coronavirus, with concerns about how to fully control the disease as it con…

RT (2021-04-01). Fewer than 1 in 5 Britons with coronavirus symptoms gets tested and only 2 in 5 isolates, study finds. rt.com Only half of Britons know the main symptoms of Covid-19, and most don't get tested or self-isolate, a new study has shown, raising questions about the UK's Test and Trace system and placing emergence from the pandemic at risk. | The large Rese…

RT (2021-04-01). China's CanSinoBIO says its vaccine may be less effective over time, but 'booster shot' improves its efficacy to over 90%. rt.com A single-shot Covid-19 vaccine by CanSino Biologics has shown a decrease in efficacy over time, the manufacturer has said. Getting a "booster shot" six months after the first jab, however, propels its efficacy to over 90%. | The Chinese vaccine manufacturer CanSinoBIO provided an update on its vaccine during an online presentation late on Wednesday. Its chief scientific officer, Zhu Tao, said receiving a second jab of the vaccine six months after being inoculated with the single-shot solution had shown promising results during tests. | "A booster shot six months later led to a seven-times to 10-times increase…

RT (2021-04-01). Facebook disinformation 'biggest challenge' to tackling Covid-19 — Papua New Guinea minister. rt.com Papua New Guinea's health minister, Jelta Wong, criticized Facebook on Thursday, claiming the spread of disinformation on the site poses the "biggest challenge" to tackling rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. | Speaking at an online event on Thursday, Wong declared that "Facebook is our biggest conspiracy theorist platform", and called for the company to "take responsibility for this and stop it." | Specifically, the health minister cited how "dangerous" posts, such as 'anti-vax' conspiracy theories, were hurting the nation's vaccine rollout and discouraging individuals from getting tested for the virus,…

RT (2021-04-01). 'Clock ticking': WHO chief urges 'enlightened world leaders' to step up and donate crucial Covid vaccine doses to poorer nations. rt.com The COVAX program to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are distributed fairly among poorer nations is facing a serious shortfall, the World Health Organization chief has said, after he urged countries to hand over millions more doses. | "The clock is still ticking on vaccine equity," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing on Thursday, as he revealed the pressure on COVAX to meet its immunization targets. | A "serious challenge" remains for vaccine equity and availability, he said, despite some 35 billion doses having been delivered to more than 78 countries through the WHO-backed COVA…

RT (2021-04-01). Russian diplomats reveal 'acute shortage' of essentials in North Korea caused by Covid-19 restrictions, embassies almost empty. rt.com Diplomats serving in North Korea are enduring a shortage of goods and a lack of medicine, as restrictions to battle the Covid-19 pandemic have caused the already-secretive country to isolate itself even more than before. | Writing on Facebook, the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang revealed that 38 foreign nationals have recently left their diplomatic missions in the country, with representatives from the likes of the UK, Brazil, and Germany also flying home. | "The exodus of foreigners will continue," an embassy statement read. "There are now hardly any foreigners left — fewer than 290 in all. One can understa…

RT (2021-04-01). Pakistan U-turns on resuming trade with India, says New Delhi must restore special status of disputed Kashmir first. rt.com The decision to allow imports of sugar, cotton and wheat from India, seen as a sign of thawing in relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, has been deferred by Pakistan and tied to the status of the disputed Kashmir region. | Just a day earlier, the Pakistani government's economic committee had said that limited imports of cheaper items from India would be approved in a bid to tackle high inflation and shortages of some essential goods amid the harsh economic climate sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic. | Islamabad suspended trade and diplomatic ties with India in 2019 in response to New Delhi's move to revoke…

RT (2021-04-01). Only those with Covid vaccine passport will be able to return to their 'daily lives', South Korean PM says. rt.com Seoul has announced it will issue digital certificates verifying a person's Covid-19 vaccination status, becoming the latest nation to adopt the controversial measure as a means to reopen cross-border travel. | South Korea will roll out a smartphone application this month that will be able to show whether someone has been administered the jab, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Thursday. The system will use blockchain technology to guard against potential identity theft. | "The introduction of a vaccine passport or 'Green Pass' will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery to the…

RT (2021-04-01). German care association calls for urgent Covid-19 lockdown as country risks running out of ICU beds. rt.com The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) has called on the government to urgently implement a two-week Covid-19 lockdown, as the country's health systems risk hitting capacity. | Speaking to the Rheinische Post, the scientific head of the DIVI, Christian Karagiannidis, warned that if the current rate of admission to intensive care units continues, Germany "will reach the regular capacity limit in less than four weeks." | We are not overexaggerating. Our warnings are driven by the figures. | Alongside the DIVI's demand for at least a two-week lockdown, Karagianni…

RT (2021-04-01). Optimistic health minister says France may reach Covid peak in '7 to 10 days,' as PM warns third wave is 'hitting us hard'. rt.com France's health minister has registered his optimism that the country will reach the peak of the epidemic within 10 days and that things will look a lot better in May, but the PM's assessment remains grim. | Speaking on Thursday to France Inter radio, Minister of Health Olivier Véran said he was confident that the measures announced by President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday would have "a strong impact on the epidemic dynamic," adding that there was no reason to think anything to the contrary. | It takes between seven and ten days for measures to be effective… we could have reached the epidemic peak i…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). Palestine Receives 100 Thousand COVID-19 Vaccines from China. orinocotribune.com The Palestinian Authority has received 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to accelerate its inoculation drive, which has been lagging due to Israeli inhibitions. | China handed over the batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to Palestine on Monday. | Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila described the shipment as the single largest donation of COVID-19 vaccines her country has received so far, and thanked China for its move "to provide coronavirus vaccines as a global public good and its selfless assistance to Palestine." | Speaking at a joint press conference with China's Ambassador to Palestine…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-01). Doctors and Scientists Accuse Medical Regulator of Downplaying COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers. globalresearch.ca A group of scientists and doctors has today issued an open …

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is 100% Effective in Kids Aged 12-15. telesurenglish.net The companies Pfizer and BioNTech announced their COVID-19 vaccine has demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody responses in a Phase 3 trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. | RELATED: | The trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents 12 to 15 years of age in the United States. In the trial, 18 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group versus none in the vaccinated group. | The vaccine, BNT162b2, elicited SARS-…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-01). Venezuela and Russia Ramp up Economic Ties with 10-Year Plan. venezuelanalysis.com The two nations signed treaties to boost the Venezuelan transportation system, oil industry security and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-01). 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…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Panama Detects Nine Cases of Brazilian COVID-19 Strains. telesurenglish.net Panama's Gorgas Memorial Institute Director Juan Pascale confirmed nine patients with the SARS-CoV-2 strains originated in Brazil. | RELATED: | The P.1. and P.2. strains have been detected in community transmission cases in San Francisco, Don Bosco, Parque Lefevre, and San Miguelito. | The Health Ministry warned that the P.1. variant is the most contagious and reduces vaccines' effectiveness by 30 percent. | At least two patients with these strain…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-04-01). Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play. counterpunch.org The recent joint statement by the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, comprising the U.S., India, Japan and Australia, has not foregrounded the military axis of their meeting but stressed more on the vaccine thrust against the COVID-19 pandemic. With several countries confronting the threat of a second or third wave of the virus, vaccines

Vasko Kohlmayer (2021-04-01). The Great Vaccine Scam: Even Establishment Experts and Scientists Admit the Jabs Are Ineffective. globalresearch.ca "New Covid vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists," reads …

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