Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

2021-04-15: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-04-15). US Supreme Court again exempts religious gatherings from COVID-19 regulations. wsws.org For the fourth time since Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court, the new right-wing majority has ruled that local authorities cannot limit indoor religious gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-04-15). Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression. wsws.org Migrants are protesting appalling living conditions, poor food and the lack of medical treatment amid the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-04-15). Cyclone Seroja wreaks death and destruction in Indonesia, East Timor and Western Australia. wsws.org The disaster still threatens to trigger a wave of dangerous diseases in multiple impoverished communities, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid—and COVID-19.

Jorge Alejandro Suárez Rangel (2021-04-15). Oportunismo alemán a costa de la pandemia. globalizacion.ca Hay tres recursos médicos de principal importancia para el combate de la pandemia del Covid-19: la vacuna, la mascarilla y las pruebas de detección del virus; Alemania está involucrada en escándalos con cada uno de ellos. | La vacuna | La batalla…

WSWS repost (2021-04-15). A strategy to eliminate the COVID-19 virus. indybay.org Quantitative analysis expert Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam describes how we have always had control over the spread of COVID-19 but have largely failed to understand the structural dynamics of its spread. In this thought-provoking interview with the World Socialist Web Site he explains the futility of simply increasing restrictions when cases go up and decreasing restrictions when cases go down– if our goal is to completely end the pandemic.

Guoqing Qian, Yong Zhang, Yang Xu, Weihua Hu, Ian P. Hall, Jiang Yue, Hongyun Lu, Liemin Ruan, Maoqing Ye, Jin Mei (2021-04-15). [Research Paper] Reduced inflammatory responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection in children presenting to hospital with COVID-19 in China. thelancet.com Infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in children is associated with better outcomes than in adults. The inflammatory response to COVID-19 infection in children remains poorly characterised.

Sylvia Ranjeva, Riccardo Pinciroli, Evan Hodell, Ariel Mueller, C.Corey Hardin, B.Taylor Thompson, Lorenzo Berra (2021-04-15). [Research Paper] Identifying clinical and biochemical phenotypes in acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to coronavirus disease-2019. thelancet.com We identified distinct phenotypic profiles in COVID-19 associated ARDS, with little variation according to respiratory physiology but with important variation according to systemic and extra-pulmonary markers. Phenotypic identity was highly associated with short-term mortality. The class 2 phenotype exhibited prominent signatures of coagulopathy, suggesting that vascular dysfunction may play an important role in the clinical progression of severe COVID-19-related disease.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Over 175 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) — More than 175.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Tuesday, the National Health Commission said Wednesday. Enditem…

Staff (2021-04-15). "We're in a Transition Phase": Dr. Monica Gandhi on Vaccine Safety & Why You Still Need a Mask. democracynow.org U.S. health officials have delayed a decision on whether to resume the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of blood clots in six women who received doses. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor of medicine at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, says it's "prudent" to investigate reports of blood clots but notes the issue "is very rare" and unlikely to cause more than a temporary delay. She also says it's important to raise "vaccine optimism" by continuing to tout the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines. "Eventually we are going to get back to the normalcy of not mask…

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Putin completes COVID-19 vaccination. ecns.cn Russian President Vladimir Putin said he received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, following his first shot on March 23.

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Pfizer CEO: Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Likely Within 12 Months. telesurenglish.net Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said people will likely need a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated, according to a CNBC report on Thursday. | RELATED: | Bourla said it is possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remai…

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Makia Freeman (2021-04-15). Woke Virus: COVID Is Sustainable, Equitable, Inclusive, Racially Unbiased and Climate Aware. globalresearch.ca Did you know that SARS-CoV-2 is a woke virus? | Did you …

EurActiv (2021-04-15). EU Council Ready To Negotiate On COVID Travel Certificate. eurasiareview.com By Gerardo Fortuna | ( In the approved mandate to start talks with EU lawmakers, member states aim at retaining the possibility to process personal data collected even for non-travel purpo…

Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-15). The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite and the Covid mRNA Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Important and timely article, first published on April 10, 2020 | "The International" is the world-renowned battle song of the socialist labor movement. The English version of the original French text reads: | "Wake up, damned of this earth, who are still …

William J. Watkins, Jr. (2021-04-15). Vermont Unconstitutionally Distributes COVID Vaccine Based On Race — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Shame on the State of Vermont. Under the state's If anyone bothered to take the matter to court, this racially based vacc…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). BLS: New claims for jobless benefits fall by 20%. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In a sign workers are finding jobs again following the year-long coronavirus-caused economic depression, new claims for state jobless benefits fell by 152,833, or 20%, in the week ending April 10, to 612,919, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Another 131,975 sought special federal pandemic jobless benefits that same week, down 20,444, or 15.5%, from …

Miguel àÅngel Barrios (2021-04-15). La pandemia del coronavirus y los enigmas de su origen. globalizacion.ca El 8 de abril de 2021, el Consejo Nacional de Inteligencia (NIC) publico la séptima edición de su Informe Cuadrienal de Tendencias Globales. Se trata de una evaluación no clasificada de las fuerzas y dinámicas que el NIC anticipa que…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-15). Making Sense of a Viral Military. tomdispatch.com Herd immunity? Don't count on it. Not if that "herd" is the U.S. military. According to news reports, at least a third of active-duty military personnel or those in the National Guard have opted out of getting the coronavirus vaccine. That figure, by the way, doesn't even include American troops stationed around the world, many of whom have yet to be offered the chance to be vaccinated. As a Navy spouse whose husband has moved to five separate U.S. duty stations in the decade we've been together, one thing is hard for me to imagine: an administration pledging to do everything it can to beat this pandemic has stop…

Dean Baker (2021-04-15). Consumer Prices Bounce Up, But Fears of Inflation Baseless. counterpunch.org Nothing in this report should raise fears of inflation problems. We see some bounce back in prices depressed by pandemic, nothing more. Gas prices will be level or fall in April, lowering the overall rate. Owners' equivalent rent went up 0.2 percent in March, up 2.0 percent year-over-year. It had been rising over 3.0 percent

Mark Taliano (2021-04-15). False Perception Fabrication Inc. globalresearch.ca Mainstream Everything can create a pandemic out of anything, even out …

Pip Hinman (2021-04-15). For an ecosocialist solution to the housing affordability crisis. greenleft.org.au The property-owning class has come out of the pandemic richer and more determined to use their wealth to get even wealthier. Peter Boyle takes a look at what can be done to revert this situation.

Robert Pollin (2021-04-15). The Global Economy in the Age of the Pandemic and Beyond. zcomm.org The global economy experienced a massive contraction in 2020, with the overall global GDP falling by 4.3 percent. Compare that with the 2008 global financial crisis, which triggered a 1.8 drop in global output in 2009…

Alfred Kammer* (2021-04-15). From Vaccines To V-Shaped Recovery In Europe — Analysis. eurasiareview.com One year into the pandemic, Europe finds itself at another turning point. New waves of infection are hitting the continent, requiring new lockdowns. But, unlike last year, safe and effective vaccines are now available. While the pace of vaccination is still slow, an end to the pandemic is in sight. | Reflecting the periodic infection waves and the pace of vaccinations, the economic recovery in Europe is still halting and uneven. While industrial production has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the service sector is still contracting. | However, looking ahead, we project that Europe's economic growth will reboun…

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-04-15). Video: The WHO's Vaccine Experts Inadvertently Communicate to the World that "Vaccine Hesitancy" Makes Scientific Sense. globalresearch.ca This was first published in March 2020. | In this expose, the …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-04-15). The WHO's Vaccine Experts Inadvertently Communicate to the World that "Vaccine Hesitancy" Makes Scientific Sense. globalresearch.ca This was first published in March 2020. | In this expose, the …

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Remembering Ramsey Clark. orinocotribune.com By Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada — April 12, 2021 | The news of his death did not come as a surprise since it was known that his health was declining and he was also affected by irreparable family losses. But the death of Ramsey Clark is a source of pain and suffering for many in many parts of the world. | His trajectory since the 1960s was one of admirable personal integrity and fidelity to the principles that made him one of the most respected personalities of the American progressive movement. | Attorney General of the United States during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, he played a key role in the…

Staff (2021-04-15). Cut the Defense Budget: Rep. Khanna on Bloated Pentagon Spending, Ending War in Yemen, UAE Arms Deal. democracynow.org Congressmember Ro Khanna of California says hundreds of billions of dollars in annual defense spending could be better used on diplomacy, humanitarian aid, public health and other initiatives. He's one of 50 House Democrats who signed a letter to President Joe Biden in March urging a "significantly reduced" Pentagon budget, which has grown to over $700 billion. "The Pentagon increases make no sense," says Khanna. "If you're ending the forever war in Afghanistan … then why are we increasing, at the same time, the defense budget?" Khanna also discusses the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen, a major U.S. arms de…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Stretching The Boundaries Of Medical Tech With Wearable Antennae. eurasiareview.com Current research on flexible electronics is paving the way for wireless sensors that can be worn on the body and collect a variety of medical data. But where do the data go? Without a similar flexible transmitting device, these sensors would require wired connections to transmit health data. | Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, and two international teams of researchers are developing devices to explore the possibilities of wearable, flexible antennae. They published two papers in April in N…

Nick Licata (2021-04-15). How Can Hate Speech, Conspiracy Theories, etc., be Banned on Social Media? zcomm.org As social media sites continue to ban or suspend users who are posting misinformation that endangers public health or incites violence toward others, such as hate speech, the Supreme Court is more likely to be drawn into that discussion…

Staff (2021-04-15). Increasing Pentagon Budget as US Pulls Out of Afghanistan Makes Little Sense. truthout.org Congressmember Ro Khanna of California says hundreds of billions of dollars in annual defense spending could be better used on diplomacy, humanitarian aid, public health and other initiatives. He's one of 50 House Democrats who signed a letter to President Joe Biden in March urging a "significantly reduced" Pentagon budget, which has grown to over $700 billion. "The Pentagon increases make no sense," says Khanna. "If you're ending the forever war in Afghanistan … then why are we increasing, at…

Ana M Valdes, James C Moon, Amrita Vijay, Nish Chaturvedi, Alan Norrish, Adeel Ikram, Simon Craxford, Lola M.L. Cusin, Jessica Nightingale, Amanda Semper, Timothy Brooks, Aine McKnight, Hibba Kurdi, Cristina Menni, Patrick Tighe, Mahdad Noursadeghi, Guruprasad Aithal, Thomas A Treibel, Benjamin J Ollivere, Charlotte Manisty (2021-04-15). [Research Paper] Longitudinal assessment of symptoms and risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in healthcare workers across 5 hospitals to understand ethnic differences in infection risk. thelancet.com In the UK first wave, Black ethnicity (but not other ethnicities) more than doubled HCWs likelihood of seropositivity, independent of age, sex, measured socio-economic factors and hospital role.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-15). Lupus clues from cellular 'power stations'. imperial.ac.uk Researchers at Imperial College London have revealed crucial insights into the medical condition systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-15). Islands give rise to evolutionary giants and dwarfs. imperial.ac.uk Animals living on islands tend to evolve into either giants or dwarfs in relation to their continental ancestors, reveals a new study.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-15). Imperial changemakers named in community of Europe's best young innovators. imperial.ac.uk Scores of student innovators, alumni and researchers from Imperial have been named in this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 lists.

San José May Day Coalition (2021-04-15). Friday 4/23: El Gigante Awakens (May Day 2006 in San José). indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | us02web.zoom.us/j/86371799237?pwd=aUZlVUFLUG1iNXIwR3JOaTFIL2poZz09 | Meeting ID: 863 7179 9237 | Passcode: 155720…

Grant Molen (2021-04-14). Public Banks: The Path to Freedom. realprogressives.org Just over a year ago, Congress passed the CARES act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. Of the total $2.2 trillion dollar stimulus package authorized by the act, large corporations and small businesses pocketed

VINS (2021-04-14). COVID-19's Never-ending Struggles for Women of Color. projectcensored.org An August 2020 report by Simone Soublet for Women's eNews reveals how COVID-19 has negatively impacted women of color. Hauntingly, COVID-19 continues to take millions of lives around the world—especially,…

WSWS (2021-04-14). At inaugural public meeting, Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for working class action to stop the third COVID-19 wave. wsws.org The meeting featured an international panel of speakers, who explained the committee's demands for the closure of schools and all nonessential production, and the provision of full wages to all affected workers so they can shelter at home, to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-14). Nimble Failure: The Australian COVID-19 Vaccination Program. counterpunch.org "I am not going to be talking about numbers today," Australia's Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly told Australia's Radio National on April 12. This echoed suggestions from the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who had adopted the position that Australia best forget meeting any clear vaccination targets. Having left battling the pandemic to State governments,

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Five Strains Rise Weekly Average of COVID-19 Cases in the US. telesurenglish.net The United States has seen an upward trend in COVID-19 cases for four consecutive weeks, as social distancing and mask mandates were lifted in some areas and more variants transmitted across the country. | RELATED: | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the current 7-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases stands at 67,530 cases, a figure which is up around 6 percentage points from the previous seven days. | M…

ecns.cn (2021-04-14). Racism 'serious public health threat': CDC. ecns.cn The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared racism a "serious public health threat", as COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect communities of color, according to a report by USA Today.

Nur Ayoubi (2021-04-14). Jordan: Woman given prison sentence for saying 'my father is better than the king'. middleeasteye.net Jordan: Woman given prison sentence for saying 'my father is better than the king' | Jordanian social media has erupted in support of 34-year-old Athar al-Dabbas, who has been accused of 'prolonging her tongue' by insulting King Abdullah II | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 13: 15 | Dabbas' sentence comes at a rocky time for Jordan, as economic difficulties, the Covid-19 pandemic and internal rifts within the royal famil…

UCAN (2021-04-14). India: Controversial Mosque Can Open For Ramadan. eurasiareview.com By Bijay Kumar Minj | Delhi High Court has ruled that the controversial Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in India's capital can open for Ramadan prayers by following standard Covid-19 guidelines. | On April 2, the court rejected a plea from the federal government and Delhi police that only 20 people be allowed to enter the premises at a time out of a police-verified list of 200. | The mosque was closed 13 months ago after a conference at Nizamuddin Markaz was blamed for spreading Covid-19. | Mohammad Salim Engineer, secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, told UCA News that it would be discrimination to close the m…

DoD News (2021-04-14). Austin In Brussels To Revitalize US Engagement With NATO Allies. eurasiareview.com By Jim Garamone | Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III arrived in Brussels Wednesday for meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. It's the first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began. | Afghanistan, Russia and the future of the alliance are among the issues being discussed. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will join Austin for the meetings with | Austin's visit is part an…

VINS (2021-04-14). Domestic Violence Cases on Rise for LGBTQ+ Community during COVID Pandemic. projectcensored.org COVID-19 has led to hardships as individuals and households deal with lost jobs, social isolation, and the stresses of sheltering in place. A panel discussion presented by Boston University's Sexual…

RT (2021-04-14). Serbia to become second European country to start production of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, after Russia itself. rt.com Production of Sputnik V, the world's first registered vaccine against Covid-19, has started in Serbia, the Russian developers of the jab have announced. Italy, India and Iran are expected to follow suit in the coming months. | "Production of Sputnik V vaccine was successfully launched in Serbia," Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

RT (2021-04-14). Sweden halts J&J vaccine rollout until EU regulator reviews US reports of 'very rare' blood clot cases. rt.com Sweden won't start vaccinating people with Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 shot until the European Medicines Agency (EMA) reviews reports of rare blood clots possibly caused by it in the US, the Swedish Health Agency said. | On Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that states pause their use of the J&J vaccine after six of its recipients developed a "rare and severe type of blood clot." Over 6.8 million doses have been administered. | Johnson & Johnson reacted to the development by delaying delivery of its Covid-19 vaccine to the EU. The health complications were similar to those that ea…

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