Daily Archives: April 18, 2021

WSWS (2021-04-19). UK capital London centre of new Covid-19 variants, as R value rises above 1. wsws.org The South African variant has the potential to start a new wave of the pandemic, especially as several of those infected had received at least one shot of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-18). Powerful Buddhist Monk Throws Weight Behind Legal Challenge To China-Funded Colombo Port City Project. eurasiareview.com Government says Sri Lanka needs the project and assures that the envisaged legal structure will be under Lankan control.: | The politically influential head of the Abayarama temple in Colombo, Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda Thero, has thrown his weight behind petitions in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City (CPC) project. | The CPC is now at the crucial stage of getting a separate legal structure meant to get foreign investors. | Ven. Ananda Thero told a press conference on April 15 that his organization "Rata Rakina Jana Handa" had supported President Got…

Staff (2021-04-18). COVID Profiteering Exposes the Need to Make Marxism Accessible to All. truthout.org The pandemic has upended ideas about economic ideology almost as much as it has upended the economy itself. There has been a massive shift of wealth toward billionaires and corporate giants like Amazon, at the expense of workers suffering the most sudden and severe wave of unemployment and impoverishment since the Great Depression. But there has also been paradigm-shifting federal stimulus legislation that has massively (if temporarily) expanded unemployment insurance and anti-poverty funding. Meanw…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

Todd Smith (2021-04-18). A Most Political, and Perfidious, Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Are we under Martial Law?…Nobody knows what's going on!…It's madness unleashed by human error! — Quotes taken from the trailer to George Romero's 1973 film Code Name Trixie, better known by its re-branded title The Crazies It's sure been a crazy last year, with more "crazy" in the forecast. We've got lots of novelty vaccines …

IDN (2021-04-18). UN Forum Highlights New Initiatives To Tackle Inequalities Exacerbated By Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By Radwan Jakeem | With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders discussed options to unlock concrete investments to support a sustainable and resilient recovery at the The four-day Forum, held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (

RT (2021-04-18). Oregon may indefinitely extend controversial mask mandate as other states begin to ease Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com As some states begin to lift their Covid-19 measures, Oregon is considering keeping some of its own restrictions for the foreseeable future, reportedly prompting a flood of negative responses from the public. | Michael Wood, the administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, said rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in Oregon may be extended indefinitely. The restrictions, which are set to expire on May 4, could be maintained until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace." | The proposal aims to satisfy state law…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). . ecns.cn American comedian Lee Camp made a rather ironic scene in his program "Redacted Tonight" recently. He came on strong with "critics" of China's COVID-19 control measures, race and human rights issues, then found himself "misreading the script". What he said about China is instead what's happened in America. It turns out Americans cannot stand the farces in America anymore.

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Egypt: Eleven people dead and nearly 100 injured after train derails north of Cairo. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Eleven people dead and nearly 100 injured after train derails north of Cairo | More than 50 ambulances rushed to the site in Qalioubia province after several carriages came off the track | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 14: 57 | People gather at the scene of the railway accident in the city of Toukh in Egypt's central Nile Delta province of Qalioubia (Reuters) | Egypt's health ministry has said…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus | Tweet from cleric's official account says Qaradawi, who is in his 90s, is receiving medical care and doing well | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 09: 35 | Qaradawi is regarded as one of Islam's top thinkers, and his religious show on Doha-based Al Jazeera television was watched by millions until around 10 years ago (AFP) | Senior cleri…

RT (2021-04-18). Jesus joins QAnon?! 'Passion of the Christ' star stirs controversy as he cryptically dives into 'adrenochroming of children'. rt.com 'Passion of the Christ' actor Jim Caviezel is being aligned with the QAnon movement by critics after delving into what he called "adrenochroming of children" at a right-wing conference. | At a 'Health and Freedom Conference,' featuring prominent supporters of former US President Donald Trump like MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, Caviezel made reference to "adrenochrome" when speaking about the real-life version of a character he plays in the upcoming film, 'Sound of Freedom.' | In the movie, Caviezel portrays Tim Ballard, who became a popular figure among QAnon followers for his work with his group The Nazarene…

RT (2021-04-18). More than half of all Americans now partially vaccinated, one third fully jabbed up, CDC data shows. rt.com More than half of all American adults have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and a third have been fully inoculated. Yet some groups are still holding out, and the Biden administration is pressing them to get jabbed.

RT (2021-04-18). Fauci blasted for deeming gun violence 'public health issue,' criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions. rt.com White House advisor Anthony Fauci is being blasted by critics for attacking Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy while continuing to promote restrictions even for those inoculated, and weighing in on gun violence as a "public health issue." | Asked about recent polling showing nearly half of Republicans are still hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, White House health advisor Fauci called the trend "frustrating" and "paradoxical." | "It's almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the [public health] restrictions, but, on the other hand, they don't want to get vaccinated. It just almos…

Steven Singer (2021-04-18). Let the Children Play—My Prescription for Covid 'Learning Loss'. commondreams.org Play is the mind's way of finding out how things work, what a person can do, how it feels to do this or that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1213336761_2.jpg

Helen Clark, Joseph Stiglitz,, others (2021-04-18). Dear President Biden, A WTO Waiver Is Vital and Necessary. commondreams.org At the current pace, many countries will be left waiting until at least 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ref.jpg

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Blood-Clotting Illness PVT 30x More Prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 Recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford Researchers. orinocotribune.com A potentially fatal blood-clotting disease is 30 times more common among people who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer than those given the troubled AstraZeneca jab, researchers have found. | A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has found that after vaccination, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine) recipients were less likely to suffer portal vein thrombosis (PVT) — blood clots in the artery from the intestines to the liver. | For recipients of the viral vector Vaxzevria vaccine, the incidence rate for splanchnic thrombosis — clotting in the p…

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-18). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-18). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

Global Research (2021-04-18). El arma oculta del Lejano Oriente contra la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Desde la perspectiva confuciana, los occidentales serían muy propensos al individualismo: no sacrificaríamos libertades personales y careceríamos de rigor laboral en favor del grupo familiar, empresarial y nacional. Tampoco resignaríamos demasiado por la salud pública. | El uso del barbijo es…

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-18). Third Pfizer Jab 'Likely' Needed Within 12 Months. eurasiareview.com The head of Pfizer has said that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while defending the relatively higher cost of the jab, Al Jazeera CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told broadcaster CNBC in an interview aired on Thursday, April 15.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Jake Johnson (2021-04-18). Calls for Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver at WTO. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats on Friday urged President Joe Biden to support an international push to temporarily suspend certain vaccine-related intellectual property rights…

The Canary (2021-04-18). Labour tells Rishi Sunak to stop 'hiding' and take 'responsibility' for Greensill deal. thecanary.co Labour's Anneliese Dodds has told chancellor Rishi Sunak he has "ultimate responsibility" for money lent through government Covid support schemes. And she accused Sunak of "hiding" from questions over the Greensill Capital affair. | The shadow chancellor has written to Sunak criticising his decision not to go to the House of Commons last week. He wasn't present to answer questions about the controversy surrounding lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron on behalf of failed firm Greensill Capital. | Evading scrutiny: | Instead, the government sent a junior business minister to answer an urgent ques…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million, Bolstering Call for #PeoplesVaccine. commondreams.org "As things stand, many countries in the southern hemisphere may not manage to achieve widespread vaccination until 2024. This long delay puts us all at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12317379421.jpg

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-18). Iran: Army Unveils New Missiles, Artillery Systems In Military Parade. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Army displayed a series of new homegrown equipment in a military parade marking the Army Day. | The vehicle parade, held to mark the Army and the Ground Force Day, saw various units of the Iranian Army showcasing its achievements on Sunday morning. | The latest military products of the Army were carried on trucks in the event in Tehran without parading troops, in compliance with the coronavirus restrictions. | During the parade, attended by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, the Army units displayed a number of new products, including missile and artillery systems. | The Army's air de…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite images. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Duke University have developed a method that uses machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data to autonomously find hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. | The technique could be a boon for finding and mitigating sources of hazardous aerosols, studying the effects of air pollution on human health, and making better informed, socially just public policy decisions. | "Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles,"

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Water Crisis Took Toll On Flint Adults' Physical, Mental health. eurasiareview.com Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero. | New research from Cornell and the University of Michigan offers the first comprehensive evidence that the city's adult residents suffered a range of adverse physical and mental health symptoms potentially linked to the crisis in the years during and following it, with Black residents affected disproportionately. | In a survey of more than 300 residents, 10% reported…

Sarah Hughes (2021-04-18). Massachusetts Nurses Face Down For-Profit Health Care Giant Tenet in Daring Strike. zcomm.org Close to 90 percent of the 800 nurses have been on strike since March 8…

Ricardo Alvarez (2021-04-18). Mumia Abu-Jamal is Scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery. zcomm.org Racism Remains the Greatest Medical Threat to Mumia's Health…

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

Linn Washington Jr. reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-17). Students Bashed In Battle Over Mumia Abu-Jamal's Healthcare. indybay.org The author Linn Washington Jr. of ThisCantBeHappening.net has given the Jamal Journal permission to reprint this April 16 article.

CNA (2021-04-17). Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton To Speak At Vatican Health Conference. eurasiareview.com Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, and Deepak Chopra are among the featured speakers at a Vatican conference being held in May on the interplay of mind, body, and soul in healthcare. | The Vatican announced the conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation April 15. | "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul: How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health," will take place virtually May 6-8. | It will feature the CEOs of large pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna and Pfizer, along with celebrities active in medical philanthropy, global health advocates, policyma…

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

Devin Cole (2021-04-17). Abortion rights workers beat back anti-choice bigots. workers.org Pensacola, Fla. (Occupied Creek Muscogee land) For four and a half months, abortion rights advocates have been defending the only abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla. The defense effort is led by Workers World Party Central Gulf Coast branch, Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and Women's March Pensacola. Every Saturday and most . . . |

Juan Cole (2021-04-17). New Wind and Solar up 50% globally in 2020, as China beats US by over 4 to 1. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The new report on 2020 by the International Renewable Energy Agency reveals that the world's renewable energy generation capacity increased by an astonishing 10.3% in 2020 despite the global economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic. It beats the previous record for an annual increase in this sector by a healthy …

Adeline Lee (2021-04-17). Covid-19 May Fade, But Will the Tracking Tools Built to Fight It? commondreams.org We must ensure that temporary Covid-19 data surveillance infrastructures do not needlessly outlast this once-in-a-century pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/covid-passport-fauci.jpg

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Asian-American businesses hit hard amid COVID-19: media. ecns.cn Asian-owned businesses in the United States have suffered heavy losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic mainly due to difficulties in accessing government aid and fears over rising hate crimes against Asians, according to a recent report by Reuters.

Belinda Jack (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Pandemic reading: poetry, looking and seeing. thelancet.com When William Wordsworth wrote "Little we see in Nature that is ours", he was suggesting that we take too much natural beauty for granted and overlook much that "is ours". Nature is there for our contemplation and delectation, but even when we look, we may not really be seeing. In other words, the eye may take nature in, but the experience stops short of a full and rich engagement. The line, "Little we see" is in a poem that begins, "The world is too much with us", and what the poem asserts is how our material excesses have spoilt our capacity to take notice of our world.

The Lancet (2021-04-17). [Editorial] The ACT Accelerator: heading in the right direction? thelancet.com April 24, 2021, marks 1 year since the formation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) partnership. Its mission is to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, which is central to ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic still raging, has ACT-A been successful so far? And what does the future hold?

Ajay Hegde, Shubha Rao (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Reading Soham Bandyopadhyay's Correspondence,1 we find it unfortunate that lockdown measures are viewed with religious and racist sentiments amid a pandemic. Bandyopadhyay seems to have unilaterally misinterpreted the UK Government's advice on returning home for Christmas, which to many people in the UK simply means a holiday period. It would be incorrect to drag minority ethnic and religious beliefs into this policy.

Staff (2021-04-17). Colleges Are Using COVID as an Excuse for Austerity. Unions Are Pushing Back. truthout.org As COVID-19 swept across the U.S. last winter and spring, colleges and universities adapted swiftly to the situation. Though it was swift, it was not without pain: Just as quickly as professors learned to teach through a screen on Zoom, administrations slashed budgets. In the early days of the pandemic, little was certain about the future — if students would defer fall enrollment, how states might cut education funding or if the federal government would step in to offset the financial im…

sputniknews (2021-04-17). Bush Calls for 'Gradual' Path to Eventual Citizenship for Illegal Migrants Amid Influx at Border. sputniknews.com In mid-March remarks on domestic policy, Bush already expressed his opinion that the US should find a way to legalize those illegal migrants who "have played by the rules." The ex-president claimed amid the current migrant influx that trying to return all of them back home would be a "political pipe dream."

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boosting refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boost refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). 'Will it f*ck us up?' Ex-NFL star Marshawn Lynch grills Fauci over Covid vaccine claims (VIDEO). rt.com Former Seattle Seahawks superstar Marshawn Lynch has moved to dispel some of the questions surrounding the various Covid-19 vaccines amid concerns that some African-American communities are fearful of the jab. | Lynch garnered a reputation as being one of the NFL's grittiest competitors in a 12-year career on the gridiron which saw him claim a solitary Super Bowl ring as well as five Pro Bowl appearances, but even the man known as 'Beast Mode' admits that he has some reservations about the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines. | Many figures within the African-American and Hispanic communities have expressed seri…

RT (2021-04-17). 'HUGE MISTAKE': Florida Gov. DeSantis blasts Covid-19 lockdowns, including the one he ordered last year. rt.com Florida's Ron DeSantis can boast being one of the most pro-freedom US governors in terms of Covid-19 rules, but he now regrets even going as far as ordering a 30-day lockdown last year, calling it a "huge mistake." | "We wanted to mitigate the damage," DeSantis said on Friday, in an Now in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn't work. We shouldn't have gone down that road. | While the Florida lockdow…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). In Video: Russian Forces Used Dozens of Lancet Drones Against Militants In Syria. southfront.org Lancet-3, screen grab from Russia-24 report. | Russian forces have used dozens of

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Staff (2021-04-18). COVID Profiteering Exposes the Need to Make Marxism Accessible to All. truthout.org The pandemic has upended ideas about economic ideology almost as much as it has upended the economy itself. There has been a massive shift of wealth toward billionaires and corporate giants like Amazon, at the expense of workers suffering the most sudden and severe wave of unemployment and impoverishment since the Great Depression. But there has also been paradigm-shifting federal stimulus legislation that has massively (if temporarily) expanded unemployment insurance and anti-poverty funding. Meanw…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). . ecns.cn American comedian Lee Camp made a rather ironic scene in his program "Redacted Tonight" recently. He came on strong with "critics" of China's COVID-19 control measures, race and human rights issues, then found himself "misreading the script". What he said about China is instead what's happened in America. It turns out Americans cannot stand the farces in America anymore.

RT (2021-04-18). Oregon may indefinitely extend controversial mask mandate as other states begin to ease Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com As some states begin to lift their Covid-19 measures, Oregon is considering keeping some of its own restrictions for the foreseeable future, reportedly prompting a flood of negative responses from the public. | Michael Wood, the administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, said rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in Oregon may be extended indefinitely. The restrictions, which are set to expire on May 4, could be maintained until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace." | The proposal aims to satisfy state law…

RT (2021-04-18). Fauci blasted for deeming gun violence 'public health issue,' criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions. rt.com White House advisor Anthony Fauci is being blasted by critics for attacking Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy while continuing to promote restrictions even for those inoculated, and weighing in on gun violence as a "public health issue." | Asked about recent polling showing nearly half of Republicans are still hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, White House health advisor Fauci called the trend "frustrating" and "paradoxical." | "It's almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the [public health] restrictions, but, on the other hand, they don't want to get vaccinated. It just almos…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Egypt: Eleven people dead and nearly 100 injured after train derails north of Cairo. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Eleven people dead and nearly 100 injured after train derails north of Cairo | More than 50 ambulances rushed to the site in Qalioubia province after several carriages came off the track | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 14: 57 | People gather at the scene of the railway accident in the city of Toukh in Egypt's central Nile Delta province of Qalioubia (Reuters) | Egypt's health ministry has said…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus | Tweet from cleric's official account says Qaradawi, who is in his 90s, is receiving medical care and doing well | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 09: 35 | Qaradawi is regarded as one of Islam's top thinkers, and his religious show on Doha-based Al Jazeera television was watched by millions until around 10 years ago (AFP) | Senior cleri…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

IDN (2021-04-18). UN Forum Highlights New Initiatives To Tackle Inequalities Exacerbated By Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By Radwan Jakeem | With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders discussed options to unlock concrete investments to support a sustainable and resilient recovery at the The four-day Forum, held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (

Todd Smith (2021-04-18). A Most Political, and Perfidious, Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Are we under Martial Law?…Nobody knows what's going on!…It's madness unleashed by human error! — Quotes taken from the trailer to George Romero's 1973 film Code Name Trixie, better known by its re-branded title The Crazies It's sure been a crazy last year, with more "crazy" in the forecast. We've got lots of novelty vaccines …

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-18). Powerful Buddhist Monk Throws Weight Behind Legal Challenge To China-Funded Colombo Port City Project. eurasiareview.com Government says Sri Lanka needs the project and assures that the envisaged legal structure will be under Lankan control.: | The politically influential head of the Abayarama temple in Colombo, Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda Thero, has thrown his weight behind petitions in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City (CPC) project. | The CPC is now at the crucial stage of getting a separate legal structure meant to get foreign investors. | Ven. Ananda Thero told a press conference on April 15 that his organization "Rata Rakina Jana Handa" had supported President Got…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

Global Research (2021-04-18). El arma oculta del Lejano Oriente contra la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Desde la perspectiva confuciana, los occidentales serían muy propensos al individualismo: no sacrificaríamos libertades personales y careceríamos de rigor laboral en favor del grupo familiar, empresarial y nacional. Tampoco resignaríamos demasiado por la salud pública. | El uso del barbijo es…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million, Bolstering Call for #PeoplesVaccine. commondreams.org "As things stand, many countries in the southern hemisphere may not manage to achieve widespread vaccination until 2024. This long delay puts us all at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12317379421.jpg

Steven Singer (2021-04-18). Let the Children Play—My Prescription for Covid 'Learning Loss'. commondreams.org Play is the mind's way of finding out how things work, what a person can do, how it feels to do this or that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1213336761_2.jpg

Helen Clark, Joseph Stiglitz,, others (2021-04-18). Dear President Biden, A WTO Waiver Is Vital and Necessary. commondreams.org At the current pace, many countries will be left waiting until at least 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ref.jpg

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-18). Life After Covid, as the U.S. Competes with China. zcomm.org U.S. corporate media sees nothing but shameless self-promotion in China's assistance to poor countries. But, right or wrong, others see the benefits of socialism. Some might even call it generosity…

Jake Johnson (2021-04-18). Calls for Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver at WTO. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats on Friday urged President Joe Biden to support an international push to temporarily suspend certain vaccine-related intellectual property rights…

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-18). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-18). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Blood-Clotting Illness PVT 30x More Prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 Recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford Researchers. orinocotribune.com A potentially fatal blood-clotting disease is 30 times more common among people who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer than those given the troubled AstraZeneca jab, researchers have found. | A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has found that after vaccination, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine) recipients were less likely to suffer portal vein thrombosis (PVT) — blood clots in the artery from the intestines to the liver. | For recipients of the viral vector Vaxzevria vaccine, the incidence rate for splanchnic thrombosis — clotting in the p…

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-18). Third Pfizer Jab 'Likely' Needed Within 12 Months. eurasiareview.com The head of Pfizer has said that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while defending the relatively higher cost of the jab, Al Jazeera CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told broadcaster CNBC in an interview aired on Thursday, April 15.

The Canary (2021-04-18). Labour tells Rishi Sunak to stop 'hiding' and take 'responsibility' for Greensill deal. thecanary.co Labour's Anneliese Dodds has told chancellor Rishi Sunak he has "ultimate responsibility" for money lent through government Covid support schemes. And she accused Sunak of "hiding" from questions over the Greensill Capital affair. | The shadow chancellor has written to Sunak criticising his decision not to go to the House of Commons last week. He wasn't present to answer questions about the controversy surrounding lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron on behalf of failed firm Greensill Capital. | Evading scrutiny: | Instead, the government sent a junior business minister to answer an urgent ques…

Markus Vollack (2021-04-18). The Corona New Speak. indybay.org The virus as enemy and subject | A very conspicuous phenomenon for rhetorically evading any political responsibility is, on the one hand, to shift it to the population by dutifully supporting and participating in all measures and, on the other hand, to speak of the virus as an acting subject that is supposed to bear the responsibility for all consequences and collateral damage.

Edward Curtin (2021-04-18). Denying the Demonic. globalresearch.ca In March of last year as the coronavirus panic was starting, …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite images. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Duke University have developed a method that uses machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data to autonomously find hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. | The technique could be a boon for finding and mitigating sources of hazardous aerosols, studying the effects of air pollution on human health, and making better informed, socially just public policy decisions. | "Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles,"

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Water Crisis Took Toll On Flint Adults' Physical, Mental health. eurasiareview.com Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero. | New research from Cornell and the University of Michigan offers the first comprehensive evidence that the city's adult residents suffered a range of adverse physical and mental health symptoms potentially linked to the crisis in the years during and following it, with Black residents affected disproportionately. | In a survey of more than 300 residents, 10% reported…

Sarah Hughes (2021-04-18). Massachusetts Nurses Face Down For-Profit Health Care Giant Tenet in Daring Strike. zcomm.org Close to 90 percent of the 800 nurses have been on strike since March 8…

Ricardo Alvarez (2021-04-18). Mumia Abu-Jamal is Scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery. zcomm.org Racism Remains the Greatest Medical Threat to Mumia's Health…

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

Devin Cole (2021-04-17). Abortion rights workers beat back anti-choice bigots. workers.org Pensacola, Fla. (Occupied Creek Muscogee land) For four and a half months, abortion rights advocates have been defending the only abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla. The defense effort is led by Workers World Party Central Gulf Coast branch, Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and Women's March Pensacola. Every Saturday and most . . . |

Juan Cole (2021-04-17). New Wind and Solar up 50% globally in 2020, as China beats US by over 4 to 1. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The new report on 2020 by the International Renewable Energy Agency reveals that the world's renewable energy generation capacity increased by an astonishing 10.3% in 2020 despite the global economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic. It beats the previous record for an annual increase in this sector by a healthy …

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boosting refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boost refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). 'HUGE MISTAKE': Florida Gov. DeSantis blasts Covid-19 lockdowns, including the one he ordered last year. rt.com Florida's Ron DeSantis can boast being one of the most pro-freedom US governors in terms of Covid-19 rules, but he now regrets even going as far as ordering a 30-day lockdown last year, calling it a "huge mistake." | "We wanted to mitigate the damage," DeSantis said on Friday, in an Now in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn't work. We shouldn't have gone down that road. | While the Florida lockdow…

RT (2021-04-17). 'Will it f*ck us up?' Ex-NFL star Marshawn Lynch grills Fauci over Covid vaccine claims (VIDEO). rt.com Former Seattle Seahawks superstar Marshawn Lynch has moved to dispel some of the questions surrounding the various Covid-19 vaccines amid concerns that some African-American communities are fearful of the jab. | Lynch garnered a reputation as being one of the NFL's grittiest competitors in a 12-year career on the gridiron which saw him claim a solitary Super Bowl ring as well as five Pro Bowl appearances, but even the man known as 'Beast Mode' admits that he has some reservations about the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines. | Many figures within the African-American and Hispanic communities have expressed seri…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). In Video: Russian Forces Used Dozens of Lancet Drones Against Militants In Syria. southfront.org Lancet-3, screen grab from Russia-24 report. | Russian forces have used dozens of

Staff (2021-04-17). Colleges Are Using COVID as an Excuse for Austerity. Unions Are Pushing Back. truthout.org As COVID-19 swept across the U.S. last winter and spring, colleges and universities adapted swiftly to the situation. Though it was swift, it was not without pain: Just as quickly as professors learned to teach through a screen on Zoom, administrations slashed budgets. In the early days of the pandemic, little was certain about the future — if students would defer fall enrollment, how states might cut education funding or if the federal government would step in to offset the financial im…

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Asian-American businesses hit hard amid COVID-19: media. ecns.cn Asian-owned businesses in the United States have suffered heavy losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic mainly due to difficulties in accessing government aid and fears over rising hate crimes against Asians, according to a recent report by Reuters.

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

Adeline Lee (2021-04-17). Covid-19 May Fade, But Will the Tracking Tools Built to Fight It? commondreams.org We must ensure that temporary Covid-19 data surveillance infrastructures do not needlessly outlast this once-in-a-century pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/covid-passport-fauci.jpg

Belinda Jack (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Pandemic reading: poetry, looking and seeing. thelancet.com When William Wordsworth wrote "Little we see in Nature that is ours", he was suggesting that we take too much natural beauty for granted and overlook much that "is ours". Nature is there for our contemplation and delectation, but even when we look, we may not really be seeing. In other words, the eye may take nature in, but the experience stops short of a full and rich engagement. The line, "Little we see" is in a poem that begins, "The world is too much with us", and what the poem asserts is how our material excesses have spoilt our capacity to take notice of our world.

thelancet (2021-04-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Bojorquez I, Cabieses B, Arósquipa C, et al. Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Lancet 2021; 397: 1243—45—In this Comment, the date of the Ibero-American Summit has been corrected to April 21, 2021. This correction has been made to the online version as of April 15, 2021.

The Lancet (2021-04-17). [Editorial] The ACT Accelerator: heading in the right direction? thelancet.com April 24, 2021, marks 1 year since the formation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) partnership. Its mission is to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, which is central to ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic still raging, has ACT-A been successful so far? And what does the future hold?

Ajay Hegde, Shubha Rao (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Reading Soham Bandyopadhyay's Correspondence,1 we find it unfortunate that lockdown measures are viewed with religious and racist sentiments amid a pandemic. Bandyopadhyay seems to have unilaterally misinterpreted the UK Government's advice on returning home for Christmas, which to many people in the UK simply means a holiday period. It would be incorrect to drag minority ethnic and religious beliefs into this policy.

sputniknews (2021-04-17). Bush Calls for 'Gradual' Path to Eventual Citizenship for Illegal Migrants Amid Influx at Border. sputniknews.com In mid-March remarks on domestic policy, Bush already expressed his opinion that the US should find a way to legalize those illegal migrants who "have played by the rules." The ex-president claimed amid the current migrant influx that trying to return all of them back home would be a "political pipe dream."

Kieran Morrissey (2021-04-17). Ireland: Study of COVID-19 Deaths. globalresearch.ca Objectives | The goal of this study is not to impress academics …

WSWS (2021-04-17). Demand a four-week shutdown of auto plants to contain the spread of COVID-19! wsws.org JNAP workers in the trim department staged a protest Friday during the day shift, halting production after a worker was sent home after testing positive for COVID-19.

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P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-18). Powerful Buddhist Monk Throws Weight Behind Legal Challenge To China-Funded Colombo Port City Project. eurasiareview.com Government says Sri Lanka needs the project and assures that the envisaged legal structure will be under Lankan control.: | The politically influential head of the Abayarama temple in Colombo, Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda Thero, has thrown his weight behind petitions in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City (CPC) project. | The CPC is now at the crucial stage of getting a separate legal structure meant to get foreign investors. | Ven. Ananda Thero told a press conference on April 15 that his organization "Rata Rakina Jana Handa" had supported President Got…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-18). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-18). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus | Tweet from cleric's official account says Qaradawi, who is in his 90s, is receiving medical care and doing well | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 09: 35 | Qaradawi is regarded as one of Islam's top thinkers, and his religious show on Doha-based Al Jazeera television was watched by millions until around 10 years ago (AFP) | Senior cleri…

Staff (2021-04-18). COVID Profiteering Exposes the Need to Make Marxism Accessible to All. truthout.org The pandemic has upended ideas about economic ideology almost as much as it has upended the economy itself. There has been a massive shift of wealth toward billionaires and corporate giants like Amazon, at the expense of workers suffering the most sudden and severe wave of unemployment and impoverishment since the Great Depression. But there has also been paradigm-shifting federal stimulus legislation that has massively (if temporarily) expanded unemployment insurance and anti-poverty funding. Meanw…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). . ecns.cn American comedian Lee Camp made a rather ironic scene in his program "Redacted Tonight" recently. He came on strong with "critics" of China's COVID-19 control measures, race and human rights issues, then found himself "misreading the script". What he said about China is instead what's happened in America. It turns out Americans cannot stand the farces in America anymore.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million, Bolstering Call for #PeoplesVaccine. commondreams.org "As things stand, many countries in the southern hemisphere may not manage to achieve widespread vaccination until 2024. This long delay puts us all at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12317379421.jpg

Steven Singer (2021-04-18). Let the Children Play—My Prescription for Covid 'Learning Loss'. commondreams.org Play is the mind's way of finding out how things work, what a person can do, how it feels to do this or that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1213336761_2.jpg

Helen Clark, Joseph Stiglitz,, others (2021-04-18). Dear President Biden, A WTO Waiver Is Vital and Necessary. commondreams.org At the current pace, many countries will be left waiting until at least 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ref.jpg

The Canary (2021-04-18). Labour tells Rishi Sunak to stop 'hiding' and take 'responsibility' for Greensill deal. thecanary.co Labour's Anneliese Dodds has told chancellor Rishi Sunak he has "ultimate responsibility" for money lent through government Covid support schemes. And she accused Sunak of "hiding" from questions over the Greensill Capital affair. | The shadow chancellor has written to Sunak criticising his decision not to go to the House of Commons last week. He wasn't present to answer questions about the controversy surrounding lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron on behalf of failed firm Greensill Capital. | Evading scrutiny: | Instead, the government sent a junior business minister to answer an urgent ques…

RT (2021-04-18). Oregon may indefinitely extend controversial mask mandate as other states begin to ease Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com As some states begin to lift their Covid-19 measures, Oregon is considering keeping some of its own restrictions for the foreseeable future, reportedly prompting a flood of negative responses from the public. | Michael Wood, the administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, said rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in Oregon may be extended indefinitely. The restrictions, which are set to expire on May 4, could be maintained until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace." | The proposal aims to satisfy state law…

RT (2021-04-18). Fauci blasted for deeming gun violence 'public health issue,' criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions. rt.com White House advisor Anthony Fauci is being blasted by critics for attacking Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy while continuing to promote restrictions even for those inoculated, and weighing in on gun violence as a "public health issue." | Asked about recent polling showing nearly half of Republicans are still hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, White House health advisor Fauci called the trend "frustrating" and "paradoxical." | "It's almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the [public health] restrictions, but, on the other hand, they don't want to get vaccinated. It just almos…

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Blood-Clotting Illness PVT 30x More Prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 Recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford Researchers. orinocotribune.com A potentially fatal blood-clotting disease is 30 times more common among people who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer than those given the troubled AstraZeneca jab, researchers have found. | A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has found that after vaccination, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine) recipients were less likely to suffer portal vein thrombosis (PVT) — blood clots in the artery from the intestines to the liver. | For recipients of the viral vector Vaxzevria vaccine, the incidence rate for splanchnic thrombosis — clotting in the p…

Global Research (2021-04-18). El arma oculta del Lejano Oriente contra la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Desde la perspectiva confuciana, los occidentales serían muy propensos al individualismo: no sacrificaríamos libertades personales y careceríamos de rigor laboral en favor del grupo familiar, empresarial y nacional. Tampoco resignaríamos demasiado por la salud pública. | El uso del barbijo es…

Jake Johnson (2021-04-18). Calls for Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver at WTO. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats on Friday urged President Joe Biden to support an international push to temporarily suspend certain vaccine-related intellectual property rights…

IDN (2021-04-18). UN Forum Highlights New Initiatives To Tackle Inequalities Exacerbated By Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By Radwan Jakeem | With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders discussed options to unlock concrete investments to support a sustainable and resilient recovery at the The four-day Forum, held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-18). Third Pfizer Jab 'Likely' Needed Within 12 Months. eurasiareview.com The head of Pfizer has said that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while defending the relatively higher cost of the jab, Al Jazeera CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told broadcaster CNBC in an interview aired on Thursday, April 15.

Todd Smith (2021-04-18). A Most Political, and Perfidious, Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Are we under Martial Law?…Nobody knows what's going on!…It's madness unleashed by human error! — Quotes taken from the trailer to George Romero's 1973 film Code Name Trixie, better known by its re-branded title The Crazies It's sure been a crazy last year, with more "crazy" in the forecast. We've got lots of novelty vaccines …

Markus Vollack (2021-04-18). The Corona New Speak. indybay.org The virus as enemy and subject | A very conspicuous phenomenon for rhetorically evading any political responsibility is, on the one hand, to shift it to the population by dutifully supporting and participating in all measures and, on the other hand, to speak of the virus as an acting subject that is supposed to bear the responsibility for all consequences and collateral damage.

Edward Curtin (2021-04-18). Denying the Demonic. globalresearch.ca In March of last year as the coronavirus panic was starting, …

Sarah Hughes (2021-04-18). Massachusetts Nurses Face Down For-Profit Health Care Giant Tenet in Daring Strike. zcomm.org Close to 90 percent of the 800 nurses have been on strike since March 8…

Ricardo Alvarez (2021-04-18). Mumia Abu-Jamal is Scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery. zcomm.org Racism Remains the Greatest Medical Threat to Mumia's Health…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite images. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Duke University have developed a method that uses machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data to autonomously find hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. | The technique could be a boon for finding and mitigating sources of hazardous aerosols, studying the effects of air pollution on human health, and making better informed, socially just public policy decisions. | "Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles,"

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Water Crisis Took Toll On Flint Adults' Physical, Mental health. eurasiareview.com Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero. | New research from Cornell and the University of Michigan offers the first comprehensive evidence that the city's adult residents suffered a range of adverse physical and mental health symptoms potentially linked to the crisis in the years during and following it, with Black residents affected disproportionately. | In a survey of more than 300 residents, 10% reported…

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

Devin Cole (2021-04-17). Abortion rights workers beat back anti-choice bigots. workers.org Pensacola, Fla. (Occupied Creek Muscogee land) For four and a half months, abortion rights advocates have been defending the only abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla. The defense effort is led by Workers World Party Central Gulf Coast branch, Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and Women's March Pensacola. Every Saturday and most . . . |

Linn Washington Jr. reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-17). Students Bashed In Battle Over Mumia Abu-Jamal's Healthcare. indybay.org The author Linn Washington Jr. of ThisCantBeHappening.net has given the Jamal Journal permission to reprint this April 16 article.

CNA (2021-04-17). Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton To Speak At Vatican Health Conference. eurasiareview.com Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, and Deepak Chopra are among the featured speakers at a Vatican conference being held in May on the interplay of mind, body, and soul in healthcare. | The Vatican announced the conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation April 15. | "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul: How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health," will take place virtually May 6-8. | It will feature the CEOs of large pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna and Pfizer, along with celebrities active in medical philanthropy, global health advocates, policyma…

Kieran Morrissey (2021-04-17). Ireland: Study of COVID-19 Deaths. globalresearch.ca Objectives | The goal of this study is not to impress academics …

WSWS (2021-04-17). Demand a four-week shutdown of auto plants to contain the spread of COVID-19! wsws.org JNAP workers in the trim department staged a protest Friday during the day shift, halting production after a worker was sent home after testing positive for COVID-19.

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

_____ (2021-04-17). Majority Of US Population Supports Patent Waiver For COVID-19 Vaccine. popularresistance.org According to a new survey, more than 60% of US voters across party lines would support president Joe Biden endorsing the demand of a patent rights waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 countries at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The survey conducted by Data for Progress and the Progressive International and published on the latter's website shows that only 28% of all voters in the US oppose the move. | The survey indicates that the overwhelming majority of Democrats — over 72% — support the move which can reduce the cost of vaccine production and increase its reach to people in poor and…

Staff (2021-04-17). Colleges Are Using COVID as an Excuse for Austerity. Unions Are Pushing Back. truthout.org As COVID-19 swept across the U.S. last winter and spring, colleges and universities adapted swiftly to the situation. Though it was swift, it was not without pain: Just as quickly as professors learned to teach through a screen on Zoom, administrations slashed budgets. In the early days of the pandemic, little was certain about the future — if students would defer fall enrollment, how states might cut education funding or if the federal government would step in to offset the financial im…

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's consumption regains strength in Q1. ecns.cn China's retail sales of consumer goods, a major indicator of a country's consumption strength, picked up further in the first quarter of this year as the economy recovered from the impact of COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China bio firm dispels fears of serious blood clots from its COVID-19 vaccine. ecns.cn China's CanSino Biologics Inc (CanSinoBIO) has said that no serious blood clot cases were reported in the recipients of its COVID-19 vaccine Ad5-nCoV.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Asian-American businesses hit hard amid COVID-19: media. ecns.cn Asian-owned businesses in the United States have suffered heavy losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic mainly due to difficulties in accessing government aid and fears over rising hate crimes against Asians, according to a recent report by Reuters.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Over 183 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn More than 183.53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Thursday, the National Health Commission said Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to start Phase III trial in May: media. ecns.cn China's first messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine will start its Phase III clinical trial in May, China National Radio (CNR) has reported.

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

thelancet (2021-04-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Bojorquez I, Cabieses B, Arósquipa C, et al. Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Lancet 2021; 397: 1243—45—In this Comment, the date of the Ibero-American Summit has been corrected to April 21, 2021. This correction has been made to the online version as of April 15, 2021.

Richard Armitage (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Soham Bandyopadhyay1 claimed that the UK Government's national lockdown, announced in November, 2020, to control COVID-19, was an institutionally racist policy. Claims of institutional racism are serious allegations and thus warrant critical appraisal. I therefore raise three points.

The Lancet (2021-04-17). [Editorial] The ACT Accelerator: heading in the right direction? thelancet.com April 24, 2021, marks 1 year since the formation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) partnership. Its mission is to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, which is central to ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic still raging, has ACT-A been successful so far? And what does the future hold?

Adeline Lee (2021-04-17). Covid-19 May Fade, But Will the Tracking Tools Built to Fight It? commondreams.org We must ensure that temporary Covid-19 data surveillance infrastructures do not needlessly outlast this once-in-a-century pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/covid-passport-fauci.jpg

The Canary (2021-04-17). Indian variant could 'scupper' plans to ease coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co The Indian coronavirus (Covid-19) mutation could "scupper" the UK's march to freedom, a leading scientist has warned. This despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low. | Coronavirus infections across the UK dropped to the lowest level since the autumn, according to the latest figures. But a professor of immunology has called for Britain to be on its guard against a third wave. It comes after 77 reported domestic cases of another possible vaccine-busting mutation. | Indian variant: | Public Health England (PHE) reported 73 domestic cases of the B.1.617 variant,…

RT (2021-04-17). 'HUGE MISTAKE': Florida Gov. DeSantis blasts Covid-19 lockdowns, including the one he ordered last year. rt.com Florida's Ron DeSantis can boast being one of the most pro-freedom US governors in terms of Covid-19 rules, but he now regrets even going as far as ordering a 30-day lockdown last year, calling it a "huge mistake." | "We wanted to mitigate the damage," DeSantis said on Friday, in an Now in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn't work. We shouldn't have gone down that road. | While the Florida lockdow…

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