2021-04-22: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-22). A Palestinian Prayer for Ramadan: May the Voices of the Oppressed Be Heard. dissidentvoice.org COVID-19 cases in Palestine, especially in Gaza, have reached record highs, largely due to the arrival of a greatly contagious coronavirus variant which was first identified in Britain. Gaza has always been vulnerable to the deadly pandemic. Under a hermetic Israeli blockade since 2006, the densely populated Gaza Strip lacks basic services like clean water, …

Reynard Loki (2021-04-22). The Ecological Toll of Disposable COVID Masks and Gloves. counterpunch.org One of the most distinguishable features of the COVID-19 era is the public, everyday use of personal protective equipment (PPE), mainly in the form of disposable face masks and latex gloves. And while these thin layers protect us and others from transmitting and contracting SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the lower respiratory tract disease,

Qiao Collective (2021-04-22). Why China's vaccine internationalism matters. mronline.org As rich nations stockpile COVID-19 vaccines, China is providing a lifeline to Global South nations spurned by Western pharmaceuticals and excluded by the West's neocolonial vaccine nationalism. So why is China being smeared for its efforts? | April 22, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-22). To Survive Next Pandemic, We Must Not Forget COVID Like We Forgot the 1918 Flu. truthout.org The second Moderna shot made me sick — as predicted. A 24-hour touch of what an alarmed immune system feels like left me all the more grateful for my good fortune in avoiding the real thing and for being alive at a time when science had devised a 95% effective vaccine in record time. | To distract myself from the fever as I tried to sleep, I visualized strands of synthetic messenger RNA floating into my cells to produce the alien spike protein that attracted my warrior T-cells. I drift…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-22). Ahead of crucial WTO meet, rights groups urge patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines. peoplesdispatch.org The rich countries have opposed the proposal of a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines put forth by over 100 poorer countries, calling it harmful for the interests of drug companies…

Staff (2021-04-22). Meet the Texas Doctor Developing a "People's Vaccine" to Help Inoculate Billions Around the World. democracynow.org We look at the state of the pandemic and vaccine rollout in the United States and around the world with Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hotez is part of a team at Baylor University that is working with a private Indian company to develop a low-cost COVID-19 vaccine. The task of developing a simple vaccine is "daunting," Dr. Hotez says. "We're talking about 5 billion doses of vaccine. And the question is: Where do you get 5 billion doses of vaccine?" he says. "We'r…

Staff (2021-04-22). "An Apocalyptic Situation": Indian Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID Cases Soar in "Modi-Made Disaster" democracynow.org We go to Mumbai, India, for an update on the state of crisis in the country as COVID-19 cases surge and hospitals run out of oxygen. India recently recorded 315,000 new cases in a single day, the highest daily toll in any country since the start of the pandemic, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has continued to hold large campaign rallies. Public health experts have blamed the surge on a number of factors, including the government's reluctance to impose another round of lockdowns, the spread of a double mutant variant of the virus, a recent Hindu festival attended by millions, and a slow vaccination drive. India…

VINS (2021-04-22). Zoom Classrooms Raise Concerns about Law Enforcement Surveillance and 4th Amendment Rights. projectcensored.org Zoom's popularity skyrocketed as the COVID-19 pandemic intensified in Spring 2020, and the company's revenues rose more than 169 percent. Online conferencing has enabled people to continue their work, school,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-22). Middle East-North Africa most dangerous for journalists, says RSF's 2021 press freedom index. peoplesdispatch.org Press freedoms in almost 75% of the 180 countries evaluated in the index have significantly declined. This has been aggravated by the COVID-19 outbreak which many countries have used as justification for exercising more control over the news media…

Harriet Alexander (2021-04-22). Pentagon Scientists Reveal a Microchip that Senses COVID-19 in Your Body before You Show Symptoms and a Filter that Extracts the Virus from Blood. globalresearch.ca Pentagon scientists working inside a secretive unit set up at the …

Dilip Hiro (2021-04-22). Biden's Anti-China Ambitions. counterpunch.org Like his immediate predecessor, Joe Biden is committed to a distinctly anti-China global strategy and has sworn that China will not "become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world… on my watch." In the topsy-turvy universe created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it

C.J. Hopkins (2021-04-22). The Covidian Cult (Part II). dissidentvoice.org Back in October of 2020, I wrote an essay called The Covidian Cult, in which I described the so-called "New Normal" as a global totalitarian ideological movement. Developments over the last six months have borne out the accuracy of that analogy. A full year after the initial roll-out of the utterly horrifying and completely fictional …

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 4.43 mln: Africa CDC. ecns.cn The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,439,823 as of Tuesday evening, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Research team member expresses surprise, consternation over WHO director's remarks. ecns.cn A scientist who took part in the international team studying the origins of COVID-19 has expressed surprise and dissatisfaction at remarks made by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom over the hypothesis the virus leaked from a laboratory in China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). India records fresh high of nearly 300,000 new COVID-19 cases, over 2,000 more deaths. ecns.cn India recorded 295,041 new COVID-19 cases and 2,023 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the caseload to 15,616,130 and the death toll to 182,553, according to data released by the health ministry on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Chinese health official stresses preventing COVID-19 import. ecns.cn A Chinese health official Wednesday called for continuous efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 through imported cases as the number of patients around the globe keeps rising.

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Indian PM rules out lockdown despite second wave of COVID-19. ecns.cn Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ruled out a lockdown amid the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Brazil's COVID-19 cases top 14 mln. ecns.cn Brazil reported 69,381 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 14,043,076…

WSWS (2021-04-22). Canada's vaccine rollout debacle key contributor to COVID-19 third wave. wsws.org Amid the deadliest wave of the pandemic to date, Canada's vaccine rollout is operating at barely half of its capacity.

Dorothy Cummings McLean (2021-04-22). Yale Public Health Professor Suggests 60% of New COVID-19 Patients Have Received Vaccine. globalresearch.ca An American Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University revealed that the …

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). China to produce more than 3b COVID-19 vaccines this year: Official. ecns.cn China is expected to produce more than 3 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, an official said Tuesday.

Rachel Carle (2021-04-22). The WTO Stopped Millions of People From Receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine. zcomm.org We should not expect the WTO to rule in the favor of equity; it was never designed to…

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Australian COVID-19 vaccine rollout plagued by "uncertainties": health chief. ecns.cn Australia's coronavirus vaccine timetable remains uncertain, Secretary of the Department of Health Brendan Murphy has said.

Susan Price (2021-04-22). COVID-19 spreading rapidly in North-East Syria. greenleft.org.au COVID-19 cases are spreading rapidly in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), also known as Rojava, reports Susan Price.

Susan Price (2021-04-22). Philippines: 'Duterte resign!' . greenleft.org.au There are growing calls for Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte to resign over his government's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, corruption and brutality, reports Susan Price.

The Canary (2021-04-22). Student leaders call on competition watchdog to take action over fee refunds. thecanary.co A group of students' unions have written to the competition watchdog, urging it to "take action to uphold students' rights" over tuition fees and rent payments amid the pandemic. | The open letter, backed by student leaders at 19 universities across the UK, calls on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to help students asking for blanket fee refunds as a result of Covid-19 disruption. | It urges the regulator to address the "broken" complaints process for students claiming refunds, and help advise students on their ability to withhold fee payments "if they have lost out" due to the pandemic. | The letter,…

VINS (2021-04-22). Report Documents Governments' Use of COVID-19 to Impose Authoritarian Policies. projectcensored.org A January 2021 report by the American Friends Service Committee documents how local and state governments arounds the world have implemented "extreme emergency measures under the cover of responding to…

news.un (2021-04-22). Syria receives first COVID-19 vaccines, for most vulnerable. news.un.org More than 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Syria on Thursday from the UN-backed COVAX initiative, to inoculate the country's frontline health workers.

news.un (2021-04-22). 'Careers have no gender', connect girls to tech, for a brighter future UN urges. news.un.org Despite information and communication technology playing such a key role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said that half the world remains offline, in his message marking International Girls in ICT Day, on Thursday — most of whom are women and girls in developing countries.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-22). New Report Highlights COVID-19 Impact On African Trade Finance. eurasiareview.com African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) released on 15 April the African Trade Finance Survey Report which provides a better understanding of the trade finance landscape across Africa and how it has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report is the first of its kind, surveying 185 banks from across Africa, representing more than 58% of total assets held by African banks. | In his opening remarks, Professor Benedict Oramah, President of…

Jesper D. Gunst, Nina B. Staerke, Marie H. Pahus, Lena H. Kristensen, Jacob Bodilsen, Nicolai Lohse, Lars S. Dalgaard, Dorthe Brà∏nnum, Ole Frà∂bert, Bo Hà∏nge, Isik S. Johansen, Ida Monrad, Christian Erikstrup, Regitze Rosendal, Emil Vilstrup, Theis Mariager, Dorthe G. Bove, Rasmus Offersen, Shakil Shakar, Sara Cajander, Nis P. Jà∏rgensen, Sajitha S. Sritharan, Peter Breining, Sà∏ren Jespersen, Klaus L. Mortensen, Mads L. Jensen, Lilian Kolte, Giacomo S. Frattari, Carsten S. Larsen, Merete Storgaard, Lars P. Nielsen, Martin Tolstrup, Eva A. Sà¶dder, Lars J. àòstergaard, Hien T.T. Ngo, Morten H. Jensen, Jesper F. Hà∏jen, Mads Kjolby, Ole S. Sà∏gaard (2021-04-22). [Research Paper] Efficacy of the TMPRSS2 inhibitor camostat mesilate in patients hospitalized with Covid-19-a double-blind randomized controlled trial. thelancet.com Under this protocol, camostat mesilate treatment was not associated with increased adverse events during hospitalization for Covid-19 and did not affect time to clinical improvement, progression to ICU admission or mortality.

Staff (2021-04-22). Headlines for April 22, 2021. democracynow.org India Reports Over 315,000 COVID-19 Infections, the Single Worst Daily Toll of Pandemic, Latin American Nations Suffer "Worst Moment" of Coronavirus Pandemic, U.S. Vaccination Pace Slows as White House Hits Goal of 200 Million Doses in 100 Days, Department of Justice Launches Civil Probe into Minneapolis Police Misconduct, Funeral Services Held for Daunte Wright, 20-Year-Old Black Man Killed by White Minnesota Cop, NC Protesters Demand Release of Footage Showing Police Killing of Andrew Brown, Columbus Police Body-Camera Footage Shows Officer Shot 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant Four Times, GOP Lawmakers in Iowa and O…

sputniknews (2021-04-22). Pfizer Says Identified Counterfeit COVID-19 Vaccines in Mexico, Poland — Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US pharmaceutical company Pfizer has identified fake doses of its vaccine against COVID-19 in Mexico and Poland, The Wall Street Journal reported.

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Australian man hospitalized with blood clots after Pfizer jab. ecns.cn A policeman was reportedly being treated for blood clots on Wednesday in the Australian state of Queensland after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday.

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-22). Face Masks Don't Protect and Risk Serious Harm to Health. Stanford Study. globalresearch.ca US-dominated Western governments lie and otherwise mass deceive their people on …

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-22). Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, The Pandemic Memory Hole. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. World War I was, however faintly, still part of my life when I grew up in the Cold War years. I can remember being hoisted on my father's shoulders to see the aging American veterans of that global …

George Galloway (2021-04-22). George Galloway: McCarthy's Law is Coming, as UK Wants to Register Me as a Foreign Agent… Because I Work for RT. orinocotribune.com By George Galloway — Apr 20, 2021 | Rumours are gathering momentum of a planned register for those in Britain considered to be 'agents of foreign governments'—including me. But I have nothing to hide, unlike the Tory cronies raking it in thanks to the pandemic. | The way things are going, one could understand if a register of British government agents was drawn up. After all, we have a media seeded with covert partners of state-funded 'initiatives', full of 'integrity' every one of them, not at all compromised by the secret sources of their lifestyles. | We have a veritable sea of troubles seeping into…

George Galloway (2021-04-22). George Galloway: McCarthy's law is Coming, as UK Wants to Register me as a Foreign Agent…Because I Work for RT. orinocotribune.com By George Galloway — Apr 20, 2021 | Rumours are gathering momentum of a planned register for those in Britain considered to be 'agents of foreign governments' — including me. But I have nothing to hide, unlike the Tory cronies raking it in thanks to the pandemic. | The way things are going, one could understand if a register of British government agents was drawn up. After all, we have a media seeded with covert partners of state-funded 'initiatives', full of 'integrity' every one of them, not at all compromised by the secret sources of their lifestyles. | We have a veritable sea of troubles seeping in…

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). BRI cooperation to spearhead post-pandemic recovery, says Malaysian expert. ecns.cn The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is expected to spearhead…

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). Hong Kong youngsters look to mainland GBA cities for career. ecns.cn With the local job market under great pressure due to a sluggish economy hit hard by pandemic, more young people in Hong Kong have turned to mainland cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to realize their ambitions and dreams.

Jesper D. Gunst, Nina B. Staerke, Marie H. Pahus, Lena H. Kristensen, Jacob Bodilsen, Nicolai Lohse, Lars S. Dalgaard, Dorthe Brà∏nnum, Ole Frà∂bert, Bo Hà∏nge, Isik S. Johansen, Ida Monrad, Christian Erikstrup, Regitze Rosendal, Emil Vilstrup, Theis Mariager, Dorthe G. Bove, Rasmus Offersen, Shakil Shakar, Sara Cajander, Nis P. Jà∏rgensen, Sajitha S. Sritharan, Peter Breining, Sà∏ren Jespersen, Klaus L. Mortensen, Mads L. Jensen, Lilian Kolte, Giacomo S. Frattari, Carsten S. Larsen, Merete Storgaard, Lars P. Nielsen, Martin Tolstrup, Eva A. Sà¶dder, Lars J. àòstergaard, Hien T.T. Ngo, Morten H. Jensen, Jesper F. Hà∏jen, Mads Kjolby, Ole S. Sà∏gaard (2021-04-22). [Research Paper] Efficacy of the TMPRSS2 inhibitor camostat mesilate in patients hospitalized with Covid-19-a double-blind randomized controlled trial. thelancet.com Under this protocol, camostat mesilate treatment was not associated with increased adverse events during hospitalization for Covid-19 and did not affect time to clinical improvement, progression to ICU admission or mortality.

Marcos Chamon, Jonathan D. Ostry* (2021-04-22). A Future With High Public Debt: Low-For-Long Is Not Low Forever — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Many countries are experiencing a combination of high public debt and low interest rates. This was already the case in advanced economies even prior to the pandemic but has become even starker in its aftermath. A growing number of emerging market and developing economies are likewise enjoying a period of negative real rates—the interest rate minus inflation—on government debt. The IMF has called on countries to

_____ (2021-04-22). Worker Centers: Where Causes Cohere, And Forge Power. popularresistance.org In October 2020, on what Amazon calls "Prime Day," Fadumo Mohamed and her co-workers at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Minneapolis stood in the whipping wind alongside a handmade banner that read "Amazon: Hear Our Voice." As the wind howled, Mohamed, bundled in hijab, a face mask, a long black skirt, and track jacket, approached a microphone and shouted to be heard over the storm, "We are human, we are not robots! We have to speak up! We have a voice! We are risking our health!" | In February, Mohamed's two-and-a-half-year-old son took sick, and she had to take him to the hospital for emergency surgery. She…

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). UK PM announces new taskforce to find 'promising new medicines' to treat coronavirus. ecns.cn British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced a new taskforce to find "promising new medicines" to treat coronavirus.

Makia Freeman (2021-04-22). Vaccine Passports: One Passport to Rule Them All. globalresearch.ca Vaccine passports are a major goal of those orchestrating Operation Coronavirus, …

Jacob Reimann (2021-04-22). Abolish the police! indybay.org We need to put money into housing initiatives, addiction and violence prevention programs, community centers and mental health infrastructures – and in parallel, dismantle the police step by step. We need to develop alternative structures for how we deal with violence as a society.

WSWS repost (2021-04-22). SEIU calls off Sacramento school strike at last minute, allowing all schools to reopen. indybay.org With less than two months left in the school year, scrapping the current distance learning plans and building new hybrid education models and work schedules from scratch is disastrous for public health, academics and family life. Over 90 percent of the union's members had authorized the strike, demanding greater personal protective equipment (PPE) and accommodations for workers with young children at home.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-22). California's Worst Wildfires Are Helping Improve Air Quality Prediction. eurasiareview.com UC Riverside engineers are developing methods to estimate the impact of California's destructive wildfires on air quality in neighborhoods affected by the smoke from these fires. Their research, funded by NASA and the results published in Atmospheric Pollution Research, fills in the gaps in current methods by providing air quality information at the neighborhood scales required by public health officials to make health assessments and evacuation recommendations. | Measurements of air quality depend largely on ground-based sensors that are typically spaced many miles apart. Determining how healthy it is to brea…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-22). Age At Menopause Can Be Assessed Using Predictive Modeling. eurasiareview.com The age at menopause is known to vary significantly between individuals and it has been associated with postmenopausal health. In a recent study, the researchers developed two models for predicting the age at natural menopause. The results of the study indicated that sex hormone levels, irregular menstrual cycles, menopausal symptoms, and life habits can be used for predicting the age at menopause. | The natural menopause occurs when the menstrual periods cease due to the naturally decreased ovary function. There is a significant interindividual variation in the age at natural menopause but, on average, women…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-22). Imperial student and alumnus join Fellowship aiming to transform venture capital. imperial.ac.uk Rohan Khanna and Ahmed Deyab have been selected from thousands of applicants for a Fellowship seeking to diversify the venture capital industry.

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