2021-04-23: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Pledges to Halve U.S. Emissions Compared to 2005 Levels as Virtual Climate Summit Opens, House Committee Hears Testimony on Role of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Preventing Climate Action, New York City Sues Big Oil over Decades of False Advertising About Climate Crisis, India Posts World Record Coronavirus Case Count for Second Consecutive Day, South Africa Resumes Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Study Confirms Elevated Risk of COVID-19 for Expectant Mothers and Babies, House Votes to Make "Washington, Douglass Commonwealth" the 51st State, Senate Passes Bill Targeting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, Pro-Tru…

Paul Street (2021-04-23). Slaves to the Constitution. counterpunch.org Slavery lives on in U.S.-American life, crippling "our" supposed grand "democracy" in numerous ways. The massive wealth, income, and health gaps between Black and white Americans and the related persistent segregation and mass arrest and incarceration of Black Americans cannot be properly understood without reference to the two and a half centuries in which Black

Murray Smith, Jonah Butovsky, Josh Watterton (2021-04-23). Capitalist Morbidity and The Global Crisis. counterpunch.org Authors' note: The following is adapted from the first chapter of our Twilight Capitalism: Karl Marx and the Decay of the Profit System (Fernwood Publishing, 2021) The social upheaval of 2020-21 may well mark a major turning point in world history. The global Covid-19 public health emergency and the associated economic slump have produced hugely

Combined Sources (2021-04-23). Protests demanding vaccines sweep pandemic-ravaged India. peoplesworld.org Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) supporters are staging demonstrations across pandemic ravaged India demanding adequate supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and life-saving medicines for government hospitals. The party is calling for universal mass vaccination across India, funded by the central government. It accused the government of trying "to absolve itself of the colossal health crisis that …

Zero Hedge (2021-04-23). Fake COVID Vaccines Discovered in Mexico and Poland. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | While scammers have been

Staff (2021-04-23). Michigan Outbreak Bolsters Fear That Conservative Outposts Will Prolong Pandemic. truthout.org When Kathryn Watkins goes shopping these days, she doesn't bring her three young children. There are just too many people not wearing masks in her southern Michigan town of Hillsdale. | At some stores, "not even the employees are wearing them anymore," said Watkins, who estimates about 30% of shoppers wear masks, down from around 70% earlier in the pandemic. "There's a complete disregard for the very real fact that they could wind up infecting someone." | Her state tops the nation by far…

news.un (2021-04-23). 90 percent of countries' health services continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic: WHO. news.un.org Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and 90% of countries are still reporting one or more disruptions to essential health services. The findings of the second World Health Organization (WHO) "pulse survey" reveal that no substantial global change has been made since the first survey was conducted in the summer of 2020.

news.un (2021-04-23). ACT now to speed up funding for COVID-19 tools, UN officials say. news.un.org Although a landmark global collaboration has developed and delivered COVID-19 vaccines and diagnostics worldwide, critical funding shortfalls remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report published on Friday.

sputniknews (2021-04-23). 'Stunning Photo': Indian Outfit Demands Expulsion of WaPo Bureau Chief for 'Mocking' COVID Deaths. sputniknews.com Facing a surge in COVID infections, Indian authorities are grappling with shortage of medicine and equipment. Amid rising domestic anger, a tweet by Washington Post bureau chief Annie Gowen describing an aerial photograph of burning pyres of bodies as "stunning" has hit a raw nerve among many Indians, who say…

sputniknews (2021-04-23). Indian Government to Provide Free Rations for 800 Mln People Over Two Months Amid COVID Surge. sputniknews.com India has been witnessing record numbers of COVID cases on a daily basis for the past two weeks, forcing several states, including Delhi and Mumbai, to impose lockdowns.

sputniknews (2021-04-23). COVID-Vaccinated & Recovered Mothers Sell 'Antibody Breast Milk' Online but Science is Still Murky. sputniknews.com Breastfeeding mothers were not part of COVID 'emergency use' vaccine trials in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so it's not clear what kind of effects vaccination might have on infants whose mums have just received jabs.

Ilaria Lega, Lorenza Nisticà≤, Luigi Palmieri, Emanuele Caroppo, Cinzia Lo Noce, Chiara Donfrancesco, Nicola Vanacore, Maria Luisa Scattoni, Angelo Picardi, Antonella Gigantesco, Silvio Brusaferro, Graziano Onder, the Italian National Institute of Health COVID-19 Mortality Group* (2021-04-23). [Research Paper] Psychiatric disorders among hospitalized patients deceased with COVID-19 in Italy. thelancet.com even where equal treatment is in place, the vulnerability of patients with a PD may reduce their chance of recovering from COVID-19. The promotion of personalised therapeutic projects aimed at including people with PD in the community rather than in non-psychiatric LTCFs should be prioritised.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-23). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Should pregnant women be vaccinated for COVID-19? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: ?I am a teacher at a middle school that is teaching students in person. I have been vigilant about following safety guidelines, but now that I am pregnant, I worry even more about contracting COVID-19 and the risk to my baby. Our state is opening up COVID-19 vaccines to educators, and I am …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-23). Leading US hospitals team up to promote COVID-19 vaccination. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org CLEVELAND, Ohio, and ROCHESTER, Minn. — A coalition of 60 top hospitals and health care institutions have joined forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign "Get the Vaccine to Save Lives" is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-23). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic Laboratories delivers during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 18 – 24, 2021, is the perfect time to recognize the remarkable work of clinical laboratory professionals, especially during COVID-19 and as Mayo Clinic Laboratories celebrates its 50th anniversary. ________________________________________ Mayo Clinic Laboratories has performed over 3 million COVID-19 tests. "In December 2019, there was a disease, and three months …

Staff (2021-04-23). 'Risk of dying from AstraZeneca higher than of COVID-19'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — Norway says the risk of dying from AstraZeneca is higher than that of COVID-19.

Staff (2021-04-23). Japan declares COVID emergency with Olympics 3 months away. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — Japan on Friday declared a new state of emergency for Tokyo and three other prefectures.

Rob Urie (2021-04-23). Capitalism as a Suicide Cult. counterpunch.org From the launch of the U.S. war against Iraq to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic there were over four million 'excess deaths' in the U.S., deaths over and above the rates experienced in other rich nations. Given the class distribution of longevity— the rich live a full decade longer than the poor on average, these excess deaths were overwhelmingly concentrated amongst those cast aside by neoliberal economic policies.

WSWS (2021-04-23). India ravaged by COVID-19 pandemic—a global catastrophe. wsws.org What stands in the way of mobilizing the world's resources to fight the pandemic are the profit and predatory geopolitical interests of the rival national-based capitalist cliques.

WSWS (2021-04-23). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Spanish steelworkers at Tubacex in Alva province continue strike begun February against redundancies; UK bus strikes continue at Go North West in Manchester and London United over fire and rehire and attacks on pay and conditions; Italian students at high school in Naples refuse in person and online lessons over lack of Covid safety; delivery workers at Uber Eats and Deliveroo strike in Nantes, France over low pay…

WSWS (2021-04-23). COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations on the rise in Alabama after easing of restrictions. wsws.org On April 7, Alabama's Republican Governor Kay Ivey lifted the state's mask mandate, falsely claiming that the "pandemic is almost over." Within two weeks, infections and hospitalizations are once again on the rise.

WSWS (2021-04-23). With 30,000 daily COVID-19 cases, Macron reopens French schools. wsws.org Castex announced this reopening policy even while admitting that the "number of daily cases remains slightly more than 30,000."

Eurasia Review (2021-04-23). Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Face High Mortality Rate. eurasiareview.com In a worldwide study of 2,100 pregnant women, those who contracted COVID-19 during pregnancy were 20 times more likely to die than those who did not contract the virus. | UW Medicine and University of Oxford doctors led this first-of-its-kind study, published in JAMA Pediatrics. The investigation involved more than 100 researchers and pregnant women from 43 maternity hospitals in 18 low-, middle- and high-income nations; 220 of the women received care in the United States, 40 at UW Medicine. The research was conducted between April and August of 2020. | The study is unique because each woman affected by COVID-…

MISES (2021-04-23). Texas Ended Lockdowns And Mask Mandates: Now Locked-Down States Are Where Covid Is Growing Most — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Ryan McMaken* | Early last month, Texas governor Greg Abbott announced he would end the state's mask mandate and allow most businesses to function at 100 percent capacity. | The response from the corporate media and the Left was predictable. California governor Gavin Newsom

Staff (2021-04-23). Iran COVID-19 update: 22,904 cases, 380 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) — The total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Iran during the last 24 hours has reached 22,904 as 380 more Iranians have died from the disease.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). China's Wuhan sees GDP up more than half. ecns.cn The central Chinese city of Wuhan, hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic early last year, notched up about 58.4 percent of GDP growth in the first quarter of 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). China to enhance anti-pandemic cooperation with Brunei, says Chinese FM. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that China is ready to deepen cooperation with Brunei in fighting COVID-19, support Brunei in carrying out vaccination and help it overcome the pandemic at an early date.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Italian analysts see Boao Forum as increasingly important platform. ecns.cn The 2021 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is a strong sign that business in China is returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic, Italian analysts said, seeing the event "fundamental" for European entities looking to do business in China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Guangzhou starts free COVID-19 vaccinations for Taiwan compatriots. ecns.cn Free and voluntary COVID-19 vaccinations for Taiwan compatriots began in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Global investors confident in China's growth. ecns.cn Chinese equities have become even more attractive to global investors as the nation's robust economic recovery backed by a strong domestic market provides a stable and predictable environment amid COVID-19-related global uncertainties, top asset managers said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Hong Kong's business sentiment improves amid abating COVID-19: survey. ecns.cn The overall business sentiment improved in Hong Kong alongside the receding COVID-19 pandemic locally, an official survey showed on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Chinese mainland reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 19 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). China says it's discussing COVID-19 help with India. ecns.cn China on Friday reaffirmed its promise to help India combat COVID-19 and the two sides are currently discussing the matter, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily press briefing.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Japan declares COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka region. ecns.cn Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 in the national capital Tokyo and the western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). China ready to strengthen vaccine cooperation with Thailand: FM. ecns.cn China is ready to strengthen vaccine cooperation with Thailand and help the Southeast Asian country completely beat the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Two-week lockdown imposed in Cambodia's Preah Sihanouk city to curb COVID-19. ecns.cn A two-week stay-at-home lockdown was imposed in Cambodia's coastal city of Preah Sihanouk on Friday in efforts to curb a surge in the local COVID-19 cases.

ecns.cn (2021-04-23). Brazil grants permission for clinical trial of new Chinese vaccine. ecns.cn Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) has authorized clinical trials of a new COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sichuan Clover Biopharmaceuticals, according to official statement, Reuters reported on Monday.

Ryan McMaken (2021-04-23). Texas Ended Lockdowns and Mask Mandates. Now Locked-Down States Are Where COVID Is Growing Most. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Early last month, Texas governor Greg Abbott announced he would end …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-23). COVID Natural Remedies Banned as DOJ and FTC Seek to Silence Doctors Promoting Vitamin D, C, Zinc, etc. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | When people in Europe started dying from fatal blood clots shortly …

Megan Redshaw (2021-04-23). FDA Slams Troubled COVID Vaccine Manufacturer over Quality Control Issues as Shareholders Sue Company. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | A new FDA report said Emergent BioSolutions, which received millions in …

Ilaria Lega, Lorenza Nisticà≤, Luigi Palmieri, Emanuele Caroppo, Cinzia Lo Noce, Chiara Donfrancesco, Nicola Vanacore, Maria Luisa Scattoni, Angelo Picardi, Antonella Gigantesco, Silvio Brusaferro, Graziano Onder, the Italian National Institute of Health COVID-19 Mortality Group* (2021-04-23). [Research Paper] Psychiatric disorders among hospitalized patients deceased with COVID-19 in Italy. thelancet.com even where equal treatment is in place, the vulnerability of patients with a PD may reduce their chance of recovering from COVID-19. The promotion of personalised therapeutic projects aimed at including people with PD in the community rather than in non-psychiatric LTCFs should be prioritised.

Eds. (2021-04-23). Migrant women farmworkers: An invisible essential labor force. mronline.org The Biden administration must address the industry's long-standing gender discrimination and systemic inequalities, which have become even more severe during the pandemic. | April 23, 2021 | Newswire…

PAI (2021-04-23). Flight Attendants union leader: It's safe to fly—with masks on. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—It's safe to fly now, despite the coronavirus pandemic, as long as you keep your masks on the entire flight, says Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson. And the lobby for the nation's airlines agrees. Keep them on through September, too. But the federal mask mandate ends May 11, and the two told …

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-23). Letters From Minsk: Coming in From the Cold War at Brest-Litovsk. counterpunch.org This is the seventh in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. My afternoon train to Terespol, on the Polish border with Belarus, left Warsaw central station around 2: 30 in the afternoon. Although I had my visa for Belarus, I didn't quite know how

Ed Rampell (2021-04-23). A crowning achievement: Fairy tale prevails over reality in 'The Crown'. peoplesworld.org I write this as the annual Academy Awards ceremony approaches; Hollywood's landmark Cinerama Dome, with its iconic concave screen, closes; and Prince Philip has made his last journey from Windsor Castle to St. George's Chapel for one final pageant, His Royal Highness's funeral. The confluence of these events has moved this film/TV historian to meditate …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-23). Bursting Pantsirs, Falling Bayraktars: Turkish-Russian Virtual War. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 22nd, Turkish defense company Roketsan released a video hyping up its Akƒ±ncƒ± UAV. | The video shows the drone use a MAM-T smart bomb, which hits a Russian Pantsir-S1 in a desert setting and destroys it. | Apparently, this is a kind of response to a video report on Russian TV, in which Russian "Lancets" destroy Turkish drones. | On April 18th, The Turkish media drew attention to the fact that in a report on military developments aired on the stat…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-23). Venezuela's Guaido Taps $152 Million in Funds Stolen by US. news.antiwar.com Venezuela's Juan Guaido is planning to make Guaido is tapping $152 million from the accounts. $100 million is said to be going towards purchasing vaccines through the World Health Organization. It's not clear what the remaining funds…

WSWS (2021-04-23). Pandemic produced a "catastrophic year" for Middle East and North Africa. wsws.org The pandemic has inflicted a horrendous toll, with more than 7.3 million recorded cases and 150,000 fatalities, a pale reflection of the real losses and suffering given the lack of testing and recording systems.

WSWS (2021-04-23). UK teaching unions stifle fight against pandemic and attacks on jobs and conditions. wsws.org The purpose of the conferences was to whitewash the role played for the NEU and NASUWT in creating this catastrophe, while signalling that the union bureaucracy would continue in the same corporatist role in support of the government.

WSWS (2021-04-23). Turkish government rejects lockdown as pandemic spins out of control. wsws.org As a result of the "herd immunity" policy implemented by Erdogan's government in the interests of the ruling class, the pandemic has spun out of control.

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