2021-04-25: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-25). The COVID-19 Catastrophe in India Keeps Growing. zcomm.org Thirteen months after WHO announced that the world was in the midst of a pandemic, the Indian government looks into the headlights like a transfixed animal, unable to move…

Zachary Conti (2021-04-25). United Nations Convenes High-Level COVID Response Session for Vulnerable Countries. indybay.org The United Nations convened on COVID response and development needs for vulnerable, small island and landlocked countries.

commondreams (2021-04-25). Senators Ask Biden to Include Medicare Expansion in American Families Plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-25). Sanders, Warren Lead Call for Biden to Embrace 'Historic' Medicare Expansion. commondreams.org "Researchers have found that there is a massive spike in the diagnosis of cancer among Americans who reach the age of 65 that could have been diagnosed much earlier if the Medicare eligibility age had been lower," 18 Senators tell Joe Biden on Sunday as they urge lowering eligibility age and expand program to include dental, hearing aids, vision care, and out-of-pocket expenses. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/medicare_expansion.jpg

Mike Whitney (2021-04-25). The COVID-19 Vaccine; Is the Goal Immunity or Depopulation? globalresearch.ca First published in December 2020 | "There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic… You do not vaccinate people who aren't at risk from a disease. You also don't set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-25). April 2009, The H1N1 Pandemic: Political Lies and Media Disinformation regarding the Swine Flu Outbreak. globalresearch.ca The media reports are twisted. Realities are turned up side down. Policy statements are not backed by medical and scientific evidence.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-04-25). Amid Widespread Disease, Death, and Poverty, the Major Powers Increased Their Military Spending in 2020. zcomm.org Last year was a terrible time for vast numbers of people around the globe, who experienced not only a terrible disease pandemic, accompanied by widespread sickness and death, but severe economic hardship. Even so, the disasters of 2020 were not shocking enough to jolt the world's most powerful nations out of their traditional preoccupation with

Staff (2021-04-25). Mass Vaccination Advances in Venezuela: Fifth Shipment of Sputnik-V Vaccines Arrives. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, April 24, the fifth shipment of the Russian vaccine Sputnik-V arrived in Venezuela. The shipment, containing 80,000 doses, arrived at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, La Guaira state. To date, 380 thousand doses of the vaccine have been received by Venezuela. | This strengthens the National Immunization Plan that started on February 18 with two vaccines: Sputnik-V from Russia and Vero-Cell from China. | Venezuelan Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado, was in charge of receiving the shipment that flew directly from Moscow in a CONVIASA airbus. | New batch of Russian vaccines Sputn…

Staff (2021-04-25). Abuse and Lack of Transparency Fuel Vaccine Mistrust in ICE Jails. truthout.org David John has been on hunger strike for over a month. A longtime New York resident who has been incarcerated for two years while fighting deportation at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center, John contracted COVID-19 twice during outbreaks at the immigration jail, where 63 percent of the population

Edward Leer (2021-04-25). The Man Who Stole the Sun. counterpunch.org The circumstances under which you watch a film invariably affect the experience. Watching Kazuhiko Hasegawa's The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979) in the middle of America's COVID-19 pandemic as well as the race protests certainly shaped how I viewed what is, at first glance, a critique of Japanese culture's tendency to blindly obey. Written

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China to kick off nationwide consumption campaign. ecns.cn China will kick off a monthlong campaign promoting consumption in May amid efforts to bolster consumer spending as the country has effectively brought COVID-19 under control.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). India to build over 500 new medical oxygen plants to ensure supplies amid COVID-19 surge. ecns.cn As many as 551 new medical oxygen generation plants would be set up across India in a bid to address the shortage of oxygen amid the COVID-19 surge, said an official statement issued by the prime minister office Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Mexico receives new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinovac. ecns.cn Mexico has received the seventh shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines produced by Chinese company Sinovac, which will help accelerate the national inoculation plan, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Jordan receives China-donated Sinopharm vaccines. ecns.cn Jordan on Sunday received a batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government as part of the anti-pandemic cooperation between the two countries.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). 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 …

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). American Museum of Natural History sets new site for COVID-19 vaccination. ecns.cn The American Museum of Natural History repurposed an aquarium as a COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday for New York residents over 18 years old.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Lockdown extended in Delhi by a week to check India's COVID-19 surge. ecns.cn The ongoing lockdown in New Delhi has been extended by another week owing to the surge in the COVID-19 cases, announced Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Yunnan's Ruili downgrades COVID-19 risk level in seven areas. ecns.cn Ruili, a border city in southwest China's Yunnan Province, has brought down the number of areas classified as high or medium-risk for COVID-19 transmission on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). COVID-19 vaccination key to economic recovery: HKSAR gov't officials. ecns.cn Senior officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Sunday urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a bid to save the economy from a prolonged recession.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Immersive experience: 2021 Beijing Half Marathon kicks off. ecns.cn The Beijing Half Marathon, halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, resumed on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Chinese mainland reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Saturday reported 13 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). 2021 Beijing Half Marathon kicks off. ecns.cn The 2021 Beijing Half Marathon, halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, resumed on Saturday. The Half Marathon covers a total length of 21.0975 km, starting from Tiananmen Square and ending at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest). It is the first time this year that Beijing host a 10,000-person event.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China speeds up COVID-19 vaccine R&D to fight variants: expert. ecns.cn China is speeding up research and development on vaccines to counter COVID-19 variants, said Chinese medical expert Zhong Nanshan at 2021 Medical Science Frontiers Forum held in Guangzhou on Saturday.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). India Urges Social Media Platforms to Take Down Posts Spreading Fake COVID-19 Info. sputniknews.com In February of this year, the Indian federal government threatened Twitter with legal consequences after which the microblogging app removed certain accounts listed by the authorities. The accounts had allegedly spread provocative sentiments on social media with specific hashtags pertaining to the raging farmer protests.

Observer Research Foundation (2021-04-25). The Pushback Against China — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Now, the European Union has released its own Indo-Pacific strategy too: | By Harsh V. Pant | Till a few months back, China's rise was taken as a given. It still is in many ways. China is a rising economic and political power and it's pointless to talk about preventing that from happening. But how China rises can certainly be managed so that it causes least disruption in the global order. | The disorder ushered in by Covid-19 has underlined to the world the costs of giving China a free pass. And in response, the world has galvanised. Pushback against China has been manifesting itself in multiple ways. I…

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Hungary receives new batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines. ecns.cn The fourth batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines that Hungary had purchased arrived here on Saturday and were welcomed by the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade at the airport.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Indian gov't exempts customs duty on import of COVID-19 vaccines, oxygen. ecns.cn The Indian government on Saturday decided to exempt basic customs duty on imports of COVID-19 vaccines, medical grade oxygen for a period of three months, said a senior official.

Institute of South Asian Studies (2021-04-25). The V-Shaped COVID-19 Surge In India: How Will It Impact Growth? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While the forecast for India's economic growth for this fiscal year has been pegged by all institutions at around 12 percent, a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases has put a shadow on its recovery. With the hindsight of the slowdown of the economy in 2020, government policies have attempted to ensure that a balance between lives and livelihoods is maintained so that the public is not subjected to greater hardship. In the ultimate analysis, the government will have to ramp up vaccination, boost vaccine production and ring fence economic activity to minimise disruption. | By Vinod Rai* | Forecast: | In its lat…

Arab News (2021-04-25). How To Perform Umrah This Ramadan — Interview. eurasiareview.com By Mohammed Al-Sulami | Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced guidelines for issuing Umrah and prayer permits for the month of Ramadan. Vaccinations are at the top of the priority list, with no worshippers allowed into either Makkah's Grand Mosque or the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah without having received at least one dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. | Additionally, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has highlighted the need to follow all precautionary measures to ensure the safety, health and security of those visiting the two holy mosques. Millions of worshippers hav…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). South African COVID-19 Jab Contract Bails Out Firm That Funded President's Election. sputniknews.com South Africa's temporary halt on giving the US-developed Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine as part of a mass clinical trial did not stop negotiations for a huge supply contract with local licensed producer Aspen Pharmacare — throwing a lifeline to its unused $210-million plant on the Indian Ocean coast.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). 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 (2021-04-25). 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 …

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China's new recombinant COVID-19 vaccine starts human tests. ecns.cn Sinopharm, the Chinese pharmaceutical giant, has commenced phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials for its new recombinant vaccine against COVID-19 in central China's Henan Province since Saturday.

Tahsin Saadi Sedik, Jiae Yoo* (2021-04-25). What Pandemics Mean For Robots And Inequality — Analysis. eurasiareview.com From car manufacture to self-service checkouts, we all see how automation can transform the world of work—with lower costs and higher productivity on one hand, and more precarious employment for people on the other. But the COVID-19 pandemic added fuel to the fire. The rise in telework, for example, is hurting low-wage workers and More broadly, if the pandemic accelerates the pace of automation, then we may face a jobless recovery for low-skilled workers. Our recent IMF…

Common Dreams staff (2021-04-25). 'Not a Surprise, But Terrifying': At India's Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response. commondreams.org "Not a surprise. But terrifying nonetheless," said Naomi Klein in response to news that Twitter blocked tweets critical of Modi's Covid response in India. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/modi_twitter_india.png

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Gen. Salami stresses IRGC's full support in fighting Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — Major General Hossein Salami, the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says that the IRGC will spare no efforts in helping the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Indian variant of Covid-19 not still detected in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Health Ministry Public Relations Office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Sunday that the Indian variant of the coronavirus has not been detected in Iran although it is likely that will happen in the future.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Third clinical trial phase of Iranian-made Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — The third clinical trial phase of COV Iran Barakat to fight the Covid-19 pandemic began on Sunday with Minoo Mahraz, who is leading the research team working on the vaccine receiving it first.

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-25). Members of European Parliament Served with Notices of Liability for COVID-19. 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). | *** | Introductory Note by Catherine Austin Fitts | The

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-25). Doctors and Scientists Write to the European Medicines Agency, Warning of COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers for a Third Time. 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). | *** | Ahead of European Green Certificate (vaccine passport) vote in the European …

Gaspar Hernández (2021-04-25). VIDEO: Coronavirus vs. H1N1: Spanish Nun Speaks out on the 2009 Swine Flu H1N1 Pandemic: "Crimes and Abuses of the Pharmaceutical Industry" globalresearch.ca

Kevin Barry (2021-04-25). The True Story of the 1918 "Spanish Flu" globalresearch.ca For long version of original Kevin Barry article, click For over a century, various entities that are involved in the propaganda machinery that has been tasked by the powers-that-be to advance American patriotism and corporate profiteering …

Sucharit Bhakdi, Karina Reiss (2021-04-25). The continued false alarm. indybay.org In the past, a pandemic could only be declared if a new pathogen caused many deaths worldwide. In 2009, the WHO changed the definition in time for the swine flu fake pandemic so that the criteria of "new" and "worldwide spread" were sufficient.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Wuhan's tourist industry gains momentum. ecns.cn Wuhan's tourist industry is building momentum after its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-25). Share Vaccine Recipes With Poor During Pandemic? One of World's Richest Men Bill Gates Says 'No'. commondreams.org Asked directly during an interview on Sunday if he thought it "would be helpful" to have vaccine recipes and technology shared with the world, Bill Gates quickly answered: "No.""Who appointed this billionaire head of global health?" asked one critic in response. "Oh yeah, he did." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gates_vaccine_wto_intellectual_property.png

Staff (2021-04-25). Tehran in Ramadan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — People in Tehran are preserving Ramadan rituals amid the pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Head and neck cancers are becoming increasingly common. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org There are many causes of head and neck cancers, and treatment is complicated. And one of the fastest growing demographic of cancers in the U.S. is human papillomavirus (HPV) in younger people, says Dr. Daniel Ma, a Mayo Clinic radiation oncologist. "This is a treatable disease," says Dr. Ma. "It's a disease that's very responsive …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). Mayo study finds colon cancer driven by hereditary gene mutations in 1 in 6 patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. –?A new Mayo Clinic study bolsters evidence that colorectal cancer is often imprinted in family genes and passed on from one generation to the next. In the study, published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, researchers within the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine found 1 in 6 patients with colorectal cancer had an …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). Mayo researchers, collaborators identify 'instigator' gene associated with Alzheimer's disease. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In a new paper published in Nature Communications, Mayo Clinic researchers and collaborators report the protein-coding gene SERPINA5 may worsen tau protein tangles, which are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease, and advance disease. By combining clinical expertise, brain tissue samples, pathology expertise and artificial intelligence, the team clarified and validated the relevance of …

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