2021-04-27: News Headlines

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). Philippines bars travelers from India amid COVID-19 cases soar. ecns.cn The Philippines will impose travel restrictions from India starting on Thursday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday, adding the ban will remain in place until May 14.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). China pledges to deepen anti-pandemic cooperation with South Asian countries. ecns.cn Foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday agreed to deepen cooperation as South Asian countries are facing a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). Serbian president receives 2nd dose of Sinopharm vaccine. ecns.cn Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday received the second dose of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine here in southeastern Serbia and expressed gratitude to China and the Chinese people for "enormous support and help."

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-27). Coming "COVID Commission" Is a Gates-Led Cover-Up. globalresearch.ca A corporate-funded COVID Commission Planning Group is being set up to …

Staff (2021-04-27). How the Lima Group and Prosur were Weakened by the Pandemic. orinocotribune.com The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of internal Colombian problems have exposed the absence of a regional forum to address these difficulties and generate coordinated solutions among the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean. | In the prior decade—South America's golden age—the region had UNASUR, an organization that fostered increased coordination between governments regardless of their political ideology, to resolve myriad and unpredictable international challenges. | Dismantling of UNASUR | This vacuum arose after the rise of right-wing governments in the region…

Dr. Charles Hoffe (2021-04-27). Canadian Doctor Defies Gag Order and Tells the Public How the Moderna COVID Injections Killed and Permanently Disabled Indigenous People in His Community. globalresearch.ca Charles Hoffe has been a medical doctor for 28 years in …

WSWS (2021-04-27). Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (UK) supports call for International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees. wsws.org The trade unions in Britain have sabotaged the struggles of workers during the past year, resulting in the highest per head of population death toll from COVID-19 (in a country with a population higher than 20 million) in the world.

Rubin R. (2021-04-27). NIH Launches Program to Investigate COVID-19 in Children. jamanetwork.com The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a research program to figure out why some children with COVID-19 develop severe illness and how to identify those most at risk.

Gill PJ, Mahant S, Hall M, et al. (2021-04-27). Reasons for Admissions to US Children's Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. jamanetwork.com This study uses Pediatric Health Information System database data to compare hospitalizations in US children's hospitals early in the COVID-19 pandemic (March-August 2020) vs the same period in 2017-2019, overall and for respiratory, chronic, nonrespiratory, and other conditions.

Ahmad Soheil Ahmadi (2021-04-27). Beatings and Indignity: the Plight of an Afghan Refugee. counterpunch.org The grimness grinds on for the world's 80 million forcibly displaced persons, 34 million of them children. Covid-19 is proving to be hard to beat, putting severe, months-long restrictions on activist support for refugees in transit and host nations alike. Ali (not his real name), who spoke to us from Ritsona camp in Greece, has

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-27). 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 (2021-04-26). Indian hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. ecns.cn India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 17 million on Monday with a fresh high of 352,991 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry. This was the fifth consecutive day when over 300,000 cases were registered in a single day.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). Indian hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. ecns.cn India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 17 million on Monday with a fresh high of 352,991 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry. This was the fifth consecutive day when over 300,000 cases were registered in a single day.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Monday reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). Dublin Zoo reopens after COVID-19 lockdown eased. ecns.cn Cahaya, an endangered Siamang Gibbon, holds her unnamed offspring at Dublin Zoo which reopened to the public today as Ireland took its next gradual steps out of COVID-19 lockdown, Dublin, Ireland, April 26.

Sayandeb Chowdhury (2021-04-27). A made-in-India shock doctrine, with a little help from Latin America. mronline.org While an assertive Hindutva deep state was already a work in progress under Narendra Modi, what is striking is how the contingency of the pandemic has been used to mask it with a no-holds-barred steamrolling of market reforms. | April 27, 2021 | Commentary…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-27). Despite the horrors of COVID-19, global defense spending rises led by the US. peoplesdispatch.org The US military budget in 2020 alone was around USD 778 billion, which is almost 39% of the total global military expenditure and marked an increase by 4.4% from the previous year…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-04-27). Thousands of houseless Peruvians forced to live in temporary camps. peoplesdispatch.org Over 10,000 Peruvians, who lost their livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic, have sought refuge in temporary camps set up on abandoned land in the Lomo de Corvina area, in the Villa El Salvador district, situated on the outskirts of the capital Lima.

WSWS (2021-04-27). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Teachers in Buenos Aires, Argentina have launched strikes in opposition to the return to in-person instruction despite an upward spiral of new COVID-19 infections.

Mello MM, Riley T. (2021-04-27). To Address Drug Affordability, Grab the Low-hanging Fruit. jamanetwork.com With COVID-19 dominating the news, it is easy to forget that up until a year ago, the US public's top domestic priorities for Congress were improving the affordability of health care and prescription drugs. But the need for action has only increased during the pandemic as millions of people in the US lost employer-sponsored insurance, states incurred massive expenses, and prescription drug prices continued their upward march.

Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (2021-04-27). El Gobierno de Puerto Rico nunca hizo las pruebas que establecía el protocolo para el regreso a la escuela. latinorebels.com Una investigación del Centro de Periodismo Investigativo (CPI) encontró que ni el DS ni el Departamento de Educación hicieron las pruebas de COVID-19 antes de la apertura en abril ni durante la clases presenciales.

Rubin R. (2021-04-27). Vaccination Priorities Delay Shots for Higher-Risk People of Color. jamanetwork.com Prioritizing older people or older people and essential workers for COVID-19 vaccination, as many states have done, slows eligibility for adults in some racial and ethnic groups and for those with family incomes below the federal poverty level, according to a recent analysis by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) researchers.

Prakash Karat (2021-04-27). As Union Government fails, Kerala shows how to combat pandemics and protect health of citizens. mronline.org THE total number of COVID-19 cases detected across India crossed over 2,34,000 on April 17, the very day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Asansol, West Bengal, where he congratulated the attendees for coming in large numbers and gushed that he had not seen such crowds at a rally before. | April 27, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-04-27). Lacking oxygen, scores in India suffocate to death as COVID-19 infections reach record high. wsws.org India's emergence as the world's COVID-19 epicentre, with more than 2.6 million active cases, is the direct product of the "profits before lives" policy enforced by Narendra Modi and the far-right BJP government.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-27). Turkey announces full lockdown following rapid COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org A country of over 85 million people, Turkey has so far recorded more than 4.67 million COVID-19 cases with over 38, 000 deaths. More than a quarter of all infections have been reported after the beginning of April…

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-04-27). America's "Testing Mess": The Healthcare System in COVID Testing and Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca Let me start by explaining that an antigen test, performed by …

WSWS (2021-04-27). Another Australian capital city COVID outbreak highlights danger of global pandemic. wsws.org The Western Australian state government yesterday ended a three-day partial lockdown of Perth, despite a still unknown number of infections from a quarantine hotel leak.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). EU countries to help India tackle alarming COVID-19 crisis. ecns.cn A number of European Union (EU) member states will offer their assistance to India to help the populous Asian country tackle the unexpected pandemic resurgence, the European Commission said on Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). China firmly supports India in fighting COVID-19: Chinese embassy. ecns.cn The Chinese government and people firmly support the Indian government and people in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy to India Counselor Wang Xiaojian said.

DoD News (2021-04-27). Pentagon To Aid India As It Copes With COVID-19 Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By David Vergun | John F. Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, briefed the media today, speaking on a number of different topics, including aid to India. | "The United States deeply values our partnership with India," Kirby said. "We are determined to help the people in India as they bravely combat this outbreak." | The Defense Department is working closely with other U.S. agencies to rapidly deploy oxygen-related equipment, rapid COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment and other essential materials to India, he said. | "We are also in close communication with the government of India to ensure that we ar…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-27). 6000% Increase in Reported Vaccine Deaths 1st Quarter 2021 Compared to 1st Quarter 2020. globalresearch.ca hese new products, which many doctors and scientists claim do not even meet the legal definition of a "vaccine," are described by the manufacturers themselves as "operating systems" called the "software of life," and prior to COVID they have never been approved to be used on human populations.

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-27). The Main Obstacle in the Fight Against COVID: Inequality. counterpunch.org Global vaccine production is insufficient, and even that has been hoarded by developed countries that have bought up from two to three times more supply than is needed by their populations, an action that has come to be known as "vaccine nationalism." What's more, vaccine purchase does not necessarily equal vaccine availability, as has been the case in Europe and the cause of growing conflict there.

Israeli People's Committee (2021-04-27). The Covid Vaccine: The Israeli People's Committee Report. Malfunctions, Failures and Damages. globalresearch.ca "I was impressed frankly with the obsession of your prime minister, …

Joshua Hanks (2021-04-27). Imperialist countries create global vaccine apartheid, prolonging pandemic. workers.org Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the scale of inequality under capitalism has come sharply into focus. Long before the pandemic began, inequality, racism and imperialism had threaded their way through all aspects of society, ensuring that the worst effects of disasters fall onto the most oppressed. . . . |

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). U.S. 'vaccine apartheid' denounced amid inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccine. ecns.cn As the United States is hoarding COVID-19 vaccines, many developing countries are still struggling to get access to doses, with exacerbating inequality of vaccine access, according to U.S. media.

Joseph Stiglitz, Lori Wallach (2021-04-27). Any Delay in Ensuring the Greatest Availability of Vaccines Worldwide Is Morally Wrong and Foolish. commondreams.org "There is no way to beat Covid-19 without increasing vaccine production capacity. And some production must be in the Global South for a host of reasons, including that prompt suppression of new variants is how we avoid more deaths and quarantines." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/kenya-1.jpg

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-27). COVID-19 vaccine response blunted by common inflammatory bowel disease treatment. imperial.ac.uk People who take a commonly-prescribed drug for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) should not assume they are protected after a first dose of vaccine.

Abdalla M, Muntner P, Peterson ED. (2021-04-27). The 2021 USPSTF Recommendation on Blood Pressure Screening. jamanetwork.com The year 2020 will be remembered as a time when COVID-19 disrupted all aspects of life, including medicine. As of mid-March, 2021, more than 500‚ÄØ000 people in the US and 2.6 million worldwide have died of COVID-19. Despite its morbidity and mortality, the COVID-19 pandemic also has spurred a remarkably rapid rethinking of how scientific research is conducted and how health care is delivered. Within 1 year, multiple diagnostic tests, medications, and vaccines were developed, tested, and disseminated. More than 100 million people in the US have been screened for COVID-19, and an ongoing vaccinat…

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). EU brings AstraZeneca to court over vaccine supply shortfall. ecns.cn The European Union (EU) has brought pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to court over its failure to respect the commitment to deliver COVID-19 vaccine doses to its member states, said a European Commission spokesperson on Monday.

WSWS (2021-04-27). Reinfections of COVID-19 after natural infection or vaccination. wsws.org Under conditions of a policy of reckless reopening, the danger of the virus mutating to escape vaccines remains a critical concern.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). Millions of Americans are missing second dose of COVID-19 vaccine: U.S. media. ecns.cn More than 5 million Americans, or nearly 8 percent of those who received a first jab of their COVID-19 vaccine, have missed their scheduled second dose, U.S. media reported.

Editorial Team (2021-04-27). Joint statement of Communist Parties: 'No to patents on vaccines!'. challenge-magazine.org On the initiative of the Communist Party of Turkey, communist and workers' parties from across the world have signed the following joint statement. | International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties, The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great tragedy for more than a year now. In this period, in many countries, millions of workers have caught the disease, losing their health, their jobs or even their lives. On the other hand, in the same time frame, some companies that have sold the essential needs food, hygienic materials, masks and finally, vaccin…

Rubin R. (2021-04-27). Medicare Raises Payment for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines. jamanetwork.com The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently increased the Medicare payment rate for administering COVID-19 vaccines to approximately $40 per shot.

Editor2 (2021-04-27). Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic COVID-19 Vaccines. orinocotribune.com By Lee Fang — Apr 23 2021 | New lobbying disclosures show over 100 drug lobbyists working to defeat the IP waiver request at the WTO. | The Pharmaceutical Industry is pouring resources into the growing political fight over generic coronavirus vaccines. | Newly filed disclosure forms from the first quarter of 2021 show that over 100 lobbyists have been mobilized to contact lawmakers and members of the Biden administration, urging them to oppose a proposed temporary waiver on intellectual property rights by the World Trade Organization that would allow generic vaccines to be produced globally. | Pharmaceutical…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-27). 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 (2021-04-27). 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 …

The Canary (2021-04-27). MPs and peers call for review of all coronavirus fines. thecanary.co Coronavirus fines are "muddled, discriminatory and unfair", according to a group of MPs and peers who have called for a review of all of those issued under lockdown laws. | The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) said the system "criminalises the poor over the better-off" and no Covid-19 fine should result in a criminal record. | "Significant concerns" about the validity of the fines, the inadequacy of the review and appeal process, the size of the penalties and the criminalisation of those who cannot afford to pay, were set out in a report. | Committee chairman Harriet Harman said: "Swift action to make restr…

Michael Roberts (2021-04-27). The year of the pandemic. mronline.org So maybe not just one year of the pandemic. | April 27, 2021 | Newswire…

Karen Conner (2021-04-27). PREVIEW: What to Look for In the First Quarter 2021 GDP Report. cepr.net While we should see strong growth, almost certainly over 7.0 percent, it will be setting the stage for even more rapid growth in the second quarter. While many pandemic restrictions were in place for much of the quarter, they were being weakened in most states by March. Furthermore, with large numbers of people having received …

WSWS (2021-04-27). US CEO pay soars during pandemic. wsws.org The gulf between the incomes of corporate executives and that of workers expanded dramatically over the course of 2020.

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