Daily Archives: May 6, 2021

2021-05-06: News Headlines

_____ (2021-05-06). Biden Supports Suspension Of Covid-19 Vaccine Patents. popularresistance.org President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday supported a proposal submitted by several countries to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to suspend the intellectual property of vaccines against covid-19 when the United States has already administered 250 million doses. | The announcement was greeted with sharp falls in the shares of the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech and Moderna and Novavax on the Wall Street stock exchange. | Biden made good on his campaign promise to endorse the patent suspension. Still, he has only done so when the U.S. vaccination rate plummets, and the country is sitting on…

Staff (2021-05-06). "Monumental Moment": U.S. Backs Waiving COVID Vaccine Patent Rights After Months of Blocking Talks. democracynow.org The Biden administration has announced it now supports temporarily waiving the intellectual property rights for COVID vaccines, in what the World Trade Organization is calling a "monumental moment." India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but the United States and other wealthy nations blocked the WTO from even opening negotiations on the proposal. Supporters say the waiver is critically needed to increase the rate of vaccine production for the Global South as COVID-19 rapidly spreads in India, Latin America and other regions where few vaccines are available. Biden's support for the waiver is…

WSWS (2021-05-06). May Day 2021 and the struggle for international socialism in Turkey. wsws.org As the pandemic intensifies the contradictions of global capitalism, we greet May Day 2021 amid growing geopolitical tensions and war dangers in the region surrounding Turkey.

Badri Raina (2021-05-06). Pandemic and Elections in West Bengal: Modi's Conjoint Failures. zcomm.org We have often been reminded of how Narendra Modi is never in the wrong. Here appear two exceptions…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-05-06). SARS Taught China How To Handle A Pandemic — OpEd. eurasiareview.com While China stepped up investments in its health infrastructure after SARS, the US downgraded it and India had always neglected it: | As on May 6, the internationally accepted pandemic figures were as follows: the US, 32.6 million infections and 579,000 deaths; India, 20.7 million infections and 226,000 deaths; and China, 90,721 cases and 4636 deaths. The contrast is clear. The main reason: China had greatly improved its public health infrastructure, the US downgraded it and India neglected it. | In an article in The Conversation dated November 3, 2020, Elanah Uretsky, a Brandeis University Professor a…

SA News (2021-05-06). Over 100 Countries Back TRIPS Waiver On COVID-19 Vaccines. eurasiareview.com President Cyril Ramaphosa says a proposal by South Africa at the World Trade Organisation to waiver specific Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations related to the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines is now supported by over 100 countries. | The President said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. | "We want to manufacture vaccines locally against the pandemic. It is for this reason that South Africa and India proposed the TRIPS waiver at the World Trade Organisation to enable the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines in developing countrie…

Staff (2021-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2021. democracynow.org In Reversal, Biden Administration Will Support Waiving Patents for COVID-19 Vaccines, India Sets New Global Record for Daily Coronavirus Cases, CDC Predicts Sharp Drop in U.S. COVID-19 Cases by July If Vaccinations Continue, Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Throws Out National Eviction Moratorium, Study Predicts "Rapid and Unstoppable" Sea Level Rise Unless Paris Climate Goals Are Met, U.N. Warns of Soaring Hunger, Child Mortality and Maternal Deaths During Pandemic, Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Ban on Trump, Active-Duty National Guardsman Arrested over January 6 Insurrection, Top Republicans Prepare to Oust Rep…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-05-06). Teaching, wellbeing and telemedicine: transforming neurology education. imperial.ac.uk The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted neurology education, but lessons learned can transform neurology training for years to come.

Staff (2021-05-06). Night of Qadr in Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Wednesday, 23th night of Ramadan in the Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber, while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

Staff (2021-05-06). Modi's Pandemic Response in India Is Turning a Profit From Death. truthout.org Let us be clear from the outset: what is happening in India right now is mass murder. And it is organized by a man who has Two images bookend the current crisis and contain in them a trajectory of the crisis. The first is the image of the Indian police hosing down migrant workers with bleach last spring, during the first wave of the pandemic, and the grimmer, mor…

Staff (2021-05-06). Trump-Appointed Judge Rules Against CDC's Moratorium on Evictions Amid Pandemic. truthout.org Delivering another blow to people across the United States First enacted under former President Donald Trump last year, the CDC morat…

WSWS (2021-05-06). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues executive order removing county-level COVID-19 restrictions. wsws.org The reckless indifference shown by DeSantis to the lives and health of millions throughout the pandemic is intimately connected to the ruling class's "herd immunity" policy and the repudiation of scientifically guided health measures.

Ociel Ali Lopez (2021-05-06). Crisis & Critique: The Ibero-American Summit's Impact on Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Ociel Alí López — Apr 30, 2021 | VA columnist Ociel López highlights the de facto recognition of the Maduro government by Washington-aligned countries in the recent international event. | The Ibero-American Summit is an event that brings together the presidents or senior representatives of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Andorra. On April 21, the XXVII meeting was held in Andorra, although most participants attended virtually. | The main theme was "innovation for sustainable development," but for obvious reasons it was the Covid-19 pandemic that ended up taking center stage. | The event's first importa…

WSWS (2021-05-06). The working class and the struggle against "herd immunity" policies in Europe. wsws.org Events since our last May Day rally have starkly shown that the task of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic requires coordinated international action by the working class.

WSWS (2021-05-06). UK: Second round of strikes at DVLA over safety at Covid-19 hotspot. wsws.org The action called by the Public and Commercial Services union is the only strike officially sanctioned by any trade union over Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-05-06). US birth rate declines to lowest point in more than a century. wsws.org The year 2020 continued the general decline seen since the 2008 financial crash, while the COVID-19 pandemic drove the birth rate down drastically starting in December.

Staff (2021-05-06). Taharka Bros: Ice cream with a side of worker ownership. therealnews.com The pandemic wiped out 70% of their business, but Baltimore's Taharka Bros' worker-owners successfully pivoted to delivery, saving their company and offering insight into how co-ops were able to weather COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-05-06). G7 foreign minister discuss anti-Russia and China agenda amid global pandemic. wsws.org Britain is using its position as host this year to confirm its wholehearted commitment to President Biden's aggressive foreign policy and push other nations, especially the European powers, to do the same.

_____ (2021-05-06). Report Finds Low Wages Make Food Workers Want To Quit. popularresistance.org Following the passage of stimulus packages with aid for workers like expanded unemployment benefits, politicians and business owners have wrung their hands over a supposed worker shortage as people refuse to return to work, as they say. A new report pushes back on that narrative and shows that actually, it's more likely low wages offered by businesses that are causing workers to want to quit. | The report by One Fair Wage finds that 53 percent of restaurant workers have considered leaving their jobs during the pandemic, and 76 percent of restaurant workers cite low wages and tips as the reason for leaving the ind…

WSWS (2021-05-06). Half of Canada's population less than $200 away from insolvency as billionaires' wealth surges. wsws.org While working people have confronted widespread impoverishment, illness and death, Canada's capitalist elite has seen its wealth soar during the pandemic.

progressive (2021-05-06). On the Line: Honduras' Climate Refugees. progressive.org The combination of the pandemic and natural disasters has left many Honduran in need of immediate aid.

Eds. (2021-05-06). More young Japanese look to Marx amid pandemic, climate crisis. mronline.org As the global challenge of climate change mounts and the coronavirus pandemic magnifies economic inequalities, Karl Marx, who pointed to the contradictions and limitations of capitalism, is gaining new admirers in Japan, particularly among the young. | May 6, 2021…

No Nukes Action (2021-05-06). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

sputniknews (2021-05-06). UK Votes in Largest Local Elections in 50 Years. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) — Wearing the mandatory face mask because of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are heading to polling stations in England, Scotland and Wales to elect their local authorities in the largest elections in 50 years.

Pip Hinman (2021-05-06). Treasurer Frydenberg shuffles back to austerity. greenleft.org.au After eliminating almost all its generous pandemic spending measures, the federal government has indicated it will soft-peddle on further cuts in the May 11 budget. Neville Spencer reports.

Imani Countess (2021-05-06). As Zimbabwe's Workers Fight for Justice, It's Time for a Fundamental Rethink of U.S. Policy. counterpunch.org This is "no longer business as usual," declares Peter Mutasa, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). "Unions are going to be united." According to Mutasa, the situation in the country is dire, with basic salaries at or near the poverty line and workers unable to meet basic expenses. The COVID-19 shutdowns and

Joe Piette (2021-05-06). Protest for incarcerated loved ones. workers.org WW PHOTO: Joe Piette Our incarcerated loved ones are being treated inhumanely, and their voices are not being heard. Over 4,700 people are locked in Philadelphia's jails, more than when COVID-19 began. The majority of people incarcerated are waiting for a trial — some for over a year — in . . . |

Eds. (2021-05-06). Community Infrastructure and the Care Crises: An evaluation of China's COVID-19 experience. mronline.org COVID-19 has exacerbated the gendered impact of care work globally, but lessons can be learned from countries like China that have relied on community organizations for solutions. | May 6, 2021 | Newswire…

Monica Moorehead (2021-05-06). Bashing China, U.S. commits crimes against humanity. workers.org It was announced April 7 that the Biden administration is being pressured by right-wing Republicans to either fully or partially boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China, which will take place for two weeks that February. As part of the ongoing anti-China tirade that accelerated with the COVID-19 . . . |

Fight Back (2021-05-06). FRSO in Twin Cities celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Over 50 people came together May 2 to socialize and for a short program at a local park pavilion celebrating International Workers Day. The event came on the heels of a 1000-person May Day march in Minneapolis. | Jess Sundin started out the program for FRSO, stating, "The capitalist class does nothing to justify their power over us. They literally let half a million people die of COVID this year – one of the worst death rates in the world, despite the tremendous resources to prevent that. They wanted us to say 'thank you' for a few stimulus checks, while hospital CEOs laid off health care worker…

Laura Jedeed (2021-05-06). The end of COVID could mean eviction. zcomm.org Over 10 Million People Could Become Homeless When Eviction Moratorium Ends…

Sarah Jaffe, C.M. Lewis (2021-05-06). Nurses Are Striking Across the Country Over Patient Safety. thenation.com Nurses Are Striking Across the Country Over Patient Safety…

Prof Anis Bajrektarevic (2021-05-06). Europe, Health And Holocaust: March 2020 — March 2021 — Analysis. eurasiareview.com For months, many argue that our Covid (C-19) response is a planetary fiasco, whose size is yet to surface with its mounting disproportionate and enduring secondary effects, causing tremendous socio-economic, political and psychosomatic contractions and convulsions. However, worse than our response is our silence about it. | It is an established fact that the quintessence of Nazism was not Hitler and the circle of darkness around him. It was rather a commonly shared 'banality of crime' atmosphere: Benevolent acceptance of ordinary village people living next to Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Dachau that the nation must…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-06). Under mounting pressure, US agrees to support limited IP waiver for COVID-19 vaccine; others follow. peoplesdispatch.org Shortly after the US announced that it will support a limited TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, the European Union announced that it was open to discussions. However, the approval of the proposal at the World Trade Organization might take longer…

Lance Johnson (2021-05-06). Ophthalmologists Now Ethically Obligated to Denounce COVID-19 Vaccines, as 20,000 New Eye Disorders Are Reported. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. In just a …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-06). CDC: 4,178 Americans Dead Following Experimental COVID Injections — Deaths from COVID Shots Now Equal 20 Years of Recorded Deaths Following Vaccines Since 2001. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. The CDC has …

news.un (2021-05-06). UN launches key initiative to protect seafarers' human rights amid COVID-19 crisis. news.un.org Around 200,000 cargo ship crew members are stranded at sea, beyond the length of their contracts due to COVID-19 restrictions, placing a major strain on their physical and mental health. New UN guidelines were published on Thursday, aimed at helping the industry better protect human rights at sea, as new COVID variants threaten to further delay crew turnover.

WSWS (2021-05-06). Families paint defiant Covid-19 memorial wall opposite UK Parliament. wsws.org Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to meet with the Covid-19 Bereaved Families campaign.

_____ (2021-05-06). A Case of Graphical Correlations: Making Sense of India's COVID-19 Surge. strategic-culture.org By Mathew MAAVAK | India is currently witnessing a COVID-19 surge of unprecedented proportions, with an allegedly

Staff (2021-05-06). Illegal sanctions serious obstacles to fight Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Representative to UN Zahra Ershadi called illegal and illegitimate sanctions against developing countries a serious obstacle to the fight against the Coronavirus.

Staff (2021-05-06). Iran COVID-19 update: 18k infections, 338 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 18,409 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Netizens Divided as Ivanka Trump Reveals She Received Second Shot of COVID Vaccine. sputniknews.com The eldest daughter of the former US president, Donald Trump, Ivanka, received her first coronavirus vaccine shot on 14 April. She did not elaborate on which vaccine she was given.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Australia Reports 5 New Cases of Blood Clots After AstraZeneca Vaccine. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Australia has recorded five new cases of blood clots that developed in patients who were administered the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the country's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said on Thursday, adding that the total reports of…

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Tucker Carlson Claims 30 People Died Every Day After Getting COVID Vaccine. sputniknews.com The claim comes amid the US' vaccination rollout: almost 140 million people have received at least one shot, while around 95 million Americans are fully vaccinated.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). RSS-Affiliate Says India's Biggest Vaccine Maker's Move to Invest in UK 'Influenced' by Bill Gates. sputniknews.com Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an ideological ally of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is organising a massive nationwide protest against Bill Gates over his remarks that COVID vaccine patents shouldn't be shared with developing countries like India. The Microsoft co-founder is one of the biggest donors to the Gavi-COVAX programme.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Duterte Asks China to Take Back Sinopharm Vaccine After Taking Unapproved Jab. sputniknews.com On Monday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-06). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

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