KUALA LUMPUR - Aid groups say Myanmar’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus have been crumbling since a Feb. 1 coup that has plunged parts of the country into chaos, raising fears of a third wave of infections. The military takeover has set off daily — and increasingly violent — confrontations with protesters across the country. A local rights group claims soldiers and police have rounded up thousands of people and killed more than 700, dozens of children among them, in a bid to quell resistance. A so-called civil disobedience movement has also seen thousands of public and private sector workers go on strike, bringing much regular daily life and business to a grinding halt. That includes the public health care system, threadbare even before the coup from decades of underfunding. Sources told VOA that thousands of doctors and nurses have walked off the job to join the strikes. Local news outlet Frontier Myanmar put the number of striking healthcare workers at over 60,000, … [Read more...] about Myanmar’s Efforts to Control COVID-19 Crumble Since February Coup, Aid Groups Say
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky Rochelle Walensky Washington state lawmakers push to provide lawyers for residents facing eviction Would closing the borders limit deadly foreign strains of COVID-19? Overnight Health Care: White House rebuffs call to send more vaccine doses to certain states | White House warns states to expect low weekly J&J vaccine shipments MORE called on Michigan to “close things down” as the state deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The CDC director addressed the growing spread of COVID-19 in the Wolverine State by saying sending more vaccines to the state won’t solve the problem, as immunizations take two to six weeks to affect coronavirus statistics. Michigan has seen cases skyrocket at a higher rate than in other states, rising sevenfold since its lowest point in February with a current seven-day average of 7,377 new cases per day, according to The New York … [Read more...] about CDC director calls on Michigan to ‘close things down’ amid surge in cases
The head of China’s Center of Disease Control (CDC), Gao Fu, insisted in an interview Sunday that global media misinterpreted his remarks claiming Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates.” Outlets reporting Gao did not consider the vaccines especially effective in curbing the Chinese coronavirus pandemic in light of that comment “was a complete misunderstanding,” he told the Chinese state-run Global Times newspaper. The first vaccine candidate the Chinese government approved — “Coronavac” by the firm Sinovac Biotech — tested at a poor 50.38-percent efficacy rate in preventing coronavirus infections after final trials by Brazil’s Butantan Institute. The CEO of the company later claimed the vaccine candidate was actually closer to “80-90 percent effective” but did not reveal which studies had yielded that result or what Coronavac was allegedly effective at doing. Gao had claimed to take an experimental vaccine candidate in July 2020, long … [Read more...] about China Backtracks on Admission Its Coronavirus Vaccines Don’t Work
Opinion by Nicole Hemmer Updated 1243 GMT (2043 HKT) April 12, 2021 Nicole Hemmer is an associate research scholar at Columbia University with the Obama Presidency Oral History Project and the author of " Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics ." She co-hosts the history podcasts " Past Present " and " This Day in Esoteric Political History " and is co-producer of the new podcast " Welcome To Your Fantasy ." The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN) There is a section of my closet -- I live in New York City, so by "section" I mean a few hangers bunched together -- packed with tulle and sequins and leather, increasingly over-the-top items that I bought during the pandemic as I dreamt of life after lockdown. The longer lockdown lasted, the more months without family gatherings or travel or nights out, the wilder my closet grew. And I know I'm not … [Read more...] about Are you ready for the Roaring ’20s?
As the final bitter notes of “Torn in the USA,” also known as the 2020 election, slowly fade, it’s already time for the band to start tuning up for the 2022 midterms. And while many called the November election the most important in the last half-century, these midterms may come in a close second. Why are they so critical? Put aside for a moment whether you support the Biden administration’s legislative efforts; Republican success in the House and/or Senate would vindicate Trumpism and the party’s autocratic direction. And the GOP’s efforts to pass voter restriction laws in at least 43 states underlines how determined the party is to regain power, recognizing this is their best hope for victory. The “Big Lie” about voter fraud in 2020 has eroded confidence in our electoral system among many GOP supporters, but Americans as a whole do not approve of someone threatening their right to vote. While a first term president’s party almost always loses seats in their first midterm … [Read more...] about How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022