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How Venezuela has held back COVID-19 in spite of the US sanctions stranglehold on its economy

María Lourdes Urbaneja Durant tells Vijay Prashad that despite sabotage by the US, Venezuela has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19 through “participation of the people”

West European countries see unprecedented surge in new COVID-19 cases

Spain has become the first European country to record more than one million cases with France set to follow suit. Italy, Germany and the UK are badly affected too

WHO mega trial results out: Remdesivir, Interferon fail to prove effective

None of the four drug/drug combinations that were deployed in the WHO’s SOLIDARITY trial were found to be effective in reducing mortality, not even the much-hyped anti-viral drug Remdesivir

Understand the circumstances in which abortion is legal in Brazil

Ending a pregnancy in case of sexual abuse or when the woman’s life is at risk, has been the law of the land since 1940

COVID-19 vaccine may come, but what about equitable distribution?

With rich countries and big pharma companies getting proactive, there is widespread apprehension about access and price of the vaccine for countries that need it most.

Ten years ago, the UN declared access to water and sanitation a human right

The resolution does not reflect the reality of millions of Brazilians; perspectives are bleak with passing of new laws

Trump’s withdrawal from WHO is a cover-up for his abject failure on COVID-19

The WHO, warts and all, still stands for global cooperation and fostering public health policies, and is the only instrument we have for global coordination. It is hated by the right-wing precisely for these reasons.

Palestinian prisoner with cancer who tested positive for COVID-19 is in critical condition

Kamal Abu Wa’ar, who suffers from throat cancer, was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week. He is currently in the Assaf Harofeh medical center and in a critical condition according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society

UN’s envoy to Yemen calls for probe into Saudi coalition strike that killed 11

The airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a house where people had gathered for a celebration led to the death of at least 11 people according to the UN humanitarian coordination office. Houthi sources said the death toll was 24

Why has coronavirus exploded in Brazil and seems controlled in Argentina?

While in Bolsonaro’s Brazil, the death toll is counted in the thousands, in Argentina Fernández’s administration took drastic, timely measures and seems to have controlled the cases. Prioritizing economy or health, two political approaches that lead to very different outcomes.

Jessy Dayane: “Bolsonaro makes people choose between hunger and dying of coronavirus”

Brazilian social leader Jessy Dayane discusses how Bolsonaro’s position on coronavirus has undermined efforts to contain the spread of the virus and has resulted in the unnecessary sacrificing of lives

Billions of children are being punished by the pandemic

Vijay Prashad writes about the deep impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown on children who are suffering disproportionately amid the pandemic with limited access to education and higher levels of violence

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