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A girl gets a dose of the Cuban made Soberana-02 vaccine for COVID-19 in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.

Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as two for Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Patrick Oppmann, CNN — The Cuban government has begun to vaccinate children as young as two years old for COVID-19, the island’s state media reported, in a bid to get kids back into classrooms. While other countries have said they will eventually vaccinate children, Cuba is believed to be the first to give Covid-19 vaccines to toddlers. In September, it declared that its homegrown vaccines were safe to give…

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Vantage Point: The Professor on the Soapbox on Vax Mandates, Roe v Wade, Other Major Issues

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, September 13, 2021 — The Professor on the Soapbox with host Dr. Ron Daniels aka “The Professor” Topics Vaccine and Mask Mandates Reflections on 9/11: Is America More Safe? The Enemies from Within Is Roe v. Wade Dead? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org Recent and archived editions — Vantage…

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Felisia Thibodeaux, executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, stands with bags of food she delivers

This SF woman convinced 1,270 people to get vaccinated. Here’s her secret.

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE — One thousand two hundred and seventy. It’s a number Felisia Thibodeaux can list off the top of her head. That’s because it’s the number of people she has gotten vaccinated by direct referral so far — and the number keeps growing. Thibodeaux is the executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, which operates out of the I.T. Bookman Community Center in San Francisco’s Ingleside Heights….

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A nurse asks a family to get vaccination at a vaccination center amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, June 17, 2021.

Coronavirus surge pushes Cuba’s healthcare system to brink

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — Cuba is bringing back hundreds of doctors working abroad and converting hotels into isolation centers and hospitals in order to battle a COVID-19 crisis that is overwhelming healthcare and mortuary services in parts of the Caribbean island. The country, which managed to contain infections for most of last year, is now facing one of the worst outbreaks worldwide, fueled by the spread of the more-infectious…

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The US Government donates 5.5 Million Pfizer Vaccines to CARICOM

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

The US Government has gifted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with 5.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. This is the culmination of efforts initiated by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, who as Chair of CARICOM, wrote to President Joseph Biden of the United States earlier this year requesting a supply of vaccines for the Community. President Biden subsequently announced that the US was donating…

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Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Hazel Trice Edney — With coronavirus cases rising across the U.S. as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, school districts nationwide are moving quickly to implement public-health precautions in preparation for fall re-openings. The scramble to put these precautions in place reflects the intense pressures that school districts around the country are under to reopen amid growing concerns that many students have struggled to keep up academically…

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Why African Americans Were More Likely to Die During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Why African Americans Were More Likely to Die During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Rodney A. Brooks — When it came to getting healthcare during the 1918 influenza epidemic, America’s Black communities, hobbled by poverty, Jim Crow segregation and rampant discrimination, were mostly forced to fend for themselves. Opportunities for hospital care proved scarce, leaving many relying on family care and, where available, the small but burgeoning ranks of Black nurses. When the 1918 influenza epidemic began, African Americans were already beset by a barrage of social, medical…

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White Workers Are Getting Hired Back Twice As Fast As Black Workers

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Nearly all the improvement in the unemployment rate over the past few months has been for white workers. By Emily Peck, HuffPost — At first glance, the unemployment rate seems a lot less terrible than it did a few months ago. In April, at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, the jobless rate was a record-high 14.7%. This month, the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.4%. But…

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People await help with unemployment claims at an event in Tulsa, Okla., on July 24.

The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% — And That’s Made the U.S. Less Secure

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

A new report shows that a $50 trillion redistribution of income to benefit the richest has made America less healthy, resilient, and secure. By Nick Hanauer and David M. Rolf, TIME — Like many of the virus’s hardest hit victims, the United States went into the COVID-19 pandemic wracked by preexisting conditions. A fraying public health infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies, an employer-based health insurance system perversely unsuited to the moment—these and other afflictions are surely contributing…

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A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in New York City, on Mar. 30, 2020.

Why the U.S. Is Losing the War on COVID-19

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Failed leadership, a distrust of scientists, and cultural attitudes have all combined to result in an inadequate response to COVID-19. By Alex Fitzpatrick, TIME — It is a frightening time to live in the United States. COVID-19, a novel disease as ruthless as it is seemingly random, is picking us off by the thousands; even many of those who “recover” may never truly be the same again. The pandemic has…

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African Update on the Impact of Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Source: Pan Africa Today, July 15, 2020 As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the African continent surpasses 600 000, the nature of the virus has taken on its own character. This happens while the global infection rate has surpassed 13 million cases, with the US, Brazil, India and Russia accounting for almost half of the confirmed Covid-19 cases globally. Irrespective of the seemingly low number of Covid-19 cases in Africa,…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism • Community Cares Listening Line “Remix”

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point Radio July 13, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Zakiya Newland and Leonard Dunston. Topics Community Cares Listening Line for First Responders and Essential Workers COVID-19 and Institutional Racism The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Dr. Zakiya Newland Project Coordinator, Community Cares Listening Line Leonard Dunston Convener IBW21 Black Family Summit, Durham, NC Ways…

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