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20/6/21: COVID19: Europe and EU27

Updating pandemic numbers for the past week for EU27 and Europe:As the charts clearly show, Europe experienced significant declines in new cases and deaths in recent weeks, in part due to improved rates of vaccinations.The third wave is now clearly behind us in both the EU27 and Europe, although European cases are remaining at much higher levels than those in the EU27. A similar pattern is evident in deaths.In terms of Covid19 mortality (deaths per 1,000 cases) the rate of mortality has been...

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19/6/21: COVID19: Worldwide Data

With some time passing since my last update, and the rates of vaccinations ramping up globally, it is easy to forget the simple, but devastating fact: we are still in a global pandemic. Here are the latest weekly totals for new cases and new deaths, worldwide:Just as the charts show,New cases have fallen significantly from the pandemic peak (Wave 4), but remain above the prior trough between Waves 3 and 4. New deaths recorded are still at extremely high levels, and showing an uptick...

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9/5/21: COVID19: BRIICS

 Updating data for BRIICS for Covid19 pandemic through Week 17 of 2021 (current week):Almost half of all cumulated cases within the BRIICS (Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa) group are now in India (above) and almost half of all deaths are in Brazil (below).The pandemic dynamics have turned decisively in recent weeks: in terms of new cases, India dominates the trend up, with all other BRIICS showing amelioration in the pandemic:Similarly, for we weekly death...

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9/5/21: COVID19: Europe and EU27

Updating graphs for Europe and EU27 pandemic data through week 17 of 2021:Some good news with a shade of a reality check:New cases are off their Wave 3 highs, solidly soCurrent case counts are still above Wave 2 trough and well ahead of where they were at the end of Summer 2020.Similar, but a bit more benign trend in weekly death counts:Good news 'part 3': mortality rates are declining, again:While the progress on vaccinations across Europe has been less impressive than desired, it now...

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8/5/21: COVID19: Most impacted countries

 Covering data through this week (week 17) of 2021 for world's most impacted countries.First: most impacted countries by the rate of infections and by mortality:There is only one large country (population > 100 million) that is listed in both tables: the U.S. Now, a table of countries with more than 1 million cases:The U.S. ranks 8th worst performer in the group of 28 countries with more than 1 million cases, when measured across all three metrics: infections per 1 million of population,...

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8/5/21: COVID19: Worldwide Data

 Updating worldwide data for the Covid19 pandemic through week 17 of 2021 (current week):We exited Wave 3 that started Week 34, 2020, peaked in Week 1, 2021, and bottomed out in Week 7 of 2021.Since Week 8 of 2021, we are seeing growth of a new wave, Wave 4The latest levels of new infections are now the highest in the history of the pandemic and in the last two weeks of the data, world case counts are in excess of the Wave 3 peak levels.Starting with Week 8 of 2021 we are witnessing a new,...

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Biden Urged to Stand ‘On the Side of Humanity’ and Back Waiver for Covid Vaccine Patents

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams The U.S. is facing sustained calls to end its opposition of a proposal to temporarily lift intellectual property rules for Covid-19 vaccines and related technology as soaring coronavirus cases ravage India and new reporting spotlights a debate within the Biden administration over whether to support the patent suspension effort to help tackle the global pandemic or prioritize Big Pharma’s interests. At...

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The Corporate Food Takeover

Yves here. Many of you have probably noticed some of the many signs of increasing corporate buyouts in the agriculture industry. I knew Japanese companies in the bubble years that were acquiring chicken farms and processors in Vietnam and hedgies in the 1990s who were buying agricultural land in Africa and South America. In more recent years, China has been buying food producer in Africa. Corporate interests have been hoovering up potable water sources in the US and many other major...

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Another False Start in Africa Sold with Gates Foundation Green Revolution Myths

Yves here. It’s disturbing to see how far the influence of the Gates Foundation extends. And worse, it too regularly stands for what the sort of leading edge [neoliberal] conventional wisdom that McKinsey regularly promotes. This post described how the much hyped green revolution, instead of increasing output, has resulted in environmental degradation and exposure to toxic substances even as the number of underfed increased. By Timothy A. Wise, senior advisor at the Institute for Agriculture...

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19/4/21: COVID19: BRIICS

BRIICS are now in a fully-developed Wave 4 of the pandemic, like much of the rest of the world. This is confirmed across both new case numbers and weekly deaths counts:I highlighted in the table below two BRIICS countries with seriously questionable data quality: China and India. China has been routinely reporting numbers that simply are out of line with anything reported by other countries around the world. India's death statistics appear to be similarly out line with experience in most...

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