Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to ‘stop whining’ after record Covid-19 deaths

After two straight days of record COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday told Brazilians to stop “whining” and move on, in his latest remarks attacking distancing measures and downplaying the gravity of the pandemic.

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First locally made AstraZeneca COVID vaccine doses rolling out from March 22 – ABC News

Australia has secured 53.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which 50 million will be made locally.

“We are still working and still expect to get those other 3.8 million, and we may yet get more in coming weeks,” Professor Murphy said.

Source: First locally made AstraZeneca COVID vaccine doses rolling out from March 22 – ABC News

Exclusive: U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account – sources | Reuters

Myanmar’s military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials to put a freeze on the funds, according to three people familiar with the matter, including one U.S. government official.

Source: Exclusive: U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account – sources | Reuters

Jeep is open to dropping Cherokee name, says CEO | Fox Business

Carlos Tavares, chief executive officer of the recently formed Stellantis NV, said the company was engaged in dialogue with the Cherokee Nation over its use of the name. Jeep has two models, the Cherokee compact sport-utility vehicle and larger Grand Cherokee, that it sells in the U.S. and beyond.

Source: Jeep is open to dropping Cherokee name, says CEO | Fox Business

Jamaican Government provides further information on Vaccination Implementation Plan

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As I observed in my last post, we seem to be obsessed with the vaccines and who will get them first, or in what order. I am still not quite clear where the Government officials will come into the picture – after everyone else? As for my husband and I, we will float around in the “general pool” mentioned below, until the time comes for us to get our shots. Fortunately, we are both good at treading water…

Here’s the latest press release on the matter from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Government provides further information on Vaccination Implementation Plan

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, March 4, 2021: The Government of Jamaica wishes to provide further details on the administration of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Jamaica. In keeping with global standards, the priority demographic group for access to vaccinations across any population are those persons who are likely…

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US tightens trade restrictions against Myanmar after bloody protest crackdown

The United States on Thursday unveiled new measures to punish Myanmar’s army for its Feb. 1 coup, blocking the ministries of defense and home affairs and top military conglomerates from certain types of trade.

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Dr Seuss’s legacy of kindness has only been bolstered by his estate’s decision

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We make changes to children’s books all the time. It’s important to ask: does the cultural value of this book outweigh the potential harm?

Children’s literature sits at an awkward crossroads, where it is expected to be art, education and moral instruction. Children’s books are designed to teach our kids to read, to teach them about the world, about themselves and their bodies, about how to be kind, about society’s morals and values.

This is true of all children’s literature, but it is particularly true of books by Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss), which do all these things deliberately and explicitly. Which is why I’m not at all surprised that Seuss’s estate has decided to cease publication of six titles due to their racist portrayal of people of colour. To do otherwise would be disrespectful to Seuss’s legacy of kindness and empathy.

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Inoreader – For some Texans who lost loved ones to the coronavirus, lifting the mask mandate is a “slap in the face”

But with more than 43,000 dead in Texas — including her husband — is wearing a mask in public too much to ask? At the least, it could take pressure off the medical systems and help prevent more people from dying, she said.

“It’s not about taking away anybody’s job or making anybody else suffer financially because everybody has their families to take care of,” said Ramos, who lost her husband Ricardo Ramos to the coronavirus last year.

“People can go pick up groceries, people can go into a restaurant and people can shop around the mall in masks,” she said.

Abbott’s Tuesday declaration that it was time to “open Texas” has been decried by local officials and health experts, who say it’s too soon to become lax with coronavirus restrictions, as just 7% of the state’s residents have been fully inoculated against the virus. President Joe Biden likened the decision to “Neanderthal thinking,” and an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s not the time to loosen precautions.

But the announcement hit harder with Ramos, and others who have lost spouses, parents or friends to the virus — in some cases, making them wonder if the deaths of their loved ones meant nothing.

Source: Inoreader – For some Texans who lost loved ones to the coronavirus, lifting the mask mandate is a “slap in the face”